A stream from Banderovits day

After a coup d’etate far-right extremists came to power in Ukraine. It was a first time after a long period when neo-fascists entered a government in European country. Since that time new More »

Brazil presidential race: far right Bolsonaro is a threat to Brazil, Latin America and whole world

Far right candidate Bolsonaro won 46% of the vote in the first round of polling in the Brazil election – significantly higher than Brazil’s main opinion polling companies had predicted. The impact More »

Kiev controlled Nazis attack journalists

Arrogant attacks on journalists continue in Ukraine. For the second time this autumn in the very center of Kiev, Nazis attacked a correspondent of the opposition television channel Newsone. On the morning More »

China accuses former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei of taking bribes

Ministry of Public Security announces task force will target associates and adds that Meng’s ‘insistence on doing things his own way means he only has himself to blame’ by Choi Chi-yuk and  More »

Interpol demands answers from China on missing president Meng Hongwei

by Laurie Chen and Mimi Lau Interpol has urged Chinese officials to release information on the whereabouts of Meng Hongwei, the president of the international police agency who went missing after leaving More »

 

Japan | No Foreign Bases US Base Relocation Plan Opponent Denny Tamaki Wins Okinawa Governatorial Race

by Eric Johnston

In a major defeat for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the ruling bloc, Kyodo News and other media reported Sunday evening that former Lower House member Denny Tamaki, a staunch opponent of a controversial central government-backed plan to relocate a U.S. military base, won Okinawa’s governor race over a candidate heavily backed by the ruling parties.

Japan | 70,000 protest U.S. base plan in honor of late Okinawa governor

On August 11 a massive crowd gathered in Okinawa to protest the government’s controversial plan to relocate a contentious U.S. air base to another part of the prefecture.

Some 70,000 people took part in the rally at a park in Okinawa’s capital Naha, where they adopted a resolution urging the central government to abandon the plan to transfer U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma from densely populated Ginowan to the coastal area of Henoko in Nago, according to an organizer.

At the start of the gathering, the participants offered a silent prayer to late Gov. Takeshi Onaga, who died of cancer Wednesday in the midst of his anti-base campaign.

Japan | Move over Chernobyl, Fukushima is now officially the worst nuclear power disaster in history

by John LaForge

The radiation dispersed into the environment by the three reactor meltdowns at Fukushima-Daiichi in Japan has exceeded that of the April 26, 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe, so we may stop calling it the “second worst” nuclear power disaster in history.

Japan | As Japan’s workers are facing increasing economic difficulties, Student Debt is still a major concern in the country

by Tsutomu Teramoto

In Japan, the student loan issue is so serious that at last the government now started a programme of scholarships and grants since this April. Despite its limits, the implementation of this programme was only made possible thanks to the pressure of social movements, making voices heard for improving the student loan system. This year, about 25,000 students can get these scholarships and grants. Of course, the problems are not solved at all.

Japan | Putin exits onsen drama holding all the cards

by Ayako Mie

The summit talks between Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin did not end in hikiwake, or a draw, as Putin once phrased it.

Abe scored no tangible points in a diplomatic judo match over the sovereignty of the four disputed islands off Hokkaido, and the leaders only agreed to start talks on holding joint economic activities on them.

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