National Oct 18, 2013

More Fukushima fishermen start trial operations

Another group of Fukushima Prefecture fishermen restarted operations on a trial basis Friday for the first time since the nuclear plant disaster began in March 2011. The move by a fisheries cooperative based in the prefecture's southern district of Iwaki came after the Soma Futaba ...

From Osaka to remote island life

National Oct 16, 2013

From Osaka to remote island life

by Satoshi Fujiwara

Seeking to reverse the exodus of young people to big cities, fishing industry operators on remote Nishinoshima in the Sea of Japan have waged a long-running campaign with the local town office to attract new talent to the area. The island's fisheries union branch, together ...

Aging 'ama' female divers strive to revive ranks

National Jul 15, 2013

Aging 'ama' female divers strive to revive ranks

With the number of traditional "ama" female divers declining nationwide, their elderly ranks have stepped up efforts to recruit younger divers and promote their products as a formal brand to make the occupation more financially rewarding. The time and effort put into landing their catches ...

Environment Jun 24, 2013

Migratory birds starving to death

At the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, the tiny bodies of Arctic tern chicks have piled up. Over the past few years, biologists have counted thousands that starved to death because the herring their parents feed them have vanished. Puffins are also having trouble ...

World Jun 18, 2013

U.S. shad catch limited in bid to restore stocks

If things were this bad in the late 1770s, George Washington's starving Continental Army might never have made it out of Valley Forge. The shad, according to one account, came charging up the Schuylkill River to spawn, and ran headlong into soldiers who leapt into ...

Taiwan fisheries pact frustrates both sides

National / Politics Jun 13, 2013

Taiwan fisheries pact frustrates both sides

by Ko Shu-Ling

One would have thought that Taiwanese and Japanese fishermen would have been content after their two governments signed a landmark fisheries pact two months ago, following years of on and off negotiations on fishing near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. This ...

Business Jun 9, 2013

Japan to oppose fishing subsidies ban in TPP trade negotiations

Tokyo plans to oppose a U.S.-proposed ban on fishing subsidies in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade talks that Japan will join from July, due to the numerous adverse effects it might have on the nation's fishing industry, government sources said Saturday. If the interdiction is implemented ...

National Mar 22, 2013

Japan may up Taiwan fishing rights off islets

Japan has agreed in principle to allow expanded fishing by Taiwanese boats in disputed waters of the East China Sea, Taiwan Foreign Minister David Lin said Wednesday. "They are willing to extend the fishing area, which we hope will be clearly drawn in longitude and ...