Jun 14, 2014

Whaling catch sinks to new low

Japan’s first “research whaling” trip since an international court banned such activities in the Antarctic earlier this year produced its lowest catch in northeastern waters since 2003, a whaling association said. The whalers caught 30 minke whales off Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, between April 26 ...

May 17, 2014

Why Kansai's corporate captains are trumpeting TPP

by Eric Johnston

Several years ago, at the Kansai Economic Seminar, an annual snoozefest of pompous platitudes and pretentious, paternalistic pontificating by the old men who run Kansai’s major corporations, one senior leader called for entering the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. Reflecting the conventional wisdom on PowerPoint slides, ...

Apr 19, 2014

Forecasters issue alert on El Nino

by Seth Borenstein

U.S. federal forecasters predict a warming of the central Pacific Ocean this year that will change weather worldwide. The warming, called an El Nino, can mean an even hotter year coming up and billions of dollars in losses for food crops. Australia and South ...

Up to 1-meter tsunami could reach Japan from Chile quake

Apr 2, 2014

Up to 1-meter tsunami could reach Japan from Chile quake

Tsunami of between 20 cm and 1 meter could reach Pacific coastal areas in Japan on Thursday morning, a day after a magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile’s northern coast, the Meteorological Agency said. If necessary, the agency will issue a tsunami advisory at around ...

Three crewmen die after trawler fire off Kochi

Mar 3, 2014

Three crewmen die after trawler fire off Kochi

Three crew members of a tuna boat were confirmed dead Monday after their trawler caught fire in the Pacific on Sunday, Coast Guard officials said. The three, found earlier in the day, were identified as skipper Naohiro Matsuoka, 66, and chief engineer Manabu Ichihara, ...

Noam Chomsky: Truth to power

Feb 22, 2014

Noam Chomsky: Truth to power

by David Mcneill

Often dubbed one of the world’s most important intellectuals and its leading public dissident, Noam Chomsky was for years among the top 10 most quoted academics on the planet, edged out only by William Shakespeare, Karl Marx, Aristotle. An unrelenting critic of U.S. foreign ...

Feb 21, 2014

Shapiro: Obama-Abe summit key

The upcoming Japan-U.S. summit will be a key opportunity for concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations, former senior U.S. trade official Ira Shapiro has suggested. A bilateral agreement between Japan and the United States will be a “trigger” for a broader agreement, Shapiro ...

Jan 24, 2014

New 'island' may help enlarge EEZ

Continuing volcanic activity near the tiny island of Nishinoshima, some 1,000 km south of Tokyo, has given rise to the possibility that Japan’s exclusive economic zone may expand a fraction. The “new island” that emerged during a volcanic eruption last year, an event first ...