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Apr 13, 2014

In post-Fukushima policy test, Japan town rallies for nuclear re-start

SATSUMASENDAI, Japan, April 14 (Reuters) – On the main road
leading from the Sendai nuclear plant in southern Japan, a
construction crew is laying down asphalt to widen the evacuation
route in the event of a future disaster.

For many here, that’s a hopeful sight. It means they are
edging closer to re-starting two nuclear reactors that have been
an economic engine for nearly three decades in a remote coastal
town that has few other options.

Apr 2, 2014

Insight: Japan may only be able to restart one-third of its nuclear reactors

TOKYO (Reuters) – Three years after the Fukushima disaster prompted the closure of all Japan’s nuclear reactors, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is moving to revive nuclear power as a core part of the energy mix, but many of those idled reactors will never come back online.

Fewer than a third, and at most about two-thirds, of the reactors will pass today’s more stringent safety checks and clear the other seismological, economic, logistical and political hurdles needed to restart, a Reuters analysis shows.

Apr 1, 2014

Japan may only be able to restart one-third of its nuclear reactors

TOKYO (Reuters) – Three years after the Fukushima disaster prompted the closure of all Japan’s nuclear reactors, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is moving to revive nuclear power as a core part of the energy mix, but many of those idled reactors will never come back online.

Fewer than a third, and at most about two-thirds, of the reactors will pass today’s more stringent safety checks and clear the other seismological, economic, logistical and political hurdles needed to restart, a Reuters analysis shows.

Apr 1, 2014

Japanese families torn as return to Fukushima ‘hot zone’ begins

TAMURA, Japan (Reuters) – People in Japan on Tuesday began their first homecomings in three years to a small area evacuated after the Fukushima disaster, but families are divided as worries about radiation and poor job prospects have kept many away.

The reopening of the Miyakoji area of Tamura, a city 220 km (140 miles) northeast of Tokyo and inland from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear station, marks a tiny step for Japan as it attempts to recover from the 2011 disasters.

Mar 31, 2014

Japan allows people to return to Fukushima disaster ‘hot zone’

TAMURA, Japan (Reuters) – For the first time since Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster more than three years ago, residents of a small district 20 km (12 miles) from the wrecked plant are about to be allowed to return home.

The Miyakoji area of Tamura, a northeastern city inland from the Fukushima nuclear station, has been off-limits for most residents since March 2011, when the government ordered evacuations after a devastating earthquake and tsunami triggered a triple meltdown at the power plant.

Mar 28, 2014

Fuel removal project halted at Japan’s Fukushima plant

TOKYO (Reuters) – Work to remove spent fuel rods from Japan’s destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant has been halted after possible damage to a giant crane, the first major delay in an operation to remove 1,533 fuel rod assemblies from a holding pool.

Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) has been retrieving highly irradiated spent fuel rods from the No. 4 reactor building at Fukushima, which was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011 in the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.

Mar 25, 2014

Fukushima fishermen approve plan to release groundwater from plant

TOKYO (Reuters) – Fishermen working near Japan’s destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant agreed on Tuesday to allow the release of uncontaminated groundwater around the facility into the ocean, a fisheries union official said, a rare victory for the operator.

Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), the operator of the Fukushima station that suffered triple nuclear meltdowns after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, is trying to contain radioactive water at the site. It has lobbied local fishermen to allow a “groundwater bypass” for nearly two years.

Mar 13, 2014

Japan puts two reactors on shortlist for restart screening

TOKYO, March 13 (Reuters) – Japan put two reactors on a
shortlist for a final round of safety checks on Thursday, moving
a step closer to reviving the country’s nuclear industry, three
years after the Fukushima disaster that led to the shutdown of
all plants.

Two days after the third anniversary of the meltdowns at the
Fukushima nuclear station, Japan’s nuclear regulator placed two
reactors operated by Kyushu Electric Power Co on a list
for priority screening at a meeting of officials reviewing
restart applications.

Mar 5, 2014

Japan’s tsunami survivors suffer in silence three years after disaster

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.

Feb 20, 2014

New highly radioactive leak at Japan’s Fukushima plant

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.