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First study reports very low internal radioactivity after Fukushima disaster

Japanese researchers have found very low amounts of radioactivity in the bodies of about 10,000 people who lived near the Fukushima Daiichi power plant when it melted down. The first published study that measured the radiation within a large number of residents reassured health experts because the numbers reported imply only negligible health risks. The threat appeared to be considerably lower than in the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident, the experts agreed.


Fukushima Videos Shed Light on Chaos in Nuclear Crisis

The released videos offer the first minute-by-minute account of the last-ditch effort to avert what would become the worst nuclear calamity since Chernobyl.


Japan to provide $12.55 billion to operator of tsunami-ravaged nuclear plant

Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Japan’s government on Wednesday approved a 1 trillion yen ($12.55 billion) bailout for the operator of the disaster-hit Fukushima nuclear plant, putting the massive utility under temporary state control as it continues to deal with the colossal damages.


Japan switches off last nuclear power plant; will it cope?

Japan shuts down its last working nuclear power reactor this weekend just over a year after a tsunami scarred the nation and if it survives the summer without major electricity shortages, producers fear the plants will stay offline for good.


Japan Admits Nuclear Plant Still Poses Dangers

The damage to the core of at least one of the meltdown-stricken reactors at Fukushima could be far worse than previously thought.


One year after Japan earthquake and tsunami, search for bodies continues

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

With a minute of silence, tolling bells and prayers, Japan will on Sunday mark the first anniversary of an earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands and set off a nuclear crisis that shattered public trust in atomic power and the nation's leaders.


Fukushima: Japan leaders feared "devil's chain reaction"

Fukushima Daiichi

Japan's prime minister ordered workers to remain at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear plant last March as fears mounted of a "devil's chain reaction" that would force tens of millions of people to flee Tokyo, a new investigative report shows.


Japan kept silent on worst nuclear crisis scenario

Japan Nuclear Crisis

The Japanese government's worst-case scenario at the height of the nuclear crisis last year warned that tens of millions of people, including Tokyo residents, might need to leave their homes, according to a report obtained by the Associated Press. But fearing widespread panic, officials kept the report secret.


Japan: 30-40 years to scrap reactors

Japanese officials unveiled a decades-long plan Wednesday to decommission the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, where reactor cooling systems failed after the country's devastating earthquake and tsunami in March.


Experts: 30 years till Japan can close nuke plant

A Japanese government panel says it will take at least 30 years to safely close the tsunami-hobbled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.


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