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Sep 10, 2012

Japan energy deadlock deepens; government fails to announce policy mix

TOKYO (Reuters) – Deadlock in Japan between anti-nuclear activists and advocates of atomic power deepened on Monday as the government failed to produce an expected proposal to reduce the role of nuclear power in the country’s energy porfolio after the Fukushima disaster.

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s government had been widely expected to announce a decision on energy policy and a reduction of the share of nuclear power to 15 percent or less by 2030.

Sep 7, 2012

Japan risks angering both sides with energy mix plan

TOKYO (Reuters) – Efforts by Japan’s government to craft an energy mix that will respond to growing anti-nuclear sentiment among voters after the Fukushima crisis without alienating powerful pro-atomic energy interests look in danger of satisfying neither side.

The government is expected to announce as early as Monday an energy portfolio plan to replace a 2010 program that had called for boosting nuclear power’s share of electricity supply to more than half from nearly 30 percent before the crisis.

Aug 14, 2012

Nearly seven decades later, Northeast Asia still haunted by war

TOKYO, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Bitter memories and current
rivalries are straining Japan’s ties with China and South Korea
nearly seven decades after Tokyo’s defeat in World War Two,
raising the risk of ruptures as all three nations head for
leadership changes.

The three countries are linked by deep economic ties, while
Japan and South Korea are close allies of the United States.

Aug 3, 2012

Nuclear energy wild card in Japan poll which Democrats likely to lose

TOKYO (Reuters) – Growing Japanese opposition to nuclear energy after the Fukushima disaster will be a wild card in a general election many expect within months, but politicians on both sides of the aisle agree on one thing: the Democratic Party is likely to fall from power just three years after its historic landslide win.

A mix of conservatives, centre-left lawmakers and ex-socialists, the Democrats swept to power on a groundswell of hope for change in August 2009, promising to change how Japan is governed after more than 50 years of almost non-stop rule by the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).

Jul 27, 2012

Japan nationalist dreams of new patriotic party

TOKYO (Reuters) – Former Japanese general Toshio Tamogami has a dream: fed up with bowing to China and the United States, patriotic politicians form a new party that puts national interests first, bolsters the military and rewrites the pacifist constitution.

“In Japan, there are pro-China politicians and there are ‘conservatives’, but almost all of those are pro-American and say ‘let’s do what America tells us to do’,” said Tamogami, a former air force chief of staff who was sacked in 2008 for writing that Japan was ensnared into World War Two by the United States and was not an aggressor in the conflict in Asia.

Jul 25, 2012

Japan PM atomic energy stance on trial in local poll

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s post-Fukushima nuclear energy policy will be on trial in a local governor’s election on Sunday, where an upset victory by a renewable energy candidate would deal Noda’s wobbly administration a new blow.

Energy policy has become a big headache for Noda, who is battling to hold his Democratic Party (DPJ) together ahead of a possible parliamentary election this year.

Jul 25, 2012

Japan PM atomic energy stance on trial in local poll

TOKYO, July 25 (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko
Noda’s post-Fukushima nuclear energy policy will be on trial in
a local governor’s election on Sunday, where an upset victory by
a renewable energy candidate would deal Noda’s wobbly
administration a new blow.

Energy policy has become a big headache for Noda, who is
battling to hold his Democratic Party (DPJ) together ahead of a
possible parliamentary election this year.

Jul 20, 2012

Owners of islands in Japan-China feud shun PM Noda’s bid

TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s effort to nationalize a chain of disputed islands long a source of friction between Japan and China faced rough going after the isles’ owners said on Friday they would keep negotiating their sale to Tokyo’s governor.

The stance by the Kurihara family, which owns four of the five uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, complicates Noda’s efforts to dampen friction between the two Asian giants over the islands, claimed by China, Taiwan and Japan and located near rich fishing grounds and potential gas and oil fields.

Jul 19, 2012

Japan’s Tepco baffled by criticism of its role in nuclear disaster

TOKYO, July 19 (Reuters) – The new head of the company at
the centre of Japan’s nuclear disaster said on Thursday he was
baffled by fierce criticism of the firm where he has worked
nearly 40 years and hoped to rebuild public trust but offered no
clear idea how to do so.

In a scathing report issued this month, an investigative
panel appointed by parliament concluded that the last year’s
Fukushima disaster was preventable and resulted from “collusion”
among Tokyo Electric Power Co, its regulators and the
government.

Jul 17, 2012

Nuclear issue puts increasing pressure on Japan government

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s government came under fire on Tuesday over its handling of public hearings on nuclear energy policy, threatening to dent already sagging support for the ruling party ahead of an election many expect to be this year.

The latest furor follows Monday’s massive rally in Tokyo against nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, an issue now so contentious that lawmakers and analysts say it could trump taxes as the focus of lower house elections, which must be held by September 2013 but could come sooner.

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