March 25 (Reuters) – Radiation injuries to three workers at
Japan’s stricken nuclear plant have put a focus once again on
the unnamed and largely faceless corps of men risking their
lives to prevent further catastrophe for their countrymen.
First dubbed the “Fukushima Fifty”, their number has now
risen to more than 700 workers toiling inside an evacuation zone
at the facility on Japan’s northeast coast that was battered on
March 11 by an earthquake and then a tsunami.
TOKYO/HONG KONG (Reuters) – Millions of Tokyoites are worried about radiation in tap water or in the air, but the thousands of people living in the shadow of Japan’s stricken nuclear plant have another fear: it may force them to abandon their homes for years, if not forever.
More than 70,000 people have already been evacuated from an area within 20 km (12 miles) of the plant, and another 130,000 are within a zone extending a further 10 km (6 miles) in which residents are recommended to stay indoors. They too could be forced to leave their homes if the evacuation is extended due to worsening radiation levels.
TOKYO/HONG KONG (Reuters) – Millions of Tokyoites are worried about radiation in tapwater or in the air, but the thousands of people living in the shadow of Japan’s stricken nuclear plant have another fear: it may force them to abandon their homes for years, if not forever.
More than 70,000 people have already been evacuated from an area within 20 km (12 miles) of the plant, and another 130,000 are within a zone extending a further 10 km in which residents are recommended to stay indoors. They too could be forced to leave their homes if the evacuation is extended due to worsening radiation levels.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Masaharu Aoyagi is meeting a college friend in his car for a brief chat by the side of the road. But as they talk, the Japanese Prime Minister is blown up just blocks away — and Aoyagi becomes the top suspect.
His life turned upside down, the former package delivery man and hero of Kotaro Isaka’s “Remote Control” is forced to run as a net of media and police closes relentlessly around him for no reason he can understand.
TOKYO (Reuters) – One of six tsunami-crippled nuclear reactors appeared to stabilize on Saturday as Japan raced to restore power to the stricken power plant to cool it and prevent a greater catastrophe.
Engineers reported some rare success after fire trucks sprayed water for about three hours on reactor No.3, widely considered the most dangerous at the ravaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex because of its use of highly toxic plutonium.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan tried and failed on Saturday to form a crisis cabinet to tackle its biggest challenge since World War Two, unable to overcome a political divide even in the face of an epic natural disaster.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan had planned to sound out the opposition about joining a grand coalition to handle reconstruction policy after last week’s quake, tsunami and the ongoing nuclear crisis, but the leader of the largest opposition party rejected the idea out of hand.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan plans to sound out the opposition on joining a grand coalition to handle reconstruction policy following last week’s quake and tsunami and amid the ongoing nuclear crisis.
Before the disaster hit, opposition parties were pressing Kan to call a snap election by refusing to help enact vital budget bills, while rivals in Kan’s own party were plotting to force their unpopular leader to quit to improve their fortunes.
TOKYO (Reuters) – A “Chernobyl solution” may be the last resort for dealing with Japan’s stricken nuclear plant, but burying it in sand and concrete is a messy fix that might leave part of the country as an off-limits radioactive sore for decades.
Japanese authorities say it is still too early to talk about long-term measures while cooling the plant’s six reactors and associated fuel-storage pools, comes first.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Kazuko Yamashita was five when the atom bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, destroying her home in a second and leaving her with a lifelong fear that every time she becomes ill, this time it is finally cancer.
Now, 66 years later, she wears a dark pink sweater, her dyed hair in a neat bob, and waits out Japan’s current nuclear crisis in her daughter’s Tokyo home, a two-storey house she also shares with her two granddaughters who play on a sofa behind her.
By Elaine Lies
TOKYO (Reuters Life!) – Meet Rosalind, Bianca and Cordelia, sisters who, like many siblings, profess mutual love but sometimes don’t like each other that much.
These three heroines of Eleanor Brown’s debut novel, “The Weird Sisters,” grew up in a house dominated by their professor father, who specializes in Shakespeare studies, named his girls for Shakespearean heroines and communicates — sometimes hilariously, often cryptically — through Shakespeare quotations.