Fukushima Daiichi Cleanup To Take Decades

Fukushima Daiichi cleanup to take decades

Work is continuing to decommission the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan's northeast.

The triple meltdown it suffered eight years ago after it was hit by an earthquake and tsunami is considered one of the world's worst nuclear accidents. The process is expected to take decades.

Scorching Heat Complicates Cleanup

Scorching heat complicates cleanup

More than a week after torrential rains in western Japan triggered landslides and flooding, over 200 people are dead and 18 are still missing.

Residents and officials working on cleanup and recovery are contending with scorching temperatures expected to continue throughout the week. On Monday, temperatures across most of the region surpassed 35 degrees Celsius.

Volunteers Help With Takatsuki Cleanup

Volunteers help with Takatsuki cleanup

Volunteers are helping with cleanup work in the western Japanese city of Takatsuki on the first weekend since a major earthquake hit the area on Monday.

Volunteers from in and outside the city in Osaka Prefecture removed stuck sliding doors at the house of an elderly woman. She said that she appreciated the help.

Photo: Quiet Cleanup

Quiet cleanup

The Yomiuri Shimbun Priests carefully dust off the Buddhist statues at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Horyuji temple in Ikaruga, Nara Prefecture, on Friday. In the annual Ominugui cleaning event, the priests used dusters, made of washi paper on long bamboo sticks, to brush away the dust that has accumulated on the statues this year. "While keeping our minds quiet to clean them, we prayed for another peaceful year to come," the temple's chief priest said.

Fukushima Cleanup Chief Urges Better Use Of Probe Robot

Fukushima cleanup chief urges better use of probe robotThe head of decommissioning for the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant said Thursday that more creativity is needed in developing robots to locate and assess the condition of melted fuel rods.
Naohiro Masuda, president of Fukushima Dai-ichi decommissioning, said Thursday that more data is needed so they can develop a better strategy for removing debris. The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., and the government will decide on a method this summer.

Baseball: Yamasaki Cements Place As Chunichi's Cleanup Hitter

Baseball: Yamasaki cements place as Chunichi's cleanup hitterVeteran slugger Takeshi Yamasaki continues to make headway in the run-up to his first season back with the Chunichi Dragons.

Yamasaki hit his third home run of the spring with a solo shot off fellow veteran Fumiya Nishiguchi in the second inning of a 3-2 loss to the Seibu Lions at Seibu Dome on Tuesday.

The 43-year-old two-time home run leader will now likely bat cleanup and play first base in Chunichi's season-opening game against the Hiroshima Carp on March 30, having outperformed Tony Blanco in exhibition play.