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Japan Quake

Fukushima Nuclear Disaster - 08 Jun 2012
Fukushima Nuclear Disaster - 08 Jun 2012
JAPAN-NUCLEAR/SHIMIZU
RTR339QV
June 08, 2012
Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO)'s former president Masataka Shimizu looks down during questioning from...
Tokyo, Japan
TEPCO's former president Shimizu answers questions from the panel of the National Diet of Japan Fukushima...
Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO)'s former president Masataka Shimizu looks down during questioning from the panel of the National Diet of Japan Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission in Tokyo June 8, 2012. Shimizu faced questioning for the first time on Friday by a high profile investigative panel seeking to uncover the causes of the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS DISASTER ENERGY BUSINESS)
JAPAN-NUCLEAR/SHIMIZU
RTR339R1
June 08, 2012
Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO)'s former president Masataka Shimizu answers questions from the panel...
Tokyo, Japan
TEPCO's former president Shimizu answers questions from the panel of the National Diet of Japan Fukushima...
Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO)'s former president Masataka Shimizu answers questions from the panel of the National Diet of Japan Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission in Tokyo June 8, 2012. Shimizu faced questioning for the first time on Friday by a high profile investigative panel seeking to uncover the causes of the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS DISASTER ENERGY BUSINESS)
JAPAN-NUCLEAR/SHIMIZU
RTR339PA
June 08, 2012
Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO)'s former president Masataka Shimizu (R) speaks at a panel by the National...
Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Electric Power Co's former president Shimizu attends panel in Tokyo
Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO)'s former president Masataka Shimizu (R) speaks at a panel by the National Diet of Japan Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission, as photographers are reflected on a window of a translator booth, in Tokyo June 8, 2012. Shimizu faced questioning for the first time on Friday by a high profile investigative panel seeking to uncover the causes of the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS DISASTER ENERGY)
JAPAN-NUCLEAR/SHIMIZU
RTR339SP
June 08, 2012
Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO)'s former president Masataka Shimizu leaves after a finishing a questioning...
Tokyo, Japan
TEPCO's former president Shimizu leaves after a finishing a questioning session by the panel of the National...
Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO)'s former president Masataka Shimizu leaves after a finishing a questioning session by the panel of the National Diet of Japan Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission in Tokyo June 8, 2012. Shimizu faced questioning for the first time on Friday by a high profile investigative panel seeking to uncover the causes of the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS DISASTER ENERGY BUSINESS)
JAPAN-NUCLEAR/SHIMIZU
RTR339QS
June 08, 2012
Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO)'s former president Masataka Shimizu answers questions from the panel...
Tokyo, Japan
TEPCO's former president Shimizu answers questions from the panel of the National Diet of Japan Fukushima...
Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO)'s former president Masataka Shimizu answers questions from the panel of the National Diet of Japan Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission in Tokyo June 8, 2012. Shimizu faced questioning for the first time on Friday by a high profile investigative panel seeking to uncover the causes of the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS DISASTER ENERGY BUSINESS)
JAPAN-NUCLEAR/SHIMIZU
RTR339P2
June 08, 2012
Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO)'s former president Masataka Shimizu bows at the start of a meeting by...
Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Electric Power Co's former president Shimizu bows at the start of a meeting by National Diet of...
Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO)'s former president Masataka Shimizu bows at the start of a meeting by National Diet of Japan Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission in Tokyo June 8, 2012. Shimizu faced questioning for the first time on Friday by a high profile investigative panel seeking to uncover the causes of the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS DISASTER ENERGY)
JAPAN-NUCLEAR/SHIMIZU
RTR339P8
June 08, 2012
Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO)'s former president Masataka Shimizu bows at the start of a panel by National...
Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Electric Power Co's former president Shimizu attends panel in Tokyo
Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO)'s former president Masataka Shimizu bows at the start of a panel by National Diet of Japan Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission in Tokyo June 8, 2012. Shimizu faced questioning for the first time on Friday by a high profile investigative panel seeking to uncover the causes of the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS DISASTER ENERGY)
JAPAN-NUCLEAR/
RTR32NG1
May 26, 2012
A worker carries out radiation screening on a bus for a media tour at the Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO)...
FUKUSHIMA PREFECTURE, Japan
Worker carries out radiation screening on a bus for a media tour at TEPCO tsunami-crippled Fukushima...
A worker carries out radiation screening on a bus for a media tour at the Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture May 26, 2012. REUTERS/Tomohiro Ohsumi/Pool (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ENERGY)
JAPAN-TSUNAMI/
RTR2Z6LK
March 11, 2012
Journalists, who covered Okuma town's mourning event for victims of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and...
OKUMA TOWN, Japan
Journalists, who covered a mourning event for victims of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami inside...
Journalists, who covered Okuma town's mourning event for victims of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami inside the 20 km (12 miles) no-entry zone, are being checked for radiation at J-village near Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture, March 11, 2012, to mark the first anniversary of the disasters that killed thousands and set off a nuclear crisis. J-village is a soccer training complex which now serves as an operation base for those battling Japan's nuclear disaster. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-hoon (JAPAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY DISASTER MEDIA HEALTH)
JAPAN-TSUNAMI/
RTR2Z0V6
March 08, 2012
Students walk near a geiger counter, measuring a radiation level of 0.12 microsievert per hour, at Omika...
