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Japan gives final clearance for 1st nuclear plant restart since Fukushima
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.

27.05.2015 17:58

Japanese fishermen vow ‘to never stop’ dolphin hunting
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.

27.05.2015 12:01

Japan to join US-Aussie military drills in July
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.

26.05.2015 11:32

Japanese nationalism: Decoy for American imperialism?
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.

25.05.2015 02:08

​Leaking Fukushima containers could lead to hydrogen explosions
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.

25.05.2015 10:45

5.6 Tokyo tremor shakes buildings in Japanese capital, halts subway
A 5.6 magnitude earthquake has struck Tokyo and nearby areas, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, setting off alarms and halting the city's subway system.

25.05.2015 05:44

1000s form human chain outside Japan parliament over US military base
Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Tokyo on Sunday, forming a human chain outside the parliament building to oppose the planned relocation of a US airbase on the island of Okinawa.

24.05.2015 14:41

Japan admits US pressure behind anti-Russian sanctions – Duma speaker
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.

22.05.2015 09:09

​Japan takes S. Korea to WTO over Fukushima food restrictions
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.

21.05.2015 19:17

​Japan to inject $110bn in Asian infrastructure projects
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.

21.05.2015 12:59

Fukushima pressure relief system failed at Reactor-2 after disaster, TEPCO reveals
The latest report by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has shed more light on the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, revealing a failure in one of the reactors' pressure relief systems.

21.05.2015 11:11

Tokyo wants ‘new level’ in relations with Moscow – PM Abe
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.

21.05.2015 08:13