Next up for Fukushima clean up: What does melted fuel feel like?

The owner of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima Dai-Ichi power station is trying this week to touch melted fuel at the bottom of the plant for the first time since the disaster almost eight years ago, a tiny but key step toward retrieving the radioactive material amid a $195 billion clean up effort.

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Japan acknowledges first possible casualty from Fukushima

Japan is said to have acknowledged the first possible casualty from radiation at the Fukushima nuclear plant. The worker was diagnosed with cancer after the crisis broke out four years ago forcing more than 160,000 people from their homes after the meltdown at the plant following an earthquake and tsunami. The incident was the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl 25 years previously.

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Japan’s 17,000 tons on nuclear waste in search of a good home

Welcome to Japan, land of cherry blossoms, sushi and sake, and 17,000 metric tons of highly radioactive waste. That’s what the country has in temporary storage from its nuclear plants. Supporters of atomic power say it’s cleaner than fossil fuels for generating electricity. Detractors say there’s nothing clean about what’s left behind, some of which remains a deadly environmental toxin for thousands of years. Since atomic power was first harnessed more than 70 years ago, the industry has been trying to solve the problem of safe disposal of the waste. Japan has been thrown into the center of the conundrum by its decision in recent months to retire five reactors after the Fukushima disaster in 2011.