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Dissecting payouts for decontamination work in Fukushima via Japan Times

By Philip Brasor Many of the print and broadcast features related to the 10th anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami addressed the current circumstances of the people affected, with a recurring theme of how difficult it has been to … Continue reading

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Ministry to test growing veggies on cleansed soil in Fukushima via Asahi Shimbun

By Mutsumi Mitobe […] Many people are opposed to reusing the soil, saying, “It will spread contamination.” At a news conference on May 1, Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi acknowledged, “I strongly recognize the fact that there are people who are opposing (the … Continue reading

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Environment Ministry deleted some of its remarks from minutes on contaminated soil meet via The Mainichi

[…] When the ministry posted the minutes on its website, it said it had “fully disclosed” them. The deleted remarks could be taken to mean that the ministry induced the discussions. The remarks led the meetings to decide on a … Continue reading

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Fukushima: Reuse of radioactive soil could cut costs by 1.5 trillion yen: ministry estimate via Mainichi Shimbun

Behind the Environment Ministry’s controversial decision to allow reuse of highly radioactive soil emanating from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in public works projects was an estimate that the reuse could cut the costs of reducing radiation levels of such soil … Continue reading

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Government estimate: Almost 100 percent of contaminated soil can be recycled via The Asahi Shimbun

Up to 99.8 percent of more than 20 million cubic meters of contaminated soil generated from cleanup operations in Fukushima Prefecture can be recycled, according to an Environment Ministry estimate. The figure was presented at a ministry committee meeting discussing … Continue reading

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Japan to allow removal of ‘designated waste’ label from Fukushima crisis via The Chicago Tribune

[…] As nearly five years have passed since the crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, radiation levels of the designated waste are believed to have declined. According to an estimate, the amount of designated … Continue reading

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Court orders ministry to identify municipalities in survey on storing 3/11 debris December 12, 2014 via Asahi Shimbun

OSAKA–The Osaka District Court ordered the Environment Ministry to reveal the names of local governments that agreed to accept or considered accepting debris from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. The court on Dec. 11 struck down the government’s decision … Continue reading

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State to purchase Fukushima land for waste storage via The Japan Times

FUKUSHIMA – The Environment Ministry officially announced Saturday that the government aims to buy 19 sq. km of land around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear complex to build facilities for the long-term storage of radioactive and other waste churned … Continue reading

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Environmental government white paper removes risks of nuclear power via The Asahi Shimbun

In line with the Abe administration’s push for the restart of nuclear reactors, the 2013 government white paper on environmental issues has noticeably removed the warning on the risks of nuclear power, which was included in the 2012 report. In … Continue reading

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The muddy issue of cesium in a lake via The Japan Times

Lake Kasumigaura in Ibaraki Prefecture is facing an environmental threat that has essentially turned it into a time bomb ticking away 60 km northeast of Tokyo. Experts warn that Japan’s second largest lake with a surface area of 220 sq. … Continue reading

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