MINAMISOMA, Japan
Students walk near a geiger counter at Omika Elementary School in Minamisoma
Students walk near a geiger counter, measuring a radiation level of 0.12 microsievert per hour, at Omika Elementary School, located about 21 km (13 miles) from the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, in Minamisoma, Fukushima prefecture, March 8, 2012, ahead of the one-year anniversary of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The reopened elementary school, which is the nearest one located to the crippled nuclear power plant, had 205 students before the March 11, 2011 disasters. However, only 91 students remained following its reopening on October 17, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ANNIVERSARY ENVIRONMENT)
JAPAN/
RTR2Y54D
February 20, 2012
A worker screened for radiation as he enters the emergency operation center at Tokyo Electric Power Co....
Fukushima, Japan
Worker screened for radiation as he enters emergency operation center at TEPCO's tsunami-crippled Fukushima...
A worker screened for radiation as he enters the emergency operation center at Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture February 20, 2012. Members of the media were allowed into the plant on Monday ahead of the first year anniversary of the March 11, 2011 tsunami and earthquake for the second time since the disaster, which triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY BUSINESS DISASTER ENERGY ENVIRONMENT)
JAPAN/
RTR2Y50L
February 20, 2012
Members of the media wearing protective suits and masks are escorted by TEPCO employees at Tokyo Electric...
Fukushima, Japan
Members of the media wearing protective suits and masks are escorted by TEPCO employees at Tokyo Electric...
Members of the media wearing protective suits and masks are escorted by TEPCO employees at Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture February 20, 2012. Members of the media were allowed into the plant on Monday ahead of the 1-year anniversary of the March 11, 2011 tsunami and earthquake for the second time since the disaster, which triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY DISASTER BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT ENERGY)
JAPAN-TSUNAMI/
RTR2YQA6
March 02, 2012
ATTENTION EDITORS - PICTURE 16 OF 28 OF PACKAGE 'THE TSUNAMI PORTRAIT PROJECT'
Misako Yokota poses for...
KORIYAMA, Japan
Misako Yokota poses for a portrait as part of the 3.11 Portrait Project in Koriyama
ATTENTION EDITORS - PICTURE 16 OF 28 OF PACKAGE 'THE TSUNAMI PORTRAIT PROJECT'
Misako Yokota poses for a portrait as part of the 3.11 Portrait Project at the Midorigaoka temporary shelter in Koriyama, Fukushima, December 17, 2011. The 3.11 Portrait Project was conceived by photographer Nobuyuki Kobayashi who, with the help of hair and makeup artists and other volunteers, takes portraits of earthquake survivors in Tohoku, many of whom lost all of their family pictures in the March 11, 2011 disaster. The portraits are then sent to schoolchildren from non-disaster areas, who frame the portraits and send them back to the survivors along with personal messages of support. Picture taken December 17, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
JAPAN/
RTR2YKQP
February 28, 2012
Workers receive screening as they return to the J-Village off-site centre after leaving Tokyo Electric...
Fukushima, Japan
Workers receive screening as they return to J-Village off-site centre after leaving TEPCO's Fukushima...
Workers receive screening as they return to the J-Village off-site centre after leaving Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture February 28, 2012. Members of the foreign media were allowed into the plant on Tuesday ahead of the first anniversary of the March 11, 2011 tsunami and earthquake which triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. REUTERS/Kimimasa Mayama/Pool (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT ENERGY)
JAPAN/
RTR2Y56N
February 20, 2012
Officials from Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) and members of media pass by sea barricade next to TEPCO's...
Fukushima, Japan
Officials from TEPCO and members of media pass by sea barricade next to TEPCO's tsunami-crippled Fukushima...
Officials from Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) and members of media pass by sea barricade next to TEPCO's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture February 20, 2012. Members of the media were allowed into the plant on Monday ahead of the first year anniversary of the March 11, 2011 tsunami and earthquake for the second time since the disaster, which triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY BUSINESS DISASTER ENERGY ENVIRONMENT)
JAPAN/
RTR2Y54B
February 20, 2012
A worker prepares for work in front of information board inside the emergency operation center at Tokyo...
Fukushima, Japan
Worker prepares for work in front of information board inside emergency operation center at Tokyo Electric...
A worker prepares for work in front of information board inside the emergency operation center at Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture February 20, 2012. Members of the media were allowed into the plant on Monday ahead of the first year anniversary of the March 11, 2011 tsunami and earthquake for the second time since the disaster, which triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY BUSINESS DISASTER ENERGY ENVIRONMENT)
JAPAN
RTR2XP7U
February 12, 2012
Kuroda retrieves her belongings from her bedroom untouched since the night when they were evacuated last...
OKUMA TOWN, Japan
Kuroda retrieves her belongs from her bed room where the beds have been unchanged since the night when...
Kuroda retrieves her belongings from her bedroom untouched since the night when they were evacuated last year, during her temporary return visit to Okuma town, inside of the 20km radius around the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Fukushima prefecture, February 12, 2012. The entire 11,000 residents of Okuma town has been evacuated since last year's tsunami and earthquake which hit the nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER)
JAPAN-NUCLEAR/PETS
RTR2X38A
January 31, 2012
Members of United Kennel Club Japan (UKC Japan) care for pets which are rescued from inside the exclusion...
SAMUKAWA TOWN, Japan
Members of UKC Japan care for pets which are rescued from inside the exclusion zone of a 20km radius...
