August 14, 2012 A study found that a third of the residents of Minamisoma had detectable levels of radiation. But another study said plant workers are at risk of psychological distress.
July 5, 2012 A Japanese panel has issued a scathing report faulting government regulators and the electric utility for failing to take precautions to safeguard the Fukushima nuclear reactors from natural disasters. The failure led to nuclear catastrophe during last year's earthquake and tsunami.
January 19, 2012 Though blurred by steam and radiation, the images provided some information about the conditions inside the reactor.
December 16, 2011 If correct, it's an important milestone in the long effort toward recovery from the nuclear disaster triggered by a March 11 earthquake and tsunami. But skeptics fear the government's claim is premature.
December 9, 2011 Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said the temperatures at the plant have fallen below boiling point.
December 5, 2011 About 45 tons of contaminated radioactive water have leaked and about 300 liters of it has made it into the Pacific Ocean.
November 1, 2011 The Japanese MP had previously said he was so sure of its safety, he would drink a glass of water taken from inside the building of the crippled nuclear power plant.
October 27, 2011 The unpublished study claims that the amount of radioactive material released into the atmosphere could be double what the Japanese government estimates. Scientists cautioned, however, that emissions measurements are imprecise.
August 11, 2011 Japan is removing its nuclear safety agency from its trade ministry, dissolving a relationship that was criticized during the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. The news came as Prime Minister Naoto Kan again confirmed his intention to resign, possibly by the end of this month.
August 4, 2011 Japan is firing three top nuclear energy officials, nearly five months after the country's Fukushima nuclear disaster. And Banri Kaieda, the industry minister in charge of energy policy, said that he will resign after he replaces the officials.
June 20, 2011 In the U.S., meanwhile, "federal regulators have been working closely with the nuclear power industry to keep the nation's aging reactors operating within safety standards by repeatedly weakening those standards," the AP reports.
June 15, 2011 Those parents say the government should be evacuating everyone 18 and under and any woman who is pregnant, not waiting three more months and then only issuing badges that will be checked one a month to determine exposure.
May 24, 2011 President Obama will visit Joplin, Missouri Sunday; tornado death toll at 116; nuclear fuel meltdown at Fukushima plant but material still contained; Chrysler will repay its debt to the U.S. government; Bob Dylan turns 70
May 20, 2011 Mississippi River crests in Vicksburg, Miss.; concerns about oil and gas wells in projected flood zone; Libya has released foreign journalists; U.S. diplomats attacked in Pakistan; Japanese nuclear utility loses billions as leader resigns; one of North Korea's leaders is visiting China.
May 9, 2011 Chubu Electric Power will suspend nuclear production at its Hamaoka plant south of Tokyo. Last Friday, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan asked the utility to stop nuclear production there, because the plant lies atop a fault line and just off the Pacific Ocean.