Monju: Generating only misfortune

| May 15, 2013

Monju: Generating only misfortune

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The troubled Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor made headlines again when the Nuclear Regulation Authority said it apparently plans to ensure the facility remains idled after announcing that the Japan Atomic Energy Agency failed to properly inspect some 10,000 components, including critical ones. Following are ...

Take care with ticks to avoid potentially fatal illness

| Feb 21, 2013

Take care with ticks to avoid potentially fatal illness

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The health ministry confirmed Tuesday that the tick-borne disease thrombocytopenia syndrome, or SFTS, was responsible for the death of an adult male in Hiroshima last summer, bringing the number of known domestic fatalities to four. Nine other similar deaths are being investigated. Here are ...

Chinese smog bomb floats toward Japan

| Feb 8, 2013

Chinese smog bomb floats toward Japan

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Smog in China has reached alarming levels as its rapid industrialization spews ever-more toxic particles into the air. Over the past month or so, the problem has become particularly acute, raising health concerns in neighboring parts of Asia, including Japan. Following are questions and ...

Tokyo's intentions for Senkaku islets

| Apr 19, 2012

Tokyo's intentions for Senkaku islets

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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 ...