#AceWorldNews – JAPAN – October 28 – After recent wrangles with TEPCO and the people’s dismay with Japan’s government decisions. Today it was announced that a town of 100,000 in south-west Japan became the first to approve the restart of a nuclear power station on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

'First Nuclear Power Plant to Open Since Fukushima '

‘First Nuclear Power Plant to Open Since Fukushima ‘

Satsumasendai, which hosts the two-reactor Kyushu Electric Power Co plant, is 1,000km south-west of Tokyo.

The town has long relied on the Sendai plant for government subsidies and jobs. Nineteen of the city’s 26 assembly members voted in favour of restarting the plant.

The restart of Japan’s first reactors, under new rules imposed since the Fukushima catastrophe in 2011, is unlikely until next year as Kyushu Electric still needs to pass operational safety checks.



#japan, #satsumasendai, #sendai, #tokyo


#AceWorldNews – TOKYO – October 24 – Japanese prosecutors have delayed a decision on whether to charge three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) for their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, Reuters said.

A citizens’ panel ruled in July that three former TEPCO executives should be indicted over the nuclear disaster, and the Tokyo’s District Prosecutors Office started to reinvestigate the case. 

Prosecutorial Review Commissions, made up of citizen appointees, are a rarely used but high-profile feature of Japan’s legal system introduced after World War Two to curb bureaucratic over-reach.

They were given the power to force prosecutions in 2009.

Last year, prosecutors declined to charge more than 30 TEPCO and government officials.



#fukushima, #tepco, #tokyo


#AceWorldNews  – TOKYO – Braces itself for another powerful Typhoon called Vongfong which is presently churning toward Japan’s main islands Sunday after strong winds and heavy rain left 35 injured in the south.

The monster storm hit the southern Okinawan islands on Saturday and is now moving toward the main Kyushu and Honshu islands, where it is due to make landfall as early as Monday morning, the national weather agency said.

Vongfong—the season’s 19th typhoon—was in the southern area of Kagoshima at midday Sunday, the meteorological agency said, placing it around 230 kilometers west of Amami-Oshima island. 

It is packing gusts of up to 180 kilometers per hour as it moves north-northwest.

“The typhoon is expected to make landfall on Kyushu on Monday morning,” meteorologist Hiroshi Sasaki told reporters of AFP that it will hit landfall around midday Monday.


#honshu, #japan, #kyushu, #okinawan-islands, #tokyo, #typhoon, #vongfong

TOKYO: ‘ Public Debates Stir Reaction to Restarting Nuclear Power Plants After Fukushima ‘

#AceWorldNews – JAPAN – October 10 – Japan has launched public debates on restarting nuclear power plants with a first in a series of town hall meetings held in Satsumasendai, a coastal city south-west of Tokyo, that hosts the two-reactor Kyushu Electric Power Co facility, Reuters reported.

Organizers had to introduce a lottery system for those who wanted to attend, due to the high interest.

The authorities were criticized for limiting the number of participants and for banning certain questions, like evacuation plans, from discussion.

Greenpeace has described the meetings as a “farce.” Following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, opposition to nuclear power has been strong in Japan.

The country halted its last nuclear reactor a year ago. PM Shinzo Abe’s government would like to see the plants back on-line, and has promised tougher security measures.


#fukushima, #greenpeace, #japan, #kyushu-electric-power-company, #prime-minister-shinzo-abes, #tokyo

PARIS: ‘ Statue of Pope John Paul II by Russian Sculptor to be Placed Near Notre Dame ‘

#AceNewsServices – PARIS – October 09. /TASS/. The Polish Catholic mission in Paris has been allowed to place a statue of Pope John Paul II, a work of Russian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli, near the French capital’s landmark cathedral, Notre Dame, the archbishop of the Polish city of Lodz said on Thursday.

' Statue of Pope John Paul II by Russian Sculptor to be Placed Near Notre Dame '

‘ Statue of Pope John Paul II by Russian Sculptor to be Placed Near Notre Dame ‘

The 3.6-meter bronze statue weighing 1.5 metric tonnes, Tsereteli’s gift to the mission, will be placed in Square Jean XXIII, named after Pope John XXIII, on October 25.

Tsereteli’s sculptures can be found all over the world, from New York and London to Jerusalem and Tokyo.

Among them is a giant statue of Peter the Great in Moscow and the Tear Drop monument in New Jersey commemorating 9/11 victims.


#jerusalem, #london, #moscow, #new-jersey, #new-york, #notre-dame, #paris, #peter-the-great, #pope-john-paul-ii, #tear-drop-monument, #tokyo

JAPAN: ‘ Braces itself for Onslaught of Typhoon Phanfone as Thousands Lose Power ‘

#AceWorldNews – JAPAN (Tokyo) – October 05 – Following closely on from the recent Volcano erupting, killing 50 people to date and causing major disruption to the centre of Japan, the people brace themselves for the latest onslaught of a Typhoon Phanfone


At least 22,000 households have been left without power in the Amami area in Kagoshima Prefecture, on the most south-westerly main island of Kyushu as powerful typhoon Phanfone moves in, reports Japan’s national public broadcaster NKH.  

At least 58 residents of the area were evacuated.

According to Japan’s Meteorological Agency, the typhoon is 180km east of the island of Amami and is moving north at 15kph.

The typhoon is expected to strike the country’s main islands at about 17:00 GMT on Sunday.

It was only back on July 08 2014 when another Typhoon Neoguri slammed into Okinawa.




#acenewsservices, #japan, #phanfone, #tokyo, #typhoon, #volcano

JAPAN: ' PM Shinzo Abe Denounces North Korea's Missile Launch in Violation of UN Security Resolutions '

#AceWorldNews – JAPAN (Tokyo) – July 27 – The Japanese government lodged a protest and denounced North Korea’s Saturday missile launch which came in “violation of UN Security Council resolutions," local Mainichi newspaper reported. "We need to let them know that nuclear and missile development and economic revival won’t go together," Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said during a trip to Mexico.

Japan’s defence minister, Itsunori Onodera, ordered to gather information and stay on full alert, a ministry official told local media.

North Korea fired a short-range missile into the Sea of Japan on Saturday at 21:40 local time in a north-eastern direction without advanced warning; neither a no-fly nor no-sail zone were imposed, according to South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff.


#japan, #sea-of-japan, #tokyo