Ishihara backtracks on kickbacks

National Jun 19, 2014

Ishihara backtracks on kickbacks

Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara on Thursday retracted remarks suggesting that paying off local authorities in cash would ultimately solve the problem of where to store radiation-tainted soil from Fukushima Prefecture, after opposition parties demanded his resignation. Ishihara also said he would visit the region to ...

National Jun 17, 2014

Environment minister backtracks on saying cash will settle Fukushima dump dispute

Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara apologized Tuesday for suggesting that money would ultimately decide whether local authorities accept the central government's proposal to build storage facilities for soil contaminated by the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear disaster. Ishihara, appearing at a news conference after drawing criticism from ...

Japan meets Kyoto goal via credit buys

National Nov 17, 2013

Japan meets Kyoto goal via credit buys

Japan says it has fulfilled its 1997 Kyoto Protocol obligations thanks to a plunge in greenhouse gas emissions during the global financial crisis and carbon credits bought overseas.