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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

Japan's Hitachi freezes British nuclear project

Jan 17, 2019 - 10:01 PM

Hitachi CEO Toshiaki Higashihara told reporters that Britain's looming EU departure had had 'no bearing' on the decision

Russia denies nuclear incident after contamination reports

Nov 21, 2017 - 10:23 PM

An 'extremely high pollution' of radiation is detected, but a representative of Rosatom nuclear corporation told AFP 'there have been no incidents at nuclear infrastructure facilities in Russia'

GREENPEACE. In this file photo, environmental group Greenpeace activists in a boat display a banner reading "No To Floating Chernobyl" in front of the floating nuclear power plant "Academician Lomonosov" in Saint Petersburg in Russia. Photo by Olga MALTSEVA / 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

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

Explosion at French nuclear plant, 'no radiation risk'

Feb 09, 2017 - 8:33 PM

Senior local official Jacques Witkowski says a ventilator had exploded outside the nuclear zone at the plant Five people suffer smoke inhalation but there were no serious injuries

(FILES) This file photo taken on November 16, 2016 shows the reactor Flamanville 3 in the construction site of the third-generation European Pressurised Water nuclear reactor (EPR) in Flamanville, northwestern France.   An explosion at a nuclear power station in northern France on February 9, 2017 caused minor injuries but happened outside the plant's nuclear zone and posed no risk of contamination, authorities said. / AFP PHOTO / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU

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

Recto: Don't use Malampaya funds for Bataan nuke plant revival

Nov 22, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto says the funds can instead be used for an independent scientific study on the economic and technical feasibility of completing the plant

REVIVAL. The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte approves reopening the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. File photo by Rappler

Consult scientists on Bataan Nuclear Power Plant – Recto

Nov 12, 2016 - 4:20 PM

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto makes the suggestion following reports that President Rodrigo Duterte allowed the rehabilitation of the BNPP

NUCLEAR PLANT. The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is mulling reopening the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. File photo by Rappler

British PM defends delays on China-backed nuclear project

Sep 04, 2016 - 4:40 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May says she will be taking a decision over Britain s first nuclear plant in decades sometime this month

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

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

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

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Oct 22, 2015 - 6:52 PM

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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

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Sep 10, 2015 - 6:48 PM

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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

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

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

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

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

Thousands rally in Taiwan against nuclear plant

Apr 26, 2014 - 8:38 PM

Taiwanese protesters worry about the potential dangers of nuclear plants especially after Japan s nuclear disaster in 2011

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

Hundreds protest dropped charges over Fukushima crisis

Mar 01, 2014 - 5:52 PM

Hundreds protested Japanese prosecutors decision to drop charges over the Fukushima nuclear crisis with no one yet punished nearly three years after the man made disaster

Japan to lift part of Fukushima evacuation order: official

Feb 24, 2014 - 3:30 PM

Over the next two years up to 30 000 people will be allowed to return to their homes in the original exclusion zone

GROUND ZERO. 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

Experts visit Iran uranium mine for first time in years

Jan 29, 2014 - 11:20 PM

After several years inspectors from the International Atomic Agency set foot in an Iranian uranium plant

TESTS. An unidentified International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspector disconnects the connections between the twin cascades for 20 percent uranium production at nuclear power plant of Natanz, some 300 kilometres south of Tehran on January, 20, 2014 as Iran halted production of 20 percent enriched uranium, marking the coming into force of an interim deal with world powers on its disputed nuclear program. AFP Photo

UN experts inspect Iran's Arak nuclear plant

Dec 08, 2013 - 11:56 PM

The visit forms part of a mid November agreement in Tehran with IAEA as the Vienna based agency seeks to clarify concerns about Iran s past nuclear activities

FIRST VISIT IN TWO YEARS. A picture taken on January 15, 2011, shows a general view of the water facility at Arak. Atomic experts from the UN nuclear watchdog were at Iran's Arak heavy water plant on December 8, 2013, to inspect it for the first time since August 2011, media reported. File photo by Hamid Foroutan / AFP

Fukushima operator to start dangerous fuel-rod removal

Nov 18, 2013 - 1:14 PM

It follows months of setbacks and glitches that have stoked widespread criticism of the utility s handling of the crisis

GROUND ZERO. A Tokyo Electric Power Corp.'s official (C) is standing in front of journalists at the H4 tank area at the Tokyo Electric Power Corp.'s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, Japan, 07 November 2013. EPA/Kimimasa Mayama/Pool

Fukushima plant readies for dangerous fuel rod removal

Nov 07, 2013 - 12:59 PM

Experts say the operation is a tricky but essential step in the decades long decommissioning process after the worst atomic accident in a generation

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

Britain grabs slice of Chinese investment

Oct 21, 2013 - 11:39 AM

Britain assuages its hunger for economic ties with China after finance minister George Osborne returns from a trip to the Asian powerhouse with a range of investment deals

CHINESE INVESTMENTS. George Osborn, Chancellor of the Exchequer, can claim to have smoothed relations with the emerging economic power, China. File photo by AFP

