Tue, 18 May 2021

TOKYO -- The radioactive wastewater from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan's northeast is totally different from that of a normal nuclear power plant, said Japanese ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lawmaker Taku Yamamoto, who called on the government to convey the truth to the public.

Yamamoto said on his personal website that according to the data released by the plant's operator Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. (TEPCO) on Dec. 24, 2020, even after the radioactive water is treated, it contains not only tritium, but also 12 kinds of other radioactive substances such as iodine 129 and cesium 135 that cannot be removed, some of which have half-lives of tens of thousands of years. (Japan-Radioactive waste water-Call for truth)

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MANILA -- The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported on Friday 10,726 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 914,971.

The death toll climbed to 15,738 after 145 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said. The Philippines, which has about 110 million population, has tested over 10 million people since the outbreak in January 2020. (Philippines-COVID-19)

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SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday nominated former four-term lawmaker and interior minister Kim Boo-kyum as the new prime minister in his cabinet reshuffle, the presidential Blue House said.

Kim will become the third prime minister of the Moon government, which was inaugurated in May 2017, if the nomination is approved in the parliamentary confirmation hearings. (South Korea-Cabinet reshuffle)

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NEW DELHI -- India reported yet another fresh high of 217,353 new COVID-19 cases, as the daily spike surpassed 200,000 for the second consecutive day, taking the total tally to 14,291,917, according to the data released by the federal health ministry Friday.

Meanwhile, 1,185 people died from COVID-19 since Thursday morning, bringing the death toll to 174,308. There are still a total of 1,569,743 active cases in the country, with an increase of 97,866 in the past 24 hours. (India-COVID-19 cases)

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