The 2011 Japanese earthquake and Fukushima nuclear disaster
By Mike Head, 26 November 2016
The tremors point to the lack of remedial, planning and precautionary measures taken by successive Japanese governments since the Fukushima disaster in 2011.
By Peter Symonds, 18 April 2016
The response of the Japanese government has been a military one—despatching some 20,000 troops as part of rescue and relief operations.
By Ben McGrath, 10 March 2016
As it seeks to reopen the country’s nuclear plants, the government is opposing even the limited charges of negligence in connection with the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe.
By Ben McGrath, 26 January 2015
The deaths are another reminder of the ongoing dangers at the tsunami-affected Fukushima Daiichi complex, and the official disregard for workers’ health and safety.
By Wije Dias, 27 December 2014
December 26 marked the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami in which some 230,000 people lost their lives. We repost here a speech that was delivered by Wije Dias, the general secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka, on February 4, 2005.
By Will Morrow, 12 May 2014
The lawsuit comes amid growing anger among workers at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, dangerous conditions and low pay.
By Will Morrow, 24 February 2014
No faith can be placed in any of TEPCO’s claims about the extent of radioactive material that has reached the environment.
By John Marion, 28 August 2013
This latest threat to public health comes after revelations that radioactive water from underground storage tanks and groundwater has leaked into the ocean.
By Peter Symonds, 7 August 2013
Japan’s nuclear regulatory authority has offered no solution to what it has declared as an emergency.
Two years after earthquake
By Peter Symonds, 11 March 2013
More than 300,000 evacuees are living in temporary accommodation and reconstruction has barely begun.
By Peter Symonds, 19 June 2012
Noda made the announcement under pressure from the corporate elite despite widespread public opposition in the wake of last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster.
By Mike Head, 13 March 2012
Twelve months on, the human, economic and political impact of Japan’s calamity is still deepening.
By John Chan, 21 September 2011
The 60,000-strong rally was the largest since the March 11 earthquake that triggered the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown.
By Peter Symonds, 12 September 2011
Just as in tsunami-hit Aceh in Indonesia, the devastation in Japan has been greatly compounded by the dictates of the profit system.
By Mike Head, 20 August 2011
Amid further reports of radiation dangers, the Kan government is trying to overcome popular anger and distrust by integrating two regulatory agencies into a Nuclear Safety Agency.
By William Whitlow, 6 July 2011
A report from the Economist Intelligence Unit predicts a massive worldwide growth in nuclear energy production over the next decade.
By a guest contributor, 24 June 2011
The propagation of nuclear technology in Japan was a direct consequence of US efforts—for military reasons— to wield influence over the country’s development immediately after the Second World War.
By a guest contributor, 23 June 2011
The propagation of nuclear technology in Japan was a direct consequence of US efforts—for military reasons—to wield influence over the country’s development immediately after the Second World War.
By Peter Symonds, 13 June 2011
While TEPCO previously admitted that a meltdown had occurred in three of its Fukushima reactors, a government report said that a more serious “melt-through” might have occurred.
By William Whitlow, 4 June 2011
A preliminary report by the International Atomic Energy Agency on the Fukushima nuclear disaster is a whitewash exonerating TEPCO and the Japanese government of blame.
By William Whitlow, 11 May 2011
The Japanese government has ordered the Chubu Electric Power Co. to close its Hamaoko Nuclear Power Plant, which has been at the centre of long-running protests and safety warnings from experts.
By Peter Symonds, 3 May 2011
The resignation of a top nuclear safety adviser to Prime Minister Naoto Kan has compounded the political difficulties confronting the government.
By William Whitlow, 2 May 2011
As the twenty-fifth anniversary of Chernobyl passes, Fukushima looks set to overtake it as the world’s worst nuclear disaster.
By Peter Symonds, 26 April 2011
The Japanese government and TEPCO are attempting to reassure a sceptical public that the dangers at the Fukushima nuclear plant are receding.
By John Chan, 25 April 2011
Tens of thousands of residents forced to leave their homes in the evacuation zone around the Fukushima nuclear plant are unlikely to return for years.
By John Watanabe, 21 April 2011
The ongoing crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant has produced rising public concern over the risks of nuclear power and indignation at the government’s response to the disaster.
By Peter Symonds, 20 April 2011
Criticism of the government’s handling of the disaster has come, not only from the opposition LDP, but, more significantly, from within its own ranks.
By Peter Symonds, 18 April 2011
TEPCO’s proposal for its Fukushima nuclear plant is a list of optimistic objectives designed to placate a hostile public.
By Peter Symonds, 15 April 2011
None of the economic assessments deals with the immense social cost of the disasters for the tens of thousands of people who have lost their homes, possessions and livelihoods.
By John Chan, 14 April 2011
At the Fukushima plant, owned by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), 89 percent of the 10,303 workers were temporary contractors, subcontractors and sub-subcontractors.
By Peter Symonds, 13 April 2011
While the government and its nuclear agencies were at pains to explain that the Fukushima crisis was not as bad as the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, they had difficulty justifying the delay in lifting the ranking.
By Peter Symonds, 12 April 2011
From the outset, there has been a concerted effort to downplay the extent of the catastrophe at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant and its ongoing dangers.
By Peter Symonds, 9 April 2011
Three people died in the quake that left more than four million households without power, and disrupted gas and water supplies in Sendai and other urban areas.
By John Chan, 8 April 2011
In response to the earthquake and tsunami disaster, the Japanese political establishment is seeking to contain the popular anger that lies just beneath the surface of daily life.
By Peter Symonds, 7 April 2011
The US nuclear regulator has confidentially identified risks at the Fukushima plant far beyond those mentioned by TEPCO and Japanese nuclear authorities.
