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Japan: Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster 2011

Total number of news: 99

date: 11 January 2016
Source(s): Asahi Shimbun Company, the

Seventy-three young people marked their entry into adulthood Jan. 10 in the first such ceremony held in their hometown here since the 2011 nuclear disaster, reports Asahi Shimbun. They had all just attended a graduation ceremony at Naraha Junior High School when the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami hit on March 11, 2011, triggering the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant...

date: 31 August 2015
Source(s): International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

'The report considers human, organizational and technical factors and aims to provide an understanding of what happened, and why, so that the necessary lessons learned can be acted upon by governments, regulators and nuclear power plant operators throughout the world,' IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said in his foreword to the report...

date: 24 June 2015
Source(s): Kyodo News

Learning lessons from the 2011 Fukushima meltdowns, Japan's regulator decided Tuesday to boost medical preparedness for nuclear disasters, reports Kyodo News. The Nuclear Regulation Authority plans to oblige local municipalities hosting nuclear plants to designate up to three hospitals as medical institutions for providing emergency treatment for radiation exposure...

date: 18 June 2015
Source(s): Asahi Shimbun Company, the

The Asahi Shimbun reports that the Tokyo Electric Power Co. in 2008 recognized the 'indispensable' need for countermeasures against a towering tsunami at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, but it ended up doing nothing. This is revealed in an internal document produced at the request of its shareholders who have filed a lawsuit against the utility's executives...

 Photo by UNISDR Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at the WCDRR.

date: 10 April 2015
Source(s): United Nations University (UNU)

'Ultimately, the value of non-binding agreements such as the Sendai Framework lies in the international visibility and political momentum that they create, exerting pressure on governments to fulfil their responsibility to prevent and reduce disaster risk', writes Ana Mosneaga from United Nations University in an op ed...

date: 6 April 2015
Source(s): Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan - gov

In February, 16 journalists from mainly Asia and Latin America visited areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami...At the completion of the program, Kobra Akish of the Iran Newspaper talked about what she got out of her time in Japan: 'It was precious experience to compare Kobe, which is a city fully reconstructed without any trace of disaster, and Tohoku, where traces of the disaster of four years ago still remain'...

Photo by UNISDR Mr. Kazunori Endo, Director General, Soma Sousou Fishermen’s Cooperative in Japan's Fukushima Prefecture.

date: 31 March 2015
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Hyogo Liaison Office (UNISDR Hyogo); United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP)

'The number of people who are today willing to buy fish from Fukushima is very low,' said the director general of the local Soma Sousou Fishermen’s Cooperative...Two months after the Fukushima accident, the World Health Organization reported: 'Some seafood in the direct vicinity of the nuclear power plant has been found to be contaminated at levels above the regulatory limits set by the Japanese Government'...

date: 27 March 2015
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

Masaaki Ohashi, the co-chair of JCC2015, a coalition of humanitarian NGOs formed ahead of the summit, praised the new Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction for stating clearly that it applies to man-made and technological hazards - which covers nuclear power - as well as natural hazards...

Photo by UNISDR Visitors to the Public Forum of the WCDRR look at a display of personal items (centre) found in the rubble after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

date: 27 March 2015
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

A five-day event held as part of the WCDRR turned out to be a magnet for the public, drawing thousands of people keen to share experiences of disasters such as the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami...'This is the largest international conference ever to be held in this country,' said Japan’s Minister of State for Disaster Management Eriko Yamatani, referring to the combined WCDRR and Public Forum tally...

date: 16 March 2015
Source(s): Japan Times Ltd., the

Local communities across Japan are increasingly adopting new approaches to disaster risks without waiting for central authorities to show them what to do...

moderator, Elhadj As Sy, Secretary-General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), photo by UNISDR

date: 15 March 2015
Source(s): International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

'The tsunami was a reminder that well-prepared countries are not spared from such disasters such as Fukushima where you have the added challenge of stigma and fear. This requires great sensitivity as it involves meeting the psychosocial needs of affected people,' said Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)...

