Fukushima

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The tsunami wall in Minaimsoma, Fukushima Prefecture. Photograph: David McNeill

Like hundreds of communities along Japan’s northeast coast, the village of Koizumi exists on maps only. Five years ago, an earthquake under the Pacifi(...)

An image from a manga comic book by Kazuto Tatsuta, a former employee at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Image: Kodansha

Like many other men, Shinya Yamada was glad of the work at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Because he toiled close to its wrecked reactors, his h(...)

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(...)

Mayor of Minamisoma Katsunobu Sakurai: ‘We have to appeal to people to return, tell them that the food and air here is safe.’ Photograph: David McNeill

Katsunobu Sakurai’s mayoral office overlooks a lattice of dense, squat housing stretching to the Pacific coast about seven miles away. From here, he(...)

Then Tepco chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata and  vice president Sakae Muto at a press conference at the company’s headquarters in Tokyo in March 2011. Both have been charged with mishandling the nuclear accident in Fukushima in 2011. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

Three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), operator of the ruined Daiichi Fukushima Nuclear Plant, have been charged with mishandling(...)

Volcanic lightning at an eruption of Mount Sakurajima, in this photo taken from Tarumizu city, Kagoshima prefecture, in southwestern Japan. The peak experiences hundreds of small eruptions a year. Photograph: Reuters/Kyodo

A volcano in Japan about 50km from a nuclear plant erupted on Friday, shooting ash nearly 2km into the night sky along with fountains of lava, but the(...)

Roads cut through the site where EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point nuclear power station will be constructed in Bridgwater, southwest England. File photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Chinese president Xi Jinping sealed a multibillion dollar deal to finance nuclear power stations in Britain, crowning a visit that prime minister Davi(...)

Tepco workers standing before the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on February 28th, 2012. Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images

David McNeill in Tokyo The Japanese government says it has agreed to compensate a man who contracted leukemia while working at the Fukushima Daiichi n(...)

Kohei and Tomoko Yamauchi, who returned to Naraha after the evacuation order was lifted, inside their house. Photograph: Androniki Christodoulou

The home of Kohei and Tomoko Yamauchi bears little sign of the disaster that forced them to abandon it. On a freezing night in March 2011, the couple(...)

An aerial view shows the quake-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Japan was once at the front in the fight against climate change. When the climate debate began heating up in the 1990s, the country was one of the low(...)

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