Typhoon Vongfong injures dozens in Japan

BBC, October 12 Typhoon Vongfong, the strongest storm to hit Japan this year, is moving north towards the country’s main islands, leaving at least 30 injured in Okinawa.

Flights were cancelled amid pounding winds and rain, while hundreds of thousands had to evacuate their homes.

The storm is due to make landfall on Kyushu island [...]

Fukushima nuclear meltdown worse than initially reported – TEPCO

Russia Today, August 7

The meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant’s third reactor building was even worse than initially believed, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has announced.

In fact, the power company’s new appraisal of the Fukushima No. 3 reactor building shows that all – or nearly all – of the fuel rods [...]

Japanese cabinet may agree on conditions to collective self-defense

CCTV.com, By Terrence Terashima, June 30

Japan’s ruling coalition is expected to reach an agreement over the conditions of the country’s right to exercise collective self-defense, and change the interpretation of its pacifist constitution to allow that right.

It has been Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ambition, for Japan to reinterpret its pacifist constitution and adopt [...]

Japan court rules against restart of nuclear reactors

(AFP) – A Japanese court ruled Wednesday against the restarting of two reactors at a nuclear power plant, acknowledging residents’ safety fears and dealing a blow to the government’s plan to revive nuclear power.

Fukushima No. 1 boss admits water woes out of control

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 [...]

North and South Korea exchange fire across western sea border

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.

In Other News, Dog Bites Man

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:

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North Korea human rights abuses resemble those of the Nazis, says UN inquiry

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 [...]

Sports As Politics

Don’t let anyone tell you that sports isn’t political. Sports is always political.

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North Korea executes uncle of leader Kim Jong-un

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 [...]

South Korea lays claim to its air zone as well.

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’.

China scrambles fighter jets towards US and Japan aircraft in disputed air zone

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 [...]

TEPCO to start fuel removal from Fukushima No. 4 spent fuel pool

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 [...]

Encountering the Fukushima Daiichi Accident

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 [...]

US Covered-Up For Decades The Largest Use Of Biological And Chemical Weapons In History

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 [...]

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