Japan has turned its back on nuclear power. Will the UK follow suit?

Posted by Richardg — 14 September 2012 at 5:11pm - Comments
Greenpeace activists don radiation suits and parade through some of Jakarta's mo
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Greenpeace activists don radiation suits in Jakarta to highlight the dangers of nuclear power

Japan has added its name to the growing list of countries turning away from nuclear power. It's an historic blow to an industry already in decline and makes a British nuclear renaissance even less likely.

Japanese couple who fled disaster at Fukushima speak at anti-nuclear rally

Posted by Richardg — 12 March 2012 at 5:07pm - Comments
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I've spent the weekend with a young family who had been forced to flee their homes after the nuclear meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi. Akiko and Makoto Ishiyama had come to the UK to speak at a rally at Hinkley Point in Somerset on the first anniversary of the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.

Global action against nuclear power one year after Fukushima

Posted by petespeller — 5 March 2012 at 6:57pm - Comments
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This Sunday is the first anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan. This natural disaster left 20,000 people dead and missing and thousands more homeless. The tsunami also flooded the back-up generators that were powering the cooling systems at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, causing several of the reactors to go into meltdown.

From our radiation sampling team in Japan

Posted by jamie — 29 March 2011 at 10:15am - Comments
Jacob Namminga checks a colleague's boots for traces of radioactivity
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Jacob Namminga checks a colleague's boots for traces of radioactivity

Jacob Namminga, one of our radiation safety advisors, spoke to Brian Fitzgerald at our international office, about the radiation monitoring that began on Saturday March 26, in a rural area of Japan to the north west of the Fukushima nuclear plant.

The trip's aim was to asses the true extent of radiation risks to the local population, which has reported radiation levels of up to ten micro sieverts per hour in Iitate village, 20km beyond the official evacuation zone - levels high enough to require evacuation. As told to Brian, here are Jacob's reflections on the trip.

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