Members of United Kennel Club Japan (UKC Japan) care for pets which are rescued from inside the exclusion zone around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, at the group's pet shelter in Samukawa town, Kanagawa prefecture January 25, 2012. Dogs and cats that were abandoned in the Fukushima exclusion zone after last year's nuclear crisis have had to survive high radiation and a lack of food, and they are now struggling with the region's freezing winter weather. A 9.0-magnitude earthquake and massive tsunami on March 11 triggered the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years and forced residents around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to flee, with many of them having to leave behind their pets. Picture taken January 25, 2012. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
JAPAN/
RTR2X34A
January 30, 2012
A resident, wearing a protective suit, makes a brief visit to his home he was evacuated from, in Namie...
Fukushima, Japan
A resident, wearing a protective suit, makes a brief visit to his home he was evacuated from, in Namie...
A resident, wearing a protective suit, makes a brief visit to his home he was evacuated from, in Namie town, inside the exclusion zone of a 20-km (12-mile) radius around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture January 28, 2012. A 9.0-magnitude earthquake and massive tsunami on March 11, 2011 triggered the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years and forced residents around Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to flee, leaving behind in many cases their household belongings or pets. The triple whammy is still forcing more than 150,000 people from Fukushima prefecture to take refuge, nearly half of them from the no-go zone. Picture taken January 28, 2012. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER POLITICS)
JAPAN/
RTR2X363
January 30, 2012
Tsunami devastated ships and debris are seen at Ukedo district in Namie town, inside the exclusion zone...
Fukushima, Japan
Tsunami devastated ships and debris are seen at Ukedo district in Namie town, Fukushima
Tsunami devastated ships and debris are seen at Ukedo district in Namie town, inside the exclusion zone of a 20-km (12-mile) radius around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture January 28, 2012. A 9.0-magnitude earthquake and massive tsunami on March 11, 2011 triggered the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years and forced residents around Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to flee, leaving behind in many cases their household belongings or pets. The triple whammy is still forcing more than 150,000 people from Fukushima prefecture to take refuge, nearly half of them from the no-go zone. Picture taken January 28, 2012. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER POLITICS TRANSPORT)
JAPAN/
RTR2WEVT
January 17, 2012
ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE IS 2 OF 22 TO ACCOMPANY A PICTURE PACKAGE ON THE EVACUATED TOWNS INSIDE...
Fukushima, Japan
An abandoned child's bicycle is seen in Tomioka town in the Fukushima exclusion zone
ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE IS 2 OF 22 TO ACCOMPANY A PICTURE PACKAGE ON THE EVACUATED TOWNS INSIDE THE 20KM EXCLUSION ZONE AROUND THE FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI NUCLEAR POWER PLANT. SEARCH KEYWORD "FUKUSHIMA" TO SEE ALL IMAGES PXP900-921.

An abandoned child's bicycle and houses destroyed by the tsunami are seen in Tomioka town, inside the exclusion zone of a 20km radius around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Fukushima prefecture, January 15, 2012. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was hit on March 11, 2011 by a tsunami that exceeded 15 metres in some areas. The tsunami knocked out the plant's cooling systems, resulting in meltdowns of nuclear fuel, and became the world's worst atomic crisis in 25 years. The government announced in December that reactors at the plant had reached a state of cold shutdown, a milestone in cleanup efforts and a pre-condition for allowing the return of about 80,000 residents evacuated from a 20km (12 miles) radius of the Daiichi plant. The government also said it would draw up new evacuation zones by the end of April, and areas where annual radiation levels are currently higher than 50 millisieverts would not be deemed suitable for living for at least five years. Picture taken January 15, 2012. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ENERGY ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
JAPAN/
RTR2WEVR
January 17, 2012
ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE IS 1 OF 22 TO ACCOMPANY A PICTURE PACKAGE ON THE EVACUATED TOWNS INSIDE...
Fukushima, Japan
Empty shopping street is seen in Tomioka town
ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE IS 1 OF 22 TO ACCOMPANY A PICTURE PACKAGE ON THE EVACUATED TOWNS INSIDE THE 20KM EXCLUSION ZONE AROUND THE FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI NUCLEAR POWER PLANT. SEARCH KEYWORD "FUKUSHIMA" TO SEE ALL IMAGES PXP900-921.

An empty shopping street is seen in Tomioka town, inside the exclusion zone of a 20km radius around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Fukushima prefecture, January 15, 2012. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was hit on March 11, 2011 by a tsunami that exceeded 15 metres in some areas. The tsunami knocked out the plant's cooling systems, resulting in meltdowns of nuclear fuel, and became the world's worst atomic crisis in 25 years. The government announced in December that reactors at the plant had reached a state of cold shutdown, a milestone in cleanup efforts and a pre-condition for allowing the return of about 80,000 residents evacuated from a 20km (12 miles) radius of the Daiichi plant. The government also said it would draw up new evacuation zones by the end of April, and areas where annual radiation levels are currently higher than 50 millisieverts would not be deemed suitable for living for at least five years. Picture taken January 15, 2012. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ENERGY ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
JAPAN/
RTR2WEX8
January 17, 2012
ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE IS 22 OF 22 TO ACCOMPANY A PICTURE PACKAGE ON THE EVACUATED TOWNS INSIDE...
