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Japan losing its moral compass with nuclear reactor exports (Mainichi )

Japan losing its moral compass with nuclear reactor exports (Mainichi )

For Japan to export nuclear technology is very strange indeed. The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant remains unstable more than two years after the March 2011 triple meltdown there, and the country’s broader nuclear energy system is still incomplete. In fact, it is deficiencies in Japan’s nuclear plants that have stalled reactor restarts. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident

Sanriku Fukko National Park opens (JapanNews)

Sanriku Fukko National Park opens (JapanNews)

Sanriku Fukko (Reconstruction) National Park, which integrates parks damaged by tsunami following the Great East Japan Earthquake in Aomori, Iwate and Miyagi prefectures, officially opened Friday. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident

Hashimoto apologizes for comment on U.S. troops, but not ‘comfort women’ remarks (Japan Today)

Hashimoto apologizes for comment on U.S. troops, but not ‘comfort women’ remarks (Japan Today)

TOKYO —Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto apologized Monday for saying U.S. troops should patronize adult entertainment businesses as a way to reduce rapes, but defended another controversial remark about Japan’s use of sex slaves during World War II. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 7.China & Asia, unclassified

281_Anti Nuke’s anger at authority is at a critical mass (Japan Times)

281_Anti Nuke’s anger at authority is at a critical mass (Japan Times)

More than two years after the triple reactor meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, hundreds of thousands of residents of the Tohoku region of northeastern Honshu remain displaced, the power station teeters on the brink of further disaster and large swaths of northern Japan are so irradiated they’ll be uninhabitable for generations to come. But today in Tokyo, it is as though March 11, 2011, never happened. The streets are packed with … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident, unclassified

Stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant struggles to keep staff (Japan Today)

Stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant struggles to keep staff (Japan Today)

TOKYO —Keeping the meltdown-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in stable condition requires a cast of thousands. Increasingly the plant’s operator is struggling to find enough workers, a trend that many expect to worsen and hamper progress in the decades-long effort to safely decommission it. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident

Turning climate action into a reality(Ricardo Lagos, former President of Chile: AlertNet)

Turning climate action into a reality(Ricardo Lagos, former President of Chile: AlertNet)

Global emissions just crossed 400 parts per million, an ominous threshold for the climate. Despite this marker, there are signs of new life for international climate action, including during the recent United Nation’s climate meeting in Bonn, Germany. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5.Climate Change & Carbon