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AFP-Jiji 16:23 JST, February 3, 2024 ABOARD THE ARC SIMON BOLIVAR (AFP-Jiji) Colombias 10th Antarctic Expedition is making its way to the far reaches of the continent, exploring remote and almost untouched places inhabited by penguins, whales and the occasional seal. The Colomb...

Reuters 17:57 JST, January 25, 2024 BRUSSELS (Reuters) The European Union will need to revamp its policies to deliver a fossil fuel phase-out if the bloc is to achieve its ambitious climate targets, official advisers said on Jan. 18. The 27-country EU was among the loudest voic...

Reuters 17:53 JST, January 24, 2024 LONDON (Reuters) London is underprepared for the heatwaves, flooding and rising sea levels it is forecast to experience in coming years, a report commissioned by Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Jan. 17. The report, which was ordered after soaring te...

AFP-Jiji 17:58 JST, December 21, 2023 OULED OMAR, Tunisia (AFP-Jiji) Tunisian villager Ounissa Mazhoud ties two empty jerry cans to a donkey and cautiously descends a stony hill toward the last local source of water. The North African country, in its fourth year of drought, is ...

By Mahesti Okitasari / Special to The Japan News 9:00 JST, December 9, 2023 Air pollution has long plagued cities throughout the world, with Jakarta, Indonesia, recently topping the list. This problem is particularly severe in developing countries where cities are often clogged ...

By Keisuke Yano / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer 21:00 JST, December 7, 2023 DUBAI Japan was among the 63 nations that have signed a global pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the cooling sector by at least 68% by 2050 compared to the 2022 level. The pledge was signed ...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 13:46 JST, December 6, 2023 After an extreme summer of global boiling, the United Nations is holding its COP28 climate summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This is the third and final installment of a new series that looks at how climate change is threateni...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 7:00 JST, December 5, 2023 After an extreme summer of global boiling, the United Nations is holding its COP28 climate summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This is the first installment of a new series that looks at how climate change is threatening peoples ...

AP 11:41 JST, December 4, 2023 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) With Planet Earth running a fever, U.N. climate talks focused Sunday on the contagious effects on human health. Under a brown haze over Dubai, the COP28 summit moved past two days of lofty rhetoric and calls for un...

Jiji Press 12:59 JST, December 3, 2023 Dubai (Jiji Press)A total of 116 countries, including Japan, supported and signed the United Arab Emirates-proposed initiative to triple worldwide installed renewable energy generation capacity by 2030, in a two-day summit-level meeting hel...

Editorial 17:16 JST, December 3, 2023 Extreme climate events such as heat waves, wildfires and floods have been occurring frequently around the world, fueling the sense of urgency over global warming. The hope is that countries will unite and boost momentum for strengthening mea...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 13:35 JST, December 2, 2023 Japan experienced its hottest autumn on record this year, with the September-November period soaring 1.39 C above the nations average between 1991-2020, the Japan Meteorological Agency said Friday. The latest figure, known as a tem...

AP 11:15 JST, December 2, 2023 WASHINGTON (AP) Vice President Kamala Harris will tackle two delicate tasks this weekend in Dubai: Shell try to demonstrate U.S. environmental leadership despite President Joe Biden s notable absence from an annual summit on climate change and she...

Reuters 14:21 JST, November 30, 2023 LIMA (Reuters) Peru has lost 56% of its tropical glaciers in the last six decades due to climate change, according to a new government inventory released on Nov. 22. Peru holds 68% of the worlds tropical glaciers and warming temperatures hav...

AP 12:28 JST, November 19, 2023 OFF THE COAST OF GALVESTON, Texas (AP) Divers descending into azure waters far off the Texas coast dip below a horizon dotted with oil and gas platforms into an otherworldly landscape of undersea mountains crusted with yellow, orange and pink cor...

AFP-Jiji 17:42 JST, November 1, 2023 PARIS (AFP-Jiji) Scientists revealed on Oct. 24 that they had discovered a vast, hidden landscape of hills and valleys carved by ancient rivers that has been frozen in time under the Antarctic ice for millions of years. This landscape, which...

Reuters 14:11 JST, October 28, 2023 SAO PAULO (Reuters) Deforestation in Brazils Amazon rainforest fell 56.8% in September compared to a year earlier, government data showed on Oct. 6, while the region is struggling with a historic drought. The total area cleared in the Amazon ...

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AFP-Jiji 13:53 JST, October 20, 2023 PARIS (AFP-Jiji) Climate change threatens the cultivation in Europe of aromatic hops which gives beer its bitterness, according to a study published on Oct. 10 in Nature Communications. European varieties of hops are prized and used by brewe...

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AFP-Jiji 14:02 JST, October 20, 2023 WASHINGTON (AFP-Jiji) What makes a good or bad year for wine? Its a question that vexes not only vintners but also scientists, whove long looked to weather conditions to provide the answer. A new study published on Oct. 11 in the journal iSc...

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Reuters 12:28 JST, October 20, 2023 LONDON (Reuters) Global economic losses could reach $5 trillion under a plausible increase in extreme weather events linked to climate change that cause crop failures and food and water shortages, insurance marketplace Lloyds of London said o...

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AFP-Jiji 13:23 JST, October 12, 2023 BANGKOK (AFP-Jiji) Humans are increasingly settling in areas highly exposed to dangerous flooding, a study warned on Oct. 4, with China helping drive the rise in risky urban expansion into exposed areas. The research, led by a World Bank eco...

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Reuters 17:03 JST, October 12, 2023 WASHINGTON (Reuters) Earths amphibians from the thorny spike-thumb frog to the red knobby newt, West African giant squeaker, ornate tree frog and fire salamander are being pushed closer to the brink due to habitat destruction, disease and c...

Reuters 13:59 JST, September 27, 2023 As Texas baked in this summers record temperatures, local UPS driver Chris Begley started feeling unwell before collapsing at a customers premises. The 57-year-olds death in hospital was announced in late August just as his trade union was ...

Reuters 16:19 JST, September 22, 2023 AMSTERDAM/LONDON (Reuters) When Dutch airline KLM launched advertisements urging customers to fly responsibly and think about the environmental impact before booking a flight, it said it was showing its commitment to a sustainable future. B...

AP 11:53 JST, September 17, 2023 The heat is about to be turned up on fossil fuels, the United States and President Joe Biden. As a record-smashing and deadly hot summer draws to a close, the United Nations and the city that hosts it are focusing on climate change and the burnin...

AFP-Jiji 17:26 JST, September 14, 2023 WASHINGTON (AFP-Jiji) Polar bears have long symbolized the dangers posed by climate change, as rising temperatures melt away the Arctic sea ice they depend upon for survival. But quantifying the impact of a single oil well or coal power pl...

AFP-Jiji 13:45 JST, September 13, 2023 ITTOQQORTOORMIIT, Greenland (AFP-Jiji) With rugged red mountains rising on either side, a sailboat carrying scientists deftly snakes between icebergs brimming Greenlands Scoresby Fjord, as they rush to document this understudied region on ...

AFP-Jiji 16:54 JST, September 13, 2023 PARIS (AFP-Jiji) Helpless emperor penguin chicks perished at multiple breeding grounds in West Antarctica late last year, drowning or freezing to death when sea ice eroded by global warming gave way under their tiny feet, scientists said A...

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Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.s initial ocean discharge of 7,800 tons of treated water from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant was c... September 11, 2023 Prime Minister Fumio Kishida began making arrangements on Monday for his planned cabinet reshuffle, after r...

Even though China has made certain achievements in infrastructure development in developing countrie... September 11, 2023 The Democratic Party for the People (DPFP) has been appreciative of its leaders policy-oriented sta... September 11, 2023 The top management of a major nonl...

NEW YORK (AP) Americans are looking back on the horror and legacy of 9/11, gathering Monday at mem... September 11, 2023 HANOI, Vietnam (AP) President Joe Biden said Sunday his visit to Vietnam to showcase stronger ties... September 11, 2023 WASHINGTON (AP) Michael White had ...

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on Monday will launch the Smart Lander for Investigating Moon... August 28, 2023 WASHINGTON (Reuters) In the 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a malevolent time-traveling an... August 18, 2023 A research team led by the University of T...

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Reuters 14:27 JST, September 7, 2023 WINNIPEG, Canada (Reuters) When Canadian dairy farmer Ben Loewiths calves are born next spring, they will be among the first in the world to be bred with a specific environmental goal: burping less methane. Loewith, a third-generation farmer...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 6:00 JST, September 3, 2023 Following the first release of treated water from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Aug. 24, Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi has been focusing on strengthening Japans engagement with emerging and developing countries of...

By Keiichi Nakane / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer 2:00 JST, September 3, 2023 The governments University for International Research Excellence program is aimed at reversing the serious decline in Japans research and development capabilities. Japan fell to a record-low 13th place ...

By JEFF MARTIN and ISABELLA OMALLEY Associated Press 11:11 JST, September 2, 2023 ATLANTA (AP) In the final hours before Hurricane Idalia struck Florida the storm had grown into a Category 4 beast lurking off the states west coast, and the forecast called for it to continue int...

