Regulator: Venting At Fukushima Reactor Failed

Regulator: Venting at Fukushima reactor failed

Japan's nuclear regulator says it believes that the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant failed to properly vent a vessel containing one of the plant's reactors in the days after the March 2011 accident.

Tokyo Electric Power Company attempted to vent the containment vessel of the No.2 reactor to lower interior pressure and prevent equipment from being damaged.

Possible Water Leak From Fukushima Exhaust Stack

Possible water leak from Fukushima exhaust stack

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says rainwater contaminated by an exhaust stack may be leaking into the ground.

The 120-meter tall chimney was heavily contaminated in the 2011 accident, and rainwater coming out of the duct contains high levels of radioactive substances.

Fukushima Persimmons To Be Presented To Pope

Fukushima persimmons to be presented to Pope

A Japanese Catholic from Fukushima Prefecture plans to present local specialty persimmons to Pope Francis during his visit to Japan from Saturday.

Chuichi Ozawa from Koriyama City has been granted an audience with the pontiff next week.

Regulators To Review Fukushima Daiichi Plant Work

Regulators to review Fukushima Daiichi plant work

Japan's nuclear regulators plan to look into work management at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which is being decommissioned following the 2011 accident.

The move follows a series of mistakes and violations. In June this year, smoke came out when workers misconnected power lines at the No.5 and No.6 reactors.

Abe Visits Typhoon-hit Areas In Fukushima

Abe visits typhoon-hit areas in Fukushima

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited the northeastern prefecture of Fukushima to inspect damage caused by Typhoon Hagibis last weekend.

Abe flew to Fukushima on a Self-Defense Force aircraft on Thursday morning.

Hagibis Leaves No Foreign Casualties In Fukushima

Hagibis leaves no foreign casualties in Fukushima

NHK has learned that municipal authorities in Fukushima Prefecture have received no reports of foreign residents or tourists being injured or evacuating to shelters due to Typhoon Hagibis.

NHK contacted 22 municipalities in Fukushima, one of the prefectures hit hardest by Hagibis. Many of the municipalities set up evacuation shelters before or after a levee of the Abukuma River collapsed due to torrential rain, sending floodwater over vast areas.

Japan Posts Fukushima And Seoul Radiation Levels

Japan posts Fukushima and Seoul radiation levels

Japan's Foreign Ministry has begun to publish radiation levels recorded in both Fukushima and Seoul, as South Korean media are reporting concerns over the effect of the 2011 nuclear accident in the Japanese prefecture.

The ministry began to publish the data this month in Japanese and Korean on the website of the Japanese Embassy in the South Korean capital.

Fukushima Civic Group Asks Prosecution To Appeal

Fukushima civic group asks prosecution to appeal

A civic group who filed a criminal complaint against the three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company has demanded that prosecution should appeal against the non-guilty ruling.

The leader of the group, Ruiko Muto, has told a news conference that the ruling is totally unacceptable.

Ex-tepco Execs Not Guilty In Fukushima Trial

Ex-TEPCO execs not guilty in Fukushima trial

The Tokyo District Court has ruled that three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company are not guilty of negligence over the 2011 nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

Former TEPCO Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata and two former vice presidents, Ichiro Takekuro and Sakae Muto, were found not guilty of professional negligence resulting in death and injury. All three had denied the charges, and had pleaded not guilty.

Court To Rule On Ex-tepco Execs In Fukushima Case

Court to rule on ex-TEPCO execs in Fukushima case

A Japanese district court will rule on Thursday whether three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company were responsible for the 2011 nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

Former TEPCO Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata and two former vice presidents, Ichiro Takekuro and Sakae Muto, were indicted on charges of professional negligence resulting in death and injury. All three have denied the charges, and have pled not guilty.

Environment Minister Meets Fukushima Governor

Environment Minister meets Fukushima Governor

Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi has met with the governor of Fukushima Prefecture, and discussed a storage facility for contaminated soil from the 2011 nuclear disaster.

Koizumi met Governor Masao Uchibori at the prefectural government building on Thursday, in his first visit to Fukushima after assuming his new post on Wednesday.

Fukushima Plant Offsite Center Demolition Starts

Fukushima plant offsite center demolition starts

Workers have begun demolishing an offsite emergency response center that briefly served as headquarters for dealing with the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident.

Offsite emergency response centers were set up across Japan after a nuclear criticality accident at Tokai Village, near Tokyo, in 1999.

Regulator To Resume Fukushima Daiichi Probe

Regulator to resume Fukushima Daiichi probe

Japan's nuclear regulator says it plans to restart a probe into the causes of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident as decontamination at the site edges ahead.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority suspended the probe after compiling an interim report in 2014. High levels of radiation in the plant hampered further investigation.