Japan still battling to decommission crippled Fukushima plant 10 years on
05 March 2021 | 11:03 am
Ten years after the Fukushima nuclear accident, Japan's TEPCO continues its battle to decommission the crippled plant. One of the greatest challenges the operator is facing is to remove fuel rods which melted and accumulated at the bottom of three reactors after a massive earthquake and tsunami triggered the biggest nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. AFP visits the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant to report on the conditions on site.
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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is seeking a mandate for his policies in the October 31 parliamentary election. Meanwhile, the opposition has vowed to close Japan's income gap.
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Mount Aso volcano spews a giant column of ash thousands of metres into the sky, after the late-morning eruption in southwest Japan. The active volcano ejected hot gas and ash as high as 3,500 metres (11,500 feet), and sent stones tumbling down its grassy slopes.
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In 2015, Shiori Ito was a young journalist who went to meet a would-be mentor for drinks, only for the night to end in him raping her. She won a civil case against him in 2019, but only after years of fighting a judicial system that seemed determined to look the other way. Ito's memoir "Black Box" is the story of one young woman's quest for justice in a country where talking about sexual assault, and even sex education, is still very much taboo. She joined us for Perspective and told us that things are gradually moving in the right direction, but that she still receives "threatening emails every day" for speaking out.
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