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(...)

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(...)

Highly contaminated water leaked from a large storage tank is seen at the H6 area of the contaminated water storage tanks, at Tokyo Electric Power.  Photograph: Reuters

The operator of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant said today that 100 tonnes of highly contaminated water had leaked out of a tank, the worst in(...)

 Workers wearing protective suits and masks are seen during operations to remove fuel rods from a spent fuel pool inside the No.4 reactor building at Fukushima nuclear power plant . Photograph:Tokyo Electric Power Co/Handout via Reuters

The operator of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant took the first step today in the long and hazardous process of decommissioning the facility, e(...)

The operator of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant (above) said this evening there was no damage or spike in radiation levels at the station after a large earthquake struck in the ocean east of Japan. Photograph: Reuters

The operator of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant said this evening there was no damage or spike in radiation levels at the station after a larg(...)

Rescue workers recover the body of a victim from a site that was damaged by a landslide caused by Typhoon Wipha in Izu Oshima island, south of Tokyo. Photograph: Kyodo/Reuters

Typhoon Wipha passed through Japan’s east coast today, killing at least eight and leaving 37 missing in heavy rainfall and landslides. Hundreds of fli(...)

Workers remove  topsoil last month from  a garden behind a house  in Naraha, Japan, which was evacuated after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Photograph: Tomas Munita/New York Times

The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant today said another tank holding highly contaminated water has overflowed, probably sending t(...)

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 (...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo yesterday. Photograph: Shizuo Kambayashi/Reuters

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has promised his government will stand on the front lines of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, saying it can no longer (...)