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.

Tepco Starts Removing Fuel From Storage Pool

TEPCO starts removing fuel from storage pool

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has begun removing nuclear fuel from a storage pool inside one of the damaged reactor buildings at the complex.

This is the first time for Tokyo Electric Power Company to remove fuel from any of the three buildings housing reactors that underwent meltdowns after the earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan about eight years ago.

Tepco To Begin Removing Fuel From Reactor Pool

TEPCO to begin removing fuel from reactor pool

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant will soon begin removing nuclear fuel from a storage pool inside one of the damaged reactor buildings at the complex.

Tokyo Electric Power Company will start removing fuel from the pool of the No.3 reactor building on Monday.

State, Tepco Ordered To Pay Compensation

State, TEPCO ordered to pay compensation

A Japanese court has ordered the government and Tokyo Electric Power Company to compensate about 20 people who evacuated to Ehime Prefecture, western Japan, after the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant accident.

The Matsuyama District Court handed down the ruling on Tuesday.

Tepco: High Radiation Levels Detected In Reactor

TEPCO: High radiation levels detected in reactor

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says a probe detected extremely high levels of radiation inside one of the plant's damaged reactors.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, on Thursday released measurements of radiation levels and temperatures based on a survey of the No.2 reactor. It is one of the plant's three reactors that experienced a meltdown as a result of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Court Orders State, Tepco To Pay Compensation

Court orders state, TEPCO to pay compensation

A Japanese court has ordered the government and Tokyo Electric Power Company to pay compensation to a group of people who claim their lives were affected by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant accident in 2011.

The Yokohama District Court handed down its ruling on Wednesday. The case was filed by 175 plaintiffs from 60 households, including Fukushima evacuees who moved to Kanagawa Prefecture. Yokohama is the capital of Kanagawa.

Tepco Video Shows Suspected Fuel Debris

TEPCO video shows suspected fuel debris

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has released video shot during a survey of what's believed to be fuel debris in its No. 2 reactor.

In the survey on Wednesday, a device for the first time made contact with the debris believed to be a mixture of molten nuclear fuel and structural parts.

Tepco: Probe Touched Suspected Fuel Debris

TEPCO: Probe touched suspected fuel debris

The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says a probe made direct contact with substances believed to be fuel debris at one of the plant's reactors.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, conducted its first contact survey of suspected fuel debris at the Number 2 reactor on Wednesday.

Tepco To Survey Suspected Fuel Debris In Reactor

TEPCO to survey suspected fuel debris in reactor

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it will conduct the first contact survey on suspected fuel debris inside one of the reactors.

It will be a key probe in the effort to decommission the plant. The No.1, No.2, and No.3 reactors at the facility experienced a meltdown as a result of the earthquake and tsunami which struck eastern Japan on March 11th, 2011.

Tepco Failed To Spot Leak Of Contaminated Water

TEPCO failed to spot leak of contaminated water

Tokyo Electric Power Company says it has determined that water containing radioactive substances leaked from a tank at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant for more than two years. The company says there is no impact on the environment.

The utility says workers discovered water from an unknown source in an underground tunnel on January 10th at the plant.

Five-year Sentences Sought For Ex-tepco Execs

Five-year sentences sought for ex-TEPCO execs

The court-appointed lawyers, who serve as prosecutors, have demanded five-year prison sentences for three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company. They say the executives are responsible for the 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The court-appointed lawyers delivered their closing argument at the Tokyo District Court on Wednesday.

Tepco To Directly Probe Suspected Fuel Debris

TEPCO to directly probe suspected fuel debris

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it's ready to make the first direct contact with suspected fuel debris inside a reactor. It says it will use a rod-shaped device to touch the debris to check its condition. The eventual goal is to remove the debris as part of the effort to scrap the plant crippled in the 2011 accident.

Tokyo Electric Power Company told a meeting of the Nuclear Regulation Authority on Monday that it will carry out the operation at the No. 2 reactor between mid- and late February.

Tepco Ex-chairman: Tsunami Couldn't Be Predicted

TEPCO ex-chairman: tsunami couldn't be predicted

In a trial at a Tokyo court, a former chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Company has claimed that the massive tsunami that led to the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster could not be predicted.

Former TEPCO chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata and former vice presidents Ichiro Takekuro and Sakae Muto were indicted on charges of professional negligence resulting in death and injury.

Tepco Deletes Hashtag After Public Outcry

TEPCO deletes hashtag after public outcry

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station has deleted a hashtag it used for Instagram that means to enjoy views of the plant.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, pulled the hashtag a few hours after it posted photos on its official Twitter and Instagram accounts on Monday. The photos had a caption -- the spent fuel pool for the No.4 reactor -- and the hashtag "Kojo Moe", or "Enjoy views of the plant."