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Spinning the Tokyo Metro Election via Japan Focus

The election campaign for the Tokyo metropolitan government (TMG) does not begin, officially, until January 23, with the voting scheduled for February 9. But there is already an enormous amount of spin in the Japanese press and social media, as … Continue reading

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Shock Doctrine in Japan: Shinzo Abe’s Rightward Shift to Militarism, Secrecy in Fukushima’s Wake via Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! is broadcasting from Tokyo, Japan, today in the first of three special broadcasts. At a critical time for Japan and the region, we begin our coverage looking at the country’s rightward political shift under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, … Continue reading

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Fukushima is an ongoing warning to the world on nuclear energy via the Guardian

The impact of nuclear disasters can last for generations. Such man-made devastation offers a lesson to all of us “I write these facts as dispassionately as I can in the hope that they will act as a warning to the … Continue reading

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Japan’s Response to Fukushima Should Worry Us All via Reader Supported News

[…] The present prime minister, Shinzo Abe, completed his first year in office on December 26, 2013 (he previously served for less than a year in 2006-2007, when he was the youngest Japanese prime minister since World War II). Prime … Continue reading

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Editorial: Prioritize evacuation plans before restarting nuclear reactors via Mainichi

Tohoku Electric Power Co. applied with the government’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) for safety inspections of its No. 2 reactor at the Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant in Miyagi Prefecture at the end of last year, a move prerequisite for restarting … Continue reading

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Japan has enough plutonium to build 1,000 nuclear bombs: report via Want China Times

The real reason why Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, refuses to abandon nuclear power is because he wants to develop a nuclear weapons program, claims the Hong Kong-based Wen Wei Po, citing Koide Hiroaki, an assistant professor at the Kyoto … Continue reading

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Japan should embrace nuclear power, government panel says via Reuters

(Reuters) – Japan should embrace nuclear power as an “important and fundamental” energy source, a government panel said on Friday, in advice that looks almost certain to be accepted, despite widespread anti-nuclear feeling after the Fukushima disaster. Prime Minister Shinzo … Continue reading

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Japan may set up UK-style decommission agency for Fukushima plant via The Asahi Shimbun

Japan’s ruling party could set up a British-style agency to shut down the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, taking control of a project now managed by the station’s embattled operator, a senior party policymaker said on Dec. 5. A huge earthquake … Continue reading

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Secrecy Bill Could Distance Japan From Its Postwar Pacifism via The New York Times

TOKYO — Brushing past angry street protests and apocalyptic editorials in leading newspapers, Japan’s conservative prime minister, Shinzo Abe, appears set to achieve one of the first items on his legislative agenda to roll back his nation’s postwar pacifism: passing … Continue reading

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Imagining post-nuclear Japan via the Japan Times

Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has sent shock waves through the political establishment by calling for the end of nuclear power generation in Japan. “There is nothing more costly than nuclear power,” Koizumi was quoted as saying during an interview … Continue reading

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