The organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are close to choosing J-Village, a soccer training facility near the crippled Fukushima nuclear reactor, as the starting point of the Olympic torch relay.
The relay is planned to start somewhere in Fukushima Prefecture, which was devastated by an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in March 2011. The area's recovery is an underlying theme of the games.
A UN envoy has urged Japan to halt the return of children and young women to nuclear accident-hit Fukushima, calling the government's radiation exposure limit too lax. But the Japanese side is refuting the advice.
Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur Baskut Tuncak on Thursday was speaking to a committee of the UN General Assembly.
Tokyo Electric Power Company has admitted that much of the water stored at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant had not been treated completely enough for release into the environment.
How to dispose of an ever-increasing amount of radioactive water at the plant is a big issue. The contaminated water is generated daily in the process of cooling the damaged reactors.
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant plans to build additional seawalls along its damaged reactors.
Its aim is to keep another possible mega-tsunami from causing the leakage of highly radioactive water accumulated in the basement of buildings housing 3 reactors that suffered a meltdown following the 2011 quake and tsunami.
Many people at a public hearing have criticized a plan to release water containing radioactive tritium into the sea from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
A government panel of experts held the meeting in the town of Tomioka in Fukushima Prefecture on Thursday to discuss how to deal with the contaminated water.