Friday , 13 December 2019

Asia

Japan: Risk of incident from ‘coercive’ acts by China

TOKYO – China’s “coercive” behaviour in waters around islands at the centre of a bitter dispute with Japan are dangerous and could trigger an incident, Tokyo said in a new defence paper Tuesday. Hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his ministers adopted the annual defence white paper at a cabinet meeting, which warned of the risks as the two Asian …

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Tritium Levels Soar on Coast at Fukushima Plant

More than two years after the devastating accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. 9501.TO +4.32% is seeing levels soar of a radioactive element called tritium. The problem spot is on the coastal side of the plant’s heavily damaged No. 2 reactor, one of the areas where Tepco regularly monitors groundwater to check for radioactive …

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Five men trapped up trees by tigers rescued by animal tamers after five-day ordeal

An animal taming rescue team has saved a group of men who were trapped up trees for five days by an angry family of Sumatran tigers. Five men were helped down from branches where they had survived on rain water as the endangered animals circled beneath them. A sixth man was mauled to death. The 28-year-old sought refuge with his …

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China ex-rail minister gets suspended death sentence for graft

(Reuters) – China handed down a suspended death sentence on a former railways minister for corruption on Monday, state media said, a case seen as a test of President Xi Jinping’s resolve to crack down on pervasive graft. Liu Zhijun was given the “death penalty with a two-year reprieve,” for bribery and abuse of power, the official Xinhua news agency said, a …

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Fukushima records highest radiation level in a year

You might think that radiation levels would be falling more than two years after Japan’s most serious nuclear disaster since the bombing of Nagasaki in the Second World War. But on a rooftop in Fukushima, radioactive cesium levels were at the highest levels observed in the past year, according to the Asahi Shumbunnewspaper. The publication reported that University of Tokyo associate professor Ryoji Enomoto found …

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Fukushima operator wants to restart reactors

Fukushima operator TEPCO said it would ask Japan’s nuclear watchdog for permission to restart reactors at the world’s largest atomic power station, its first such request since the disaster two years ago. Tokyo Electric Power Co is readying an application for the re-firing of two of the seven units at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa in Niigata prefecture in the north of Japan.The entire …

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As China offers funds to Iran, India set to fast-track Chabahar pact

China is quietly intruding into India’s geopolitical space in Iran. It recently offered Tehran credit facility of Euro 60 million — almost equal to the proposed Indian investment in the revamp of Chabahar port — which may muscle out India from the project. Beijing’s covert credit offer is seen by the Indian foreign office as a first step by China …

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Japan included in embassies wiretapped by the US government

A report from British newspaper The Guardian’s online edition says that the National Security Agency wiretapped 38 embassies in the United States, including Japan and other foreign missions to the United Nations. This is part of a series of revelations about surveillance activities from the agency based on documents leaked by former Central Intelligence Agency employee Edward Snowden. The controversial …

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UN: Fukushima Shows Nuclear-Terrorism Risks

Japan’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, whose 2011 meltdowns dislocated 160,000 people, may provide a new blueprint for terrorists seeking to inflict mass disruption, security analysts said at a United Nations meeting. The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency convened a weeklong meeting of 1,300 diplomats, scientists and security analysts today in Vienna to examine ways to boost protection against nuclear terrorism. …

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