U.N. chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

Jul 23, 2014

U.N. chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his “hope and belief” that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel “in the very near future.” Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council by videoconference ...

Sendai mayor offers disaster lessons to U.N.

Jul 11, 2014

Sendai mayor offers disaster lessons to U.N.

Sendai Mayor Emiko Okuyama believes Tohoku’s experiences with the March 2011 disaster s could help save lives worldwide. She wants to share some of the lessons learned from the tsunami and mega-quake at an international conference in the city next year. “Although Sendai is ...

Citizens need hibakusha 'minds'

May 10, 2014

Citizens need hibakusha 'minds'

The world must grasp the human toll of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan to end nuclear proliferation, the chairman of a U.N. nuclear conference says.

East Antarctica at risk of thaw

May 5, 2014

East Antarctica at risk of thaw

Part of East Antarctica is more vulnerable than expected to a thaw that could trigger an unstoppable slide of ice into the ocean and raise world sea levels for thousands of years, a study Sunday showed. The Wilkes Basin in East Antarctica, stretching more ...

Mayors ask Ban to aid nuke ban treaty

Apr 29, 2014

Mayors ask Ban to aid nuke ban treaty

The mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki met with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday to hand over about 210,000 signatures of citizens calling for negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. The signatures were collected over the past year by Mayors of ...

Apr 9, 2014

Aim for lasting peace in Africa

Sadly, 20 years after the start of the genocide in Rwanda, in some African countries conflict and suppression of human rights are all too commonplace.

Apr 4, 2014

Opportunity to rethink whaling

The government should take the International Court of Justice's ruling against Japan's Antarctic whaling activities as a cue to work out ways to balance declining consumer demand for whale meat with the desire of some to preserve the nation's whaling tradition.

Feb 13, 2014

Japan may lift ban on arms sales to U.N.

The government is considering enabling supply of defense equipment to the United Nations and other international organizations as part of its rethink of the country’s arms export ban, sources said Wednesday. The plan is under study based on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policy of ...