NGOs worried Africa will get short shrift

| Jul 4, 2008

NGOs worried Africa will get short shrift

by Akemi Nakamura

When the fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Yokohama drew to a close May 30, Sayaka Funada-Classen, leader of a Tokyo-based nongovernmental organization, felt the years of engagement with the government had partly paid off. That was because Japan promised a significant ...

Persistent Japan green tech leader

| Jul 3, 2008

Persistent Japan green tech leader

by Hiroko Nakata

A technology that originates from an invention by Thomas Edison in the 19th century — a bulb filament made of carbonated bamboo — is now considered one of the keys to curbing global warming. Today, the extremely thin fiber is made of carbonated acrylic ...

| Jul 1, 2008

G8 leaders to urge more nuke plants

The Group of Eight leaders will agree at their summit next week on a new initiative to expand civilian use of atomic power to curb global warming with the principles of ensuring nonproliferation, safety and nuclear security, according to a draft of a postsummit ...

Academics talk going green in light of G8

| Jul 1, 2008

Academics talk going green in light of G8

The G8 University Summit began Monday discussing ways universities can help achieve eco-friendly and sustainable global development. The two-day gathering at a Sapporo hotel, drawing officials of 34 universities from 14 countries, including the Group of Eight major powers plus Tokyo-based United Nations University, ...

¥60 billion G8 budget draws flak

| Jul 1, 2008

¥60 billion G8 budget draws flak

by Takahiro Fukada

Japan plans to spend more than ¥60 billion in taxpayer money to host next week’s Group of Eight summit in Hokkaido and related events, prompting some to question if that sum could better be used to alleviate the national health-care and social welfare crises. ...

| Jun 28, 2008

Verifying North report crucial: G8

by Reiji Yoshida and Eric Johnston

KYOTO — The Group of Eight foreign ministers ended their meeting Friday in Kyoto by stressing the importance of ensuring that North Korea abandons its nuclear activities. “We have agreed that firm verification of the nuclear declaration is needed,” Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura, who ...