Ex-PM feared for Japan’s survival in nuke crisis

Japan’s former prime minister says he feared early in the March nuclear crisis that it might become many times worse than the Chernobyl disaster and threaten the nation’s survival.

Naoto Kan says he imagined "deserted scenes of Tokyo without a single man" and the need to evacuate tens of millions of people.

"It was truly a spine-chilling thought," Kan said in an interview with the Tokyo Shimbun daily published Tuesday.

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Japan counts down to PM Kan’s departure

Prospects grew on Wednesday that Prime Minister Naoto Kan would resign this month, setting the stage for the selection of Japan’s sixth leader in five years as the country struggles to rebuild from a massive tsunami, forge a new energy policy in the wake of a nuclear crisis and fix tattered state finances.

With two key bills that Kan wants to make into law before he goes looking likely to be enacted before parliament’s session ends on Aug. 31, Japanese media said Kan’s Democratic Party was planning to vote as early as Aug. 28 to select a new leader.

Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who favours paying for bulging social security costs by raising the 5 percent sales tax, and like Kan sees reining in ballooning public debt as policy priority, is mooted as a leading contender.

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Is Japan ruled by Korea?

Fuji TV channel(http://www.youtube.com/user/fujitv) on You Tube is erupting with more than 10000 criticisms a day.

It started with Sousuke Takaoka, a Japanese actor, and his tweets condemning Fuji TV playing too much Korean content. He just said “Fuji TV should play what we Japanese people want to see.” Then he was promptly fired from his agency, Stardust Promotion.

After his dismissal, many people poured out support on his twitter page insisting he didn’t say anything wrong. This started a backlash.

Many Japanese who were not interested in watching Korean content in their living-rooms expressed their frustrations on Fuji TV’s YouTube pages, but the comments were almost immediately erased by Fuji TV.

To give further background on the subject and perhaps insight into why this spread of hanryu as it’s called in Japan, meaning the Korean wave, has produced this sudden “Korean Movement” or explosion of Korean Culture and Advertising, let’s looks at a few facts and examples. One such example that is taking place is the K-Pop Sensation, which has suddenly begun to segway into Samsung Appliances becoming “popular” in Japan, and there are other related stories, so let’s have a look behind the curtain, so to speak.

Fact 1: Many stockholders of Fuji TV are Korean and Korean residents.
Fact 2: The Korean government has hired an advertising company, Dentsu Inc., to promote Korea in a new Korean “movement” campaign.
Fact 3: Fuji TV has censored Japanese Nationalism.

Let’s start with Fact 3 and What Fuji TV has done. First, when Mao Asada won first place in a figure skating competition, Fuji TV blipped the scenes of the award ceremony and playing of the Japanese national anthem. Second, when the Japanese women’s soccer team won the 2011 World Cup, Fuji TV didn’t broadcast the award ceremony at all.

On to Fact 2. Fuji TV shows K-pop, Korean drama and Korean gossip shows all day long. Fuji TV has a spot where they rank the most popular food in Japan. The first prize is always something Korean like bulgogi Pizza, Hiyashi Kankoku, which normal Japanese most likely have never even had or seen.

And lastly Fact 1. There is no denying that Koreans own 20% or more of Fuji TV. Fuji TV has stopped sharing information on its stockholders in an effort to hide this fact.

If Korean culture such as food, K-pop and TV dramas were really organically popular in Japan, none of this would be much of a problem or even an issue, but all are fake reports or media trying to persuade the minds of the Japanese. And Sousuke Takaoka just pointed out those problems. Sousuke likened the proliferation of Korean content on Japanese TV as an act of “brainwashing.” It’s an invasion of free will, thought and expression.

Another problem is pachinko, the industry is 80% owned by Koreans, and they are a huge sponsor, but sponsoring TV programming that is Korean within the Japanese media.

Also, the Japanese main party is trying to make a new law, focused on Civil Liberties. It appears to be a great law on the surface, but it is actually a gag order law to prohibit free speech. Ultimately stripping the Japanese people of their civil rights, by allowing harassment and arrest for such things as expressing your opinion. The problem has gone beyond media and the K-Pop Sensation. It’s political as well, with the main party of Japan being caught paying money to North Korean groups that have been linked to the kid-napping of Japanese citizens. The victims of these crimes committed by this group, have been abducted and taken to North Korea. This includes PM Naoto Kan’s personal office making donations of nearly $625,000.