Fukushima, Japan
An ostrich which had escaped from a farm is seen in Tomioka town inside the Fukushima exclusion zone
ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE IS 22 OF 22 TO ACCOMPANY A PICTURE PACKAGE ON THE EVACUATED TOWNS INSIDE THE 20KM EXCLUSION ZONE AROUND THE FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI NUCLEAR POWER PLANT. SEARCH KEYWORD "FUKUSHIMA" TO SEE ALL IMAGES PXP900-921.

An ostrich which had escaped from a farm walks past a car in Tomioka town, inside the exclusion zone of a 20km radius around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Fukushima prefecture, January 15, 2012. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was hit on March 11, 2011 by a tsunami that exceeded 15 metres in some areas. The tsunami knocked out the plant's cooling systems, resulting in meltdowns of nuclear fuel, and became the world's worst atomic crisis in 25 years. The government announced in December that reactors at the plant had reached a state of cold shutdown, a milestone in cleanup efforts and a pre-condition for allowing the return of about 80,000 residents evacuated from a 20km (12 miles) radius of the Daiichi plant. The government also said it would draw up new evacuation zones by the end of April, and areas where annual radiation levels are currently higher than 50 millisieverts would not be deemed suitable for living for at least five years. Picture taken January 15, 2012. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ENERGY ENVIRONMENT ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY POLITICS)
JAPAN
RTR2QY6R
September 08, 2011
A student from a school which was evacuated, reads a book at a temporary classroom, which was set up...
MINAMISOMA, Japan
A student reads a book at a temporary classroom outside of the 20km radius zone from the crippled Fukushima...
A student from a school which was evacuated, reads a book at a temporary classroom, which was set up at a gymnasium, outside of the 20km radius zone from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, in Minamisoma, Fukushima prefecture, September 8, 2011. Japan has made evacuation mandatory for people living within a 20 km (12-mile) radius of the crippled reactor. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER SOCIETY EDUCATION)
JAPAN-DISASTER/MOTHER
RTR2RA29
September 14, 2011
Aya holds her disabled daughter Noa at an apartment where they live in temporarily at a town in Fukushima...
Fukushima, Japan
To match story JAPAN-DISASTER/MOTHER
Aya holds her disabled daughter Noa at an apartment where they live in temporarily at a town in Fukushima prefecture, September 8, 2011. Now, six months after she fled her home just 9 km (6 miles) away from the radiation-spewing plant, the 26-year old single mother is barely surviving. She has no job, languishes in hiding from her violent ex-husband in temporary housing and will probably never see her home again.To match story JAPAN-DISASTER/MOTHER . Picture taken September 8, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER SOCIETY)
JAPAN/
RTR2WEVW
January 17, 2012
ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE IS 4 OF 22 TO ACCOMPANY A PICTURE PACKAGE ON THE EVACUATED TOWNS INSIDE...
Fukushima, Japan
Road cracks caused by an earthquake are seen in an empty shopping street in Tomioka town in the Fukushima...
ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE IS 4 OF 22 TO ACCOMPANY A PICTURE PACKAGE ON THE EVACUATED TOWNS INSIDE THE 20KM EXCLUSION ZONE AROUND THE FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI NUCLEAR POWER PLANT. SEARCH KEYWORD "FUKUSHIMA" TO SEE ALL IMAGES PXP900-921.

Road cracks caused by an earthquake are seen in an empty shopping street in Tomioka town, inside the exclusion zone of a 20km radius around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Fukushima prefecture, January 15, 2012. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was hit on March 11, 2011 by a tsunami that exceeded 15 metres in some areas. The tsunami knocked out the plant's cooling systems, resulting in meltdowns of nuclear fuel, and became the world's worst atomic crisis in 25 years. The government announced in December that reactors at the plant had reached a state of cold shutdown, a milestone in cleanup efforts and a pre-condition for allowing the return of about 80,000 residents evacuated from a 20km (12 miles) radius of the Daiichi plant. The government also said it would draw up new evacuation zones by the end of April, and areas where annual radiation levels are currently higher than 50 millisieverts would not be deemed suitable for living for at least five years. Picture taken January 15, 2012. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ENERGY ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
JAPAN/
RTR2YKQG
February 28, 2012
A radiation monitor indicates 131.00 microsieverts per hour near the No.4 and No.3 buildings at the tsunami-crippled...
Fukushima, Japan
A radiation monitor indicates 131.00 microsieverts per hour at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power...
A radiation monitor indicates 131.00 microsieverts per hour near the No.4 and No.3 buildings at the tsunami-crippled Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)'s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture February 28, 2012. Members of the foreign media were allowed into the plant on Tuesday ahead of the first anniversary of the March 11, 2011 tsunami and earthquake which triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. REUTERS/Kimimasa Mayama/Pool (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT ENERGY)
JAPAN/
RTR2YKOO
February 28, 2012
Water tanks are seen at Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear...
Fukushima, Japan
Water tanks are seen at TEPCO's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima
Water tanks are seen at Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture February 28, 2012. Members of the foreign media were allowed into the plant on Tuesday ahead of the first anniversary of the March 11, 2011 tsunami and earthquake which triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. REUTERS/Kimimasa Mayama/Pool (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT ENERGY)
JAPAN/
RTR2YKMC
February 28, 2012
Members of the media, escorted by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) employees and wearing protective suits...
