Japanese protest US nuclear warship

This video from Japan is called Hundreds protest the arrival of a nuclear-powered US aircraft carrier.

From AFP news agency:

Aug 24, 2009

Japan protests US nuke carrier

TOKYO- DOZENS of Japanese activists on Monday protested the arrival of a nuclear-powered US aircraft carrier at a port near Tokyo.

The demonstrators sailed small boats into Tokyo Bay and handed flyers to arriving crew of the USS Nimitz when it docked in the naval hub of Yokosuka, 50 kilometres south of Tokyo.

‘We are worried about the safety of the nuclear-powered vessel,’ protest leader Masahiko Goto told AFP. ‘We hear the USS Nimitz came to pick up supplies and offer holidays to its crew, but we don’t know other details.

‘They should disclose more information, including on the nuclear reactor.’

The USS George Washington last year docked in Yokosuka to become the first US nuclear-powered vessel to be based overseas.

It also met protests by activists who said it was unprecedented for a nuclear-powered ship to be located so close to densely populated areas.

Japan has campaigned against nuclear weapons since US atomic bombs destroyed its cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II, killing more than 210,000 people.

Since its defeat, Japan has been officially pacifist and relied on a security alliance with the United States, which has stationed more than 47,000 troops in the country.

In March, the US Navy said it deployed two warships in waters off Japan ahead of North Korea’s planned rocket launch the following month.

Japan once operated a nuclear-powered ship, the cargo vessel Mutsu, from 1972 to 1992, when its engines were switched to diesel. The ship had sprung a nuclear leak on its first test run in the Pacific in 1974. About one third of Japan’s energy needs are met by nuclear power.

Wars and the USA: here.

Japan’s new government launched an investigation on Friday into whether previous administrations entered secret pacts with Washington, including one said to approve port calls by nuclear-armed US ships: here.

Nagasaki 65 Years Later: A Look Back at the Censored Dispatches of Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist George Weller: here.

4 thoughts on “Japanese protest US nuclear warship

  1. Japan close to oil deal in Iraq, say officials

    Tue Aug 25, 4:00 am ET

    TOKYO (AFP) – Resource-poor Japan is close to signing a deal with Iraq on the right to develop a huge oil field in the Middle Eastern country, corporate officials said Tuesday.

    Talks between Baghdad and three Japanese oil developers “are in progress toward an agreement” to develop the Nasiriyah oil field in southern Iraq, a spokesman for Nippon Oil Corp, one of the three energy firms, said.

    If the deal is reached, the Nasiriyah oil field will be the biggest in production volume that Japanese companies have developed, he said.

    Trade Minister Toshihiro Nikai told a news conference Tuesday: “We’ll tackle the project as a team of the government and the private sector.”

    “I hope for a good result,” the minister said.

    Japan, the world’s second-largest economy, has few natural resources and is almost entirely dependent on the Middle East for its oil.

    The Nasiriyah field is expected to produce 600,000 barrels a day, about 10 percent of Japan’s whole crude consumption, Jiji Press reported.

    Japan, officially pacifist since World War II, late last year ended a mission flying goods and personnel into Iraq on behalf of the US-led coalition and the United Nations.

    Former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi earlier took the landmark step of sending troops to Iraq on a reconstruction mission, the first time since 1945 Tokyo has sent forces to a country where fighting was under way.

    Koizumi ended the troop mission, which was unpopular among voters, before leaving office in 2006.


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    North Korea: Progress has been made in talks between Pyongyang and Beijing over the promotion of a “nuclear-free Korean peninsula,” Chinese state media has said.

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Il reportedly said his country is willing to attend multilateral talks.

    He added that realising a nuclear-free Korean peninsula “was the instruction of the late DPRK leader Kim Il Sung.”



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