Easing Fears: A Lonely Missionary in the Radiation Zone

Easing Fears: A Lonely Missionary in the Radiation Zone

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 09, 2012

After the Fukushima disaster, residents fled from the village of Katsurao, located just outside the 20-kilometer exclusion zone. Now living in temporary emergency housing, many exist in an overwhelming state of doubt. But one man hopes to help them return to more normal lives by freeing them of their radiation anxieties. By Heike Sonnberger in Tamura, Japan more...

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...

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 ]

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...

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 ]

Poisoned Fields: The Painful Evacuation of a Japanese Village

Poisoned Fields: The Painful Evacuation of a Japanese Village

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 01, 2011

Contamination levels in the Japanese mountain village of Iitate are higher than in some parts of the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Its evacuation has been a painful process for residents -- and many are more afraid of resettlement than they are of radiation. By Cordula Meyer more... Comment ]

Japan's Nuclear Cartel: Atomic Industry Too Close to Government for Comfort

Japan's Nuclear Cartel: Atomic Industry Too Close to Government for Comfort

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 27, 2011

After the oil crisis of the 1970s, Japan embraced atomic power with a vengeance. Since then, the ties between the government and the nuclear industry have become so intertwined that public safety is at threat. Inspections are too lax, and anyone who criticizes the status quo can find themselves out of a job. By Cordula Meyer more... Comment ]

In the Shadow of Fukushima: A Mayor's Battle to Keep His Displaced Town Together

In the Shadow of Fukushima: A Mayor's Battle to Keep His Displaced Town Together

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 14, 2011

Four weeks ago, the 6,900 inhabitants of Futaba were forced to abandon their homes in the shadow of the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Since then, the mayor has been governing over a traumatized town on the move -- with a little help from the emperor. By Alexander Osang more...

The World from Berlin: 'Japan Could Have Recognized Scope of Fukushima Disaster Weeks Ago'

The World from Berlin: 'Japan Could Have Recognized Scope of Fukushima Disaster Weeks Ago'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 13, 2011

Japan's decision to categorize Fukushima as a "level 7" accident has been welcomed by observers who feel that the Japanese government has not been open enough about the disaster. But German commentators say the re-classification should have been done weeks ago. more...