date: 10 March 2015
Source(s): Japan Times Ltd., the

Next week, the Fukushima nuclear disaster will be part of discussions at the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR)... At the WCDRR, the IFRC will be calling for the new post-2015 framework to be more inclusive of a broader “community resilience” agenda that safeguards sustainable development gains and integrates disaster risk reduction together with public health, poverty reduction, and climate change adaptation strategies...

date: 23 February 2015
Source(s): Nation, the - Nation Multimedia - Thailand

Almost four years after being devastated by dual natural disasters, Japan is well down the road to recovery thanks to a combination of hard work, preparedness, dedication and human spirit, reports The Nation - highlighting economic recovery, the role of media, early warning and education - invaluable experience that's now being shared with the world...

Photo by Flickr user Zoriah CC BY 2.0 https://www.flickr.com/photos/zoriah/12890326945/

date: 11 February 2015
Source(s): International Business Times Inc. (IBTimes)

‘In places like Chernobyl and now in Fukushima, we need to prepare for the possibility of these catastrophic fires. And we need to invest in proper management of these areas so they don't go up in smoke,’ said Tim Mousseau of the University of South Carolina at Columbia, a co-author of the study…

date: 23 October 2014
Source(s): Thomson Reuters

The Swiss draft says nuclear plants 'shall be designed and constructed with the objectives of preventing accidents. In order to identify and implement appropriate safety improvements, these objectives shall also be applied at existing plants'...

date: 26 August 2014
Source(s): Analytic Services Inc.

Lessons drawn from the Tohoku disaster provide key insights that can help prepare for cascading disaster risks in modern society. Early warning, risk assessment, education, research, knowledge, and investment are core components of disaster management, but critical attention must also be given to the linkages between elements, resources, systems, and activities at the local and national levels...

date: 11 June 2014
Source(s): Thomson Reuters

The European Union drafted a new framework setting out a clear nuclear safety objective to further reduce safety risks. 'We need to put all our efforts into making sure that the highest safety standards are followed in every single nuclear power plant across the EU'...

date: 25 March 2014
Source(s): Miami Herald, McClatchy Company

In a new book titled 'Fukushima', two scientists, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the Union of Concerned Scientists, an environmental group, recount the unlikely story of an earthquake that unleashed a tsunami that caused three nuclear meltdowns...

date: 4 January 2014
Source(s): Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd., the - Mainichi Daily news, the

The Japanese government will be financing the development of disaster-prevention robots, according to Mainichi newspaper. The robots could be helpful in tasks such as checking infrastructure and could prepare against disasters like the one Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown or be involved in reconstruction...

date: 1 September 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

With no one seeming to know how to bring the crisis to an end, Tepco said last week it would invite foreign decommissioning experts to advise it on how to deal with the highly radioactive water leaking from the site. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida visited Chernobyl in Ukraine, the site of the 1986 disaster, hoping to apply lessons learned there to Fukushima...

date: 21 August 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

Japan's nuclear crisis escalated to its worst level in two years on Wednesday, with its nuclear watchdog saying it feared more tanks were leaking contaminated water and China expressing its shock over the disaster. The plant's operator has been criticised for its failure to prepare for the disaster, and Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary has said the government 'will make every effort to halt the leak'...

 Photo by hige-daruma CC BY 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hige2/5599464261

date: 14 August 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

If an another strong earthquake strikes Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant before the fuel is fully removed that topples the building or punctures the pool and allow the water to drain, a spent fuel fire releasing more radiation than during the initial disaster is possible, threatening Tokyo 200 kilometres away. Meanwhile Tepco, the operator of the plant is considering risks and countermeasures...

date: 25 March 2013
Source(s): European Commission (EC)

'Natural Disasters are becoming more intense and more frequent. The triple disaster that hit Japan in March 2011 showed that even the best prepared countries can be overwhelmed by the force of nature. We can better meet these challenges by working together. I am convinced that exchanging information and best practices will benefit us both, the EU and Japan,' said Commissioner Georgieva...

