Furious shareholders in the company that runs Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power station joined campaigners Thursday to demand the permanent closure of the utility's atomic plants, as it held its annual meeting. Dozens of demonstrators with loudspeakers and banners said Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) must act to avoid a repetition of the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, where three reactors went into meltdown after Japan's huge earthquake-sparked tsunami. Japan shut down all 48 of its reactors in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, the country's worst nuclear crisis in a generation. The government and electricity companies, including TEPCO, would like to fire some of them up again -- but public unease has so far prevented that, as has a new, toothier watchdog. There was pushing and shoving between security guards and demonstrators as they tried to approach TEPCO shareholders going into the annual meeting in Tokyo. Activists from conservation group Greenpeace wore full protective suits and industrial face masks to remind shareholders what evacuated families who lived near Fukushima must wear if they go back to check on their homes. Katsutaka Idogawa, former mayor of the town of Futaba that hosts the crippled plant, lashed out at supporters of nuclear power, including TEPCO's management. "Why don't you get exposed to radiation yourself? Why don't you lose your homeland?" he asked as shareholders filed into Tokyo International Forum for the meeting. His town remains evacuated because of elevated levels of radiation, amid expectations that it will be decades before it is safe to return, if ever. Idogawa -- who bought TEPCO shares last year in a bid to influence the company's decisions -- said the firm has been slow to offer compensation to those who lost homes, jobs, farms and their communities, and what they have offered has been inadequate. "You don't pay enough compensation and don't take responsibility. I can't forgive you!" he said. - 'Are we going to make the same mistake?' - The sentiment was echoed during the meeting by fellow shareholders whose communities host other nuclear plants. A woman from Niigata prefecture -- where TEPCO hopes to restart reactors at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa, the world's largest nuclear plant -- also urged the company to put an end to its nuclear operations. "Are we going to make the same mistake that we had in Fukushima, also in Niigata?" she said. "Fellow shareholders, please support this proposal of scrapping the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant... and revitalising the site with plans for renewable energy," she said. TEPCO has argued that restarting selected reactors at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa is the key to ensuring the company's survival as it battles huge costs. "We think the (Niigata prefectural) governor is totally right about his idea 'no investigation into the Fukushima accident, no talks on the resumption (of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant)," said TEPCO President Naomi Hirose. He said TEPCO was investigating the causes and facts of the Fukushima disaster, adding he hopes Niigata's governor will eventually give the greenlight to restarting the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant. The calls for an end to nuclear power were Thursday rejected by TEPCO and a majority of its shareholders -- who include a government-backed fund designed to rescue it, which holds 54.74 percent of outstanding stock. The government has poured billions of dollars into TEPCO to keep afloat a company that supplies electricity to Tokyo and its surrounding area, as it stumps up cash for decommissioning the reactors, cleaning up the mess they have made and paying compensation. During the meeting, Idogawa asked the company management to stop the legal battle over their responsibility for the accident and instead find compensation money for "evacuees and those who are in need". Others urged the management to invest in renewable energy, including solar power generation instead of nuclear plants. In eight other Japanese utilities' shareholders meetings also held on Thursday, all propositions to abandon nuclear power were rejected, Jiji Press reported.
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The Biden administration says it had no role in the explosion on Sunday at an Iranian uranium enrichment facility. Iran has blamed Israel and vowed to take revenge.Why it matters: The administration is attempting to negotiate a return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, with a second round of indirect talks set to start on Wednesday. The timing of the incident, along with several recent Israeli strikes on Iranian ships, could make Biden's diplomatic challenge more difficult.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.What they're saying: "We have seen reports of an incident at the Natanz enrichment facility in Iran. The United States had no involvement, and we have nothing to add to speculation about the causes," a senior Biden administration official said.Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif blamed Israel for the explosion, which resulted in damage to centrifuges used to enrichment uranium. He said the incident would not affect the nuclear talks, but “we will take our revenge against the Zionists.”Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's atomic energy organization, denied a New York Times report that the explosion caused such severe damage that it will take 9 months to repair. Salehi said uranium enrichment continues and the damaged centrifuges will soon be replaced.Iranian media reported that the intelligence services were investigating the incident, and one arrest had already been made.Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin met this morning in Jerusalem with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Speaking alongside Austin, Netanyahu stressed that Iran was the gravest threat in the region and that Israel would never allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon.Austin stressed the U.S. commitment to Israel's security but did not mention Iran. Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), a longtime advocate of democracy in Myanmar, told Politico Monday the Biden administration is "trying to do the right thing" in responding to the Myanmar military coup.What he's saying: "On the domestic front, I have not yet witnessed something that I’ve been happy about," McConnell said. "But in this area, I think their instincts are good. I think they’re trying to do the right thing."Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeBetween the lines: President Biden has consulted McConnell on the U.S.' response to the takeover in Myanmar, which has led police and military to kill over 700 people since February, Politico reports. The Republican senator, an ally to Myanmar's democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, called on the Biden administration to address the coup at the United Nations Security Council to ensure international attention.“Our ability to influence this from halfway around the world is limited,” he said. “But we do have tools.”"The lion share of the burden is on the State Department and the administration," he added. "But in any way that congressional action needs to be a part of this: Count me in."A former top State Department official who used to work with McConnell's staff told Politico McConnell has been "frustrated at times that, on both sides of the aisle, the White House and the State Department hasn't always come up with effective Burma policies."The big picture: The Biden administration has meted out a number of sanctions on Myanmar military officials in response, suspending trade engagement and imposing export controls.But the violence hasn't abated in Myanmar. On Saturday, security forces killed at least 82 pro-democracy protesters, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners monitoring group.Go deeper: UN envoy says "a bloodbath is imminent" in MyanmarMore from Axios: Sign up to get the latest market trends with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free