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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.

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.

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.

TEPCO struggles to make the public understand radiation levels

Tokyo - After six years of misleading information and alleged cover-ups, it seems that TEPCO is still having a problem with communicating with the public. This time the problem was a radiation spike TEPCO discovered in Reactor No. 2, except there was no spike.

Radiation in Fukushima reactor No. 2 reaches 'unimaginable' level

Radiation levels in reactor No. 2 at the Fukushima nuclear power plant have inexplicable soared to the highest readings recorded since the plant was crippled by a triple meltdown almost six years ago.

Fukushima reactor cooling halted after staff error says TEPCO

One of the reactors at the tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant had a temporary loss of cooling Monday morning when an employee accidentally bumped a switch during an inspection, turning off the pumping system.

Op-Ed: How far up the ladder did the #Fukushima cover up really go?

Tokyo - About the only country today where a public apology is still accepted is in Japan, and quite honestly, this writer has always thought life would be so much more simpler if that's all it took to right a profound wrong.

Compensation for Fukushima evacuees to end by 2018

Tokyo - The Japanese government has instructed Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) to terminate compensation payments to nearly 55,000 evacuees forced from their homes in March 2011 because of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster.

Robot gets look inside Fukushima reactors for first time today

Fukushima - A robot was deployed for the first time on Friday to survey the condition of the melted fuel in reactor No. 1 at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, according to TEPCO officials.

Op-Ed: Gross incompetence at Fukushima — Is an apology enough?

Fukushima - It was discovered on Tuesday that a drainage ditch moving runoff water from the contaminated roof of Sector 2 at Fukushima was transporting water rich in cesium together with rain into the sea, with radiation levels 20 times higher than at the plant.

Op-Ed: What the world does not know about Fukushima could kill us

How big does a cover-up have to get, and how many children have to die before the world wakes up to the truth about the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Almost from the onset of the earthquake and resulting tsunami, the world has not been told the truth.

TEPCO is out of space for contaminated water, eyes Pacific Ocean

The Tokyo Electric Energy Corporation (TEPCO) announced today their failure to create an ice wall in a part of the underground tunnel connecting to a damaged reactor at Fukushima No. 1 power plant. This has not stopped TEPCO from pursuing an alternative.

TEPCO plan to build 'ice wall' questioned by nuclear authorities

It has been more than three years since the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster, and the facility is still plagued with massive amounts of contaminated water. Repeated leaks and other mishaps have delayed decommissioning the plant.

Op-Ed: TEPCO floods wrong building with radioactive water

In what is becoming a macabre "Comedy of Errors," TEPCO officials are again beset with problems at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. This time, they are blaming the accidental dumping of 200 tons of radioactive water into the wrong place on four pumps.

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.

Fukushima operator books $7.54 bn profit on bailout, price hike

Tokyo - Tepco, the operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, said Friday it booked a whopping $7.54 billion April-December profit owing to an electricity rate hike and its massive government bailout.

Japan approves TEPCO business plan to switch on reactors

Tokyo - Japan's government on Wednesday approved a fresh business plan for the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant that includes restarting idled reactors elsewhere in the currently nuclear-free country.

TEPCO admits Fukushima nuclear plant leaking radioactive water

Fukushima - The Japanese company that operates the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has acknowledged the likelihood that the disaster-stricken facility is leaking radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean.

Fukushima: TEPCO admits link between nuclear disaster and suicide

Fukushima - TEPCO, who managed Fukushima nuclear plant, which was severely damaged by the tsunami which struck Japan’s east coast on March 11 2011, has acknowledged for the first time a link between the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the suicide of a local farmer.

TEPCO now under Japan state control in 1 trillion yen bailout

Tokyo - The Japanese company that operated Fukushima received a trillion Yen ($12.8 billion) bailout today, effectively putting the company under government control.

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.

Oil leaking into sea from Fukushima

There's more bad news coming out from the doomed Fukushima power plant. On Tuesday it was reported that the facility's reactors are leaking oil into the sea.

Daiichi reactor melting temperature came within hours of tsunami

Tokyo - Japanese officials have given up a latest attempt at stabilizing the No.1 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility and records released by TEPCO reveal the reactor's core temperature reached melting point within hours of the tsunami impact.

Nuclear meltdown at Fukushima confirmed, plans to be ‘revised’

Tokyo - Japanese officials have finally admitted what had long been suspected: a nuclear meltdown at the crippled Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant has occurred, with a pool of molten fuel discovered at the bottom of its No.1 reactor.

Op-Ed: Ann Coulter’s blonde, 'glowing' and in the dark moment

Washington - Ann Coulter, the US authority on inanity, states the people near the Daiichi nuclear plant have nothing to worry about, and because of their exposure to high levels of radiation, according to her, are “much less likely” to be inflicted with cancer.

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.

Tsunami warning lifted in Japan after 7.1 earthquake

Miyagi - A 7.1-magnitude earthquake near Miyagi in the coast of Honshu has recently hit Japan. A tsunami warning with possible two-meter waves was issued and later lifted.

Daiichi’s radioactive leak plugged, plant operator reports

Tokyo - The Daiichi nuclear facility’s troublesome leak of radioactive water into the ocean has been stopped, announced by the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), on Wednesday.

Tainted catch forces halt to fishing in Ibaraki prefecture

Tokyo - Japan's fifth-largest seafood producer, Ibaraki prefecture, has halted fishing operations after tainted fish were discovered south of the catastrophic Daiichi nuclear facility near Fukushima, where radioactive water is being dumped into the Pacific Ocean.
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The ROV image shows melted materials that are consolidated and have fallen. This image was taken near the platform in the pedestal.
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Workers completing the frozen soil barrier at Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
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OKUMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Tokyo Electric Power Co. on July 28 started removing a canopy covering a damaged reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant to prepare for the eventual extraction of spent nuclear fuel inside.
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TEPCO's proposed plans to dispose of contaminated groundwater.
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Naomi Hirose, President, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc.
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A worker wearing a protective suit and mask takes notes in front of storage tanks for radioactive water, during a media tour at Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant
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Diagram of proposed pumping of groundwater, treatment and disposal into the ocean.
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The first pictures sent back from inside the reactor unit no. 1.
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First ever images from remote robot inside Reactor Unit No, 1. Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
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This image, of the nearby concrete wall of the perestal appears to be a substance called corium, a mix of melted nuclear fuel rods and other structural materials.
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TEPCO running out of space for storage tanks.
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This photo released by Tokyo Electric Power Co. shows a switch, left, of a pumping system at the melted No. 3 reactor at tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant on which a worker accidentally bumped while passing through a narrow isle of switch panels during an inspection and turned off the pumping system on Monday.
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TEPCO president Naomi Hirose bows after apologizing for the company's cover-up of the Fukushima disaster.
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The photographs were captured as part of the robot's mission to inspect melted fuel in one of the reactors.
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