Tokyo Olympic Torch Relay To Start In Fukushima

Tokyo Olympic torch relay to start in Fukushima

The torch relay for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will start in Fukushima Prefecture, with an emphasis on areas hit hard by the 2011 quake, tsunami and nuclear accident.

The route drawn up by the Tokyo Games organizing committee was approved at a meeting with the central and Tokyo governments on Thursday.

Tepco To Decommission Fukushima Daini Plant

TEPCO to decommission Fukushima Daini plant

Tokyo Electric Power Company has revealed a plan to consider decommissioning all the reactors at its Fukushima Daini nuclear plant.

It is located about 12 kilometers south of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, which was critically damaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. All 4 reactors at the Daini plant have been halted since the disaster.

Fukushima Daini Nuclear Plant To Be Decommissioned

Fukushima Daini nuclear plant to be decommissioned

Tokyo Electric Power Company has revealed a plan to decommission all reactors at its Fukushima Daini nuclear plant.

TEPCO President Tomoaki Kobayakawa informed Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori of the plan at the prefectural government office on Thursday.

Imperial Couple Speak With Fukushima Evacuees

Imperial couple speak with Fukushima evacuees

The Imperial couple began a 3-day visit to Fukushima Prefecture on Saturday and met evacuees from towns near the damaged nuclear plant.

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrived at the Kitayoshima public housing complex in Iwaki City at around 3pm. The complex is one of the largest in the prefecture to house evacuees.

Lawson, Rakuten Begin Drone Delivery Trial In Fukushima

Lawson, Rakuten begin drone delivery trial in Fukushima

Convenience store chain Lawson Inc. and e-commerce giant Rakuten Inc. on Tuesday launched a drone delivery trial in the city of Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, hit by the 2011 nuclear disaster.

The first such trial in the country, aimed at making shopping easier in an area with an aging population, will run for six months to explore the possibility of turning it into a commercial service.

Fireworks Return To Sky Over Fukushima Village

Fireworks return to sky over Fukushima village

The Yomiuri ShimbunIITATE, Fukushima — Colorful fireworks filled the skies over Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, on Saturday night for the first time in seven years.

The government lifted an evacuation order for most of Iitate this spring. The order was originally issued in the wake of the nuclear crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s Fukushina No. 1 nuclear power plant following the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

Fukushima Town Aims To Partially Lift Evacuation Order By 2022

Fukushima town aims to partially lift evacuation order by 2022Town authorities here look to partially lift the evacuation order for the town's so-called "difficult-to-return" zone with high radiation levels emanating from the Fukushima nuclear disaster by sometime around the spring of 2022, town officials disclosed on Aug. 2.Town authorities here look to partially lift the evacuation order for the town's so-called "difficult-to-return" zone with high radiation levels emanating from the Fukushima nuclear disaster by sometime around the spring of 2022, town officials disclosed on Aug. 2.

Samurai Horsemen Show Off Skills In Traditional Fukushima Festival

Samurai horsemen show off skills in traditional Fukushima festival

MINAMISOMA, Fukushima -- Horsemen clad in samurai armor showed off their skills in the traditional Soma Nomaoi festival held in the Soma district of Fukushima Prefecture on July 30.

Events were staged in various areas including the Hibarigahara festival field in the city of Minamisoma. In the Odaka district, where evacuation orders implemented in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster were lifted in July 2016, samurai horsemen returning from the Kacchu Keiba race and Shinki Sodatsusen flag battle performed the kaeri-uma (returning horse) ritual for the first time in seven years.

Underwater Robot Probe Inside Fukushima Plant's No. 3 Reactor Begins

Underwater robot probe inside Fukushima plant's No. 3 reactor begins

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant began on Wednesday probing inside a contaminated water-filled reactor containment vessel at one of its units using an underwater robot.

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., the plant operator, is hoping to discover the precise location and condition of melted fuel debris inside the No. 3 reactor, one of the three units which suffered meltdowns in the 2011 nuclear crisis following a massive earthquake and tsunami.

Swimming Robot To Probe Damage At Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Swimming robot to probe damage at Fukushima nuclear plant

YOKOSUKA, Kanagawa Prefecture--A Japanese industrial group unveiled Thursday a swimming robot designed for underwater probes of damage from meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Remote controlled robots are key to the decades-long decommissioning process for the plant. But super-high radiation and structural damage inside the reactors hampered earlier attempts to inspect areas close to the reactors' cores.

Fukushima May Get Rice Variant That Absorbs Less Radiation

Fukushima may get rice variant that absorbs less radiation

TSUKUBA, Ibaraki Prefecture--A new type of the famed Koshihikari rice strain that absorbs just half as much radioactive cesium as the regular variety may be grown in Fukushima Prefecture.

The National Agriculture and Food Research Organization hopes to introduce it into the prefecture as part of efforts to dispel lingering negative publicity after the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant disaster of 2011.

City In Fukushima Hopes Cool 'ramen Ice Cream' Treat Will Get Warm Reception

City in Fukushima hopes cool 'ramen ice cream' treat will get warm reception

KITAKATA, Fukushima -- A tourist facility in this city known as a holy grail for ramen has hatched a new plan to attract hungry tourists: "ramen ice cream."

The unique treat is sold at the Kitakata Ramen Jinja (shrine) & Ramen Museum in the city, home to a version of the noodle dish revered as one of Japan's top three. The icy version comes in a cup containing soft-serve ice cream made to look like noodles and topped with "naruto," a famous pink and white sliced fish cake, made from rice cakes. The soy sauce flavor is true to the original, and the shop recommends topping the treat with black pepper or chives.

Japan Additionally Downsizes Departure Zones Around Fukushima Plant

Japan additionally downsizes clearing zones around Fukushima plant

The government on Friday lifted the rest of the departure orders for vast parts of regions less truly sullied by the radiation due to the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi atomic power plant disaster.

The government lifted clearing orders that had influenced a few sections of the towns of Kawamata and Namie and also the town of Iitate. A substantial piece of the town of Tomioka will likewise be discharged from the clearing request Saturday.