Fukushima

Takashi Homma Photographs Radioactive Mushrooms from Forests Near Fukushima

Takashi Homma Photographs Radioactive Mushrooms from Forests Near Fukushima

Homma is not generally known for still life or nature photographs - he's made his living by taking to the streets and documenting urban scenes in Japan. But the presence of these radioactive forest

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Eight US Sailors Sue Tepco Over Fukushima Radiation Exposure

Eight US Sailors Sue Tepco Over Fukushima Radiation Exposure

Eight US sailors have filed a lawsuit against the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) that owns the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant that melted down after an earthquake and tsunami struck in March, 2011.

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Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Could Have Been Avoided, Tepco Admits

Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Could Have Been Avoided, Tepco Admits

Last year's Fukushima nuclear disaster in Northeast Japan could have been avoided, Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) admitted at a recent conference in Tokyo. A parliamentary inquiry found that bad habits

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Japan May Scrap Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant Built On Active Seismic Fault

Japan May Scrap Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant Built On Active Seismic Fault

Japan is located in a seismically and volcanically active part of the world - which is why the country's decision to build nuclear power plants has always been so controversial. As the Fukushima incident

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Toshiba Develops Tetrapod Robot to Enter Dangerous Disaster Sites Unreachable by Humans

Toshiba Develops Tetrapod Robot to Enter Dangerous Disaster Sites Unreachable by Humans

During Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster, emergency workers were often unable to get close to the site due to high levels of radiation. In order to combat this challenge in the future, the Toshiba

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Hurricane Sandy Highlights the Dangers of Nuclear Energy

Hurricane Sandy Highlights the Dangers of Nuclear Energy

Photo via Shutterstock This morning, officials announced that New Jersey's Oyster Creek nuclear plant is no longer on alert. The alert was brought on by quickly rising water levels, which posed a

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Cyberdyne Creates Mind-Controlled Robot Exoskeleton to Protect Fukushima Workers from Nuclear Radiation

Cyberdyne Creates Mind-Controlled Robot Exoskeleton to Protect Fukushima Workers from Nuclear Radiation

This week Cyberdyne unveiled a robotic exoskeleton called HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) that allows its wearer to carry superhuman loads while shielding them from radiation. With the Fukushima nuclear

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Japanese Government Backs Down on Commitment to End Nuclear Power by 2030

Japanese Government Backs Down on Commitment to End Nuclear Power by 2030

Nuclear Power Plant photo from Shutterstock Just a few days after Japanese officials issued a statement that the country plans to end nuclear power usage by 2030, the government has suggested that such

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Japan Announces Plans to Completely Abandon Nuclear Power by 2030

Japan Announces Plans to Completely Abandon Nuclear Power by 2030

Today the government of Japan announced plans to completely abolish nuclear power by as soon as 2030.  The declaration was spurred by last year’s Fukushima disaster, which caused officials to

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Japanese Fish Show Record Levels of Radiation From Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Japanese Fish Show Record Levels of Radiation From Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Greenling Fish Photo from Shutterstock Inhabitat has reported on the many effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on the surrounding environment - from mutated butterflies to alien species being

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Mutant Butterflies Found in Japan After Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Mutant Butterflies Found in Japan After Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

It's been well over a year since a massive earthquake and tsunami devastated the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. During early stages of the fallout, Japanese officials insisted that

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Japans New Green Party Pushes for a Nuclear Free Nation

Japans New Green Party Pushes for a Nuclear Free Nation

Japan’s political system may see a shakeup with a newly revived Greens Japan Party ready to field anti-nuclear candidates. Vowing to put the environment first, the new collation, of mostly regional

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Episode 4 of Fukushima Documentary Series ‘We Are All Radioactive’ Goes Live

Episode 4 of Fukushima Documentary Series ‘We Are All Radioactive’ Goes Live

We're big fans of Lisa Katayama's 'We Are All Radioactive' series of films, an online episodic documentary series that follows the lives of surfers and fishermen as they work to rebuild small coastal

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New Report Criticizes Japanese Government and TEPCO Energy Company Over Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

New Report Criticizes Japanese Government and TEPCO Energy Company Over Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

A new independent report on the cause of the Fukushima Nuclear disaster places most of the blame on collusion between the Japanese government and TEPCO for allowing the plant to be so vulnerable. The

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Japanese Tsunami Dock Hits Oregon Beach With Army of Alien Species Attached!

Japanese Tsunami Dock Hits Oregon Beach With Army of Alien Species Attached!

