Strong Quake Jolts Fukushima, Miyagi Prefectures

Strong quake jolts Fukushima, Miyagi prefectures

A strong earthquake rocked Japan's northeastern prefectures of Fukushima and Miyagi on Sunday.

The Japan Meteorological Agency says the quake registered 5 minus on the country's seismic intensity scale of zero to seven.

Summer Festival Returns In Fukushima

Summer festival returns in Fukushima

A summer festival has come back to life after an absence of nine years in the town of Shinchi in Fukushima Prefecture, where suffered serious damage in the 2011 tsunami.

The festival at the town's beach and fishing port had to be suspended after the disaster. But the event was able to make a reappearance with the completion of repairs to the beach access road and an embankment.

Tepco Set To Scrap Fukushima Daini Plant

TEPCO set to scrap Fukushima Daini plant

Tokyo Electric Power Company is set to scrap all four reactors at the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant in northeastern Japan. The reactors have been offline since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

TEPCO is expected to reach a formal decision as early as this month. The plant is located about 12 kilometers south of the Fukushima Daiichi plant that was severely damaged in the 2011 disaster.

Rice Planting Resumes In Fukushima Town

Rice planting resumes in Fukushima town

Rice has been planted in a town hosting the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant for the first time since evacuation orders were partially lifted early last month.

Orders for all districts of the town of Okuma in Fukushima Prefecture were issued following the 2011 accident. They were lifted for two districts on April 10.

Fukushima Daiichi Operator Warned For Lax Security

Fukushima Daiichi operator warned for lax security

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority has issued a warning to the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant for not complying with rules to safeguard nuclear materials. The regulator says the company was not keeping a list of keys to the reactor buildings.

Tokyo Electric Power Company is working to decommission the plant. The company told the regulator last December that a key to one of the buildings was missing.

J-village Station Opens In Fukushima

J-Village station opens in Fukushima

Japanese soccer players will have easier access to training from Saturday with the opening of a new railway station close to their facilities in Fukushima.

The J-Village station on the JR Joban Line in Fukushima Prefecture serves the J-Village training complex. The facility was previously used as an operations base for decommissioning work at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after the 2011 accident.

Tepco To Accept Foreign Workers At Fukushima Plant

TEPCO to accept foreign workers at Fukushima plant

The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant says it will accept foreign workers hired under Japan's new visa program for work to decommission the facility.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, says it reported the decision at a meeting in late March to dozens of companies carrying out the decommissioning. The firm had not permitted foreign trainees to take part in the work.

Fuel Removal Underway At Fukushima Plant

Fuel removal underway at Fukushima plant

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant began removing nuclear fuel rods from a storage pool in one of the damaged reactor buildings on Monday.

This is the first time Tokyo Electric Power Company has removed fuel from any of the three buildings housing reactors that melted down after an earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan in 2011.

Abe Visits Fukushima Soccer Training Facility

Abe visits Fukushima soccer training facility

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited a soccer training facility in Fukushima Prefecture to see how reconstruction has progressed since the 2011 nuclear accident.

The J-Village training facility was used as an operational base for decommissioning work at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Abe Visits Fukushima Daiichi Plant

Abe visits Fukushima Daiichi plant

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the government will continue the task of decommissioning the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The nuclear accident at the plant in 2011 was triggered by an earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan.

Abe visited Fukushima Prefecture on Sunday to inspect the decommissioning work and the ongoing reconstruction of the prefecture.

Fukushima Town Partially Lifts Evacuation Order

Fukushima town partially lifts evacuation order

An evacuation order for one of the towns hosting the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has been partially lifted from Wednesday.

Officials decided to lift the restrictions for two districts that cover 40 percent of Okuma because radiation levels have fallen significantly. The districts are about seven kilometers south-west of the damaged nuclear plant.

Ancient Cherry Tree Delights In Fukushima

Ancient cherry tree delights in Fukushima

People in Fukushima Prefecture have hailed the blooming of a giant, 1,000-year-old cherry tree as Japan's "sakura" blossom front heads northeast.

The 13-meter-tall weeping cherry tree is located in the town of Miharu. It is known for its cascading blossoms, and has been designated a natural monument by the government.

Cherry Blossom Buses Tour Fukushima No-go Zone

Cherry blossom buses tour Fukushima no-go zone

Passengers on an exclusive cherry-blossom tour have ridden buses through a no-entry zone near the site of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Tomioka Town in Fukushima Prefecture is renowned for its two-kilometer stretch of about 400 cherry trees.