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Japan tsunami, nuclear tragedy remembered seven years on

Apo - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe led a sombre ceremony Sunday as Japan marked the seventh anniversary of a deadly earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that devastated its northeastern coast and left around 18,500 people dead or missing.The magnitude 9.

TEPCO defends Fukushima ‘ice wall,’ but it is still too porous

Tokyo - A costly “ice wall” is failing to keep groundwater from seeping into the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, data from operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. shows, although TEPCO insists the wall is working.

Fukushima operator told to compensate for suicide of 102-year-old

Toukyo - A Japanese court on Tuesday ordered the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to compensate relatives of a 102-year-old man who killed himself at the prospect of fleeing his home.

Fukushima operator aims to double visitors by Tokyo Olympics

Fukushima's nuclear power operator is hoping to double the number of visitors to its tsunami-ravaged facilities by 2020, seeking to use the Olympic spotlight to clean up the region's image.

Japan company says to close two large ageing nuclear reactors

Toukyo - A Japanese company said Friday it would decommission two ageing nuclear reactors due to difficulty in ensuring safety, as the public remains wary about atomic energy after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.Kansai Electric Power's reactors No.1 and No.

Japan government, TEPCO liable for Fukushima crisis: court

Toukyo - Japan could have foreseen and avoided the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, a court ruled on Tuesday, ordering the government and the power plant operator to pay damages to local residents.

New source of radioactivity from Fukushima disaster found

Even though it has been six years since the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster, impacts from the March 2011 event are still being discovered. The latest discovery is the finding of radiocesium in groundwater below eight beaches 60 miles away.

Fukushima operator faces $5 bn US suit over 2011 disaster

Toukyo - Tokyo Electric Power Co Holdings said Thursday it faces another US lawsuit over the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, with the latest one demanding at least $5 billion in compensation.

'Unexploded WWII bomb' found at Japan Fukushima nuclear plant

Toukyo - A suspected World War II bomb was found Thursday on the premises of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, an official said, with police called in to investigate.The 85-centimetre (2.

Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor

Toukyo - Lava-like rocks believed to be melted nuclear fuel have been spotted inside Japan's stricken Fukushima reactor by an underwater robot, the plant's operator said at the end of a three-day inspection.

Fukushima — Robot finds possible fuel debris on Friday probe

Tokyo - An underwater robot captured images inside reactor 3 at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant on Friday that appears to be melted fuel debris. On Saturday, a third exploration hopes to reach the basement of the reactor pedestal.

Underwater robot probes inside Fukushima nuclear reactor

Fukushima - On Wednesday, the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant began probing inside the contaminated water-filled reactor containment vessel in one of its units, using an underwater robot.

Ex-bosses stand trial over Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis

Toukyo - Three former executives at the operator of Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant went on trial Friday, the only people ever to face a criminal court in connection with the 2011 meltdowns that left swathes of countryside uninhabitable.

Ex-bosses to go on trial over Fukushima disaster

Toukyo - Three former executives at Fukushima's operator stand trial this week on the only criminal charges laid in the 2011 disaster, as thousands remain unable to return to homes near the shuttered nuclear plant.

Toshiba Corp. unveils aquatic robot to probe Fukushima reactor

On Thursday, Toshiba Corporation unveiled a submersible robot specifically developed to take live video of reactor 3 at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant to confirm whether fuel debris is sitting at the bottom of the pool of radioactive water inside.

Nuclear-wary Japan restarts another atomic reactor

Toukyo - A Japanese utility switched on another nuclear reactor Tuesday in a small victory for the government's pro-atomic push, despite strong public opposition after the 2011 Fukushima meltdown.The restart of the No.

Japan ponders using decontaminated Fukushima soil as landfill

Tokyo - An advisory panel of Japan's Environmental Ministry proposed on Monday that decontaminated soil from Fukushima Prefecture could be used as landfill for the creation of "green areas."

Study reassures evacuees the area around Fukushima is safe

Fukushima - A new study of radiation levels in Fukushima Prefecture's Date City will offer some assurance to residents just 37 miles from the nuclear disaster that they don't have to worry about any long-term effects from radiation.

Japan recalls tsunami, nuclear tragedy six years on

Toukyo - Japan paused Saturday to mark six years since a deadly earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster devastated a wide swathe of its northeastern coast as more than 100,000 people remain unable or unwilling to return home.The magnitude 9.

Robots designed to survey damage to Fukushima reactor fail

Tokyo - The robots sent so far to investigate the reactive zone at the Fukushima nuclear facility are simply not up to the task. The head of Tokyo Electric Power Company's (TEPCO) decommissioning admitted that the company needed to be more creative.
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