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Philippines lifts ban on Fukushima meat, agriculture imports

Jan 09, 2020 - 8:10 PM

'We hope that safe food from Fukushima as well as other parts of Japan will reach many people in the Philippines,' says Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi

BAN LIFTED. This file photo shows a beef rancher feed hay to cattle at the M Ranch in Nihonmatsu city in Fukushima prefecture, 50km west of the striken nuclear power plant. File photo by Shingo Ito/AFP

Japan could release Fukushima radioactive water into environment

Dec 24, 2019 - 3:26 PM

Japan's Agency for Natural Resources and Energy proposes 3 ways to deal with the water: Releasing it into the sea, into the air using vaporization, or a combination of the two

Pope Francis urges fresh efforts for Fukushima victims

Nov 25, 2019 - 10:55 AM

'We should not let this action be lost with the passage of time or disappear after the initial shock; rather, we should continue and sustain it,' Pope Francis says

POPE FRANCIS ON FUKUSHIMA. Pope Francis attends a meeting with victims of the 'triple disaster' in Tokyo on November 25, 2019. Photo by AFP

Japan court acquits ex-TEPCO bosses over Fukushima disaster

Sep 19, 2019 - 1:53 PM

The 3 men are senior officials at the TEPCO firm operating the Fukushima Daiichi plant and face up to 5 years in prison if convicted

FUKUSHIMA TRIAL. Activists hold up placards in reaction during a rally in front of the Tokyo District Court in Tokyo on September 19, 2019. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan's new environment minister wants to scrap nuclear power

Sep 12, 2019 - 6:02 PM

The comments from Shinjiro Koizumi, a rising political star and son of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, are his first on the controversial issue since he was named in a cabinet reshuffle

DANGEROUS. A staff member of the Tokyo Electric Power Company measures radiation levels between reactor unit 2 and unit 3 (Rear) at the tsunami-crippled Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture. Photo by Kimmasa Mayama/Pool/AFP

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits northeastern Japan, no tsunami threat

Aug 04, 2019 - 7:41 PM

The earthquake jolts large areas in the region at 7:23 pm with its epicenter located 54 kilometer east of Namie in eastern Fukushima, according to the US Geological Survey

Philippines lifts ban on Fukushima fish imports

May 29, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the lifting of the ban is a gesture of goodwill as the Philippines also seeks to increase the market access of its agriculture exports to Japan

BAN LIFTED. The Department of Agriculture has lifted the 7-year long import ban on fish coming from Fukushima prefecture, which was affected by the nuclear powerplant meltdown in 2011. Photo from MannyPiñol's Facebook page

Japan turns to foreigners to decommission Fukushima plant

Apr 18, 2019 - 2:52 PM

The step comes after Japan launched new visa statuses to attract more foreign workers and ease the impact of the nation's shrinking workforce and population

DANGEROUS. In this file photo, a staff member of the Tokyo Electric Power Company measures radiation levels between reactor unit 2 and unit 3 (Rear) at the tsunami-crippled Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture. Photo by Kimmasa Mayama/Pool/AFP

Nuclear fuel removed from crippled Japan plant

Apr 15, 2019 - 4:48 PM

The delicate operation represents the first time the Tokyo Electric Power Company has pulled out fuel from inside a highly contaminated building containing the melted-down reactor, and comes 4 years behind schedule

This handout from Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) taken and released on August 22, 2017 shows workers pouring coolant to freeze the underground ice wall around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture on August 22, 2017.  The Fukushima nuclear plant's operator on August 22 started freezing the last section of a $320 million ice wall designed to cut down on vast amounts of contaminated water at the site of the worst atomic accident in a generation. / AFP PHOTO / TOKYO ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY (TEPCO) / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO)" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Fukushima evacuees resist return as 'Reconstruction Olympics' nears

Mar 08, 2019 - 1:05 PM

People who fled Fukushima after the 2011 nuclear disaster are not eager to return

