Sep 15, 2016

As Monju decommissioning nears reality, Fukui politicians lash out

News that the central government is finalizing plans to decommission the Monju fast-breeder reactor in Fukui Prefecture has sparked anger and fear among local politicians about what will happen to their economy, and could make Fukui’s cooperation in restarting other reactors more complicated. In ...

East Hokkaido waits on Abe-Putin talks over Russia-held isles

Sep 14, 2016

East Hokkaido waits on Abe-Putin talks over Russia-held isles

In Hokkaido’s far east, Nemuro feels nothing like a typical Japanese city. Mist and fog often shroud the area in the summertime. During July and August, while much of the country bakes in 30 degree-plus temperatures, it’s just over 20 degrees in Nemuro. As ...

Sep 7, 2016

26 Okinawa mayors demand U.S. base reductions amid increased tensions

The mayors of 26 towns and villages hosting U.S. bases in Okinawa plan to formally present new demands Thursday calling for Tokyo to reduce the prefecture’s burden in supporting American military personnel and fundamentally revise the U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement. The move comes ...