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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.

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.
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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."
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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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Greenpeace activists at an official Japanese radiation monitoring station in Fukushima city
Greenpeace activists at an official Japanese radiation monitoring station in Fukushima city
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This photo released by Tokyo Electric Power Co. shows a switch  left  of a pumping system at the mel...
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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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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Keow:  The radiation level is still very high in the red zone. not many people have seen this town i...
Keow: "The radiation level is still very high in the red zone. not many people have seen this town in the last 5 years."
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The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has reported yet another leak of highly ...
The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has reported yet another leak of highly radioactive water from its storage tanks on September 4, 2014. there have been plenty more leaks since then.
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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.
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An empty town awaiting the return of its residents  but will they come?
An empty town awaiting the return of its residents, but will they come?
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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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Evacuees from Fukushima prefecture in gym in Hitachi City  Ibaraki prefecture.
Evacuees from Fukushima prefecture in gym in Hitachi City, Ibaraki prefecture.
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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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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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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.
TEPCO press handout
Fukushima debris washed up on Montague Island  Alaska
Fukushima debris washed up on Montague Island, Alaska
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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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The center of Namie is a ghost town  Namie  Fukushima Pref.  Japan.
The center of Namie is a ghost town, Namie, Fukushima Pref., Japan.
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French newspaper Le Canard Enchaine published two satirical cartoons depicting the Fukushima disaster as related to 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
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