Q&A: Will world court ruling end Japan's whaling?

Wed 02 Apr 2014 -

TOKYO, Japan ----Japan's whaling in the Antarctic is at a crossroads after the International Court of Justice ordered the program stopped. The court concluded the supposed scientific research program is actually a guise for commercial whaling. This week's ruling cannot be appealed, but Japan has other options to consider.

Japan easing arms export ban

Wed 02 Apr 2014 -

TOKYO, Japan ------Japan relaxed a decades-old ban on military-related exports Tuesday in a bid to expand joint arms development with allies and equipment sales to Southeast Asia and elsewhere.

Far deeper emission cuts needed to curb climate change: draft IPCC report

Wed 02 Apr 2014 -

YOKOHAMA, Japan ---The world will need far tougher curbs on greenhouse gases, by both developed nations and emerging economies, to keep global warming from exceeding a promised ceiling, a draft UN report shows.

Climate change impacting entire planet, raising risk of hunger, floods, conflict – UN report

Tue 01 Apr 2014 -

YOKOHAMA, Japan ---– The effects of climate change are already occurring in all continents and across the oceans, and the world, for the most part, is ill-prepared for their risks, says a United Nations report issued today, which also warns that while action can be taken, managing the phenomenon’s impacts ...

Japan struggles to keep whaling alive

Mon 03 Mar 2014 -

TOKYO, Japan ---- Japanese media often report on clashes between environmentalists and the country's whaling fleet in the Antarctic. Yet there is no debate about a heavily subsidized industry producing food that only a few desire.

February 2014

Solomons faces potential economic rescue

Alfred Sasako

As it edges closer to an election later this year, the Hapi Isles appears to be in an economic turmoil.

One in four tsunami children in Japan need mental care

Tue 28 Jan 2014 -

TOKYO, Japan --- One in four preschool-aged children caught up in Japan's 2011 tsunami disaster has psychiatric problems, a report says, with experts warning the effects could last a lifetime if left untreated.

US and Japan in stand-off over dolphin slaughter

Tue 21 Jan 2014 -

TOKYO, Japan --- Washington and Tokyo, normally the staunchest of allies, have been drawn into an unexpected diplomatic spat over the annual slaughter of dolphins in a secluded Japanese cove.

Japanese mayor opposed to U.S. air base re-elected

Tue 21 Jan 2014 -

TOKYO, Japan --- A Japanese mayor who opposes moving a U.S. military base to his city in Okinawa won a hard-fought re-election battle Sunday, dealing a potential blow to hopes in Washington and Tokyo that the long-delayed plan would move forward.

Japan signs carbon offset deal with Palau

Wed 15 Jan 2014 -

TOKYO, Japan --- Japan has signed an agreement with Palau to allow Japanese companies to earn carbon credits by helping the small Pacific island cut greenhouse gas emissions, the Japanese government said on Monday.

Japan plans nuclear reactor meltdown to help prevent another Fukushima disaster

Fri 10 Jan 2014 -

TOKYO, Japan --- Nuclear scientists in Japan are planning a controlled reactor meltdown in the hope of learning how to prevent disasters like the one at the Fukushima power plant in 2011, according to local media reports.

Japan to nationalise 280 remote islands

Thu 09 Jan 2014 -

TOKYO, Japan --- Japan will nationalise about 280 of the about 400 remote islands that serve as markers for determining Japan's territorial waters, the state minister for oceanic policy and territorial issues has announced.

Japan, Palau to cooperate for 2015 Pacific islands summit

Wed 04 Dec 2013 -

TOKYO, Japan --- Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has met with Palau President Tommy Remengesau Tuesday, with the two leaders agreeing to cooperate in successfully holding a summit of small Pacific island nations in 2015 in Japan.

Japan: Fuel removal begins at stricken nuclear plant

John Watanabe,
Wed 27 Nov 2013 -

TOKYO, Japan ---- Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the operator of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi power plant, officially started transferring nuclear fuel rods from the damaged reactor 4 building on November 18. The dangerous process could result in the release of large amounts of radioactivity if anything goes wrong. It ...

TEPCO clean-up boss says Fukushima's radioactive water will be dumped into Pacific Ocean

Wed 20 Nov 2013 -

TOKYO, Japan --- The man in charge of the clean-up at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant says growing stores of contaminated water from the site will eventually have to be dumped into the sea.

Japan NZ to cooperate in assisting Pacific islands over disasters

Tue 05 Nov 2013 -

TOKYO, Japan --- The foreign ministers of Japan and New Zealand agreed Saturday to strengthen cooperation in helping Pacific island nations cope with climate change and natural disasters, such as earthquakes and tsunami.

Japan will host the PALM Second Ministerial Interim Meeting (MIM2)

Mon 04 Nov 2013 -

TOKYO, Japan --- Pacific Island leaders gathered in Japan last week to review the progress of commitments made by Japan and Pacific Island Forum leaders at their Sixth Pacific Island leaders and Japan meeting (PALM 6) held in May 2012.

Japan, FSM to seek closer economic relations

Mon 04 Nov 2013 -

TOKYO, Japan --- Japan and the Federated States of Micronesia agreed Thursday to promote their economic cooperation, with the Pacific island country calling for more Japanese investment in its development programs.

Japan, Micronesia to seek closer economic relations

Fri 01 Nov 2013 -

TOKYO, Japan --- Japan and Micronesia agreed Thursday to promote their economic cooperation, with the Pacific island country calling for more Japanese investment in its development programs.

Japan, China in war of words as Tokyo scrambles jets to monitor Beijing military planes

Mon 28 Oct 2013 -

TOKYO, Japan --- The rhetoric between Asia's two superpowers is becoming more belligerent with China warning that if Japan carries out a threat to shoot down foreign drones, it would be an act of war.

Fiji - Japan talks

Mon 28 Oct 2013 -

TOKYO, Japan --- Fiji’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Ratu Inoke Kubuabola held talks last week with his Japan counterpart, Fumio Kishida.

Japan, Pacific leaders to hold summit near Fukushima in 2015

Mon 28 Oct 2013 -

TOKYO, Japan --- Top leaders from Japan and Pacific island nations will hold a summit in a city near the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant in 2015, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Saturday.

Japan gov't eyes hosting Pacific islands summit in Fukushima

Thu 24 Oct 2013 -

TOKYO, Japan --- The Japanese government is considering picking Fukushima Prefecture in northeastern Japan to host a summit of Pacific island countries in 2015, a senior government official said Wednesday.

UN team hails Japan’s remediation efforts in Fukushima-affected areas

Tue 22 Oct 2013 -

TOKYO, Japan ---Good progress has been made by Japan in remediation efforts in areas affected by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, a group of United Nations experts have said in a preliminary report, while encouraging the Government to better communicate its decontamination goals to the public.

Japan will host the PALM Second Ministerial Interim Meeting (MIM2)

Tue 22 Oct 2013 -

TOKYO, Japan, Japan will host the Second Ministerial Interim Meeting (MIM2) of the Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM) process at the Iikura Guest House at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo.