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Japanese PM orders restart of nuclear reactors

By Peter Symonds, June 19, 2012

Noda made the announcement under pressure from the corporate elite despite widespread public opposition in the wake of last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster.

One year since Japan’s triple disaster

By Mike Head, March 13, 2012

Twelve months on, the human, economic and political impact of Japan’s calamity is still deepening.

Mass protest in Tokyo against nuclear power

By John Chan, September 21, 2011

The 60,000-strong rally was the largest since the March 11 earthquake that triggered the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown.

Japan: Six months after the triple disaster

By Peter Symonds, September 12, 2011

Just as in tsunami-hit Aceh in Indonesia, the devastation in Japan has been greatly compounded by the dictates of the profit system.

Japanese government seeks to defuse opposition to nuclear industry

By Mike Head, August 20, 2011

Amid further reports of radiation dangers, the Kan government is trying to overcome popular anger and distrust by integrating two regulatory agencies into a Nuclear Safety Agency.

After Fukushima: Massive global expansion of nuclear industry under way

By William Whitlow, July 6, 2011

A report from the Economist Intelligence Unit predicts a massive worldwide growth in nuclear energy production over the next decade.

From Hiroshima to Fukushima: The political background to the nuclear disaster in Japan

By a guest contributor, June 24, 2011

The propagation of nuclear technology in Japan was a direct consequence of US efforts—for military reasons— to wield influence over the country’s development immediately after the Second World War.

From Hiroshima to Fukushima: The political background to the nuclear disaster in Japan

By a guest contributor, June 23, 2011

The propagation of nuclear technology in Japan was a direct consequence of US efforts—for military reasons—to wield influence over the country’s development immediately after the Second World War.

Japanese nuclear crisis worse than previously conceded

By Peter Symonds, June 13, 2011

While TEPCO previously admitted that a meltdown had occurred in three of its Fukushima reactors, a government report said that a more serious “melt-through” might have occurred.

IAEA whitewashes worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl

By William Whitlow, June 4, 2011

A preliminary report by the International Atomic Energy Agency on the Fukushima nuclear disaster is a whitewash exonerating TEPCO and the Japanese government of blame.

New threats emerge at Japanese nuclear plants

By William Whitlow, May 11, 2011

The Japanese government has ordered the Chubu Electric Power Co. to close its Hamaoko Nuclear Power Plant, which has been at the centre of long-running protests and safety warnings from experts.

Japanese PM faces political crisis over nuclear disaster

By Peter Symonds, May 3, 2011

The resignation of a top nuclear safety adviser to Prime Minister Naoto Kan has compounded the political difficulties confronting the government.