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Abe, Modi Call for Maximizing Pressure on North Korea (News)

Gandhinagar, India, Sept. 14 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, called for maximizing international pressure on North Korea over its nuclear and missile development, at a summit in the western India city of Gandhinagar on Thursday. At their tenth meeting, the two leaders confirmed their countries' commitment to fully implementing the Unite…

North Korea Considered to Possess Nuclear Weapons: Japanese Minister (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 10 (Jiji Press)—North Korea is considered to possess nuclear weapons given the size of its latest nuclear test, Japanese Defense Minister Onodera Itsunori said Sunday. "Given that the nuclear test had a yield of about 160 kilotons, ten times the size of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, we have no choice but to think that North Korea possesses nuclear weapons," Onodera told re…

Telling the Story of FukushimaWinifred Bird

Five years after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami touched off a triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the disaster is no longer just a current event—it is also a part of Japan’s history. But how should that history be told? Government and civil society groups have different answers, and they are starting to emerge in a battle of museums.

Government Fails to Address Contradictions Over Japan’s Nuclear FutureKikkawa Takeo

The August 2015 restart of the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant in Kyūshū ended a two-year shutdown of all nuclear reactors in Japan. As commentators debate whether this will prompt other plants around the country to come back online, the current administration appears unwilling to take responsibility for dealing with contradictions between the need to shut down aging facilities and the nation’s continued reliance on nuclear power.

Include Nuclear Power in Japan’s Basic Energy PlanShiraishi Takashi

Voters in Tokyo went to the polls on February 9 to elect a new governor. The victor was Masuzoe Yōichi, former minister of health, labor, and welfare, who had the full backing of the Liberal Democratic Party and of the New Kōmeitō, its coalition partner in the national government. The turnout was 46.14%. Masuzoe got 2,112,979 votes, 43.4% of the total. In distant second place was Utsunomiya Kenj…

World Heritage: Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) (360° Panorama)Somese Naoto (Photographer)

This series of 360° panoramic images shows Hiroshima as you’ve never seen it before—from the inside of the A-Bomb Dome (normally closed to the public) to the August 6 memorial ceremony, the Peace Memorial Museum, and the lantern floating ceremony held to commemorate those who died in the world’s first nuclear attack.

The Impact of Koizumi’s Call for Zero Nuclear PowerHarano Jōji

At a press conference held at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on November 12, 2013, former Prime Minister Koizumi Jun’ichirō discussed his position on nuclear power. In view of the March 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, Koizumi said, zero nuclear power can be achieved—if only Prime Minister Abe Shinzō makes the decision. Regarding timing, he said, “We should go …

Homage to Yoshida Masao, the Man Who Saved JapanKadota Ryūshō

Yoshida Masao, the plant manager who led the epic fight to contain the March 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, lost his battle with cancer on July 9 this year. The author of a major book detailing the struggle draws on extensive interviews with Yoshida and his staff in this homage to a “fallen hero.”

Koizumi Comes Out Against NukesPeter Durfee

Today's Mainichi Shimbun carries a column by Yamada Takao introducing some of former Prime Minister Koizumi Jun'ichirō's observations on Japan's energy choices. Koizumi, who has retired from politics (leaving his Diet seat in the hands of his son, Shinjirō), remains a voice people listen to, and it his latest comments will likely attract plenty of attention. Some of them are translated below. Dur…

Nuclear Power and the Emptiness of Political PromisesHayakawa Masaya

At a New Year’s meeting of her supporters on January 13, Shiga Prefecture’s governor Kada Yukiko revealed the series of events that led to the formation of the Nippon Mirai no Tō, or the “Tomorrow Party of Japan.” Apparently she took the decision to form the party after being persuaded by Ozawa Ichirō in the lead-up to the December’s lower house elections that “if you run, we should get 100 cand…

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