Japanese Tsunami

Japanese Tsunami

Withholding details of reactor radiation 'was akin to murder'

THE day after a huge tsunami set off the disaster at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, thousands of residents at the nearby town of Namie gathered to evacuate. Given no guidance from Tokyo, town officials led the residents north, believing that winter winds would be blowing south and carrying away any radioactive emissions.

Fukushima nuclear reactors are 'stable'

THE crippled reactors at Japan's tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant have reached stability more than four months since the disaster, the government has said.

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Radiation fears over Japanese beef herds

There were growing fears over the threat of radiation-tainted beef in Japan yesterday as officials moved to prevent further contamination of the meat supply.

'Technical glitches' shut down nuclear plant

A NUCLEAR reactor in western Japan is to be temporarily shutdown due to "technical glitches", it was revealed yesterday.

Fukushima clean up to take decades

JAPANESE prime minister Naoto Kan said yesterday it will take decades to clean up and decommission the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant after the world's worst atomic accident since Chernobyl.

Parents demand protection is stepped up after nuclear disaster

Angry parents of children in Japan's Fukushima city marched along with hundreds more yesterday to demand protection for their children from radiation more than three months after a massive earthquake and tsunami triggered the worst nuclear disaster in 25 years.

6.7 earthquake rattles Japan

A MAGNITUDE-6.7 earthquake rattled north-east Japan this morning.

Nuclear plant's scramble to stem disaster

A NEW report says Japan's tsunami-ravaged nuclear plant was so unprepared for the disaster that workers had to bring protective gear and an emergency manual from distant buildings and borrow equipment from a contractor.

Cleaning setback at tsunami hit plant

A SYSTEM to clean massive amounts of contaminated water at Japan's tsunami hit nuclear plant was shut down yesterday, just hours after it began full operations, because of a technical problem.

Refloating Japan: Sea return for big ships stranded by tsunami

IT IS a Herculean task - to return to the sea more than a dozen ships thrown inland by Japan's tsunami in March.

Radiation 'hotspots' found 50km from stricken nuclear site

Japan is to ask pregnant women and children to move away from radiation "hotspots" found far away from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, reflecting new anxieties about the spread of radioactivity.

Record number on benefits in Japan

The number of Japanese on benefits exceeded two million for the first time in almost 60 years in March, due to a weak economy and the country's ageing population, the health ministry has said.

Tokyo mobbed with anti-nuclear protesters three months after disaster

PROTESTERS held mass demonstrations across Japan against nuclear power yesterday, the three-month anniversary of the powerful earthquake and tsunami that killed over 23,000 and triggered one of the world's worst nuclear disasters.

Tsunami and royal wedding combine to slash output

A RUN of bank holidays and the fallout from March's Japanese earthquake have triggered a sharp fall in manufacturing output and heightened expectations of an interest rate freeze until 2012.

Japan faces £18bn cost of ditching nuclear

All 54 of Japan's nuclear reactors may be shut by next April, adding more than £18 billion a year to the country's energy costs, if communities object to plant operating plans due to safety concerns, trade ministry officials said yesterday.

Jenson Button pays tribute to tsunami victims

JENSON Button will show his support for those affected by March's earthquake and tsunami in Japan by sporting a new diamond-encrusted helmet at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Japanese families get brief trip home

Donning white protective suits, people living near Japan's radiation-leaking nuclear plant returned home yesterday for the first time since the 11 March earthquake and tsunami.

UN begins probe into Fukushima disaster

A MAJOR international mission to investigate Japan's flooded, radiation-leaking nuclear complex began yesterday, as new information suggested that nuclear fuel had mostly melted in two more reactors in the early days after the 11 March earthquake and tsunami.

Fukushima boss quits over disaster

The president of the power company that runs the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant resigned yesterday after revealing the biggest losses in its history.

Japanese economy hit by earthquake

Japan's economy contracted sharply in the first quarter, veering back into recession as factory production and consumer spending wilted in the aftermath of March's earthquake and tsunami.

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