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Japan lagging behind global move to restrict microbeads

Japan is lagging behind growing international moves to restrict microbeads, the tiny synthetic particles often found in facial scrubs, which have become a major source of pollution in the world’s oceans.   Last year, the U.S. government enacted a law prohibiting the use of microbeads in cosmetic products and toothpastes, while the British government has pledged to phase out their….Read more

  • October 18, 2016
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Environment Minister Yamamoto to look into revising law to control HFCs

NHK reported this afternoon that following the decision on Oct. 15 to regulate hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol, Minister for the Environment Yamamoto told reporters today that he will look into revising a law to regulate domestic production of HFCs. The network added that although developed nations such as Japan have agreed to reduce the production of HFCs by 85% by….Read more

  • October 18, 2016
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Whale institute to open new lab in Taiji

NHK reported at noon that plans are underway to open a laboratory of the Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR) in Taiji, Wakayama, which is famous for its dolphin drive hunting. The network said the ICR is a private research institute conducting research whaling in the Southern Ocean and Northwest Pacific. According to the report, after the ICR’s laboratory in Ishinomaki, Miyagi, was shut down….Read more

  • October 18, 2016
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Keidanren urges swift ratification of Paris Agreement

Mainichi reported on a meeting on Monday between Environment Minister Yamamoto and Keidanren chairman Sakakibara, during which the two agreed on the need for Japan to swiftly ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change. The business leader said it is necessary for Japan to ratify the agreement to fulfill its responsibilities to the international community, and the minister responded by….Read more

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Scientists confirm plastics pollution in Antarctic waters

Japanese researchers have confirmed that tiny plastic marine debris has spread to the Southern Ocean, posing a threat to the Antarctic ecosystem, the Environment Ministry announced. “The findings indicate that contamination has spread globally,” said Tadashi Tokai, a professor of marine resource study at the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, who is a member of the team. “What is….Read more

  • October 12, 2016
  • , The Asahi Shimbun
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Japan desperate to ratify Paris Agreement

Most papers reported on the Abe cabinet’s endorsement on Tuesday of legislation seeking parliamentary approval of the Paris Agreement, stressing that due to its delay in ratifying the accord, Japan will probably not be able to take part in an international conference scheduled to take place in Morocco in early November to establish implementation rules for the landmark pact on….Read more

  • October 12, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo Shimbun
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Cabinet endorses bill requesting Diet approval for Paris Agreement

NHK reported at noon that the Abe cabinet endorsed this morning a bill requesting Diet approval for the Paris Agreement. Noting that the Paris Agreement has already been ratified by 75 nations and is expected to enter into force on November 4, the network said Japan is unlikely to be able to participate in the inaugural meeting of the Paris Agreement next….Read more

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GOJ failed to grasp global trend toward Paris Agreement effectuation

Monday’s Nikkei wrote that it has become difficult for Japan to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change before it enters into effect on November 4 because the GOJ failed to grasp the growing trend in the U.S., China, and Europe toward ratifying the agreement. The paper wrote that the miscalculation on the part of the GOJ was due to….Read more

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GOJ, NGOs alarmed by delayed ratification of Paris accord on global warming

All papers reported on the planned effectuation on Nov. 4 of the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, emphasizing that Japanese and NGO officials are deeply troubled that Tokyo will not be able to participate in the rulemaking process due to its delayed ratification. One NGO representative called the delay a “debacle,” while an unnamed LDP lawmaker said Japan will….Read more

  • October 7, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo
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UN announces Paris accord to take effect on Nov. 4

NHK reported at noon that the United Nations announced on Wednesday that the Paris Agreement on global warming will enter into force on Nov. 4 since the agreement has been ratified by 73 nations, making up 56.87% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The network said the GOJ is planning to obtain cabinet endorsement of a bill seeking Diet approval of….Read more

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