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Fukushima’s children at center of debate over increasing thyroid cancer rates

Three years after the worst nuclear accident in a generation, the Japanese prefecture is reporting a rise in the number of children showing cancer symptoms. But is this directly related to the disaster, or is the testing more rigorous? When doctors found several tiny nodules on his 12-year-old daughter’s thyroid…

Tepco waited five months before releasing Fukushima data about radioactive strontium-90

By Mari Saito TOKYO (Reuters) – The operator of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant knew about record high measurements of a dangerous isotope in groundwater at the plant for five months before telling the country’s nuclear watchdog, a regulatory official told Reuters. Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) said late on…

‘Steam seen’ at Fukushima nuclear reactor

Vapour has begun rising again from a reactor at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, more than two-and-a-half years after its core melted down, the site’s Japanese operator said Friday. Tokyo Electric Power said it believed the steam was coming from a puddle sitting atop the reactor and was not dangerous,…

South Korea bans ‘unacceptable’ Fukushima fish imports

Seoul blames ‘scientifically unacceptable’ information from Tepco over radiation levels in waters around nuclear plant South Korea has banned all fish imports from a large area of Japan in response to growing concern over the possible environmental impact of recent leaks of highly toxic water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear…

Nuclear disaster: Radiation levels at Fukushima would now be fatal within hours

The crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has radiation leaks strong enough to deliver a fatal dose within hours, Japanese authorities have revealed, as the government prepares to step in to help contain leaks of highly toxic water at the site. On Wednesday the country’s nuclear regulation authority said radiation…

‘I haven’t been able to fish since the tsunami’: Fishermen still fighting Fukushima’s aftermath

Rising anger at Tepco two years after Japanese tsunami and nuclear meltdown as contaminated water seeps into Pacific Despite his age, 63-year-old Kazuo Niitsuma believes there are many more years of fishing ahead of him. The sea is in his family’s blood, he says. His octogenarian father began working on…

More radioactive leaks reported at Japan’s Fukushima plant

The operator of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Wednesday admitted it had found another leak of radioactive water, the latest episode in a growing catalogue of mishaps. Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), said one of its workers spotted drips coming from a tank used to store radioactive water at…

Into the no-man’s land of Fukushima

FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI, Japan — Every two minutes on the bus ride through the ghost towns surrounding Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, a company guide in a white protective suit holds up a display showing the radiation level. And it is rising. Passing through the disaster exclusion zone visitors catch sight…

A year on, only brief home visits for Japan nuclear evacuees

OKUMA, Japan (Reuters) – Back home for just three hours, a tearful Miyoko Takeda sorted through her belongings. She left behind the kimonos she once wore as a traditional dancer, fearful they might be contaminated by radiation. Nearly a year has passed since a massive 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit Japan,…

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