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Radiation Levels Estimated Far Higher in Fukushima Number 2 Reactor (News)

Fukushima, Feb. 2 (Jiji Press)—Air radiation levels inside the crippled number 2 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station are estimated at up to 530 sieverts per hour, far higher than 73 sieverts measured in 2012, Tokyo Electric Power Company said Thursday. The new estimates are calculated through the analysis of flickers in camera images taken inside the reactor's containment ves…
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The Bells of Nagasaki Ring OnHarano Jōji

In the morning of August 9, 1945, an atomic bomb exploded in the sky 500 meters above Urakami Cathedral, which had stood in an area of Nagasaki occupied by Christian believers ever since the seventeenth century. Several dozen priests and worshippers who had been praying in the cathedral were killed instantaneously, and the building itself was destroyed. The explosion took the lives of many people in the nearby Nagasaki Medical College as well. For Nagai Takashi, who was working as a doctor in the college hospital and suffered radiation exposure and severe injuries in the bombing, it was the beginning of a struggle to record the tragedy for posterity.
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No Way Home: The Inescapable Plight of One Fukushima CommunityTom Gill

The story of Nagadoro, a small hamlet in the Fukushima nuclear disaster zone, offers a hint to the fate of the area’s other displaced communities.
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I Am FukushimaKainuma Hiroshi

People are all too prone to attribute Fukushima Prefecture’s post-3/11 problems to a uniquely “Fukushima” set of circumstances. But on closer observation we find that some of Fukushima’s most serious problems stem from issues that are nationwide in scope. Addressing these problems effectively will hinge on approaching them from a national perspective.
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Tokyo Facts: Details on the 2020 Olympics Host

In 2020 Japan’s capital will host the Summer Olympics for the second time, following its successful hosting of the 1964 games. We present some basic data on this major world city.
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Nuclear Power and the Emptiness of Political PromisesHayakawa Masaya

At a New Year’s meeting of her supporters on January 13, Shiga Prefecture’s governor Kada Yukiko revealed the series of events that led to the formation of the Nippon Mirai no Tō, or the “Tomorrow Party of Japan.” Apparently she took the decision to form the party after being persuaded by Ozawa Ichirō in the lead-up to the December’s lower house elections that “if you run, we should get 100 cand…
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Fukushima Folk Song “Requiem”

Min’yō are traditional Japanese folk songs, interwoven with the reality of daily life and handed down from generation to generation. Fukushima Prefecture is particularly famous for its rich repertoire of traditional songs. When a group of local musicians got together to make a recording of Fukushima folk songs as a way of soothing the pain from last year’s disaster, Nippon.com was on hand to capture the moment.
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Local Media and Fukushima (Part Two)

One year on after the disasters of March 2011, thousands of people in Fukushima are still unable to return to their homes, and the prefecture’s reputation is in tatters. At this specially organized roundtable event, six local journalists spoke about the reality of life in Fukushima today.
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Local Media and Fukushima (Part One)

One year on after the disasters of March 2011, thousands of people in Fukushima are still unable to return to their homes, and the prefecture’s reputation is in tatters. At this specially organized roundtable event, six local journalists spoke about the reality of life in Fukushima today.
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Aiya: Innovation and Tradition Bring Matcha to the World

The city of Nishio in Aichi Prefecture is Japan’s foremost producer of matcha, the finest of all Japanese green teas. We visit the region’s top producer to hear about how quality and safety have helped it bring matcha to a new range of consumers around the world.
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