RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan (Reuters) – Hatsuko Ishikawa never got a final look at her 36-year-old son, a firefighter, before he was swept away by the tsunami that devastated Japan’s northeast coast three years ago.
Ishikawa only heard his voice, bellowing from his fire engine as he sped towards the sea to try to evacuate people before the wave struck. As the truck raced past, Ishikawa heard her son call out to her grandson, telling the boy to evacuate to higher ground. Then he was gone.
TOKYO (Reuters) – The operator of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant said on Thursday that 100 metric tons of highly contaminated water had leaked out of a tank, the worst incident since last August, when a series of radioactive water leaks sparked international alarm.
Tokyo Electric Power Co told reporters the latest leak was unlikely to have reached the ocean. But news of the leak at the site, devastated by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami, further undercut public trust in a utility rocked by a string of mishaps and disclosure issues.
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 Wednesday it detected 5 million becquerels per liter of radioactive strontium-90 in a sample from a groundwater well about 25 meters from the ocean last September. That reading was more than five times the broader all-beta radiation reading taken at the same well two months earlier.
TOKYO, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Japan’s nuclear regulator has
criticised the operator of the stricken Fukushima plant for
incorrectly measuring radiation levels in contaminated
groundwater at the site.
Almost three years since the reactor meltdowns at the
Fukushima Daiichi station, Tokyo Electric Power Co
(Tepco) still lacks basic understanding of measuring and
handling radiation, Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) Chairman
Shunichi Tanaka said on Wednesday. The utility has been widely
criticised for an inept response to the March 2011 disaster.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Spinning off the clean-up project at Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant from the rest of operator Tokyo Electric Power’s business could be an option in the future if the decommissioning runs smoothly, the company’s president said.
Nearly three years after a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the plant, Tokyo Electric (Tepco) is still struggling to contain radioactive water at the site and turn around its battered finances.
TOKYO, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Japan’s trade ministry on
Wednesday approved a revival plan for the utility responsible
for the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Tokyo Electric Power Co
, its second attempt at restoring its battered finances.
The plan hinges on Tokyo Electric (Tepco) restarting its
Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear plant to cut fossil fuel costs, a
contentious undertaking staunchly opposed by the local
SENDAI, Japan (Reuters) – Seiji Sasa hits the train station in this northern Japanese city before dawn most mornings to prowl for homeless men.
He isn’t a social worker. He’s a recruiter. The men in Sendai Station are potential laborers that Sasa can dispatch to contractors in Japan’s nuclear disaster zone for a bounty of $100 a head.
30 (Reuters) – Seiji Sasa hits the train
station in this northern Japanese city before dawn most mornings
to prowl for homeless men.
He isn’t a social worker. He’s a recruiter. The men in
Sendai Station are potential laborers that Sasa can dispatch to
contractors in Japan’s nuclear disaster zone for a bounty of
$100 a head.
TOKYO (Reuters) – U.N. nuclear experts arrived in Japan on Monday to assess the decommissioning of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant and the operator’s progress in removing fuel rods from a destroyed reactor building and minimizing leaks of contaminated water.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.N.’s watchdog for nuclear power, is conducting its second review of plans for decommissioning that may take four decades after the world’s worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986.
IWAKI (Reuters) – IWAKI, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Tetsuya Hayashi went to Fukushima to take a job at ground zero of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. He lasted less than two weeks.
Hayashi, 41, says he was recruited for a job monitoring the radiation exposure of workers leaving the plant in the summer of 2012. Instead, when he turned up for work, he was handed off through a web of contractors and assigned, to his surprise, to one of Fukushima’s hottest radiation zones.