Groundwater radiation spikes at crippled Fukushima

Oct 19, 2013 - 4:33 PM

TEPCO said water samples contained 400 000 becquerels per liter of beta ray emitting substances the highest since March 2011

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

6 Fukushima workers doused with radioactive water

Oct 09, 2013 - 2:22 PM

The fluid splashed onto the men when they accidentaly removed a pipe connected to the system

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

New leak at crippled Fukushima nuclear plant – TEPCO

Oct 03, 2013 - 7:20 AM

UPDATED TEPCO says the highly radioactive water had leaked at the Fukushima No 1 plant from a different storage tank

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

Anti-radiation fence at Fukushima has hole – TEPCO

Sep 26, 2013 - 6:20 PM

Workers at Japan s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant spot a hole in one of the barriers intended to keep radioactive particles contained in the harbor

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

Over 1,000 tons of Fukushima water dumped after typhoon

Sep 17, 2013 - 3:48 PM

The utility said about 1 130 tons of water with low levels of radiation were released into the ground

PUMPING RAINWATER. This handout picture taken by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) on September 15, 2013 and released on September 17 shows a TEPCO worker pumping rainwater around the contamination water tank at TEPCO's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant at Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture. AFP / TEPCO

Typhoon Man-yi hits Japan, 3 dead

Sep 17, 2013 - 8:26 AM

Man yi forces the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to release rainwater with low levels of radiation into the ocean

MAN-YI. Tropical Storm Man-yi covered two-thirds of Japan's main island Honshu when NASA's Terra satellite passed overhead and captured a visible image on Sept. 16 at 0140 UTC/Sept. 15 at 9:40 p.m. EDT. Image courtesy NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

TEPCO finds high radiation in Fukushima groundwater

Sep 10, 2013 - 3:51 PM

Late on Monday plant operator TEPCO announced samples taken from a well at the site showed the presence of radioactive substances including strontium

INSPECTING FUKUSHIMA. A handout picture provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco), shows Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Toshimitsu Motegi (L) pointing to contaminated water storage tanks during his visit at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Okuma, northeast of Tokyo, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, 26 August 2013. EPA/TEPCO/HANDOUT

Japan unveils $470-M plan for Fukushima water leaks

Sep 03, 2013 - 2:53 PM

UPDATED Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his administration will spend public money to get the job done

INSPECTING FUKUSHIMA. A handout picture provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco), shows Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Toshimitsu Motegi (L) pointing to contaminated water storage tanks during his visit at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Okuma, northeast of Tokyo, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, 26 August 2013. EPA/TEPCO/HANDOUT

Fukushima operator discovers pipe leaking radioactive water

Sep 01, 2013 - 3:06 PM

The discovery of the pipe came a day after Tokyo Electric Power Co TEPCO said it found new radiation hotspots at four sites around coolant tanks

INSPECTING FUKUSHIMA. A handout picture provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco), shows Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Toshimitsu Motegi (L) pointing to contaminated water storage tanks during his visit at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Okuma, northeast of Tokyo, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, 26 August 2013. EPA/TEPCO/HANDOUT

High radiation readings found at Fukushima tanks

Sep 01, 2013 - 9:08 AM

TEPCO detected high radiation readings at 4 sites around the tanks although none of the containers showed any visible fall in their water levels

INSPECTIONS. Japan's nuclear watchdog members, including Nuclear Regulation Authority members, inspect contaminated water tanks at the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant on August 23, 2013. Photo by AFP/JAPAN POOL via JIJI PRESS

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Aug 21, 2013 - 9:43 PM

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Radioactive water may have leaked from Fukushima: TEPCO

Apr 06, 2013 - 12:26 PM

Up to 120 tonnes of contaminated water may have escaped from one of the seven underground reservoir tanks at the tsunami damaged plant

RADIOACTIVE WATER. Workers wearing protective suits and masks are seen near tanks of radiation contaminated water at Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the town of Okuma, Fukushima prefecture on March 6, 2013. Photo by AFP

EU condemns Iran nuclear upgrade decision as 'clear violation'

Feb 01, 2013 - 11:08 PM

EU says Iran s decision to install more modern equipment at its Natanz nuclear plant would be in clear violation of its international obligations

Fukushima kids fatter as radiation fears cut exercise

Dec 25, 2012 - 9:54 PM

Children in Fukushima are getting fatter as outdoor activities have been cut in the area due to radiation fears after last year s nuclear disaster

Japan's TEPCO admits downplaying tsunami risk

Oct 12, 2012 - 8:11 PM

An operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant admitted playing down tsunami risk for fear of the financial and regulatory costs

Fukushima caused mutant butterflies: scientists

Aug 14, 2012 - 3:55 PM

Around 12 percent of pale grass blue butterflies that were exposed to nuclear fallout as larvae immediately after the disaster had abnormalities

Pale grass blue butterfly. FIle photo via Wikipedia/Laitche