Worse still is this is not isolated to Japan, other countries have had battle with Korea. Most recently, Taiwan, which is currently passing a law to limit Korean influence in it’s in media due to the tactics and falsehoods spread in the messages of Korean advertisements.

So, why is it that Japanese people can’t watch their own culture’s TV shows? Why are they instead force fed Korean culture? Why do they have to watch something they are not interested in on TV?

What happens if Korea takes control of all media in Japan? Would Japan be taken over, too?
Japanese people have to get back in touch with their nationalism, their county’s spirit, and support Takaoka with courage.

Japan PM criticizes nuclear safety agency

Japan’s prime minister on Sunday criticized the country’s nuclear safety agency for allegedly trying to plant questions aimed at supporting atomic energy at public forums.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency was siding with the industry rather than acting as a regular. He said it underscored a cozy relationship and the deep-rooted problem that must be corrected in the wake of the March 11 tsunami and the nuclear crisis.

"NISA, which is supposed to check nuclear safety to represent the interest of the general public, provided support for the promoters. It was more than just a help, if true," Kan said at an energy symposium.

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Japan, China, South Korea vow joint work on nuclear safety

Japan, China, and South Korea agreed Sunday to increase cooperation on nuclear safety as Japan works to end a crisis at its Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

At a trilateral summit in Tokyo, leaders of the three nations issued a joint declaration vowing to help each other, "especially at times of disaster and adversity."

The declaration added that Japan expressed its determination to resolve the nuclear crisis sparked by the March 11 earthquake and resulting tsunami.

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No More Nuke Plants Means Wind Is Japan’s Strongest Alternative

Two months after the explosions and radiation leaks at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, the prime minister, Naoto Kan, has announced that the country will not build any new reactors.

If Kan really means it, the government will have to abandon the plans for expanding nuclear power it adopted only last year. To make up the energy shortfall, Kan has set the ambitious goal of using renewables.

That is most likely to mean wind, according to a report released last month by the Ministry of the Environment. There is "an extremely large introduction potential of wind power generation", it says, especially in the tsunami-hit north-east of the country.

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Kan expects a new democratic government in Egypt

Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Saturday he expects a new government in Egypt to be formed democratically, following President Hosni Mubarak’s sudden resignation.

"We hope Egypt will play an even more constructive role in the Middle East," Kan told reporters at his official residence. "I want to salute the fact that protesters’ peaceful activities have led to a change in government."

Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara told reporters in Moscow, where he is meeting Russian officials, that Japan expects a stable new government to soon be established in Egypt.

"Japan continues to attach importance to its relationship with Egypt and is eager to strengthen it. We will keep offering various forms of cooperation to the country," he said.

Since Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman said Friday in a televised speech that Mubarak had stepped down, Tokyo has been assessing the situation in the country, especially considering the safety of Japanese living there, government officials said.

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Ozawa in showdown with Kan

Ichiro Ozawa, one of the country’s most powerful lawmakers, rejected a request Friday to testify before a Diet ethics panel over his alleged role in falsifying a political funding report, setting up a possible showdown with Prime Minister Naoto Kan next week, ruling party lawmakers said.

Ozawa, a kingpin in the Democratic Party of Japan, told the party’s secretary general, Katsuya Okada, that he finds "no rational reason" to appear before the Lower House political ethics panel, considering that his case will be addressed in court.

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Kan makes Japan’s pitch for U.N. Security Council seat

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Friday made Japan’s pitch for permanent membership of the U.N. Security Council, saying the non- nuclear country that has suffered the devastation of atomic bombings deserves a seat on the council in the 21st century.

In his speech to the general debate session of the U.N. General Assembly, Kan expressed Japan’s resolve to play a more responsible role for the peace and security of the international community.

The premier said reform of the most powerful decision-making body at the United Nations is "indispensable" so that it can reflect the realities of today’s international community and remain effective and legitimate.

Kan said Japan "has the moral responsibility to take concrete steps to realize a world without nuclear weapons" since it is the only country in the world that has suffered nuclear attacks.

"Japan bears a responsibility to all humankind to hand down to future generations an awareness of the catastrophic nature of nuclear weapons."

He vowed that Japan will lead global efforts to promote nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation.

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