They finally called a spade a spade.
Energy-starved Japan will regain nuclear-powered electricity on Sunday, as the first reactor to be switched on since last year's Fukushima disaster comes online.
Victims of Japan's Fukushima disaster struggle to rebuild their lives, as CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant admitted Wednesday that it was not fully prepared for the nuclear disaster spurred by last year's devastating earthquake and tsunami.
Fukushima's nuclear fallout spreads through ordinary life in Japan. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
Japan has given the go-ahead for operations to resume at two nuclear reactors on its western coast, the first to be restarted after the government shut down all reactors following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis.
CNN's Kyung Lah profiles a band that says TEPCO destroyed their lives.
The executives of the Japanese utility that owns the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and a number of the country's government officials should go to jail, according to a complaint filed by more than 1,000 local residents on Monday.
A 62-year-old evacuee from Fukushima Prefecture made a brief visit to his radiation-contaminated home, walked to his shuttered shop, and then hanged himself in a storage space.
The earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan on March 11 last year took more than 20,000 lives, caused the evacuation of about 300,000 people, and set off the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. The meltdowns of the Fukushima Daiichi reactors ended Japan's plans to produce half of its electricity through nuclear energy.
CNN's Kyung Lah visits a roadside shrine to honor those lost in last year's quake and tsunami.
Since last year's Tohoku earthquake, the scenes of devastation and Daiichi nuclear disaster immediately come to mind when people hear "Fukushima."
One year ago, a series of events began with an earthquake off the cost of Japan that culminated in the largest accidental release of radioactivity into the ocean in history.
It's the small details in the before-and-after photographs from tsunami-hit Fukushima Prefecture in northeastern Japan that are the most telling. A year later, there's not one power pole, wall-mounted gas meter or roadside curb that hasn't been meticulously attended to.
You wouldn't know the punk band was Japanese, a culture self-programmed for propriety.
CNN gets its first tour inside the Fukushima nuclear plant. CNN's Kyung Lah reports from the meltdown zone.
Twisted metal beams still jut from the top of Japan's Fukushima Daiichi stricken reactors, almost one year after a massive tsunami triggered nuclear meltdown.
[Updated 2:45 p.m. Monday, February 20] An ostrich walks down a street in Japan's exclusion zone, 10 months after the accident at the Fukushima power plant.
As we travel down the road toward the 20-kilometer (12-mile) exclusion zone, the entryway is blocked by half a dozen police officers and a large sign flashing red lights. The sign reads: "Keep out. Don't enter."
Aerial video shows wreckage after the March 9.0 magnitude earthquake damaged the Fukushima power plant in Japan.
VICE looks at the "forgotten" nuclear fuel thorium, its passionate followers and its second life courtesy of the internet.
If, like many of the world's leaders, you are eager for a dependable and cheap energy source that doesn't spew toxins and greenhouse gases into the atmosphere -- and that doesn't result in terrible, billion dollar accidents -- you can end your search now.
The decommissioning of four reactors at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will likely take more than 30 years to complete, according to a report by Japanese officials.
Using firsthand accounts of coping with the threat of radioactive contamination, several Japanese citizens who lived near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant hope to convince U.S. officials that nuclear energy poses an unacceptable risk.
The Futaba district of Japan's Fukushima prefecture was once defined largely by its farmers and its fishermen, as well as by its vast nuclear complexes that funneled power to Tokyo.
Japan announced Tuesday it is banning all shipments of cattle raised in the Fukushima Prefecture amid fears that the meat may have been contaminated from radiation at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant.
A Japanese health official downplayed the dangers Tuesday after cesium contaminated meat from six Fukushima cows was delivered to Japanese markets and probably ingested.
Japan felt another strong earthquake early Sunday Morning, placing the area around the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in further jeopardy.
Four months after Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami, operators at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are still grappling with the crisis the disaster unleashed but say they are making slow progress.
The CEO of Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant says what's happening to their plan in Nebraska is not another Fukushima.
Tim Nellenbach is on a mission as he shows a small group of journalists around his workplace. The manager of the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant and his colleagues are bent on dispelling rumors about the condition of their facility: rumors about a meltdown, about a loss of power. The rumors are patently false, they say, and it's frustrating to have to deal with them while also battling a genuine crisis.
