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Japan Nuclear

Fukushima Cleanup: What Is At Stake?

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

TOKYO (AP) — Workers started the difficult task Monday of removing nuclear fuel rods from a heavily damaged reactor building at the Fukushima Dai-Ic...

Japan Criticized At Climate Talks

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

By Elaine Lies and Stian Reklev TOKYO/WARSAW, Nov 15 (Reuters) - China, the EU and campaign groups criticised Japan at U.N. climate ta...

Japan's Last Nuclear Reactor Switched Off

Agence France Presse | Shingo Ito | Posted 11.16.2013 | Green

Japan went nuclear-free on Monday as it switched off its last operating reactor for an inspection, with no date scheduled for a restart amid strong pu...

Nuclear Power Ain't Going Anywhere In Japan

AP | ELAINE KURTENBACH | Posted 11.15.2013 | World

TOKYO — Japan once again has become without atomic energy as its only operating nuclear reactor went offline Sunday for refueling and maintenanc...

Fukushima's Song of Ice and Fire

Joe Cirincione | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Japan wants to build a mile-long, 100-foot deep Ice Wall around the crippled Fukushima nuclear reactors to stop hundreds of gallons of radioactive water from leaking into the Pacific Ocean each day. What could go wrong?

Japan Discovers Active Fault Beneath Nuclear Reactor

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 05.22.2013 | World

TOKYO -- Japan's nuclear watchdog on Wednesday endorsed a panel's conclusion that a seismic fault running underneath one of two reactors at an atomic ...

Japan Drops Nuclear Phase-Out Bid

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 09.20.2012 | World

TOKYO -- Japan's Cabinet stopped short of a commitment Wednesday to phase out nuclear power by 2040, backtracking from an advisory panel's recommendat...

Japan's Reassuring Nuclear History

Gregory Kulacki | Posted 10.06.2012 | World
Gregory Kulacki

Increased Japanese transparency about its nuclear history and the public discussion it has triggered should not be a cause for alarm. They are welcome developments that are likely to solidify Japan's long-standing and well-considered opposition to developing nuclear weapons.

Japanese Nuclear Plant Operator Bailed Out To The Tune Of $12.8 Billion

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 09.30.2012 | World

ONAGAWA, Japan — The Japanese operator of the nuclear power plant devastated in last year's disasters received a 1 trillion yen ($12.8 billion) ...

Japan Investigates Reports Of Radiation-Detector Tampering

Reuters | Posted 09.19.2012 | World

TOKYO, July 21 (Reuters) - Japan's health ministry said it would investigate reports that workers at the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant were...

More Than 100,000 Protest Nuclear Power

Reuters | Posted 09.15.2012 | World

By Aaron Sheldrick TOKYO, July 16 (Reuters) - More than 100,000 anti-nuclear protesters marched through central Tokyo on Monday to voi...

Nuclear Disaster Was Man-Made Crisis

Reuters | Posted 09.03.2012 | World

By Risa Maeda and Linda Sieg TOKYO, July 5 (Reuters) - Japan's Fukushima nuclear crisis was a preventable disaster result...

Japanese PM: Nuke Reactors Must Be Restarted

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 06.08.2012 | World

TOKYO -- Japan's leader appealed to the nation Friday to accept that two nuclear reactors that remained shuttered after the Fukushima disaster must be...

Ex-PM: Nuclear Emergency Laws Flawed

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 07.28.2012 | World

TOKYO — Japan's leader felt fearful and helpless during last year's nuclear disaster and lacked experts capable of giving him guidance, he testi...

Japan Unlikely To Exit Nuclear Power

Reuters | Posted 07.24.2012 | World

By Linda Sieg TOKYO, May 25 (Reuters) - Japan is leaning toward a policy of halving nuclear power's share of electricity ...

UN: Radiation Didn't Kill Fukushima Workers

AP | GEORGE JAHN | Posted 05.23.2012 | World

VIENNA -- A year after an earthquake and tsunami triggered the Fukushima disaster, a United Nations agency preparing a report on the health effects sa...

Japan Shuts Off Last Nuclear Reactors

YURI KAGEYAMA | Posted 07.05.2012 | Green

TOKYO (AP) — Thousands of Japanese marched to celebrate the switching off of the last of their nation's 50 nuclear reactors Saturday, waving banners...

LOOK: Most Expensive Natural Disaster Ever

Posted 03.12.2012 | World

One year after an earthquake and tsunami decimated the northeast coast of Japan, the country continues its extremely costly process of rebuilding. The...

Nuclear Evacuation Fatal For Old, Sick

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 05.09.2012 | World

MINAMI-SOMA, Japan (AP) — The doctors and nurses at Futaba Hospital pleaded for help as a radioactive plume wafted over their hospital. They had bee...

Mega-Disaster Goes Viral: Japan Tsunami's Social Media By The Numbers

Huffington Post | Chris C. Anderson | Posted 03.09.2012 | World

When disaster struck Japan, online reactions to the earthquake and tsunami coursed through Twitter in near-record time. However, even with an unpr...

LOOK: The State Of Nuclear Energy Around The World

Reuters/The Huffington Post | Posted 03.09.2012 | World

On March 11, 2011, an earthquake off the coast of Japan triggered a massive tsunami that killed more than 19,000 people and left thousands missing. Th...

Tsunami Survivor Yuichi Kowata: Government 'Reacted Too Late'

Huffington Post | Chris C. Anderson | Posted 03.08.2012 | World

One year after the tsunami and earthquake that devastated the northeast coast of Japan and left thousands of people dead, Robert Michael Poole and pho...

PHOTOS: Pictures Capture Heartbreak After Tsunami

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.02.2012 | World

It has been nearly one year since a monstrous earthquake triggered a tsunami that roared across Japan's coast on March 11, 2011, transforming once-pri...

Thousands Of Nuclear Refugees Unable To Return Home

Reuters | Posted 04.13.2012 | World

By Chris Meyers OKUMA, Japan, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Back home for just three hours, a tearful Miyoko Takeda sorted through her belonging...

Report Slams Japan's Nuclear Disaster Response

AP | By YURI KAGEYAMA | Posted 02.25.2012 | World

TOKYO -- Japan's response to the nuclear crisis that followed the March 11 tsunami was confused and riddled with problems, including an erroneous assu...