Fukushima hopes Olympic torch will shine light on recovery
23 March 2021 | 12:03 pm
When the Tokyo Olympics torch relay kicks off in Fukushima on Thursday, runners are hoping it will show the world the area is "moving forward", a decade after the 2011 disaster. The pandemic might have overshadowed a Games once billed as the "Recovery Olympics" after the earthquake and tsunami catastrophe, but Fukushima torchbearers say the relay can show their home in a new light.
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With the nation's energy security under threat and prices rising, Tokyo is making plans to extend aging reactors' lifespans and develop new nuclear power plants.
Public anger is growing after a Tokyo court ruled that despite seismologists' warnings, TEPCO officials could not have anticipated the powerful earthquake and tsunami of March 2011.
It's been 12 years since a powerful quake and a resultant tsunami sent three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into meltdown. Now Tokyo's plan to begin releasing treated water from the plant is raising alarm in the local fishing industry and the region.
IAEA chief Rafael Grossi presented a review of Tokyo's plans to release treated radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea. The report concluded that the plan meets international safety standards.
The Japanese government is ramping up its campaign to convince the nation and its neighbors that the treated radioactive water poses no danger to humans or the environment after the IAEA approved its plan.
Over 12 years ago, the strongest earthquake in Japan's recorded history caused a massive tsunami that led to a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. We take a look at what's to become of the water used to cool the plant's reactors. With the Fukushima facility rapidly running out of storage space, the UN nuclear watchdog and Japanese regulators gave separate approval to a plan to dump over a million tonnes of treated wastewater into the Pacific. Both said the environmental impact would be negligible, but that has not allayed the fears of local people.
The EU and Japan celebrated their close cooperation at a summit in Brussels and pledged to deepen cooperation in various areas. The EU announced it will lift restrictions on Japanese food imports at the meeting.
The water was collected from the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant, which was heavily damaged in a devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011. The decision has sparked outrage from environmental groups.
Japan has begun to pump more than a million metric tons of treated water from the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The process is expected to take decades to complete.
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