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(...)

Engineers at the Fukushima nuclear plant  must remove thousands of highly radioactive spent fuel rods one by one and deal with the risk of fire or the fuel pool boiling dry. Photograph: AP Photo/Tokyo Electric Power Co

Nuclear engineers in Fukushima are preparing to tackle what may be the most dangerous stage of the clean-up operation at the ruined nuclear plant – re(...)

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 (...)

A worker near tanks filled with radioactive water earlier this year at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Fukushima, Japan. Photograph: Noboru Hashimto/New York Times

A leak of highly radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant could be the beginning of a new crisis at the crippled facility, Japa(...)

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(...)