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  • March 27, 2014   BY  

    Video by The Washington Post A Japanese court Thursday ordered the release and retrial of a prisoner who has been serving on death row for more than 45 years — the longest-serving death row inmate in the world. Out of … Continue reading

  • March 24, 2014  

    Japan said it would relinquish a large cache of weapons-grade plutonium and highly enriched uranium — enough to build dozens of nuclear weapons — to the U.S. for disposal, just as a nuclear security summit opens at The Hague. Gwen Ifill assesses the deal with Matthew Bunn of Harvard University. Continue reading

  • Japan plans to turn over to the United States more than 700 pounds of weapons grade plutonium and a supply of highly-enriched uranium, a victory for President Barack Obama’s efforts to secure nuclear materials around the world. Continue reading

  • March 13, 2014  

    A disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 11, 2011, has greatly affected how Japanese citizens feel about that energy source. Polls suggest that 80 percent of voters now oppose nuclear power in Japan. But walking away from nuclear power is a tricky proposition for a country that has not invested much in renewable alternatives. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports. Continue reading

  • March 5, 2014   BY  

    The Chinese government announced Wednesday that their defense budget will increase by 12.2 percent, nearly 808 billion yuan, for the 2014 fiscal year.

    In U.S. dollars, China will be boosting its defense budget from $117 billion to approximately $132 billion, the biggest military increase in the last three years, Reuters reports. The military expansion includes investments in computer software technology and a boost in spending for their navy, one capable of operating in international waters. Continue reading

  • March 5, 2014  

    With help from fisherman and citizen scientists, researchers in Japan and the U.S. are tracking the nucleotides in the ocean creatures who swim in the plume of water tainted with radiation from Fukushima. Their research is part of a long-term effort to figure out when — if ever — certain fish will be safe to eat. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports. Continue reading

  • March 5, 2014   BY  

    The United States says it has no reason to be concerned by Japan’s stockpile of weapons-grade plutonium, even as China voices strong objections to the nuclear reserve. Responding to questions from reporters, Joseph Macmanus, the U.S. ambassador to the United … Continue reading

  • February 28, 2014  

    The site of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan remains a post-apocalyptic landscape of abandoned towns, frozen in time. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien got a rare tour inside the plant, where three nuclear reactors melted down after the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, to learn more about the long-term solutions for stemming the radioactive contamination. Continue reading

  • February 16, 2014  

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has discussed climate change in both China and Indonesia during his latest diplomatic mission in Asia. Why has climate change grabbed a top spot on Kerry’s agenda in Asia? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Geoff Dyer, a foreign policy writer for the Financial Times, about Kerry’s trip and current U.S. foreign policy in Asia. Continue reading

  • February 16, 2014   BY  

    PBS NewsHour is following the news of the day, from trapped miners in South Africa to amnesty offers in Ukraine. Continue reading