Japan Considered Evacuating Tokyo During Nuclear Crisis, Report Says

In the darkest moments of last year’s nuclear accident, Japanese leaders did not know the actual extent of damage at the plant and secretly considered the possibility of evacuating Tokyo, even as they tried to play down the risks in public, an independent investigation into the accident disclosed on Monday.

The investigation by the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation, a new private policy organization, offers one of the most vivid accounts yet of how Japan teetered on the edge of an even larger nuclear crisis than the one that engulfed the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. A team of 30 university professors, lawyers and journalists spent more than six months on the inquiry into Japan’s response to the triple meltdown at the plant, which followed a powerful earthquake and tsunami on March 11 that shut down the plant’s cooling systems.

The team interviewed more than 300 people, including top nuclear regulators and government officials, as well as the prime minister during the crisis, Naoto Kan. They were granted extraordinary access, in part because of a strong public demand for greater accountability and because the organization’s founder, Yoichi Funabashi, a former editor in chief of the daily newspaper Asahi Shimbun, is one of Japan’s most respected public intellectuals.

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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’s political games anger struggling survivors

As Japan’s political elite readies for yet another leadership showdown, there is widespread anger about the Tokyo power games among survivors of the March 11 quake and tsunami disaster.

Almost six months after the catastrophe, tens of thousands of people still live in crowded shelters and temporary homes, many mourning loved ones, fearful of radiation and without jobs, homes or a clear idea about their future.

The Government’s disaster response has drawn fierce criticism, forcing Prime Minister Naoto Kan to announce he will quit and setting off frantic jockeying among those eager to replace him at the vote to be held by the ruling party today.

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Japan’s Prime Minister Announces Intention to Resign

Prime Minister Naoto Kan of Japan announced his plans to resign on Friday, local news media reported, a long-expected move that brings uncertainty to a country still recovering from the natural and nuclear disasters from last March.

Mr. Kan formally announced his intention to leave as leader of the ruling Democratic Party at a meeting of senior party members, the Kyodo News Agency reported.

“I will step down as head of the party as I promised on June 2,” Mr. Kan was quoted as saying at the party meeting. “Once the new leader is picked, I will also resign as prime minister.”

The Democratic Party’s election to choose a successor to Mr. Kan will take place on Monday, Kyodo reported. The new leader is expected to be appointed prime minister as soon as Tuesday.

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Japan to pick new PM next week

Japan’s centre-left ruling party is set to choose a new leader next Monday to replace unpopular incumbent Naoto Kan as party president and therefore as prime minister, officials said.

Kan, Japan’s fifth premier in as many years, has been expected for weeks to announce his resignation amid stinging criticism over his response to the March 11 quake and tsunami disaster and the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Kan, 64, has since the Fukushima accident strongly advocated a nuclear-free future for Japan, a position that has put him at loggerheads with the conservative opposition and some members of his own party.

The August 29 election will be held on the condition that two bills—one of them to promote renewable energy, which Kan has championed—pass this week, said Democratic Party of Japan DPJ secretary general Katsuya Okada.

Parliament would most likely confirm the new premier on August 30.

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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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Kan Closer to Quitting with Budget Funding Settled

Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan moved closer to resigning after opposition parties agreed to back legislation to finance this year’s budget, a condition set by the premier for leaving office.

Kan’s Democratic Party of Japan along with the Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito will pass a bill to sell bonds to finance government spending “without delay,” according to a joint statement given to reporters yesterday in Tokyo. The parties also agreed to scrap reduced highway tolls, and will postpone a review of benefits to high school students and farm subsidies until the next fiscal year, the statement said.

“The measure has been a factor in a political game and that’s finally over,” said Chotaro Morita, chief strategist at Tokyo-based Barclays Capital Japan Ltd. “The market’s attention will be on who would be the next prime minister, especially because some candidates look like they are against raising taxes for fiscal health.”

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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 visits Fukushima

Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Saturday visited the prefecture at the centre of a nuclear crisis sparked by the March quake and tsunami, amid reports his government may reduce the evacuation zone.

Kan, in his fifth visit to Fukushima prefecture since the disaster, held talks with governors from 12 villages and towns from the region, Jiji Press news agency said.

"I will take measures by listening carefully to your opinions," Kan was quoted as saying at the start of the meeting at a hotel in Koriyama, some 60 kilometres (37 miles) from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

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