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(...)

Minister for Health Dr James Reilly who said there is no documentation to suggest the HSE had agreed to top up payments made to Central Remedial Clinic executives. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Health James Reilly has said there is no documentation to suggest that the HSE agreed to top-up payments made to Central Remedial Clinic (...)

Nicola Furlong’s mother Angela and sister Andrea outside the Tokyo District Court this week during the trial of Richard Hinds. Photograph: Robert Gilhooly

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Nicola Furlong: died in Japan

Prosecutors in Tokyo have demanded a 10-year jail term for Richard Hinds, the American musician accused of murdering Irish student Nicola Furlo(...)

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 (...)