Editorial 16:23 JST, September 2, 2023 No matter how much the central government called for efforts, there were not enough hospital beds for COVID-19 patients and it took time for a testing system to be put in place. In the event of another infectious disease outbreak, the comma...

By David Lawder 13:11 JST, September 1, 2023 WASHINGTON, Aug 31 (Reuters) U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will travel to New Delhi to participate in the G20 leaders summit from Sept. 7-10, making her fourth visit to India in 10 months, the Treasury Department said on Thurs...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 12:35 JST, September 1, 2023 The Environment Ministry has earmarked about 500 million of its 787.5 billion budget request for fiscal 2024 to fund a project to research the harmful effects of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The total budg...

Reuters 17:08 JST, September 1, 2023 TAIPEI (Reuters) Seated with her legs stretched out on her living room floor, Vivian Tung scrunched her bare stomach to find a spot where she could inject Rekovelle, a hormonal medicine used to stimulate egg production. The 33-year-old Taiwa...

Editorial 15:45 JST, September 1, 2023 The public will not understand if an academic entity insists that the government should not meddle in its personnel affairs and management even while it relies on the government for funding. The ideal form of the Science Council of Japan (S...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 16:06 JST, August 31, 2023 Prime Minister Fumio Kishida ate fish caught off Fukushima Prefecture for lunch Wednesday at his office in Tokyo in a bid to show seafood from the region is safe and to boost its consumption. Alongside sashimi of flounder, sea bass ...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 15:27 JST, August 31, 2023 No tritium has been detected in seawater samples taken 3 kilometers off the coast of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant for the six days following the ocean release of treated water, the plants owner said. Tokyo Electric Power ...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 13:01 JST, August 31, 2023 The Foreign Ministry has received about 500 crank phone calls, believed to have originated from China, regarding treated water from Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc.s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, its press secretar...

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AFP-Jiji 17:36 JST, August 31, 2023 GENEVA (AFP-Jiji) As Europe and other regions swelter, a U.N. researcher cautioned that climate change was enabling increasingly intense and long-lasting heat waves, which in some areas could soon begin to hit year-round. Extreme heat has dom...

Reuters 16:06 JST, August 31, 2023 The blue whale and other baleen whales, the gentle giants of the sea, sift huge quantities of tiny prey from ocean water using a filter-feeding system in their mouths. But they were not the first marine creatures to feed like that. Fossils unea...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 6:00 JST, August 30, 2023 Only half of the 109 major cities and wards nationwide have an estimate of the amount of disaster waste such as debris from homes and damaged household goods that could be generated after flooding, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun su...

Editorial 13:30 JST, August 30, 2023 Without common policies and principles, no matter how many member countries are included, it will be difficult to demonstrate a strong presence as a multilateral cooperative body. Instead, it will probably expose a lack of equal footing. The ...

By Eri Kakinuma and Fukutaro Yamashita / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writers 17:03 JST, August 30, 2023 Japan-linked businesses in China are struggling to deal with Chinas total ban on the use of Japanese seafood, as well as negative public opinion in China, following the start of tre...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 15:16 JST, August 30, 2023 Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has reiterated calls for China to engage in expert discussions on the ocean release of treated water from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, which Beijing has criticized. The government intends to ...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 14:55 JST, August 30, 2023 Retail prices for regular gasoline in Japan averaged 185.6 per liter as of Monday, up 1.9 from a week before and the highest price since weekly statistics were first kept in August 1990, the Natural Resources and Energy Agency annou...

AP 15:31 JST, August 29, 2023 ATHENS, Greece (AP) The nightmare repeats itself every year: A towering wall of flames devours forests, farmland and homes, forcing animals and people to flee for their lives. With their hot, dry summers, Greece and its southern European neighbors ...

AP 13:23 JST, August 29, 2023 BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Climate activists have spraypainted a superyacht, blocked private jets from taking off and plugged holes in golf courses this summer as part of an intensifying campaign against the emissions-spewing lifestyles of the ultraweal...

Reuters 17:46 JST, August 28, 2023 ROME (Reuters) A particularly aggressive crab species from the western Atlantic is threatening Italys role as one of the worlds top producers of clams as well as, potentially, one of its signature pasta dishes. The blue crab, originally from ...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 20:00 JST, August 28, 2023 This is the third installment in a series looking at lessons that have been learned over the past 100 years since the Great Kanto Earthquake as Tokyo enters a new era of urban development. * * * The Tsukishima area in Chuo Ward, Tok...

AP 12:28 JST, August 28, 2023 RENO, Nev. (AP) Santos Brizuela spent more than two decades laboring outdoors, persisting despite a bout of heatstroke while cutting sugarcane in Mexico and chronic laryngitis from repeated exposure to the hot sun while on various other jobs. But l...

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Reuters 13:17 JST, August 28, 2023 TOKYO (Reuters) Tests of seawater near Japans Fukushima nuclear power plant have not detected any radioactivity, the environment ministry said on Sunday, days after authorities began discharging into the sea treated water used to cool damaged ...

AP 12:16 JST, August 28, 2023 ATHENS, Greece (AP) More than 600 firefighters, including reinforcements from several European countries and backed by a fleet of water-dropping planes and helicopters, were tackling the remnants of three major wildfires in Greece Sunday, two of wh...

By Tomoko Hatakeyama / Japan News Staff Writer 16:00 JST, August 27, 2023 Yamazato, a Japanese restaurant in The Okura Tokyo hotel in Minato Ward, Tokyo, has a new head chef for the first time in 20 years. Akihiro Omori, who has taken over the restaurant of the luxury hotel ofte...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 12:11 JST, August 27, 2023 The Environment Ministry has announced that the concentration of tritium in seawater in the vicinity of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is below detectable levels. The announcement was made after analyzing seawater collected...

Reuters 16:52 JST, August 26, 2023 NONSAN, South Korea (Reuters) Kwon Gye-soon has been farming for more than a quarter of a century, but she is not hopeful she can get back on her feet this time after climate change-driven flooding in July devastated her watermelon farm and he...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 15:12 JST, August 26, 2023 The government has begun checking radiation levels in seawater and fish in waters near Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant following the start of the release of treated water into the ocea...

AFP-Jiji 14:03 JST, August 18, 2023 PARIS (AFP-Jiji) July was the hottest month ever recorded on Earth, the European Unions climate observatory confirmed Aug. 8, warning of dire consequences. Marked by heat waves and fires all around the world, the previous month was 0.33 C hig...

Jiji Press 11:48 JST, August 16, 2023 Washington, Aug. 15 (Jiji Press)U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday stressed that the United States is satisfied with Japans plan to release treated water from the disaster-crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant into the ...

AP 10:40 JST, August 16, 2023 Awakened by howling winds that tore through his Maui neighborhood, Shane Treu went out at dawn and saw a wooden power pole suddenly snap with a flash, its sparking, popping line falling to the dry grass below and quickly igniting a row of flames. He...

Reuters 11:47 JST, August 16, 2023 Social media company X, formerly known as Twitter, delayed access to links to content on the Reuters and New York Times websites as well as rivals like Bluesky, Facebook and Instagram, according to a Washington Post report on Tuesday. Clicking ...

Reuters 11:14 JST, August 16, 2023 The death toll from a devastating wildfire that destroyed the resort town of Lahaina on Maui rose to 101 on Tuesday, Hawaii Governor Josh Green told CNN. So far only four of the dead have been identified, Green said. JN ACCESS RANKING The Japan...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 11:34 JST, August 15, 2023 Iwate prefecture experienced heavy rainfall in parts of the prefecture on Sunday and Monday. A record-breaking 304.5 millimeters of rain was recorded in a 3-hour period during Sunday night in Omoto, Iwaizumi town, according to the M...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 7:37 JST, August 15, 2023 Typhoon No. 7, also called as Lan, made landfall near Cape Shionomisaki, Wakayama Prefecture, before 5 a.m. on Tuesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. Typhoon No. 7 is expected to move northward through the Kinki region. JN AC...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 12:43 JST, August 15, 2023 Around 10:50 a.m. on Tuesday, a gust of wind resembling a tornado occurred downstream of the Abe River, which flows through the central part of Shizuoka City. According to Shizuoka City and the fire department, there have been repor...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 9:05 JST, August 15, 2023 West Japan Railway Co. has suspended operations on almost all lines in the Keihanshin area, including the Osaka Loop Line, Tokaido Line and Sanyo Line, after 7 a.m. on Tuesday due to Typhoon No.7, also known as Lan. Kintetsu Railway ...

Reuters 11:37 JST, August 15, 2023 TOKYO (Reuters) Nearly 800 flights were canceled and tens of thousands of homes lost power as a slow-moving typhoon made landfall in western Japan early on Tuesday, prompting authorities to issue flood and landslide warnings. Approaching from ...

