Japan is voicing fears of a possible military escalation in the Korean peninsula, following the death of the North’s leader, Kim Jong-Il. The warning follows a state of emergency and military alert declared by South Korea. China, in turn, has expressed its condolences – but is also reported to have sent troops to its border with the reclusive state. It’s all being driven by fears of a possible succession conflict, as the late leader’s youngest son, Kim Jong-un, prepares to assume power. The country’s declared a period of mourning, with state TV showing outpourings of emotion from across the country. With Korea preparing to take its first steps under new leadership, the world is waiting to witness the country’s next move. International consultant and author Adrian Salbuchi says it’s still unclear whether North Korean army be subordinate to the new government.
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Japan has opened the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to journalists for the first time since the disaster of last March. RT has obtained a video of the inside of the crippled complex. On Saturday, representatives of the Japanese and international media — more than 30 reporters, photographers and cameramen — were taken on a tour of the facility which was the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster in 25 years. Despite TEPCO’s assurances that the radiation leaks pose much less danger now, the visitors had to wear a full set of protective gear during the tour. The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear power plant, some 225 kilometers northeast of Tokyo, was severely damaged by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami, and spewed large amounts of radioactive materials onto the surrounding countryside, much of which remains off-limits. Since then, the authorities have struggled to contain the crisis, with pledges being given in the summer that it would be resolved by the end of this year. However the Japanese government has admitted that it will take up to 30 years to completely neutralize the radiation released from the reactors.
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José Manuel Durão Barroso President of the European Commission Speech by President Barroso at the High-level Meeting on Nuclear Safety: EU response to Fukushima accident High-level Meeting on Nuclear Safety New York, 22 September 2011.
Sept. 12 (Bloomberg) — Japan Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s effort to win public support for restarting Nuclear reactors faces a setback after his minister in charge of the industry was forced to resign just nine days into the job.
Yoshio Hachiro stepped down as head of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry on Sept. 10, under fire for using “towns of death” to describe the evacuation zone around the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant and joking about radiation. Mike Firn reports from Tokyo on Bloomberg Television’s “First Look.” (Source: Bloomberg)
The meltdown of three Nuclear reactors at the Fukushima power plant has led to an ongoing crisis in Japan. Nature Video provides an update on efforts to stabilize the reactors, and the consequences of the emergency for Japan and nuclear power worldwide.
For a video on the emergency itself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZK8UBHMo04U
For more comprehensive coverage and analysis of the Fukushima crisis visit: http://www.nature.com/news/specials/japanquake/index.html
For coverage in Japanese visit: http://www.natureasia.com/japan/nature/special/