Chris Zappone
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Fukushima nuclear crisis adds risk for Japan’s recovery plan

by in Asia-Pacific.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during the Tokyo 2020 bid presentation during the 125th IOC Session - 2020 Olympics Host City Announcement at Hilton Hotel on September 7, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during the Tokyo 2020 bid presentation during the 125th IOC Session. Ian Walton/Getty Images

The decision by the International Olympic Committee to award the 2020 Olympics to Tokyo suggests that the Committee has been assured by prime minister Shinzo Abe’s pledge that the Fukushima crisis would be over by then.
If Abenomics is successful, and the country follows a trajectory back to health, the games will be…

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Cambodian vote carries shades of U.S.-China struggle

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Leader of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Sam Rainsy speaks to the media during a press conference in Phnom Penh on July 29, 2013. Cambodia's opposition on July 29 rejected the claim of victory by the ruling party of strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen in weekend elections, alleging widespread irregularities.
Sam Rainsy speaks to the media in Phnom Penh on July 29, 2013. TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP/Getty Images

Tuesday saw Cambodia’s government reject a Monday call from leading opposition figure Sam Rainsy for an impartial committee be formed to investigate the results of a weekend parliamentary election. Rainsy alleged major irregularities and said up to 1.3 million people could not vote.
This does not, however, change the fact that the nation’s opposition parties made a strong…

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