Japan

Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Protesters hold a sign at a mass anti-U.S. base rally in Ginowan, Okinawa on November 8, 2009. (Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon)
Okinawa voters on Sunday handed an overwhelming victory to a gubernatorial candidate opposed to U.S. military bases, dealing another blow to plans by the U.S. government and Pentagon to construct a new military facility on the Japanese island. Takeshi Onaga, who is the former mayor of the Okinawan capital of Naha, was declared winner on Sunday...
Jon Queally, staff writer
Despite consistent and vocal opposition from organized labor, environmentalists...
Common Dreams staff
Despite recent warnings from seismology experts about activity at a nearby...

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Fishermen have resumed fishing after postponing their start when hundreds of tons of radioactive water were found leaking from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. Twenty-one trawlers brought home 5 tons of seafood, including octopus and squid, from the trial operation; if testing shows they're safe, they'll be shipped to markets in Japan. While older people are said to be buying fish from the sea off Fukushima Prefecture, others don't want their kids or grandkids eating it...

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