National | G8 SUMMIT 2008 Jul 9, 2008

Developing nations skewer G8 proposal

by Kanako Takahara

TOYAKO, Hokkaido — Five of the top developing nations on Tuesday denounced the Group of Eight's qualified proposal to halve global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, saying the industrialized powers should slash their own emissions by up to 95 percent below 1990 levels. The five ...

National | G8 SUMMIT 2008 Jul 9, 2008

Fukuda, Medvedev favor isle row solution

by Kanako Takahara

TOYAKO, Hokkaido — Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agreed Tuesday they should resolve the territorial row over the four Russia-held islands off Hokkaido, saying the dispute hinders bilateral ties. The meeting between Fukuda and Medvedev on the sidelines of the Group ...

National | G8 SUMMIT 2008 Jul 9, 2008

Failures, remaining debts both surged in first half

Both the number of corporate failures and their debt jumped in the first half of 2008, marking the first time in six years they increased together on a first-half basis, a private credit research agency said Tuesday. The number of bankruptcies in the January-June period ...

National | G8 SUMMIT 2008 Jul 9, 2008

Staid events said losing relevancy

by Eric Johnston

TOYAKO, Hokkaido — The three-day Toyako G8 summit will become history when it wraps up Wednesday. But with its conclusion, a growing number of critics are demanding that the whole concept of the summits becomes a thing of the past. After months of preparation, spending ...

G8 nations reaffirm Africa aid pledges

National | G8 SUMMIT 2008 Jul 9, 2008

G8 nations reaffirm Africa aid pledges

by Reiji Yoshida

TOYAKO, Hokkaido — Faced with criticism for long delays in delivering promised aid to Africa, member nations of the Group of Eight pledged Tuesday to follow through on commitments made at the 2005 Gleneagles, Scotland, summit. In a joint statement on development and Africa, the ...

National | G8 SUMMIT 2008 Jul 9, 2008

More nuclear power OK'd

by Eric Johnston

TOYAKO, Hokkaido — The Group of Eight leaders gave the green light Tuesday to expanded development of nuclear power, saying it is a vital energy source in the fight against global warming. But they warned that further development of nuclear plants must adhere to nonproliferation ...