Japanese utility makes first contact with melted Fukushima fuel

Before the nuclear fuel deposits had been touched. [credit: TEPCO ] Late last week, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) sent a probe into the damaged second reactor at the Fukushima nuclear plant. The probe’s mission was to explore the solidity of the nuclear fuel that melted back in 2011, when a tsunami hit the […]

Fukushima prosecutors demand TEPCO execs get 5 years for negligence that led to nuclear meltdown

Japanese prosecutors have demanded the top three executives at Tokyo Electric Power Company receive five-year prison sentences for failing to take measures to prevent the disastrous triple meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant. Ex-TEPCO chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata and former vice presidents Ichiro Takekuro and Sakae Muto have all pleaded not guilty to charges of professional […]

Stop sending women & children back to Fukushima fallout zone, UN expert tells Japan

A UN human rights expert has urged Japan to reconsider its policy of returning women and children to areas still high in radiation after they were displaced by the Fukushima meltdown. Baskut Tuncak, the UN’s special rapporteur on hazardous substances, criticized the Japanese government’s decision to resettle citizens in areas with radiation levels above one […]

Japan acknowledges first radiation-linked death out of Fukushima

Enlarge / This picture taken on March 5, 2018 shows a guard gesturing at a check post exit from the exclusion zone of Futaba town, Fukushima prefecture, as Japan prepares to mark the 7th anniversary of the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami that triggered the Fukushima nuclear disaster. (credit: BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images) On Wednesday, Japan’s […]

Homeless & migrant workers ‘exploited’ to clean up Fukushima radiation, UN warns

UN human rights experts have slammed the Japanese government for the alleged exploitation of “tens of thousands” of workers, as well as migrants and the homeless, said to be cleaning up the mangled Fukushima nuclear plant. In a three-way joint statement, released Thursday via the United Nations, the human rights experts detailed their deep concern […]

Seoul defies WTO ruling, vows to keep ban on Japan’s Fukushima seafood

South Korea vows to maintain its restrictions on Japanese seafood imports and appeal the WTO’s ruling against additional radiation tests and bans on fishery products introduced in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. In 2015, Tokyo filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) challenging South Korea’s import bans that were introduced […]

Japan’s nuclear watchdog urges discharge of Fukushima radioactive water into ocean

A final decision to release over a million tons of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima plant should be made “within this year,” as its operator is running out of land to store the waste, Japan’s nuclear regulator said. Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the operator of the Fukushima plant, is short on time to […]

Fukushima survivor tells UN about Japan’s ‘human rights abuses’

A survivor of the Fukushima nuclear disaster has submitted evidence to United Nations Human Rights Council, testifying that she was “forced” to return home to a contaminated area after the government ended financial subsidies for voluntary evacuees. On Thursday, Mitsuko Sonoda submitted evidence of the “ongoing human rights abuses of Fukushima victims” to the UNHRC, […]

Fukushima operator gets green light to restart nuclear reactors

Published time: 5 Oct, 2017 15:02 The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) has been approved to restart reactors at another atomic facility in Japan, the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant. Read more The approval comes as TEPCO is still struggling to decommission Fukushima after the 2011 nuclear disaster. Japan’s nuclear regulator’s five […]

Fukushima underwater drone hunts for missing nuclear fuel (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Published time: 20 Jul, 2017 08:54 Energy company Tepco has published photos and video from an underwater drone sent into the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant to locate the melted fuel debris from inside its No.3 reactor, one of those which melted down during the 2011 disaster. The facility is located 10 meters (33ft) above sea […]