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Japan Update: After Another Round of Scandals is Abe Finally Out? And Japan’s Nuclear Woes

Posted by K.E. White on September 3, 2007

Shinzo Abe’s hope gaining a new slate by appointing a new cabinet has appeared to backfire. This International Herald Tribune article details two fresh resignations of new Abe appointees.

For more on how a Abe departure could affect geo-politics, check out this past blog on Abe’s ‘Arc of Freedom’ speech in India.

But Abe’s fall from grace may not hurt his political faction–the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). The LDP has held the majority or plurality of seats in Japan’s more powerful lower house of Parliament from 1953-1993. And the LDP regained control of the lower house in 1994, enjoying that privilege to this day.

In nuclear news, Japan has had to close down three nuclear research sites owing to safety concerns:

The ministry had ordered the agency to investigate after an anonymous whistle-blower revealed in June that a shared duct at its Nuclear Science Research Institute in Tokaimura was contaminated with radioactive material.

Kyodo said the ministry did not believe the reported problems were threatening the safety of the facilities concerned, but told the agency to examine them in greater detail and report back.

One of the units is a critical testing facility for the fast breeder reactor, and safety rods there had not been checked and approved by the government, Kyodo quoted the ministry as saying.

Japan‘s nuclear industry has been shaken up by a series of scandals and safety incidents. Its biggest reactor was shut down in July due to a leak after it was hit by an earthquake.

One Response to “Japan Update: After Another Round of Scandals is Abe Finally Out? And Japan’s Nuclear Woes”

  1. […] But as earlier blogged, one must remember the LDP’s historical hold on the Japanese government. […]

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