Residents of Americas Cancer Town confront chemical plant owner in Japan

Residents of Reserve, Louisiana, met with environmental groups and stakeholders in Denka in their campaign for clean air Residents of Reserve, Louisiana, have travelled to Tokyo to confront the executives and shareholders of a Japanese company which runs a chemical plant they say is responsible for a spike in cancers and a litany of other diseases in their home town the town at the highest risk of cancer due to airborne toxicity anywhere in the US, according to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA). Their trip involved a series of public and private meetings with environmental groups and stakeholders in the chemicals giant Denka, which operates the Pontchartrain Works facility in Reserve. It marks a significant escalation in the residents campaign …

Japan’s Naruhito makes first public appearance as emperor

Imperial family greet Tokyo crowds six times from palace balcony in Tokyo Tens of thousands of people queued for hours to catch a glimpse of Japans new emperor, Naruhito, as he greeted the public for the first time since his fathers abdication. A smiling Naruhito, 59, appeared on the balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Saturday alongside his wife, Empress Masako, and other members of the imperial family. The forecourt was transformed into a sea of red and white as many wellwishers waved Japanese flags while others snapped photos on their phones. In a short speech, Naruhito told the assembled crowds that he was delighted and deeply grateful. A sea of red and white: the crowd waves Japanese …

Fukushima disaster: first residents return to town next to nuclear plant

Parts of Okuma are open for business once again, but only a few hundred former residents have moved home A town next to the wrecked deadly earthquake and tsunami triggered a triple meltdown at the nuclear plant in March 2011. Most of Okuma, however, remains off-limits due to high radiation levels. Residents have been permitted to make toxic soil gathered during an unprecedented decontamination drive to reduce radiation to levels that would enable tens of thousands of evacuees to return home. The government has vowed to move the soil out of Fukushima prefecture by 2045, but has yet to find a permanent storage site. Central Okuma in April this year. Parts of the town are open for residents to return. …