MSDF to join RIMPAC naval drills off Hawaii in August

National Jul 14, 2020

MSDF to join RIMPAC naval drills off Hawaii in August

Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force will participate in the U.S.-led Rim of the Pacific, or RIMPAC, multinational naval exercises to be held off Hawaii between Aug. 17 and 31, Defense Minister Taro Kono said Tuesday. MSDF troops will only join offshore drills, without participating in exchange ...

Cyclone Harold — monster Pacific storm — batters Fiji

Asia Pacific Apr 8, 2020

Cyclone Harold — monster Pacific storm — batters Fiji

A deadly Pacific storm slammed into Fiji on Wednesday, tearing off roofs and flooding towns, after leaving a trail of destruction in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Tropical Cyclone Harold weakened slightly overnight from a scale-topping Category 5 to a 4, but was still lashing ...

Japan coastal city to host Pacific islands summit next year

National / Politics Feb 3, 2020

Japan coastal city to host Pacific islands summit next year

Japan will host a meeting next year of leaders from Pacific island countries and territories in the coastal city of Shima, Mie Prefecture, to discuss cooperation on mitigating risks from natural disasters. The government has hosted the Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting every three years since ...

World Dec 24, 2019

Magnitude 6.0 quake hits off British Columbia

A magnitude 6.0 quake hit off British Columbia on Canada's western coast on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake was very shallow and centered 105 miles (170 km) west of Port Hardy.

Australia offers $340 million in climate funding to Pacific islands

Asia Pacific Aug 13, 2019

Australia offers $340 million in climate funding to Pacific islands

Australia on Tuesday announced a 500 million Australian dollar ($340 million) climate change package for Pacific island countries, which have been increasingly vocal in demanding their powerful neighbor curb its carbon emissions. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the funding, drawn from Australia's existing international aid ...