Post-Fukushima reform throws up a few surprises

Apr 9, 2014

Post-Fukushima reform throws up a few surprises

by Gianni Simone

The magnitude-9 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011, devastated the northeast, killing more than 15,000 people and causing level 7 meltdowns at three reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. Observers believed the sheer size of the catastrophe ...

Apr 8, 2014

China 'should not worry' about closer Australia-Japan defense ties

Closer defense ties between Japan and Australia should not raise concerns in regional superpower China, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Tuesday. Canberra and Tokyo struck a major agreement Monday to enhance trade and security ties, elevating the bilateral relationship to a new level. Abbott ...

Mar 23, 2014

Notification process to be simplified for Japanese travelers overseas

The Foreign Ministry will streamline for short-term Japanese travelers overseas the process of reporting their presence to diplomatic missions, in order to speedily track them down during emergencies, ministry sources said Saturday. Currently, travelers overseas notifying diplomatic missions of their presence must provide information ...

Shibuya revelers face New Year's curbs

Dec 12, 2013

Shibuya revelers face New Year's curbs

Tokyo police say they will restrict public access around the main intersection outside Shibuya Station between 10 p.m. Dec. 31 and 2 a.m. Jan. 1 to prevent a crush of New Year’s revelers forming for the countdown, a recurrent problem in recent years. The ...

France tries to rewrite role in Africa

Dec 9, 2013

France tries to rewrite role in Africa

France is coming to the rescue again, deploying soldiers in a former African colony to help stave off catastrophe — dirty work that Paris says it doesn’t really want. France has its eyes on a dynamic new Africa that is creating jobs, not conflicts. ...

Security shortcomings could delay Syria weapons transfer

Dec 5, 2013

Security shortcomings could delay Syria weapons transfer

The head of the mission charged with destroying Syria’s chemical weapons said Wednesday that preparations are on track to move the most dangerous chemical agents from sites in the war-torn country to the port of Latakia, but there are serious security issues on key ...

Nov 28, 2013

Kishida to make Japan's case on air defense dispute in Germany

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida plans to visit Germany to speak at a security conference in Munich from late January, government sources said Wednesday, a move aimed at airing Japan’s concern over China’s establishment of an air defense zone over parts of the East China ...

Nov 19, 2013

Japan, ASEAN to unite on regional security ties: summit draft

Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will express their resolve next month in Tokyo to bolster security ties for regional peace, with China’s growing maritime assertiveness in mind, a draft of their statement said Monday. At a joint summit, Japan and 10-member ...