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ROK takes issue with Japan’s plan to nominate Niigata gold mine as World Heritage site

NTV reported that the South Korean Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Tuesday calling for Japan to forego its plan to recommend adding the Sado Gold Mine in Niigata Prefecture to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. “We urge the Japanese government to withdraw the recommendation immediately since the mine was used as a platform for forced labor,” a….Read more

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Editorial: China still lacks transparency 20 years after joining WTO

China announced at a key meeting on economic management for 2022 that it would prioritize stability by focusing on business conditions. The emphasis on stability — more prominent this year than in others — comes amid tremendous downward pressure on Chinese growth.   However, there was no mention at the Central Economic Work Conference of the fact that the unexpectedly large slowdown was mainly….Read more

  • December 15, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 1:02 p.m.
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Editorial: Find ways to urge emerging economies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Is it possible to stand united against the threat of climate change? Each country must share a sense of urgency and accelerate their efforts for that purpose.   The 26th session of the Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) began in Britain and a meeting of world leaders was held. It was the….Read more

  • November 4, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 11:53 a.m.
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Unfair vaccine access is obstacle in ending pandemic: WHO’s Tedros

RURIKA IMAHASHI, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Nikkei and the Financial Times on Wednesday hosted the eighth Nikkei FT Communicable Diseases Conference in Tokyo. The two-day conference is meant to discuss how to prepare for the future pandemic by probing structural challenges revealed by COVID-19.   The aim of the conference is to shed light on issues that emerged….Read more

  • October 27, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 10:11 a.m.
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Japan reportedly seeks revisions to U.N. climate report

London, Oct. 21 (Jiji Press)–Japan is calling on the United Nations to tone down its recommendation to gradually reduce fossil fuel use, British broadcaster BBC and other media reported Thursday.   The recommendation is included in an assessment report, compiled by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change every six to seven years. The report has tremendous influence over global….Read more

  • October 21, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 9:28 p.m.
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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
  • , Jiji Press , 10:53 p.m.
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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
  • , Nikkei Asia , 6:00 p.m.
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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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