Editorial 12:45 JST, August 14, 2023 Efforts by the international shipping sector are vital to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Japan, which is highly dependent on trade, needs to take the lead in global discussions on this issue and contribute its technological expertise. The...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 13:16 JST, August 14, 2023 Shimizu Corp. has developed software that uses AI to design energy-efficient buildings. Until now, it usually took the major contractor about a month to design a green building, but the new software can shorten this process to a sin...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 12:00 JST, August 13, 2023 The powerful Typhoon No. 7, also known as Lan, was detected about 380 kilometers south of Hachijojima Island at 9 a.m. on Sunday and is moving northwest at a moderate speed, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. The agency o...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 19:09 JST, August 13, 2023 Typhoon No. 7, also known as Lan, which is expected to make landfall in Kinki or Tokai regions on Tuesday, might bring an enormous amount of rain that could exceed the typical precipitation seen each August, the government warned on...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 16:46 JST, August 13, 2023 The Tokai and Kinki regions felt the heat on Sunday for a second consecutive day. By 3 p.m., Hirakata in Osaka Prefecture had recorded a sweltering temperature of 39.2 C, while the mercury in the prefectures Toyonaka area rose to 39...

Reuters 16:59 JST, August 12, 2023 KIEL, Germany (Reuters) Just off the coast of Kiel in northern Germany, scuba divers use hand trowels to dig up emerald green seagrass shoots complete with roots from a dense underwater meadow, delicately shaking off the sediment before placin...

AP 11:58 JST, August 12, 2023 COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) Authorities were on standby to evacuate more people in southeastern Norway Friday, where huge amounts of water, littered with broken trees, debris and trash, were thundering down the usually serene rivers after days of torr...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 16:45 JST, August 12, 2023 The Tokai and Kinki regions felt the heat on Saturday. By 2 p.m., Gujo in Gifu Prefecture had recorded a sweltering 39.1 C, while the mercury in Kyotanabe, Kyoto Prefecture, and Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City had hit 38.8 C. The temperatu...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 17:51 JST, August 11, 2023 Tropical Storm Lan was upgraded from strong to very strong in the early hours of Friday. By 10 a.m., it was located approximately 80 kilometers southeast of Hahajima Island, moving slowly northward. The central atmospheric pressure ...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 15:33 JST, August 11, 2023 SAPPORO The severed head of a man in the Sapporo decapitation case, in which a woman and her parents were arrested, was wrapped in a plastic bag and kept in a container at the familys home in Atsubetsu Ward, Sapporo, according to s...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 6:00 JST, August 11, 2023 Japan dropped to 13th place in a global ranking of the most cited scientific papers, falling behind Iran, according to the National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP). NISTEP, which is part of the Education, Culture,...

Associated Press 9:43 JST, August 11, 2023 LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) A search of the wildfire devastation on the Hawaiian island of Maui on Thursday revealed a wasteland of obliterated neighborhoods and landmarks charred beyond recognition, as the death toll rose to at least 53 and ...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 20:49 JST, August 11, 2023 A president of a wind power company who has been under investigation by the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office is planning to admit to bribing lower house member Masashi Akimoto, lawyers of the president said Friday. Masayuki ...

By AUDREY MCAVOY, JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and CHRISTOPHER WEBER Associated Press 11:13 JST, August 10, 2023 KAHULUI, Hawaii (AP) A wildfire tore through the heart of the Hawaiian island of Maui in darkness Wednesday, reducing much of a historic town to ash and forcing people to...

AP 17:09 JST, August 9, 2023 GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) Declaring it good not only for Arizona but for the planet, President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed a national monument designation for the greater Grand Canyon, turning the decades-long visions of Native American...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 6:00 JST, August 9, 2023 Japan eyes providing data from observation satellites measuring carbon dioxide emissions to developing countries for these nations to use when they submit their data to the secretariat of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Chang...

Jiji Press 17:23 JST, August 8, 2023 TOKYO (Jiji Press) Taro Aso, vice president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, on Tuesday stressed the importance of showing a readiness to fight in order to prevent a war in the Taiwan Strait, where Chinese military pressure is increas...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 16:05 JST, August 8, 2023 There is no change, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has said, to the governments plan to begin discharging treated water from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant into the ocean around this summer. The government is making arrangemen...

AP 11:23 JST, August 8, 2023 TUSAYAN, Ariz. (AP) President Joe Biden set out Monday on a Western swing aimed at showcasing his work on conservation, clean energy and veterans benefits as he seeks to draw an implicit contrast between his administrations accomplishments and forme...

Jiji Press 11:19 JST, August 7, 2023 TOKYO (Jiji Press) Japanese demand for rice grown in 2023 for direct human consumption is expected to fall 100,000 tons from a year earlier to 6.81 million tons, down for the 10th consecutive year, according to the agriculture ministry. The ...

Reuters 13:23 JST, August 7, 2023 ROME (Reuters) Two people died and around 30 more are missing at sea after two migrant shipwrecks off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, the coastguard said on Sunday, adding that 57 people had been rescued. In a separate operation, 34 m...

AP 10:43 JST, August 7, 2023 MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The rest of the world has finally caught up to the United States. The once-dominant Americans crashed out of the Womens World Cup on penalties after a scoreless draw with Sweden in the Round of 16 on Sunday. It was the earl...

AP 12:09 JST, August 7, 2023 DETROIT (AP) The U.S. governments most ambitious plan ever to slash planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions from passenger vehicles faces skepticism both about how realistic it is and whether it goes far enough. The Environmental Protection Agency i...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 20:00 JST, August 6, 2023 The government will strengthen cooperation with African countries to ensure a stable supply of minerals such as cobalt a material necessary to produce electric vehicles and other items. China is continuing to acquire interests in th...

Reuters 15:40 JST, August 6, 2023 BELEM, Brazil (Reuters) Raoni Metuktire, an Indigenous chief from Brazils Amazon, will urge the regions head of state meeting here this coming week to step up their efforts to preserve the rainforest that is vital to his peoples survival and th...

Editorial 15:28 JST, August 6, 2023 At the bottom of the seas around the coasts of Japan, as well as the lakes and ponds around the nation, lie legacies that convey the history of the countrys formation and overseas exchanges. Remains and artifacts of historical value must be pr...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 19:01 JST, August 6, 2023 Japanese people do not want to hear China say anything about the release of treated water into the sea, former Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Akira Amari said Sunday. Amari made the remarks on a Fuji TV program about Chin...

By Yuya Iwasaki / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer 6:00 JST, August 6, 2023 The central and local governments have suspended a number of wind farm construction projects over concerns about the protection of endangered birds. Japan is currently pursuing wind power as a source of clea...

By The Associated Press 11:50 JST, August 5, 2023 LONDON (AP) Global prices for food commodities like rice and vegetable oil have risen for the first time in months after Russia pulled out of a wartime agreement allowing Ukraine to ship grain to the world, and India restricted ...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 12:53 JST, August 5, 2023 Typhoon No. 6 moved slowly eastward Saturday morning about 160 km north of Kume Island, Okinawa Prefecture. It approached Okinawa and the Amami region before changing course to the north, and is now heading toward Kyushu as it grows ...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 14:24 JST, August 5, 2023 The temperature in Date City, Fukushima Prefecture, reached 40.0 C on Saturday, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. JN ACCESS RANKING The Japan News / Weekly Edition Our weekly ePaper presents the most noteworthy recent top...

AFP-Jiji 16:36 JST, August 4, 2023 SANTA MARIA MADALENA, Brazil (AFP-Jiji) Awestruck by the oranges and blues of the Jewel Box star cluster, part of the Southern Cross constellation, Pedro Froes manages to get out a few words: Its incredible. Froes is viewing the stars from a t...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 12:41 JST, August 3, 2023 Large-scale power outages continue in Okinawa Prefecture as a result of a large and extremely strong typhoon. About 156,000 households, or about 25% of the total, were without power as of 10 a.m. Thursday, according to the Okinawa El...

AFP-Jiji 15:40 JST, August 3, 2023 MONTEVIDEO (AFP-Jiji) Around 2,000 penguins have appeared dead on the coast of eastern Uruguay recently, and the cause, which does not appear to be avian influenza, remains a mystery, authorities said. The Magellanic penguins, mostly juveniles...

Reuters 16:09 JST, August 3, 2023 LONDON (Reuters) Britain had fewer serious water pollution incidents in 2022 than in the previous year, but the number remains unacceptably high, the governments Environment Agency said in its annual report last month. Water companies in Britai...

By Hiroki Ikeda / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer 1:00 JST, August 3, 2023 With international visitor numbers increasing again as COVID-19 border control measures have been eased, moves are being made to help those unfamiliar with the Japanese language and Japans summer heat to cop...

AP 16:32 JST, August 3, 2023 Human-caused global warming made July hotter for four out of five people on Earth, with more than 2 billion people feeling climate change-boosted warmth daily, according to a flash study. More than 6.5 billion people, or 81% of the worlds population,...

Reuters 16:03 JST, August 3, 2023 Warm and cuddly are adjectives that seldom spring to mind when one thinks of rattlesnakes. But a new study from Loma Linda University near San Bernardino, Calif., may change that by showing that the venomous rattler appears to take comfort in be...