Fukushima, Japan
Members of the media look at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima
Members of the media, escorted by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) employees and wearing protective suits and masks, look at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture February 28, 2012. Members of the foreign media were allowed into the plant on Tuesday ahead of the first anniversary of the March 11, 2011 tsunami and earthquake which triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. REUTERS/Kimimasa Mayama/Pool (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT ENERGY)
JAPAN/
RTR2YKED
February 28, 2012
A journalist looks at the crippled Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)'s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power...
Fukushima, Japan
A journalist looks at the crippled TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture...
A journalist looks at the crippled Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)'s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture February 28, 2012. Members of the foreign media were allowed into the plant on Tuesday ahead of the first anniversary of the March 11, 2011 tsunami and earthquake which triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. REUTERS/Yoshikazu Tsuno/Pool (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ENERGY ENVIRONMENT)
JAPAN/
RTR2Y58J
February 20, 2012
A worker wearing a protective suit prepares to exit the emergency operation center at Tokyo Electric...
Fukushima, Japan
Worker wearing protective suit prepares to exit emergency operation center at TEPCO's tsunami-crippled...
A worker wearing a protective suit prepares to exit the emergency operation center at Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture February 20, 2012. Members of the media were allowed into the plant on Monday ahead of the first year anniversary of the March 11, 2011 tsunami and earthquake for the second time since the disaster, which triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY BUSINESS DISASTER ENERGY ENVIRONMENT)
JAPAN/
RTR2Y56I
February 20, 2012
Thousands of paper, or origami, cranes made by members of the public and family members of TEPCO workers...
Fukushima, Japan
Thousands of paper cranes in support of victims of Japan's crisis at emergency operation center at TEPCO's...
Thousands of paper, or origami, cranes made by members of the public and family members of TEPCO workers in support of the victims of Japan's earthquake, tsunami and the soon to end nuclear crisis are displayed at the emergency operation center at TEPCO's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture February 20, 2012. Members of the media were allowed into the plant on Monday ahead of the first year anniversary of the March 11, 2011 tsunami and earthquake for the second time since the disaster, which triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY BUSINESS DISASTER ENERGY ENVIRONMENT)
JAPAN/
RTR2Y54J
February 20, 2012
Members of the media, wearing protective suits, interview Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant chief's...
Fukushima, Japan
Members of the media interview Takahashi inside emergency operation center at nuclear power plant in...
Members of the media, wearing protective suits, interview Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant chief's Takeshi Takahashi inside the emergency operation center at nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture February 20, 2012. Members of the media were allowed into the plant on Monday ahead of the first year anniversary of the March 11, 2011 tsunami and earthquake for the second time since the disaster, which triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY BUSINESS DISASTER ENERGY ENVIRONMENT)
NUCLEAR-EVACUEES/
RTR2XRQO
February 13, 2012
A journalist walks around an empty street during a temporary return visit by evacuees to Okuma town,...
OKUMA TOWN, Japan
To match Feature NUCLEAR-EVACUEES/
A journalist walks around an empty street during a temporary return visit by evacuees to Okuma town, inside of the 20km radius around the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Fukushima prefecture, February 12, 2012. While nearly a year has passed from Japan's massive 9.0 magnitude quake, for the residents of Okuma town in Fukushima, radiation fears have kept the crisis a real if not always visible and present danger. Picture taken February 12, 2012. To match Feature NUCLEAR-EVACUEES/ REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER SOCIETY)
JAPAN
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February 12, 2012
Miyoko Takeda cries after showing her kimono which she used for her dancing performances, at her home...
OKUMA TOWN, Japan
Miyoko Takeda cries after showing her kimono which she used for her dancing performances, at her home...
Miyoko Takeda cries after showing her kimono which she used for her dancing performances, at her home during her temporary return visit to Okuma town inside the 20-km (12 miles) radius around the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture February 12, 2012. The former traditional dancer burst into tears after saying that she could not retrieve the kimono because it was contaminated. She also said she has been suffering insomnia and depression since she was evacuated. All the 11,000 residents of Okuma town have been evacuated since last year's tsunami and earthquake which hit the nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER SOCIETY)
JAPAN
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February 12, 2012
A radiation gauge shows a reading of 11.3 milliSieverts per hour during a temporary return visit by evacuees...
OKUMA TOWN, Japan
Radiation gauge shows a reading of 11.3 milliSieverts per hour during a temporary return visit by evacuees...
A radiation gauge shows a reading of 11.3 milliSieverts per hour during a temporary return visit by evacuees to Okuma town, inside the 20-km (12-mile) radius around the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture February 12, 2012. All the 11,000 residents of Okuma town have been evacuated since last year's tsunami and earthquake which hit the nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
JAPAN/
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January 30, 2012
A book titled "Life and Death" lies inside a house destroyed by a tsunami in Namie town, inside the exclusion...
Fukushima, Japan
A book lies inside a house destroyed by a tsunami in Namie town, Fukushima prefecture
A book titled "Life and Death" lies inside a house destroyed by a tsunami in Namie town, inside the exclusion zone of a 20-km (12-mile) radius around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture January 28, 2012. A 9.0-magnitude earthquake and massive tsunami on March 11, 2011 triggered the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years and forced residents around Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to flee, leaving behind in many cases their household belongings or pets. The triple whammy is still forcing more than 150,000 people from Fukushima prefecture to take refuge, nearly half of them from the no-go zone. Picture taken January 28, 2012. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER POLITICS)
JAPAN-DISASTER/SUNFLOWERS
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August 19, 2011
A geiger counter is placed in front of sunflowers in full bloom in Fukushima, northern Japan August 6,...
