Water barge at Fukushima, 2011

Water Treatment System Fails Yet Again

The trouble-plagued ALPS (Advanced Liquid Processing System) system, intended to filter radioactive  substances from the water in holding tanks at the Fukushima cleanup site, has reportedly failed once again, causing a minor disruption in the leanup efforts. The system was partially shut down last Saturday after calcium was discovered in one of its 3 lines.  […]

decontamination worker

Lack of Storage Hinders Decontamination Efforts

The Japanese government has officially extended the timeframe for decontamination of the towns and villages in the exclusion zone surrounding the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant to 2017 – nearly 3 years longer than originally anticipated. According to Japan Times, one of the factors hindering progress is the lack of temporary storage sites for contaminated waste.  New […]



International Response – Nuclear Programs Post-Fukushima

Introduction: On March 11, 2011, The Fukushima Prefecture in Japan was struck by a triple disaster:  An  earthquake,  a tsunami and the subsequent  nuclear melt-down at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. It quickly turned into the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986, and just as quickly, it became an international affair, with specialists […]

Post-tsunami devastation in Iwaki

Mental Health Issues resulting from the Fukushima Disaster

One of the greatest challenges faced by the people of the Fukushima Prefecture (and the people of Japan)  in the aftermath of the Fukushima ‘triple disaster” does not involve the clean-up and rebuilding, or even the prevailing fear of radioactive contamination.  Perhaps the greatest long-term challenge may be coping with the psychological impact of the […]