Related Topic: Fukushima Accident

Japan nuclear shutdown did 'more harm than good', study finds

Japan nuclear shutdown did 'more harm than good', study finds

Increased electricity prices and greater use of fossil fuels have led to more deaths following the Fukushima accident in March 2011 than the subsequent evacuation from the area surrounding the nuclear power plant, a new study shows. No deaths have been recorded as a direct result of the accident itself, but the decision to suspend nuclear power generation in response to it has contributed to loss of life, it says.

Regulation & Safety 29 October 2019


Orano and Tepco cooperate further on decommissioning

Orano and Tepco cooperate further on decommissioning

France's Orano Group recently signed a cooperation agreement with Japanese utility Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) to strengthen their cooperation on the decommissioning of nuclear facilities at the Fukushima Daiichi site.

Waste & Recycling 04 October 2019


Fuel removal starts at Fukushima Daiichi 3

Fuel removal starts at Fukushima Daiichi 3

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe visited the Fukushima Daiichi site today as the process to remove used fuel from unit 3 officially began. It has taken several years for Tepco to remove debris from the reactor building service floor and prepare for this work to reduce the hazard at the accident site.

Waste & Recycling 15 April 2019


Evacuation order lifted in Fukushima host town

Evacuation order lifted in Fukushima host town

Some residents of Okuma, the closest town to the Fukushima Daiichi plant, have today been allowed to return home. The evacuation order issued in 2011 has been lifted for the more mountainous and less inhabited western area, where around 380 of the town's former population of 10,500 lived.

Regulation & Safety 10 April 2019


Tepco completes Fukushima water storage upgrade

Tepco completes Fukushima water storage upgrade

Bolted flange tanks at Fukushima Daiichi, which had previously leaked, are no longer in use. Tokyo Electric Power Company has completed the transfer of the treated water to new welded tanks onsite while it awaits permission to discharge.

Regulation & Safety 28 March 2019


Researchers study Fukushima particle in close-up

Researchers study Fukushima particle in close-up

A joint team of UK and Japanese researchers have used the UK's synchrotron science facility to analyse the internal structure and composition of a radioactive particle collected from close to the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan.

Regulation & Safety 11 March 2019


Tepco makes contact with melted fuel in unit 2

Tepco makes contact with melted fuel in unit 2

Tokyo Electric Power Company has released photos of fuel debris within the primary containment vessel of unit 2 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The company determined that the debris can be lifted, which will help in removing the material.

Regulation & Safety 13 February 2019


IAEA reports on progress at Fukushima Daiichi

IAEA reports on progress at Fukushima Daiichi

While much progress has already been made in decommissioning the damaged Fukushima Daiichi units, Japan must ensure it is prepared for future challenges, such as used fuel and fuel debris removal, a mission by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said.

Regulation & Safety 04 February 2019


Robot to examine fuel debris in Fukushima unit

Robot to examine fuel debris in Fukushima unit

Toshiba has developed a remotely-operated robot to investigate debris in the bottom of the primary containment vessel of unit 2 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan.

Regulation & Safety 29 January 2019


IAEA reviews Fukushima Daiichi clean-up work

IAEA reviews Fukushima Daiichi clean-up work

Japan has made significant progress in decommissioning the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, but many challenges remain, a mission by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has concluded.

Regulation & Safety 14 November 2018