Hakone Ekiden gave relay races new fascination

| Dec 7, 2010

Hakone Ekiden gave relay races new fascination

As the new year approaches, many people are looking forward to gathering with their families to eat special New Year’s dishes. Some also will be tuning in to watch the Hakone Ekiden, the two-day long-distance collegiate relay race held from Jan. 2. The 218-km ...

Grad gets 18 years for killing professor

Dec 3, 2010

Grad gets 18 years for killing professor

Lay and professional judges sentenced a Chuo University graduate Thursday to 18 years in prison for stabbing his professor to death last year on the school’s Korakuen campus in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo. Presiding Judge Yukihiko Imasaki said that while Ryuta Yamamoto’s delusional disorder was ...

Man admits killing professor, claims disorder

Nov 25, 2010

Man admits killing professor, claims disorder

A 29-year-old Chuo University graduate on Wednesday admitted stabbing a college professor to death last year, but his lawyers said the Tokyo District Court should take into consideration that he has a delusional disorder. Ryuta Yamamoto stands accused of murdering Hajime Takakubo, 45, a ...

Voice of youth made itself heard at COP10, targets India

Oct 31, 2010

Voice of youth made itself heard at COP10, targets India

NAGOYA — While the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity finally wound to an end Saturday morning, a group of international students said their work toward COP11, slated for 2012 in India, was only just beginning. “We aim to ...

COP10 signs off on protocol

Oct 31, 2010

COP10 signs off on protocol

NAGOYA — Delegates to the COP10 biodiversity conference concluded agreements early Saturday on access to genetic resources, preserving biodiversity over the next decade, and strategies to mobilize financial resources to meet these goals. The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair ...

World Bank to help gauge natural wealth

Oct 29, 2010

World Bank to help gauge natural wealth

NAGOYA — The World Bank said Thursday in Nagoya it will begin a project to help developing countries integrate the economic benefits of nature into their state policies in an effort to save millions of people from poverty while making sure their natural assets ...

Business sense: saving biodiversity

Oct 27, 2010

Business sense: saving biodiversity

NAGOYA — As international deliberations to preserve biodiversity and promote its fair and sustainable use heat up in the last week of the COP10 talks, business observers agree that regardless of the final outcome, the private sector’s role in the global effort will grow ...

Oct 27, 2010

NGOs urge biodiversity parties for ambitious plan

Domestic nongovernmental organizations on Tuesday urged parties participating in the three-day high-level Convention on Biological Diversity beginning Wednesday to adopt ambitious targets in the new strategic plan for beyond 2011. Speaking at a news conference, Japan Civil Network for Convention on Biological Diversity said ...

'Satoyama' concept gets major boost

Oct 20, 2010

'Satoyama' concept gets major boost

NAGOYA — Traditional Japanese land and marine conservation and utilization efforts known as “satoyama” and “satoumi” can serve as examples of how other nations can preserve and protect ecosystems and biodiversity, two symposiums at the COP10 meeting in Nagoya heard Tuesday. A total of ...

Focus more on 'satoyama': expert

Oct 19, 2010

Focus more on 'satoyama': expert

To stop ecosystem degradation in farmland and coastal areas, bureaucrats and scientists must join hands to design new policies that can improve the situation, warns a United Nations official who has worked closely on the issue in Japan. According to Anne McDonald, director of ...