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Members of the public observe a moment of silence to mark the exact time when the magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off Japan’s coast in 2011. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters

Japan on Friday mourned the thousands who lost their lives in a massive earthquake and tsunami five years ago that turned towns to matchwood and trigg(...)

Operators restart the nuclear reactor at the central control room of the Kyushu Electric Power Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima prefecturePhotograph: Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images

Japan has restarted a nuclear reactor for the first time under new safety standards put in place since the Fukushima disaster in 2011, as prime minis(...)

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(...)

Sean O Driscoll: We need to focus more on efficiency. Photograph: Alan Betson

Seán O’Driscoll, the chief executive of Glen Dimplex, yesterday invited the former Japanese prime minister Naoto Kan to the Merrion Hotel in Dublin t(...)

The 9.0 magnitude strong earthquake struck offshore on March 11th at 2:46pm local time, triggering a tsunami wave of up to ten metres which engulfed large parts of north-eastern Japan, and also damaging the Fukushima nuclear plant and threatening a nuclear catastrophe.  Workers wearing protective suits and masks work at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture in November, 2011.  Photograph: David Guttenfelder/Pool/Reuters

Masao Yoshida, a nuclear engineer who took charge of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant two years ago as multiple reactors spiraled out of control afte(...)