Containment vessel failure unlikely: Edano

Mar 17, 2011

Containment vessel failure unlikely: Edano

White smoke rose from the No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and radiation levels rose at one point Wednesday, but the government later played down the possibility of grave damage to the containment vessel. Correcting an earlier remark, Chief Cabinet ...

Radiation fears grow after blasts

Mar 16, 2011

Radiation fears grow after blasts

The earthquake-crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant suffered a dangerous radiation leak Tuesday in the wake of two new explosions and a fire as officials on site scrambled to avert a meltdown. At 10:22 a.m., a radioactivity monitoring post near the No. 3 reactor ...

Mar 15, 2011

Reactor fuel rods fully exposed

The radioactive fuel rods at the No. 2 reactor of the Fukushima No. 1 power station were fully exposed at one point Monday, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said, raising the possibility that it suffered a partial core meltdown. The utility operating the Fukushima plant ...

Mar 13, 2011

Rather than hoof it, stranded rush to buy bicycles

Bicycles sold like hotcakes at supermarkets and bike shops after Friday’s megaquake shut down train services in the Tokyo metropolitan area, attracting local residents — and people from farther afield — who wanted to cycle home instead of facing the prospect of walking for ...

Kan pledges full rescue response

Mar 12, 2011

Kan pledges full rescue response

Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the government is doing its utmost to ensure the public’s safety and minimize the damage, including dispatching the Self-Defense Forces for rescue operations, following the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit the Tohoku region Friday. “I ask the people ...

Mar 11, 2011

DPJ veteran signed petition to drop Takeshima claim

A senior Democratic Party of Japan member close to Prime Minister Naoto Kan signed a declaration last month that Tokyo should immediately give up its claim to sovereignty over the two South Korea-controlled islets, it was learned Thursday. Veteran lawmaker Ryuichi Doi resigned as ...

Matsumoto new foreign minister

Mar 10, 2011

Matsumoto new foreign minister

Prime Minister Naoto Kan named political blue-blood and former banker Takeaki Matsumoto as foreign minister Wednesday, promoting the deputy foreign minister to replace Seiji Maehara, who stepped down over a political donation scandal. “The prime minister decided to appoint (Matsumoto) for his ability and ...

| Mar 8, 2011

DPJ loses potential successor to Kan

Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara’s abrupt resignation Sunday may have averted even more turmoil in the Diet, but his loss bodes ill for the Democratic Party of Japan because he was a leading candidate to succeed Prime Minister Naoto Kan. The resignation, prompted by illegal ...

Mar 4, 2011

DPJ member bolts, ties with Nagoya mayor

A rookie Lower House member resigned Thursday from the Democratic Party of Japan to join a small group led by Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura, weakening the ruling DPJ’s power in the Lower House by yet another vote. Yuko Sato’s departure is another blow to ...

Mar 2, 2011

Budget passed but 16 in DPJ skip vote

The Democratic Party of Japan’s executive council said Tuesday it will suspend the party membership of the leader of 16 DPJ rebels who refused to attend a Lower House plenary vote on the fiscal 2011 budget, which cleared the chamber anyway in a session ...