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Oct 12, 2014

Nagoya Protocol on biodiversity takes effect without Japan

A U.N. protocol for biodiversity protection and fair sharing of benefits arising from genetic resources took effect Sunday, but Japan, which hosted the meeting that adopted the protocol in 2010, failed to ratify it in time. The Nagoya Protocol stipulates the rules for allocating ...

Oct 12, 2014

Emperor, Empress visit hibakusha in Nagasaki

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the city of Nagasaki on Saturday and met with survivors of the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing. The Imperial Couple offered flowers and bowed deeply at a monument in Nagasaki Peace Park that stands where the atomic bomb was ...

Oct 12, 2014

METI tackles revolt over feed-in tariff system

The industry ministry will discuss problems with the feed-in tariff system this week after utilities stopped buying electricity generated by operators of renewable energy sources as required under the subsidy scheme. A Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry working group headed by professor Kazuhiko ...

Dozen hurt as strong typhoon bears down on Okinawa

Oct 12, 2014

Dozen hurt as strong typhoon bears down on Okinawa

A powerful typhoon poured heavy rains over the island of Okinawa and was taking aim at Kyushu on Sunday, becoming the second severe storm to hit in a week. At least 35 people have been reported injured in Okinawa and Kyushu, where authorities told ...

Oct 12, 2014

Abe eyes summit with Palau leader by next spring

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering holding a summit with Palau President Tommy Remengesau by next spring in Japan, ahead of the planned visit to the Pacific island country by the Emperor and Empress, government sources said Saturday. Abe aims to lay the groundwork ...