Insight

Sunday 26 July 2015, with Philippa Tolley

Yoichi Tao the executive director of the volunteer group Ressurect Fukushima stands beside an official radiation meter in Iitate Village Fukushima Prefecture
Yoichi Tao, the executive director of the volunteer group Resurrect Fukushima, stands beside an official radiation meter in Iitate Village, Fukushima Prefecture.( RNZ / Cushla Norman )

Insight for 26 July 2015 - Power Struggle - Nuclear & Japan

Cushla Norman reports from Japan on the reopening of nuclear power plants 2 years after the Fukushima meltdown post the tsunami

Japan is preparing for a return to nuclear power production next month, four years after the earthquake and tsunami that led to the meltdown of reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. 

But there is strong opposition to the reopening of Japan's nuclear power plants, which were all gradually shut down after the disaster for safety upgrades.

As Cushla Norman reports from Tokyo, the restarts are unpopular with a public still grappling with the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

Coming Up on Insight

8:12 am Sunday 2 August: Insight: Mediterranean Rescue

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Women and children are among the scores of migrants from Sudan, Eritrea and Syria arriving to Sicily after attempting to cross the Mediterranean (AFP)

.Hundreds of migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean this year, amid a surge in overcrowded boats heading for Europe from Libya.

The BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse reports on  the dramatic rescue of 500 African migrants trying to cross the sea and then follows two of them as they make their way to Europe

8:12 am Sunday 9 August: Insight: Gay Rights Beyond Marriage

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Liggs Hoffman and Nicola Wood had a civil union ceremony  five years ago - but haven't opted to "upgrade" to marriage. 
( RNZ/ Alex Ashton )

It's nearly two years since gay and lesbian couples were given the right to marry in New Zealand.

Since then, more than 1500 same-sex couples have tied the knot and the rate of civil unions has plummeted.  Worldwide, more countries are now following suit - including the United States and the United Kingdom.
 
But how has the Marriage Amendment Act changed the lives of gays and lesbians living in this country, and has it been the silver-bullet against homophobia that some thought it would be?

This Insight explores how same-sex marriage has changed what it is to be gay in New Zealand, and asks where to now for the queer rights movement.