The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster was a series of equipment failures, nuclear meltdowns and releases of radioactive materials at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan, following a devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, which claimed nearly 19,000 lives.
Japan is now looking to dump the treated radioactive waste water into the sea, stirring debates and boycotts at home and abroad.
The city is only right to maintain its import ban against fishery products from 10 prefectures as latest phase of releasing Fukushima treated nuclear waste water begins.
Chinese authorities have failed to renew the relevant paperwork for the export of Japanese nishikigoi carp.
Defence and maritime security cooperation – and US$6.3 billion worth of investment – were also discussed during the Japanese prime minister’s visit to Malaysia at the weekend.
China’s seafood ban and reports of its impact on the Japanese fishing industry may have tempered local criticism of the water release and encouraged people to eat more seafood from Fukushima.
The Fukushima nuclear plant expects to release 7,800 tons of treated water into the ocean, between now and November 20 – the same amount as the first two rounds of discharges.
Secretary for Environment and Ecology Tse Chin-wan stresses ban in response to Japan’s radioactive waste water discharge important for protecting residents’ health.
Top Japanese diplomat Okada Kenichi says it’s ‘heartbreaking’ to hear Japanese businesses in Hong Kong say sales have dropped ‘because of rumours’.
The first purchase of seafood by the US under the scheme involves just shy of a tonne of scallops – a tiny fraction of more than 100,000 tonnes of scallops that Japan exported to mainland China last year.
G7 countries have called for an “immediate repeal” of import curbs on Japanese food products, in reference to China’s restrictions.
The incident occurred when a group of workers was cleaning the piping at a waste water filtering facility that is key to the treatment of the radioactive waste water.
Ambassador Rahm Emanuel accuses Beijing, which has banned import of Japanese fish, of a double standard, saying China is fishing in the same waters.
IAEA to test water, sediment and seafood after second discharge from stricken plant, in the first inter-lab marine mission to include a Chinese lab.
Japan’s foreign ministry said it would ‘strongly demand’ the withdrawal of import restrictions Russia introduced nearly two months after the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant started releasing waste water.
Japan is stepping up promotions of its seafood products in Southeast Asia but some consumers remain sceptical about Tokyo’s food-safety assurances post-Fukushima.
Chinese tourists in Japan are enjoying sushi and have brushed off concerns about the safety of Japanese seafood imports.
The crippled nuclear plant’s operator Tepco will release 7,800 tonnes of treated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean over 17 days.
Secretary for Environment and Ecology Tse Chin-wan says ‘ball is in their court’, over whether Tokyo will stop discharge or provide clarity on matter.
Questions over discharged waste water leave eateries struggling to persuade patrons to return.
A spokesman for Pyongyang’s nuclear industry described an IAEA resolution calling for the North to curb its nuclear programmes as a ‘result of conspiracy’ by the US and its allies.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare called on Japan to find other options and warned of effects on his South Pacific archipelago.
From radiation readings at the Fukushima power plant not adding up to Singapore dethroning Hong Kong as the world’s freest economy, here are a few highlights from SCMP’s recent reporting.
The Thursday vote comes three weeks after opposition leader Lee Jae-myung began a hunger strike to protest a decline of democracy in the country.
Discharge data logs indicate a reoccurring difference in incoming seawater and outgoing diluted waste water.