About 30,000 people demonstrated outside the Japan Parliament forming a Human Chain protesting against the construction of a US Marine Base in Okinawa, which is part of Japan. The protest has been swelling as the US is strengthening its military bases in Japan. The people shouted “No more US bases in Japan.”
The change in the foreign policy of the Modi Government is coming more and more in the open. The latest is the trilateral meeting of India, Japan and Australia at New Delhi starting today. Though US is not directly a participant, it can be assumed that it is the main brain and co-ordinator.
No such co-ordination involving all these US allies were held till last UPA regime. Now the BJP government is directly going for the strategic partnership with US and its allies.
This will certainly have adverse impacts with India’s relation with its neighbors, China and Russia.
The Japanese Communist Party (JCP) won 21 seats in the lower house of parliament, an impressive leap from the eight seats it held going into the vote and the first time the party has secured double-digit representation in 14 years.
Kazuo Shii, the leader of the JCP stated that this victory shows that the people has appreciated the correct line of the party and hence the increase in the votes and seats.
Our Congratulations to the Japanese Communist Party!
The news is fantastic. The Maglev (bullet train) in Japan has reached 500 km ( 311 mile ) speed per hour. The experimental trip with 100 passengers from Uenohara city to Fuefuki city with a distance of 27 mile was reached in a few minutes.
This is the fastest train so far experimented.
The Fukui District Court in Japan has denied permission to restart operation of nuclear reactors accepting the opposition of the people of the area. The Kansai Electric Power Company was preparing to restart the reactors, which have been stopped after the 2011 nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
All of the 48 reactors in Japan in kept inactive after the 2011 disaster which resulted in huge damage and loss of lives. But the Government wants to restart, which the people are opposing.
” As the Lok Sabha elections draw near, it has become clear that the electoral battle will be between not two, but three combinations – the Congress-led UPA, the BJP led NDA and the non-Congress, non-BJP combinations of Parties” – Prakash Karat, General Secretary, CPI(M)
This is from the article by Com. Karat in the first page of the People’s Democracy, weekly organ of the CPI(M) in its issue dated February 10-16. Read the same for further details.
After the utter defeat in the World War II (1942-45), Japan was compelled to turn away from its aggressive designs. In its constitution 1950, it was clearly stated that Japanese Military will not engage in aggression and “will never wage war.” Of course, it was declared when Japan was under the control of US, after the WW II. However this position was being maintained all these years.
Now the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, wants to change from that position. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party wants to amend the constitution to delete that portion. Further the PM recently visited and prayed at the Yasukuni Shrine, where many of the Japanese war criminals are buried. This has brought strong protests from China and both North and South Korea, who were victims of the Japanese Aggression.
This is not well for world peace.
Tokyo, Aug 9 Nagasaki today marked the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombing by the United States during World War II that turned the Japanese city into an inferno.
Tens of thousands gathered to remember the more than 70,000 people who died instantly in the blast, or of the after-effects in the months and years after the bombing, which hit Nagasaki at 0732 IST.
Bells tolled as ageing survivors, relatives, government officials and foreign delegates observed a moment of silence at the time of detonation.
The bombing of Nagasaki came three days after the first-ever atomic blast at Hiroshima, which claimed about 140,000 lives in all. Hiroshima held its own remembrance ceremonies earlier this week.
An envoy from India, a nuclear power which is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, was attending the ceremony for the first time, a Nagasaki official said.
The ceremony is held near the spot where the US military dropped its plutonium bomb, nicknamed “Fat Man”, on August 9, 1945, in the final chapter of the war.
Historians have long been at odds over whether the twin attacks brought a speedier end to the war by forcing Japan’s surrender and preventing many more casualties in a land invasion planned for later in the year.
Many atomic bomb survivors, known as “hibakusha” in Japanese, oppose both military and civilian use of nuclear power, pointing to the tens of thousands who were killed instantly in the blasts and the many more who later died from radiation sickness and cancer.
Anti-nuclear sentiment has run high in Japan following the 2011 atomic disaster at Fukushima, with most of the country’s reactors switched off.
A report from AFP
Tokyo, Jun 2 Thousands of anti-nuclear demonstrators rallied in the Japanese capital Tokyo today as conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe considers restarting reactors. Organisers said 7,500 people gathered at a park in the city centre, including disaster victims and celebrities such as Nobel literature laureate Kenzaburo Oe. Protesters later marched through the capital, holding anti-nuclear banners including one which read: “No Nukes! Unevolved Apes Want Nukes!” They also demonstrated outside the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power Co, operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant which was crippled by meltdowns after the March 2011 tsunami. Abe, whose Liberal Democratic Party has close ties with the nation’s powerful business circles, has repeatedly said he would allow reactor restarts if their safety could be ensured. Japan turned off its 50 reactors for safety checks in the wake of the disaster but has restarted two of them, citing possible summertime power shortages. Radiation from the plant, 220 kilometres northeast of Tokyo, spread over a wide area after the worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.
It is reported by Gee Whis website that there will be Supermoon or Perigee on 19th March 2011. Supermoon means that the moon will be passing through very near to the earth. On 19th March it will pass through a distance of only 2,21,567 miles from earth. It is also reported that this is the nearest in the last twenty years. Supermoon was there in 1955, 1974 and 2005.
There is a belief that Supermoon will cause earthquake, storm etc. but it is not scientifically established. However, there is every chance that the tide may rise.