Reuters, By Yuka Obayashi, April 20
Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture – The manager of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant admits to embarrassment that repeated efforts have failed to bring under control the problem of radioactive water, eight months after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the world the matter had been resolved.
Tokyo Electric Power [...]
BBC – North and South Korea have exchanged fire across the disputed western maritime border, South Korea has said. North Korea announced early on Monday that it would hold live-fire drills in seven parts of the border area. South Korea says it returned fire after North Korean shells landed in its territorial waters.
North Korea is an oppressive, tyrannical, and genocidal regime. One can only hope that, between rehab and this report, Dennis Rodman will stop making an ass of himself:
Inquiry chairman Michael Kirby writes to Kim Jong-un warning he could face trial at The Hague for crimes against humanity.
The Guardian, By Peter Walker, February 17
North Korea’s leadership is committing systematic and appalling human rights abuses against its own citizens on a scale unparalleled in the modern world, crimes against humanity with strong [...]
Don’t let anyone tell you that sports isn’t political. Sports is always political.
Globe and Mail (via AP), By Eric Talmadge and Foster Klug
North Korea said Friday that it had executed Kim Jong-un’s uncle as a traitor for trying to seize supreme power, a stunning end for the leader’s former mentor, long considered the country’s No. 2 official.
In a sharp reversal of the long-held popular image [...]
China reacts coolly. Whilst the long running Sino-Japanese war threat now has the makings of a Clancy thriller – but check out the dates within the < article - back from the future????
Global research has analysis on the US-Japanese/China ‘conflict’.
Escalation of response in South China Sea is the first time China is known to have sent military jets in zone alongside foreign craft
The Guardian, By Tania Branigan & Ed Pilkington, November 29
Beijing / New York – China scrambled fighter jets to investigate US and Japanese aircraft flying through its new air defence [...]
Kyodo, November 18
Tokyo – The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is set to start later Monday a yearlong mission to remove fuel from a pool at a damaged reactor building, in a move to address one of the major hazards remaining at the accident-stricken plant.
While the process of removing fuel [...]
Huffington Post, By Naoto Kan (Former Prime Minister of Japan), October 28
The accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was the most severe accident in the history of mankind. At Unit 1, the fuel rods melted down in about five hours after the earthquake, and molten fuel breached and melted through the reactor [...]
The Public Record, By Jeffrey Kaye, September 10
There are many reasons why one should oppose the military action against Syria being planned by the Obama administration. But given that the action is being trumpeted as a righteous response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, there is one reason to [...]
AP, September 19
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday ordered the operator of Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant to scrap all six reactors at the site instead of just four scheduled for decommissioning and to concentrate on tackling pressing issues like leaks of radioactive water.
But Mr. Abe insisted that radioactive water had been [...]
(Reuters) – Satellite imagery suggests that North Korea has restarted a research reactor capable of producing plutonium for weapons at its Yongbyon nuclear complex, a U.S. research institute said on Wednesday.
U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies said a satellite image from August 31 shows white steam rising from a building [...]
Washington Post, By Chico Harlan and Barry Svrluga, September 7
TOKYO — Tokyo was selected as host of the 2020 Summer Olympics, setting off a celebration at dawn Sunday in a nation fighting off two decades of deflation and still recovering from a nuclear disaster.
The Japanese capital easily beat out Istanbul and Madrid in [...]
BBC – Japan is to invest hundreds of millions of dollars into building a frozen wall around the Fukushima nuclear plant to stop leaks of radioactive water.
Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said an estimated 47bn yen ($473m, £304m) would be allocated.
The leaks were getting worse and the government “felt it was essential to become [...]