Japanese researchers have found radiation in all 15 people tested last month from the area near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission told Congress on Thursday that the likelihood of a Fukushimi Daiichi-type event in the United States is "very, very small." However, it said an ongoing study of the Japanese disaster will probably lead to changes to increase safety at the nation's 104 commercial power plants.
Officials of Japan's hard-hit Fukushima city will begin handing out radiation measuring devices to 34,000 children in a plan to help calm fears about radiation.
Four new areas in northern Japan have been added to the list of places affected by radiation originating from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, authorities said Friday.
Japan has slapped new restrictions on green tea and plums from areas around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant because of lingering radioactive contamination from the ongoing disaster there.
A month after a devastating earthquake sent a wall of water across the Japanese landscape, the global terrain of the atomic power industry has been forever altered.
As some of Japan's foreign residents begin to return, many are still too afraid to come back. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
A federal task force set up following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan says no immediate changes are needed to improve the safety of nuclear reactors in the United States. But it said it expects to recommend changes when it completes its study in 60 days.
From Taiwan to Europe, the unfolding disaster in Japan has had repercussions for the nuclear industry across the world.
Photographer Athit Perawongmetha documents the ghost town left behind by the nuclear crisis in Japan. What he found was a "time stop."
Twenty-five years ago, I was a Ph.D. student here in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, studying the fate of fallout in the North Atlantic from nuclear weapons testing, when an explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear plant released large quantities of radioactive materials into the surrounding environment. My colleagues and I immediately joined other scientists tracking these radioactive contaminants, which in my case focused on the Black Sea, the closest ocean to the accident site.
Japan raised the severity level of its nuclear crisis to the maximum level seven on Tuesday, putting the Fukushima Daiichi power plant disaster on a par with the Chernobyl accident in 1986.
Japan elevates the nuclear crisis there from a 5 to a 7, the same level as Chernobyl. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
Students in many districts across Japan brushed off their uniforms and shouldered their bookbags for the first day of the new school year on Wednesday.
The more things change, the more they stay the same...
Japan's health ministry announced Friday that there is no radioactive contamination of beef in the beleaguered country, saying an earlier report indicating there had been contamination was wrong.
Conditions at the Fukushima nuclear plants are tough, but cleanup has to be done. CNN's Paula Hancocks reports.
Two weeks into Japan's nuclear crisis, a top U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission official and an industry critic gave Congress starkly different opinions on whether lessons can already be gleaned from the disaster and applied to U.S. plants.
CNN's Suzanne Malveaux asked Martin Savidge about the soil contaminated by plutonium in 5 different locations at Japan's Fukushima plant.
Timothy Mitchell with Entergy Nuclear explains the safety precautions taken at the company's 12 nuclear plants.
Despite being urged not to hoard bottled water, residents of Japan's capital on Wednesday snapped it up in droves after testing showed radioactive material in tap water at levels unsafe for infants.
Matthew Chance is in Vienna where U.N. atomic energy experts are tracking the fallout from Fukushima.
Short-term exposure to food contaminated by radiation from Japan's damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant poses no immediate health risk, a spokesman for the World Health Organization said Monday.
Crews resumed spraying water at the quake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility early Monday, Kyodo News reported, one day after the Japanese government slapped restrictions on some food produced around the plant.
CNN's Stan Grant reports workers from the stricken power plant face great uncertainties in their lives.
Tears suddenly welled up in his eyes as the middle-aged Japanese man recalled the longest drive home in his life a little over a week ago.
Authorities in Japan are battling to resolve a series of crises at the nuclear power plant at Fukushima Daiichi, which was badly hit by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck over a week ago.
CNN's Jason Carroll looks at how the situation in Japan is being compared to previous nuclear accidents.
Crews struggling to bring the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant under control had some success Sunday as cooling systems at two of the facility's reactors were working, Kyodo News reported.
TEPCO releases what they say are recent aerials of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan
As frightening as Japan's unfolding nuclear crisis is, worrying about the possibility of an earthquake-related nuclear disaster in the United States should not be our only concern.
The owner of the stricken nuclear power complex in northeastern Japan said Saturday that it will hike the radiation exposure limit for its workers at the plant from 100 millisieverts per shift to 150 millisieverts, Japan's public broadcaster NHK reported.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Friday asked operators of the nation's 104 nuclear power plants to review details of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster and to take actions "as appropriate" to avoid similar problems at their reactors.
