Japan formally accepts new nuclear safety requirements

A  worker walks in front of water tanks at Tokyo Electric Power Company's (Tepco) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture. Photo: AFP

Japan’s nuclear watchdog has formally approved new safety requirements for atomic plants, paving the way for the reopening of facilities shut down since the Fukushima disaster.

Wednesday, 19 June, 2013, 5:46pm

Talking points

The Shenzhou 10 rocket

Countdown under way for Shenzhou launch

China's next manned rocket is expected to be launched tomorrow night. The Shenzhou 10 rocket and spaceship, which will carry a crew of three, has already been moved to the launch pad in the remote Gobi desert, in the northern province of Gansu . The ship will link up with the Tiangong ("Heavenly Palace") 1 module.


10 Jun 2013 - 3:35am

China, India, Pakistan boost nuclear arsenals, says report

An Agni-IV missile is displayed during a parade in New Delhi last year. Photo: AFP

Three of the world’s nuclear powers – China, India and Pakistan – have increased their arsenals over the past year, while the other five have cut their strength or kept it stable, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said on Monday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Singh calls for India-Japan nuclear co-operation accord

Manmohan Singh

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called for an early accord on civil nuclear co-operation with Tokyo and more Japanese investment ahead of an official visit, reports said yesterday.

27 May 2013 - 4:25am

Letters to the Editor, April 16, 2013

Protest in Taipei against a new nuclear plant. Photo: AP

I am saddened that not one of the pan-democratic political parties of Hong Kong, nor any one of our pro-democracy leaders and personalities, have, apparently, commented on the recent Court of Final Appeal ruling regarding right of abode for foreign domestic helpers.

16 Apr 2013 - 3:27am 5 comments

Radioactive water leak feared at Japan nuke plant

The No. 1 and No. 2 reactors of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Photo: AP

The operator of Japan’s crippled nuclear plant said on Saturday that it is moving tons of highly radioactive water from a temporary storage tank to another after detecting signs of leakage - a blow to the plant struggling with the tight storage space.

6 Apr 2013 - 6:01pm

World powers and Iran seek solution at Kazakhstan talks

Iranian chief negotiator Saeed Jalili. Photo: Xinhua

Iran and world powers sit down for two days of talks on Friday in the hopes of putting an end to a decade-old nuclear dispute that has left the Islamic republic enduring UN sanctions and risking military action from its arch foe Israel.

5 Apr 2013 - 5:12pm

Talking points

President Xi Jinping

President Xi Jinping welcomes leaders from two of Southeast Asian neighbours for talks in Beijing. Myanmar's President Thein Sein and Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Brunei's prime minister, are both due in the capital.

5 Apr 2013 - 3:02am

Iran’s nuclear programme entails huge costs, report says

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei, who has argued that Iran's nuclear activities are for peaceful purposes. Photo: EPA

Iran will pursue its nuclear quest although it has reaped few gains from a totem of national pride that has cost it well over US$100 billion in lost oil revenue and foreign investment alone, two think-tanks said on Wednesday.

3 Apr 2013 - 11:16am

Iran hopes ‘forward movement’ continues in nuclear talks

Ali Akbar Salehi. Photo: EPA

Iran said on Friday it is hopeful “forward movement” continues during talks with major world powers over its controversial nuclear drive, the state broadcaster and ISNA news agency reported.

“Almaty I meeting bore positive results, and we also hope that in Almaty II

30 Mar 2013 - 5:19pm

PM urges anti-terrorism steps at Japan's nuclear plants

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: AFP

Japan’s prime minister has acknowledged that Japanese nuclear plants need to increase anti-terrorism measures, a major weak spot found in the wake of the Fukushima disasters.

12 Mar 2013 - 7:07pm

US help needed on North Korea

Soldiers and citizens celebrate the success of North Korea's recent nuclear test. Photo: EPA

The script has been followed so closely over the past seven years that it is easy to shrug off the sequence of events with nonchalance. North Korea provokes with nuclear or missile tests, sanctions are imposed against its regime and Pyongyang rains down threats of war on its perceived enemies. The world has frustratingly been here too many times before and a new approach has to be found.

12 Mar 2013 - 3:14am

Taiwanese protest against nuclear power plant

Taiwanese hold a slogan reading "Stop Nuclear Power Plant 4. Reject Dangerous Nukes" during a demonstration in Taipei on Saturday. Photo: AP

Tens of thousands of Taiwanese have protested to demand that the government scrap a US$10 billion nuclear power plant that is nearly complete and slated to begin operating in two years.

Saturday’s protests were held in four cities. Many protesters chanted “We must not put the future of our children up for a vote.”

9 Mar 2013 - 7:25pm

Iran refuses to go beyond nuclear obligations

Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili. Photo: AFP

Iran said on Saturday it will not go beyond its obligations or accept anything outside its rights under the non-proliferation treaty (NPT), ahead of talks with major powers on its disputed nuclear drive.

23 Feb 2013 - 7:25pm

Iran's moves to speed up nuclear programme troubles West

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei, who has argued that Iran's nuclear activities are for peaceful purposes. Photo: EPA

Iran has begun installing advanced centrifuges at its main uranium enrichment plant, the UN nuclear watchdog said on Thursday, a defiant step that will worry Western powers ahead of a resumption of talks with Tehran next week.

22 Feb 2013 - 9:42pm