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First Post-Fukushima Nuclear Plant Restart Approved

In a vote of 26 to 4, city assembly members of the town of  Satsumasendai voted to restart the two-reactor Kyushu Electric Power Co.  plant.  This would make it the first nuclear power plant in Japan to be restarted more than 3 years after the Fukushima Dai-ichi catastrophe. The vote came amid protests and petitions […]

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Radiation Levels Surge Following Typhoon Wipha

Heavy rains from typhoon Wipha appear to have dramatically raised radiation levels at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant. Radioactive strontium, measuring 1,400 becquerels per liter, has been detected in a drainage ditch leading into the sea.  This is 70 times higher than was recorded in the same location  just a few days earlier. It is […]

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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 […]

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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 […]