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Japan's stalled nuclear fuel cycle policy

Despite the Nuclear Regulation Authority's recent technical go-ahead for a reprocessing plant under construction in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, the nuclear fuel cycle policy that the government has pursued for decades remains effectively stalemated. The ¥14 trillion project, if completed and run at full capacity, ...


No more 'lost decades' for women's empowerment

How many years must we wait until Japan becomes an ordinary country? Last week, a Cabinet Office panel decided to abandon the government’s target of having 30 percent of leadership positions held by women by 2020. In a draft report released July 21 that was ...