Fukushima, Japan
A geiger counter is placed in front of sunflowers in full bloom in Fukushima, northern Japan
A geiger counter is placed in front of sunflowers in full bloom in Fukushima, northern Japan August 6, 2011. At a temple in Fukushima thousands of sunflowers have been planted to help fight the radiation. "It is as if an invisible snow had fallen on Fukushima and continued to fall, covering the area," said Koyu Abe, chief monk at the Buddhist Joenji temple. Sunflowers were used near Chernobyl after the 1986 nuclear accident to extract radioactive caesium from contaminated ponds nearby. Japanese scientists are carrying out tests to prove their usefulness in fighting radiation. Picture taken August 6, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPANDISASTER ENVIRONMENT - Tags: DISASTER RELIGION ENVIRONMENT SCI TECH IMAGES OF THE DAY)
JAPAN-DISASTER/INVISIBLE
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February 10, 2012
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Fukushima, Japan
Koyu Abe, a Zen priest, places a lid on a barrel containing radioactive soil on the grounds of his Joenji...
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Koyu Abe, a Zen priest, places a lid on a barrel containing radioactive soil on the grounds of his Joenji temple in Fukushima, northern Japan February 5, 2012. Last summer, Abe grew and distributed sunflowers and other plants, such as field mustard and amaranthus, in an effort to lighten the impact of the radiation and cheer local residents. Now he is trading his ceremonial robes for a protective mask, working with volunteers to track down lingering pockets of radiation and cleaning them up. Picture taken February 5, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION DISASTER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
JAPAN-DISASTER/SUNFLOWER
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August 19, 2011
Koyu Abe, a Zen priest, holds sunflowers which he thinned from his garden at his Joenji temple in Fukushima,...
Fukushima, Japan
Koyu Abe, a Zen priest, holds sunflowers which he thinned from his garden at his Joenji temple in Fukushima...
Koyu Abe, a Zen priest, holds sunflowers which he thinned from his garden at his Joenji temple in Fukushima, northern Japan August 7, 2011. At the temple, thousands of sunflowers have been planted by Abe's volunteer group "Make A Wish Upon Flowers" to help fight the radiation. "It is as if an invisible snow had fallen on Fukushima and continued to fall, covering the area," said Abe. Sunflowers were used near Chernobyl after the 1986 nuclear accident to extract radioactive caesium from contaminated ponds nearby. Japanese scientists are carrying out tests to prove their usefulness in fighting radiation. Picture taken August 7, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER RELIGION ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
ROBOT-SEAL/
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August 01, 2011
Satsuko Yatsuzaka (84) holds a therapeutic robot named Paro at the Suisyoen retirement home, about 30...
Tokyo, Japan
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Satsuko Yatsuzaka (84) holds a therapeutic robot named Paro at the Suisyoen retirement home, about 30 km (19 miles) south of the tsunami-crippled nuclear plant in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture, July 28, 2011. For some elderly survivors of Japan's march earthquake and tsunami, comfort comes in the form of a small white robotic seal named Paro. The residents of the nursing home came back from a nearly two-month-long evacuation since the nuclear crisis in Fukushima. Picture taken July 28, 2011 To match Reuters Life! ROBOT-SEAL/ REUTERS/Kim (SOCIETY SCI TECH ENERGY)
JAPAN-NUCLEAR/
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July 14, 2011
Workers weld Toshiba Corp's Shielded Ion Exchange Module for a radioactive water treatment facility of...
Yokohama, Japan
Workers weld Toshiba Corp's Shielded Ion Exchange Module for a radioactive water treatment facility at...
Workers weld Toshiba Corp's Shielded Ion Exchange Module for a radioactive water treatment facility of Tokyo Electric Power Co.(TEPCO)'s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant at the company's Keihin Product Operations in Yokohama, near Tokyo July 14, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
JAPAN-NUCLEAR/
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July 14, 2011
A worker checks a welded place of Toshiba Corp's Shielded Ion Exchange Module for a radioactive water...
Yokohama, Japan
Worker checks a welded place of Toshiba Corp's Shielded Ion Exchange Module for a radioactive water treatment...
A worker checks a welded place of Toshiba Corp's Shielded Ion Exchange Module for a radioactive water treatment facility of Tokyo Electric Power Co.(TEPCO)'s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant at the company's Keihin Product Operations in Yokohama, near Tokyo July 14, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
JAPAN/
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June 23, 2011
A thirty-six-year-old electrician from northern Japan, who is working inside the tsunami-crippled Fukushima...
Iwaki, Japan
A thirty-six-year-old electrician from northern Japan, who is working inside the tsunami-crippled Fukushima...
A thirty-six-year-old electrician from northern Japan, who is working inside the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, is reflected in a rearview mirror inside a car during an interview with Reuters in Iwaki, about 50km south of the plant in Fukushima prefecture, June 12, 2011. Since the start of the Japanese nuclear boom in the 1970s, Japan's utilities have relied on temporary workers who receive little explanation on the health risks from radiation. The worker declined to give his name and to show his face. Picture taken June 12, 2011. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS)
JAPAN/
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June 23, 2011
Sixty-three-year-old Shukuko Kuzumi measures radiation near her cake shop in Iwaki, about 50 km south...
