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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.

Japan to release tritium-contaminated water into ocean

The news that Japan is planning on dumping tritium contaminated water from Fukushima's disabled power plant into the Pacific Ocean has taken a back seat to the news of a second earthquake in as many days to hit southern Japan.

Researchers: Fukushima Reactor 2 may have had 100% meltdown

Tokyo - Japan's Nagoya University announced that ongoing research into Reactor No. 2 at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant has revealed that almost 100 percent of the reactor core has melted. They are presenting the results today in Osaka.

Fukushima — A litany of failures costing hundreds of millions

Four years after the earthquake and resulting tsunami that killed 18,000 people and destroyed the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plan in Japan, the tragedy is far from being over. Despite the litany of failures in cleaning up the mess, Japan carries on.

Award-winning manga comic upcoming about Fukushima disasters

Japanese manga artist Kazuto Tatsuta worked on the Fukushima Daiichi I nuclear plant cleanup. He had to quit in December 2012, when his radiation exposure neared the annual limit. Kodansha Ltd. is publishing Tatsuta's initial book about his experiences.

Greenpeace says Fukushima radiation monitoring seriously flawed

Fukushima - International environmental campaigning organisation Greenpeace claims that Japanese government radiation monitoring stations in the city of Fukushima are seriously underestimating residual radiation levels and public health risks in and around Fukushima.

Workers forced to fake radiation readings by Fukushima contractor

Fukushima - According to a leaked tape of an internal meeting, a company charged with decontaminating the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, forced workers to lower their radiation readings.

Radioactive cars being sold in Japan

Tokyo - News reports from Japan have revealed that car dealers in the country are selling automobiles that were contaminated by radiation following the Japanese earthquake and tsunami that resulted in a series of meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Japan industry minister resigns over 'town of death' comment

Tokyo - Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown continues wreaking havoc on the country's political system, with its new industry minister forced to resign just eight days on the job, after he described the no go zone around the power plant a "town of death."

Japanese kids speak with officials to share nuclear crises fears

Tokyo - Children from Fukushima Prefecture have met with government officials to voice their concerns about the ongoing nuclear crises that's affecting their region and their worries about the unsafe levels of radiation in places where they live, swim and play.

Cooling of Fukushima nuclear reactor interrupted

Fukushima - A damaged seawater hose had workers at the Fukushima power plant scrambling on Sunday when a shutdown of the cooling system on Reactor No 5 became necessary in order to replace the leaking plastic hose.

Japan insurance claims soar on volunteer cleanup related injuries

Tokyo - Japanese insurance companies, already overwhelmed with thousands of claims of death and property damage, are beginning to see even more claims from workers covered by 'volunteer activities insurance' for injuries sustained in disaster relief operations.

Fukushima’s nuclear meltdown puts forest industry near collapse

Tokyo - High levels of radiation, planned evacuations and no-entry zones as a result of the meltdown at Fukushima’s Daiichi nuclear facility have combined to place the prefecture’s forest industry in danger of collapse.

Germany implements ‘historic’ nuclear energy phaseout by 2022

Berlin - In the wake of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear meltdown, the German government has reversed its energy policy and will gradually wean itself from its nuclear energy program, shutting down its reactors by 2022.

Daiichi radioactive water levels see sharp rise, storm approaches

Tokyo - Conditions at Fukushima’s Daiichi nuclear facility are deteriorating, with a sudden rise in the contaminated water level in tunnels at No.1 reactor, a halt to the cooling system at No.5 reactor, and fear of radiation spreading by an approaching storm.

Japan coast marine radioactive contamination 'worse than thought'

Tokyo - New data shows the melted-down and still-leaking Daiichi nuclear plant near Fukushima is causing radioactive contamination in seaweed 50 times above safe limits, contamination has spread over a large area and is not dispersing as officials have asserted.

High radiation beyond Japan exclusion zone, 70,000 urged to leave

Tokyo - A French nuclear watchdog group is urging 70,000 people, including almost 10,000 children, in an area beyond the 20-kilometer exclusion zone northwest of Fukushima’s Daiichi nuclear plant, to evacuate because of dangerous levels of radiation.

Fukushima Daiichi worker dies, no sign of radiation

A worker from Fukushima Daiichi in Japan has died but the initial report is that radiation poisoning was not the cause.

Radiation in Fukushima parks, schoolyards limits playtime

Fukushima schools limit outdoor recess time and city implements a one-hour time limit on playground use due to radiation threat to children. Soil removed from school grounds has no place to go.

Nissan Leaf wins 2011 World Car of the Year

New York - The Nissan Leaf was honored as the 2011 World Car of the Year at the The New York auto show. The affordable, all-electric car beat the Audi A8 and the BMW 5-series, its closest two competitors, and was also named runner-up for the World Green Award.

Japan nuclear plant evacuees demand compensation

Tokyo - Japan citizens are becoming increasingly frustrated by the handling of the nuclear crises at Fukushima that has forced them out of their homes and into evacuation centers were they wait for compensation payments to begin from the government and TEPCO.

Japan raises nuclear crises to highest level, equals Chernobyl

Tokyo - Japan's Nuclear Safety Commission has raised the severity level of the crises at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant to the highest rating on the international scale. The event is now rated as a Level 7, which equals the disaster at Chernobyl.

Poll: Few Americans confident US ready for nuclear emergency

Washington - Public confidence in the United States government's readiness to respond to a nuclear emergency is low according to a recent poll. Sixty-five percent of those surveyed felt it was at least somewhat likely a disaster situation could occur on U.S. soil.

EPA reports radiation found in American milk

As radiation continued to emanate from Japan's troubled Fukushima nuclear plant, the US Environmental Protection Agency announced the detection of radiation in American milk supplies.

Fukushima workers hospitalised with radiation poisoning

Two workers at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant have been rushed to hospital after being exposed to high levels of radiation as they worked to restore power to a stricken reactor.

American teacher dies in Japan disaster, first US death confirmed

Chesterfield - A Virginia family has announced the body of their daughter, Taylor Anderson, 24, was found in disaster-stricken Japan, where she had been working as an English teacher since her graduation from college in 2008.

Spike in pressure at crippled nuclear reactor may require venting

Fukushima - Efforts by TEPCO to lower the temperature inside the crippled reactors at Fukushima Daiichi were met with an unexpected spike in pressure in reactor No. 3. Officials are weighing the option of venting the dangerous radioactive gases to combat the problem.

Nissan scanning vehicles made in Japan for radioactive material

Tokyo - Nissan has confirmed the safety of all foreign employees working in Japan and announced that they have implemented a policy of monitoring and testing all vehicles manufactured at plants in the disaster-stricken country for traces of radioactive material.

Chernobyl extreme tourism thrives in wake of Japan disaster

Chernobyl - While the world watches the nuclear disaster unfolding in Japan that followed the one-two punch delivered by nature in the form of an earthquake and tsunami, thousands of tourists line up in the Ukraine to take the government sponsored tour of Chernobyl.

Japan calls on the US for help in Fukushima nuclear crises

After several days of frantic and painstaking efforts in preventing more explosions at the overheated Fukushima nuclear plant , Japan has reached out to the United States for help in dealing with the week-long nuclear crises.
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