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Japan Nuclear Crisis

First Fuel Rods Removal At Fukushima A Success

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

TOKYO, Nov 21 (Reuters) - The operator of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant completed on Thursday the removal of the first fuel rods from a co...

Encountering the Fukushima Daiichi Accident

Naoto Kan | Posted 12.28.2013 | World
Naoto Kan

Before the Fukushima accident, with the belief that no nuclear accident would happen as long as the safety measures were followed properly, I had pushed the policy of utilizing nuclear power. Having faced the real accident as Prime Minister, my view is now changed 180 degrees.

Fukushima Operator Dumps 1,000 Tons Of Polluted Water In Sea

Agence France Presse | | Posted 11.17.2013 | World

The operator of the leaking Fukushima nuclear plant said Tuesday that it dumped more than 1,000 tons of polluted water into the sea after a typhoon ra...

Radiation Levels Spike At Fukushima Plant

Reuters | Aaron Sheldrick and Mari Saito | Posted 11.03.2013 | World

By Aaron Sheldrick and Mari Saito TOKYO, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Radiation readings around tanks holding contaminated water at the cripp...

Fukushima Survivors To Sue Japanese Gov't

Agence France Presse | | Posted 04.10.2013 | World

People whose homes or farms were hit by radiation from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant will file class-action lawsuits next month to seek damages...

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.

Utility Company Releases Nuclear Disaster Videos

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 10.06.2012 | World

TOKYO — The command center at Japan's stricken nuclear plant shook violently when hydrogen exploded at one reactor, and the plant chief shouted,...

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) ...

Thousands Rally In Tokyo For End To Nuclear Power

AP | YURI KAGEYAMA | Posted 09.15.2012 | World

TOKYO — Tens of thousands of people rallied at a Tokyo park Monday demanding that Japan abandon nuclear power as the country prepares to restart...

Flaws Worsened Japan's Nuclear Crisis

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 06.20.2012 | World

TOKYO -- The operator of the Japanese nuclear plant devastated by last year's tsunami issued a final report on the disaster Wednesday, outlining organ...

PM: Japan Should Wean Itself Off Nuclear Power

Reuters | Posted 08.15.2012 | World

TOKYO, June 15 (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said on Friday that the country should aim to reduce reliance on nuclear power as ...

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...

Japan Mulls Shift To Renewable Energy Following Nuclear Disaster

AP | ELAINE KURTENBACH and MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 05.03.2012 | Green

TOKYO -- Another long, stupefyingly hot summer is looming for Japan just as it shuts down its last operating nuclear power reactor, worsening a squeez...

Japan Heading for Energy Death Spiral?

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.30.2012 | World
Steve Clemons

Nobuo Tanaka realizes that there is a legitimate debate to be had about the safety and management of Japan's nuclear energy facilities, but that a total rejection of nuclear energy will send Japan over a cliff as deindustrialization is triggered by energy shocks.

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...

Putting My Disaster Relief Training to Work

Mark Dyer | Posted 05.08.2012 | Impact
Mark Dyer

On our deployment we saw what it meant for people to be able to live with dignity again, taking the most basic life ingredients we were able to provide.

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...

Plant Chief: Japan's Tsunami-Hit Nuclear Power Plant Remains Fragile

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 04.29.2012 | World

OKUMA, Japan — Japan's tsunami-hit Fukushima power plant remains fragile nearly a year after it suffered multiple meltdowns, its chief said Tues...

'Devil's Chain Reaction'

Reuters | Posted 04.29.2012 | World

By Shinichi Saoshiro FUKUSHIMA, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Japan's prime minister ordered workers to remain at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima ...

Ex-PM: Japan Was Ill-Prepared For Nuke Crisis

AP | By MARI YAMAGUCHI and MALCOLM FOSTER | Posted 04.18.2012 | World

TOKYO -- Japan was woefully unprepared for last year's nuclear disaster, the country's former prime minister said Friday, and suggested that the cripp...

Fearing Panic, Japanese Officials Reportedly Kept Nuclear Crisis Report Secret

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI and YURI KAGEYAMA | Posted 03.26.2012 | World

TOKYO — The Japanese government's worst-case scenario at the height of the nuclear crisis last year warned that tens of millions of people, incl...