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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.

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.
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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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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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This is a mock-up of the site where the robot got stuck. There is an existing pipe and some parts of...
This is a mock-up of the site where the robot got stuck. There is an existing pipe and some parts of the grating, or an uneven joint that caused the robot to stall.
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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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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 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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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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Bluefin tuna tested for cesium levels from Fukushima.
Bluefin tuna tested for cesium levels from Fukushima.
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TEPCO s proposed plans to dispose of contaminated groundwater.
TEPCO's proposed plans to dispose of contaminated groundwater.
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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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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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Robots used by TEPCO mainly on the first floor in the reactor buildings.
Robots used by TEPCO mainly on the first floor in the reactor buildings.
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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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Fukushima explosions taken from the air
Fukushima explosions taken from the air
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Portion of ice wall above ground.
Portion of ice wall above ground.
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Children in Fukushima  Japan have abnormally large thyroid growths.
Children in Fukushima, Japan have abnormally large thyroid growths.
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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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Naomi Hirose  President  Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings  Inc.
Naomi Hirose, President, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc.
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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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