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Melted fuel photographed at Fukushima
15 February, 2019
Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) on 13 February released photos of...
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Russia’s NIIAR to simulate the behaviour of Fukushima molten core material
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 by Scientists at Russia’s Research Institute of Atomic Reactors (NIIAR, part of the scientific division of state nuclear corporation Rosatom) will spend the next several months...

Tepco to build new seawall at Fukushim
Thursday, September 20, 2018 by Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) has announced that it will build a 600-metre-long seawall to strengthen protection against tsunami at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Tepco to survey debris at Fukushima Daiichi 2
Monday, July 30, 2018 by Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) is planning to survey melted fuel debris at unit 2 of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant by the end of March 2019 to explore ways for...

More compensation for Fukushima evacuees
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 by Japan’s Kyoto District Court on 15 March ordered the government and Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) to pay JPY110m ($1m) in damages to 110 of 174 plaintiffs evacuated from the...

Fukushima fallout found in particulate form
Tuesday, March 06, 2018 by Uranium and other radioactive materials, including caesium and technetium, have been found in tiny particles released from Japan’s damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the...

UK drone to be deployed at Fukushima
Thursday, March 01, 2018 by The UK-developed Remote Intelligence Survey Equipment for Radiation (RISER) is to be deployed to measure radiation levels inside damaged reactors at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

More melted fuel identified at Fukushima Daiichi
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 by Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said on 19 January that a long telescopic probe has successfully captured images of the fuel inside the primary containment vessel (PCV) of...

Fukushima opens partially-built waste store
Monday, October 30, 2017 by The Japanese government on 28 October began full operation of a facility, to store radioactive waste resulting from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster after running it on a trial...

More delays for Fukushima cleanup
Friday, September 29, 2017 by 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...

More restart delays for Japanese reactors
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by The governor of Japan’s Ibaraki prefecture, Masaru Hashimoto, said on17 August that he will not consent to restarting the single reactor at Japan Atomic Power Co’s Tokai II NPP,...

Fukushima ice wall not seen as effective
Sunday, August 20, 2017 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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.

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