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Nuclear Radioactive Plutonium Found in Soil in Japan



Incidence of Reactor Explosion and nuclear radiation leak after math of 9 magnitude earthquake on richter scale followed by a devastating tsunami has taken a new deadly shape. Trace of radio active material, Plutonium have been found in soil at the Fukushima nuclear site which has raised alarm in the region and around the world on Tuesday.

Tokyo Electric Power Co said the radio active metal was found at low-risk levels in the few soil samples collected from the the facility. Though at this level it is not harmful for human beings but one thing is cleared that the reactor’s containment mechanism has been failed.

Plutonium is an radio unstable metal which releases nuclear radiation that may cause irreparable damage to human tissues or possible mutation. The metal is also used in making nuclear bomb. Death by this metal can be mysterious this is why spies during cold war era in Soviet Union and USA used to be killed by adding a small amount of plutonium in their food, But the levels in the Japan site is so low that it would hardly harm anyone.
“Plutonium is a substance that’s emitted when the temperature is high, and it’s also heavy and so does not leak out easily,” agency deputy director Hidehiko Nishiyama told a news conference.

“So if plutonium has emerged from the reactor, that tells us something about the damage to the fuel. And if it has breached the original containment system, it underlines the gravity and seriousness of this accident.”
Reuters named this nuclear disaster as the worst in past 25 years. Opposition ministers in Japan blamed Naoto Kan in parliament for his inefficiency in relief work and incompetency in handling this disaster. Their main question was why the he did not widen the no entry zone. Kan said he was seeking advice on such a step, which would force 130,000 people to move in addition to 70,000 already displaced as quoted by the Reuters.
The disaster took lives of 10,000 civilians another 17,000 are still missing or dead, as the authorities have no information in it. reports says while the clearing or mess due to debris is going on some bodies have been found and have been sent for identification. 
The condition in Japan soon went out of control after the incidence, Japan asked IAEA for help. Among the various international response, France, which is itself most nuclear energy dependent nation in the world has offered help to Japan by sending two nuclear experts to help deal with the problem. Nicolas Sarkozy will also be the first foreign leader to visit Japan after the disaster
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Sanskar Shrivastava is the founder of international students' journal, The World Reporter. Passionate about dynamic occurrence in geopolitics, Sanskar has been studying and analyzing geopolitcal events from early life. At present, Sanskar is a student at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture and will be moving to Duke University.

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Car executive nabbed for drug use in Japan



Drug car use

The renowned car company, Volkswagen, has taken a hit in Japan recently with a top executive being arrested for alleged cocaine use. The German national known as Thomas Siebert admitted to using cocaine on a regular basis after another drug was found to be addressed to him in the post. Japan has some of the strictest drug laws in the world, with the importation of Sudafed and Nyquil being illegal in the country, therefore the man is facing a lot of trouble. Drug offences in Japan are taken very seriously and can result in up to 10 years jail time, or even extradition.

The man was busted when Customs in Yokohama discovered a suspicious product in incoming mail from an overseas destination. Upon inspecting the substance, it was discovered to be amyl nitrate. The street name for the drug is Rush or Poppers, a drug that is sniffed and often used for sexual encounters within the LGBQT community.

Police raided the German executives home in Tokyo, and the man was forced to partake in a urine test which came out positive for drugs. Although the man does not admit to using any other drugs other than cocaine, he is being charged for the possession of the drug addressed to him and another male acquaintance residing at his address, meaning he is going to need to invest in a good drug defense attorney to help him fight his case to avoid a lengthy jail sentence or extradition back to his home country.

Despite not being aware of its top executives drug use, Volkswagen has put minimal distance between itself and Mr Siebert, stating that despite him being arrested on a personal matter they will take very little action on him until the facts have been verified. Having lived in Japan for more than 17 years, Siebert should be more than aware of the zero drug policy stance held by Japan. Hopefully it is not the end of his lengthy career working with Volkswagen in Japan.

This is not the first case of a car executive being arrested for drug offences in Japan in recent months. American Toyota executive, Julie Hamp was recently arrested for the importation of a narcotic painkiller known as oxycodone. After being appointed as a public relations officer for the company only three months prior, this was a huge hit for the company, despite the company stating she was an integral part of their team. Hamp has since been deported back to America after spending three months in jail. Toyota has replaced her position with a veteran in the company known as Shigeru Hayakawa.

It is not an uncommon practice to arrest foreigners who bring in medicinal substances used in their home country, although some drugs may receive special approval for their use. Often people who bring in medicinal drugs can spend up to 23 days in jail.

Siebert can fight his claim, however the result may not be what he desires. Hopefully there are no other car executives arrested for drug use in Japan in the coming months, as two in one month seems like quite a lot for a business that should be focussing on safe driving practices.

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Japan is not at ease with its EEZ?



Senkaku/Diaoyu island

This aerial view shows Uotsuri Island, one of the islands of Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese, in East China Sea, June 2011. ctvnews