STAYING AWAY. In this photo taken on February 11, 2019, Kazuko Nihei, who fled her home in Fukushima city with her two daughters Rio (C) and Rin (R) after a 2011 earthquake and tsunami triggered the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, plays with them in their apartment in Tokyo. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Jail term demanded for ex-bosses over Fukushima nuclear crisis

Dec 26, 2018 - 7:24 PM

The charges are the only ones to have stemmed from the tsunami-sparked reactor meltdowns at the plant that set off the worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl in 1986

Japan tsunami, nuclear tragedy remembered 7 years on

Mar 11, 2018 - 5:01 PM

Authorities are encouraging evacuees to return, but a government survey released earlier this month showed that about half the residents of Namie and Tomioka are not willing to return

REMEMBER. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) bows to Prince Akishino (2nd R) and Princess Kiko (R) during the seventh national memorial service for victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster in Tokyo March 11, 2018. Photo by Shizuo Kambayasho/AFP

Fuel removal device installed at meltdown-hit Fukushima reactor

Nov 13, 2017 - 1:57 PM

The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), says it started putting a crane on the roof of unit No. 3 on Sunday to extract a total of 566 rods from its fuel pool

FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI. Storage tanks for contaminated water are seen through a window of a building at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima, Japan, on February 23, 2017. File photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/AFP

Fukushima operator gets first safety approval since 2011 disaster

Oct 04, 2017 - 4:10 PM

TEPCO is granted preliminary approval to restart two reactors at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant, but it also needs local consent to bring the reactors online

This handout picture released by the French Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) on December 19, 2013 shows inside the unit six reactor building of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant at Kashiwazaki city in Niigata prefecture, northern Japan. A powerful 6.8 Richter-scale quake hit the area in 2007 and leaked radioactive water into the sea. AFP PHOTO / IRSN / RECOQUILLE-BRESSION ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / IRSN / GUILLAUME BRESSION" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / AFP PHOTO / IRSN / RECOQUILLE-BRESSION

Japan government not responsible for Fukushima – court

Sep 22, 2017 - 3:31 PM

A district court in Chiba says the government 'was able to foresee' but 'may not have been able to avoid the accident' caused by the tsunami that smashed into the Fukushima Daiichi power plant

WHO'S RESPONSIBLE? Storage tanks for contaminated water are seen through a window of a building at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima, Japan, on February 23, 2017. File photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Pool/AFP

Fukushima reactor 'ice wall' nearly finished

Aug 22, 2017 - 4:08 PM

Fukushima s operator starts freezing the last section of a 320 million ice wall designed to combat widespread water contamination at the site of the worst nuclear accident in a generation

FINAL STAGE. This handout from Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) taken and released on August 22, 2017 shows workers pouring coolant to freeze the underground ice wall around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture on August 22, 2017. TEPCO/AFP

Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor

Jul 23, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Large amounts of the solidified lumps and deposit were spotted for the first time by the robot on the floor of the primary containment vessel underneath the core of Fukushima s No 3 reactor

Storage tanks for contaminated water are seen through a window of a building at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima, Japan, on February 23, 2017. Tomohiro Ohsumi/Pool/AFP

Ex-bosses stand trial over 2011 Fukushima crisis in Japan

Jun 30, 2017 - 11:49 AM

UPDATED Ex Tokyo Electric Power chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata and former vice presidents Sakae Muto and Ichiro Takekuro all plead not guilty to charges of professional negligence resulting in death and injury

Ex-bosses to go on trial over Fukushima disaster

Jun 28, 2017 - 11:35 AM

The indictments are the first – and only – criminal charges stemming from the tsunami sparked reactor meltdowns at the plant that set off the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986

STILL CONTAMINATED. Storage tanks for contaminated water are seen through a window of a building at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima, Japan, on February 23, 2017. Tomohiro Ohsumi/Pool/AFP

