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Release contaminated Fukushima water into sea: Japan panel

Apo - Radioactive water from the stricken nuclear plant in Fukushima should be released into the ocean or vaporised into the air, an expert panel advised the Japanese government on Friday.

Animal life begins to thrive again around Fukushima

Although still affected by high levels of radiation, the first evidence has been reported of numerous species of wildlife have returned to the Fukushima Evacuation Zone. Some of the species have been found in relatively high numbers.

Japan could release Fukushima radioactive water into environment

Apo - A Japanese government agency has proposed releasing radioactive water from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant into the environment, as storage space runs out.

Fukushima contaminated water may be released into sea or air

Tokyo - Japan's economy and industry ministry proposed on Monday the gradual release or evaporation of massive amounts of treated but still radioactive water being stored at the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant.

At Fukushima plant, a million-tonne headache: radioactive water

In the grounds of the ravaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant sits a million-tonne headache for the plant's operators and Japan's government: tank after tank of water contaminated with radioactive elements.

'Too awful': Anger at acquittals in Fukushima case

Apo - As a Tokyo court pronounced three former executives not guilty in the only criminal trial over the Fukushima nuclear disaster, a woman's voice cut through the silence from the gallery: "Unbelievable!

Japan court acquits energy bosses over Fukushima disaster

Apo - A Japanese court on Thursday cleared three energy firm bosses of professional negligence in the only criminal trial stemming from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown.

Radioactive water from Fukushima could be dumped into ocean

Fukushima - Over one million tons of contaminated water from the Fukushima power plant could end up in the Pacific Ocean, according to a plan offered by Japan's environmental minister.

Op-Ed: Safer reactors coming with new tech and mixed feelings

Sydney - The next generation of nuclear reactors has been a long time coming. The good news is that some of the major issues now have solutions. The mixed feelings, however, are much the same.

Nuclear fuel removed from crippled Japan plant

Apo - The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima power plant on Monday began removing atomic fuel from inside a building housing one of the reactors that melted down in 2011.

Japan to lift evacuation order in town hosting Fukushima plant

Apo - Japan will for the first time next month lift an evacuation order in one of two towns where the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is located, officials said Tuesday.

Japan marks tsunami, nuclear tragedy eight years on

Apo - With flowers, silent prayers and tearful tributes, Japan Monday marked the eighth anniversary of a crippling earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that devastated its northeastern coast and left some 18,500 people dead or missing.

Fukushima evacuees resist return as 'Reconstruction Olympics' near

Apo - With Japan keen to flaunt Tokyo 2020 as the "Reconstruction Olympics", people who fled the Fukushima nuclear disaster are being urged to return home but not everyone is eager to go.

Robot lifts bits of melted fuel at Japan's Fukushima plant

Apo - A robot arm has successfully picked up pebble-sized pieces of radioactive fuel at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant in a complex operation seen as key to clean-up efforts after the 2011 meltdown, officials said Thursday.

Japan rejects UN call to stop returns to Fukushima

Apo - Japan's government on Friday rejected calls from a UN rights expert to halt the return of women and children to areas affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster over radiation fears.

Japan 'confirms first Fukushima worker death from radiation'

Apo - Japan has announced for the first time that a worker at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant has died after being exposed to radiation, Japanese media reported.

Fukushima nuclear statue ignites online furore

Apo - A giant statue of a child wearing a radiation suit in the Japanese city of Fukushima has touched off a storm of criticism online as the nuclear-hit area seeks to rebuild its reputation."Sun Child", a 6.

Japan's crippled Fukushima plant stops selling souvenirs

Apo - The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear reactors said Thursday it had stopped selling a souvenir at the plant after facing a storm of online criticism saying it was inconsiderate.

Extreme makeover: Fukushima nuclear plant tries image overhaul

Call it an extreme makeover: In Japan's Fukushima, officials are attempting what might seem impossible, an image overhaul at the site of the worst nuclear meltdown in decades.

Made in Fukushima: Japan farmers struggle to win trust

Koriyama - The pumpkin is diced, the chicken carved and the eggs beaten into an omelette, but the people preparing the food are not chefs -- they are scientists testing produce from Japan's Fukushima region.

Japan reopens beaches hit by 2011 nuclear, tsunami disaster

Apo - Japan has reopened three beaches in regions devastated by the 2011 tsunami and resulting Fukushima nuclear disaster after years of reconstruction efforts, officials said Monday.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.
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The different robots used by TEPCO in the basement areas.
The different robots used by TEPCO in the basement areas.
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This image shows the bottom of the CRD housing within the containment vessel.
This image shows the bottom of the CRD housing within the containment vessel.
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Fukushima explosions taken from the air
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Takahama nuclear power plant.
Takahama nuclear power plant.
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Fukushima's Daiichi nuclear facility
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Toughened safety measures -- introduced after the 2011 Fukushima tsunami and nuclear disaster -- mea...
Toughened safety measures -- introduced after the 2011 Fukushima tsunami and nuclear disaster -- mean some existing nuclear reactors face being closed
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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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Fukushima debris washed up on Montague Island  Alaska
Fukushima debris washed up on Montague Island, Alaska
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Damage at Fukushima's Daiichi
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Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica rustica), Farmoor, Oxfordshire.
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The new study revealed a previously unsuspected pathway for radioactive material to be transported  ...
The new study revealed a previously unsuspected pathway for radioactive material to be transported, stored for years, and subsequently released far from the site where it was initially discharged.
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Work commenced on Nov. 25 to fill the trenches around the reactors with cement.
Work commenced on Nov. 25 to fill the trenches around the reactors with cement.
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Workers completing the frozen soil barrier at Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
Workers completing the frozen soil barrier at Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
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A city has been frozen in time, forever to be march 11, 2011.
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The research team sampled eight beaches in Japan within 60 miles of the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi ...
The research team sampled eight beaches in Japan within 60 miles of the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant and found high levels of radioactive cesium discharged from the 2011 accident in the brackish groundwater beneath the beaches.
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The IAEA has completed a nine-day mission to review Japan s efforts to decommission the tsunami-stri...
The IAEA has completed a nine-day mission to review Japan's efforts to decommission the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.
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Not only did the prevailing winds spread the fallout from Fukushima  but the continuing seepage of c...
Not only did the prevailing winds spread the fallout from Fukushima, but the continuing seepage of contaminated water has spread across the Pacific Ocean for over three years.
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