Iwaki, Japan
Sixty-three-year-old Shukuko Kuzumi measures radiation near her cake shop in Iwaki
Sixty-three-year-old Shukuko Kuzumi measures radiation near her cake shop in Iwaki, about 50 km south of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture. The radiation monitor indicates 0.34 microsieverts per hour at the place. Hundreds of workers from the nuclear plant are staying at inns in the town, once known for a splashy Hawaiian-themed resort. Picture taken June 12, 2011. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS)
JAPAN-NUCLEAR/PROTEST
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June 11, 2011
An anti-nuclear protester wearing a creation simulating the troubled Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima...
Tokyo, Japan
An anti-nuclear protester wearing a creation simulating the troubled Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima...
An anti-nuclear protester wearing a creation simulating the troubled Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant during a rally in Tokyo June 11, 2011, on the three month anniversary of the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami which triggered a nuclear disaster. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER POLITICS ENVIRONMENT)
JAPAN-NUCLEAR/GREENPEACE
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June 09, 2011
Greenpeace International head of nuclear energy campaign Jan Beranek holds a geiger counter on top of...
Tokyo, Japan
Greenpeace International head of nuclear energy campaign Jan Beranek holds a geiger counter on top of...
Greenpeace International head of nuclear energy campaign Jan Beranek holds a geiger counter on top of a box containing sand, taken as sample from a park in Fukushima, northern Japan, during a photo opportunity after a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo June 9, 2011. The measurement was around 3 microsieverts per hour of radiation. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER POLITICS ENVIRONMENT)
JAPAN/
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June 09, 2011
Katsunobu Sakurai, the mayor of Minamisoma, of the Fukushima prefecture, hit by the March 11 earthquake,...
Tokyo, Japan
Sakurai, the mayor of Minamisoma, of the Fukushima prefecture, hit by the March 11 earthquake, tsunami...
Katsunobu Sakurai, the mayor of Minamisoma, of the Fukushima prefecture, hit by the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, checks his radiation dose meter after giving a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo June 9, 2011. In a video posted on YouTube some two weeks after the March 11 tsunami and earthquake disaster, the leader lashed at Japan's political and economic establishment, claiming his frantic calls were ignored and, as a result, left thousands of local residents stuck in a nuclear no-go zone. TIME Magazine listed Sakurai as one of the top 100 people of 2011 REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER POLITICS PROFILE ENERGY)
G8/NUCLEAR-RUSSIA
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May 25, 2011
A general view of cooling towers at the Kalininskaya nuclear power plant, some 285 km (175 miles) northwest...
UDOMLYA, Russia
A general view of cooling towers at the Kalininskaya nuclear power plant
A general view of cooling towers at the Kalininskaya nuclear power plant, some 285 km (175 miles) northwest of Moscow, May 25, 2011. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev plans to use a Group of Eight summit that starts on Thursday to amplify his call for binding rules the Kremlin says are needed to avert a repeat of the crisis at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA - Tags: ENERGY POLITICS BUSINESS)
JAPAN-NUCLEAR/ DEATH
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May 14, 2011
A protester shouts slogans at an anti-nuclear rally in front of the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power...
Tokyo, Japan
A protester shouts slogans at an anti-nuclear rally in front of the TEPCO headquarters in Tokyo
A protester shouts slogans at an anti-nuclear rally in front of the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), the operator of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, in Tokyo May 14, 2011. A worker at Japan's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant died on Saturday, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co said, bringing the death toll at the complex to three since a massive earthquake and tsunami in March.
REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (JAPAN - Tags: ENERGY DISASTER CIVIL UNREST)
JAPAN-NUCLEAR/VISIT
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May 10, 2011
A radiation monitor indicates 0.82 microsieverts per hour at a checkpoint to the restricted zone of a...
KAWAUCHI VILLAGE, Japan
Radiation monitor indicates 0.82 microsieverts per hour at checkpoint to restricted zone around the Fukushima...
A radiation monitor indicates 0.82 microsieverts per hour at a checkpoint to the restricted zone of a 20km radius around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, in Kawauchi village, about 20 km (12 miles) from the plant in Fukushima prefecture, May 10, 2011. Residents of the Japanese village forced to evacuate after a massive earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear disaster two months ago faced a stark reality and uncertain future when they returned briefly to their abandoned homes on Tuesday. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ENERGY)
JAPAN/
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May 10, 2011
Evacuees from Kawauchi village wear protective suits as they prepare for a brief return to their homes...
KAWAUCHI VILLAGE, Japan
Evacuees from Kawauchi village wear protective suits as they prepare for a brief return to their homes...
Evacuees from Kawauchi village wear protective suits as they prepare for a brief return to their homes inside the restricted zone within 20km radius from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, at a gymnasium in Kawauchi village, about 22km from the plant, Fukushima prefecture, May 10, 2011. Kawauchi village residents who have evacuated from the village near the nuclear power plant which was cripped in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, are allowed to return home briefly on Tuesday to pick up personal belongings which is the first government-led operation for the evacuees. Kawauchi village is one of the cities, towns and villages designated by the government in late April as a legally binding no-entry zone within a 20km radius of the plant. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS DISASTER ENERGY ENVIRONMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY)
JAPAN/
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April 14, 2011
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) President Masataka Shimizu (2nd L), of Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi...
Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Electric Power Co. President Shimizu bows to senior members of Central Union of Agricultural Co-operatives...
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) President Masataka Shimizu (2nd L), of Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plant, bows to senior members of the Central Union of Agricultural Co-operatives as he receives a letter of protest from the union at TEPCO headquarters in Tokyo April 14, 2011. Japan's nuclear crisis sent corporate confidence plunging to a record low in April and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned the risk to the world's third largest economy is firmly on the downside, with no end in sight to its nuclear disaster. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER POLITICS ENERGY)
JAPAN/
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April 12, 2011
Japan's Nuclear Safety Agency official Hidehiko Nishiyama (L) bows with Nuclear and Industrial Safety...
Tokyo, Japan
Japan's nuclear safety agency official Nishiyama bows with Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency Director-General...
Japan's Nuclear Safety Agency official Hidehiko Nishiyama (L) bows with Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) Director-General Kenkichi Hirose (2ndL) after a joint news conference in Tokyo April 12, 2011. Japan raised the severity of its nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to a level 7 from 5, putting it on par with the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER POLITICS ENERGY)
JAPAN-RADIATION/EVACUATION
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April 11, 2011
A radiation monitor, placed by a photographer, is seen next to a damaged house and flowers at a devastated...
MINAMISOMA, Japan
A radiation monitor, placed by a photographer, is seen next to a damaged house and flowers at a devastated...
A radiation monitor, placed by a photographer, is seen next to a damaged house and flowers at a devastated area hit by earthquake and tsunami in Minamisoma, about 18 km (11 miles) from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power station in Fukushima prefecture April 11, 2011. Residents of a Japanese village well-outside of an evacuation zone set around a crippled nuclear power plant have been told to prepare to be evacuated, a local official said on Monday. The monitor indicates 1.26 microsieverts per hour. Generally, people are exposed to about 1 to 10 millisieverts of radiation a year from natural background radiation, caused by radioactive substances in the air and soil. One thousand microsieverts make 1 millisievert. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (JAPAN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)
JAPAN/
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April 11, 2011
Tokyo Electric Power Co. President Masataka Shimizu (C) bows in front of the media after a meeting with...
Fukushima, Japan
Tokyo Electric Power Co. President Masataka Shimizu bows in front of the media after a meeting with Japan's...
Tokyo Electric Power Co. President Masataka Shimizu (C) bows in front of the media after a meeting with Japan's Vice Trade Minister Motohisa Ikeda at Fukushima Prefectural Office in Fukushima, northern Japan, April 11, 2011, one month after the devastating earthquake and tsunami. Japan said on Monday it may extend some parts of an evacuation zone around its crippled nuclear plant if tests show high radiation outside the area, imposed after an earthquake and tsunami sparked the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ENERGY ENVIRONMENT POLITICS)
JAPAN-QUAKE
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March 31, 2011
Nagashima Rio who was born on March 15, is tested for possible nuclear radiation at an evacuation centre...
KORIYAMA, Japan
Nagashima Rio who was born on March 15, is tested for possible nuclear radiation at an evacuation centre...
Nagashima Rio who was born on March 15, is tested for possible nuclear radiation at an evacuation centre in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, northern Japan, located about 70 km (44 miles) from the tsunami and earthquake-crippled nuclear reactor, March 31, 2011. She was born at a hospital located about 50 km (31 miles) from the nuclear reactor. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER IMAGES OF THE DAY)
JAPAN-QUAKE
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March 28, 2011
A man is tested for possible nuclear radiation at an evacuation centre in Fukushima, northern Japan March...
Fukushima, Japan
A man is tested for possible nuclear radiation at an evacuation centre in Fukushima
A man is tested for possible nuclear radiation at an evacuation centre in Fukushima, northern Japan March 28, 2011. Japan appeared resigned on Monday to a long fight to contain the world's most dangerous atomic crisis in 25 years after high radiation levels complicated work at its crippled nuclear plant. Engineers have been battling to control the six-reactor Fukushima complex since it was damaged by a March 11 earthquake and tsunami that also left more than 27,000 people dead or missing across Japan's devastated northeast. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER)
BELGIUM/
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March 16, 2011
Philippe Van Troeye, general director of production at Belgian energy company Electrabel shows a slide...
Tihange, Belgium
Van Troeye, general director of production at Belgian energy company Electrabel, shows a presentation...
Philippe Van Troeye, general director of production at Belgian energy company Electrabel shows a slide explaining the how a nuclear plant like Japan's Fukushima Daiichi works during a news conference at a nuclear power station in Tihange March 16, 2011. The European Commission said on Tuesday it wanted nuclear plants to undergo stress tests to prove their safety, not only in the 27 EU countries, but also in neighbouring states. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM - Tags: DISASTER ENERGY ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
JAPAN-QUAKE/EXPLOSION
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March 15, 2011
Tokyo Electric Power officials hold an illustration of a nuclear plant as they answer reporters' questions...
Fukushima, Japan
Tokyo Electric Power officials hold an illustration of a nuclear plant as they answer reporters' questions...
Tokyo Electric Power officials hold an illustration of a nuclear plant as they answer reporters' questions at the disaster center in Fukushima, northern Japan March 15, 2011. A fresh explosion rocked a damaged Japanese nuclear power plant on Tuesday where engineers have been pumping sea water into a reactor to prevent a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a devastating earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ENERGY BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT)
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