date: 10 March 2013
Source(s): Project Syndicate

The lessons learned from the Fukushima disaster 'may help not only to reduce the risk of future accidents, but also to facilitate recovery in areas around the world that have been contaminated by radioactive or other toxic substances,' stated Shinichi Nakayama, a researcher in radioactive waste management at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency and Ian McKinley, of MCM Consulting...

date: 22 January 2013
Source(s): New York Times, the

Officials in the USA are working on plans to ensure that flood, earthquake or other disaster situations would not cause nuclear meltdowns such as that of the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan. Action to prepare for a dual meltdown was not a case of 'forewarned is forearmed,' but more like 'forewarned is forestalled'...

date: 21 November 2012
Source(s): Science and Development Network (SciDevNet)

Efforts to understand early warning and early action behaviour will become more successful by exploring how disaster risk reduction relates to poverty reduction — which in this context means not just improvements in meeting basic needs, but more broadly the absence of constraints to sustainable development...

date: 31 October 2012
Source(s): Voice of Russia (VOR)

'What should we do next? It is not ruled out that after the hurricane in the US the government will revise some of the norms for the housing construction. It will cost more to the people and the government to build firmer houses but these houses will be capable to withstand new natural threats,' said Alexei Kokorin, head of the Climate and Energy program of the World Wildlife Fund...

date: 12 October 2012
Source(s): Agence France Presse (AFP)

AFP reports that a new Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) report admits TEPCO's role and responsibility in the Fukushima nuclear plan disaster, calling their admission an 'about-face' with regard to their ability to have reasonably prepared for the threat of tsunami following the Great East Japan earthquake in 2011...

date: 26 September 2012
Source(s): United Nations News Centre (UNNC)

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of Japan enjoined the community of nations to 'imagine the benefits of future generations' and to act on their behalf, adding that the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station last year – a result of the 'Great East Japan Earthquake' – had led the Government to take steps to create a society not dependent on nuclear power by the 2030s...

date: 24 September 2012
Source(s): Homeland Security Newswire LLC

'The location of nuclear installations does not only have implications for their host countries but also for the areas which could be affected by radioactive leaks,' said Joaquín Rodríguez-Vidal, lead author of the study and researcher at the Geodynamics and Paleontology Department of the University of Huelva...

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date: 13 September 2012
Source(s): Japan Times Ltd., the

According to the Japan Times, the plan aims to increase the number of homes that meet quake-resistance standards to 95 percent of the total by 2020 from 81 percent at present. The plan also contains measures to protect residents from radioactive substances from a nuclear power plant in a distant location, following the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 facility...

date: 27 August 2012
Source(s): International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

As 75 States are party to the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS) to analyse technical aspects of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident and ensure that the right lessons are learned, IAEA Director General urges 'to maintain our sense of urgency and our commitment to implementing the Action Plan in full'...

 by Mike Baird CC BY 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikebaird/4839186677/

date: 21 August 2012
Source(s): Thomson Reuters

'The sonar tests will help paint a detailed three-dimensional picture of the seismic fault lines in the area. But they are controversial because the piercing, around-the-clock underwater sounds could harm animals in protected wildlife areas and limit commercial fishing,' reports Reuters...

 Photo by  ©M1K3Y  CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/m1k3y/5615387345

date: 23 July 2012
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

'Both the government and companies should establish a new philosophy of disaster prevention that requires safety and disaster measures against any massive accident and disaster regardless of event probability,' the a report requested by the Japanese government found...

date: 29 May 2012
Source(s): Gazette Communications

'Although there are likely to be lessons learned from Japan that will apply to emergency preparedness, I do not think that we need to wait to implement the many enhancements that this rule will provide,' said Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko...

