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China's Nuclear Energy Play
November 29, 2012
China's Nuclear Energy Play
A government official claims China will have 41 nuclear power units operating by 2015, with an additional 20 plants being built.
China's Nuclear Energy Play
Preventing Nuclear Disaster
April 03, 2012
Preventing Nuclear Disaster
The IAEA has confirmed almost two dozen incidents of theft or loss of fissile materials. Last week’s nuclear, though, ended with no agreement on enforcement to stop terrorists acquiring them.
Preventing Nuclear Disaster
China’s Nuclear Crossroads
March 11, 2012
China’s Nuclear Crossroads
Last year’s nuclear crisis in Fukushima rocked confidence in nuclear power. Will a lack of transparency and safety controls further undercut nuclear prospects in China?
China’s Nuclear Crossroads
China Holds Key to Climate Change
February 16, 2012
China Holds Key to Climate Change
Progress over climate change depends largely on the actions individual major carbon emitters, particularly China – not U.N. summits. But is the political courage there to exact change?
China Holds Key to Climate Change
India, Japan Eye Nuclear Road Bump
December 27, 2011
India, Japan Eye Nuclear Road Bump
Ties between India and Japan have warmed further since Japan’s Yoshihiko Noda took office. But civilian nuclear co-operation is proving a sticking point.
India, Japan Eye Nuclear Road Bump
Japan’s Future in the Balance
November 03, 2011
Japan’s Future in the Balance
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has a chance to rescue Japan’s economy with a key free trade agreement. Failure to seize it could result in terminal decline.
Japan’s Future in the Balance
Japan Courts South America
July 28, 2011
Japan Courts South America
With growing concerns over its energy security, Japan is increasingly looking at MERCOSUR as an alternative to nuclear power and the Middle East.
Japan Courts South America
Fukushima and Cultural Superiority
July 15, 2011
Fukushima and Cultural Superiority
As the nuclear crisis is dissected by commentators, some have turned to cultural stereotypes to explain the problems. It’s a dangerous approach.
Fukushima and Cultural Superiority
Japan’s Necessary Nuclear Future
July 12, 2011
Japan’s Necessary Nuclear Future
Any big shift from nuclear power will take years. It’s time for Japan’s politicians to show some leadership to ensure the country’s reactors get back online.
Japan’s Necessary Nuclear Future
Japan's 'Artsy' Protest Culture
June 13, 2011
Japan's 'Artsy' Protest Culture
Anti-nuclear demonstrations following the Fukushima crisis are something new, but not quite an embrace of protest.
Japan's 'Artsy' Protest Culture
June 10, 2011
More on YouTube Rabbit
YouTube video of an earless rabbit born near the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant is confirmed as genuine.
More on YouTube Rabbit
Japan's Depressing Squabbling
June 09, 2011
Japan's Depressing Squabbling
As Japan’s politicians squabble, the public is getting frustrated. Sadly, the DPJ can’t even put its own house in order.
Japan's Depressing Squabbling
Mixed News on Fukushima
June 02, 2011
Mixed News on Fukushima
Excerpts from the IAEA report on Fukushima are discouraging. But there has been some positive news as well.
Mixed News on Fukushima
Rakuten to Jump Keidanren Ship?
May 30, 2011
Rakuten to Jump Keidanren Ship?
Rakuten boss Hiroshi Mikitani publicly mulls abandoning the Japan Business Federation over electricity policy.
Rakuten to Jump Keidanren Ship?
Fukushima Kids and Radiation
May 28, 2011
Fukushima Kids and Radiation
The Japanese government backpedals a little over new radiation exposure guidelines in Fukushima.
Fukushima Kids and Radiation
How China Gains from Fukushima
May 20, 2011
How China Gains from Fukushima
As public opinion turns against nuclear power in Asia’s democracies, could China step in and grab some extra strategic clout in the process?
How China Gains from Fukushima
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