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Business | ANALYSIS Jun 26, 2015

Despite TPA, bumpy road ahead for Pacific trade agenda

Hopes are high that the Trans-Pacific Partnership may finally be worked out thanks to the recent passage in the U.S. Congress of a crucial trade bill. But negotiation sources warn that the ambitious free trade agreement is still hanging in the balance. Countries participating in ...

Japan's food diversity key theme at Milan expo

National Apr 28, 2015

Japan's food diversity key theme at Milan expo

Most people would think of sushi, tempura and ramen when it comes to Japanese food, but advocates of the nation's cuisine say its culinary culture has many more unique dimensions. Now this diversity will be on display for six months when the northern Italian city ...

Critics blast U.N. disaster risk framework as insufficient

National / Politics | FOCUS Mar 19, 2015

Critics blast U.N. disaster risk framework as insufficient

The U.N. conference that wrapped up early Thursday in Sendai was the highest-level international meeting on disaster risk reduction ever, but the resulting set of seven goals to combat disasters are far from ambitious, critics say. The new action plan, adopted overnight Wednesday following prolonged ...

National Mar 16, 2015

UNDP chief calls for pre-emptive spending to reduce disaster risks

The international community needs to invest more in pre-emptive measures to reduce risks from natural disasters, rather than spending a lot after they happen, according to the head of the U.N. Development Program. "You could say it's a no-brainer that needs more priority," said Administrator ...

Kagoshima nuclear plant evacuation plans 'flawed'

National Jul 22, 2014

Kagoshima nuclear plant evacuation plans 'flawed'

With the Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture poised to be restarted as early as this fall, experts and critics are pointing to flaws in the evacuation plan drawn up by prefectural authorities, stirring doubt among nearby residents. Municipalities within 30 km of nuclear plants ...