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High tides in Funafuti, Tuvalu, in February. About 40% of the main atoll and capital district Funafuti is already underwater at high tide, and the tiny nation is forecast to be submerged by the end of the century.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Mar 4, 2024
Tuvalu preserves history online as rising seas threaten existence
"We cannot outrun the rising tides, but we will do what we can to protect our statehood, our spirit, our values," minister Simon Kofe said.
Feleti Teo was formally selected by lawmakers as Tuvalu's premier on Monday.
Feb 26, 2024
Taiwan envoy says Tuvalu ties 'rock solid' post-election
With a population of just 11,000, Tuvalu is one of just 12 states that still have formal diplomatic relations with Taipei rather than Beijing.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen holds a welcome ceremony in September 2022 for then-Tuvaluan Prime Minister Kausea Natano in Taipei.
Feb 7, 2024
Tuvalu could recognize China, but how much would it affect Taiwan?
Taipei might benefit from shifting its energy and resources away from competing with Beijing over formal recognition.
Tuvalu Prime Minister Kausea Natano arrives to address the 78th United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York City last September.
Jan 27, 2024
Tuvalu's pro-Taiwan leader loses seat in national election
Tuvalu, with a population of about 11,200, is one of three remaining Pacific allies of Taiwan, after Nauru cut ties this month and switched to China.
Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong
Jan 23, 2024
China pivot from Taiwan would be Tuvalu's decision, says Australia
Comments by Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong come after agreement with Tuvalu that gave Australia greater say in the Pacific nation’s defense and security decisions.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during an event in Pyongyang. Smuggling efforts could be directly linked to the North's military ambitions, analysts have said.
Dec 8, 2023
North Korean smugglers disguised under Pacific island flags
With strict sanctions limiting Pyongyang's ability to import fuel, smugglers have adopted increasingly creative methods.
A man walks past a giant piece of driftwood on the shoreline of Tepuka, in the Funafuti atoll, in Tuvalu.
Nov 11, 2023
Australia signs security and migration pact with Pacific's Tuvalu
Canberra's security guarantee will allow it to respond to military aggression, protect the nation from climate change and boost migration.
Tuvalu's Finance Minister Seve Paeniu shows a picture of his grandchildren on his phone while attending the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November 2021.
Sep 22, 2023
Tuvalu partners with Australia as rising seas threaten survival
The project will test a new U.N. blueprint under which one rich nation takes responsibility for raising funds to support a climate-vulnerable country.
Young villagers gather on the black sand beach in the village of Waisisi in Tanna, Vanuatu.
Sep 11, 2023
Sinking islands turn to court as they fight for climate survival
The latest legal push comes amid frustration among island states and developing nations that the world is addressing global warming too slowly.
Japan Times
Oct 13, 2022
As oceans rise, are some nations doomed to vanish?
According to a study cited by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, five nations may become uninhabitable by 2100, creating 600,000 stateless climate refugees.
Japan Times
Sep 5, 2022
Tiny Tuvalu to 'stand firm' with Taiwan as Pacific competition heats up
Tuvalu, with a population of about 10,000, is one of only 14 countries to retain full diplomatic relations with Taipei, and one of four in the Pacific.
Japan Times
Apr 23, 2022
Japan closely watching China's moves in Pacific, Kishida says
The recent signing of a security agreement between China and the Solomon Islands has sparked regional concerns about Beijing's outreach.
Sep 19, 2019
New Tuvalu leader bodes ill for Taiwan
Newly installed lawmakers of the tiny South Pacific country of Tuvalu elected a new prime minister on Thursday, a potential blow for ally Taiwan, which had diplomatic ties to another Pacific island nation cut this week in favor of Beijing.
Japan Times
Jul 12, 2014
Rising tide: long-term ramifications of global warming on the country's coastline
It's a scenario we're all familiar with: Unequivocal climate change warms our oceans, which in turn causes ice sheets at either pole to melt and sea levels worldwide to increase. Citizens of low-lying nations such as Tuvalu, much of which is less than 1 meter above sea level, are forced to relocate as the land they live upon becomes uninhabitable.
Japan Times
Apr 21, 2014
Kochi woman raising awareness for Tuvalu
A young Japanese woman is working to raise awareness about the impact of global warming on Tuvalu, a small Pacific island that could become one of the first nations to be submerged if sea levels continue to rise.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on