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Ex-PM: Nuclear Emergency Laws Flawed

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 07.28.2012 | World

TOKYO — Japan's leader felt fearful and helpless during last year's nuclear disaster and lacked experts capable of giving him guidance, he testi...

Japan's Ex-Leader: 'We Were Totally Unprepared' For Fukushima

Posted 05.08.2012 | World

TOKYO (AP) — Japan was woefully unprepared for last year's nuclear disaster, the country's former prime minister said, and suggested that the crippl...

Ex-PM: Japan Was Ill-Prepared For Nuke Crisis

AP | By MARI YAMAGUCHI and MALCOLM FOSTER | Posted 04.18.2012 | World

TOKYO -- Japan was woefully unprepared for last year's nuclear disaster, the country's former prime minister said Friday, and suggested that the cripp...

Fearing Panic, Japanese Officials Reportedly Kept Nuclear Crisis Report Secret

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI and YURI KAGEYAMA | Posted 03.26.2012 | World

TOKYO — The Japanese government's worst-case scenario at the height of the nuclear crisis last year warned that tens of millions of people, incl...

Japan To Return Looted Royal Documents To South Korea

AP | By SAM KIM | Posted 12.18.2011 | World

SEOUL, South Korea -- Japan's prime minister will return looted Korean royal documents during a summit with his South Korean counterpart this week, of...

Naoto Kan Feared For Japan's Survival During Nuclear Crisis

AP | Posted 11.07.2011 | World

TOKYO -- Japan's former prime minister says he feared early in the March nuclear crisis that it might become many times worse than the Chernobyl disas...

Japan's New Prime Minister Faces Unique Challenges

AP | Posted 10.29.2011 | World

TOKYO — Japan's prime minister and his Cabinet resigned en masse on Tuesday ahead of a vote in parliament to install former Finance Minister Yos...

Japanese Prime Minister Set To Step Down On Friday

AP | Posted 10.25.2011 | World

TOKYO — Japan's unpopular leader Naoto Kan is expected to resign Friday, fulfilling a promise to step down after parliament approved two key pie...

Japan Prime Minister Calls For 'Gradual' Nuclear Reduction

AP | By ERIC TALMADGE | Posted 09.28.2011 | World

TOKYO -- Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Friday called for a long-term and careful effort to scale back the nation's reliance on nuclear power ove...

Japan Premier Seeks Nuclear Power Phaseout

AP | Posted 09.12.2011 | World

TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's prime minister said Wednesday he wants his country to learn from its ongoing crisis and become less reliant on nuclear energy. ...

Japan Prime Minister Says He Will Consider Resigning

Posted 08.02.2011 | World

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan survived a no-confidence vote in parliament Thursday, although he did so in part because he suggested he might resig...

Japan Prime Minister Says He Will Consider Resigning

AP | ERIC TALMADGE | Posted 08.01.2011 | World

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Naoto Kan, facing a no-confidence vote in parliament, said Thursday he will consider resigning once Japan's efforts to r...

A Look Inside Japan's Nuclear Dependency Culture

The New York Times | MARTIN FACKLER and NORIMITSU ONISHI | Posted 07.30.2011 | World

KASHIMA, Japan -- When the Shimane nuclear plant was first proposed here more than 40 years ago, this rural port town put up such fierce resistance th...

Japan, EU Set To Talk Free Trade Agreement

AP | By DON MELVIN | Posted 07.28.2011 | Business

BRUSSELS -- Japan and the European Union agreed at a summit meeting Saturday to begin negotiations on a free trade agreement that would deepen economi...

Japan Official Says Country Will Not Abandon Nuclear Power

AP | Posted 07.07.2011 | World

TOKYO -- A top Japanese official says Japan will maintain atomic power as part of its energy policy despite the country's ongoing nuclear crisis. Dep...

Japan Approves Nearly $50 Billion For Post-Earthquake Rebuilding

Reuters | Linda Sieg and Kazunori Takada | Posted 06.21.2011 | World

April 22, 2011 4:37:58 AM By Linda Sieg and Kazunori Takada TOKYO, April 22 (Reuters) - Japan's cabinet approved on Friday almost $50 billio...

Japan Declares No-Go Zone Around Nuclear Plant

AP | By MARI YAMAGUCHI and ELAINE KURTENBACH | Posted 06.20.2011 | World

TOKYO -- Japan declared a 12-mile (20-kilometer) area evacuated around its radiation-spewing nuclear power plant a no-go zone on Thursday, urging resi...

Japanese PM Visits Tsunami-Wrecked City

AP | KOJI UEDA and SHINO YUASA | Posted 06.10.2011 | World

RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan — Somber ceremonies and moments of silence were planned Monday to mark one month since a massive earthquake and tsunami dev...

Japan Prime Minister Visits Nuclear Exclusion Zone

Reuters | Kiyoshi Takenaka and Chisa Fujioka | Posted 06.01.2011 | World

April 2, 2011 2:57:26 AM - By Kiyoshi Takenaka and Chisa Fujioka TOKYO, April 2 (Reuters) - Japan's prime minister made his first visit to the ...

Japan Told To Consider Widening Evacuation Zone Around Nuclear Plant

Reuters | Chizu Nomiyama and Chisa Fujioka | Posted 05.30.2011 | World

March 31, 2011 6:30:27 AM By Chizu Nomiyama and Chisa Fujioka TOKYO, March 31 (Reuters) - Pressure mounted on Japan on Thursday to expand th...

Japanese Rate PM's Quake Response

Christian Science Monitor | Justin McCurry | Posted 05.29.2011 | World

Amid the destruction and nuclear crisis caused by the March 11 tsunami, there is a joke making the rounds in Japan: President Obama telephones Naoto K...

Japan On 'Maximum Alert' Over Nuclear Crisis, Says PM

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 05.29.2011 | World

TOKYO — Seawater outside the hobbled nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan was found to contain 3,335 times the usual amount of radioactive ...

Poor Risk Communication in Japan Makes Things Worse

David Ropeik | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Ropeik

Risk management in a crisis has to include not just the threat itself but also how people perceive and respond to the threat. Risk communication is a vital tool; for managing that part of the overall risk.

US-Japan Friendship Dolls Then & How to Help Today

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steve Clemons

This is a time when Japan and its current leader, Naoto Kan, or some as yet undiscovered inspiring visionary, need to figure out a pathway to reinvention. This is a time when Japan needs help.

Japanese Government Warns Those Nearby Plant To Stay Indoors

AP/The Huffington Post | By ERIC TALMADGE and SHINO YUASA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SOMA, Japan -- Dangerous levels of radiation leaking from a crippled nuclear plant forced Japan to order 140,000 people to seal themselves indoors Tue...