Support for those displaced by Fukushima nuclear disaster must be unconditional, says UN expert

JAPAN — A UN expert has urged the Japanese government to give unqualified, human rights and needs-based support to the more than 30,000 people still displaced 11 years after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. That approach must also apply to reconstruction in affected areas. “Many displaced persons are unable or unwilling to return to their … Read more

UN nuclear watchdog launches review of Fukushima water release

The UN nuclear watchdog on Thursday promised a “comprehensive” and “objective” review of Japan’s controversial plan to release treated water from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea. During its inspection, the International Atomic Energy Agency will consult experts including from China and South Korea, which have reacted angrily to the release plan. More … Read more

Understanding the plan to release treated Fukushima water

by Kyoko Hasegawa Japan’s decision to release more than one million tonnes of treated radioactive water from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea has stirred fierce controversy. Here are some questions and answers about the plan, expected to take decades to complete. What is the processed water? Since the 2011 nuclear disaster, radioactive … Read more