Fukushima nuclear disaster
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster was a series of equipment failures, nuclear meltdowns and releases of radioactive materials at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan, following a devastating earthquake and tsunami on 11 March 2011 which claimed nearly 19,000 lives. It is the largest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986 and only the second disaster to measure Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale.
Briefs, December 24, 2012
Abe comments add to fears of nuclear revival
TOKYO - Japan's incoming pro-nuclear premier, Shinzo Abe, said his government would again investigate the Fukushima atomic crisis, after which the country's reactors could be restarted. His comments yesterday will add to speculation plans to ditch atomic power in disaster-scarred Japan will be shelved when his Liberal Democratic Party takes power. "We are yet to completely clarify what went wrong," he told a political show on Fuji TV. "As a government, we want to once again analyse why Fukushima Daiichi failed," he said. AFP
Police shoot journalist amid sex assault furore
GUWAHATI India - Police shot dead a television journalist when they opened fire during a protest against a sexual assault on a film actress in India's northeast. The 36-year-old, who was working for the Doordarshan network, was "killed in police firing" in Imphal, capital of Manipur state. Manipur has been rocked by protests after the actress, known as Momoko, was allegedly dragged from stage in full public view last week by an armed militant belonging to a banned rebel outfit despite the presence of security personnel. Momoko, also a popular model, has waived her right to anonymity and appealed on television for her attacker's arrest. AFP
Typhoon survivors get spaghetti for Christmas
MANILA - Instead of a traditional Christmas dinner, the government will distribute special packs of spaghetti, corned beef and fruit salad to survivors of a typhoon as they hole up in evacuation centres. Typhoon Bopha ravaged the southern Philippines on December 4. "There will no celebrations. It is just too sad. It will just be a regular day. We do not call it Christmas," civil defence chief Benito Ramos said as relief workers rushed supplies to towns flattened by the typhoon. So far 1,067 people have been confirmed dead, with more than 800 missing. AFP
Filipino wife of terror suspect 'helped in plot'
MANILA - Philippine police have filed a criminal complaint against the Filipino wife of a suspected Malaysian terrorist, who was killed by snipers while threatening to detonate a powerful bomb. Police said that a complaint for illegal possession of explosives has been filed by authorities against Anabelle Nieva Lee. It alleges she helped carry a backpack with a mortar bomb that her Malaysian husband, Mohammad Noor Fikrie Bin Abd Kahar, threatened to set off December 14 in the port city of Davao. AP
Six killed as norovirus hits hospital in Japan
TOKYO - The norovirus has killed six elderly people in a rural Japanese hospital and infected dozens of other patients and staff. The winter bug, which causes vomiting and diarrhoea, has killed six patients in their 70s and 80s since December 12, the officials from the Shunko-kai Higashi Hospital said. Another 24 patients and 14 staff are also infected. The hospital said the outbreak could have been caused by a health worker who used a disposable apron throughout the day rather than replacing it after caring for each patient. AFP