Fukushima spill snags reactor restart quest

Aug 29, 2013

Fukushima spill snags reactor restart quest

The Fukushima No. 1 power plant's continued pollution of the Pacific is fueling growing domestic and international concern about radiation hazards, clouding plans by utilities and the government to quickly restart a dozen reactors.

Aug 28, 2013

Gaffe-shy Hashimoto keeps media at bay

With a critical local election looming, Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) co-leader and Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto declares that a fundraising event and strategy session Friday will be closed to the media.

Volunteers work to clean up, reforest Kyoto's 'Poet's Mount'

Aug 22, 2013

Volunteers work to clean up, reforest Kyoto's 'Poet's Mount'

Sitting on the northern side of the Hozu River gorge, on the western side of Kyoto, Mount Ogura has long been associated with the literary world, and is known as the “Poet’s Mount.” Heian Period (794-1185) courtier poets sang of its natural beauty and, ...

Defense firms pushing to boost role

| Aug 12, 2013

Defense firms pushing to boost role

With pressure mounting from U.S. defense officials and the powerful Keidanren business group on the government to relax arms export restrictions, the military-industrial lobbies in Washington and Tokyo hope the future bilateral security relationship will incorporate their interests more robustly. At the same time, ...

Hashimoto advocate Sakaiya to advise Abe

Aug 12, 2013

Hashimoto advocate Sakaiya to advise Abe

Taichi Sakaiya, 78, the man credited with persuading Osaka Mayor and Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) co-leader Toru Hashimoto to trade the world of television punditry for the world of politics, has been appointed as an adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ...

Nuke opponents feud over bombs vs. power

Aug 6, 2013

Nuke opponents feud over bombs vs. power

Every August, thousands of visitors from Japan and around the world gather in Hiroshima and Nagasaki to commemorate the dropping of the atomic bombs. In addition to the solemn ceremonies that draw survivors and VIPs, there are numerous side events dedicated to seeking the ...