Tag - nuclear



U.S., Japanese and South Korean navy destroyers take part in joint missile defense exercises in international waters between South Korea and Japan in April.
Nov 13, 2023
Japan, U.S. South Korea to share missile-warning data
Following talks between the countries' defense chiefs, the three sides said the mechanism is now "in the final stages of testing."
A member of the team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)  checks fish samples at Hisanohama Port in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on Oct. 19.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 11, 2023
Pacific island nations express concern over Fukushima water release
Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown noted "the significance of potential threats of contamination to the health and security of the blue Pacific."
Russia's Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin attends a military parade on Victory Day, which marks the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, in Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2022.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 10, 2023
Russia suspends pact with Japan on decommissioning nuclear weapons
The move follows other unilateral steps by Russia, including the suspension of negotiations for a postwar peace treaty with Japan in March 2022.
Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese attend a news conference after visiting the Temple of Heaven in Beijing on Monday.
Nov 9, 2023
Australia’s Albanese to face anti-nuclear push at Pacific talks
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is beginning 24 hours of intensive meetings between the leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum.
Buyers gather for an auction at Numanouchi fish port in the city of Iwaki, in Fukushima Prefecture, on Aug. 24.
Nov 8, 2023
Marine product exports to China tank 90% on year after import ban
Beijing has imposed a blanket import ban on Japanese seafood over Japan's discharge of treated radioactive water into the sea.
Zero carbon energy accounts for 28% of Japan's grid, falling short of countries like Germany, whose share of clean energy generation reached 58% last year.
Nov 6, 2023
How Japan became the land the energy transition forgot
Its symbol may be the rising sun, but a wholesale adoption of renewables by Japan is light years away, mired in bureaucratic and technical hurdles.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu points to a red line he drew on the graphic of a bomb used to represent Iran's nuclear program as he addresses the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York in September 2012.
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Nov 6, 2023
Israeli minister's Gaza nuclear comments spotlight opaque arsenal
The country has long had a policy of ambiguity as to whether it has nuclear weapons, though it is widely believed to possess a sizable number.
Russia's new nuclear-powered submarine Imperator Alexander III test launches the Bulava ballistic missile, designed to carry nuclear warheads, from the White Sea, in this screengrab taken from a video released on Sunday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 6, 2023
Russian nuclear submarine test-launches intercontinental missile
Russia's new strategic nuclear submarine has successfully tested a Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile, the Russian defense ministry said.
South Korean Environment Minister Han Wha-jin, Japanese Environment Minister Shintaro Ito and Chinese Ecology and Environment Minister Huang Runqiu pose for a photo during a meeting in Nagoya on Saturday.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 4, 2023
At trilateral talks, Japan asserts Fukushima treated water is safe
Tokyo again emphasized the safety of the water, during a meeting of environment ministers involving China and South Korea.
Kansai Electric Power's Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture
Nov 3, 2023
Kansai Electric applies to run Takahama reactor beyond 50th year
The No. 1 reactor at the plant in Fukui Prefecture is the oldest active reactor in Japan, having been commissioned in November 1974.
Treated water diluted with seawater flows to a downstream water tank at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant during a second release in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture.
JAPAN / Society
Nov 2, 2023
Japan begins third release of treated Fukushima wastewater
The amount of water to be released in the latest round will be similar to the first and second, in which 7,810 tons of water was discharged.
Chinese rocket launchers are seen during a parade to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, in 2019.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 2, 2023
U.S. and China to begin nuclear arms talks before Xi-Biden meeting
The U.S. is set to hold rare nuclear arms control talks with China amid growing concerns over Beijing’s accelerated push to build up its atomic arsenal.
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel speaks during an interview at the ambassador's residence in Tokyo on Monday.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 30, 2023
U.S. military begins Japan seafood purchases to counter China ban
China, which had been the biggest buyer of Japanese seafood, says its ban is due to food safety fears.
A fishing boat patrols the sea for poaching off the port of Yomogita, Aomori Prefecture, on the night of Sept. 13.
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Tohoku
Oct 30, 2023
Aomori sea cucumber fishermen hit hard by China’s seafood import ban
Twenty-seven cooperatives in the prefecture have suspended operations in October, when the fishing season for sea cucumbers starts in a normal year.
“Godzilla and Godzilla Raids Again” fully articulates the intentions behind the creation of Japan’s most infamous "kaijū" (monster) before Toho Studios releases the newest chapter in the “Godzilla” saga.
Oct 29, 2023
‘Godzilla’ novellas expand on infamous monster’s origins
Shigeru Kayama’s entertaining and informative stories delve deep into the underlying pacifist beliefs of the entire “Godzilla” franchise.
Trade minister Yasutoshi Nishimura (front right) speaks during a meeting of Group of Seven trade ministers in the city of Osaka on Saturday.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 29, 2023
Eyeing China, G7 calls for 'immediate repeal' of bans on Japanese food
The ministers, after meeting in Osaka, did not mention China but denounced what they consider its rising economic coercion through trade.
South Korean Marines participate in an amphibious landing drill in Pohang, South Korea, in October last year.
Oct 28, 2023
South Korea and U.S. hold drills with drones and laser sensors
The training came as South Korea's military conducts a series of annual exercises aimed at improving responses to North Korea.
A member of a team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency observes fish during a morning auction at Hisanohama Port in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on Oct. 19.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Oct 28, 2023
Fukushima water released without technical concerns, IAEA says
The U.N. nuclear watchdog wrapped up its safety review Friday, two months after the discharge began.
Christopher Nolan's film about the creator of the atomic bomb, "Oppenheimer," was released in theaters worldwide this summer and received mostly strong reviews. However, distributors still have not announced whether the film will be shown in Japan's cinemas.
Oct 28, 2023
Will Japan ever see 'Oppenheimer' screened in its cinemas?
Christopher Nolan’s film about the creator of the atomic bomb still doesn't have a Japan release date. There’s more than one possible reason for that.
The Japanese Embassy in Beijing
Oct 27, 2023
A million nuisance calls made to Japan Embassy in China over Fukushima
Tokyo has repeatedly asked the Chinese government to deal with the calls, saying they impede operations at the embassy.


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