- - Thursday, December 20, 2012


TOKYO — A team of Japanese scientists says faults under a nuclear plant in northern Japan are likely active, which could further delay resumption of idled reactors.

The four-member panel commissioned by the Nuclear Regulation Authority said Thursday that at least two major faults underneath the Higashidori plant are believed to be active and could cause major earthquakes, rejecting operator Tohoku Electric Power Co.’s denial.

The operator would have to re-evaluate the seismic impact and reinforce the facility, a process that could take years.

Just two of Japan’s 50 reactors are online. The rest are suspended for checks after last year’s Fukushima Dai-ichi meltdowns.

Checks have been made for seismic faults at several plants. Earlier this month, experts said they suspected an active fault directly under a Tsuruga reactor in western Japan.


Indian premier calls for close relations with ASEAN

NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told a summit of Southeast Asian leaders on Thursday that his nation attaches the “highest priority” to its relations with their region.

Mr. Singh’s address to a gathering in New Delhi between India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was part of his nation’s “Look East” policy, seen as a counter to China’s influence across the region.

As part of that policy, Mr. Singh visited Myanmar in May and deepened ties with Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and Indonesia, among others.

“The path to regional peace and stability is greater coordination, cooperation and integration among our economies,” Mr. Singh told the summit, which brought nine Southeast Asian heads of state or government to India.

Mr. Singh said he hoped India-ASEAN trade would exceed $100 billion by 2015 and $200 billion by 2022.


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