【天野IAEA事務局長死去E】あらためて言いますが、ブルームバーグは18日に、「日本で」死去と報じています。(link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-22/veil-of-secrecy-follows-iaea-director-general-into-death) bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
なぜ隠す? 不可解です

UN Nuclear Watchdog IAEA Chief Yukiya Amano Dies
Last week, Reuters reported citing sources that Yukiya Amano could leave his post in March 2020 due to health issues.

Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano has died, the organisation said in a statement published on the official website.

The IAEA has also published the latest reflections of the deceased chief as he expressed wish last week to step down in the following year.

国際原子力機関 事務局長 天野之弥(あまの ゆきや)氏 72歳

TEHRAN (FNA)- Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano has died, the organisation announced in a statement published on the official website.

"The Secretariat of the International Atomic Energy Agency regrets to inform with deepest sadness of the passing away of Director General Yukiya Amano," the IAEA secretariat said in the note, but did not state how Amano, who was 72, died.

The IAEA has published the latest reflections of the deceased chief as he expressed wish last week to step down in the following year.

“During the past decade, the Agency delivered concrete results to achieve the objective of 'Atoms for Peace and Development', thanks to the support of Member States and the dedication of Agency staff. I am very proud of our achievements, and grateful to Member States and Agency staff,” he noted.

The IAEA’s responsibilities include policing the restrictions on Tehran’s nuclear activities under the 2015 Iran's deal with world powers, which the United States quit last year. For several times, Amano had confirmed Iran's compliance with its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). His departure raises the question of what future course the agency will take, though few expect its handling of Iran and other sensitive issues to change significantly.

Days ago, sources claimed that Amano, a longtime Japanese diplomat who was reappointed in 2017 to a third four-year term in charge of the IAEA, would step down in March of next year because of an unspecified illness that has visibly weakened him over the past year.

Amano worked at the Japanese Foreign Ministry from 1972 until 2005, when he joined the IAEA as Japan's Resident Representative to the Agency. He had extensive experience in disarmament and non-proliferation diplomacy, as well as nuclear energy issues.

The IAEA flag will be lowered to half-mast.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 19:21| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

UAEの密輸船 UAEはだんまり パナマは激怒 英国籍のタンカーとどんな関連?

Panama Confirms Ship Seized by Iran Was Smuggling Oil
TEHRAN (FNA)- Panama's maritime authority confirmed that a tanker operating under the country's flag and seized by Iran in the Persian Gulf last week for smuggling fuel, was indeed in violation of international laws.

The Panamanian Maritime Administration (AMP) on Sunday censured the use of ships chartered by Panama for illegal acts, days after the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) detained the oil tanker MT Riah when it was smuggling one million liters of Iranian fuel in the Northern part of the Strait of Hormuz, presstv reported.

“We categorically condemn the use of vessels with a Panamanian flag for illicit acts that threaten the safety of human life,” the AMP said in a statement.

The statement further added that “those who clearly violate the laws, conventions and international agreements will be sanctioned and will run the risk that the ship is canceled from the Registry”.

Panamanian Ship Registry on Friday officially started withdrawing the registration of MT Riah after an investigation determined the tanker had "deliberately violated international regulations," the AMP announced.

According to specialized international sites, the vessel changed its name four times between 2009 and 2019. The vessel's Dubai-based owner Prime Tankers LLC says it has sold the vessel to Mouj Al-Bahar, another Emirati company.

The latest development follows the British seizure of an Iranian oil tanker claiming that it was carrying crude to Syria in violation of the European Union’s unilateral sanctions against the Arab country.

The Grace 1 supertanker, carrying 2.1 million barrels of oil, was seized in early July as it transited through international waters off Gibraltar, which is located on Spain's southern tip.

Later that day, Iran’s Foreign Ministry summoned Britain’s ambassador in Tehran, Rob Macaire, to express its strong protest at the move. The envoy was told that the British Royal Marines’ move was tantamount to “maritime piracy”.

Reports say the seizure took place at the request of the United States, which has been bent on driving Iranian oil exports to “zero” as part of its sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei denounced Britain’s illegal seizure of the oil tanker, warning that the act of “piracy” will not go unanswered.