Japan court rules government liable for Fukushima disaster

Mar 17, 2017 - 7:25 PM

Numerous lawsuits have been filed in relation to various aspects of the disaster but Friday s ruling marks the first verdict in a group lawsuit by evacuees seeking compensation from both the government and TEPCO over the catastrophe

REMEMBERING FUKUSHIMA. People offer flowers at the monument of the victim of the 2011 quake-tsunami disaster during a memorial service in Namie, a no entry zone in Fukushima prefecture on March 11, 2017. Photo by kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan recalls tsunami, nuclear tragedy 6 years on

Mar 11, 2017 - 3:55 PM

UPDATED I feel pain deep in my heart thinking about the health of those aging year by year in the disaster zone and people who remain unable to return home due to high radiation levels Prince Akishino says

REMEMBERING 3/11. Balloons in the shape of doves are released into the air during a memorial service for victims of the 2011 quake-tsunami disaster in Natori, Miyagi prefecture on March 11, 2017.  KAZUHIRO NOGI / AFP

Radiation level in Fukushima plant at record high

Feb 03, 2017 - 4:12 PM

We believe the captured images offer very useful information but we still need to investigate given that it is very difficult to assume the actual condition inside says TEPCO spokesman Tatsuhiro Yamagishi

RECORD HIGH. This handout video grab from Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) taken and released on January 30, 2017 shows the inside of the No. 2 reactor, just below the pressure vessel, at TEPCO's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture. Handout photo by TEPCO/AFP

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Nov 22, 2016 - 2:12 PM

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Gempa 6,9 SR guncang Jepang, berpotensi picu gelombang tsunami

Nov 22, 2016 - 9:32 AM

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Strong quake hits Japan, triggers Fukushima tsunami

Nov 22, 2016 - 6:38 AM

UPDATED There are no signs immediate signs of widespread damage and only a handful of minor injuries are reported but people along the coast are badly shaken

Japan's Meteorological Agency official Koji Nakamura gives a briefing following a 6.9-magnitude earthquake that hit the country's northeast, in Tokyo on November 22, 2016. Jiji Press/AFP

Pacific Ocean radiation back near normal after Fukushima – study

Jul 04, 2016 - 12:27 PM

Radiation levels in the Pacific were rapidly returning to normal after being tens of millions of times higher than usual following the disaster

High waves surge at coast at Ukedo in Namie, about 5 km north of tsunami-crippled Tokyo Electric Company's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (seen in rear), Fukushima Prefecture, northern Japan, March 10, 2015. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Japan's only working nuclear reactors can stay online

Apr 06, 2016 - 6:45 PM

A court rules that the No 1 and No 2 reactors at the Sendai power plant should be allowed to stay online

epa04412863 Protesters take part in an anti-nuclear power demonstration in Tokyo, Japan, 23 September 2014. Two reactors at the Sendai power plant, operated by Kyushu Electric, in Japan, passed new safety standards on 10 September, for the first time since the nuclear disaster at Fukushima three and a half years ago. The move brings Japan closer to restarting domestic nuclear power generation after the government shut down all of its nuclear plants in the wake of the reactor meltdown at Fukushima, which followed an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. EPA/KIYOSHI OTA

Japan, US, France to team up on Fukushima cleanup – official

Mar 14, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Experts from the 3 countries will work to develop technologies for the major cleanup which could take up to 4 decades

epa05152387 Members of the media, wearing protective suits and masks, walk after they receive briefing from Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) employees (in blue) in front of storage tanks for radioactive water at TEPCO's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, 10 February 2016. A group of foreign media visited to the plant, just a month before the fifth anniversary of the nuclear accident. The 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck 11 March 2011 and triggered a tsunami claimed the lives of an estimated 15,000 people, and led to a nuclear accident on a level that had not been seen since Chernobyl in 1986. EPA/TORU HANAI / POOL

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Japan marks 5th anniversary of quake, tsunami disaster with moment of silence

Mar 11, 2016 - 1:15 PM

UPDATED I hope people will remember us that lives of evacuees are still difficult in many ways including financially Kazuko Nihei 39 says at a memorial event in a Tokyo park

