The panel's report on the Fukushima nuclear disaster could fuel complaints that Japan is restarting nuclear reactors before key reforms are in place.
Critics of Prime Minister Noda's decision to restart nuclear reactors in the town of Oi worry that nearby communities are unprepared to deal with a Fukushima-scale nuclear crisis.
Concerns about Japan's summer energy demand and the impact on the economy factored into decision, which many see as a victory for the powerful nuclear energy industry.
Okinawa marked the 40th anniversary of its reversion to Japanese sovereignty from US postwar control Tuesday amid political deadlock over the relocation of a key US military base.
If Japan survives the summer without power blackouts, citizens may pressure the government to make the temporary nuclear shutdown permanent.
He's responded forcefully to Republican claims that it is a "celebration", criticizing Romney for statements from the 2008 campaign.
A century after Japan presented the US with a gift of 3,000 cherry trees, the US is reciprocating with 3,000 specially bred dogwoods. But the deal to nearly halve the number of Marines on Okinawa may be even sweeter.
The launch window for what North Korea says is an observation satellite opened during a week aimed at celebrating Sunday's centennial of the birth of Kim Il Sung, the country's late founder.
Though North Korea wasn't mentioned by name, the impoverished nation's recent rocket tests cast a shadow over the nuclear proliferation summit in Seoul.
A year ago, Japan depended on its 54 reactors for 30 percent of its electricity; only two of them remain open. Japan could become the first industrial society to enter the postnuclear age.