NEW YORK — An environmental group protesting the land reclamation project at Isahaya Bay in Nagasaki Prefecture is applying pressure on Tokyo by lobbying participants in a United Nations General Assembly session called “Earth Summit Plus Five.”

On June 22, the day before the meeting officially started, the Japan Wetlands Action Network displayed a banner and a large message board in a park near the U.N. building. The board reads: “Prime minister of Japan, (Ryutaro) Hashimoto. Isahaya Bay Land Reclamation Project. Is this what you call sustainable development, breaking (the) Ramsar Convention, Biodiversity Convention, Rio Declaration?”

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