Tokyo 2020 Olympics kicks off in empty venues to minimise health risks as WHO chief says Games should go ahead to demonstrate to the world what can be achieved with the right plan and measures.
Japan’s unilateral decision to release wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in 2011, sparked reactions from its neighbouring countries.
Tokyo Olympic torch relay began in northeastern Fukushima prefecture, the area that was devastated by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and the meltdown of three nuclear reactors.
About 3,000 spectators were expected to attend the relay’s starting ceremony in Fukushima on March 25 but organisers have scaled back the event over Covid-19 concerns.
Japan marks 10 years of a magnitude 9 earthquake, deadly tsunami and Fukushima nuclear meltdown. We track numbers showing how much progress has been made since March 11, 2011.
Japan marks 10 year anniversary of the powerful earthquake, deadly tsunami and nuclear meltdown at Fukushima that traumatised the nation and killed nearly 20,000 people.
More than 140 people suffered mostly minor injures, many of them by falling objects and cuts while stepping on broken glass.
The quake produced powerful shaking along parts of Japan's eastern coast, and was felt strongly in Tokyo, but triggered no tsunami alert.
The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 20 and the torch relay was to have started last week from Fukushima. It has remained in the prefecture with Wednesday's "handover ceremony" merely symbolic.
As Japan readies for the 2020 Olympic games, radiation hot spots have been found near the starting point for the torch relay in Fukushima, environmental pressure group Greenpeace said.
Former Tepco Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata and executives Sakae Muto and Ichiro Takekuro were all found not guilty in the only criminal case emerging from the nuclear meltdown.
In a bid to avoid the worst of the Japanese capital's blazing summer, fans, athletes and volunteers will have to get going at the crack of dawn.
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