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Tuesday, October 12, 1999 Published at 21:48 GMT 22:48 UK


World: Asia-Pacific

Japan's nuclear crisis: Full coverage



Nuclear experts probe Japan leak

A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency arrives in Japan on Wednesday to investigate the country's worst nuclear accident.

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"A frightening atmosphere in Tokaimura" - Rageh Omaar reports



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Could it happen again?
Around the world, the same techniques are used for manufacturing nuclear fuel, making Tokaimura a worrying precedent for the nuclear industry world-wide.

  • Classic case of human error
    Making nuclear fuel rods is a relatively 'safe' process, but operator error appears to have triggered a nuclear chain reaction.

  • Experts play down fallout danger
    The Tokaimura nuclear accident has been confirmed as the world's most serious since Chernobyl in 1986, but experts say radioactive fallout will not be widespread.

  • Japan's nuclear industry: vital but unpopular
    After the oil price shocks of the 1970s, Japan began to build nuclear reactors, and now depends on the industry for more than a third of its electricity.

  • Radiation sickness fact file
    Exposure to radiation can cause devastating damage to the immune system and to the tissues of the body.





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