Reuters 16:22 JST, August 3, 2023 WARSAW (Reuters) Workers at a Polish shelter are taking special steps from air-conditioning to water holes to help their dogs cope with sweltering temperatures. While Poland has not yet seen the record-breaking heat wreaking havoc from the Unit...

Reuters 12:16 JST, August 2, 2023 NEW YORK (Reuters) Retailers such as Macys and Columbia Sportswear are expanding their use of breathable and cooling fabrics in a bid to boost sales as record-high temperatures drive demand for clothing that can help consumers beat the heat. Ot...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 13:56 JST, August 2, 2023 The average temperature in central Tokyo last month was 28.7 C, 3 C above the July average and a record high for the month since comparable data became available in 1875, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. The previous Jul...

Editorial 12:07 JST, August 2, 2023 African countries did not yield to Russias conciliatory approach to provide grain free of charge to six countries. Russia must take the voices of impoverished African nations seriously and quickly return to the international agreement on grain...

The Yomiuri Shimbn 12:20 JST, August 2, 2023 Regarding the ocean discharge of treated water from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida instructed relevant ministers to ensure safety, take thorough measures against harmful rumors and continue to pr...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 6:00 JST, August 1, 2023 YOKOHAMA Tokyo Gas Co. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. have launched an experiment to produce methane, raw material of city gas, by capturing CO2 emitted from a waste incineration plant. CO2 can be combined with hydrogen to pro...

AP 12:11 JST, August 1, 2023 VATICAN CITY (AP) When Pope Francis made the first foreign trip of his papacy, to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day in 2013, he urged young people to make a mess in their local churches, to shake things up even if it ruffled the feathers of their b...

AP 12:05 JST, August 1, 2023 CHICAGO (AP) More than a third of the heat-trapping gases cooking the planet come from growing and raising food, but millions of cattle, pigs and other animals get to stay cool in the United States and other parts of the developed world. Many Americ...

AP 11:29 JST, July 31, 2023 At 24, Alberto Rodriguez has grandparents younger than Joe Biden. But hes more interested in the 80-year-old presidents accomplishments than his age. People as young as me, were all focusing on our day-to-day lives and he has done things to help us th...

Editorial 17:35 JST, July 31, 2023 There should be no weapons that automatically kill or injure people through the use of artificial intelligence. It is problematic that the competition among military powers to develop AI weapons is delaying the creation of relevant internationa...

AP 11:04 JST, July 31, 2023 DENVER (AP) As Denver neared triple-digit temperatures, Ben Gallegos sat shirtless on his porch swatting flies off his legs and spritzing himself with a misting fan to try to get through the heat. Gallegos, like many in the nations poorest neighborho...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 1:00 JST, July 31, 2023 An English video released by the Foreign Ministry regarding the discharge of treated water from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has drawn much interest. The July 21 tweet introducing the video has been viewed 1.56 million times...

By Hidenori Nagai / Yomiuri Shimbun Photographer 9:16 JST, July 30, 2023 Amid the bright lights, bustling crowds and roaring trains of Tokyos Akihabara district, a campsite appears a bit out of place. Akihabara is a popular area among residents and tourists for its many electron...

By Daisuke Kawase / Yomiuri Shimbun Correspondent 14:08 JST, July 30, 2023 BEIJING Membership of the Chinese Communist Party is expected to hit 100 million in the near future, having increased to 98.04 million as of the end of 2022. Though Chinas population seems to be in decli...

BY DREW COSTLEY, JOSEPH B. FREDERICK and TASSANEE VEJPONGSA Associated Press 11:08 JST, July 29, 2023 NEW YORK (AP) Carlos Reyes sought shade under a tree in the Bronx on a day that felt like it was over 100 degrees (38 degrees Celsius) because of the heat and humidity. Its not...

Editorial 12:29 JST, July 29, 2023 Boosting the minimum wage is essential to protect workers buffeted by high prices. The government must create an environment in which small and midsize companies can continue to increase remuneration. The Central Minimum Wages Council of the He...

By Ayaka Kudo / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer 20:00 JST, July 29, 2023 NEW DELHI Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi stressed Friday that security cooperation between Japan and India will be effective in dealing with a possible Taiwan contingency. Japan and India have been conduc...

By Ren Kikuchi / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer 15:10 JST, July 29, 2023 Record rainfall that hit the Tohoku region in the middle of this month is having an effect on preparations for the upcoming Akita Kanto Festival, one of the three major festivals in the region. One warehouse ...

By Yuichi Hosoya / Special to The Yomiuri Shimbun 10:00 JST, July 28, 2023 Prime Minister Fumio Kishida participated in the North Atlantic Treaty Organizations summit on July 12, the second and last day of the alliances annual event, in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius. He and ...

AP 9:52 JST, July 28, 2023 WASHINGTON (AP) July has been so hot thus far that scientists calculate that this month will be the hottest globally on record and likely the warmest human civilization has seen, even though there are several days left to sweat through. The World Mete...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 18:06 JST, July 28, 2023 Temperatures soared anew across the nation Friday, with 169 locations logging readings of 35 C or higher as of 1 p.m., according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture, saw the mercury rise to 39.4 C, while Nish...

Thomson Reuters Foundation 12:41 JST, July 27, 2023 BEIRUT (Thomson Reuters Foundation) As the co-founder and CEO of a green tech company based in Morocco, Salma Bougarrani said she often finds herself the only woman in the room. This isnt very encouraging. You feel like youre ...

AFP-Jiji 11:43 JST, July 27, 2023 WASHINGTON (AFP-Jiji) City parks and green spaces help counter heat, boost biodiversity and instill a sense of calm in the urban jungle. They also help slow biological aging, with people who have access to green spaces found to be on average 2....

AP 12:22 JST, July 27, 2023 WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. is concealing a longstanding program that retrieves and reverse engineers unidentified flying objects, a former Air Force intelligence officer testified Wednesday to Congress. The Pentagon has denied his claims. Retired Maj. ...

Reuters 15:12 JST, July 27, 2023 VOLOS, Greece (Reuters) Wildfires that have been supercharged by strong winds and temperatures exceeding 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) killed two people in central Greece on Wednesday and forced a new wave of evacuations. In the last 24 hours alon...

AFP-Jiji 18:01 JST, July 27, 2023 YOKOHAMA (AFP-Jiji) Seaweed has long been a staple food in Japan, but the chunky, slimy kelp hauled into fisherman Ryoichi Kigawas boat is also starting to attract international attention for its potential as an eco-friendly supercrop. Research...

Reuters 11:30 JST, July 26, 2023 RHODES, Greece (Reuters) Three people became the first known fatalities on Tuesday of wildfires that have been raging on the Greek islands for a week, and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis warned of tough days ahead as the blazes destroyed home...

AP 10:54 JST, July 26, 2023 The water temperature on the tip of Florida hit hot tub levels, exceeding 100 degrees (37.8 degrees Celsius) two days in a row. And meteorologists say that could potentially be the hottest seawater ever measured, although there are some issues with th...

By Kuniyuki Kamimura / Yomiuri Shimbun Senior Writer 11:36 JST, July 26, 2023 With the conclusion of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, the sumo world will soon enter the season of its long regional tour. Canceled during the coronavirus pandemic, the summer regional tour returned...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 20:00 JST, July 26, 2023 COVID-19 prompted a significant number of people to move away from Tokyo to avoid the close human contact of big-city life, effectively tapping the brakes on a long-term trend of population concentrating around the capital. But with t...

AP 10:49 JST, July 26, 2023 NEW YORK (AP) UPS has reached a tentative contract with its 340,000-person union, potentially averting a strike that threatened to disrupt package deliveries for millions of businesses and households nationwide. The agreement was announced Tuesday, t...

AP 12:14 JST, July 25, 2023 PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) Cambodias longtime ruling party on Monday lauded its landslide victory in weekend elections as a clear mandate for the next five years. The United States said the partys stifling of the opposition meant the vote could not be...

AP 11:49 JST, July 25, 2023 Goodbye, Twitter. Hello, X. Elon Musk has unveiled a new X logo to replace Twitters famous blue bird as he follows through with a major rebranding of the social media platform he bought for $44 billion last year. The X started appearing at the top of ...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 12:12 JST, July 25, 2023 The rainy season is believed to have ended in the northern part of Kyushu, the Japan Meteorological Agency announced Tuesday. It ended three days later compared to the previous year. This marked the end of the rainy season nationwide,...

AP 15:31 JST, July 24, 2023 TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was released from the hospital on Monday after an emergency heart procedure, facing an unprecedented national crisis ahead of parliaments vote on the first major piece of legislation to ...

AP 15:25 JST, July 24, 2023 IWAKI, Japan (AP) Beach season has started across Japan, which means seafood for holiday makers and good times for business owners. But in Fukushima, that may end soon. Within weeks, the tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is expected t...

