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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

Going home to Chernobyl ghost town 32 years on

Apr 27, 2018 - 12:01 AM

All the inhabitants of Pripyat, a town of nearly 50,000 built just two kilometers from the plant to house its employees, were evacuated the day after the world's worst nuclear disaster

GHOST TOWN. Natalia Shevchuk stands near a radioactive sign on April 23, 2018 in the ghost town of Pripyat, as she is revisiting her childhood home 32 years after the Chernobyl disaster. Photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

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

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

30 years on, Ukraine remembers Chernobyl catastrophe

Apr 26, 2016 - 8:05 PM

There was crying and screaming says a resident as she recalls the day the world s worst nuclear accident occurred

epa05277521 Ukrainians light candles near the memorial for 'liquidators' who died during cleaning up works after the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, during a ceremony in Slavutich city, some 190 km north of the capital Kiev, Ukraine, early 26 April 2016. In the early hours of 26 April 1986 the Unit 4 reactor at the Chernobyl power station blew apart. Facing nuclear disaster on unprecedented scale Soviet authorities tried to contain the situation by sending thousands of ill-equipped men into a radioactive maelstrom. The men barely lasted more than a few weeks suffering lingering painful deaths. The explosion of Unit 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is still regarded the biggest accident in the history of nuclear power generation. Ukrainians mark the 30th anniversary of Chernobyl's tragedy on 26 April 2016. EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO

Defying radiation, elderly residents cling on in Chernobyl

Apr 18, 2016 - 10:30 PM

158 people still live in the exclusion zone in Chernobyl Ukraine – site of the world s worst nuclear accident

Yevgeny Markevich, 78, looks out from the gate of his yard in Chernobyl on April 8, 2016.  The sturdy 78-year-old former teacher is among 158 people still living in the 30 kilometre (19 mile) exclusion zone around the Ukrainian nuclear power plant where reactor number four exploded on April 26, 1986. / AFP PHOTO / Sergei SUPINSKY

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

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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

Ukraine marks 29 years since Chernobyl disaster

Apr 26, 2015 - 8:37 PM

Ukrainians marks 29 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster laying wreaths and candles near the plant where work to lay a new seal over the reactor site has been delayed

GROUND ZERO. A picture taken through the windows of a van shows a general view of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, 21 April 2015. Roman Pilpey/EPA

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Apr 22, 2015 - 11:12 AM

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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

N. Korea warns of nuclear disaster, threatens US

Jan 01, 2014 - 9:31 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the Korean peninsula would be engulfed by massive nuclear disaster if war breaks out there again warning the US it will not be safe in the event of a conflict

KING OF AMUSEMENTS. The young North Korean leader has ordered the construction of other high-profile leisure projects like an amusement park, water park and horseback riding club. EPA/KCNA 25 Oct 2013 release

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

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

Fukushima 'unprecedented challenge': new Japan PM

Dec 29, 2012 - 7:38 PM

The massive work toward decommissioning is an unprecedented challenge in human history the newly elected Shinzo Abe said Success in the decommissioning will lead to the reconstruction of Fukushima and Japan

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