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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan’s Pacific claims fuelled by search for resources, Chinese expansionism

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 01:29pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Tokyo moved this week to take advantage of UN recommendation to add two areas to its exclusive economic zone, covering 177,000 sq km Natural resources worth ... – in large part due to objections raised by China and North Korea – preliminary research in the Pacific suggests that the region holds a treasure trove of resources, including vast amounts of rare ...

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    Japan launches whaling 'research' hunt in its coastal waters

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 02:29pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Whalers begin coastal 'research' hunt Whaling ships left Hokkaido yesterday to start the seasonal "research" hunt in Pacific coastal waters. Japan's Fisheries Agency has said whalers planned to kill up to 51 minke whales off Kushiro before the end of next month. Japan has hunted whales under a loophole in the 1986 global ...

  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan extends its sea territory by 177,000 sq km in line with UN ruling

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 10:09pm by Julian Ryall

    ... and the exploitation of natural resources on the sea floor and beneath the seabed. The ordinance goes into effect on October 1, according to Toru Furubori, deputy director of the Oceans Division ... as it looks to enhance its own territorial claims. Japan is taking the opportunities afforded by its seabed claims seriously, having already launched submarines designed to prospect for resources. One ...

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    Japanese defence minister and US ambassador agree to ease Okinawa’s burden

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 04:55pm by Associated Press in Tokyo

    ... working group would be set up within the ministry, Nakaima approved in December the start of landfill work to build a replacement facility in waters off Nago for the Futenma base, which is located ...

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    Don't want to wash your plates after meals? Now you can eat them instead

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 05:18am by KYODO

    ... been receiving overseas inquiries. Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, the plates and bowls are durable enough not to break too easily. "You can pour in water and they will still ... the edible tableware about four years ago. As an ordinary monaka crust, made from wheat flour, is weak against moisture, the firm turned to prawn crackers- a local speciality- to improve water ...

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    Scores killed or missing as huge landslide engulfs Hiroshima suburb

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 11:17am

    ... Management Agency said. Aerial footage showed several houses buried in thick slurry, their wooden frames splintered by the weight of the mud. Torrents of brown water raced off the mountains behind ... considerable resources were pressed into action. “I have ordered [government officials] to carry out the rescue operation in an integrated manner, aware of the possibility of further rain,” he told ...

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    Tepco plans to dump toxic Fukushima groundwater in ocean after treatment

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 02:12pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Fukushima operator unveils water plan The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant unveiled a plan to dump scrubbed water into the ocean, ... to safely store radioactive water used to cool reactors that went into meltdown in Japan's 2011 quake-tsunami disaster. The tainted water is stored in hundreds of on-site tanks but operator ...

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    Subsidies for storing nuclear debris from Fukushima plant offered by Tokyo

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 10:58pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Payments for taking in nuclear-contaminated soil and water akin to bribes, green group says Tokyo dangles subsidies to store Fukushima waste Running out of space to stockpile soil and water contaminated with radiation from the disaster at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant in March 2011, the Japanese government is offering billions in subsidies ...

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    Japan 'strongly protests' Russian military exercises on disputed Pacific islands

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 06:39pm by Reuters

    ... war. The exercises on the islands are a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to court resource-rich Russia and keep the door open to dialogue with Moscow, despite the Ukraine ...

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    Hiroshima marks anniversary of atomic bombing as anti-nuclear sentiment runs high

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 06:26pm by AFP

    ... at the time, remembered hearing “voices from the brink of death” begging for “water, please”. “The pleas were from younger students,” the mayor said, recounting the survivor’s grisly description ...




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