Japan To Dump Wastewater From Wrecked Fukushima Nuclear Plant Into Pacific Ocean

Japan’s government announced a decision to begin dumping more than a million tons of treated but still radioactive wastewater from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean in two years. The plant was severely damaged in a 2011 magnitude 9.0 quake and tsunami that left about 20,000 people in northeast Japan dead or… Continue reading Japan To Dump Wastewater From Wrecked Fukushima Nuclear Plant Into Pacific Ocean

Ahead of the Olympics, Japan’s vaccine minister says he fears a virus uptick in Tokyo

Astrazeneca’s Covid vaccine is ‘very important’ for Japan, says ministerJapan is working closely with the International Olympic Committee to prepare for the Games and despite concerns about Covid-19 cases flaring, there are no plans to postpone, said Japan’s minister in charge of vaccinations. “Unless they decide otherwise, we just simply need to prepare for the… Continue reading Ahead of the Olympics, Japan’s vaccine minister says he fears a virus uptick in Tokyo

Torch Relay Kicks Off For Troubled Tokyo Olympic Games

Azusa Iwashimizu, right, and other members of Japan women's national football team run as torchbearers in the first leg of the torch relay for Tokyo Olympics at the J-Village National Training Center in Naraha, Fukushima prefecture, Japan Thursday, March 25, 2021. The torch relay for the postponed Tokyo Olympics began its 121-day journey across Japan on Thursday and is headed toward the opening ceremony in Tokyo on July 23. (Du Xiaoyi/Pool Photo via AP)

Athletes holding the Olympic torch set off on a relay run Thursday morning in Japan’s northeast, showing the organizers’ determination to proceed with the Summer Games, despite widespread public skepticism. The relay is set to crisscross across Japan and arrive at the opening ceremony in Tokyo on July 23. The runners will deliver not only… Continue reading Torch Relay Kicks Off For Troubled Tokyo Olympic Games

Ballistic Missile Launch Near Japan Pushes Tensions With North Korea

A man wearing a face mask stands near TV screens showing a news program reporting about North Korea's missiles with file images at an electronic shop in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, March 24, 2021. North Korea fired short-range missiles this past weekend, just days after the sister of Kim Jong Un threatened the United States and South Korea for holding joint military exercises. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

North Korea launched two ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan Thursday, in its first provocation of the Biden White House. The missiles fell into the waters that lie between North Korea and Japan, and avoided the latter’s economic zone, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said in a statement. Suga condemned Pyongyang’s actions and said… Continue reading Ballistic Missile Launch Near Japan Pushes Tensions With North Korea

North Korea fires two ballistic missiles into Sea of Japan

For the first time since Joe Biden became US president, the secretive state of North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan on Thursday March 25, the US and Japan have announced. Under UN Security Council resolutions, North Korea is banned from testing ballistic missiles, considered threatening weapons. Japanese officials said… Continue reading North Korea fires two ballistic missiles into Sea of Japan

In Landmark Ruling, Court Says Japan’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Is Unconstitutional

Supporters hold the "unconstitutional decision" flag as they are pleased with the Sapporo District Court's decision that it is unconstitutional to not allow same-sex marriage in Sapporo, Hokkaido prefecture on March 17, 2021. - - Japan OUT (Photo by STR / JIJI PRESS / AFP) / Japan OUT / The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by STR has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [Sapporo] instead of [Sappoto]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require. - Japan OUT (Photo by STR/JIJI PRESS/AFP via Getty Images)

A Japanese court ruled on Wednesday that the government’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, a landmark decision that supporters hope will pave the way for marriage equality in the only G-7 nation to not fully recognize same-sex partnerships. Article 24 of Japan’s constitution defines marriage as based on the “mutual consent of both sexes,”… Continue reading In Landmark Ruling, Court Says Japan’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Is Unconstitutional

In Tokyo, Blinken And Austin Work To Revive Asian Alliance To Counter China

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, left, elbow bumps with Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, center, as Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi watch after a joint news conference after their two plus two security talks at Iikura Guest House in Tokyo Tuesday, March 16, 2021. Defense and foreign ministers from the U.S. and Japan are meeting to discuss their concern over China's growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region as the Biden administration tries to reaffirm engagement with its key regional allies.(Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool Photo via AP)

SEOUL, South Korea – In Tokyo on Tuesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin put U.S. alliances, and cooperation with allies to counter China’s challenges to U.S. primacy, at the center of the Biden administration’s foreign policy in its first Cabinet-level trip abroad. Blinken promised the U.S.’s unwavering commitment to… Continue reading In Tokyo, Blinken And Austin Work To Revive Asian Alliance To Counter China

Biden And ‘Quad’ Leaders Launch Vaccine Push, Deepen Coordination Against China

U.S. President Joe Biden, top left, Yoshihide Suga, Japan's prime minister, top right, Scott Morrison, Australia's prime minister, bottom left, and Narendra Modi, India's prime minister, on a monitor during the virtual Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) meeting at Sugas official residence in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, March 12, 2021. As President Biden seeks to shore up ties with allies in Asia, he’s reshaping the message to avoid spooking them about America’s intentions when it comes to China. Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

President Biden and the leaders of Australia, India and Japan launched a plan on Friday to boost COVID-19 vaccine production and distribution in Asia as the White House seeks to deepen coordination with partners around the world to counterbalance China. The four countries, collectively known as the Quad, short for the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, also… Continue reading Biden And ‘Quad’ Leaders Launch Vaccine Push, Deepen Coordination Against China

A tidal turbine built in Scotland is now producing power in Japan

The AR500 turbine awaiting installation in waters off the Goto Islands, Japan.A tidal turbine built and tested in Scotland has been installed in waters off a Japanese island chain, representing the latest example of how the East Asian country is investigating the potential of marine-based forms of energy production. In a statement Monday, London-listed firm… Continue reading A tidal turbine built in Scotland is now producing power in Japan

Short On Syringes, Japan May Waste Millions Of Pfizer Vaccine Doses

A nurse prepares syringes in a partitioned room at the venue for a Covid-19 coronavirus vaccination drill at the Kawasaki City College of Nursing in Kawasaki on January 27, 2021. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP) (Photo by PHILIP FONG/AFP via Getty Images)

Japan may have several million fewer coronavirus vaccine doses than originally planned because the country does not have the appropriate syringes, in another setback to one of the slower vaccination rollouts among developed economies. The Pfizer vaccine normally contains five doses per vial. But a special syringe, known as a low dead space syringe, which… Continue reading Short On Syringes, Japan May Waste Millions Of Pfizer Vaccine Doses