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Pacific naval powers sign pact aimed at preventing conflicts
As US military action increases in the western Pacific, more than 20 countries became signatories to an agreement on Tuesday that establishes guidelines for communication, while hoping to halt military maneuvers in disputed areas.

22.04.2014 12:12

US-Japan: Pivoting apart?
The ‘hope’ having evaporated, the ‘change’ largely absent, President Obama is visiting Japan April 24-25 with a free trade agenda. However, cracks appear to be emerging in the president’s ‘Pivot to Asia’.

22.04.2014 08:08

Fukushima radiation killing our children, govt hides truth - former mayor
Katsutaka Idogawa, former mayor of Futaba, a town near the disabled Fukushima nuclear plant, is warning his country that radiation contamination is affecting Japan’s greatest treasure – its children.

21.04.2014 13:19

Japan March trade deficit jumps 300% to record $14.1 bn
Japan’s trade deficit in March has quadrupled from a year ago, to $14.1 billion, the biggest ever monthly increase. A post – Fukushima boost in energy buying coupled with a spending spree ahead of the sales tax hike increased imports.

21.04.2014 07:00

​Russia builds up, modernizes military on disputed Kuril Islands
The Russian Defense Ministry will modernize military settlements on the Kuril Islands and supply some 120 new combat vehicles by the end of the year. Russia’s sovereignty over four of the islands is disputed by Tokyo.

19.04.2014 12:23

Out of control: Fukushima manager admits to ‘embarrassing failure’
The manager of the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant has admitted not having full control of the facility. Contrary to the statements of the Japanese PM, TEPCO’s Akira Ono said attempts to plug the leaks of radioactive water had failed.

18.04.2014 05:01

No room for error? Fukushima basements mistakenly flooded with 200 tons of radioactive water
A pump at Japan’s battered Fukushima power plant has mistakenly flooded its basements with highly contaminated cooling-tank water. But the latest mishap follows a far more worrying discovery about one last year’s leak.

14.04.2014 05:06

‘World must triple nuclear and renewable energy’ – United Nations
‘Clean’ power plants and nuclear stations need to triple their energy output to avoid a global warming doomsday. More than $17 trillion in investment in the next 21 years is needed to meet electricity demand alone, UN research has found.

14.04.2014 07:16

Japanese govt. abandons nuclear-free future in face of public opposition
The Japanese government has overturned its predecessor’s energy plan that would see all of the country’s nuclear power plants closed by 2030. The move – which has been opposed by the public - has been forced by spiraling energy costs.

11.04.2014 18:10

Cosmic bloom? Early blossom for cherry tree after space trip
A four-year-old cherry tree grown from a pit that orbited the Earth for eight months aboard the ISS has burst into blossom in Japan far earlier than usual with very interesting flowers, a riddle that is perplexing local scientists.

11.04.2014 04:57

​US service members claim they were misled about Fukushima radiation dangers
US service members who took part in cleanup efforts after the Fukushima nuclear disaster have since been diagnosed with ailments like cancer. Now, in a class action lawsuit, they allege they were misled about radiation risks, RT’s Ameera David reports.

09.04.2014 20:42

Japan starts cleaning radioactive groundwater at Fukushima before dumping into ocean
TEPCO launched a contaminated water management system at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, which will pump groundwater into tanks before it passes through the premises of the plant. After checking the water’s quality it will be dumped into the ocean.

09.04.2014 15:53

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