Editorial 12:30 JST, July 24, 2023 The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has released an outline of a treaty that sets new international taxation rules. The outline calls for an appropriate tax burden on tech giants, and it is hoped that it will be ste...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 14:34 JST, July 24, 2023 The government has released two English-language videos explaining the safety aspects of the planned ocean release of treated water from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant owned by Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. The ...

AP 11:01 JST, July 24, 2023 NEW YORK (AP) Elon Musk said Sunday that he plans to change the logo of Twitter to an X from the famous blue bird, marking what would be the latest big change since he bought the social media platform for $44 billion last year. In a series of posts o...

Reuters 15:20 JST, July 23, 2023 MEXICO CITY (Reuters) Deep in the Panamanian jungle, Venezuelan migrant Franca Ramirez was scrambling to reach higher ground as a rushing river broke its banks, he said, when something caught his eye: a group of young men, snapping photos of the...

Editorial 12:29 JST, July 23, 2023 If ports and harbors are damaged by a major earthquake or typhoon, the distribution of goods via maritime transportation will be disrupted, severely affecting economic activities and peoples daily lives. There must be greater preparedness, so a...

Editorial 12:30 JST, July 23, 2023 Chinas economic recovery has been torpid despite Beijing having ended its zero-COVID policy. It is important for the administration of Chinese President Xi Jinping to boost the economy through flexible policy management. Real gross domestic pro...

By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press 10:35 JST, July 22, 2023 UNITED NATIONS (AP) Russia came under pressure at the U.N. Security Council on Friday from its ally China and developing countries as well as Western nations to avert a global food crisis and quickly revive Ukrainian...

By MATT OBRIEN and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press 10:55 JST, July 22, 2023 WASHINGTON (AP) President Joe Biden said Friday that new commitments by Amazon, Google, Meta, Microsoft and other companies that are leading the development of artificial intelligence technology to meet a ...

Reuters 10:40 JST, July 21, 2023 TOKYO (Reuters) Japans core consumer inflation re-accelerated in June and stayed above the central banks 2% target for the 15th straight month, data showed on Friday, adding to recent signs of broadening price pressures. The data heightens the c...

Reuters 14:04 JST, July 21, 2023 WASHINGTON (Reuters) Evidence is mounting about what may be a wealth of organic molecules a potential indicator of life on Mars, with new findings from NASAs Perseverance rover suggesting the presence of a diversity of them in rocks at a local...

AFP-Jiji 17:04 JST, July 21, 2023 SAN ANTONIO (AFP-Jiji) The landscaping squad of Mocha, Wynonna, Nelson and Beckham yank out weeds at a Texas park. They dont carry chainsaws or use herbicides. They are goats, and this environmentally friendly initiative is, for them, merely lu...

AFP-Jiji 16:14 JST, July 21, 2023 EXMOUTH, England (AFP-Jiji) A leisure center in Exmouth, southwest England, is using a small data center to heat its indoor swimming pool, trialing an innovative solution that reduces its energy bills and carbon footprint. An on-site installati...

By Motoshige Itoh / Special to The Yomiuri Shimbun 13:00 JST, July 21, 2023 Major countries across the world are implementing large-scale industrial policies to strengthen the field of advanced technologies and accelerate responses to climate change. The United States has announ...

AFP-Jiji 16:56 JST, July 21, 2023 MIURA, Kanagawa (AFP-Jiji) Its cheap, recycled and has centuries of tradition: shimogoe or fertilizer from a persons bottom is finding new favor in Japan as Ukraines war hikes the price of chemical alternatives. As in several parts of the world...

Editorial 12:05 JST, July 20, 2023 With Russias invasion of Ukraine destabilizing energy supplies, Middle Eastern oil-producing countries are becoming increasingly important. The Japanese government must strategically build relationships with these countries. Prime Minister Fumi...

AP 11:43 JST, July 19, 2023 BEIJING (AP) U.S. climate envoy John Kerry told Chinas top diplomat on Tuesday that President Joe Bidens administration is very committed to stabilizing relations between the worlds two biggest economies, as the countries seek to restart high-level c...

Associated Press 11:54 JST, July 19, 2023 UNITED NATIONS (AP) The handful of big tech companies leading the race to commercialize AI cant be trusted to guarantee the safety of systems we dont yet understand and that are prone to chaotic or unpredictable behavior, an artificial ...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 20:00 JST, July 19, 2023 This is the third installment of a series examining how international organizations are at a critical juncture due to changes in the global situation. * * * At around noon on June 22, a disinformation response team established last ye...

Editorial 12:29 JST, July 18, 2023 How will Taiwan deal with the administration of Chinas Xi Jinping, which is pressing for China-Taiwan unification? The Taiwan presidential election scheduled for next January will have a major impact on the situation in East Asia. The campaign ...

Reuters 12:36 JST, July 18, 2023 PHOENIX (Reuters) Asia, Europe and the United States baked under extreme heat on Monday as global temperatures soared toward alarming highs and U.S. leaders sought to reignite climate diplomacy with China. The United States was scorched by recor...

AP 16:44 JST, July 18, 2023 BEIJING (AP) U.S. climate envoy John Kerry told Chinas top diplomat on Tuesday that President Joe Bidens administration is very committed to stabilizing relations between the worlds two biggest economies, as the countries seek to restart high-level c...

Reuters 12:05 JST, July 18, 2023 BEIJING (Reuters) China is entering an era of much slower economic growth, raising a daunting prospect: it may never get rich. Whether the worlds second-largest economy chugs ahead at 3-4% annually or flirts, as some economists expect, with Japa...

Jiji Press 17:18 JST, July 18, 2023 ABU DHABI (Jiji Press) Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday agreed with United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan that their countries will work even more closely to realize a decarbonized society. Japan and the UAE ...

The Associated Press 19:06 JST, July 17, 2023 LONDON (AP) Russia halted an unprecedented wartime deal on Monday that allows grain to flow from Ukraine to countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia where hunger is a growing threat and high food prices have pushed more people ...

Reuters 12:24 JST, July 17, 2023 BEIJING (Reuters) The United States climate envoy John Kerry arrived at the Beijing Hotel in the Chinese capital on Monday for talks with his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua, with the two sides aiming to rebuild trust following a suspension in t...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 13:45 JST, July 16, 2023 The government is discussing a plan to expand the cargo transit system across the nation to transport large containers for international maritime transportation on overland rail lines. To this end, it plans to begin feasibility trials...

AP 13:37 JST, July 16, 2023 The Marshfield Village Store, which sits at the junction of two country highways in a tiny Vermont town, has become a little bit of everything in recent days as residents struggle to recover from historic floods that battered the state. First the shop...

Editorial 12:24 JST, July 16, 2023 In recent years, the annual number of people who are transported by ambulance due to heat stroke has ranged from 40,000 to over 50,000, with more than 1,000 deaths. It needs to be recognized that heat stroke poses a more serious threat than nat...

Reuters 11:59 JST, July 15, 2023 ATHENS/PHOENIX (Reuters) Greece closed the ancient Acropolis during the hottest part of the day on Friday to protect tourists as southern Europe suffered in a fierce heatwave, while more than 100 million Americans also faced a prolonged spell of...

By WYATTE GRANTHAM-PHILIPS AP Business Writer 14:41 JST, July 15, 2023 NEW YORK (AP) Its not just you. Sriracha is hard to come by these days at least for one popular brand. The shortage of Huy Fong Foods Sriracha, the beloved red hot sauce packaged in those green-capped bottl...

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the Yomiuri Shimbun 13:47 JST, July 15, 2023 East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) has announced that it will continue suspending operation between Morioka and Akita stations on the Akita Shinkansen Line on Sunday due to expected heavy rain in Akita Prefecture. Operations have been s...

Reuters 12:12 JST, July 15, 2023 BRUSSELS (Reuters) Technologies to capture CO2 emissions are no substitute for a drastic cut in fossil fuels and their use should be limited, a group of countries warned on Friday, as tensions grow over the role of climate technologies ahead of ...

By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer 15:09 JST, July 14, 2023 An already warming Earth steamed to its hottest June on record, smashing the old global mark by nearly a quarter of a degree (0.13 degrees Celsius), with global oceans setting temperature records for the third straigh...

Editorial 12:35 JST, July 14, 2023 The shortage of personnel in airport services, which support aircraft operations, is becoming more serious and could interfere with smooth flight operations. The government and the airline industry need to take urgent measures to ensure that th...

By Liliana Salgado and Brad Brooks 12:40 JST, July 14, 2023 PHOENIX, July 12 (Reuters) A prolonged heat wave blanketed a swath of the U.S. stretching from California to South Florida on Wednesday, with forecasters expecting temperatures that could shatter records in parts of th...

AFP-Jiji 11:32 JST, July 13, 2023 SAN JOSE DEL GUAVIARE, Colombia (AFP-Jiji) Two newborn pumas and a convalescing porcupine share a room in the home of the Zapata family, which has renounced livestock farming to focus on stewardship of the Colombian Amazon and its animals uproo...

