North Korea has rejected the South’s call to negotiate to resolve the nuclear crisis, calling it a “crafty trick”.
The development came as US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Japan for the last leg of his four-day Asia tour aimed at reining in Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions.
South Korea last week urged the North to discuss stalled operations at a joint factory complex and other issues.
But an unidentified spokesman at the [...]
Seoul, South Korea (CNN) – Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that the United States is prepared to enter into talks with North Korea, but only if it is serious about negotiating the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula
Kerry is in Seoul meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se amid heightened tensions spurred by North Korea’s recent nuclear threats and provocations.
He landed in Seoul, about 30 miles from the demilitarized [...]
The US urges North Korea to restrain itself from threatening the South
Stealth jets joined the annual joint defence drills between US and the South
The rogue state said it was entering a ‘state of war’ with South Korea
North Korea announced it will restart facilities at Yongbyon nuclear complex
North Korea has announced it will restart all facilities at its main Yongbyon nuclear complex, just hours after the U.S. stepped up the military [...]
The United States significantly upgraded its strike capabilities in the Persian Gulf last week when it stationed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) six F-22 “stealth” fighters with advanced strike features.
JERUSALEM — Israel’s departing defense minister, Ehud Barak, said that the Pentagon had prepared sophisticated blueprints for a surgical operation to set back Iran’s nuclear program should the United States decide to attack — a statement that was a possible [...]
LATEST UPDATE:Japan quake: No serious damage, tsunami warning lifted
(Old)UPDATE: One meter high tsunami hits Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture – NHK
37.710°N 144.625°E depth=33.0km (20.5mi)
295km (183mi) SE of Kamaishi, Japan
295km (183mi) ESE of Ofunato, Japan
300km (186mi) SE of Otsuchi, Japan
302km (188mi) ESE of Ishinomaki, Japan
494km (307mi) ENE of Tokyo, Japan
A warning for a one meter tsunami was issued for the coast of Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan, which was hit by a [...]
Conditions at 3 US Reactors Were Similar to What Caused the Fukushima Disaster
We barely dodged a nuclear crisis from Hurricane Sandy at the Oyster Creek, Nine Mile and Salemplants.
For example, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission confirmed loss of power to the fuel pools at Oyster Creek:
On October 29, 2012, Oyster Creek declared a Notice of Unusual Event followed by an Alert due to high water levels in the intake structure. Elevated intake structure water levels are [...]
When President Obama and Mitt Romney sit down Monday night for the last of their three debates, two things should be immediately evident: there should be no pacing the stage or candidates’ getting into each other’s space, and there should be no veering into arguments over taxes.
This debate is about how America deals with the world — and how it should.
If the moderator, Bob Schieffer of CBS News, has his way, it will be [...]
“The Japanese operator of the nuclear power plant devastated in last year’s disasters received a 1 trillion yen ($12.8 billion) bailout Tuesday, putting it under government ownership.”
“A series of investigation reports, including one released earlier this month by a government-appointed panel, criticized cozy relationships among the government, regulators and TEPCO. The reports also blamed TEPCO for underestimating the tsunami risk faced by the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant despite a history of quakes in the [...]
Japan Daily Press
July 16, 2012
Despite the scorching heat on Monday, July 16th, more than 170,000 protesters marched through Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park to demand the government bring an end to Japan’s use of nuclear power. As anti-nuclear protests have been occurring nearly every week since the end of March, this easily marks the largest in the series, as well as one of the largest demonstrations in Japan’s history. Recalling the Fukushima nuclear crisis from [...]
A 95-year-old retired doctor is continuing to warn of possible health dangers to residents near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after some of them developed symptoms similar to those seen among atomic-bomb survivors he had treated for decades.
A year and a few months after the March 2011 nuclear crisis erupted, Shuntaro Hida is busy giving lectures and media interviews to make people aware of the danger of inhaling, drinking [...]
Residents continuing to flee Fukushima one year after disasters: ministry
June 28, 2012
Residents continuing to flee Fukushima one year after disasters: ministry
Fukushima saw a net outflow of 9,779 residents between March and May this year, indicating the prefecture is continuing to lose residents more than 12 months after the nuclear crisis started, according to data compiled by the internal affairs ministry.
Meanwhile, the number of people who moved from the Tokyo metropolitan [...]
What passes for normal at the Fukushima Daiichi plant today would have caused shudders among even the most sanguine of experts before an earthquake and tsunami set off the world’s second most serious nuclear crisis after Chernobyl.
Fourteen months after the accident, a pool brimming with used fuel rods and filled with vast quantities of radioactive cesium still sits on the top floor of a heavily damaged reactor building, covered [...]
We hope all of our readers have a very restful, relaxing weekend, because you need to be prepared: This next week is going to be one of the busiest weeks in memory.
Now of course, the really busy weeks always come unexpectedly (such as when Japan had its nuclear crisis last year, and the entire world was riveted by every twist and turn for days), but in terms of scheduled events, the coming days [...]
Sara Eisen is a Bloomberg TV macro reporter with a finger on the hottest debates in economics from Asia to Europe.
In that position, she has one major advantage over your average investor on the Street — access. Eisen talks to everyone in macro economics. And recently, she spoke with Wall Street Sector Selector about what her sources are really worried about. One of them is pretty obvious, the other, perhaps not so much:
From the [...]
TOKYO (AFP) – Japan on Thursday posted a record trade deficit for fiscal 2011 as the quake-tsunami disaster and ensuing nuclear crisis sent car and electronics exports tumbling and energy imports soaring.
The country’s trade shortfall hit 4.410 trillion yen ($54.2 billion) in the 12 months to March, the finance ministry said, amid continuing worries about the recovery in the world’s third-largest economy.
For decades, Japan enjoyed huge trade surpluses owing to [...]
Mainichi Daily News
March 26, 2012
Some 24.4 percent of people who were hospitalized in Fukushima with psychiatric disorders in the wake of the outbreak of the crisis at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant had done so possibly because of fears of radiation exposure, according to the results of research conducted by psychiatrists at Fukushima Medical University.
It has also been found that of all the outpatients at 27 hospitals [...]
February 2, 2012
TEPCO reported today that more than eight tons of radioactive water has leaked from the number four reactor at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant after a frozen pipe burst. The electric company said none of the water reached outside of the stricken reactor containment building.
Fukushima reactor number 4 containment building.
TEPCO failed to winterize the reactor’s cooling system and this oversight led to fractures in pipes due to [...]