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AP/Toru Yamanaka

News Flash: Fukushima Is Still a Disaster

The corporate media silence on Fukushima has been deafening even though the melted-down nuclear power plant’s seaborne radiation is now washing up on American beaches.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Sailors and Marines Allege Fukushima Radiation Sickness

Three years have passed since the earthquake and tsunami that caused the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan and casualties are still mounting.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Eugene Hoshiko

The USS Reagan Is Fukushima’s Unlucky Dragon

Fifty-seven years before the USS Ronald Reagan was swept with radiation from the Fukushima meltdown, a similar, terrible fate befell the crew of a small Japanese fishing boat called the “Lucky Dragon.”

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE



Fukushima: An Ongoing Warning to the World

“I write these facts as dispassionately as I can in the hope that they will act as a warning to the world,” wrote the journalist Wilfred Burchett from Hiroshima.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE



The Guardian

Fukuppy the Flying Egg Is Fukushima’s Accidental Mascot

No, your eyes are not deceiving you. This winged corporate mascot is actually named Fukuppy.

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Typhoon Lands in Japan, Fukushima Remains an Open Wound (Updated)

With Japanese authorities still struggling to contain contamination at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant two-and-a-half years after it melted down, we are reminded by events in the news that the disaster lies in one of the most volatile meteorological and geographical regions in the world.

Posted on Sep 15, 2013 READ MORE



Illustration based on graphics from Wikimedia Commons

Five Ways a Wider Syrian War Could Go Nuclear

In the wake of an apparent break in the march to a wider war, the reality of a nuclear dimension in Syria remains largely unspoken.

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 READ MORE



Jjb@nalog (CC BY 2.0)

Bluefin Tuna Carry Radiation Across the Pacific

Small amounts of radioactive cesium were detected in samples of bluefin tuna caught off the coast of California last summer, just five months after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster in Japan, a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Journal reports.

Posted on May 29, 2012 READ MORE



Thierry Ehrmann (CC-BY)

The Bipartisan Nuclear Bailout

Democrats and Republicans agree on one thing: They’re going to force nuclear power on the public, despite the astronomically high risks, both financial and environmental.

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Treasury Department

Japan’s Top Office: Whose Turn Is It?

Japan has already burned through five prime ministers in five years, with a sixth, Yoshihiko Noda, expected to take over from Naoto Kan on Tuesday. Kan was forced to resign Friday because of dissatisfaction with his response to the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country. (more)

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 READ MORE


From Kilotons to Millisieverts: Japan’s Nuclear Legacy

In recent weeks, radiation levels have spiked at the Fukushima nuclear power reactors in Japan, with recorded levels of 10,000 millisieverts per hour at one spot. This is the number reported by the reactor’s discredited owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co., although that number is simply as high as the Geiger counters go.

Posted on Aug 9, 2011 READ MORE


Japan’s Meltdowns Demand New No-Nukes Thinking

New details are emerging that indicate the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan is far worse than previously known, with three of the four affected reactors experiencing full meltdowns. Meanwhile, in the U.S., massive flooding along the Missouri River has put Nebraska’s two nuclear plants, both near Omaha, on alert.

Posted on Jun 21, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Photorush (CC-BY-SA)

Several U.S. Nuke Sites Have Sprung Leaks

With so much focus recently on nuclear power sources in certain other parts of the world, it’s important to note that the U.S. has some considerable issues of its own in that department. Take these results of a yearlong investigation into domestic power plants ...

Posted on Jun 21, 2011 READ MORE


America’s Energy Ethos: Do, Regardless of Harm

I thought we would witness the recent Fukushima reactor meltdown or footage of Americans setting their tap water on fire and at least agree to stop pursuing energy policies that we know endanger our health and safety—if not out of altruism, then out of self-interest.