 Photo byJames Marvin Phelps CC BY-NC 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mandj98/2468396121

date: 22 May 2012
Source(s): Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (Otto-Hahn-Institut)

New research from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry report warns: Western Europe has the worldwide highest risk of radioactive contamination caused by major reactor accidents...

date: 3 May 2012
Source(s): Jakarta Post, the

'Indonesia should consider the fact that it is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, making it prone to disaster,' warned nuclear expert Yoichi Funabashi, while urging the Indonesian government to be cautious when considering to build nuclear plants in Indonesia...

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date: 20 April 2012
Source(s): PublicService.co.uk Ltd

Helena Lindberg presents the example of Sweden, where the 'whole-of-society' perspective on disaster resilience gained broad political support, leading to the creation of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)...

date: 17 April 2012
Source(s): Government Security News, World Business Media, LLC (GSN)

'The nuclear industry is responding to the lessons learned from Fukushima with actions that provide the greatest safety benefit in the quickest amount of time,' said Tony Pietrangelo, the Nuclear Energy Institute's senior vice president and chief nuclear officer...

date: 2 April 2012
Source(s): Japan Times Ltd., the

Curtis S. Chin writing for The Japan Times poses the question: 'Will Japan's politicians and bureaucrats come together and heed a simple lesson that other policymakers faced with massive rebuilding efforts have learned before — namely, that bigger is not always better on the road to recovery?'...

date: 27 March 2012
Source(s): United Nations News Centre (UNNC)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today outlined 'emergency response, disaster risk reduction and resilience building' as one of the five areas that deserve greater attention as the world community strives to ensure nuclear security...

date: 26 March 2012
Source(s): Brookings Institution, the

The Brookings report found that 'In comparison with the previous decade, the number of disasters and the number of people affected by disasters in 2011 were both below average. But 2011 was the most expensive year in history in terms of disaster losses — primarily because of the $210 billion loss experienced by Japan'...

date: 12 March 2012
Source(s): United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters (UNDP)

Japan was indeed prepared for a tsunami—it was prepared for a once-in-200-years tsunami. It wasn’t prepared for a once-in-a-millennium tsunami. Can officials invest in reducing the risk of an event that might or might not occur in the lifetime of their great-grandchildren?

date: 9 March 2012
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

'Do you agree to people living on the shoreline? Is the government ready to actually legislate that this is not reasonable, that it is high risk, that it is costly? If you are the government, you think you should service your population, but is it reasonable to service them wherever they live?' asked Margareta Wahlström...

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date: 9 March 2012
Source(s): Epoch Times, the

According to two reports that came this week, the Fukushima nuclear accident was to a large extent preventable, despite the complex situation with cascading disasters, reveals Aron Lamm in his article for The Epoch Times...

date: 8 March 2012
Source(s): Green Cross International (GCI)

'Green Cross urges all countries now to establish much stricter and enforceable international standards for both safety and security, to be monitored by an international body such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)'...

by Flickr user Let Ideas Compete, Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/question_everything/2301274475/

date: 7 March 2012
Source(s): Continuity Central, Portal Publishing Ltd

Stress tests were conducted in all 14 Member States that operate nuclear power plants to assess whether they can withstand the effects of natural disasters including earthquakes, flooding, extreme cold, extreme heat, snow, ice, storms, tornados, heavy rain and other extreme natural conditions...

 Photo by yisris Yuichi Shiraishi CC BY 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/yisris/5557960543/

date: 6 March 2012
Source(s): Project Syndicate

'As the Hyogo Framework comes to an end, it is important to start thinking now about its replacement, which will guide us through the thicket of risks emerging in the urbanized, interdependent world of the twenty-first century,' writes Margareta Wahlström, Head of UNISDR...

date: 5 March 2012
Source(s): United Nations Department of Public Information (UN-DPI)

'Building codes pay, early warning systems pay, it saves lives. Drills, training, public education and awareness also pay off and save lives,' said the UN disaster risk reduction chief...

date: 5 March 2012
Source(s): International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

'Further lessons would continue to be learned from the Fukushima accident, as they were from earlier accidents such as Chernobyl and Three Mile Island, and that strong cooperation between the IAEA and WANO would be a vital element in this process'...

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