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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.

Op-Ed: Radioactive cesium found in green Tea from Japan

It has been four years since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, and products keep showing up with contamination. Cesium 137 have been found in green tea samples, although in small amounts. But there's more we haven't heard about.

Japan governor approves first reactor restart

Toukyo - The final obstacle to restarting two nuclear reactors in Japan was removed Friday when local politicians granted approval for a plant to go back online, more than three years after the Fukushima disaster.

Animals around Fukushima are still suffering

Fukushima - Animals and insects in the vicinity of Fukushima show higher rates of death and disease, according to new research. Scientists attribute these to the consumption of contaminated food.

Japanese get anti-radiation pills ahead of nuclear restart

Tokyo - Japanese officials are handing out radiation-blocking iodine tablets to people living in the shadow of two nuclear reactors slated to restart this year, underscoring concerns about atomic power after the Fukushima crisis.

Fukushima radiation linked to Japanese monkeys’ blood count

Fukushima - A new report suggests that Japanese monkeys have suffered health issues likely attributable to the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011.

Japan nuclear watchdog says two reactors safe to switch back on

Tokyo - Japan's nuclear watchdog said Wednesday that two atomic reactors were safe enough to switch back on, marking a big step towards restarting the country's nuclear plants which were shuttered after the Fukushima crisis.

Fukushima manga makes it big

Tokyo - Like many of the thousands of men who have worked at Fukushima nuclear power plant over the past three years, Kazuto Tatsuta was driven by a sense of mission. He wrote his story through the words of popular Japanese media manga and it has become a hit.

Semiconductor facility starts growing lettuce – in Fukushima

Fukushima - IT giant Fujitsu, which runs a semiconductor factory in northern Japan, is experimenting with ways to create fresher, crispier lettuce.

Japan accused of 'cover-up' in radiation level reports

People in Japan's Fukushima prefecture have been demanding government transparency in reporting radiation data for some time now, and the information has been slow in coming, especially with officials wanting residents to move back to the affected area.

Fukushima water decontamination system down again

Tokyo - The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said Tuesday it had shut down a key decontamination system used to clean radiation-tainted water, just hours after it came back online.Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) switched off its Advanced Liqui...

Fukushima operator restarts water decontamination system

Tokyo - The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said Monday it has switched on a key decontamination system that cleans radiation-tainted water used to cool the site's damaged reactors.Last week, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) said it had discov...

Radioactive Fukushima waters detected by Canada's coastlines

Radioactive cesium isotopes have been detected in the waters off the coast of Vancouver, British Columbia, although the levels detected are said to be below the permissible limits for drinking water.

Thousands sue nuclear giants over Japan Fukushima disaster

Tokyo - A class action lawsuit against nuclear suppliers General Electric, Toshiba and Hitachi has ballooned to more than 4,000 claimants who are seeking damages over the Fukushima atomic disaster, the lead lawyer said Wednesday.The claimants, hailing from Jap...

Japan marks 3rd anniversary of quake-tsunami disaster

Tokyo - Japan on Tuesday marks the third anniversary of the quake-tsunami disaster which swept away 18,000 victims, destroyed coastal communities, and sparked a nuclear emergency that forced a re-think on atomic power.Remembrance ceremonies will be held in tow...

Japan marks 3rd anniversary of quake-tsunami disaster

Tokyo - Japan on Tuesday marks the third anniversary of the quake-tsunami disaster which swept away 18,000 victims, destroyed coastal communities, and sparked a nuclear emergency that forced a re-think on atomic power.Remembrance ceremonies will be held in tow...

Fukushima still a grim time capsule three years after disaster

Fukushima - In complete darkness, a group of men tried everything they could to save the Fukushima nuclear plant from catastrophe.

Japanese film 'Homeland' tiptoes into Fukushima nuclear debate

A Japanese farming family is forced from their home by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, living in cramped temporary housing under stress as they wait for permission to return to land work...

New highly radioactive leak at Fukushima

Fukushima - Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has admitted that another leak was discovered last Wednesday. The leak is estimated at 100 metric tons of highly radioactive material. It is the worst admitted leak since last August.

Japanese homeless recruited for Fukushima cleanup

Sendai - Japanese private labor contractors are recruiting homeless people from around the nation to perform cleanup work around the Fukushima nuclear power plant destroyed by a March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and followed by a partial meltdown.

Scary removal of Fukishima fuel rods begins

Tokyo - Pressure to complete the unprecedented work is rising because of fears a new major earthquake could decimate Japan and threaten the U.S. West Coast .

Satirical French 2020 Olympic cartoons spark outrage in Japan

Tokyo - The Japanese government is not amused, as two cartoons appear in a French newspaper — one depicting sumo wrestlers with additional limbs and the other set in front of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant — and both related to the 2020 Toyko Olympics.

Fukushima chief dies of cancer

Fukushima - The nuclear engineer in charge at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant during the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl has died of cancer at the age of 58.

Fukushima hero dies of cancer

Fukushima - The former Fukushima supervisor of damage assessment of the tsunami-devastated nuclear reactor has died of cancer. His decision not to follow a corporate order prevented Chernobyl-like explosions of overheated Fukushima reactors.

Op-Ed: Shocking raise in nuclear radiation 'safety levels' announced

Washington - Shocking is not only that the White House is significantly raising so-termed 'safety levels' for nuclear radiation in drinking water and soil, but also that mainstream media are all too quiet about this assault on people's health.
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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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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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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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The robot - 60 centimetres in length and 9.5 centimetres in height - is equipped with cameras  a the...
The robot - 60 centimetres in length and 9.5 centimetres in height - is equipped with cameras, a thermometer and dosimeter.
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From Facebook, as supplied to couriermail.com.au
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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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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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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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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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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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Fukushima's Daiichi nuclear facility
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An empty town awaiting the return of its residents, but will they come?
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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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Damage at Fukushima's Daiichi
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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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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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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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Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan
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