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Lower Price of Fukushima Rice Shifts Demand to Commercial Sector

As individual consumers turned away from the once-prized Fukushima rice after the 2011 nuclear disaster, the drop in price brought an uptake in purchasing from the commercial sector.

Nuclear Power Facing a Tsunami of LitigationShizume Saiji

In March 2011, a magnitude-9 earthquake triggered a giant tsunami that crippled the cooling system at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, leading to a catastrophic accident that continues to reverberate seven years later. Science reporter Shizume Saiji surveys the legal fallout from the meltdown, from claims against the government and the operator to a raft of actions aimed at permanently shutting down the nation’s nuclear power industry.

The State of Recovery in Tōhoku Seven Years After 3/11

A look at current data on recovery work along the Sanriku coast in Tōhoku and the lingering effects of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima seven years on from 3/11.

Support Most Common Reason for Buying Fukushima Food (News)

Tokyo, March 7 (Jiji Press)—People who regularly buy fresh food products from Fukushima Prefecture most often want to support the northeastern prefecture and local producers, a survey by the Consumer Affairs Agency showed Wednesday. "Thanks to efforts by producers, radioactive substances above regulatory limits are not detected (from Fukushima products)," Okamura Kazumi, secretary-general of th…

Japan Post Delivery Autos to Measure Radiation in Fukushima (News)

Fukushima, Feb. 14 (Jiji Press)—Japan Post Co. and the Fukushima prefectural government signed Wednesday a comprehensive partnership agreement, which includes a plan for the company to measure radiation quantity in areas affected by the 2011 nuclear accident. It is the 15th time that the unit of Japan Post Holdings Co. has concluded an agreement with a prefectural government in Japan. Under …

Government Studying How to Support 2011 Disaster-Affected Areas Beyond 2021 (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 23 (Jiji Press)—The government has started work to determine how to support reconstruction of areas in northeastern Japan that were hit by the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident after the Reconstruction Agency is abolished in March 2021, informed sources said Tuesday. As the first step, the government is now listening to 12 municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture, wh…

Work to Store Tainted Soil at Fukushima Facility Begins (News)

Fukushima (Jiji Press)—Japan's Environment Ministry started bringing tainted soil into one of the interim storage facilities for radioactive waste in Fukushima Prefecture on October 28. Work teams carry contaminated soil into the interim storage facility via covered conveyor belt on October 20, 2017, in Ōkuma, Fukushima. (© Jiji) Soil generated from work to decontaminate areas hit by fallou…

Sake Made in Fukushima Served at Britain’s Parliament (News)

London, Oct. 18 (Jiji Press)—A reception was held on Tuesday night at London's Palace of Westminster to serve sake made in Fukushima Prefecture and show the area's recovery from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit the Tōhoku region of northeastern Japan. The reception venue was filled with fruity and gorgeous aroma of sake from six breweries in the prefecture, including Daishichi Sak…

EU to Relax Import Restrictions on Japanese Food (News)

Brussels, Sept. 26 (Jiji Press)—The European Union plans to ease its import restrictions imposed on Japanese foodstuffs following the 2011 nuclear accident in Fukushima Prefecture, informed sources said Tuesday. The EU plans to exempt rice produced in Fukushima and some other items from a total of 10 prefectures from extra checks for radioactive contamination, the sources said. A final deci…

Major Fukushima Beach Reopens After Seven Years (News)

Iwaki, Fukushima Pref., July 15 (Jiji Press)—Usuiso Beach in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, reopened Saturday to bathers for the first time in seven years. The last time the bathing area was open to beachgoers was in the summer of 2010, before the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami and the subsequent nuclear accident. High-schoolers test the waters in Iwaki, Fukushima, after performing a hula dan…

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