Fukushima http://nhpr.org en Radioactive Man http://nhpr.org/post/radioactive-man <p>Two weeks ago marked the second anniversary of the nuclear disaster and subsequent evacuation of Fukushima, Japan defying the government-mandated evacuation orders and living by himself inside “The Zone” is 53 year-old Naoto Matsumara, a fifth generation rice farmer who returned to Fukushima not long after the disaster first unfolded. Vice Japan’s <strong>Ivan Kovac</strong> is director and editor of “Alone in the Zone”, a <a href="http://www.vice.com/read/radioactive-man-japan" target="_blank">documentary</a> that follows Naoto on his mission to care for the pets and livestock abandoned after the 2011 tsunami and subsequent nuclear meltdown.</p><p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 13:35:00 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 24786 at http://nhpr.org Radioactive Man Rethinking, Not Just Rebuilding, Japan's Northeast http://nhpr.org/post/rethinking-not-just-rebuilding-japans-northeast With a fierce yell and a resounding thwack, 13-year-old Japanese student Nanami Usui brings her bamboo sword down on her opponent.<p>By practicing Kendo, or Japanese swordsmanship, Usui is one of several students in the town of Minamisanriku who are rebuilding their confidence after last year's tsunami washed away their homes and shattered their hometown in the country's northeast.<p>Usui says she dreams of being a police officer, but she doesn't know yet where she wants to live and work.<p>"Most high school students here have dreams about their future careers," she says, as she prepares to do Mon, 12 Mar 2012 18:39:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 2466 at http://nhpr.org Rethinking, Not Just Rebuilding, Japan's Northeast Crippled Japanese Reactors Face Decades Of Work http://nhpr.org/post/crippled-japanese-reactors-face-decades-work The earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011, lasted for many terrifying minutes. But the multiple nuclear meltdowns that followed created an emergency that lasted for weeks and a legacy that will last for decades.<p>Here's how the event unfolded. The tsunami knocked out power to the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. As a result, the cooling systems failed and three reactors melted down. Steam laced with radioactive material poured into the air. Fri, 09 Mar 2012 21:32:00 +0000 Richard Harris 2417 at http://nhpr.org Crippled Japanese Reactors Face Decades Of Work A Year On, Japan Is Still Looking For The Road Ahead http://nhpr.org/post/year-japan-still-looking-road-ahead A year after suffering the worst nuclear accident in its history, Japan is still struggling to understand what happened at the Fukushima nuclear plant in the country's northeast.<p>Last week, an independent commission released a report arguing that Japan narrowly averted what could have been a far deadlier disaster and that the government withheld this information from the public.<p>Organized by a civic group called the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation, the commission included journalists, lawyers and scholars. Fri, 09 Mar 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 2423 at http://nhpr.org A Year On, Japan Is Still Looking For The Road Ahead With Radiation, Doubt Grows In Fukushima Farms http://nhpr.org/post/radiation-doubt-grows-fukushima-farms The mountain village of Kawauchi lies partly inside the area deemed unsafe because of high levels of radiation in Japan's Fukushima prefecture. Chiharu Kubota uses a high-pressure water gun to hose down buildings there.<p>Radiation is still leaking from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, which suffered multiple meltdowns immediately after last year's earthquake and tsunami.<p><strong>'Nothing Is Better'</strong><p>Kubota has washed about 138 homes and is starting to see people return to Kawauchi. Thu, 08 Mar 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Doualy Xaykaothao 2384 at http://nhpr.org With Radiation, Doubt Grows In Fukushima Farms