Dagelijkse archieven: 10 mei 2017

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Fukushima village farmers plant rice for 1st time since nuclear disaster

Farmers have begun planting rice in a village in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, for the first time since the 2011 nuclear disaster contaminated the soil with radiation, leading to forced evacuations.

Eight farms in the village of Iitate plan to resume rice-growing this year in a combined area of about 7 hectares, the Japan Times reported. That area is significantly smaller than the 690 hectares available to farmers before the Fukushima disaster.

It marks the first time since the area was evacuated that farmers have been able to plant rice for commercial sales. Evacuation orders were lifted at the end of March for parts of the village.

The farmers will conduct radiation tests on the rice before shipping it to retailers. However, no rice grown in Iitate has shown radioactivity levels beyond the safety standard since experimental planting began in 2012.

Meanwhile, the government also took steps to encourage evacuees to return to the area on Wednesday, with an upper house committee passing a bill aimed at boosting governmental support so that displaced individuals can return to their homes earlier than planned.

The bill, which is expected to soon be passed by the upper house plenary session, will allow the government to fund more infrastructure rebuilding in the area, including roads and removing radioactive substances.

Also on Wednesday, the mayor of Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, called on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to introduce an advanced medical care system in the city, which is located north of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Minamisoma is also developing a system which will give residents access to doctors online, in an effort to quell health concerns.

In March 2011, an earthquake and subsequent tsunami led to the meltdown of three nuclear reactors at Fukushima Daiichi, making it the worst nuclear disaster since the Chernobyl catastrophe in 1986.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is setting the country on course for remilitarization, much to the exasperation of Japan’s wartime enemies, China and South Korea.

On Wednesday, May 3, the outgoing nationalist Abe declared that he hopes to see a revised constitution implemented by 2020, when Tokyo is set to host the Olympics. The proclamation underscored what many have suspected up until now to be the prime minister’s intention to move Japan away from its post-World War II pacifist posture, toward a more active one in the Asia-Pacific security environment.


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Pastor jailed for throwing ‘possessed’ woman on fire in fatal exorcism

A Nicaraguan pastor and four of his followers have been sentenced to 30 years in prison for their involvement in a fatal exorcism. The group stripped a woman naked and threw her onto a fire, claiming the victim was possessed by the devil.

Vilma Trujillo received burns to 80 percent of her body and died after five days in hospital following the incident on February 21.

The 25-year-old mother of two had been held in captivity by the group for a week, during which time she was tied up and left without food or water.

“The suffering that Trujillo was subjected to is something no human being should go through,” sentencing judge Alfredo Silva said, reported AFP.

Pastor Juan Rocha and three of the four accused also received a six-year sentence for illegal detention. All five were fined $522 each.

The men denied killing the woman during the trial, claiming “She fell into the fire when the spirit of the devil came out of her body,”El Nuevo Herald reported defendant Rocha Romero as having said. “We were praying, when we looked up and saw she was on fire.”

Trujillo’s hands and feet were bound when she was thrown into the fire – where she remained for five hours before being rescued by family.

Her husband Reynaldo Peralta is reported to have told the media that his wife became possessed and attacked people with a machete. “My wife won’t be coming back but at least they will be locked up for the maximum time,” he told local media following the sentencing.

Nicaraguan news outlet La Prensa cited forensic experts as saying the woman had endured temperatures of 400 degrees Celsius during the ordeal.