Fukushima compensation increased to ¥7 trillion — The Japan Times

” The government has approved an increase in compensation payments for the Fukushima nuclear crisis to ¥7.07 trillion as tens of thousands of evacuees remain in temporary housing more than four years after the disaster. Tokyo Electric Power Co will receive ¥950 billion more in public funds on top of the ¥6.125 trillion agreed earlier, … Continue reading

Kyle Cleveland, sociologist at Temple University’s Japan Campus — Enenews

Kyle Cleveland’s speech was published on Apr 29, 2015, on Youtube. His speech was taken off Youtube today, but part of the transcript is still available on Enenews. ” Like everyone else we were seeing what was on the media. The media was very alarmist, and I think ironically, some of what were taken as … Continue reading

USS reagan sailors sue for nuclear justice

Attorney Charles Bonner gives an update on his class action litigation on behalf of 250+ named military personnel harmed by exposure to Fukushima fallout during an aid mission in March 2011. The mission was called Operation Tomodachi; “tomodachi” means “friends” in Japanese. The suit targets the plant operator and its manufacturers — GE, EBASCO, Toshiba … Continue reading

Nuclear expert tasked with leading Fukushima decommissioning — The Japan Times

” Toru Ogawa, a 64-year-old nuclear research expert, has been entrusted with probably the most challenging task facing Japan — leading the decommissioning process at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. This April, Ogawa, a professor at Nagaoka University of Technology in Niigata Prefecture, was installed as the first chief in the Collaborative Laboratories for … Continue reading

Fukushima operator prepares to lift 20-ton debris from fuel pool — The Wall Street Journal

” The latest challenge at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is to remove a 20-ton piece of debris from a pool holding over 500 spent fuel rods. More than four years after the plant was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami, Fukushima Daiichi’s operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it would start work … Continue reading

Nuclear evacuees face dilemma over returning home — The Japan Times

” NARAHA, FUKUSHIMA PREF. – More than four years since Satoru Yamauchi abandoned his noodle restaurant to escape radiation spreading from the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, the central government is almost ready to declare it is safe for him to go home. But like many of the displaced, he’s not sure if he wants … Continue reading