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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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

Japan city flooded as raging river breaks its banks

Sep 10, 2015 - 12:28 PM

UPDATED Dramatic television footage shows a wall of muddy water gushing from the swollen Kinugawa river in Joso city north of Tokyo which is home to around 65 000 people

TYPHOON ETAU. A Japanese surfer watches high waves from Typhoon Etau hit a breakwater in Isumi city, Chiba prefecture, Japan, 09 September 2015. Photo by Everett Kennedy Brown/EPA

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

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

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

Downgraded typhoon heading toward Fukushima plant

Jul 11, 2014 - 11:35 AM

Workers at Fukushima are already locked in a struggle to contain huge amounts of contaminated water and have been scrambling to protect the plant from the bands of rainfall

ICE WALL. Workers construct an ice wall to freeze highly toxic water at tsunami-crippled Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, Japan, 09 July 2014. Kimimasa Mayama/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

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

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

100-ton radioactive water leak at Fukushima: TEPCO

Feb 20, 2014 - 1:18 PM

A new leak of 100 tons of highly radioactive water has been discovered at Fukushima the plant s operator said Thursday February 20

RADIOACTIVE WATER. This handout picture taken by Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) on February 20, 2014 shows leaked contamination water around a tank at TEPCO's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant at Okuma in Fukushima prefecture. TEPCO/AFP

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

Fukushima operator seeks reactor restart

Sep 27, 2013 - 12:23 PM

TEPCO asked Japan s nuclear watchdog for permission to restart a separate atomic power station as it resumed cleaning polluted water at the crippled plant

RESTARTING A REACTOR? Workers at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant on September 26 spotted a hole in one of the barriers intended to keep radioactive particles contained in the harbor.  AFP PHOTO / TEPCO

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

Steam seen at Fukushima reactors: TEPCO

Sep 13, 2013 - 1:55 PM

Vapor has begun rising again from a Fukushima nuclear power plant reaction long after its core melted down

STEAM AT 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

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

Japan should stop 'confusing messages' on Fukushima - IAEA

Aug 28, 2013 - 7:26 PM

IAEA to Japan: Explain more clearly what is happening at Fukushima and avoid sending confusing messages about the disaster

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

Fukushima water handling 'like whack-a-mole' – minister

Aug 26, 2013 - 8:11 PM

Government will play a greater role in the clean up at the Tokyo Electric Power Company plant after tons of toxic liquid leaked

TWO MORE. 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

TEPCO to drain two more tanks at Fukushima nuclear plant

Aug 24, 2013 - 9:50 PM

TEPCO has not yet pinpointed the source of the leak in the first of three tanks relocated from their original zone

TWO MORE. 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

Fukushima workers checking 300 tanks for more leaks

Aug 22, 2013 - 10:08 AM

UPDATED Some 300 tons of radioactive water was believed to have seeped from one of the tanks that hold water used to cool the broken reactors

GROUND ZERO. This hand out picture taken by Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) on August 19, 2013 shows contaminated water which leaked from a water tank at TEPCO's Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant at Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture. AFP / TEPCO

Japan says Fukushima leak worst since tsunami

Aug 21, 2013 - 6:41 PM

UPDATED The assessment comes after TEPCO said some 300 tons of radioactive water is believed to have leaked

GROUND ZERO. This hand out picture taken by Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) on August 19, 2013 shows contaminated water which leaked from a water tank at TEPCO's Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant at Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture. AFP / TEPCO

TEPCO: Worst radioactive leak from tank at Fukushima

Aug 20, 2013 - 7:03 PM

UPDATE Tokyo Electric Power Company says the leak is believed to be continuing Tuesday at Fukushima and it has not yet pinpointed the source of it

GROUND ZERO. This hand out picture taken by Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) on August 19, 2013 shows contaminated water which leaked from a water tank at TEPCO's Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant at Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture. AFP / TEPCO

Fukushima operator pumps out toxic groundwater

Aug 10, 2013 - 4:24 PM

Tokyo Electric Power TEPCO began the work after it admitted last month that radioactive groundwater had been seeping out of the plant

TREADING CAREFULLY. A Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) employee in protective clothing works around water tanks at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan, 12 June 2013. Photo by EPA/Noboru Hashimoto / Pool

Japan: battle to stop Fukushima nuclear leaks 'urgent'

Aug 07, 2013 - 9:17 PM

Tokyo s more prominent role comes as critics slam plant operator Tokyo Electric Power and its handling of the more than 2 year old atomic crisis

A construction worker walks beside the underground water tank and water tanks at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant at Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture on June 12, 2013. EPA/Toshifumi Kitamura

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

Japan PM Abe wants new nuclear reactors: reports

Dec 31, 2012 - 1:02 PM

Abe remarked that new reactors would be different to those at Fukushima

Japan, TEPCO ignored nuclear accident risks: report

Jul 23, 2012 - 3:01 PM

Japanese Tokyo Electric Power officials ignored risks of an atomic accident because they believed in the myth of nuclear safety a report on the Fukushima crisis said

Workers remove nuclear fuel from Fukushima plant

Jul 18, 2012 - 4:58 PM

Workers at Japan s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant removed nuclear fuel Wednesday July 18 for the first time since last year s tsunami sparked crisis media said