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Mar 16, 2015

UNDP chief calls for pre-emptive spending to reduce disaster risks

The international community needs to invest more in pre-emptive measures to reduce risks from natural disasters, rather than spending a lot after they happen, according to the head of the U.N. Development Program. “You could say it’s a no-brainer that needs more priority,” said ...

Japan's rebound from recession weaker than estimated: GDP revision

Mar 10, 2015

Japan's rebound from recession weaker than estimated: GDP revision

The economy grew at a slower pace than initially estimated in the final quarter of 2014, as corporate capital spending declined amid the weak recovery in consumer demand following last year’s consumption tax hike, government data said Monday. Gross domestic product — the total ...

Kagoshima nuclear plant evacuation plans 'flawed'

Jul 22, 2014

Kagoshima nuclear plant evacuation plans 'flawed'

With the Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture poised to be restarted as early as this fall, experts and critics are pointing to flaws in the evacuation plan drawn up by prefectural authorities, stirring doubt among nearby residents. Municipalities within 30 km of nuclear ...

Jul 2, 2014

TPP nations set to meet in Ottawa as U.S. pushes for deal

Officials from the 12 countries involved in a Pacific free trade initiative will seek to advance their stalled talks during a meeting in Ottawa starting Thursday, following U.S. President Barack Obama’s call for an agreement on the framework by November. While advocates of the ...

| May 21, 2014

TPP talks progress, no completion

A broad Pacific trade accord appears nowhere in sight after ministers from 12 countries failed to specify a timeline for striking a deal, despite the efforts of Japan and the United States to inject impetus by highlighting the progress they made on tariffs in ...

Singapore TPP talks fail to reach a deal

Feb 25, 2014

Singapore TPP talks fail to reach a deal

Ministers from 12 Pacific-Rim countries failed Tuesday to achieve the goal of reaching a broad agreement on an envisioned regional free trade deal due to remaining gulfs over such key outstanding issues as tariff elimination. After wrapping up their four-day meeting in Singapore, the ...

'Dog yoga' catching on with pet lovers and their canines

Jan 3, 2014

'Dog yoga' catching on with pet lovers and their canines

An unusual fitness practice whose adherents believe strengthens the bond between dog and owner has taken hold among devotees of the two- and four-legged variety. “Dog yoga” — which, as the name suggests, incorporates dogs with aspects of the ancient exercise discipline — lets ...