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Japan's Nuclear Rollback Doesn't Fully Explain Why It's Relaxing

(AP Photo/Heng Sinith) Sok Khemara,VOA Khmer 23 November 2013 WASHINGTON DC - Japans prime minister failed to address major issues, by leaving aside Cambodias political deadlock and its poor human rights record on a visit last week, rights activists say. It was a missed opportunity for the government of Japan, which has a great deal of leverage with the Cambodian government because of its large aid budget, said Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human fitness Rights Watchs Asia division. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Cambodia last weekend, vowing financial support to Prime Minister Hun Sen to help promote human rights and democracy. But he did not discuss the results of Julys election, which the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party has rejected. Government spokesman Phay Siphan said politics should be placed away from peoples social welfare, and that Japans stance in supporting Cambodia was clear. We all should understand that we have just walked out of war, and my website we need support from every corner, he said. Peter Tan Keo, an see here independent analyst in the US, told VOA Khmer that Japans stance appeared to be support for reform of Cambodias electoral system for future elections, rather than to address problems with the past election. When they congratulate the government without really trying to find an alternative to solve the political stalemate, that raises a lot of questions, he said. <br>More: >]content

Japan's Nikkei races to 6-month peak, SoftBank stars

The most common type of volcano, by far, are those that erupt and spew material underwater: Rubin estimates "probably more than 80% happen in the oceans, and we never know about them." Volcanoes that erupt on land get the most attention, for good reason, given their impact on people, vegetation and (by virtue of their expansive eruptions into the atmosphere) on things like air traffic patterns and climate. What's happening near these isolated Japanese islands is more of a sea-land hybrid. It is rooted on the flank of a string of underwater volcanoes a few hundred feet from the main island, Rubin explained. What's being expelled into the air -- a mixture of water that appears as whitish, fluffy steam and darker coarse rock fragments -- is distinct from the magma, he adds. "In the shallow sea water, ... it causes it to behave explosively," Rubin said. "It's kind of a short-term thing. <br>More:

China signed on to U.N. sanctions in March, but remains the North's largest trading partner. "China will never allow (anyone) to cause chaos and incidents on our home's doorstep and will never accept China's process of development from being disturbed and interrupted again," Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on the foreign ministry's website. Wang reiterated China's stance that it promotes the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, the solution of problems through dialogue and safeguards to peace and stability in the region. "The current difficult situation in Sino-Japanese relations has been triggered and caused by Japan," Wang said in what the foreign ministry called a "special report" on China's path of peaceful development. His remarks underscore the severe strain in Sino-Japanese ties caused by a dispute over tiny islands in the East China Sea believed to be surrounded by energy-rich waters. View gallery." North Korean leader Kim Jong Un applauds during the second meeting of security personnel of the Kore Relations have also been overshadowed by what China calls Japan's refusal to admit to World War Two-era atrocities committed by its soldiers in China between 1931 and 1945. <br>More:

Investors will also be closely watching manufacturers' output forecasts, to be published along with the October data, for clues on the strength of factory activity through the end of the year. The jobless rate likely fell to 3.9 percent in October from 4.0 percent in the prior month. The availability of jobs, or the jobs-to-applicants ratio, is expected to have risen to 0.96 in October from 0.95 in the previous month, a level not seen since April 2008, the poll showed. Meanwhile, household spending is expected to have risen 0.9 percent in October from a year earlier, up for a second consecutive month. The CPI, jobs and spending statistics are due at 8:30 a.m. <br>More:

stocks, with the U.S. Dow Jones industrial average closing above 16,000 for the first time. The Nikkei advanced 0.8 percent to 15,482.17 after rallying 1.9 percent on Thursday. The index is up 2.1 percent this week, heading for a second straight week of gains after banking its biggest weekly rise in four years last week. The rally took the benchmark Nikkei to "overbought" territory, however, with its 14-day relative strength index at 70.7, slightly above the 70-threshold which deems overbought. The index also held near the upper band of the Bollinger Bands - a bearish signal. "You've got the Senate Banking Committee confirmed (Federal Reserve Chair-nominee Janet) Yellen. <br>More:

The disaster and resulting public antipathy towards nuclear power prompted a wholesale revision of Japan's energy policy. The following year the government released a document outlining three potential future directions for Japan's energy policy, based on different levels of nuclear power. Any planned nuclear expansion had been ruled out. And none of the proposed pathways hit Japan's 25 per cent reduction target. This suggests the government was already planning to give up on its Cancun emissions reductions commitment, more than a year before it was officially announced at Warsaw. <br>More:

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