On Friday, the IRGC Navy captured British oil tanker Stena Impero for violating international maritime laws when crossing the high-traffic Strait of Hormuz.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov stated on Monday that Iran's arguments for its seizure of the UK-flagged oil tanker were more convincing than those of London.

"Iran’s arguments are much more right than those of Gibraltar and London who are indulging in piracy," Ryabkov stressed.

Iranian officials say the vessel had switched off its GPS locator, in contravention of international regulations, and was sailing into the strategic waterway in a wrong traffic pattern.

The taker was transferred to the port of Iran’s southern city of Bandar Abbas for maritime casualty investigation.

The Britain has sought a diplomatic solution to the incident and UK Prime Minister Theresa May is to hold a meeting of the emergencies committee on Monday to discuss the issue.

Panama cites ‘deliberate violations’ as it disowns UAE-based tanker seized by Iran
The plot has thickened around the disappearance of the oil tanker MT Riah, towed to Iranian shores last week, with Panama saying it is revoking the ship’s registration over violation of international rules.

Panama's Maritime Authority on Saturday announced that it initiated the process of withdrawing its flag from the Emirati-based tanker Riah, which vanished south of Iran’s Larak Island.

In a statement cited by Reuters, the authority said that its own investigation into the tanker’s disappearance had found that it “deliberately violated international regulations” by failing to report an unusual situation, presumably its seizure by the Iranian Navy. The authority also condemned the use of Panama-registered vessels for “illicit activities” without ascribing any such specific activity to the Riah.

The tanker went missing from radar screens shortly before midnight last Saturday, when its tracking signal abruptly blinked out. On Tuesday, the Iranian news agency ISNA reported, citing the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that the Iranian forces came to a foreign tanker’s rescue after it sent a distress signal. While the name of the tanker was not revealed at the time, the vessel was presumed to be the Riah.


However, two days later, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps released footage showing the seizure of the ship with ‘Riah’ and “PANAMA” written on its hull, while accusing the vessel of smuggling fuel.

Semi-official news agency Fars reported at the time that the Iranian Navy had towed the tanker to the shore upon receiving a distress signal and discovered a haul of petroleum products, allegedly smuggled from Iran, after boarding the ship.

Despite airing the footage, Tehran has never acknowledged that the seized vessel was the Emirati-based Riah.

Other murky circumstances in the story have still not been clarified. While it has been widely reported that the Riah made frequent trips between different emirates of the UAE, that country has distanced itself from the ship.

"The tanker in question is neither UAE owned nor operated,” a UAE official told Emirates News Agency earlier this week.

There is also uncertainty over whether the ship asked for help, with the same official saying it “did not emit a distress call.”

At the moment, it’s still unclear who owns and operates the tanker. The Equasis maritime database shows the Riah’s last known owner as UAE-registered RIAH Shipping & Trading Inc., which appears to be based in Singapore.

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選挙に行っても何も変わらない のではなく みんなが選挙に行かなければ変わらない










家を買った、リフォームした。子供の具合が悪い、自分も体調がすぐれない。被ばくによるものかもと思っても、移住、転職? そんな面倒な、大変なことは嫌だ。汚染食材の回避だってろくにやらない人が多いのです。

















れいわ新撰組の蓮池 透氏や安冨 歩氏も得票が少なかったです。


天木 直人氏のオリーブの木、全体で16万票。


驚くことに趣味のサークル(日本人の「いわゆる常識」とは皆 少し考え方が違っていて本当に良い友達だった。)の友人全部が被曝の危険回避については消極的だった。








Reform of Japan's 'pacifist' constitution clause at stake as super-majority slips from PM Abe
The ruling coalition led by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is poised for a solid win in the upper house of parliament. Still, early projections show it won't secure the super-majority needed to change the constitution.

Japan held elections for the upper house of its parliament, the Diet, on Sunday. After initial evaluations signaled that the ruling coalition was heading for the two-thirds majority, more recent estimates showed it falling behind. Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its junior partner, the Komeito party, are poised to win at least 69 of the contested seats, according to projections by national broadcaster NHK. Voter turnout is the lowest in two decades at around 48 percent.

