Japan’s  economy, trade and industry minister Yuko Obuchi (centre), wearing a protective suit and a mask, inspects  the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on September 7th last. After months of pressure the government was finally forced last week to release a transcript of interviews with the manager of the plant at the time of the disaster there in 2011. Photograph: Reuters/Kyodo

In the pantheon of Fukushima heroes, Masao Yoshida stands taller than almost everyone else.As manager of the crippled Daiichi plant in 2011, he was th(...)

Workers wearing protective suits and masks as they work on contaminated water storage tanks at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant this week. Photograph: Reuters

Japan’s nuclear watchdog has upgraded its alert level for radiation leaks at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, underlying the deepening crisis at t(...)

An aerial view shows workers wearing protective suits and masks work at a construction site of the shore barrier to stop radioactive water from leaking into the sea, at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in FukushimaPhotograph: Kyodo/Reuters

Contaminated water with dangerously high levels of radiation is leaking from a storage tank at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, the most s(...)

 The No 3 reactor building at Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco)’s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture last month.  Photograph: Kyodo/Reuters

Japanese researchers say the cost of cleaning up from the Fukushima nuclear disaster could top $50 billion (€37.7 billion), four times the amount esti(...)

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 (...)

A leakage detection unit (centre) at an underground water storage tank  at Tepco’s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. Photograph: Tokyo Electric Power Co/Handout/Reuters

The company responsible for the Japanese nuclear power plant destroyed by a tsunami two years ago said today it is losing faith in temporary st(...)