Asia Briefs: Anti-nuclear activist 'wins election' in Japan

Anti-nuclear activist 'wins election' in Japan

NIIGATA • An anti-nuclear candidate won a Japanese regional election yesterday, according to media projections, a blow to Tokyo Electric Power's attempts to restart the world's biggest atomic power station and a challenge to the government's energy policy.

Mr Ryuichi Yoneyama, 49, a doctor and lawyer who has never held office, won the race for governor of Niigata, north of Tokyo, projections said, in a vote dominated by concerns over the future of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa power station and nuclear safety, more than five years after the Fukushima catastrophe of March 2011.


China's first nuclear submarine to be exhibit

QINGDAO • China's first nuclear-powered submarine has been decommissioned after more than 40 years of military service, according to the naval authorities.

After undergoing a thorough denuclearisation process, the submarine was towed on Saturday to a wharf belonging to the Chinese Navy Museum in the port city of Qingdao in Shandong province, where it will be a public exhibit.


Floodwaters hit houses and cars in Klang

KLANG • A portion of the river bund in Selangor's Sungai Keramat river collapsed yesterday morning due to high tide, flooding more than 10 village houses in Jalan Kapar, in the city of Klang.

Eight cars were also damaged after floodwaters gushed into the villagers' homes in Jalan Kebun Baru, situated right next to the river.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 17, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe