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UN holds emergency meeting on DPRK missile launch

NHK reported that the UN Security Council convened an emergency session on Monday regarding North Korea’s test-launch of a ballistic missile a day earlier. Following the informal meeting, 11 UN member states, including the United States, the UK, Japan, and South Korea, issued a joint statement condemning the latest provocation as a violation of several Security Council resolutions. “We are….Read more

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Editorial: Meaning of U.N. called into question amid Security Council’s failures

The U.N. Security Council failed to adopt a resolution condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and calling for the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops. It has not remotely fulfilled its role of preventing war and resolving conflict.   The current situation, in which Russia and China are abusing the privilege of being permanent members of the Security Council and destroying the….Read more

  • March 1, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 11:29 a.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Cabinet endorses nomination of Sado gold mine as UNESCO World Heritage site

All broadcasters highlighted the Kishida Cabinet’s approval this morning of the GOJ’s plan to nominate the Sado gold mine in Niigata for inclusion in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites for 2023, saying that the recommendation will be forwarded to the UN agency later today. As UNESCO has been calling for dialogue between relevant countries when nominating candidate sites, the….Read more

  • February 1, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

GOJ decides to nominate Sado gold mine as UNESCO World Heritage site

All national dailies reported that the GOJ held a meeting of MOFA, the Cultural Affairs Agency, and other relevant ministries on Monday and decided to nominate the Sado gold mine in Niigata for inclusion in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites for 2023. The decision is expected to be formally approved by the Cabinet today.

  • February 1, 2022
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Under pressure from LDP, Kishida nominates Sado mines as World Heritage site

By Konishi Hiroshi, Jingu Momoko in Tokyo, and Suzuki Takuya in Seoul   On Jan. 28, Prime Minister Kishida Fumio announced that he will nominate the remains of gold and silver mines on the island of Sado in Niigata Prefecture for inclusion in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites. Kishida had been leaning toward not nominating the mines but changed….Read more

  • January 29, 2022
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IMF raises alarm over Japan’s massive pandemic spending

KOSUKE TAKAMI and KANA BABA, Nikkei staff writers   TOKYO — Japan’s policy response to the pandemic has been “exceptionally strong,” the International Monetary Fund said on Friday, but warned against its repeated use of supplementary budgets that has led to a major spike in spending.    “Sizable supplementary budgets have been frequently assembled, leading to upward revisions of expenditures from the initial….Read more

  • January 29, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 6:33 a.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Motegi criticizes ROK’s opposition to listing of Sado gold mine as World Heritage site

Nikkei and Sankei wrote that LDP Secretary General Motegi told reporters on Tuesday that South Korea’s opposition to Japan’s plan to nominate the site of a gold mine on Sado Island for inclusion in the 2023 UNESCO World Heritage list is groundless and unreasonable. South Korea has taken issue with Japan’s plan by insisting that Koreans were subjected to forced….Read more

  • January 26, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > U.N. & Other Agencies

UNSC fails to reach consensus on statement on North Korean missiles

NHK reported that the UN Security Council held an emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss how to respond to North Korea’s recent ballistic missile launches. The network said that according to diplomatic sources, although the United States proposed at the closed-door meeting that the Security Council adopt a statement calling on the DPRK to abide by its sanctions resolutions, the….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

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

INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

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
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