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By Elaine Lies

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s weather agency on Monday issued emergency warnings to urge people in the country’s southern islands to take maximum precautions as a super typhoon described as a “once in decades storm” is set to rake the Okinawa island chain with heavy rain and powerful winds.

Angry Scenes as Japan’s TEPCO Shareholders Demand Closure of Fukushima’s Atomic Plants

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World | Agence France-Presse | Updated: June 26, 2014 11:57 IST

Tokyo: Furious shareholders of the company that runs Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power station joined campaigners Thursday to demand the permanent closure of the utility’s atomic plants as it held its annual meeting.

Dozens of demonstrators with loud speakers and banners said Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), which wants to restart some of the reactors at the world’s largest nuclear plant, amongst others, must act to not repeat the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi disaster.

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Letter handed to emperor causes uproar in Japan

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Associated Press
By MARI YAMAGUCHI
TOKYO (AP) — A novice Japanese lawmaker who wanted to draw attention to the Fukushima nuclear crisis has caused an uproar by doing something taboo: handing a letter to the emperor.
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The ruckus began at an annual autumn Imperial Palace garden party last week. As Emperor Akihito and his wife, Michiko, greeted a line of guests, outspoken actor-turned-lawmaker Taro Yamamoto gave the emperor the letter — a gesture considered both impolite and inappropriate.

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Former Japan PM Koizumi defends his newly-adopted anti-nuclear stance

Japan Daily Press
Nov 05, 2013 John Hofilena
Former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi stood by his anti-nuclear stance on Sunday, verbally defending it from those who say that his suggestions are “irresponsible.” Koizumi came out urging the government to drop its push towards more atomic power in light of the nuclear at the Fukushima nuclear plant that started in 2011. The former premier said during a symposium in Yokohama that it was “more irresponsible” of current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s to continue on the same path towards atomic power and that they “should discuss how to introduce renewable energy that would substitute for atomic power.”

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Kyocera completes Japan’s largest offshore solar energy plant in Kagoshima

Japan Daily Press
Nov 06, 2013 John Hofilena

As if to highlight the recent anti-nuclear sentiments – politicians who will no longer have anything to do with nuclear energy – Japanese tech giants Kyocera opened on Monday what is currently the biggest solar power facility in Japan. The Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Plant is 1.27 million square meters of solar panels – 290,000 of them, to be exact – which will be able to generate 70 megawatts of power, able to supply electricity for about 22,000 local households, making it the biggest solar generation plant in Japan.
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