Five years ago March 11, a magnitude-9.0 earthquake and a major tsunami hit Japan, killing almost 16,000 people. The ensuing nuclear disaster at the Fukushima plant led to the contamination and subsequent evacuation of the nearby area.
Images from an underwater robot showed large deposits of what is thought to be melted nuclear fuel at the bottom of a damaged reactor at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant. If confirmed, it would mark a major milestone.
The trial of three former executives from the operator of the tsunami-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant has begun. It will focus mainly on whether they were guilty of negligence before the nuclear accident.
Japan has held a moment of silence to honor those who were killed in the 2011 earthquake, ensuing tsunami and subsequent nuclear accident. Some 123,000 people who were evacuated have yet to return home six years later.
Japan's nuclear energy sector is riven by poor management, is overly bureaucratic and staffed by people who no longer have any pride in their jobs. So accidents are inevitable, say critics. Julian Ryall reports.
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