Apr 13, 2009

U.S.-China deal blocks Japan's action on N. Korea's rocket launch

PATTAYA, Thailand — Japan’s acceptance of a U.N. Security Council presidential statement in response to North Korea’s April 5 rocket launch instead of a UNSC resolution stemmed largely from a policy shift by the United States, Tokyo’s closest ally. The compromise — struck between ...

G20 to eye creation of low-carbon economy

Jan 27, 2009

G20 to eye creation of low-carbon economy

Leaders of 20 major developed and emerging economies are expected during a summit in London on April 2 to ensure that their stimulus measures to address the global financial crisis will also lead to the creation of a low-carbon world economy, according to a ...

Dec 17, 2008

Japan eyes proactive climate diplomacy in 2009

POZNAN, Poland — Japan is expected to pursue proactive yet balanced climate diplomacy in 2009 to ensure the involvement of the United States, China and India — responsible for nearly half the world’s greenhouse gas emissions — in a new treaty to fight global ...

Ice maker fearing a global thaw

Dec 10, 2008

Ice maker fearing a global thaw

MINANO, Saitama Pref. — As many as 100,000 people from Japan and abroad visit Tetsuo Asami’s shaved ice parlor every summer in Minano, a small town in the Chichibu region of Saitama Prefecture, seeking out his products that use naturally frozen ice and are ...

Romania Japan studies head hailed

Nov 18, 2008

Romania Japan studies head hailed

Kanji Tsushima was deeply moved when he heard that one of the students in his Japanese-language class 30 years ago in Bucharest had won two awards for her role in introducing his country’s culture to Romania by translating modern literature. “She was by far ...

'Hanko' photo stamped top prize at photo contest for diplomats

Oct 18, 2008

'Hanko' photo stamped top prize at photo contest for diplomats

An exhibition of photographs taken by foreign diplomats and spouses in Japan will open Monday in Tokyo, showcasing a variety of work imbued with humor, wit and curiosity about the country. About 70 works by 54 diplomats and spouses representing 37 countries and the ...

G8 youths ask for 'strict' carbon cap-and-trade system

| May 26, 2008

G8 youths ask for 'strict' carbon cap-and-trade system

Fifteen youths from the Group of Eight nations and five emerging economies have urged G8 environment ministers to introduce a “strict international carbon cap-and-trade system” to curb greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming. In a proposal called “The Kobe Challenge,” the youths asked ...

| May 20, 2008

G8 environment heads to talk CO2 cuts in Kobe

The Group of Eight environment ministers will open on Saturday a three-day meeting in Kobe on ways to meet Japan’s proposal to halve global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The ministers will seek G8 cooperation on promoting the “co-benefits approach” to help developing countries ...

Jan 30, 2008

G8 summit to focus on yuan, subprime woes, oil-price spike

The Group of Eight leaders plan to focus on financial market turbulence stemming from the U.S. subprime mortgage turmoil and the impact of nearly $100-per-barrel oil prices as top economic agenda items at their July summit in Hokkaido, draft discussion papers show. The G8 ...

Jan 28, 2008

Fukuda faces post-Kyoto balancing act

As Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda kicked off Japan’s climate diplomacy as this year’s president of the Group of Eight, he took on the immense task of leading global negotiations to build a new carbon reduction framework involving all major polluters. Japan plans to use ...