AFTER 5 YEARS. Visitors offer a prayer for victims, at the former Disaster Prevention Center in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, March 10, 2016. 43 people were killed when a 15.5-meter high wave hit the town. Japan will mark the fifth anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami on March 11. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Japan court orders two nuclear reactors to shut down over safety fears

Mar 09, 2016 - 3:59 PM

The order would bring the number of operating reactors in Japan down to two

ORDERED SHUT. This file photo taken on February 26, 2016 shows Kansai Electric Power's number 3 (L) and number 4 (R) reactors at the Takahama nuclear plant in western Japan's Fukui prefecture. Jiji Press/AFP

Fukushima 'dark tourism' aids remembrance and healing

Mar 06, 2016 - 1:12 PM

Five years after the nuclear disaster emptied much of Japan s northeastern coast tourism is giving locals of the abandoned town a chance to exorcise the horrors of the past

DARK TOURISM. Participants of 'dark tourism' look at abandoned Tomioka Station in Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, after tsunami disaster and accident of Fukushima nuclear plant on February 11, 2016. Photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Former TEPCO bosses indicted over Fukushima disaster

Feb 29, 2016 - 7:15 PM

If convicted they face up to 5 years in prison or a penalty of up to one million yen 8 850

epa05168008 (FILE) A file picture dated 12 March 2011 shows an overview of the Fukushima I nuclear plant in Japan, shortly before an explosion happened. The fifth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake will be marked on 11 March 2016. The 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck 11 March 2011 and triggered a tsunami claimed the lives of an estimated 15,000 people, and led to a nuclear accident on a level that had not been seen since Chernobyl in 1986. Japan had not seen such death and destruction since the two atomic bombings of World War II. EPA/STRINGER JAPAN OUT

Japan turns on third nuclear reactor since post-Fukushima ban

Jan 29, 2016 - 6:30 PM

The government and utility firms have been pushing to get reactors back in operation nearly 5 years after the disastrous meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant

GROUND ZERO. An aerial photo taken by a small unmanned drone of the damaged units of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan, 20 March 2011. EPA/Air Photo Service / Handout / File

Why revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant?

Jan 10, 2016 - 10:57 AM

Pro nuclear energy advocates say reviving the mothballed plant is a cheaper alternative

The facade of the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant in Morong. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

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

Oct 20, 2015 - 3:10 PM

2nd UPDATE An official with the health ministry says the ex employee who is in his thirties developed leukemia after working at the plant following the 2011 crisis

GROUND ZERO. An aerial photo taken by a small unmanned drone of the damaged units of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan, 20 March 2011. EPA/Air Photo Service / Handout / File

Opponents vow to fight laws expanding role of Japan's military

Sep 19, 2015 - 2:59 PM

Susumu Murakoshi chairman of the 36 000 strong national bar association criticizes the government for going against the will of the people and pledged to see the changes abolished

'NOT AN END.' A general view of the Lower House session to vote non-confidence motion against Abe's Cabinet is held at parliament in Tokyo, Japan, September 18, 2015. The Democratic Party of Japan is opposed to the bills that would for the first time since World War II allow the use of military force in support of allies attacked overseas. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Hundreds trapped as floods sweep Japan

Sep 10, 2015 - 9:02 PM

UPDATED At least 12 people are missing after being swept away when the levee on the Kinugawa river gave way flooding an area that reports say spanned 32 square kilometers and included 6 500 homes

RESCUE. A local resident is rescued by a helicopter of the Gound Self Defense Force in a flooded area in Joso, Ibaraki Prefecture, on September 10, 2015. AFP Photo/Jiji Press

Floods spark evacuations as Japan is deluged

Sep 10, 2015 - 9:01 PM

The Japan Meteorological Agency issues special warnings for Tochigi and Ibaraki prefectures north of Tokyo urging vigilance against mudslides and flooding

