A nuclear plant in southern Japan is set to become the first in the country to resume operation under new standards introduced following the 2011 Fukushima disaster. Sendai NPP was handed the final permit on Wednesday to restart its reactors.
Japanese fishermen have insisted they will continue hunting dolphins despite calls from animal protection groups. They claim they haven’t broken any rules and promise to pass their hunting traditions on to future generations.
Japan will join US and Australian troops in trilateral military drills for the first time as the three states are seeking to boost ties in the region where tensions over the disputed South China Sea region rumble on.
As the government of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks to amend the country’s US-drafted constitution, granting the Tokyo’s military the power to wage war, some fear the return of old imperialistic tendencies.
Containers holding contaminated water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant are at risk of hydrogen explosions, with 10 percent of them found to be leaking. As many as 333 containers may be defective, according to TEPCO.
Upon completing his visit to Tokyo, Duma speaker Sergey Naryshkin told reporters that Japanese politicians acknowledge that their country has joined the anti-Russian campaign under US pressure and understand the importance of future dialogue with Russia.
Japan has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization over South Korea’s restrictions on Japanese imports, enacted after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Tokyo calls the measure inappropriate and says it violates the rules of international trade.
Japan is going to provide $110 billion for infrastructure projects in Asia. The move is seen as an attempt to keep up with China that boosted its dominance in the region by establishing the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he is ready to improve relations with Russia to a “new level,” adding that development of friendly ties with a major neighbor is a guarantee of stability and prosperity in East Asia in the 21st century.