An enormous Japanese dock that was cast out to sea by the tsunami last year has landed on an Oregon beach. While it is not the first piece of debris to reach the US, it has bought with it a veritable

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Europe To Decommission Most Nuclear Power Stations By 2030

Europe To Decommission Most Nuclear Power Stations By 2030

Photo via Shutterstock First it was Japan, then Germany, and now it looks like all of Europe is following suite. According to a report by energy experts GlobalData, Europe will decommission almost 150

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Germany Sets New Solar Record By Meeting Nearly Half of Country’s Weekend Power Demand

Germany Sets New Solar Record By Meeting Nearly Half of Country’s Weekend Power Demand

Germany fed a whopping 22 gigawatts of solar power per hour into the national grid last weekend, setting a new record by meeting nearly half of the country's weekend power demand. After the Fukushima

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Fukushima Nuclear Radiation Found in Pacific Bluefin Tuna

Fukushima Nuclear Radiation Found in Pacific Bluefin Tuna

Bluefin Tuna photo from Shutterstock Low levels of radiation from last year's Fukushima Diaichii disaster in Japan have been discovered in bluefin tuna swimming of the California coast. Scientists say

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Fukushima Radiation Finally Below “Cancer-Causing Levels”

Fukushima Radiation Finally Below “Cancer-Causing Levels”

Residents of Japan may be able to breathe a sigh of relief as the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently announced that radiation levels in most of the country are “below cancer-causing

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Hundreds of ‘Middle Finger’ Candles Lit in Silent Protest Against Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown

Hundreds of ‘Middle Finger’ Candles Lit in Silent Protest Against Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown

After almost losing a finger in a workshop accident, artist Nao Matsumoto meditated on the importance of the middle finger as a gesture of expressing discontent. Channeling reactions to news about the

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Japan to Shut Down Last Operating Nuclear Reactor on May 6th

Japan to Shut Down Last Operating Nuclear Reactor on May 6th

Nuclear Power Station image from Shutterstock For the first time in a generation, Japan is set to go nuclear-free next month. Nuclear energy has suffered a serious blow to its public image since the

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Japan Shuts Down Second-to-Last Nuclear Reactor

Japan Shuts Down Second-to-Last Nuclear Reactor

In the wake of the world's worst nuclear disaster in a generation, yet another nuclear reactor in Japan was taken offline for maintenance on Monday, leaving only one of the country's 54 nuclear reactors

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One Year After Fukushima, Radiation Adviser Shunichi Yamashita Attempts to Assuage a Shaken Public

One Year After Fukushima, Radiation Adviser Shunichi Yamashita Attempts to Assuage a Shaken Public

One year after the disastrous earthquake and tsunami that shook Japan to its core, all eyes are turned to radiation risk management adviser Shunichi Yamashita. Yamashita, the son of a Nagasaki atomic bomb

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Marubeni to Build New Floating Wind Farm Off the Coast of Fukushima, Japan

Marubeni to Build New Floating Wind Farm Off the Coast of Fukushima, Japan

Japan looks set to see a new floating wind farm built off the coast of Fukushima, according to a number of recent news reports. Trading company Marubeni plans to develop the wind farm, and the process is

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Critics Say Japan’s Cleanup of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster is Disorderly & Ineffective

Critics Say Japan’s Cleanup of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster is Disorderly & Ineffective

As the government in Japan continues to lead the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster response, many people in Japan say the government's efforts are misguided. Critics of the government and nuclear experts

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Study Shows Spike in Japan’s CO2 Levels After Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Study Shows Spike in Japan’s CO2 Levels After Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

A newly released study from the Breakthrough Institute shows a clear indication on how dependent Japan has been on nuclear power. First the good news: after the devastating earthquake and resulting

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Radioactive Concrete From Fukushima Found In New Japanese Building

Radioactive Concrete From Fukushima Found In New Japanese Building

Following last year's nuclear disaster in Fukushima, there has been a great deal of public concern over the contamination of local food sources and water and now, newly constructed buildings can be added

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Japan May Nationalize Its Nuclear Power Plants

Japan May Nationalize Its Nuclear Power Plants

Japan's Yomiuri newspaper has reported that the Japanese government is looking to nationalize the nation's nuclear power plants. Trade and industry minister Yukio Edano announced the still unfinalized

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Japan Announces Official “Cold Shutdown” of Damaged Reactors at Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Japan Announces Official “Cold Shutdown” of Damaged Reactors at Fukushima Nuclear Plant

As we predicted yesterday, government officials in Japan voted today on whether to declare a “cold shutdown” of the damaged nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant

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Japan Set to Declare Fukushima Reactors Under Control, Experts are Wary

Japan Set to Declare Fukushima Reactors Under Control, Experts are Wary

The Japanese government is expected to announce this week that they've regained full control of the three damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that was hit earlier this year by a

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