Reuters 17:36 JST, July 13, 2023 LONDON (Reuters) As a new European Union zero-tolerance deforestation law looms, several major investors told Reuters they are concerned about their exposure to the issue, with some saying they could quit consumer goods makers with risky supply ...

AP 11:41 JST, July 13, 2023 PHOENIX (AP) Millions of people across the Southwest are living through a historic heat wave, with even the heat-experienced desert city of Phoenix being tested since temperatures have hit 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius) for 13 consecutiv...

Reuters 11:22 JST, July 13, 2023 SINGAPORE (Reuters) Global reservoir volumes fell during the last 20 years despite a construction boom that drove up storage capacity, a new study showed on June 13, suggesting that new dams will not be enough to solve growing strain on the worl...

REUTERS 13:04 JST, July 13, 2023 VILNIUS, July 12 (Reuters) President Joe Biden accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of having a craven lust for land and power at the end of a NATO summit on Wednesday where Ukraine won new security assurances from the U.S. and its allies fo...

Editorial 13:05 JST, July 13, 2023 An unusual situation occurred in which one of Japans largest trading ports was brought to an operational standstill by a cyber-attack, although only temporarily. The public and private sectors should cooperate to strengthen measures to prevent ...

By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer 11:48 JST, July 12, 2023 From climate change to species loss and pollution, humans have etched their impact on the Earth with such strength and permanence since the middle of the 20th century that a special team of scientists says a new geolo...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 13:21 JST, July 11, 2023 Japan and the United Arab Emirates began discussions to agree on technological cooperation to decarbonize the oil-producing state, several government sources said. With this agreement, Japan aims to attract active investment from the ...

AP 11:06 JST, July 11, 2023 WINDSOR, England (AP) President Joe Biden and King Charles III, two leaders who waited decades to reach the pinnacle of their careers, used their first meeting in those roles Monday to zero in on the generational challenge of climate change, prodding...

AP 11:13 JST, July 11, 2023 BERLIN (AP) Scientists say crushing temperatures that blanketed Europe last summer may have led to more than 61,000 heat-related deaths, highlighting the need for governments to address the health impacts of global warming. In their study, published ...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 13:45 JST, July 11, 2023 The Tokyo metropolitan area and the prefectures of Aichi and Fukushima are likely to be chosen to receive intensive government support for the spread of hydrogen-fueled trucks and buses, according to sources. The Economy, Trade and In...

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Reuters 15:18 JST, July 10, 2023 LONDON/WASHINGTON, July 10 (Reuters) When it comes to taking stock of global emissions, theres an elephant in the room: the worlds armed forces. As temperatures hit new highs, scientists and environmental groups are stepping up pressure on the U...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 16:47 JST, July 10, 2023 TAKAMATSU G7 ministers connected to urban development wrapped up their meeting Sunday in the capital of Kagawa Prefecture with the adoption of a joint declaration that includes commitments to cooperate on the greening of cities and t...

Reuters 12:25 JST, July 9, 2023 BEIJING (Reuters) U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said 10 hours of bilateral meetings with senior Chinese officials in recent days were direct and productive and helped stabilize the often rocky relationship as her four-day Beijing trip ende...

AP 14:36 JST, July 9, 2023 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The harassment started to intensify as TV meteorologist Chris Gloninger did more reporting on climate change during local newscasts outraged emails and even a threat to show up at his house. Gloninger said he had been recruited,...

Reuters 12:44 JST, July 9, 2023 LONDON (Reuters) The Church of England will work towards drafting new pastoral guidance and other material needed to allow same-sex couples to receive blessings from priests over the next few months, it said on Saturday. The Churchs governing bod...

AP 14:39 JST, July 9, 2023 WASHINGTON (AP) President Joe Biden leaves on Sunday for Europe, where he will spend time in three nations tending to alliances that have been tested by Russias invasion of Ukraine. After arriving at night in London, Biden will meet the next day with ...

By SETH BORENSTEIN Associated Press 11:20 JST, July 8, 2023 Earths average temperature set a new unofficial record high on Thursday, the third such milestone in a week that already rated as the hottest on record and what one prominent scientist says could be the hottest in 120,0...

Reuters 14:29 JST, July 8, 2023 BEIJING (Reuters) The United States and China, as the worlds two largest economies, must work together to combat the existential threat of climate change, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told Chinese government officials and climate experts ...

By Ikuko Higuchi 8:00 JST, July 8, 2023 Raising children is a challenge, and social conditions can make it harder than it should be. In one extreme example, a young mother with a baby in a stroller was forcibly accosted by a stranger near a train station in Tokyo. The mother rep...

By THOMAS BEAUMONT Associated Press 13:49 JST, July 8, 2023 COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) Campaigning in Iowa, former President Donald Trump attacked Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as an enemy of corn-based ethanol in his largest campaign event in the leadoff caucus state in nearly four...

By Sakura Murakami and John Geddie 11:26 JST, July 7, 2023 TOKYO, July 7 (Reuters) The head of the U.N.s nuclear watchdog said on Friday that one or two of the team of international experts behind its report greenlighting Japans release of treated radioactive water from the cri...

Jiji Press 12:50 JST, July 7, 2023 TOKYO July 7 (Jiji Press) Japans inflation-adjusted real wage index in May dropped 1.2 % from the year before, down for 14 months in a row, the labor ministry said Friday. Still, the May drop was smaller than the 3.2 % decline marked a month e...

By JOE McDONALD AP Business Writer 11:10 JST, July 7, 2023 BEIJING (AP) Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen plans to tell Chinese officials that Washington wants healthy economic competition but will defend trade curbs imposed by the U.S. on security grounds and express concern abo...

Editorial 13:11 JST, July 6, 2023 In recent years, an increasing number of torrential rain disasters have occurred in the Japanese archipelago in early July, the latter half of the rainy season. Governments, local communities and residents all need to be on high alert and thorou...

Reuters 12:35 JST, July 6, 2023 Authorities in Russias Far East declared a state of emergency on Monday as summer wildfires spread amid intense heat and lightning storms. The head of the Republic of Sakha, a region also known as Yakutia, wrote on the Telegram messaging app that ...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 16:35 JST, July 6, 2023 Temperatures rose nationwide in Japan on Thursday, and 18 locations recorded temperatures 35 C or higher by 3 p.m., including 36.7 C in Shimanto, Kochi Prefecture, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. Other hot spots included ...

AFP-Jiji 16:52 JST, July 5, 2023 GQEBERHA, South Africa (AFP-Jiji) A small fish is dangled under the beak of an emaciated penguin at a South African clinic, to whet the birds appetite. The sickly animal is among dozens undergoing treatment in the coastal town of Gqeberha, where...

Reuters 16:06 JST, July 4, 2023 NEW DELHI (Reuters) Leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on Tuesday will hold an online summit hosted by India seeking to expand the influence of the Eurasian group by including Iran and opening a path to membership for Belarus....

AP 11:23 JST, July 4, 2023 PARIS (AP) Even in normal times Emmanuel Macron needed allies help governing France. To get some things done he worked with the traditional right. The center-left helped the French president accomplish others. The challenge was bigger than any a Frenc...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 17:29 JST, July 4, 2023 (updated at 19:00 JST) Prime Minister Fumio Kishida received an International Atomic Energy Agency report Tuesday that states Japans plan to release into the sea treated water from Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc.s Fukushima...

Reuters 13:39 JST, July 3, 2023 CAPE COD BAY, Mass. (Reuters) In Cape Cod Bay, 10-year-old Pilgrim and her calf skim the waters glassy surface alongside the Shearwater research vessel to feed on tiny crustaceans. The two are among the last surviving 340 or so North Atlantic rig...

By Keigo Sakai / Yomiuri Shimbun Correspondent 12:48 JST, July 3, 2023 Heavy downpours continued to hit the Kyushu region on Monday, causing river floods and landslides across the region. A linear precipitation band unleashing torrential rainfalls in a short period of time occur...

Reuters 12:13 JST, July 3, 2023 WASHINGTON (Reuters) U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will travel to Beijing from July 6-9 for meetings with senior Chinese officials on a broad range of issues, including U.S. concerns about a new Chinese counterespionage law, a senior Treas...

Reuters 12:54 JST, July 3, 2023 SPERMONDE ISLANDS, Indonesia (Reuters) For nearly two decades, Indonesian marine scientist Syafyudin Yusuf has worked with former poachers to rehabilitate coral reefs destroyed by their use of dynamite for fishing. They have restored to health 11...

AP 15:06 JST, July 2, 2023 It was a smell that invoked a memory. Both for Emily Kuchlbauer in North Carolina and Ryan Bomba in Chicago. It was smoke from wildfires, the odor of an increasingly hot and occasionally on-fire world. Kuchlbauer had flashbacks to the surprise of soot ...

By ANITA SNOW Associated Press 11:35 JST, July 1, 2023 PHOENIX (AP) Heat waves like the one that engulfed parts of parts of the South and Midwest and killed more than a dozen people are becoming more common, and experts say the extreme weather events, which claim more lives tha...