Mutated animal and plant life and a no-go area for humans - could the area around the Fukushima Daiishi nuclear facility become a radioactive hazard zone?
Air carriers are watching the situation at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant closely, making contingency plans and routing adjustments to keep operations running smoothly and protect passengers and crew from radiation risks.
Japan is desperately racing to prevent three power reactors from melting down after last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami. This is an almost unthinkable challenge.
Risking their own exposure to radiation, a team works at a damaged nuclear plant to prevent a catastrophe.
As I sat in my sister's house in Nagoya, Japan, last Saturday, I was flooded with déjà vu.
CNN's Chris Lawrence reports on how protected U.S. troops are in the Japanese nuclear zone.
Governments are taking precautions and conducting thorough inspections of Japanese food, which is popular worldwide and available at high-end stores around Asia, and specialty shops in Europe and the United States.
Workers left inside Fukashima Diiachi nuclear plant work to save Japan from catastrophe. CNN's Anna Coren reports.
As the rest of the world waits to see if Japan can avert a nuclear catastrophe, a small band of experts is putting their lives at risk to prevent the disaster.
ITN's Alex Thomson reports on the destruction residents of Kamaishi, Japan, are facing after the earthquake and tsunami.
Helicopters dumped water Thursday on and near the Nos. 3 and 4 units at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in the latest attempt to halt the nuclear accident that appeared to be spinning out of control. The helicopters belong to the nation's self-defense forces, public broadcaster NHK reported.
CNN's Anderson Cooper takes a look back at how troubles at a Japanese nuclear plant have unfolded.
U.S. government experts trying to construct a model of radiation plumes emanating from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi power plant are being hampered by a "paucity of good data," a senior administration official told CNN.
A complete loss of electrical power at a nuclear plant, as occurred at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi facility, is the greatest potential risk to U.S. nuclear reactors, industry experts said Tuesday.
As American investors slept last night, the latest `Black Swan' event may have fluttered into their lives. It was birthed in the city of Fukushima, 140 miles north of Tokyo, where workers for Tokyo Electric Power Co., the embattled operator of the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, desperately tried to contain an escalating crisis.
A third reactor at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant encountered problems with its cooling mechanism Monday, triggering fresh fears of a meltdown that could leak dangerous amounts of radiation into the atmosphere.
Nuclear power has generally proved safe and nondetrimental to human health.
What do you do if you've been exposed to radiation? CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen has details.
Japanese stocks closed down 10.55 percent, recovering from deeper losses earlier in the session, as the nation grappled with a crisis at an earthquake-damaged nuclear power plant and the aftermath of last week's earthquake and tsunami.
As I try to write this essay, there is another aftershock -- a mere magnitude 6.2 event near the coast of Ibaragi, about 100 miles north of Tokyo. This was the third one I felt this morning in my office in a 12-story building on the campus of University of Tokyo.
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Tuesday the risk of further releases of radioactive material remains "very high," as crews struggle to contain an increasingly critical crisis at a damaged nuclear plant.
The reactors experiencing problems at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are boiling water reactors -- the second most common kind of nuclear power reactor.
In a nation already besieged with grief over mounting casualties, fears of possible radiation and the threat of more earthquakes, the nightmare grew for Japanese residents Monday as thousands of bodies reportedly surfaced and a government official confirmed another explosion at a nuclear reactor building.
Japan's prime minister asks people and industries to cut back on power usage because power plants are in short supply.
Numerous U.S. rescue and assistance teams arrived Sunday in Japan and are helping lead a broad international effort to bring relief to areas ravaged by Friday's earthquake and tsunami.
"We're some days away from [Japan's damaged nuclear] plants being stable," says nuclear expert Malcolm Grimston.
What kind of nuclear reactor is involved?
An explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant injured four workers and damaged the plant's cooling systems.
Gender change appears to be making ground in Japan's executive branch. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
Change a few circumstances in her life and Sakie Fukushima says she would have been a housewife. She was raised to be a good Japanese wife and homemaker, after all. That's what was expected of women of her generation -- to sit behind their men, make their bentos, iron their shirts and watch them rise to lead Japan's economy.
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 shook the eastern and northeastern parts of Japan's main island of Honshu early on Monday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
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