The Japan Coast Guard will deploy two large patrol vessels to areas of the Sea of Japan to reinforce protection of nuclear power plants against terrorism, sources familiar with the matter said Saturday. Two new 1,500-ton vessels with helipads will be deployed between fiscal 2019 and 2020 to the coast guard’s Tsuruga office in Fukui Prefecture where several nuclear plants are located, according to the sources. Patrol boats of similar size, each costing about 6 billion yen ($54 million), will be introduced in other parts of the country in the future, they said.
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A nuclear pact between Japan and the US has been automatically extended, allowing Tokyo to continue to reprocess spent nuclear fuel, extract plutonium and enrich uranium. The bilateral Japan-US pact, which came into force in July 1988, puts Japan in the position of being the only country without nuclear arms that is allowed to reprocess spent nuclear fuel, press reports said. Japan has long limited its nuclear research, development and energy uses to peaceful purposes. However, there are reports that the US is increasingly concerned about Japan’s growing reserve of plutonium, a material which can be used to create nuclear weapons.
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Several beaches ravaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan have been reopened for bathing for the first time in 8 years. Haragamaobama beach in Soma City, Fukushima Prefecture, was opened to the public on Saturday. Seawalls on the beach were badly damaged by the tsunami 8 years ago. But the reconstruction work has been completed. A ritual was held to pray for safety, and a group of local residents released balloons into the sky before the beach was officially declared open. Children then jumped into the water all at once.
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