#AceWorldNews – TOKYO – May 21 – A Japanese court ruled against the restart of a nuclear power plant west of Tokyo on Wednesday, according to an NHK TV report.
The court in Fukui Prefecture ruled against allowing Kansai Electric Power Co to restart reactors at its Ohi nuclear plant.
This is the first time that anti-nuclear plaintiffs have successfully sued to shut down a reactor in more than four decades, Reuters said.
All of Japan’s nuclear plants have been idled for safety checks in the wake of the 2011 disaster at Fukushima Daiichi plant.
#AceWorldNews – PYONGYANG – April 25 – North Korea has completed preparations for conducting a possible nuclear test, Japanese media reported.
The sources in the South Korean government say that Pyongyang has placed detonators and measurement devices in one of the tunnels at Punggye-ri nuclear test site in the north-east of the country.
Earlier, a spokesperson for the National Defence Ministry of South Korea said that Pyongyang can conduct a nuclear test at any moment. He noted that South Korean intelligence has noticed increased activity in and round the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, where North Korea had conducted its first nuclear test in 2006.
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#AceWorldNews – April 18 – TOKYO – Japan is sending 100 soldiers and radar to its westernmost outpost, a tropical island off Taiwan, Reuters said.
The deployment could risk angering China amid a dispute over nearby islands that both countries claim. Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera will break ground on Saturday for a military lookout station on Yonaguni.
The island is home to 1,500 people and just 150km from the disputed Japanese-held islands claimed by China. Yonaguni is now defended by two police officers, and the move is part of a plan to improve defence and surveillance in Japan’s far-flung frontier.
#AceWorldNews – SEOUL – April 04 – The South Korean Foreign Ministry summoned the Japanese ambassador Friday over an alleged claim by Tokyo to a disputed set of tiny islets and a plan to promote its stance in school text books, AFP said.
Seoul formally conveyed its protest to Japanese Ambassador Koro Bessho over a section in Japan’s newly released foreign policy report ‘Diplomatic Bluebook 2014’.
The report identified the disputed islets – known as Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese – as Japanese territory.
“Our government expresses strong regret at Japan’s outrageous claim on our indigenous territory, Dokdo,” the South Korean ministry said.
#AceWorldNews – TOKYO, April 02 – Tsunami waves caused by a powerful earthquake in Chile can reach Japan’s Pacific coast on Thursday, April 3 at about 03.00 local time, Japanese meteorological watch office reported Wednesday.
Earlier, it was reported that the tsunami might reach Japan. According to the watch office, the wave height is expected to be from 20 sentimetres or 10 meters.
Japanese specialists urged the residents of the coastal areas to take the necessary precautions, in particular avoid approaching the coastline if possible.
As a result of an 8.2 magnitude earthquake in Chile 6 people died and 3 others were seriously injured. The earthquake damaged several buildings and roads and disrupted power supply.
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#AceWorldNews – CHINA – March 30 – China has closed off the regions near its eastern coast to shipping, according to Japanese TV channel HNK.
It might be a sign of ballistic missiles tests in the area set to be conducted in the near future.
The ban will be effective for three days, starting Sunday.
This comes after the latest ballistic missile launch on March 26.
#AceWorldNews – JAPAN – March 27 – The world’s longest-serving death row inmate was freed Thursday by a Japanese court, AP reported.
The Shizuoka District Court found investigators had likely fabricated evidence in the murder case that put the former pro boxer behind bars for nearly half a century.
The court suspended the death sentence and ordered a retrial for 78-year-old Iwao Hakamada, who had been convicted in the 1966 murder of a family and was sentenced to death in 1968.
More than 45 of his 48 years in prison have been on death row.
#AceWorldNews – JAPAN – March 24 – Japan agreed to transfer a share of its highly enriched uranium and weapons grade plutonium stockpiles to the US as part of the global effort to secure nuclear materials.
Other nations are also urged to deposit excess nuclear materials in the US.
On the eve of the two-day Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in The Hague, US and Japanese leaders arranged a deal on “final disposition” in the US of well over 300 kilograms of weapons grade plutonium and an unspecified quantity of Highly-Enriched-Uranium (HEU) that will be “sent to a secure facility and fully converted into less sensitive forms.”
This quantity of Plutonium is enough to produce 40-50 warheads.
The total quantity of HEU currently stocked in Japan is estimated at approximately 1.2 tons.
According to The New York Times, some 200 kilograms of HEU is currently designated for the US.
#AceWorldNews – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he hopes formal talks with North Korea can be resumed as soon as possible, Reuters reports.
Abe said that talks between Japanese and North American affiliates from the Red Cross regarding the return from North Korea of the remains of Japanese, who died in WWII, was an important step in mending relations.
Formal talks between Tokyo and Pyongyang have been suspended since a December 2012 North Korea rocket launch, which it claims was done to put a weather satellite into orbit.
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#AceWorldNews Japan and North Korea are expected to resume talks over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs after over a year, reports Japanese media.
Although the government of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has not officially confirmed it, dates for negotiations are expected to be announced this week following a meeting between North Korean and Japanese politicians in China last week.
Negotiations were frozen between the two governments in December 2012 after Pyongyang conducted a test-launch of a long-range missile.
#AceWorldNews says according to reports Tokyo suggested that it would allow the US to bring nuclear weapons into Japanese territory in the event of a serious threat to its security.
In a briefing with lawmakers, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida outlined conditions that would lead Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government to make exceptions to Japan’s long-standing posture against possessing, producing, or allowing nuclear weapons within the nation’s borders, Kyodo News reported.
Kishida said the Abe administration adheres to the policy of its predecessor:
Whether or not Japan would “adamantly observe the (non-nuclear) principles despite threats to people’s safety depends on the decision of the administration in power.”
#AceWorldNews says Over 60 percent of the Japanese are against restarting reactors at nuclear power plants across the country, according to a poll conducted by the local Kyodo news agency.
At the same time, the approval rating of the current cabinet, headed by PM Shinzo Abe, in comparison with last year, has slightly increased to more than 55 percent. Abe’s government considers nuclear energy necessary for the country.
Anti-nuclear sentiments are quiet strong in Japan. After the nuclear disaster in 2011 at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan urgently halted work at nuclear power plants across the country.
#AceWorldNews says according to RT News, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for “frank talks” with South Korea and China to push for a solution to recent territorial rows. The three nations are at odds over a group of uninhabited islands in the resource-rich East China Sea which Japan currently administers. Relations between the Asian countries have soured recently after Abe’s visit to a shrine in Tokyo that commemorates 14 senior war criminals. South Korea and China regard the shrine as a reminder of Japanese abuses during World War II.
#AceWorldNews says according to the AFP China has started constructing the second of four planned aircraft carriers, a top government official said according to media reports on Saturday.
The ship is under construction in the north-eastern port of Dalian and will take six years to build, the reports said quoting Wang Min, Communist Party chief for Dalian’s Liaoning province.
The country’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, was completed in September 2012 in a symbolic milestone for the country’s increasingly muscular military.
Another two are in the pipeline, according to Wang, in a projection of power that could be seen as contradicting Beijing’s long-stated policy of arming itself strictly for self-defence.
When the Liaoning went into service, Beijing and Tokyo were locked in a territorial row over the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus.