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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.

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.

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.

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.

'Scorpion' robot mission inside Fukushima reactor aborted

Toukyo - A "scorpion" robot sent into a Japanese nuclear reactor to learn about the damage suffered in a tsunami-induced meltdown had its mission aborted after the probe ran into trouble, Tokyo Electric Power company said Thursday.

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.

Japanese Pokémon Go players warned to avoid Fukushima

Tokyo - Japan has requested that the Fukushima nuclear exclusion zone be removed from the Pokémon platform and for the area to be classified as a no-go area.

Pokemon Go players urged to stay away from Fukushima

A Pokemon Go character has been discovered at the Fukushima nuclear exclusion zone, and now Japan wants the zone to be classed as a no-go area for Pokemon Go players.

Internet gets first look inside Fukushima 'exclusion zone'

Fukushima - Malaysian freelance photographer Keow Wee Loong sneaked into the Fukushima exclusion zone on June 4. His sometimes eerie photography gives us insight into the panic that followed the disaster on March 11, 2011.

Fukushima reactor makers not liable: Japan court

Toukyo - A Japanese court on Wednesday turned down a class action lawsuit seeking damages from nuclear plant makers Toshiba, Hitachi and GE over the Fukushima meltdown disaster, the plaintiffs, one of the companies and a report said.

Pacific Ocean radiation back near normal after Fukushima: Study

Sydney - Radiation levels across the Pacific Ocean are rapidly returning to normal five years after a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant spewed gases and liquids into the sea, a study showed Monday.Japan shut down dozens of reactors after a magnitude 9.

Atomic experts to team up on Fukushima clean-up

Toukyo - The Japanese government will team up with experts in the United States and France to develop brand new technologies to collect melted fuel from crippled reactors at Fukushima, an official said Monday.

Japan tsunami: nation falls silent five years on

Toukyo - Japan paused on Friday to mark five years since an offshore earthquake spawned a monster tsunami that left about 18,500 people dead or missing along its northeastern coast and sparked the worst nuclear disaster in a quarter century.

Japan 'cannot do without' nuclear power: Abe

Toukyo - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday said Japan "cannot do without" nuclear power, speaking on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the devastating Fukushima disaster.On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.

NY nuclear plant 65,000% radiation spike is worse than Fukushima

Buchanan - A radioactive flow from the Indian Point nuclear power plant is leaking into groundwater that leads to the Hudson River, raising the possibility that the U.S. may have its very own Fukushima-like disaster only 25 miles from New York City.

First Fukushima worker diagnosed with radiation-linked cancer: Japan official

Toukyo - A former Fukushima nuclear plant worker has been diagnosed with radiation-linked cancer, Japanese officials said Tuesday, and an expert said the first confirmed case since the 2011 accident could be just the "tip of the iceberg".

Op-Ed: Fukushima cancer rates in children 50X higher than normal

Tokyo - Another study on Fukushima-related childhood cancer rates has surfaced, this time published by researchers at Fukushima Medical University. And yet again, the findings are being disputed.

Tepco begins 'crucial stage' of decommissioning at Fukushima

Tokyo - A crucial and delicate stage of the decommissioning process began on Tuesday at Tepco's Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. It is going to take decades to complete the process, requiring pains-taking and time-consuming work.

Op-Ed: IAEA: Japan's wrong assumptions and complacency caused disaster

Tokyo - In a 240-page report released on June 11, and downplayed by world media, the International Atomic Energy Agency concluded Japan lacked sufficient safeguards to prevent the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster.

Drone being developed to go inside crippled reactors at Fukushima

An unmanned drone is being developed to survey the interior of the crippled reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant. The drone will use lasers to avoid obstacles inside the reactor rooms, and will be able to land and replace its own batteries.

Japan files complaint with WTO over S. Korea food import bans

Tokyo - Japan is challenging South Korea's import bans and increased restrictions on foods from Japan after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. On Thursday, the central government filed a formal complaint with the World Trade Organization.

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.

Fukushima Reactor Unit No.1 — robot stalls but sends great images

The special robot sent into the core of reactor no. 1 at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant stalled after only three hours, but completed two-thirds of its journey. In the process some amazing video pictures of the damage were recorded.
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Naomi Hirose  President  Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings  Inc.
Naomi Hirose, President, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc.
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The drone model envisaged for work inside the reactor buildings at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nucl...
The drone model envisaged for work inside the reactor buildings at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant would have six propellers and the ability to replace its own batteries.
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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.
David Condon
Remediation workers check bags of soil and other decontamination waste at a temporary storage site i...
Remediation workers check bags of soil and other decontamination waste at a temporary storage site in Date city in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Photo: G. Tudor/IAEA
International Atomic Energy Commission
Cesium-137 is found throughout the Pacific Ocean and was detectable in all samples collected  while ...
Cesium-137 is found throughout the Pacific Ocean and was detectable in all samples collected, while cesium-134 (yellow/orange dots), an indicator of contamination from Fukushima, has been observed offshore and in select coastal areas.
Jessica Drysdale, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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.
TEPCO
This robotic crawler was used inside one of the failed Fukushima reactor rooms because it was too da...
This robotic crawler was used inside one of the failed Fukushima reactor rooms because it was too dangerous an area for humans to enter.
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Members of the media and Tokyo Electric Power Co. employees wearing protective suits and masks walk ...
Members of the media and Tokyo Electric Power Co. employees wearing protective suits and masks walk down the steps inside the No. 4 reactor building at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (November 7, 2013)
With permission by Reuters / Kimimasa Mayama
Grocery stores have been scavenged by the pets and animals that residents left behind.
Grocery stores have been scavenged by the pets and animals that residents left behind.
Keow Wee Loong
The ROV image shows melted materials that are consolidated and
have fallen. This image was taken  ne...
The ROV image shows melted materials that are consolidated and have fallen. This image was taken near the platform in the pedestal.
TEPCO Press handout
Portion of ice wall above ground.
Portion of ice wall above ground.
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Fukushima debris washed up on Montague Island  Alaska
Fukushima debris washed up on Montague Island, Alaska
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Takahama nuclear power plant.
Takahama nuclear power plant.
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Clock at Nobiru  Japan train station stopped at the moment tsunami washed debris into the station bu...
Clock at Nobiru, Japan train station stopped at the moment tsunami washed debris into the station building and destroyed tracks March 11, 2011.
Kazunobu Shoji
A Greenpeace radiation expert checks contamination levels at the Minami Fukushima kindergarten
A Greenpeace radiation expert checks contamination levels at the Minami Fukushima kindergarten
Noriko Hayashi / Greenpeace
Simi Valley California was the site of the worst nuclear disaster in U.S. history in 1959. The amoun...
Simi Valley California was the site of the worst nuclear disaster in U.S. history in 1959. The amounts of radiation leaked into the environment and atmosphere were more than 240 times that of the accident at 3-Mile Island.
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This image captured by an underwater robot shows a part of equipment housing a control rod drive sys...
This image captured by an underwater robot shows a part of equipment housing a control rod drive system of Unit 3 at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.
TEPCO
Book stores  CD shops and Drug stores still hold there wares  just as it was on March 11  2011.
Book stores, CD shops and Drug stores still hold there wares, just as it was on March 11, 2011.
Keow Wee Loong
The streets and buildings are deserted  quietly waiting for life to resume. Keow says  I can feel a ...
The streets and buildings are deserted, quietly waiting for life to resume. Keow says,"I can feel a burning sensation in my eyes and thick chemical smell in the air."
Keow Wee Loong
Imperial Palace  Tokyo  Japan
Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan
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