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Japan wants to consider lowering nuclear dependence TOKYO: Japan's trade minister said on Tuesday the government would like to consider lowering the dependence on nuclear power two-and-a- half years after a massive earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima plant in northeast Japan.All nuclear reactors in Japan went off line this week, for only the third time in more than three decades, after Kansai Electric Power Co shut down its Ohi No. 4 reactor for planned maintenance."We will keep the technology and personnel related to nuclear power and they must contribute to the world, but we would like to consider ways to lower our dependence on nuclear power," said Trade and Industry Minister Toshimitsu Motegi.Tokyo Electric Power Co, the operator of the crippled Fukushima plant, is battling to contain hundreds of tonnes of contaminated water accumulating at the site. The Japanese government pledged half a billion dollars this month to deal with the crisis. Copyright Reuters, 2013 ...

South Korea guards fired hundreds of shots to kill defector SEOUL: South Korean troops fired "hundreds" of rounds at a man who was killed while trying to swim across the border to North Korea, a top army officer said Tuesday.In the first official press briefing since the highly unusual incident on Monday, Brigadier General Cho Jong-Sul defended the border guards' actions, saying they had followed the correct protocol.Nam Yong-Ho, a 47-year-old South Korean man, was fatally shot at around 2:30 pm (0530 GMT) while trying ...
Typhoon hits Japan as Fukushima operator releases water into sea TOKYO: Typhoon Man-yi hit Japan on Monday, leaving three people dead and forcing the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to release rainwater with low levels of radiation into the ocean.The powerful typhoon made landfall in Toyohashi, Aichi prefecture, shortly before 8:00 am (2300 GMT Sunday), packing gusts of up to 162 kilometres (100 miles) per hour, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.Public broadcaster NHK said a 71-year-old woman was found dead as a landslide ...
South Korea military shoots man trying to float across river to North SEOUL: South Korea's military shot and killed a man who undertook a rare attempt to enter North Korea on Monday by floating across a river that runs near the heavily militarised border, an official in Seoul said.It was not clear whether the man was a South Korean, the official said on condition of anonymity. The military was still trying to recover the body and investigating the incident, he said.South Korea's Yonhap news agency said South ...
Australian PM under fire after naming one woman in cabinet SYDNEY: Australia's new Prime Minister Tony Abbott unveiled his incoming cabinet Monday, attracting immediate criticism for including only one woman.Conservative Liberal leader Abbott was elected by an overwhelming majority on September 7, and in his first press conference since victory over the incumbent Labor Party named a widely-expected line-up.Julie Bishop, the incoming foreign minister, is the only woman in the 19-member cabinet, although Abbott did promote several woman to the outer ministry. "I'm obviously disappointed ...
Beijing and ASEAN in talks on South China Sea BEIJING: A code of conduct for handling disputes in the South China Sea should be discussed "gradually", Beijing said after meetings with Southeast Asian nations, suggesting any agreement is still far off.The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been trying for more than a decade to secure agreement from China on a legally binding code of conduct.Beijing claims nearly all of the South China Sea, even waters approaching the coasts of neighbouring countries, ...
Japan tells 300,000 households to evacuate as typhoon hits TOKYO: Typhoon Man-yi hit central Japan on Monday, with almost 300,000 households told to evacuate and fears the storm could go on to hit the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.The typhoon made landfall in Toyohashi, Aichi prefecture, shortly before 8:00 am (2300 GMT Sunday), packing gusts of up to 162 kilometres (100 miles) per hour, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.Public broadcaster NHK said four people were missing due to landslides or floods, while at least 65 ...

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