Lack of concrete promises disappoints NGOs

| Jul 10, 2008

Lack of concrete promises disappoints NGOs

by Masami Ito

TOYAKO, Hokkaido — Various nongovernmental organizations expressed deep disappointment Wednesday over the G8 summit, which ended without any concrete goals or commitments and left much unfinished business for next year’s meeting in Italy. This year’s summit was a step backward from last year’s in ...

Nuke plant makers cast eye abroad

| Jul 10, 2008

Nuke plant makers cast eye abroad

by Kanako Takahara

The voice of Atsutoshi Nishida, president of Toshiba Corp., rose an octave as he talked about the electronic giant’s quest to build atomic power plants. “Our plan calls for us to either sign or start constructing 33 nuclear power plants by 2015,” Nishida said ...

| Jul 10, 2008

G8 handcuffed by economy

by Shinichi Terada

TOYAKO, Hokkaido — With global inflation and an economic slowdown looming over their heads, the Group of Eight industrialized nations ended their three-day summit Wednesday by exposing their inability to take effective action against soaring oil and food prices and the weak dollar. “The ...

| Jul 10, 2008

G8 trying to have it both ways on nukes

by Eric Johnston

TOYAKO, Hokkaido — On July 1, 1968, world leaders signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, or NPT, in which nonnuclear weapons states agreed to never produce or acquire such arms while countries possessing them agreed to eventually scrap their arsenals. Four decades later, nuclear weapons ...

| Jul 10, 2008

Debate on expansion drags on

by Takehiko Kajita

Leaders of the Group of Eight nations have for now agreed to disagree on expanding their exclusive club to include emerging economies, but the debate is expected to continue next year and beyond. The proposal by French President Nicolas Sarkozy appears to have made ...

| Jul 10, 2008

Fukuda seeks Hu's help on abduction row

by Reiji Yoshida

TOYAKO, Hokkaido — Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda asked Chinese President Hu Jintao on Wednesday to urge North Korea to resolve the abduction dispute, a senior Japanese official said. In response, Hu said he understands the sentiment of the Japanese public over the issue, and ...

| Jul 10, 2008

Home front baggage cramps leaders

by Eric Johnston

TOYAKO, Hokkaido — The Group of Eight leaders headed for home Wednesday evening after wrapping up their three-day annual summit. For U.S. President George W. Bush, it was his eighth and final meeting. But several of his fellow summiteers return home wondering whether they’ll ...

| Jul 10, 2008

G8 couldn't push emitters to set targets

by Reiji Yoshida

TOYAKO, Hokkaido — The three-day Group of Eight summit in Toyako, Hokkaido, concluded Wednesday as the major industrialized powers and key emerging economies agreed to jointly fight global warming but failed to set any quantitative goals to substantiate their pledge. “We, the leaders of ...

| Jul 10, 2008

Summit outcome belies high expectations

by Jun Hongo

TOYAKO, Hokkaido — The drive for economic prosperity by the major nations still outweighs the urgent need to save an ailing planet. A proposal by the Group of Eight industrialized nations to cut global carbon emissions by 50 percent by midcentury was rejected by ...