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Nov 17, 2015

Fuel reprocessing plant in northern Japan delayed again, to 2018

The operator of the nuclear fuel reprocessing facility in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, is postponing the plant's opening to as late as September 2018, citing regulators' lengthy inspection procedures and time needed for safety upgrades. The plant has raised proliferation concerns because the plutonium it extracts ...

War leaders' scions want reconciliation

Aug 17, 2015

War leaders' scions want reconciliation

To Hidetoshi Tojo, his great-grandfather is a man in a black-and-white documentary film he saw some 30 years ago. In one scene that he watched, Hideki Tojo — a bald, bespectacled man with a mustache — is sitting at a war crimes tribunal in Tokyo ...

Bullet trains get rude wake-up call

Jul 4, 2015

Bullet trains get rude wake-up call

A fatal shinkansen fire started by a pensioner’s self-immolation protest has revealed blind spots in one of Japan’s proudest achievements and finally triggered calls to action.