Mayor of Minamisoma Katsunobu Sakurai: ‘We have to appeal to people to return, tell them that the food and air here is safe.’ Photograph: David McNeill

Katsunobu Sakurai’s mayoral office overlooks a lattice of dense, squat housing stretching to the Pacific coast about seven miles away. From here, he(...)

Kohei and Tomoko Yamauchi, who returned to Naraha after the evacuation order was lifted, inside their house. Photograph: Androniki Christodoulou

The home of Kohei and Tomoko Yamauchi bears little sign of the disaster that forced them to abandon it. On a freezing night in March 2011, the couple(...)

In the countryside surrounding Fukushima homes and farms are blanketed in an invisible poison only detectable with beeping Geiger counters. Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images

In March 2011, housewife Kaori Saito watched the Fukushima nuclear crisis unfold on television from her living room, some 60km away from the Da(...)

Members of a Fukushima prefecture panel, which monitors the safe decommissioning of the nuclear plant.

Like millions of Japanese workers, Kai Watanabe (30) packs a lunch for work every morning. Unlike most, he also carries an electronic radiation counte(...)

Across much of Fukushima’s rolling green countryside they descend on homes like antibodies around a virus, men wielding low-tech tools against a very (...)

A laboratory technician uses a Geiger counter to measure radiation in fish caught close to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Photograph: Reuters/Issei Kato

Tokyo Electric Power Co said yesterday it had detected radioactive caesium in groundwater flowing into its wrecked Fukushima Daiichi plant, reversing (...)

The eerily empty streets of Namie, a town deep in the evacuation zone around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, are f(...)

Fukushima 50: Atsufima Yoshizawa. Photograph: Androniki Christodoulou

It was, recalls Atsufumi Yoshizawa, a suicide mission, volunteering to return to a radioactive nuclear power plant on the verge of tipping out (...)