EVACUATION. Rescue workers transport evacuees in a rubber boat through floodwaters at Oyama in Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo on September 10, 2015. Photo by Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP photo

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Japan lifts evacuation order for radiation-hit Fukushima town

Sep 05, 2015 - 8:00 PM

It seen as a pilot case for nearby areas with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe s government aiming to lift a raft of evacuation orders by March 2017

GROUND ZERO. An aerial photo taken by a small unmanned drone of the damaged units of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan, 20 March 2011. EPA/Air Photo Service / Handout / File

Japan ends nuclear shutdown 4 years after Fukushima

Aug 11, 2015 - 10:30 AM

The restart comes more than 4 years after a quake generated tsunami triggered meltdowns at the Fukushima plant

RESTARTED. An undated picture provided by Kyushu Electric Power Company on August 10, 2015 shows the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, south-western Japan. Kyushu Electric Power Company/Handout/EPA

Japan court rejects bid to block restart of two nuclear reactors

Apr 22, 2015 - 1:43 PM

The district court in southern Kagoshima prefecture turns down the challenge by local residents who wanted to halt the refiring of the No 1 and No 2 reactors at the Sendai nuclear plant

In this file photo, an anti-nuclear power plant demonstrator holds a sign reading 'Opposed to restarting Sendai Nuclear Plant' during a protest against the restarting of the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant of Kyushu Electric Power Co. outside the Prime Minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, November 7, 2014. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

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Apr 22, 2015 - 11:12 AM

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Japan court blocks restarting of two nuclear reactors

Apr 14, 2015 - 2:43 PM

The verdict comes months after the country s nuclear watchdog had given the green light to switch them back on

Radiation from Fukushima detected off Canada west coast

Apr 08, 2015 - 10:39 AM

It is the first time traces of Cesium 134 had been detected off North American coasts the isotope characteristic of the 2011 Fukushima disaster

GROUND ZERO. An aerial photo taken by a small unmanned drone of the damaged units of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan, 20 March 2011. EPA/Air Photo Service / Handout / File

Japan marks 4th anniversary of quake-tsunami disaster

Mar 11, 2015 - 11:31 AM

UPDATED The 2011 Tohoku disaster swept away thousands of people and sparked a nuclear crisis a tragedy that has left visible scars on the landscape and continues to wreak misery for many

HONORING THE VICTIMS. Japan's Emperor Akihito (R) and Empress Michiko bow in front of the altar for the victims of the 11 March 2011 earthquake and tsunami at the national memorial service in Tokyo, Japan, 11 March 2015. Toru Hanai/Pool/EPA

4 years on, Japan's tsunami victims frozen in their tragedy

Mar 11, 2015 - 10:08 AM

Four years after the tsunami thousands of people are unable to turn the page on the horror For them grief is frozen in time because they cannot find the bodies they need to mourn

IN LOVING MEMORY. In a picture taken on March 8, 2015, portraits of Takayuku Ueno's two deceased children, daughter Erika (L) and son Kotaro (R), are displayed on an alter at his newly constructed home at Kaibama area in Minami-soma, north of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Deserted Fukushima town to remove pro-nuclear signs

Mar 10, 2015 - 12:51 PM

Deserted Futaba town which plays host to the crippled Fukushima Dai ichi nuclear power plant is set to earmark cash to remove huge signboards erected in 1988 and 1991

A view of a deserted street in a neighborhood in Futaba Town, where the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is located, in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, 18 April 2011. Koichi Kamoshida/EPA

Years-long 'silent quake' unleashed Fukushima tsunami

Jan 07, 2015 - 6:58 AM

Part of a fault where two mighty plates on the Earth s crust collide east of Japan was being quietly crushed and twisted for nearly a decade which eventually caused it to rip open on March 11 2011 a study finds

GROUND ZERO. An aerial photo taken by a small unmanned drone of the damaged units of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan, 20 March 2011. EPA/Air Photo Service / Handout / File