NGOs worried Africa will get short shrift

National | G8 COUNTDOWN Jul 4, 2008

NGOs worried Africa will get short shrift

by Akemi Nakamura

When the fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Yokohama drew to a close May 30, Sayaka Funada-Classen, leader of a Tokyo-based nongovernmental organization, felt the years of engagement with the government had partly paid off. That was because Japan promised a significant increase ...

Business | G8 COUNTDOWN Jul 1, 2008

G8 leaders to urge more nuke plants

The Group of Eight leaders will agree at their summit next week on a new initiative to expand civilian use of atomic power to curb global warming with the principles of ensuring nonproliferation, safety and nuclear security, according to a draft of a postsummit ...

Academics talk going green in light of G8

National | G8 COUNTDOWN Jul 1, 2008

Academics talk going green in light of G8

The G8 University Summit began Monday discussing ways universities can help achieve eco-friendly and sustainable global development. The two-day gathering at a Sapporo hotel, drawing officials of 34 universities from 14 countries, including the Group of Eight major powers plus Tokyo-based United Nations University, marks ...

¥60 billion G8 budget draws flak

National | G8 COUNTDOWN Jul 1, 2008

¥60 billion G8 budget draws flak

by Takahiro Fukada

Japan plans to spend more than ¥60 billion in taxpayer money to host next week's Group of Eight summit in Hokkaido and related events, prompting some to question if that sum could better be used to alleviate the national health-care and social welfare crises. The ...

Land woes taking a back seat to CO2

National | G8 COUNTDOWN Jun 27, 2008

Land woes taking a back seat to CO2

by Janice Tang

While climate change has finally won the attention of world leaders, the United Nations is concerned about a lack of action on another major — and yet interlinked — global challenge: land degradation and desertification. A deteriorated atmosphere destroys land potential through drought, flooding and ...