French President Nicolas Sarkozy admits he did not visit Fukushima while in Japan after last year's earthquake and tsunami, despite having previously said he had done so.
China's General Administration of Customs announces a ban on food imports from ten Japanese prefectures, citing safety concerns over Japan's plan to discharge treated radioactive waste water from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the Pacific Ocean.
The Nuclear Regulation Authority of Japan formally approves the release of a million tons of treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the Pacific Ocean. The plan had already been endorsed by the Japanese government and other agencies.
A magnitude 7.2 earthquake strikes off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, causing tsunami waves of up to 1 m. As a precaution, Tohoku Electric Power shuts down the Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant and Tokyo Electric Power Company checks the condition of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, which was struck by the massive earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011.
Japan allocates 820 billion yen ($6.8 billion) for creating a nearly 400-kilometer (250-mile) chain of cement seawalls, at places nearly five stories high, against future tsunami disasters such as the one that struck the country's northeastern coast four years ago.
A subcontractor at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant reportedly told workers to lie about possible high radiation exposure in an apparent effort to keep its contract. [https:--web.archive.org-web-20120723234142-http:--ajw.asahi.com-article-0311disaster-fukushima-AJ201207210069 ("Asahi Shimbun")] [http:--main.omanobserver.om-node-103852 ("Oman Daily Observer")]date=August 2019
Two of the reactors damaged in the March earthquake and tsunami at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan may be riddled with holes, according to the facility's owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co.
The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) claims that three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant suffered partial meltdowns following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami; it had previously announced that only one reactor had suffered a meltdown.