Residents of Fukushima have demanded the removal of a statue of a child in a protective suit from outside the city’s railway station, saying it gives the impression that the area is unfit for human habitation as a result of the 2011 nuclear disaster. The statue, by Kenji Yanobe, depicts a child dressed in a yellow Hazmat-style suit, with a helmet in one hand and an artistic representation of the sun in the other. Yanobe said his Sun Child, which was installed by the municipal government after appearing at art exhibitions in Japan and overseas, was intended to express his desire for a nuclear-free world. The artist said he did not mean to give the impression that local children needed to protect themselves from radiation more than seven years after the Fukushima Daiichi plant became the scene of the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. He pointed out that the child was not wearing the helmet and that a monitor on its chest showed radiation levels at … [Read more...] about Fukushima residents complain over statue of child in radiation suit
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The former leader of the doomsday cult that carried out a fatal gas attack on the Tokyo subway in March 1995 was executed on Friday . Shoko Asahara, who masterminded the attack in which 13 people died and more than 6,000 others fell ill, was hanged at a detention centre. Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, confirmed Asahara’s execution. The justice ministry later confirmed that six other senior cult members were executed on the same day. “I think it’s right that he was executed,” said Shizue Takahashi, whose husband, a subway worker, died after removing one of the sarin packages. “My husband’s parents and my parents are already dead,” she added. “I think they would find it regrettable that they could not have heard the news of this execution.” Kiyoe Iwata, whose daughter died in the attack, said the news had given her peace of mind. “I have always been wondering why it had to be my daughter and why she had … [Read more...] about Japan executes sarin gas attack cult leader Shoko Asahara and six members
News / World by Press Association 02/07/2018, 7:54 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Japan’s Emperor Akihito has cancelled or postponed his engagements after feeling nauseous and dizzy and being advised to rest. The Imperial Household Agency said the 84-year-old’s wife, Empress Michiko called the palace doctor early on Monday morning after finding the emperor sweating profusely. It said his symptoms were caused by insufficient blood flow to the brain and the doctor was continuing to monitor his situation. Emperor Akihito announced in December that he would abdicate the Chrysanthemum Throne at the end of April 2019, citing health concerns. He will be succeeded by his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito. Michiko will go by herself to some of the appointments scheduled for Monday, the agency said, including a meeting with Princess Ayako, a daughter of Akihito’s cousin. Ayako recently announced that she … [Read more...] about Japan’s Emperor Akihito cancels engagements after dizzy spell
KIM Jong-un, the tyrannical leader of North Korea, has repeatedly threatened to launch nuclear strikes on the West and its allies. The hermit nation has dramatically accelerated its nuclear weapons program under his rule, leading to a series of disputes between Kim and President Donald Trump. Here's the latest... What is the latest on the nuclear situation in North Korea? On April 21, 2018, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said the reclusive nation is suspending long-range nuclear missile tests and shutting its test site. Several states including the UK, China, Sweden and South Korea welcomed the announcement but Japan reacted with caution, saying it must lead to "complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement". Referring to an upcoming, historic meeting with Kim, US president Donald Trump said the move marked "big progress", tweeting: "This is very good news for North Korea and the World - look forward to our summit." Pyongyang stopped short of suggesting it has any intention … [Read more...] about North Korea latest – what nuclear weapons does Kim Jong-un have and what has he said about South Korea?
Escaping overseas as scandals explode at home is perhaps the oldest of political strategies. Japan’s Shinzō Abe hopes to make it seem new again as he arrives at Mar-a-Lago this week. There are few better distractions — or shinier objects — than President Donald Trump. And Prime Minister Abe hopes getting a warm welcome at Trump’s “Winter White House” will remind 127 million Japanese back home he’s still got some diplomatic game. Abe’s approval ratings show a distinct lack of faith. A year-long cronyism controversy involving a sweetheart land deal drove his numbers below even Trump’s. Nor are voters happy with Abe’s enthusiastic embrace of a leader whose bombast is bringing Japan nothing but grief — a scandal all its own. A month ago, Abe seemed a shoo-in for a third term, putting him on course to be Japan’s longest-serving leader. Now, Tokyo is buzzing about who’s next. The stakes couldn’t be … [Read more...] about Why Japan is begging Trump for help