Officials warned today that infants should not drink Tokyo tap water because radioactive iodine exceeded legal limits at one purification facility.
For large swathes of the coast hit hardest by the March 11 Japan earthquake and tsunami, a daunting rebuilding effort is exacerbated by years of falling birth rates and a youth exodus to big cities.
Japanese authorities began testing for radiation in seawater near the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Tuesday, but officials stressed that the elevated levels are no cause for worry.
Just because we're close to Fukushima Daiichi doesn't mean we get more radiation, insists one local mayor. Still, Japan has banned the sale of milk and spinach from farms near the power plant.
But workers made progress over the weekend on restoring electricity to the cooling system at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant, which will help stabilize overheated reactors.
Tens of thousands of Japan earthquake evacuees survived for days on very little. Now supplies are getting through, but Prime Minister Naoto Kan warned that "life in the emergency refuge centers will continue for some time."
The most dangerous of Japan’s stricken nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant appeared to stabilize Saturday, according to Japanes authorities.
The Japan nuclear crisis has brought scrutiny on GE, but the world's biggest nuclear-equipment supplier has maintained that its containment vessel design is reliable.
Japan has been widely praised for its disaster readiness, but the magnitude 9.0 earthquake has the country asking how it can be better equipped to handle the next big one.
Though radiation levels are higher than normal in Japan with leaks due to the Fukushima nuclear plant, 'No one has been found with levels that pose a threat to health,' said checkpoint organizers.
Japan’s nuclear agency raised its assessment of the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station from a level 4 to a level 5 on a 7-level international scale for nuclear accidents, matching an earlier assessment by France.
'We need to overhaul IAEA,' says Najmedin Meshkati of University of Southern California, repeating a call that is gaining traction amid the Japan nuclear crisis.
Airlines operating flights to Japan are balancing concerns about their ability to keep to their schedules, keep their crew safe from radiation, and avoid losing too much money.
Pop culture has long helped fuel an irrational fear of radiation, and dire warnings about Japan's embattled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are likely overblown, scientists say.
Amid massive destruction in Japan, the Japanese have remained almost unflinchingly respectful, honest, and conscientious.
In Sendai, a port city 60 miles from the damaged reactors at Fukushima, residents say they're getting conflicting warnings about the level of nuclear radiation.
The US embassy in Tokyo has urged American citizens within 50 miles of the threatened plant to relocate and announced it would help US citizens evacuate the country by plane.
'The earthquake shook a lot of pieces loose, not the least of which were in the Japanese psyche,' said political scientist George Friedman. This will likely cause a shift in energy policy to one more dependent on others.
Many shops were destroyed by the Japan earthquake and tsunami. For food, this journalist has been reliant on the kindness of strangers, and one unlikely French cheese specialty shop.
The European Union will carry out 'stress tests' at all of its operating nuclear power plants and some countries may scrap plans for new reactors.
China, Russia and the US are still solidly behind nuclear power, but European officials are asking if they can meet their energy needs without fission.
Reports suggest that greed within the worldwide nuclear industry, combined with an insufficient UN watchdog and lax oversight of Japan's nuclear plants, contributed to the Japan nuclear crisis.
The immediate economic crunch across East Asia is expected to ease. It may then give way to a boom in exports of materials that Japan needs for reconstruction, a boost to Asian producers.