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Japan to release treated Fukushima water into sea: reports

Apo - Japan will release more than a million tonnes of treated water from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea in a decades-long operation, reports said Friday, despite strong opposition from local fishermen.

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.
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French newspaper Le Canard Enchaine published two satirical cartoons depicting the Fukushima disaste...
French newspaper Le Canard Enchaine published two satirical cartoons depicting the Fukushima disaster as related to 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
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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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Clock at Nobiru, Japan train station stopped at the moment tsunami washed debris into the station building and destroyed tracks March 11, 2011.
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Bluefin tuna tested for cesium levels from Fukushima.
Bluefin tuna tested for cesium levels from Fukushima.
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This image  taken near the concrete wall of the pedestal  appears to be corium  a mix of melted fuel...
This image, taken near the concrete wall of the pedestal, appears to be corium, a mix of melted fuel rods and other structural debris.
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Sign next to map in a Fukushima City park expresses apologies from city for declaring one-hour park-...
Sign next to map in a Fukushima City park expresses apologies from city for declaring one-hour park-usage time limit due to radiation level on soil and equipment.
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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
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)
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WHOI marine radiochemist Ken Buesseler in his lab.
WHOI marine radiochemist Ken Buesseler in his lab.
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Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan
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The small  radiation-hardened screw-driven submersible robot has a diameter of only 13cm.   and is a...
The small, radiation-hardened screw-driven submersible robot has a diameter of only 13cm., and is a resilient platform for visual inspection of damage status by camera to inspect the interior of Unit 3's primary containment vessel.
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This is a satellite image of Dai Ichi Power Plant  showing damage after an Earthquake and Tsunami. T...
This is a satellite image of Dai Ichi Power Plant showing damage after an Earthquake and Tsunami. This photo was taken on March 14, 2011 at 11:04 am local time, 3 minutes after an explosion.
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A Greenpeace radiation expert checks contamination levels at the Minami Fukushima kindergarten
A Greenpeace radiation expert checks contamination levels at the Minami Fukushima kindergarten
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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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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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Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica rustica), Farmoor, Oxfordshire.
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French newspaper Le Canard Enchaine published two satirical cartoons depicting the Fukushima disaste...
French newspaper Le Canard Enchaine published two satirical cartoons depicting the Fukushima disaster as related to 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
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Dr. Helen Caldicott is a physician, author and anti-nuclear advocate. Following the Three Mile Island accident in 1978, she left her medical career to concentrate the world's attention on the insanity of our reliance on nuclear power.
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The IAEA has provided technical support and expertise to Japan after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear a...
The IAEA has provided technical support and expertise to Japan after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident and shared information about the crisis with the world.
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