By Mike Head, 6 April 2011
With the Japanese government’s approval, TEPCO is pumping 11,500 metric tonnes of “low-level” contaminated water into the ocean from the Fukushima plant.
By John Chan, 5 April 2011
For tens of thousands of people in northeastern Japan, who have lost homes, jobs and loved ones, the disaster is far from over.
By Patrick O’Connor, 4 April 2011
Authorities are only now beginning to learn of the full extent of the damage inflicted by the March 11 tsunami and subsequent multiple hydrogen explosions at the facility.
By Mike Head, 2 April 2011
Three weeks after the disaster struck, serious doubts continue to surround the precise state of the nuclear plant and the levels of contamination in the surrounding areas.
By Chris Talbot, 1 April 2011
Engineers are now suggesting it may take 30 years to make the Fukushima site safe.
By Chris Talbot, 31 March 2011
The Fukushima nuclear plants are emitting ever-increasing amounts of radioactive isotopes.
By Tom Eley, 30 March 2011
In spite of the catastrophe in Japan and mounting evidence of dangerous conditions at American nuclear plants, the Obama administration has made clear its opposition to any change to US nuclear policy.
By Patrick O’Connor, 30 March 2011
The Fukushima plant owner, TEPCO, has reportedly admitted for the first time that core pressure containers may be damaged.
By Peter Symonds, 29 March 2011
Highly radioactive water is seriously impeding efforts to bring the situation at the plant under control and threatening to further contaminate the surrounding environment.
By Chris Talbot, 28 March 2011
Workers were once again evacuated from the Fukushima nuclear power plant as radiation rose to extraordinarily high levels on Sunday.
By Barry Grey, 26 March 2011
There is mounting evidence that the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is emitting radioactivity more widely and at more toxic levels than acknowledged by the Japanese government.
By Mike Head, 25 March 2011
Radioactive contamination is spreading from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, adding to the huge damage bill caused by its breakdown.
By Chris Talbot, 24 March 2011
The events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are slipping off the front pages, but the situation in is still not under control.
By Patrick O’Connor, 24 March 2011
In Japan, as internationally, the social needs of the population—including the need for a safe and environmentally sustainable energy system—are subordinated to the financial interests of the major corporations.
By John Chan, 23 March 2011
The government’s appeal for “national unity” is designed to block any public criticism amid growing anger over the official response to the earthquake.
By Tom Eley, 23 March 2011
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Monday extended by 20 years the life of a Vermont nuclear power plant whose reactor is an identical twin to that of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant.
By Mike Head, 22 March 2011
Anger is emerging over the Democratic Party government’s failure to provide basic services to the nearly half a million people rendered homeless.
By Mike Head, 21 March 2011
As food and water contamination spreads to Tokyo, there is mounting evidence that government and company cover-ups have continued throughout the unfolding crisis.
By Kate Randall, 21 March 2011
The Union of Concerned Scientists documents more than a dozen instances of “near-misses” at US nuclear power plants in 2010 in a new report.
By Chris Talbot and Patrick O’Connor, 19 March 2011
Radiation from Fukushima has now been detected as far away as California as Japan’s nuclear safety agency raised its assessment of the crisis from 4 to 5 on the 7-point scale.
By Barry Grey, 19 March 2011
The World Socialist Web Site spoke with Linda Gunter, the international specialist at Beyond Nuclear, an anti-nuclear advocacy group based in the Washington, DC, area.
By John Chan, 18 March 2011
An unprecedented speech delivered by Japanese Emperor Akihito on Wednesday underscores the severity of the crisis facing the ruling Democratic Party government and the entire political establishment.
By Nick Beams, 18 March 2011
The Japanese earthquake disaster could well be the catalyst that sets off a new stage in the global financial breakdown that began with the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008.
By Patrick O’Connor, 18 March 2011
TEPCO remains in charge of the emergency response, despite bearing primary responsibility for what is shaping up as the greatest corporate crime of the twenty-first century.
By Chris Talbot, 17 March 2011
Neither the Japanese government nor the utility company TEPCO are giving trustworthy accounts of the dimensions of the crisis.
By Patrick Martin, 17 March 2011
US Energy Secretary Steven Chu reiterated the Obama administration’s commitment to nuclear power, despite the calamitous events in Japan, at hearings before congressional committees March 15 and 16.
By Patrick O’Connor, 16 March 2011
Several nuclear reactors in the Fukushima facility remain at risk of total meltdown, following a series of explosions and fires.
By Peter Schwarz, 16 March 2011
The German government has responded to the nuclear disaster in Japan by making a panicky about-face in its nuclear policy.
By Patrick Martin, 16 March 2011
Over the past 40 years there have been repeated warnings of the danger of nuclear technology, as well as a series of incidents—Windscale, Fermi I, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl—that demonstrated the real-life consequences for millions of people.
By Mike Head, 15 March 2011
The tremendous shock to the Japanese economy has profound international implications.
By Mike Head, 15 March 2011
Japan’s nuclear power plant crisis worsened today, even as the full horror of the death and destruction left by Friday’s earthquake and tsunami continued to emerge.
By Patrick O'Connor, 14 March 2011
Entire towns on the country’s north-east coast were wiped out by the 10-metre high wall of water.
By Chris Talbot and Patrick Martin, 14 March 2011
The World Socialist Web Site expresses its deepest sympathy to the families of those who have died, to those who have been injured, and to those who have lost their homes and whose livelihoods have been swept away in this cataclysm.
12 March 2011
A WSWS reader in Japan sent a report overnight on the earthquake’s impact in Tokyo and northern prefectures.
By Mike Head, 12 March 2011
The people of Japan have been struck by the largest quake in the country’s history, followed by tsunamis that have washed away thousands of homes.