[SPIEGEL] Fukushima Workers Risk Radiation to Feed Families

Germany’s DER SPIEGEL interviews with workers at the devastated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
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A Visit to J-Village

Fukushima Workers Risk Radiation to Feed Families

By Cordula Meyer
September 21st, 2011
SPIEGEL ONLINE INTERNATIONAL

Since the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, the power plant’s operator TEPCO has relied on temporary workers to help bring the reactors under control. Many of the workers, whose radiation levels are measured daily, say they are not doing the work for Japan, but for the money. SPIEGEL visited J-Village, which is strictly off-limits, and met the unsung heroes of Fukushima.

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[Guardian] Japan tsunami survivors prepare to reopen noodle restaurant

UK Guardian’s Japan correspondent Justin McCurry reports from the city of Kamaishi in Iwate prefecture.

Wednesday 21 September 2011
Sisters Hiroko Niinuma and Miyoko Sasaki chose to stay on in their wrecked town of Kamaishi and cook for fellow evacuees

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Also, the interactive version of the tsunami survivors’ stories is HERE

60,000 Say No to Nuclear Power in Tokyo

The organizers of the September 19th rally against nuclear power were hoping to bring 50,000 people to participate in the rally, but it turned out more than 60,000 gathered at Meiji Park in Tokyo on Monday according to the organizers. The police says 25,000 but no surprise. Some TV stations reported the rally on their news programs, but NHK’s 7 o’clock news on the same day completely ignored it.

Anyway, here’s the news coverage by Australia’s ABC:

A photojournalist Takashi Morizumi published photos of the event on his blog:

Siemens to Exit Nuclear Energy Business

September 19th, 2011
Spiegel Online International

Siemens plans to pull out of the nuclear energy business, CEO Peter Löscher told SPIEGEL. After the Fukushima nuclear disaster “the chapter is closed,” he said. The company will expand its renewable energy activities instead.

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A Week Long Actions Against Nukes

September 11th through 19th is a national week of action against nuclear power, and there are many demonstrations and other events have been organized throughout Japan.

See this blog for more detail.

On September 11th, thousands of people marched on the street of Tokyo. However, many demonstrators complained about the police trying to disturb the protest. Take a look at pictures taken by a photojournalist Munesuke Yamamoto HERE.
In the Shinjuku demo, 12 protesters were arrested. Seven of them have been released, but the rest is still being detained.

On the 19th, which is a national holiday in Japan, the “Goodbye to Nuclear Power Plants” rally will be held at Meiji Park in Tokyo.

[Guardian] Fukushima six months on: Japanese mark moment earthquake struck

September 11th, 2011
by Justin McCurry

Silent tribute to 20,000 dead and missing as pessimism over recovery and anxiety over radiation remain

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In addition to this, here’s more articles by the Guardian’s Tokyo correspondent:


Japan disaster: Fukushima residents return to visit their homes

September 8th, 2011
Six months after radiation leaks from the nuclear plant led to their evacuation, residents of nearby towns briefly return


Fukushima nuclear disaster: PM at the time feared Japan would collapse

September 8th, 2011
Naoto Kan said that Tepco had considered abandoning the plant after it was hit by the 11 March tsunami

[Guardian] Fukushima disaster: it’s not over yet

September 9th, 2010
by Jonathan Watts

Six months after the multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the streets have been cleared but the psychological damage remains

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The photo gallery by Jeremie Souteyrat is HERE.

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This article mentions a comment made by Ryuichi Hirokawa, photojournalist and a chief in editor of Days Japan, and what he’s been up to after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.