Japan reached the latest hard-fought step in the 40-year, $194 billion cleanup of the 2011 Fukushima meltdown: A robot successfully touched some of the melted fuel sitting inside one of its three wrecked reactors.
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.
Toshiba’s energy systems unit has unveiled a long telescopic pipe carrying a pan-tilt camera designed for an internal probe of one of the damaged reactor chambers at Japan’s tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant.
A court has ruled that a nuclear reactor in southwestern Japan should not operate because it is too close to an active volcano and could be affected by a major eruption.
Contaminated water might have leaked from the damaged Fukushima nuclear reactors after erroneous settings on water gauges lowered groundwater levels nearby, the plant operator said.
Japan’s nuclear policy-setting Atomic Energy Commission has called for nuclear power to remain a key component of the country’s energy supply despite broad public support for a less nuclear-reliant society.
It sounds like science fiction. Yet a cure for Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS) may be on the horizon thanks to an Israeli scientist and a team from Pluristem Therapeutics Inc.
An underwater robot has captured images and other data inside Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant on its first day of work.
A new swimming robot is set to investigate damage at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
The latest robot seeking to find the 600 tons of nuclear fuel and debris that melted down six year ago in Japan’s wrecked Fukushima Dai-Ichi power plant met its end in less than a day.
US developer United Wind has struck a partnership with Tokyo Electric Power Company to jointly develop small wind projects in Japan.
An unprecedented refrigeration structure resembling giant ice lollies has been approved by Japanese regulators to help create a frozen underground barrier around the Fukushima nuclear reactor buildings and contain contaminated water.
The former chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Co., Tsunehisa Katsumata, and two other executives have been indicted over the 2011 Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant disaster.
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.
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.