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10.02.2014

Anti nuclear camp lose out in Tokyo elections

Anti nuclear camp lose out in Tokyo elections

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s man won February 9 2014 election for governor of Tokyo, denying the post to the anti-nuclear camp, which should have teamed up for this important election battle. According to media exit polls, the 65-year-old Masuzoe, backed by Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party, was the winner by a… »

09.02.2014

Energies Clash in Tokyo Election

Energies Clash in Tokyo Election

TOKYO, Feb 7 2014 (IPS) – Tokyo, one of the largest and most energy-guzzling cities in the world, is set to hold elections for a new governor Feb. 9. Analysts say it could prove crucial in stopping the Japanese government from restarting some nuclear reactors this year. It could… »

01.02.2014

When pacifism is turned upside-down – Reflections on Japan’s new foreign policy

When pacifism is turned upside-down – Reflections on Japan’s new foreign policy

With his second term in office, Prime Minister Abe Shinzo of Japan and members of his administration have outlined a vision for Japan’s foreign and security policy based on ‘pro-active pacifism’. In his address to the UN General Assembly in September 2013, Abe elaborated that he “will make Japan a… »

01.02.2014

Japanese regions transition to 100% renewable energy

Japanese regions transition to 100% renewable energy

Tokyo, 31st January 2014: Local governments across Japan are seeking to supply their regions with 100% renewable energy, three years after the major earthquake which resulted in a nuclear disaster. At the Community Power Conference in Fukushima, the Founding Partners of the Global 100% Renewable Energy Campaign welcome the decision… »

23.12.2013

Japan Finalized Purchases of War Weapons Like Never before

Japan Finalized Purchases of War Weapons Like Never before

Tokyo, Dec 22 (Prensa Latina) The Japanese government this week finalized the purchase of U.S. high-tech weaponry as part of a defense budget estimated at more than $ 1.8 billion for the period 2014-2019. »

24.10.2013

Statement: Minister Foreign Affairs on Joint Statement on Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons

Statement: Minister Foreign Affairs on Joint Statement on Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons

1. New Zealand, on behalf of 117 countries, including Japan, issued the Joint Statement (PDF) on the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons at the United Nations General Assembly First Committee at around 6:20am on October 22, (5:20pm October 21 local time). 2.This statement was inspired… »

15.10.2013

Japan’s anti nuclear forces gathering strength

Japan’s anti nuclear forces gathering strength

Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has publicly stated his government will sign the UN anti-nuclear statement calling for a ban on the use of nuclear weapons. This is a formal decision that has been publicly announced. New Zealand, Switzerland and 14 other countries are pushing efforts at a… »

13.07.2013

Fukushima hero dies of cancer as radioactivity problems far from over

Fukushima hero dies of cancer as radioactivity problems far from over

Masao Yoshida has died of cancer of the oesophagus. He was 58. He had led the efforts to stop the radioactive leaks at the Fukushima nuclear power plant after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami induced a triple meltdown. He famously disobeyed orders from his Tepco (Fukuyima’s plant’s owners)… »

09.07.2013

Japan’s Election – International Petition Asks Prime Minister Abe not to Amend Japan’s Peace Constitution

Japan’s Election – International Petition Asks Prime Minister Abe not to Amend Japan’s Peace Constitution

Japan will hold elections of the Upper House of the Diet on 21 July 2013. Several parties, notably Prime Minister Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party, have made constitutional revision a priority. If they obtain a majority – and they are in a good posture to get it – they will push… »

03.04.2013

Radiation exposure around Fukushima and as far as Tokyo higher than admitted by Japanese authorities

Radiation exposure around Fukushima and as far as Tokyo higher than admitted by Japanese authorities

For readers interested in the Fukushima disaster, Pressenza recommends you watch this 30-minute video Symposium: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident In this video filmed at the symposium, Arnie Gundersen presents his findings concerning the Fukushima Accident. The findings show that the population of Japan have… »

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