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Marshall Islands appreciates visit by Japanese survivor of Bikini test

Officials of the Marshall Islands expressed appreciation Monday to visiting Bikini Atoll test survivor Matashichi Oishi from Japan, saying his presence during the country's commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the United States' most devastating atomic bomb test in the Pacific Ocean boosts their desire to seek justice and call for the absolute elimination of nuclear weapons in the world.

Islanders afraid to go home 60 years after Bikini Atoll H-bomb

The Marshall Islands on Saturday marked 60 years since the devastating US hydrogen bomb test at Bikini Atoll, with angry exiled residents saying they were too fearful to ever go home. Part of the intense Cold War nuclear arms race, the 15-megaton Bravo test on March 1, 1954 was a thousand times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. It vaporised one island and exposed thousands in the surrounding area to radioactive fallout.

Japanese, Marshallese survivors of Bravo test exchange stories

A Japanese survivor of the 1954 atomic bomb testing by the United States in the Pacific Ocean dubbed "Castle Bravo" and a Marshallese woman who was directly hit by the nuclear fallout from the same incident met Friday in the Marshall Islands.

'Elevated' radioactivity at UK nuclear plant

Elevated levels of radioactivity have been detected at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant in Britain and staffing there has been reduced, its operators said Friday. The move to reduce staff at the plant in northern England was a "conservative and prudent" decision and only essential workers were being asked to report for their shifts. gj/yad

Suspects in Mexico nuclear theft held without bail

Mexico City, Dec 9 (EFE).- A Mexican federal judge on Monday ordered five of the six people arrested last week in connection with the theft of a truck carrying nuclear material held for at least 40 days. Four of the suspects are thought to have taken part in the theft, while the fifth bought the stolen truck, a source in the Mexican Attorney General's Office told Efe. The sixth person detained last week is a minor who has agreed to turn state's witness, the source said.

Six detained in Mexico over radioactive waste theft

Six men were being treated Friday for radiation symptoms at a central Mexico hospital where police are holding them in connection with the theft of radioactive material, officials said. The suspects, who face charges of breaking environmental laws, are believed to have come into contact with a cancer-treating teletherapy device that contained cobalt-60, a dangerous radioactive isotope.

Two hospitalized in Mexico with radiation symptoms

A teenager and a young man have been hospitalized with radiation symptoms in a central Mexican state where stolen radioactive material was recovered, authorities said Friday. The 16-year-old boy and a 25-year-old man were under police custody at the hospital in Hidalgo state, with symptoms including vomiting, nausea and dizziness, but authorities did not make it clear whether they were suspected in the theft.

Outgoing antinuclear mayor attacks Japan's nuclear exports

The mayor of a Japanese coastal village hosting nuclear facilities harshly attacked the government's efforts to export nuclear power infrastructure, calling them "unethical" and "shameful." Referring to the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, Tatsuya Murakami, mayor of Tokaimura, Ibaraki Prefecture, said, "We have not been able to determine its cause and many of the Fukushima residents are still displaced. And we don't know the future of Fukushima."

Japan should stop 'confusing messages' on Fukushima

The world's nuclear watchdog has urged Japan to explain more clearly what is happening at Fukushima and avoid sending "confusing messages" about the disaster, the country's atomic regulator revealed Wednesday. The International Atomic Energy Agency questioned why the leak last week of 300 tonnes of highly radioactive water merited a rating on its International Nuclear Event Scale (INES), when no other incident since the March 2011 meltdowns had.

Japan foreign min. visits Chernobyl to apply insight to Fukushima

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida visited Chernobyl, site of the 1986 nuclear disaster in Ukraine, on Sunday to observe the nuclear power plant and areas surrounding it. Kishida is expected to apply the lessons of the postdisaster work being conducted there to Japan's ongoing efforts to deal with the aftermath of the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan, triggered by the massive earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
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