By CLAUDIA LAUER and ALANNA DURKIN RICHER Associated Press 17:05 JST, July 1, 2023 A police killing caught on video. Protests and rioting fueled by long-simmering tensions over law enforcement treatment of minorities. Demands for accountability. The events in France following th...

By Yumi Miyaki / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer 12:30 JST, July 1, 2023 I love the produce section at the supermarket with its bright colors and seasonal changes, but cooking such products, on the other hand, is not my forte. As Im not used to preparing certain vegetables, especia...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 20:00 JST, July 1, 2023 The National Personnel Authority (NPA), addressing the current working environment for the nations civil servants, raised concerns of a worsening crisis stemming from the long working hours that have been ingrained in the sector, which...

Reuters 16:56 JST, June 30, 2023 PARIS (Reuters) French President Emmanuel Macron will convene his cabinet for a second crisis meeting in two days on Friday, after the most destructive night of rioting yet in protest at the fatal shooting of a teenager by police. Hundreds of po...

By ZEKE MILLER AP White House Correspondent 10:30 JST, June 30, 2023 NEW YORK (AP) President Joe Biden closed out an end-of-quarter campaign blitz Thursday with a pair of Manhattan fundraisers hosted by Wall Street power brokers, a funding push designed to put Biden on strong f...

Reuters 18:14 JST, June 30, 2023 LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has reached a staff-level pact with Pakistan on a $3 billion stand-by arrangement, the lender said, a decision long awaited by the South Asian nation which is teetering on the brin...

By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer 11:03 JST, June 30, 2023 The only break much of America can hope for anytime soon from eye-watering dangerous smoke from fire-struck Canada is brief bouts of shirt-soaking sweltering heat and humidity from a southern heat wave that has alread...

By MALAK HARB Associated Press 12:52 JST, June 30, 2023 ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) The baby sea turtle flapped its flippers as it was lowered into the ocean, only to be pushed back ashore by the strong tide. It tried again, and this time it made it, swimming fast and ...

Reuters file photo 17:25 JST, June 30, 2023 WASHINGTON (Reuters) The most comprehensive genomic study ever on primates a group whose membership includes lemurs, monkeys, apes and people has revealed pivotal genetic traits that are uniquely human while refining the timeline fo...

By Keigo Sakai / Yomiuri Shimbun Correspondent 20:00 JST, June 30, 2023 BRUSSELS The European Union on Thursday began finalizing procedures to completely eliminate import restrictions on Japanese food products following the 2011 accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power pla...

Reuters 13:43 JST, June 29, 2023 LONDON (Reuters) Libra Group said it aims to become the worlds first space leasing company offering satellites, space ports and other infrastructure, and is setting up a ground station in the Alaskan Arctic, vital for polar orbits that monitor c...

AP 11:21 JST, June 29, 2023 DETROIT (AP) Smoky air from Canadas wildfires shrouded broad swaths of the U.S. from Minnesota to New York and Kentucky on Wednesday, prompting warnings to stay inside and exacerbating health risks for people already suffering from industrial polluti...

Jiji Press 10:40 JST, June 28, 2023 TOKYO (Jiji Press) A government annual report on Tuesday highlighted the need for constructing reliable supply chains with like-minded countries in a bid to better prepare for geopolitical risks related to China and its economic coercion. The...

AP 10:26 JST, June 28, 2023 CHICAGO (AP) Drifting smoke from the ongoing wildfires across Canada is creating curtains of haze and raising air quality concerns throughout the Great Lakes region and in parts of the central and eastern United States. The Environmental Protection A...

AP 10:30 JST, June 28, 2023 James Gunn has found his new Superman and Lois Lane in David Corenswet and Rachel Brosnahan. The DC Studios co-chair, who is also writing and directing Superman: Legacy for July 2025, tweeted about the casting Tuesday, which a representative from War...

Editorial 12:02 JST, June 28, 2023 Close cooperation between the United States and India is essential to deter Chinas growing military influence in the Indo-Pacific region. Hopefully, the two countries will further strengthen their relationship based on the defense cooperation a...

By Koya Ozeki / Yomiuri Shimbun Correspondent 6:00 JST, June 28, 2023 LONDON A close aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused the Russian military of adopting the tactics of cowards following the dam collapse earlier this month at the Kakhovka hydroelectric p...

By Koya Ozeki / Yomiuri Shimbun Correspondent 19:00 JST, June 28, 2023 LONDON The Ukrainian government said Tuesday that talks had been held in Copenhagen with high-level officials of leading countries to discuss a path toward ending Russias aggression against Ukraine. Accordin...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 13:45 JST, June 27, 2023 Nobel laureate Satoshi Omura took over the presidency of the Nihon Essayist Club on Monday in Tokyo, becoming the first figure not related to mass media to lead the organization. In the past, there were physicists and disaster prevent...

Editorial 12:33 JST, June 27, 2023 The Emperor and Empress have completed a goodwill visit to Indonesia. It can be said that the visit was a future-oriented exchange between Japan and Indonesia during which memories of World War II were passed down. It was the Imperial couples f...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 17:00 JST, June 27, 2023 Frozen cells of endangered and other species are a precious genetic resource for scientists, including those of future generations. The National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) has begun installing cryopreservation tanks in...

AP 11:49 JST, June 27, 2023 WASHINGTON (AP) President Joe Biden declared Monday that the United States and NATO played no part in the Wagner mercenary groups short-lived insurrection in Russia, calling the uprising and the longer-term challenges it poses for President Vladimir ...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 17:13 JST, June 26, 2023 NIKKO, Tochigi Japan was the only Group of Seven country to dispatch a male minister to the recently held G7 Ministerial Meeting on Gender Equality and Womens Empowerment. The event, which closed Sunday, was attended by nine represen...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 20:39 JST, June 26, 2023 The ninth wave [of COVID-19 infections] may have begun, has warned Shigeru Omi, who served as a chairman of the governments subcommittee on COVID measures. Speaking to reporters at the Prime Ministers Office on Monday, he noted that i...

Editorial 17:10 JST, June 26, 2023 The aircraft industry involves numerous related parts manufacturers and is an important field that also affects national security. In order to strengthen the foundation of the industry, the government should rework its strategy and turn it into...

AP 14:30 JST, June 26, 2023 TOKYO (AP) Author Haruki Murakami says hes strongly opposed to the redevelopment of a historic and beloved Tokyo park district that would remove his favorite jogging path and tear down the nearly century-old baseball stadium where he was inspired to ...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 6:00 JST, June 25, 2023 The Japanese government has drawn up a set of regulations targeting tech giants in Japan. This is the third and final installment in a series examining the clash between the government and big tech companies amid global efforts to toug...

Reuters 12:33 JST, June 25, 2023 BRITISH COLUMBIA, June 24 (Reuters) Canada is wrestling with its worst-ever start to wildfire season, but recruiting firefighters is becoming increasingly difficult due to tight labor markets and the tough nature of the job, provincial officials...

AFP-Jiji 14:07 JST, June 25, 2023 The United States and its allies held close consultations but publicly stayed on the sidelines Saturday as officials waited to see how the armed revolt by longtime Kremlin insider Yevgeny Prigozhin and his private Wagner army would play out. As ...

AP 11:44 JST, June 25, 2023 The Transportation Safety Board of Canada said Saturday that its conducting an investigation into the loss of the Titan submersible and has been speaking with those who traveled on Titans mothership, the Polar Prince. The development comes as authorit...

Editorial 12:29 JST, June 25, 2023 Construction of the Linear Chuo Shinkansen maglev line has stalled in some portions, which is a situation that cannot be disregarded. Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai), the main entity involved in its construction, should take measures based...

Jiji Press 13:43 JST, June 25, 2023 TOKYO (Jiji Press) A total of 708 people were preparing to run in the next election for the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of Japans parliament, as of Saturday, a Jiji Press survey shows. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida decided not ...

By ROD McGUIRK Associated Press 11:09 JST, June 24, 2023 CANBERRA, Australia (AP) A suspected Russian diplomat is apparently squatting on the site of Moscows proposed new embassy in Canberra after the Australian government vetoed the plan on security grounds and passed legislat...

Thomson Reuters Foundation 15:20 JST, June 24, 2023 PURANA GAUN, Nepal (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Dozens of families used to live in this once-vibrant village in eastern Nepal, but Sarita Rai can now count the number of households that remain on one hand. The exodus has been ...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 13:39 JST, June 23, 2023 The Japanese government filed a response to the U.S. government after U.S. President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he persuaded Japanese leaders to strengthen defense capalirties. Biden made his remarks during a rally of his supporte...

Editorial 12:39 JST, June 23, 2023 Interest in technology to capture and bury underground carbon dioxide emitted from thermal power plants and other sources is growing worldwide as part of decarbonization efforts. Japan must also swiftly put the technology into practical use. Ca...

The Associated Press 10:31 JST, June 23, 2023 WASHINGTON (AP) President Joe Biden on Thursday defended his harsh public comments on China, including calling President Xi Jinping a dictator, saying his words would have no negative impact on U.S.-China relations and that he still...

