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#Naoto Kan

# naoto-kan - Thursday 11 September, 2014

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.

# naoto-kan - Tuesday 28 February, 2012

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.

# naoto-kan - Friday 17 February, 2012

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.

# naoto-kan - Tuesday 27 December, 2011

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.

# naoto-kan - Thursday 6 October, 2011

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.

# naoto-kan - Monday 29 August, 2011

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.

# naoto-kan - Sunday 28 August, 2011

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.

# naoto-kan - Friday 26 August, 2011

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.

# naoto-kan - Monday 30 May, 2011

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.

# naoto-kan - Tuesday 10 May, 2011

Take 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

# naoto-kan - Monday 9 May, 2011

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.

# naoto-kan - Wednesday 16 March, 2011

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.

# naoto-kan - Tuesday 15 March, 2011

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.

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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.

# naoto-kan - Monday 14 March, 2011

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.

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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.

# naoto-kan - Sunday 13 March, 2011

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.

# naoto-kan - Saturday 12 March, 2011

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” Japan This post contains videos

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.

# naoto-kan - Tuesday 19 October, 2010

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.

# naoto-kan - Monday 30 August, 2010

Japan to introduce $11bn stimulus package

Japan has proposed a new stimulus package in an attempt to revive the country’s faltering economy.