Nuclear important in Japan's latest draft energy policy

TOKYO, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Japan's government on Tuesday released an energy policy document in which nuclear power is considered an important electricity source.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, June 1, 2013.
By United Press International

Protesters rally against nuclear plants

TOKYO, March 10 (UPI) -- A major anti-nuclear protest was held in Tokyo Sunday, one day before the second anniversary of the tsunami that caused a nuclear accident, officials said.

Warnings of Okinawa terrorism

HONG KONG, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- A former Japanese minister warns Okinawan resentment could lead to terrorism.

New Japanese PM might tweek constitution

TOKYO, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Japan's new prime minister – for the second time -- could try to revise the war-renouncing Article 9 of the country's constitution.

Tepco said to withhold Fukushima info

TOKYO, July 16 (UPI) -- The ex-Japanese prime minister, in office during the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster, said the plant's operator withheld "crucial" information about the event.
Report faults Fukushima response

Report faults Fukushima response

TOKYO, July 9 (UPI) -- A Japanese parliamentary panel has determined that the Fukushima plant nuclear crisis was a "man-made" disaster.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, June 1, 2012.
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Japan to decide on nuclear power restart

TOKYO, May 29 (UPI) -- Japan's former prime minister has warned against the use of nuclear energy.

Phase out nuclear energy, Greenpeace says

WASHINGTON, March 12 (UPI) -- Marking the first anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, Greenpeace said it's time to phase out nuclear power to avert future disasters.
Fukushima meeting summaries released

Fukushima meeting summaries released

TOKYO, March 10 (UPI) -- The Japanese government has made internal meeting summaries available which offer new insight into the meltdown of the Fukushima No. 1 reactor in 2011.
Report: Japan considered evacuating Tokyo

Report: Japan considered evacuating Tokyo

TOKYO, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Japanese leaders say they secretly considered evacuating Tokyo during last year's nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima power plant.

Report criticizes Fukushima evacuations

TOKYO, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- An evacuation order issued by the Japanese government shortly after the onset of the Fukushima nuclear crisis was irrational, a parliamentary report says.

Noda promises new energy policy soon

TOKYO, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda promised a new energy policy to reduce the country's reliance on nuclear energy.

Japan to reduce reliance on nuclear power?

TOKYO, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Japan aims to reduce dependence on nuclear power, said new prime minister Yoshihiko Noda in his first policy address to parliament Tuesday.
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Naoto Kan
(L-R)Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan President and Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, Tsutomu Hata, Finance Minister Naoto Kan, Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa raise their fists during their party's annual convention in Tokyo, Japan, on January 16, 2010. UPI/Keizo Mori

Naoto Kan (菅 直人, Kan Naoto?, born 10 October 1946) is a Japanese politician, and former Prime Minister of Japan. In June 2010, then-Finance Minister Kan was elected as the leader of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and designated Prime Minister by the Diet to succeed Yukio Hatoyama. On 26 August 2011, Kan announced his resignation. Yoshihiko Noda was formally appointed as Prime Minister by the Emperor of Japan on 2 September 2011.

Kan was born in Ube City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, as the son of Hisao Kan, an executive for a glass manufacturer. He graduated in 1970 from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and became a licensed benrishi (patent agent/attorney) in 1971.

His hobbies are go, shogi and origami. Kan built a machine to calculate the complicated mahjong point system and applied for a patent in 1973.

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