| Jun 7, 2008

The case for the 'sectoral approach'

by Jun Hongo

As hosts of this weekend’s Group of Eight energy minister’s meeting in Aomori Prefecture, delegates from Japan will be actively promoting the “sectoral approach” to curbing global warming. While details of the plan have yet to be firmed up, some believe the process gives ...

| Jun 5, 2008

Aomori G8 talks face nuclear-energy nudge

by Eric Johnston

OSAKA — With oil hovering at around $130 a barrel and pressure growing on the world’s major greenhouse gas emitters to forge a new climate change treaty from 2012, global energy security and fast-tracking “clean and green” alternatives to fossil fuels are expected to ...

Food, oil woes worry Amari

| Jun 3, 2008

Food, oil woes worry Amari

by Shinichi Terada

Calling rising oil and food costs “intolerable,” trade minister Akira Amari on Monday urged major energy-consuming nations to cut use and oil-producing countries to increase production capacity. “Recent oil prices are at an extraordinarily high level,” Amari told reporters at the Ministry of Economy, ...

Japan finding itself in hot water

| May 30, 2008

Japan finding itself in hot water

by Kanako Takahara

SADO, Niigata Pref. — Kyuichi Sakano, head of Niigata’s fixed shore net fishing association, sighed in dismay one day last December as his fishing boats came back yet again without any yellowtail. “The business is very severe,” said Sakano, who owns two stationary fishing ...

| May 26, 2008

G8 meet sidesteps midterm gas cuts

by Eric Johnston

KOBE — Environment ministers from the Group of Eight countries meeting Sunday in Kobe apparently sidestepped the major issue of setting midterm greenhouse-gas reduction targets for 2020 due to a divide between developing and industrialized countries over specific targets. Scientists believe 2020 is a ...

Climate confab kicks off in Kobe

| May 25, 2008

Climate confab kicks off in Kobe

by Eric Johnston

KOBE — The invention of the Gutenberg Bible in the mid-15th century revolutionized printing and led to the Renaissance, mass literacy, and the industrial revolution, leading to the development of mass production and the use of fossil fuels. Now, a half a millennium later, ...

Status quo may block climate pact

| May 24, 2008

Status quo may block climate pact

by Eric Johnston

KYOTO — A weak prime minister, a divided bureaucracy and opposition from big business mean Japan’s ability to use the July Group of Eight Summit at Lake Toya to forge an effective global warming treaty is at risk, a leading environmental activist warns. “Over ...

| May 24, 2008

Environment summit's elusive dream: Consensus

by Eric Johnston

KOBE — Environment ministers from the Group of Eight industrialized nations and 10 other countries, including China and India, will gather Saturday in Kobe for a three-day summit on climate change. Building consensus between developed and developing nations for a post-Kyoto Protocol Treaty on ...