The ruling coalition's chances were damaged by recent controversy around the social security system and the upcoming sales tax hike. Still, Abe insists that his goal was to retain a simple majority for the sake of “stability.”

“Many said it would be extremely difficult to gain a majority when advocating tax hikes. But we have the public's understanding. This upper house election was not about winning two-thirds of the seats, it was about maintaining stability. We achieved that goal,” Abe said after the seeing the early results.
Make or break majority

The coalition's victory looks solid, but well short of the 85 seats required to retain the super-majority – the real deal-breaker for PM Abe's ambitious plan to change the country's pacifist constitution. He wants to further legitimize the Japanese military – the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) – by altering Article 9, imposed by the occupying US forces when the constitution was adopted in 1947. Technically, it forbids Japan from maintaining a war-capable military force and waging wars, but in reality it has been stretched very far through additional laws – each time prompting speculation of the SDF being unconstitutional altogether.

Under the Japanese electoral system, half of the 245 seats in the upper house of the Diet are contested every three years. A referendum on constitutional change can be initiated by a two-thirds majority in both the lower and upper houses – and the ruling coalition, combined with pro-revision opposition parties, held it before Sunday's polls. Despite the setback, Abe said the vote has shown that society is ready to debate the controversial reform.

“Of course, we cannot take the timing as a given, but I would like to achieve [the constitutional reform] somehow during my term,” the PM stated. Abe does not have that much time left, as his third LDP presidency is set to end in fall 2021 – and the party’s rules prohibit a fourth term.

“We will now try and gain the support of two-thirds of lawmakers on the constitutional amendment through discussions at the Commission on the Constitution. We asked voters if they want discussions or not... and they gave us a majority. So we would like to have a thorough debate.”
Society on the fence

It will likely take a lot of debate before the matter is settled, given recent polls that show just how split the Japanese are on the issue. Besides being wary of revising Article 9, many are against letting Abe change the constitution in any fashion at all. According to a recent survey by Kyodo News, 42 percent backed Abe's efforts, while 54 were opposed to it.

In the end, a revision of Article 9 would largely be symbolic – in all but name, the Japanese Self-Defense Forces have been a full-fledged, modern and very well-funded army for a long time. Still, changing its official status would be a large victory for politicians who want to further militarize the country and relieve the military from its ambiguous – and “shameful” for some – state.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 15:19| Comment(0) | 社会・経済


Thousands of bones found in Vatican search for missing teen
Thousands of bones have been unearthed by forensic experts from two ossuaries within the Vatican as part of an ongoing search for the remains of a missing Italian teen who disappeared in 1983.

Forensic workers extracted thousands of bones from the burial chambers that are believed to belong to dozens of people on Saturday. The Vatican did not speculate about who the bones may belong to, but a representative for the family of Emanuela Orlandi was present when the extraction took place.

The bones will now undergo DNA testing to establish their identities, and a Vatican representative said it’s impossible to predict how long the analysis will take. However, as Emanuela Orlandi’s brother pointed out, if there are any “recent bones” among the find, “it will be a problem for the Vatican.”

The search for the daughter of a Vatican clerk who went missing 36 years ago has been fraught with peculiar twists and turns. The latest taking place on July 11 when an anonymous tip-off sparked a search of tombs where two 19th century princesses were believed to be buried.

However, the tombs were found to be completely empty, with no bones from either Orlandi nor the two princesses, who died in the mid-1800s.

Last week, Vatican officials announced that records show construction work carried out on the cemetery at the end of the 19th century and again about 60 years ago, might have led to the princesses’ bones being moved to the ossuaries located under a trapdoor of the Pontifical Teutonic College, which flanks the graveyard.
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Ex-British Official Describes Capture of UK Ship by Tehran as 'Major Failure' by London
TEHRAN (FNA)- The United States offered to help Britain protect UK-registered ships in the Persian Gulf before a tanker was seized by Iran, a former government minister claimed, describing the seizure by Tehran as a 'major failure' by London.

Ex-Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith stated that Washington had offered the use of "assets" in the hotpoint region before the Stena Impero was seized by Iranian elite forces on Friday.

