The Japanese government has drawn up a roadmap for reconstructing areas in 12 municipalities near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that were previously designated as evacuation zones.
According to the plan, in areas of these municipalities where the evacuation order has been lifted, the government will finish decontaminating and restoring water supplies, sewage systems, and other lifeline infrastructure within the next 2 years. It says the decontamination and decommission of the crippled nuclear reactors should create jobs in these municipalities during this period.
The roadmap says the government will take social responsibility for having promoted nuclear energy as a state policy, and it will ensure the execution of the measures until the very end.
The Japanese word "choju," meaning longevity, implies, with its kanji, joyous celebration of long life. Intrinsically, it is a joyful thing for people to live long. But if a society has many people who age in solitude, isolated from their families and local communities, it cannot be called choju. It should rather be called "roka shakai," or a society that weakens as it ages. (Yomiuri )
Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito has ended his official visit to Spain after a trip to a Christian pilgrimage site in the northwest. His visit marked the 400th anniversary of relations between the 2 countries. (NHK )
Osaka Prefectural Police on Friday busted a transvestite in bar in Minami Ward for operating illegally. At 11:15 p.m., officers took Anna Ueda, 34, the manager of club Chu-, into custody for violating the Law Regulating Adult Entertainment Businesses after discovering two employees serving one customer alcohol and food. The club did not have a license to provide such services. (Tokyo Reporter)