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Radioactive uranium traded online in Japan, police say

Radioactive uranium traded online in Japan, police say

World
Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Radioactive uranium was traded online in Japan, and police say investigation of the suspects is ongoing, according to multiple press reports. The Mainichi Shimbun reported Thursday the uranium changed hands in January 2018 from one seller to multiple buyers. The defendants are suspected of "possibly" violating laws on nuclear regulation. The transaction took place on Yahoo! Japan's online auction space, according to Kyodo News. The confiscated chemical was sold in powder and solid forms in glass cases and was emitting radiation, reports say. The seller, an unidentified man, reportedly told police the uranium was obtained from a "foreign site," but did not disclose the radioactive powder's national origin. Appraisals from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency indicate the uranium...
U.S., Japan participate in joint deployment in East China Sea

U.S., Japan participate in joint deployment in East China Sea

Business
Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The United States and Japan conducted a joint two-day deployment in the South China for communication and maneuvering drills. Participating Friday and Saturday were ships assigned to the U.S. Wasp Amphibious Ready Group and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force amphibious transport dock ship Kunisaki, the U.S. Navy said in a news release. The Wasp ARG has been deployed as part of U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. The U.S. ships include the USS Wasp, amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay and amphibious assault ship USS Ashland. "We understood each other's radio calls very clearly, and they were very quick with their responses," said Operations Specialist 1st Class Jose Gonzales of the Amphibious Squadron, o...
Japan will resume commercial whaling, but not in Antarctic

Japan will resume commercial whaling, but not in Antarctic

Technology
Japan announced Wednesday that it is leaving the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial hunts for the animals for the first time in 30 years, but said it would no longer go to the Antarctic for its much-criticized annual killings. Japan switched to what it calls research whaling after the IWC imposed a moratorium on commercial whaling in the 1980s, and now says stocks have recovered enough to resume commercial hunts. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Japan would resume commercial whaling in July "in line with Japan's basic policy of promoting sustainable use of aquatic living resources based on scientific evidence." He added that Japan is disappointed that the IWC — which he said is dominated by conservationists — focuses on the protection of whale st...
Japan whale hunting: Commercial whaling to restart in July

Japan whale hunting: Commercial whaling to restart in July

World
Japan says it is to restart commercial whaling in July in a move that is likely to draw international criticism.It said it would withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC), the body tasked with whale conservation.Commercial whaling was banned by the IWC in 1986 after some species were driven almost to extinction.Officials in Japan, an IWC member since 1951, say eating whales is part of the country's culture.For many years Japan has hunted whales for what it calls "scientific research" and to sell the meat, a programme widely criticised by conservationists.Wednesday's announcement had been expected, but conservation groups warn the move will have serious consequences.It means Japan will be able to freely hunt species...
Diplomatic rift grows between South Korea and Japan

Diplomatic rift grows between South Korea and Japan

World
SEOUL, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- South Korea and Japan clashed over a radar claim and historic issues amid growing diplomatic rift. Kim Yong-kil, director-general of the Northeast Asian affairs at Seoul's Foreign Ministry, met Kenji Kanasugi, director-general of the Asian and Oceanic Affairs Bureau of the Japanese Foreign Ministry Monday to discuss a recent South Korea's court ruling on forced laborers during World War II and Japan's alleged claim on the South Korea warship's directing of radar onto a Japanese patrol plane. Kanasugi told reporters after the meeting that he strongly demanded that South Korea take measures to prevent the recurrence of the military incident, Mainichi Shimbun reported. "The two countries agreed to continue to communicate over the issue," said Kanasugi, according to NH...