"I think there are genuine questions to be raised right now about the British Government's behaviour, I say this as a supporter of the Government," Smith told the BBC's Andrew Marr show.

"They were not taken up at the point and I want to know why, with only one ship as it appears there, and no accelerated attempt at assets," he asked, noting that "this is a major failure and the Government has to answer that charge very quickly indeed".

It came after a top defense minister warned it was "impossible" for the United Kingdom to protect every ship in the Persian Gulf as he demanded more money for the Royal Navy. Tobias Ellwood denied that the UK had taken its "eye off the ball" and stated the Government was looking at a "series of options" after Tehran seized the UK-flagged tanker.

Appearing on Sky's Sophy Ridge on Sunday this morning, Ellwood said the UK had three or four warships going through 100 nautical miles of waterway every day, adding, "It is impossible simply to escort each individual vessel."

Ellwood also called for more money to be invested in defence if Britain wants to continue to play a role on the international stage, saying, "If we want to continue playing a role on the international stage - bearing in mind that threats are changing - all happening just beneath the threshold of all-out war, then we must invest more in our defence, including our Royal Navy."

"Our Royal Navy is too small to manage our interests across the globe if that's our future intentions and that's something the next prime minister will need to recognise," he added.

UK caught in crossfire of US-Iran brinkmanship, and whose fault is that?
London has scored an own-goal by plunging right in the middle of the US game of nerves against Iran. The international crisis over detained tankers comes amid an awkward leadership transition at home.

Next week, Britain will have a new prime minister after Theresa May makes room for either former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson or incumbent Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Whoever is elected next Tory leader and head of the government will get an international crisis in his lap. And it won’t be the Brexit mess that sealed the downfall of May’s premiership – there is a more acute problem with Iran.

In early July, the UK captured an oil tanker carrying Iranian crude through the Strait of Gibraltar, saying it was trying to violate EU sanctions by delivering its cargo to a Syrian port. This Friday, Tehran detained a British-flagged tanker off its coast in what is widely perceived as an act of retaliation. Iran accuses the UK of doing the US’ bidding as the administration of President Donald Trump ratchets up pressure on the Islamic Republic with deployment of military assets and threats of sanctions against buyers of its oil.

Both Johnson and Hunt said they would not support military action against Iran if Trump ordered one.

“The US is our closest ally, we talk to them the whole time, we consider any requests that they say carefully, but I cannot envisage any situation where they request or we agree to any moves to go to war,” Hunt assured MPs worried that the situation would escalate further.

Sure, the UK has a great record of resisting Washington’s requests to go to war in the Middle East. And it’s not like the architects of the 2003 Iraq invasion, like John Bolton, are back in power in Washington, leading the charge against Iran, right?

It may be tricky to declare your intentions for peace while pretending that all the culprits sit in Tehran, to the beat of war drums coming from Washington. What if newspapers learn that you have quietly asked your allies across the pond to please shut up… pardon, to “refrain from making inflammatory public statements”?

There is also the Labour opposition, ready to point out the UK’s embarrassing role in the stand-off with Iran.

“Our role is to speak up for conflict resolution, de-escalation,” said shadow Foreign Secretary Richard Burgon in an interview with Sky News. “What we don’t want to do is end up being just the messengers or sidekicks of Donald Trump and John Bolton.”

Washington’s hand in the seizure of the Iranian tanker was publicly confirmed by Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell, who probably was not thrilled to see the Royal Marines in action in the territorial waters of Gibraltar, which Madrid refuses to see as British.

The US and Iran have been engaged in a brinkmanship confrontation since May, with the sabotage of oil tankers, takedowns of drones, and constant bickering over whose “malign actions” are a bigger threat to stability in the region. The Trump administration went on the war path against Iran last year after sending the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran down the drain, a key foreign policy achievement under Barack Obama. But it had a hard time convincing other signatories, including the UK, that it was a good idea.

Now London finds itself in the fray, despite all the Brexit chaos at home. The person on the British side who gave the order to raid the Iranian tanker may have given the hawks in Washington a nice present for Independence Day. Will it be good for Britain? It’s anyone’s guess.
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