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No nukes are good nukes: former Japanese PM's advice to Ireland
Ex-PM Naoto Kan says nuclear power should be consigned to the history books after Fukushima disaster.
Probe finds Japan kept quiet on risk of nuclear disaster
A report released today found the Japanese government played down the risk of nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima plant after the earthquake and tsunami last March.
Ex-PM: Japan was unprepared for nuclear crisis
The former Prime Minister acknowledged there were flaws in how authorities handled the Fukushima crisis last year.
2011: The year of resignations
Undone by sex scandals, economic failures, uprisings and other controversies, an astonishing number of high-profile figures resigned from their various posts in the past 12 months.
Japan: Political strongman Ozawa faces trial
Ichiro Ozawa – Japan’s so-called “shadow shogun” – has denied charges of violating fundraising laws and says the allegations against him are politically motivated.
Japan finds next PM, says country must 'sweat together for the sake of the people'
Yoshihiko Noda, who used to greet commuters personally every morning, is set to become the country’s sixth prime minister in five years.
Little interest for Japan's next leader as candidates face-off
The five candidates to replace Naoto Kan have been making their pitch to their party today but the public is increasingly cynical.
Japan set for sixth prime minister in five years as Naoto Kan resigns
The decision has been widely expected amid plunging approval ratings following the March earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.
Japanese PM faces no confidence vote over nuclear crisis
Naoto Kan has been panned for his response to the March 11 tsunami and nuclear crisis, and could face a vote this week.
Japan's Hamaoka nuclear plant to temporarily close over safety concerns
The shutdown of the plant follows concerns about whether it was adequately protected from potential damage by another earthquake. The temporary measure is likely to mean more power shortages for Japanese people.
Japan's Emperor: Fukushima nuclear crisis 'causes deep worry'
In a rare TV appearance, Japan’s Emperor Akihito admitted he was “deeply worried” by the crisis facing his country.
Fukushima staff evacuated after major radiation surge
The operators of the troubled Fukushima I power plant pull all staff out of the plant following a spike in radiation levels.
Pool of spent nuclear rods ‘exposed to open air’ at Fukushima reactor
The fire at reactor 4 was caused by an explosion that tore an 8-square-metre hole in the walls – exposing rods to the outside.
Coolant in fourth Fukushima reactor might be 'boiling away'
Spent fuel is usually kept in a containment pond – but that’s beginning to evaporate away, causing further risks in Japan.
Radioactivity released after third explosion at Fukushima plant
A blast at reactor 2 may have damaged the nuclear core, authorities say, with emissions now strong enough to harm humans.
Nuclear rods melting inside three Fukushima reactors, Japan admits
The nuclear cores at reactors 1, 2 and 3 are all now believed to be melting, after cooling systems at all three failed.
Second explosion at Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant
Two days after the first explosion, a second hydrogen blast strikes the nuclear plant – as 2,000 bodies are found in Miyagi.
The Daily Fix: Sunday
24 more hours pass on Planet Earth – here’s what’s been going on, and some other bits you might have missed.
Japanese authorities declare state of emergency at second nuclear plant
The lowest state of alert has been declared at the Onagawa nuclear plant, while the cooling system fails at another facility.
Japanese PM: Crisis is worst to face Japan since WW2
Naoto Kan says 100,000 troops are being deployed to Japan’s stricken areas, as estimates say damages could reach €29bn.
The Daily Fix: Saturday
Our daily wrap-up to what’s happened on Planet Earth – sadly, there’s more bad news than good as Japan continues to dominate.
Japan’s prime minister: “This is an unprecedented disaster”
Naoto Kan urges the public to take responsible actions and to follow instructions as nuclear fallout fears continue.
Japan downgrades its outlook
Lower demand and a strong yen cuts into the core of the country’s industrial sector – and officials say they cannot rule out a return to recession.
Japan to introduce $11bn stimulus package
Japan has proposed a new stimulus package in an attempt to revive the country’s faltering economy.