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April 9th, 2013
07:35 AM ET

Japan deploys missile defense across country in anticipation of North Korea conflict


(CNN) - Japan deployed missile-defense systems at three sites around Tokyo early Tuesday ahead of a possible missile launch by North Korea, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.

The Patriot missile batteries were set up in the central district of Ichigaya and in the suburbs of Asaka and Narashino, Suga told reporters Tuesday. The deployments come as U.S. and South Korean officials warn Pyongyang could be preparing for another provocative move after weeks of belligerent rhetoric.

On "Early Start" this morning, CNN's Diana Magnay reports on Japan's move deploying missile defense across the country in anticipation of conflict with North Korea.

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Filed under: Japan • North Korea
December 20th, 2012
08:00 AM ET

Global gun control, CNN's Kyung Lah compares policy in Japan with policy in the U.S.

In 2008, Japan had 11 gun-related murders while the United States had 12 thousand. Perhaps other countries can offer America ideas for more effective gun control policies. CNN’s Kyung Lah, who has reported extensively on Japan as CNN"s Tokyo Correspondent, looks into it this morning.

In Lah’s five years of living and reporting in Japan, she says she never covered a shooting because there wasn’t one. “In Japan, there are almost no guns. The average person just can’t get one,” she says. “It’s the safest place I’ve ever lived.”

Living in the U.S. has been strikingly different for Lah.  The Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre is the third mass shooting she's covered in just six months. “But these mass shootings, which are now a part of our American narrative, follow a familiar pattern: The shock, national outrage, memorials, funerals, then the conversation fades.”

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Filed under: Gun control • Guns • Japan • Sandy Hook • School shooting • Shooting
May 29th, 2012
09:49 AM ET

Radiation in tuna found near California a danger? Stony Brook professor Nicholas Fisher says not a cause for alarm yet

Scientists are reporting nuclear radiation in bluefin tuna off the coast of California. The fish appear to only have low levels, but researchers say it's definitely the result of Japan's tsunami-damaged Fukushima power plant.

Stony Brook University professor Nicholas Fisher is one of the researchers who reported the findings. He says that though the radiation levels are higher than usual, it doesn't necessarily mean the fish are unsafe to eat.

Filed under: Earthquake • Japan • Radiation