Tag - ocean



General Cargo Pegasus 01 vessel offloads cargo at the Port of Bosaso, in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, Somalia, on Jan. 28.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Mar 22, 2024
Somali pirates' return adds to crisis for global shipping companies
The raids reemerge as shipping companies contend with attacks by Yemen's Houthi militia in the Red Sea and other nearby waters.
Indian Navy officers stand on the flight deck of India's first home-built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant in Kochi, India, in September 2022.
Mar 7, 2024
India opens new naval base near Maldives amid tense ties
India's navy has had a small presence on Minicoy Island for decades.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes French President Emmanuel Macron as chief guest of celebrations marking India's Republic Day on Jan. 26.
Feb 13, 2024
The fraternity between France and India has never been stronger
Beyond the pomp of Republic Day celebrations with Macron as guest of honor, Modi and the French leader signed substantive defense deals, cementing ties.
Iranian-made Karrar drones
Dec 24, 2023
Japan-owned tanker attacked by drone fired from Iran in Indian Ocean
The incident comes amid a series of attacks on ships in the Red Sea since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas.
An undated file photo shows Diego Garcia, the largest island in the Chagos archipelago and site of a major United States military base in the middle of the Indian Ocean, leased from Britain in 1966.
Dec 14, 2023
Indian Ocean could become China's Achilles' heel in war on Taiwan
A struggle to protect energy lifelines even as demands increase could make a protracted war over Taiwan difficult for Beijing to sustain.
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin (from left), U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh ahead of their bilateral meetings in New Delhi on Friday.
Nov 11, 2023
U.S. pulling India closer to West as strategic interests converge
At “two-plus-two” talks Friday, the nations' top diplomats and defense chiefs agreed to accelerate defense-industrial collaboration.
The nuclear-powered icebreaker Yakutia during the ship's launch ceremony in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in November 2022
WORLD / Politics
Oct 22, 2023
NATO admiral says growing China-Russia ties raise risk in Arctic
Moscow is busily realigning commercial ties after its invasion of Ukraine — all while boosting oil shipments to Beijing.
Scientists handle a multiple-core sampling device for extracting sediments and sludge, in Beppu Bay, off Oita Prefecture, in June 2021. Beneath the seawater lie layers of seemingly unremarkable sediment and sludge that tell the story of how humans have fundamentally altered the world around them.
Jul 20, 2023
Japanese sea sludge tells story of human impact on Earth
Beppu Bay is among areas being considered for designation as a "golden spike," a location that offers evidence of a new geological epoch defined by our species: the Anthropocene.
Japan Times
May 28, 2023
Japan's bigeye tuna catches in Indian Ocean to be cut by 6%
Japan's annual bigeye tuna catches in the Indian Ocean will be capped at 3,684 tons, down by 6% from the 2017-2021 average.
Japan Times
Nov 5, 2021
Decade on from nuclear disaster, Fukushima farmers fear contaminated water could hurt business
Japan plans to release more than 1 million tons of contaminated water from the Fukushima No. 1 plant into the sea from 2023 as part of an effort to clean up the site.
Japan Times
Mar 22, 2021
Whale sightings aid quest to protect wildlife in Indian Ocean oasis
Scientists are on a quest to document whales and other marine mammals living around the Mascarene Plateau, hoping to bolster arguments for protecting the remote underwater ridge.
Japan Times
Mar 11, 2021
Islands, rocks and tuna: Pacific nations draw new battle lines against rising seas
As global warming pushes waters higher, nations fear their islands could be swamped, shrinking their EEZs and rights to fishing and mining within their boundaries.
Japan Times
Mar 5, 2021
Famed climate scientist reverses course on Atlantic weather after 20 years
The newest climate models can no longer find evidence of a temperature flip in the Atlantic every few decades, suggesting the phenomenon was caused by something else.
Japan Times
Dec 19, 2020
Mitsui O.S.K. vows to raise safety measures after Mauritius oil spill
The firm said it will set up surveillance cameras in the wheelhouse of its ships and ask owners of the chartered ships to do the same.
Japan Times
Dec 14, 2020
Japan considers ¥30 billion loan to Mauritius after oil spill
Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi visited the country as part of a four-nation tour of Africa.
Japan Times
Nov 5, 2020
Ship owner says Mauritius oil cleanup mostly over by January
Efforts to remove oil spilled by the MV Wakashio have been hampered by difficulties in cleaning coral reefs and mangrove trees.
Japan Times
Oct 23, 2020
Japan to send new team to work out long-term measures for Mauritius aid
Japan will send a new team of experts to Mauritius to work out long-term measures to help the country recover from damage to its environment and fisheries following a major oil spill caused by a Japanese freighter in July, the Foreign Ministry said Friday.
Japan Times
Oct 21, 2020
As the Arctic's attractions mount, Greenland is a security black hole
Shrinking sea ice in the remote region has fast-tracked a race among global powers for control over resources and waterways.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Sep 22, 2020
'Devastating' loss pushes Arctic sea ice to second-lowest level on record
This year's decline was especially fast between Aug. 31 and Sept. 5, thanks to warm air coming off a heat wave in Siberia almost certainly caused by climate change.
Japan Times
Sep 18, 2020
Japan to send investigation team to Mauritius over oil leak
The five-member team will leave Japan on Sunday to carry out a two-week investigation into the Panama-flagged bulk carrier Wakashio.


Father's Day is said to have come to Japan around 1950, shortly after the establishment of Mother's Day.
The evolving nature of fatherhood in Japan