Tsunami-hit Fukushima to become renewable energy hub

The region, which was the site of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear accident, could become home to 11 solar power plants and 10 wind power plants

Japan ‘to build 20GW of coal-fired capacity over next decade’

It will depend on how many suspended nuclear reactors resume operation

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Japan struggles to relocate Fukushima nuclear waste

No other regions of Japan have agreed to accommodate toxic soil created in the 2011 meltdown

TEPCO ‘likely to decommission Fukushima Daini nuclear plant’

Its four reactors have been shut down since the nuclear accident at the neighbouring Fukushima Daiichi plant

Japanese firm gets approval for first reactors since Fukushima

Tokyo Electric Power Corporation (TEPCO) has been granted initial safety approval to restart two reactors at a nuclear plant. It is the first approval from Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) since the Fukushima incident in 2011, which led to a meltdown of reactors following an earthquake and tsunami. The NRA said two reactors at the […]

Underwater robot finds nuclear waste in Fukushima

An underwater robot has revealed what is thought to be a pile of melted nuclear fuel inside a damaged reactor at the Fukushima power plant in Japan. The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co, said it was the first time it has been able to see inside certain areas of the plant since it was […]

‘No damage’ at Fukushima nuclear plant after earthquake

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant hasn’t been damaged after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck the east coast of Japan last night. Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), which is the company responsible for the decommissioning of the plant, said the cooling system stopped for a while after the tremor but operations were resumed later. It added it hasn’t found any abnormalities, radiation […]

Pokemon (don’t) GO to Fukushima

Fans of the popular game Pokémon GO have been warned not to hunt for Pokémon in the Fukushima nuclear exclusion zone in Japan. Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (Tepco) has asked The Pokémon Company and developer Niantic to stop the game’s characters appearing in and around areas affected by the nuclear reactor meltdown. Tepco said […]

Fukushima accident: 10,000 excess cancer deaths expected

Around 10,000 excess cancer deaths are expected in Japan five years after the Fukushima accident. That’s according to a report from US based Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW). The report used data to calculate the excess cancer rates among children, rescue clean-up workers and the […]

UK invests £500k to research Fukushima clean up

A team of researchers have been granted £516,000 to support research in cleaning up the Fukushima nuclear accident. The government-funded Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) made the investment. Scientists at the University of Sheffield and Imperial College London will collaborate with Japanese universities “to develop viable processes to immobilise radioactive ion exchange materials”. The […]