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Flooding Prevention Steps Insufficient at 10 Nuclear Facilities in Japan (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 8 (Jiji Press)—Measures against flooding are insufficient at 10 nuclear power facilities in Japan, mainly at connecting sections, investigations by their operators have revealed. The investigation results were reported at Wednesday's regular meeting of the Nuclear Regulation Authority. Among the 10 are Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power …
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Interview: Violinist Gitlis Sees Need for Education After Nuclear Disaster (News)

Paris, Jan. 26 (Jiji Press)—Globally renowned violinist Ivry Gitlis, who has close ties to areas of Japan devastated by the March 2011 disaster, has emphasized the role of education for the next generation to overcome the risks of nuclear power. In a recent interview with Jiji Press in French, Gitlis described the nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plan…
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Fukushima Cleanup Estimate Doubles to ¥21.5 Trillion (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 9 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese industry ministry said Friday that it has doubled its estimate for costs related to the 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to ¥21.5 trillion from some ¥11 trillion. The costs include ¥8 trillion for decommissioning, up from ¥2 trillion, ¥7.9 trillion for compensation, up from ¥5.4 trillion, ¥4 trillion for decontamination, up from …
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Seeking Peach Immortality in Fukushima

A Fukushima orchard has succeeded in growing peaches with almost 50% higher sugar content than the sweetest peaches on record. We visited with proprietor Furuyama Kōji, one of a group of young producers who are changing the face of agriculture in Japan.
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Powerful Quake Strikes Fukushima, Causing Tsunami (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 22 (Jiji Press)—A powerful earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.4 struck Fukushima and other prefectures in eastern Japan Tuesday morning, causing tsunami in a wide area of the country's Pacific coast. It produced shaking of lower 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale in Fukushima, Ibaraki, and Tochigi Prefectures. Nakamura Kōji, senior coordinator for seismological info…
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Farm-to-Table in Fukushima: Local Chef Serves up Fresh-Picked Treasures

Chef Hagi Harutomo has received regional, national, and international recognition for his creative cooking spotlighting luscious fresh-picked heirloom vegetables and other agricultural products from Fukushima Prefecture. We visited him at his French restaurant in Iwaki, where he offers the ultimate farm-to-table dining experience to no more than one party per day.
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One Man and His Cats in Fukushima (Photos)Ota Yasusuke (Photographs)

Matsumura Naoto has been looking after all kinds of abandoned animals in Fukushima since residents evacuated following the disaster of March 11, 2011. In 2013, he adopted two kittens that have become his constant companions. Photographer Ota Yasusuke captures their everyday antics in a series of lively images.
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Telling the Story of FukushimaWinifred Bird

Five years after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami touched off a triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the disaster is no longer just a current event—it is also a part of Japan’s history. But how should that history be told? Government and civil society groups have different answers, and they are starting to emerge in a battle of museums.
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The State of Recovery in Tōhoku’s Disaster-Stricken Areas

A look at current data on rebuilding efforts in Tōhoku and radiation monitoring and decontamination efforts in Fukushima Prefecture shows the extent of recovery five years after the Great East Japan Earthquake.
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Time to Stop Nursing the Nuclear Power IndustryYoshioka Hitoshi

The resumption of commercial operations at a nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture last September might seem to bode well for the comeback of nuclear energy in Japan after the nationwide shutdown precipitated by the 2011 Fukushima meltdown. But the author argues that the government’s policy of “long-term nursing care” for an unsustainable industry is merely delaying the inevitable while exposing the nation to unacceptable risks.
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