Undeterred by Fukushima: Nuclear Lobby Pushes Ahead with New Reactors

Undeterred by Fukushima: Nuclear Lobby Pushes Ahead with New Reactors

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 08, 2012

One year after the reactor accident in Fukushima, resistance to nuclear energy is growing around the world. But the atomic industry continues to push for the construction of new reactors, primarily in emerging economies. The German government even wants to support that expansion -- despite the fact it has abandoned nuclear power back home. By SPIEGEL Staff. more... Comment ]

'It Was Like the Reactor Was in a Shaker': German Nuclear Inspectors Remember Fukushima

'It Was Like the Reactor Was in a Shaker': German Nuclear Inspectors Remember Fukushima

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 08, 2012

When the nuclear disaster happened at Fukushima last March, two German men were working on site. They spoke with SPIEGEL about the harrowing experience and the consequences of the catastrophe. more... Comment ]


Fukushima's Legacy: What Future Does Nuclear Power Have in Japan?

Fukushima's Legacy: What Future Does Nuclear Power Have in Japan?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 01, 2012

Almost a year after the Fukushima disaster, 52 of Japan's 54 nuclear power plants have been shut down. The reactor explosion destroyed the population's trust in nuclear energy. But the atomic lobby -- and the country's industrial needs -- could block a possible phase-out. By Wieland Wagner more...

The Fukushima Psychiatrist: 'It's Amazing How Traumatized They Are'

The Fukushima Psychiatrist: 'It's Amazing How Traumatized They Are'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 28, 2012

Since the Fukushima catastrophe almost one year ago, Jun Shigemura has been providing psychological care to workers from the stricken nuclear facility. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, he tells of the immense challenges facing TEPCO employees -- and why most of them have elected not to quit their jobs. more...


Nuclear Nimbyism: Germans Oppose New Plants Next Door

Nuclear Nimbyism: Germans Oppose New Plants Next Door

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 13, 2012

Germany famously moved to phase out nuclear energy following the atomic disaster in Japan last spring. Now states in the country are skeptically eyeing plans in neighboring countries, including the Netherlands and Poland, to construct nuclear power plants. By Aaron Wiener in Berlin more... Comment ]

Scattered Across Japan: Fukushima Refugees Trapped By Uncertainty

Scattered Across Japan: Fukushima Refugees Trapped By Uncertainty

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 22, 2011

For months, the 21,000 residents of Namie have lived in trailers and shelters across Japan. By abandoning their homes, they unwittingly fled directly into the path of Fukushima's radiation cloud. As worried and angry as they may be, most just want to return home. By Cordula Meyer more... Comment ]


Vattenfall vs. Germany: Nuclear Phase-Out Faces Billion-Euro Lawsuit

Vattenfall vs. Germany: Nuclear Phase-Out Faces Billion-Euro Lawsuit

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 02, 2011

Swedish energy company Vattenfall reportedly plans to sue the German government, seeking massive damages related to Germany's phase-out of nuclear power. Vattenfall successfully took on the German government once before. more...

A Visit to J-Village: Fukushima Workers Risk Radiation to Feed Families

A Visit to J-Village: Fukushima Workers Risk Radiation to Feed Families

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 21, 2011

Since the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, the power plant's operator TEPCO has relied on temporary workers to help bring the reactors under control. Many of the workers, whose radiation levels are measured daily, say they are not doing the work for Japan, but for the money. SPIEGEL visited J-Village, which is strictly off-limits, and met the unsung heroes of Fukushima. By Cordula Meyer more...


Can Business As Usual Continue? Accident Highlights Safety Concerns in France

Can Business As Usual Continue? Accident Highlights Safety Concerns in France

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 13, 2011

Monday's explosion at the Marcoule nuclear site in France has scared local residents, even if no radiation was released. Authorities may now have declared the incident closed, but the debate about the safety of France's aging nuclear plants may soon heat up. By Stefan Simons in Paris more... Comment ]

Studying the Fukushima Aftermath: 'People Are Suffering from Radiophobia'

Studying the Fukushima Aftermath: 'People Are Suffering from Radiophobia'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 19, 2011

Japanese scientist Shunichi Yamashita is a leading expert on the effects of nuclear radiation. In a SPIEGEL interview, he discusses his work in communicating the potential dangers of exposure to residents living near the Fukushima nuclear plant. The professor says many suffer from severe radiation anxiety. more... Comment ]