04 March 2016
Vol 351, Issue 6277

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COVER Japanese media tour the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (Unit 4 reactor building shown here). On 11 March, Japan marks the fifth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that triggered meltdowns at this site. Tokyo Electric Power Company is in the early stages of a decades-long, $9 billion decommissioning effort that is spurring advances in robotics. Area residents, meanwhile, are wrestling with the possible health effects of long-term exposure to low doses of radiation. See page 1018.
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