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Court Orders Japan Government, TEPCO to Pay Damages over Nuclear Accident (News)

Fukushima, Oct. 10 (Jiji Press)—A Japanese court on Tuesday ordered the government and Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. to pay a total of ¥500 million in damages to evacuees from the March 2011 triple meltdown at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. In a lawsuit filed with Fukushima District Court in March 2013, some 3,800 residents in Fukushima and neighboring prefectures i…

Even as Evacuation Orders are Lifted, Recovery Remains Distant Prospect for Many Fukushima ResidentsSuzuki Hiroshi

Six years after the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, the government has lifted evacuation orders on four municipalities around the plant, allowing residents to return home for the first time since the meltdowns. The author, who has been involved in reconstruction planning since the evacuation orders were first given, calls for a multiple-track plan to meet the complicated needs of those who return and evacuees who continue to live elsewhere as evacuees.

TEPCO to Focus on Joint Ventures for Rehab (News)

Tokyo, March 22 (Jiji Press)—Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. on Wednesday released an outline of its new rehabilitation plan focusing on joint ventures with other companies, to find a way out of the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear crisis in March 2011. But with other power companies cautious about industry realignment and business integration, TEPCO is expected to continue to face…

High Radiation Levels Detected at Bottom of Fukushima Reactor Vessel (News)

Tokyo, March 21 (Jiji Press)—A radiation level of 11 sieverts per hour has been detected in tainted water inside a reactor containment vessel at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, operator Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. said Tuesday. The reading was measured in a survey using a robot on Sunday at a point some 30 centimeters above the bottom of the containment vessel of the p…

Fukushima Daiichi Today: Successes and SetbacksTakahashi Hideki

On the eve of the sixth anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi accident, nuclear energy reporter Takahashi Hideki visited the plant once again to cover recent efforts to locate molten fuel debris and correct misperceptions spread by irresponsible reporting.

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…

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 …

The Fukushima Cleanup Will Take GenerationsTakahashi Hideki

Five years after the Tōhoku tsunami triggered the second-worst nuclear accident in history, the cleanup team at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station has yet to stem the buildup of contaminated water at the site or determine the precise location of much of the reactor fuel. Veteran journalist Takahashi Hideki, who has reported extensively on the Fukushima accident, visited the site recently to report on the progress of decommissioning and the monumental obstacles that stand in the way of true recovery.

Contaminated Water Prevents Decommissioning: No Fundamental Solution in Sight

March 11, 2015, marked the fourth anniversary of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. The government and the plant’s operator are focusing on removing radioactive substances, halting the influx of groundwater into the buildings, and preventing leakage of radiation into the sea. But a full four years later, none of these tasks has been completed. With no solution in sight for the problem of contaminated water, the dismantling of the reactors will inevitably be delayed.

Japan Faces a Summer Without Nuclear Energy

All of Japan’s nuclear reactors remain shut down as the country heads into the hottest days of summer, when demand for energy is at its highest. This is the first time since the 2011 disaster at Fukushima Daiichi for the nation to face the prospect of meeting the season’s energy needs without nuclear power. Utilities are looking to fill the gap by boosting production at thermal plants and the government is calling on locals and companies to save energy.

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