Japanese regulators on Wednesday gave final approval for the removal of fuel rods from an uncontained cooling pool at a damaged reactor building considered the highest risk at a crippled nuclear plant.
A Japanese ruling-party panel will recommend the break-up of Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) after shortcomings in the firm's handling of clean-up operations at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, Japanese media said on Wednesday.
China on Monday kept up the pressure on Japan over the disputed Senkaku islands, sending its coast guard to the area following Beijing's weekend mention of “war” after Tokyo reportedly readied to down its drones.
Japan's nuclear watchdog on Monday urged “bold and drastic” action to fix problems with radioactive water at Fukushima, as it warned of the growing risks over coming months.
Despite the stalemate in political ties between China and Japan, economic relations of the two Asian economies have improved this year compared with the second half of last year, with a pickup in bilateral trade and increased business and non-governmental connections, experts said.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in an interview published on Saturday, said Japan was ready to be more assertive in guarding against what he said might be an attempt by China to use force to attain its diplomatic goals.
Typhoon Francisco weakened Saturday and veered away from Japan's Pacific coast after forcing more than 1,000 people to take shelter on an island where rain-triggered mudslides left 43 dead or missing last week.
A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck offshore of Japan's crippled nuclear power plant early Saturday, triggering small tsunamis but causing no damage.
Japan's cabinet on Friday approved a secrecy bill that would stiffen punishments for people who give away state secrets, ignoring claims it will curtail freedom of the press.
Japan lodged a protest on Friday after South Korea's military and coast guard conducted an “unacceptable” defense drill on disputed islands, the latest flare-up in tension between the two Asian neighbors.