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IMF official calls on Japan to promote science education for women

Washington, Oct. 19 (Jiji Press)–Ranil Salgado, assistant director at the International Monetary Fund, called on Japan to promote science education for women to secure personnel for digitalization.     Small and midsize companies in Japan, which play a key role in economic growth, are falling behind in digitalization, Salgado, the IMF’s mission chief for the country, said in a recent interview….Read more

  • October 19, 2021
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Asian Development Bank to fund closures of coal power plants

YUICHI SHIGA, Nikkei Staff Writer   MANILA — The Asian Development Bank plans to create funds, possibly next year, to facilitate early closures of coal-fired power plants in Southeast Asia. The new funds will buy such plants and take an active role in their management.   Working with governments and financial institutions, the ADB plans to launch the funds in….Read more

  • October 6, 2021
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Asia-Pacific is the world’s most rapidly ageing region, but are we ready?

By Björn Andersson Opinion Editorial by UNFPA Asia-Pacific Regional Director   Imagine it is the year 2050. In Asia-Pacific, one in four people will be over the age of 60; three times the number of older persons in 2010. With close to 1.3 billion senior citizens in less than 30 years from now, are countries in the region prepared to fully….Read more

  • October 1, 2021
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Motegi to visit New York for UN General Assembly 

Saturday’s Nikkei wrote that Foreign Minister Motegi will visit New York from Sept. 22 through 24 to attend the annual UN General Assembly and a four-way foreign ministerial meeting with Brazil, Germany, and India on reforming the UN Security Council. Sunday’s Yomiuri projected that Motegi will hold talks with his ROK counterpart as well to affirm bilateral and trilateral coordination in dealing with North Korea amid its….Read more

  • September 18, 2021
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Japan foreign minister to visit New York for U.N. assembly from Wed.

TOKYO — Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Friday he will make a three-day trip to New York from Wednesday to attend the U.N. General Assembly.   Motegi told a regular press conference in Tokyo that he will also attend a foreign ministerial meeting with Germany, India and Brazil to discuss their goal of becoming permanent members of the U.N.….Read more

  • September 17, 2021
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Takeuchi to become OECD deputy secretary-general

Tokyo, Sept. 16 (Jiji Press)–The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has decided to appoint Yoshiki Takeuchi, former Japanese vice minister of finance for international affairs, as deputy secretary-general at the Paris-based international body, Japan’s Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.     The OECD made the decision at a board meeting Wednesday.     Takeuchi will succeed incumbent Masamichi Kono in November.    ….Read more

  • September 16, 2021
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Motegi eyes visit to New York

Japan’s Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu is considering a visit to New York later this month to hold talks with his counterparts. Foreign Ministry sources say the visit is being arranged to coincide with the UN General Assembly.   Motegi is also expected to chair a foreign ministerial meeting of four countries — Japan, Germany, Brazil and India — that are….Read more

  • September 12, 2021
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ECONOMY > Energy

IAEA begins review of Fukushima water release

Tokyo, Sept. 7 (Jiji Press)–The International Atomic Energy Agency on Tuesday launched a review of the planned release of treated radioactive water from the disaster-crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant into the sea.     “We’ll cooperate so Japan’s effort can be evaluated appropriately,” Japanese industry minister Hiroshi Kajiyama told a news conference.     IAEA officials, including Deputy Director-General Lydie Evrard,….Read more

  • September 7, 2021
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Japan to field NTT official for key ITU post

Tokyo, Sept. 1 (Jiji Press)–Japan will field a Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. <9432> official as a candidate for a key post at the International Telecommunication Union, the communications ministry said Wednesday.   NTT Chief Standardization Strategy Officer Seizo Onoe will run for director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau of the ITU, a U.N. agency specializing in information and communications….Read more

  • September 1, 2021
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SCIENCE > Environment

IAEA welcomes Japan’s plan to release treated radioactive water from Fukushima plant 

Saturday’s Asahi, Nikkei, and Yomiuri reported that a team of IAEA experts submitted a report on Friday on TEPCO’s decision to release treated radioactive water from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the ocean by around 2023. The papers said the IAEA team praised the decision by saying it will “facilitate the overall decommissioning plan.” Yomiuri wrote that IAEA will also conduct a more detailed review of the safety of the treated water in September. 

  • August 28, 2021
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