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  • Fuel removal device installed at meltdown-hit Fukushima reactor

    JAPAN, 2017/11/13 The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), says it started putting a crane on the roof of unit No. 3 on Sunday to extract a total of 566 rods from its fuel pool. Workers at Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have installed a device to remove nuclear fuel from a meltdown-hit reactor nearly seven years next the crisis was sparked by a tsunami, a spokesman said Monday, November 13.
  • Abe’s revived mandate needs to deliver a foreign policy checkmate

    JAPAN, 2017/11/04 Next Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s landslide electoral victory, it is time to go back to work, and foreign policy is not an area where Abe can afford complacency. His success depends on maintaining a stable power base through successful domestic policy, but at this point in time it seems reasonable to expect that he will serve his full nine-year tenure as LDP President and prime minister until September 2021. On foreign and security policy there are three vital issues to consider: North Korea, Russia and China.
  • Is TPP 2.0 good to go?

    BRUNEI , 2017/11/04
  • Saudi Arabia’s Footprints in Southeast Asia

    BRUNEI , 2017/11/02 At the same time as King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia embarked on a month-long trip to Asia in February this year, Western media outlets led with incredulous stories about the monarch’s large entourage and their mountain of luggage. Traditionally obsessed with the desert kingdom’s human rights record and the national-sponsored brand of Islam, those same outlets took delight in touting the trip as a sign of Saudi economic weakness.
  • A Stronger Australia in Southeast Asia?

    AFGHANISTAN, 2017/11/02 Early next year, Sydney will play host to a appropriate summit between Australia and the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which is commemorating its 50th anniversary this year. But as we approach that conference, questions remain about what role Canberra should really play in Southeast Asia amid concerning developments within the subregion, vexing security issues in Asia additional broadly, and uncertainty over the role of other powers inclunding the United States. Australia’s position and standing as a wealthy, Western-oriented country in the region, one would think, would give it an chance at the negotiating table where critical issues like North Korea and a potential conflict in the South China Sea will dictate the broader schedule. And some analysts continue to argue that the Australian government should take a additional proactive stance with ASEAN, which is facing difficult times as individual members take unilateral action to silence dissent, upsetting civil rights groups and a lot of in the West.
  • Carmakers face billions in European CO2 fines from 2021

    JAPAN, 2017/09/23 Large-name carmakers inclunding Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler face fines running into the billions for failure to meet tough new European carbon dioxide emissions limits slated for 2021, a study has found. "Only four out of 11 carmakers are estimate to meet the EU 2021 CO2 emission target, with the rest facing significant fines," researchers from British firm PA Consulting said in a statement Friday. European Union nations agreed in 2014 that carmakers should limit CO2 emissions to 95 grammes per kilometre across their entire model range within seven years.
  • Japan policymakers soften fiscal pledges as election prospects loom

    JAPAN, 2017/09/23 Senior Japanese policymakers on Friday said they may need to adjust calculations underlying the country's plans to trim spending, an indication the government could look to water down previous pledges to improve fiscal prudence. The statements are a nod to recent reports premier Shinzo Abe will delay the timing for conference fiscal reform goals to allow the scope to boost spending on education.
  • UNWTO: International tourism – strongest half-year results since 2010

    AFGHANISTAN, 2017/09/09 Destinations worldwide welcomed 598 million international tourists in the initial six months of 2017, some 36 million additional than in the same period of 2016. At 6%, increase was well above the trend of recent years, making the current January-June period the strongest half-year since 2010. Visitor numbers reported by destinations around the world reflect strong request for international travel in the initial half of 2017, according to the new UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Worldwide, international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) increased by 6% compared to the same six-month period last year, well above the sustained and consistent trend of 4% or higher increase since 2010. This represents the strongest half-year in seven years.
  • How Honda lost its mojo - and the mission to get it back

    JAPAN, 2017/09/08 The driver punched the air as his red and white Honda McLaren roared over the finish line. It was Suzuka, Japan, 1988, and Ayrton Senna had just become Formula One world champion for the initial time. The McLaren racing team and its engine maker, Honda Motor, were unstoppable that year, their drivers winning all but one of the 16 grand prix races. Off the track Honda had been tasting success, too. In the 1970s, its engineers had raised the bar for fuel efficiency and cleaner emissions with the CVCC engine. In the 1980s, as its engines were propelling Senna to multiple victories, the Civic and Accord cars were redefining the American family sedan. In 1997, Honda became one of the initial carmakers to unveil an all-electric battery car, the EV Plus, capable of conference California’s zero emission requirement.
  • Why Japanese workers aren’t as concerned about robots stealing their jobs

    JAPAN, 2017/08/21 A culture that celebrates robots and a tradition of "lifetime employment" — retaining and retraining workers — created a muted debate. Thousands upon thousands of cans are filled with beer, capped and washed, wrapped into six-packs and boxed at dizzying speeds — 1,500 a minute, to be exact — on humming conveyor belts that zip and wind in a sprawling factory near Tokyo. Nary a soul is in sight in this picture-perfect image of Japanese automation.