'Uncertain Radiological Threat': US Navy Sailors Search for Justice after Fukushima Mission

'Uncertain Radiological Threat': US Navy Sailors Search for Justice after Fukushima Mission

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 05, 2015

In March of 2011, the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan rushed to Japan to help after the disastrous tsunami. Since then, many sailors from that ship have fallen ill, possibly as a result of exposure to radiation from the Fukushima nuclear meltdown. They will soon have their day in court. By Alexander Osang more... Comment ]

Fukushima Fallout: Cancer Fears and Depression Plague Japanese Refugees

Fukushima Fallout: Cancer Fears and Depression Plague Japanese Refugees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 09, 2012

Ever since the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima power plant, many Japanese people have been living with the fear of cancer. Experts find it difficult to estimate how many people will actually fall ill, but they're more concerned about the psychological consequences of the catastrophe. By Cinthia Briseño and Heike Sonnberger 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 ]

Leading German Climate Expert: 'Kyoto Has Only Carrots and No Sticks'

Leading German Climate Expert: 'Kyoto Has Only Carrots and No Sticks'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 15, 2011

Global carbon dioxide emissions are continuing to grow, but prospects for a worldwide climate policy were diminished even further in Durban, South Africa, this week. In an interview, environmental policy expert Klaus Töpfer explains what steps need to be taken and why Germany will face greater challenges than most other countries in its battle against CO2. 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...

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 ]


Bacillus Teutonicus: Business as Usual for Atomic Energy at the IAEA

Bacillus Teutonicus: Business as Usual for Atomic Energy at the IAEA

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 29, 2011

Since the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, a majority of people across the world have become skeptical of atomic energy. But politicians and experts who recently gathered for an International Atomic Energy Agency conference in Vienna are pursuing a strategy of business as usual. By Cordula Meyer more...

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 ]