Tag: Japan

Japan Earthquake: Daylight Shows Extent of Damage After 9 Killed

The extent of the deadly 6.5-magnitude earthquake that struck southwestern Japan became clear with the arrival of daylight Friday — showing collapsed homes and debris-strewn streets as the search for more victims continued.   Nine people died when homes collapsed — with most of the fatalities reported in the suburban town of Mashiki, located 9 […]

Japan prepares for release of tritium from Fukushima plant

To dump or not to dump a little-discussed substance is the question brewing in Japan as it grapples with the aftermath of the nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima five years ago. The substance is tritium.   The radioactive material is nearly impossible to remove from the huge quantities of water used to cool melted-down reactors at […]

John Kerry makes historic visit to Hiroshima memorial

The US Secretary of State said his visit to the Japanese city of Hiroshima was a “gut-wrenching” reminder of the need to get rid of nuclear weapons. John Kerry made the comments at a press conference after laying a wreath at the city’s atomic bomb memorial. He is the first US secretary of state ever […]

South Korea Says North Has Capacity to Put Nuclear Warhead on a Missile

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has determined that North Korea is capable of mounting a nuclear warhead on its medium-range Rodong ballistic missile, which could reach all of South Korea and most of Japan, a senior government official said on Tuesday.   The government’s assessment, shared in a background briefing with foreign news media […]

Japan deploys a dozen coast guard vessels in East China Sea

Japan has placed 12 of its coast guard vessels around the disputed chain of islands in the East China Sea. The deployment comes days after it inaugurated a new defence radar system in the region, and is meant to patrol the islands called Senkaku by Japan and termed Diaoyu by China.   The fleet comprises […]

China accuses Japan of threatening Pacific peace with military law

China has accused Japan’s “warlord” prime minister, Shinzo Abe, of threatening peace in the region, following the enactment on Tuesday of controversial laws allowing Japanese troops to fight on foreign soil for the first time since the end of the second world war.   The security laws, which were passed last September after chaotic scenes […]

Fukushima five years later: “The fuel rods melted through containment and nobody knows where they are now”

Today, Japan marks the fifth anniversary of the tragic and catastrophic meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant. On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake and tsunami hit the northeast coast of Japan, killing 20,000 people. Another 160,000 then fled the radiation in Fukushima. It was the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, and according to […]

US Admiral Proposes 4-Nation Effort to Safeguard Freedom of Navigation in Asian Waters

For the second time in ten days, a senior U.S. official has raised the prospect of joint U.S.-India naval patrols in a region where China’s expanding territorial and military ambitions have raised tensions, and this time the top U.S. military commander in the Pacific suggested widening the proposed cooperation to include Japan and Australia as […]

Facing new sanction threats, North Koreans defiant as ever

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The United States and Japan have already announced plans for new sanctions over North Korea’s recent nuclear test and rocket launch, and the U.N. Security Council is likely to deliver more soon. Cross-border tensions with Seoul are escalating quickly and even China is starting to sound more like an angry […]

Japan puts military on alert to shoot down North Korean rocket

Japan has threatened to shoot down any North Korean missile that threatens its territory and has deployed ballistic missile defence units in preparation for what officials in Pyongyang says is the imminent launch of a satellite.   Japan’s defence minister, Gen Nakatani, on Wednesday ordered the deployment of Aegis destroyers in the Sea of Japan […]