Tokyo's intentions for Senkaku islets

| Apr 19, 2012

Tokyo's intentions for Senkaku islets

by Jun Hongo

Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara’s plan to have the metropolitan government purchase the Senkaku Islands continued to cause ripples Wednesday, with both China and Taiwan quickly issuing statements criticizing the move. Following are questions and answers regarding the controversy and ownership of the islands: What ...

Scrub homes, denude trees to wash cesium fears away

| Nov 9, 2011

Scrub homes, denude trees to wash cesium fears away

by Mizuho Aoki

Worried about radioactive fallout from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant? Don’t wait for the government to help. Experts advise people who live in and near Fukushima Prefecture where they face cumulative annual radiation exposure exceeding 1 millisievert — the legal limit for the ...

| Aug 25, 2011

DPJ-only poll, but of national import

by Natsuko Fukue

The Democratic Party of Japan will hold a midterm presidential election Monday to pick a successor to Prime Minister Naoto Kan. Among the seven possible candidates, former Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara, who officially announced his candidacy Tuesday, is regarded as the frontrunner. A recent ...

| Jul 23, 2011

Are worries over meat warranted?

by Minoru Matsutani

About 1,500 cows that were fed hay containing radioactive cesium in excess of the government limit were found to have been shipped from Fukushima and other prefectures to all of Japan except Okinawa, as of Thursday. The cows ate hay that was left outside ...

| Jun 12, 2011

Track record of coalition plans not always grand

by Natsuko Fukue

Amid the chaos breaking out in Nagata-cho since Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced his intention to resign, the ruling Democratic Party of Japan is once again seeking to form a grand coalition with its long-time conservative foe, the Liberal Democratic Party. The LDP dominated ...

| Jun 6, 2011

Several factors driving plan to double sales tax

The government on Thursday announced a social security reform plan that includes a proposal to gradually double the consumption tax to 10 percent by fiscal 2015. Here are some basic questions and answers about the proposed tax hike. Why does the government think the ...

| Apr 22, 2011

How debt, tax hike will affect reconstruction

To finance reconstruction in areas devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake, ideas have been floated for issuing debt or raising the consumption tax . Below are questions and answers about the proposals. What is the idea behind issuing state debt for reconstruction? The ...

Why so many aftershocks? Why so large?

| Apr 14, 2011

Why so many aftershocks? Why so large?

by Minoru Matsutani

A record number of powerful aftershocks have continued to jolt the already battered prefectures of Miyagi, Fukushima and Ibaraki after the 9.0-magnitude March 11 earthquake. The aftershocks have halted reconstruction efforts in towns wiped out by the quake-triggered tsunami, as well as efforts to ...

| Apr 8, 2011

Is seafood too tainted to eat?

The effects of radioactive materials discharged by the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant have spread to marine products. The following are questions and answers regarding contaminated fish: Why were radioactive materials detected in fish caught off Ibaraki Prefecture? Marine life can roam, and then ...