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Fukushima opens partially-built waste store
30 October, 2017
The Japanese government on 28 October began full operation of a facility,...
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More delays for Fukushima cleanup
Friday, September 29, 2017 Japan's government on 26 September approved a revision of its 30/40-year plan to decommission the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, delaying by three more years the removal of...

Fukushima ice wall not seen as effective
Sunday, August 20, 2017 A subterranean ice wall which Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) has constructed surrounding the damaged nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi NPP to block groundwater from flowing...

Fukushima town moves to lift evacuation orders
Thursday, August 10, 2017 The authorities of a town in Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture are considering partially lift the evacuation order for "difficult-to-return" zones with high radiation levels by spring of...

Fuel removal at Fukushima remains a problem
Tuesday, August 08, 2017 Japan’s Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation (NDF) on 2 August made public its basic policy for recovery of melted nuclear fuel from units 1-3...

Melted fuel possibly identified at Fukushima unit 3
Sunday, July 23, 2017 Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) has said that an aquatic robot recently sent into the unit 3 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant Japan has captured images of what...

New robot to inspect Fukushima unit 3
Thursday, June 15, 2017 A small radiation-hardened, submersible robot will be used to inspect the primary containment vessel (PCV) of Fukushima Daiichi unit 3 this summer.

Fukushima evacuees reluctant to return home
Thursday, April 27, 2017 Some 80% of voluntary Fukushima nuclear disaster evacuees, now living in other areas of Japan, have no intention of returning, according to a Fukushima prefectural government...

Doubts growing on usefulness of robots at Fukushima
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Members of Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority NRA are now urging Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) to find new technology and methods to aid in the cleanup of the Fukushima...

Japan lifts more evacuation orders
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 The Japanese government's nuclear emergency response headquarters that announced that evacuation orders will be lifted in parts of the towns of Namie on 31 March and Tomioka on 1...

Japanese court finds government liable for Fukushima damage
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 The Japanese district court in Maebashi, north of Tokyo, on 17 March ruled that the government bears partial responsibility for the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Six years after Fukushima, public still hostile to nuclear
Monday, March 13, 2017 Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) has only paid 6% of the compensation sought by municipalities in connection with the 2011 Fukushima accident, Kyodo news agency reported on 11 March –...

More robot problems for Tepco at Fukushima
Monday, February 20, 2017 Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said on 16 February that an attempt to take a close look inside the reactor of unit 2 at the Fukushima Daiichi NPP using a scorpion-shaped robot...

Melted fuel may have been located at Fukushima
Wednesday, February 01, 2017 Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi NPP, is optimistic of a breakthrough in the clean-up of the plant after new images showed possible melted...

Plans to remove nuclear fuel at Fukushima delayed again
Sunday, January 29, 2017 A further postponement has been announced to plans for the removal of used nuclear fuel from Tokyo Electric Power Co's (Tepco’s) Fukushima Daiichi NPP preparation, the Nikkei...

Fuel removal delayed again at Fukushima
Wednesday, January 04, 2017 Work to remove used nuclear fuel from the storage pool at unit 3 of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan has been postponed again because of delays delay in clearing...

Japan doubles estimated cost of Fukushima disaster
Thursday, December 01, 2016 Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (Meti) has almost doubled the estimated cost of compensation for the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and decommissioning of the...

Leaks of contaminated water at Fukushima
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 Following the powerful magnitude 7.4 earthquake that shook northeastern Japan on 22 November, water leakages have been detected from the spent fuel pools of both the crippled...

No major damage from Fukushima earthquake
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 The earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan’s northeast coast on 22 November tested the sea wall built around the Fukushima Daiichi NPP, which had been seriously damaged by the...

Ongoing problems for Fukushima ice wall
Tuesday, November 08, 2016 The underground frozen wall being built around Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi NPP is, as yet, unable to fully prevent groundwater from entering buildings and mixing with...

Evacuation order to be lifted for another Fukushima town
Thursday, November 03, 2016 Japan’s nuclear emergency response headquarters, part of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), on 28 October approved lifting of the evacuation order for the municipality...

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