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Japan vessels leave for whaling in Antarctic through March

KITAKYUSHU, Japan, Nov. 18, Kyodo — Japanese vessels left Friday to conduct what Tokyo calls “research whaling” in the Antarctic Ocean through March.   Japan is planning to hunt 333 Antarctic minke whales in its second whaling expedition in the Antarctic Ocean since an international court ruled against the practice in 2014, the Fisheries Agency said.   Responding to the….Read more

  • November 18, 2016
  • , Kyodo News , 12:04 p.m.
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Secretary Kerry reiterates commitment to Paris Agreement

Asahi reported on remarks made by Secretary of State Kerry at the COP22 meeting in Marrakech on Wednesday, during which he stated that the United States will move toward the international targets set in the Paris Agreement and this will not be reversed. The paper interpreted this as a call for President-elect Trump to change his negative view about the….Read more

  • November 17, 2016
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USG official underscores continued efforts on climate change

Tuesday evening’s Nikkei wrote that Special Envoy for Climate Change Pershing, who is participating in the COP 22 in Marrakesh, told reporters on Monday that global efforts to counter climate change will continue regardless of who heads the U.S. administration. Mainichi ran a similar Kyodo story saying that there is concern that a possible change in U.S. policy would have….Read more

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Japan to build framework to help Asia reduce global warming impact

The Japanese government plans to build a framework by 2020 to help Asian countries reduce damage caused by global warming. It will use newly developed software to estimate the effects that warmer temperatures will have on people’s health, corporate activities and agriculture and forestry, and then share information and measures to minimize the impact.    Japan will announce the plan….Read more

  • November 10, 2016
  • , Nikkei Asian Review , 12:30 pm
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Editorial: Japan must pursue its own way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Japan’s technological capability has a great role to play in working toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the entire world.   A proposal for approving the Paris Agreement, a new framework for measures against global warming, has been passed at a plenary session of the House of Representatives. After making a Cabinet decision on the accord, the government has completed….Read more

  • 7:49 pm, November 09, 2016
  • , The Japan News , 7:49 pm
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Japan to increase research whaling catch

Most papers reported that the GOJ submitted on Wednesday to the International Whaling Commission a plan for the research whaling that it plans to conduct in the northwestern Pacific in FY2017 and beyond. The GOJ is set to increase the whale catch by about 100 to 314 annually. Anti-whaling nations are bound to react sharply to Tokyo’s intention to expand….Read more

  • November 10, 2016
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Japan ratifies Paris Agreement

All papers ran front- or inside-page reports on Japan’s ratification on Tuesday of the Paris Agreement on climate change following the unanimous approval of the accord by the Lower House on the same day. Prime Minister Abe issued a statement saying Japan will play a leading role in the global community’s efforts to deal with climate change. However, since the….Read more

  • November 9, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo Shimbun
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Paris Agreement bill passes Lower House

NHK reported this afternoon that a bill required for Japan to ratify the Paris Agreement was unanimously approved at the Lower House Plenary Session today, saying that while Japan will only be able to participate in the first gathering of the signatories as an observer, it is hoping to play a “leading role” in future negotiations and rule making. The network said….Read more

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Cartoon: Paris Agreement

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Japan’s presence to decline due to delay in ratification of Paris accord

On the formal effectuation of the Paris Agreement on climate change on Friday and Japan’s failure to enact domestic legislation on the landmark pact on the same day, Saturday morning’s Nikkei expressed concern that Japan will not be able to exercise leadership on this front since it will not be entitled to take part in the upcoming COP22 in Morocco….Read more

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