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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(...)

An aerial view of Tokyo Electric Power Company’s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Photograph: Reuters

Japan’s nuclear crisis escalated to its worst level since a massive earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima plant more than two years ago, with (...)

An aerial view shows workers wearing protective suits and masks work at a construction site of the shore barrier to stop radioactive water from leaking into the sea, at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in FukushimaPhotograph: Kyodo/Reuters

Contaminated water with dangerously high levels of radiation is leaking from a storage tank at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, the most s(...)

A candidate in the upcoming German general election, the Green Party’s (Die Gruenen) Juergen Trittin, sits in his van before the official start of his campaign tour in Berlin. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Germany’s opposition Green Party has said it was a mistake not to force Ireland to raise its corporate tax rate as part of its EU/IMF programme.Jürgen(...)

Martin Murray from Asia Matters  with Japanense teenagers Masaki Konno, Yuri Wakui, Norei Kawai, Misuzo Sato, Saeka Fujisawa, Akane Mori, Ayakall The teenagers, from Tohoku in Japan,  are survivors of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

It was swept up by Japan’s 2011 tsunami and dumped almost a kilometre inland from the Pacific. Now after months of discussion about whether a 360-ton (...)

Doves take flight at Nagasaki Peace Park during a ceremony last Friday to mark the 68th anniversary of the world’s second atomic bomb attack. Photograph: AP Photo/Kyodo News

The mayor of Nagasaki has launched an attack on Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, accusing him of not doing enough to abolish nuclear weapons. Tomih(...)

A worker walks in front of water tanks at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on June 12th last. Photograph: Noboru Hashimoto/Reuters

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe has ordered the government to help in the clean-up of radioactive waste from the country’s crippled Fukushima nuclea(...)

Fisherman Yoshio Ichida: “We must work to revive Fukushima fishing, but it is probably not likely.  Why would young people go into this profession?”

Old habits die hard among fishermen: Yoshio Ichida still rises for work every day at 3am and checks the engine of his five-ton boat. Then as the sun r(...)

The Wolverine

You would like some Wolverine, sir? How much? About five yards? I think we can manage that.Of all the various superhero franchises, the X-Men series –(...)

 The No 3 reactor building at Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco)’s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture last month.  Photograph: Kyodo/Reuters

Japanese researchers say the cost of cleaning up from the Fukushima nuclear disaster could top $50 billion (€37.7 billion), four times the amount esti(...)

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