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 ...

City withdraws controversial 'ama' divers mascot

National Nov 6, 2015

City withdraws controversial 'ama' divers mascot

by Tomohiro Osaki

The city of Shima in Mie Prefecture has scrapped its endorsement of a controversial mascot slammed by some locals as overly sexual and demeaning to local ama divers. The move, announced Thursday, came after the city, slated to host next year's Group of Seven summit, ...