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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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Mar 11, 2016 - 7:05 PM

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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

Fukushima construction workers hurt

Nov 07, 2014 - 3:08 PM

One of the three is left unconscious after the accident and remained in a critical condition in hospital where he had been taken by helicopter

Murakami says Japan ignoring WWII, Fukushima role – report

Nov 03, 2014 - 3:50 PM

No one has taken real responsibility for the 1945 war end or the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident I feel so

In this file photo, Japanese writer Haruki Murakami is seen shortly before addressing a press conference in Barcelona, northeastern Spain, 08 June 2011. Jordi Bedmar/Pool/EPA

Radiation fears still haunt Fukushima

Sep 27, 2014 - 11:00 AM

Three years after the devastating quake and tsunami and the ensuing nuclear disaster residents of Fukushima are still worried about the effects of radiation

THE WORK CONTINUES. Local residents work to decontaminate the rice fields in the Odaka district of Minamisoma city, 20 kilometers from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, in Fukushima prefecture, Japan, 24 February 2014. Everett Kennedy Brown/EPA

Japan newspaper apologizes for false Fukushima report

Sep 11, 2014 - 11:14 PM

The article published said that 90 of workers at the Fukushima Dai ichi nuclear power plant had left the complex disobeying the plant chief s order to stay put in the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986

Fukushima workers to sue TEPCO for hazard pay

Sep 02, 2014 - 12:06 PM

The workers whose ages range from those in their 30s to their 60s say they have not been properly compensated for the risks their work entails including removing contaminated debris and patrolling at the plant

A file picture dated 06 April 2011 of a police officer walking out of the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Franck Robichon/EPA

Heavy equipment falls into Fukushima reactor pool

Aug 29, 2014 - 7:14 PM

Tokyo Electric Power says it has not detected any significant changes in radiation readings or in the level of pool water at the No 3 reactor which was broken during the 2011 quake

Tokyo Electric Power Company's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. File photo from November 7, 2013. Kimimasa Mayama/Pool/AFP

Fukushima operator ordered to compensate for suicide

Aug 26, 2014 - 2:47 PM

It was the first time that the operator of the stricken plant Tokyo Electric Power Co TEPCO has been ordered to pay compensation for a suicide linked to the 2011 nuclear disaster

A file picture dated 06 April 2011 of a police officer walking out of the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Franck Robichon/EPA

Japanese get anti-radiation pills ahead of nuclear restart

Jul 28, 2014 - 4:01 PM

The move to distribute the pills started Sunday July 27 for those living within a five kilometer three mile radius of the Sendai nuclear plant

This picture taken on April 28, 2014 shows the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima prefecture. Jiji Press/AFP

Japan braced for more aftershocks of giant 2011 quake

Jul 12, 2014 - 1:32 PM

The strong 6 8 magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast of northeastern Japan on Saturday July 12 caused a minor tsunami in the early hours

Japan launches new satellite to survey disasters

May 24, 2014 - 3:32 PM

The satellite will collect data related to deformation of the Earth s crust but also the impact of floods and landslides

JAPAN, Tanegashima : Japan's H-IIA rocket lifts off from the space centre on the southern island of Tanegashima on May 24, 2014. Japan successfully launched a new mapping satellite on May 24 that will be used to survey damage from natural disasters and changes affecting rainforests. Jiji Press JAPAN OUT/AFP

Japan Fukushima operator diverts groundwater to sea

May 21, 2014 - 12:45 PM

The bypass system is an attempt to stop tons of unpolluted groundwater from mixing with water laced with radioactive isotopes

FUKUSHIMA. A worker wearing a protective suit and a mask looks up welding storage tanks for radioactive water at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, March 10, 2014. Toru Hanai/Pool/EPA

Jimmy Choo creates Fukushima shoes line

Apr 18, 2014 - 10:22 PM

The celebrated shoe designer has said that the materials native to the disaster hit area are actually quite beautiful and also remarked on the craftsmanship he saw from the artisans around the area

HELPING HAND. World famous designer Jimmy Choo unveiled six pairs of shoes using materials and techniques native to Japan's Fukushima area, in a bid to boost the profile of artisans there struggling in the aftermath of the tsunami-sparked nuclear disaster. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/ AFP

Fukushima operator halts water decontamination system

Mar 19, 2014 - 1:15 PM

Tokyo Electric Power discovers a defect in the decontamination system of the Fukushima plant s radiation tainted water shutting it off for repairs

FUKUSHIMA ISSUES. Workers walk past the nuclear reactor three building seen from the coastal side at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (Tepco) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan on November 7, 2013. Kimimasa Mayama/Pool/AFP

Japan marks 3rd anniversary of quake-tsunami disaster

Mar 11, 2014 - 7:18 AM

Remembrance ceremonies will be held in towns and cities around the disaster zone and in the capital Tokyo

REMEMBERING. Divers of a Japanese Coast Guard marine rescue unit observe a moment of silence before they search waters in the hope of finding missing persons at Tsukahama in Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture on March 10, 2014, a day before the third anniversary of March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP