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IWC assessment to be required for research whaling

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) held its fourth plenary meeting on Oct. 27 and adopted a resolution that aims to delay Japan’s whaling activities. The resolution was proposed by anti-whaling countries, Australia and New Zealand, and approved by a majority vote.   The new resolution starkly demonstrates international disapproval of scientific research whaling. Although it is not legally binding, its….Read more

  • October 28, 2016
  • , Mainichi , p. 6
  • JMH Translation

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Diet debates Paris accord, Kishida admits it should have begun earlier

On Wednesday the Upper House plenary session started deliberations on the Paris Agreement, a new international framework for fighting climate change. Japan has been left behind by major players including the U.S., China and India in ratifying the climate accord. During the session, Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida acknowledged the government’s failure to foresee the swift enactment of the….Read more

  • October 20, 2016
  • , Mainichi , p. 6
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Editorial: Paris Agreement ratification delay would be embarrassment for Japan

The Paris Agreement, a new international framework to fight global warming, comes into force on Nov. 4 to replace the Kyoto Protocol.   By Oct. 5, 73 countries and the European Union, which account for over 55 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, had ratified the accord, meeting the conditions for the pact to take effect. Based on this historic….Read more

  • October 7, 2016
  • , The Mainichi
  • English Press

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Editorial: Japan blunders in not speedily ratifying Paris climate pact

Japan’s failure to ratify the Paris climate agreement by the time it takes effect is a major and miserable diplomatic blunder.   The landmark agreement to establish a new international framework for the world’s fight against global warming is now set to come into force on Nov. 4.   The pact represents a groundbreaking global attempt to tackle the colossal….Read more

  • October 11, 2016
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 13:40
  • English Press

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NEXI to promote investment in Africa with special insurance for interest rate swaps

Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) announced on September 25 that it will introduce in October a “special insurance for interest rate swaps” as part of efforts to promote Japan’s exports of infrastructure. For loans involving power-generation-plant projects in emerging economies, NEXI will expand the scope of trade insurance coverage to include interest swap transactions in addition to the principal and….Read more

  • September 26, 2016
  • , Sankei , p. 1
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Int’l panel discusses fishing limit of bluefin tuna

FUKUOKA — An international fisheries commission began discussing details of fishing restrictions for bluefin tuna in the northern Pacific at a meeting in southwestern Japan on Monday amid concerns about overfishing.   At a subcommittee meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission held through Friday in the city of Fukuoka, participants are discussing the possibility of invoking a….Read more

  • August 29, 2016
  • , Kyodo News , 1;44 p.m.
  • English Press

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Former U.S. Ambassador Roos is Japan’s ticket into Silicon Valley

Former U.S. Ambassador John Roos is now making his name as a venture capitalist. Taking advantage of personal connections he built during his tenure as the ambassador to Japan, Roos, together with Mitsubishi, launched “Geodesic Capital,” a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley that has already completed fund-raising. “The company will be a contact for Japanese businesses” in Silicon Valley – a global center for IT– Roos said.….Read more

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Top U.S. economic adviser cautions Japan against currency intervention

In an exclusive interview with Nikkei, Jason Furman, chairman of the U.S. President’s Council of Economic Advisers, asked that Japan avoid a currency war.

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U.S. urges Japan not to engage in “currency war”

Saturday evening’s Mainichi and Nikkei reported on a meeting in Chengdu, China, between Treasury Secretary Lew and Finance Minister Aso, during which Lew emphasized the importance of avoiding a currency war. He also said it is important for leading economies to mobilize all policy steps available, such as fiscal and financial policies and structural reforms, to support global economic growth.

  • July 23, 2016
  • , Mainichi evening edition
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Opinion: Protect agriculture in TPP renegotiation

Next year, the U.S. will take a tough stance toward Japan, regardless of whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton becomes the next president, particularly with regard to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), because both have indicated their opposition to the accord.

  • August 2016
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