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE



Bjoern Schwarz (CC-BY)

Germany Puts an Expiration Date on Nuclear Power

Just two and a half months after Japan’s nuclear disaster kicked off a global rethink, Germany’s governing coalition has committed to closing down all of the country’s nuclear power plants by 2022. Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany will replace nuclear, which ... (more)

Posted on May 29, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by PZS based on a graphic by Cary Bass

Power Company Predicts 9 More Months of Fukushima Drama

After five weeks of struggling to avoid a total meltdown at the quake- and tsunami-battered Fukushima nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. has announced that it could be nine months before it is able to cool damaged reactors completely.

Posted on Apr 17, 2011 READ MORE


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Posted on Apr 13, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by PZS based on a graphic by Cary Bass

Fukushima Gets Upgraded to Chernobyl-Level Emergency

Japanese officials have revised the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant to level 7, making it the second such disaster in history, the only one since the Chernobyl meltdown. It had previously been described as being on the scale of Three Mile Island, a smaller event.

Posted on Apr 12, 2011 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

Japan Rocked by 7.1 Quake

This time, fears of another devastating tsunami were thankfully unfounded after another big earthquake—a 7.1 this time—shook Japan late Thursday, but workers at the trouble-plagued Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant didn’t take any chances.

Posted on Apr 7, 2011 READ MORE



AP / DigitalGlobe/dapd

Some Progress, but More Worry, at Japanese Plant

Although a stopgap measure has apparently plugged the leak in Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, keeping more radioactive water from spilling into the Pacific, the crisis has shifted over to Reactor 1, which could be headed for a blowup. 

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 READ MORE


Truthdig Radio: Helen Caldicott, Mr. Fish on Ice

On this week’s show Helen Caldicott says “the French are ignorant” and “the English are nuts,” Dr. Alan Lockwood discusses Japan, Loretta Napoleoni calculates the terror economy, Marcia Dawkins measures misogyny and Mr. Fish finds his inner princess. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Mar 31, 2011 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey

Truthdig Radio: Helen Caldicott and the Terror Economy

Truthdig Radio airs every Wednesday at 2:00 PM in Los Angeles on 90.7 KPFK. If you can’t listen live, look for the podcast and transcript of each week’s show Wednesday nights right here on Truthdig.

On this week’s show Helen Caldicott says “the French are ignorant” and “the English are nuts,” Dr. Alan Lockwood discusses Japan, Loretta Napoleoni calculates the terror economy, Marcia Dawkins measures misogyny and Mr. Fish finds his inner princess.

Posted on Mar 31, 2011 READ MORE



AP / DigitalGlobe/dapd

Japan’s Prime Minister Politely Drop-Kicks Nuclear Plant Owner

Lest anyone doubt who is responsible for the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan just discarded the uncritical routine and said plant owner TEPCO’s low standards “invited the current situation.”

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by PZS

China Can’t Wait to Get Back to Nuclear Power

While Japan is busy trying to keep babies from drinking irradiated water, officials in nearby China are getting ready to roll out a reactor they say is more advanced and safer than the one currently poisoning Tokyo’s water supply.

Posted on Mar 23, 2011 READ MORE



jqmj (Queralt) (CC-BY-SA)

A Bet on Japan

If ever there was a comeback-kid sort of country, this is surely it.

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 READ MORE


Spent Fuel’s Toxic Legacy

The most urgent focus of Japan’s worsening nuclear crisis is the threat from radioactive fuel that has already been used in the Fukushima Daiichi reactors and awaits disposal. In the United States, the nuclear industry has amassed about 70,000 tons of such potentially deadly waste material—and we have nowhere to put it.

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by PZS based on a graphic by Cary Bass

The Latest From Fukushima

Here are the latest headlines from Japan’s struggle to prevent nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant as of early Friday morning (Japan time).

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 READ MORE


Japan on the Brink of Nuclear Catastrophe

On Monday, Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was in critical condition after two explosions and system failures that added a whole new level to the country’s crisis in the wake of Friday’s earthquake and tsunami. 

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 READ MORE


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