By CHRIS MEGERIAN and KRUTIKA PATHI Associated Press 10:57 JST, June 23, 2023 WASHINGTON (AP) Narendra Modi did something very unusual on Thursday at the White House he took questions from journalists. Its a rare occurrence for the Indian prime minister who avoids unscripted m...

AP 11:04 JST, June 22, 2023 BRUSSELS (AP) NATO faces a series of dilemmas in its attempts to fight climate change while ensuring the effectiveness of its combat forces, as Europes biggest land war in decades ravages Ukraine, the head of the military alliance told The Associated...

Reuters 17:04 JST, June 22, 2023 In the 2015 sci-fi film The Martian, Matt Damon stars as an astronaut who survives on a diet of potatoes cultivated in human feces while marooned on the Red Planet. Now a New York company that makes carbon-negative aviation fuel is taking the men...

Reuters 17:36 JST, June 21, 2023 WASHINGTON (Reuters) It was a dire moment for life on Earth. Runaway global warming triggered by calamitous volcanism in Siberia inflicted the worst mass extinction on record dooming perhaps 90% of species roughly 252 million years ago at the ...

11:39 JST, June 21, 2023 The Biden administration is seeking to figure out how to regulate the emergent field of AI, looking for ways to nurture its potential for economic growth and national security and protect against its potential dangers. Well see more technological change ...

Editorial 12:06 JST, June 21, 2023 If Japans advanced technology has been stolen, it is an extremely serious matter. The government must strengthen its management of critical information and protect its valuable technologies. A Chinese national working as a senior researcher at ...

AFP-Jiji 17:02 JST, June 21, 2023 PARIS (AFP-Jiji) Current policies to limit global warming will expose more than a fifth of humanity to extreme and potentially life-threatening heat by centurys end, researchers warned last month. Earths surface temperature is on track to rise ...

AP 11:09 JST, June 20, 2023 BENGALURU, India (AP) Glaciers are melting at unprecedented rates across the Hindu Kush Himalayan mountain ranges and could lose up to 80% of their current volume this century if greenhouse gas emissions arent sharply reduced, according to a new repo...

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Editorial 12:30 JST, June 19, 2023 The behavior of former U.S. President Donald Trump is undermining the standing of the United States, a country that ought to be leading the way on democracy and the rule of law. As a U.S. ally, Japan should be seriously concerned. Trump has bee...

AP 14:36 JST, June 19, 2023 ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) The cruise ship with about 1,000 passengers anchored off Nome, too big to squeeze into into the tundra citys tiny port. Its well-heeled tourists had to shimmy into small boats for another ride to shore. It was 2016, and at the ...

AP 11:46 JST, June 19, 2023 LUCKNOW, India (AP) At least 96 people died in two of Indias most populous states over the last several days, officials said Sunday, with swaths of the country reeling from a sweltering heat wave. The deaths happened in the northern state of Uttar Pr...

AP 14:50 JST, June 19, 2023 BEIJING (AP) The United States and China have failed to overcome their most serious disagreements but were able to discuss them in a potentially constructive way and have agreed to continue talks, U.S. and Chinese officials said Sunday. U.S. official...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 15:36 JST, June 19, 2023 Prime Minister Fumio Kishida expressed his resolve to promote paternity leave as women disproportionately carry the load of raising children in Japan, during a speech on Sunday at Waseda University, his alma mater. Its crucial to chan...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 20:00 JST, June 19, 2023 The Fisheries Agency is mulling budgetary measures and systems to encourage fishery operators to review catch targets and shift their focus to aquaculture in light of environmental changes engendered by rising water temperatures in th...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 17:22 JST, June 18, 2023 Japan, the United States and Australia plan to jointly create an undersea cable to boost internet access in Pacific island nations with the aim of countering growing Chinese influence in the region. The three countries will pour a tot...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 16:14 JST, June 18, 2023 Mt. Fuji is expected to see a flood of climbers this summer, as it will be the first climbing season since the downgrading of COVID-19, and this month marks the 10th anniversary of the venerated mountains registration as a World Herit...

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press 11:40 JST, June 17, 2023 WASHINGTON (AP) Shortly before setting out for Beijing, Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday emphasized the importance of the U.S. and China establishing better lines of communication. He will be the highest-r...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 15:42 JST, June 17, 2023 The top leaders of Japan, the United States and South Korea plan to hold a meeting in Washington in August, informed sources said. This is the first time that Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, U.S. President Joe Biden and South Korean Pre...

By SYLVIE CORBET Associated Press 12:27 JST, June 17, 2023 PARIS (AP) Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Friday with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris as part of an official visit, during which he will also participate in a global financing summit aimed at fight...

Editorial 16:47 JST, June 17, 2023 Japans public finances deteriorated sharply in the course of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The government should face up to this reality and present to the people specific measures to restore fiscal soundness. The government has approved...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 15:25 JST, June 17, 2023 A Chinese company filed a patent in China about a week after a researcher at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) leaked data to the firm, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. The Public Security Bur...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 6:00 JST, June 17, 2023 Concerns have been raised that using generative AI, which compiles both accurate and inaccurate information, could prevent people from having healthy discussions. Generative AI creates a variety of data, including text and images, by g...

Reuters 11:21 JST, June 15, 2023 AHMEDABAD/MUMBAI (Reuters) Roads will be flooded along parts of Indias western coast, crops could be damaged and some houses destroyed when a very severe cyclonic storm makes landfall late on Thursday, the countrys weather department said. On We...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 12:22 JST, June 15, 2023 Sperm whales and other cetaceans that come to the waters around Hokkaido in autumn having differing preferences when it comes to things like ocean depth and temperature, according to a team of researchers from Kyoto University and Hok...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 17:33 JST, June 15, 2023 A researcher at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has been arrested Thursday on suspicion of having leaked trade secrets to a Chinese company. The 59-year-old male Chinese national is a senior...

Reuters 16:25 JST, June 15, 2023 LONDON (Reuters) The war in Ukraine is deepening the climate crisis at a time when global greenhouse gas emissions are already running at a record high, according to a report by carbon accounting experts who have tallied the overall impact of th...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 6:00 JST, June 14, 2023 The Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry has selected seven sites in Japan and abroad for model projects to commercialize carbon capture and storage, or CCS, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. The government, which is seeking to establis...

Reuters 13:28 JST, June 14, 2023 TOYOTA, Japan, June 14 (Reuters) Shareholders of Japans Toyota voted down an unprecedented resolution on the automakers climate lobbying and backed its board at an annual general (AGM) meeting on Wednesday, in an endorsement of its strategy. The...

Reuters 14:01 JST, June 14, 2023 TOYOTA CITY, Japan, June 14 (Reuters) Shareholders of Toyota 7203.T voted down an unprecedented resolution on its automakers climate lobbying and backed its board at an annual general meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, sending an endorsement of the Jap...

Jiji Press 17:37 JST, June 14, 2023 TOKYO (Jiji Press) The industry ministry has compiled an interim report on measures needed to promote the decarbonization of city gas, it was learned Tuesday. According to the interim report, the ministry plans to replace liquefied natural ga...

By Daisuke Ichikawa / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer 1:00 JST, June 14, 2023 Companies are expected to receive a record number of proposals from shareholders at their annual general shareholders meetings this month. Many such proposals are being made by activist shareholders, and ...

AFP-Jiji 9:14 JST, June 13, 2023 FRANKFURT (AFP-Jiji) The European Central Bank will almost certainly deliver another interest rate hike on Thursday, pressing ahead with its fight against inflation even as the eurozone slides into a recession. Analysts predict that ECB policyma...

Jiji Press 10:50 JST, June 13, 2023 TOKYO (Jiji Press) Major Japanese steel manufacturers are speeding up technology development and investment in a push to meet the challenging goal of decarbonization. According to statistics compiled by the National Institute for Environmenta...

AP 12:17 JST, June 12, 2023 WASHINGTON (AP) The Biden administration says the U.S. will rejoin the U.N.s educational and scientific organization after a five-year absence that began while Donald Trump was president. The State Department said it had delivered a letter seeking re...

Editorial 16:12 JST, June 12, 2023 Leaders of 12 South American nations have met at a summit in Brazil and agreed to promote regional integration with a view to creating a free trade zone. These countries will be tested as to whether they can overcome the differences in their po...

AP 20:46 JST, June 12, 2023 PARIS (AP) U.N. cultural and scientific agency UNESCO announced Monday that the United States plans to rejoin and pay more than $600 million in back dues after a decade-long dispute sparked by the organizations move to include Palestine as a member...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 20:00 JST, June 12, 2023 This is the fifth and final installment in a series probing the threat posed by digitization in schools. * * * Hiromu Abe, a third-year student at a junior high school in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, makes it a rule to only ...

Jiji Press 7:00 JST, June 11, 2023 SYDNEY (Jiji Press) Japanese tea master Sen Genshitsu, 100, conducted a tea ceremony in Sydney on Friday, stressing that feeling humble with a cup of tea is a step toward world peace. Think of a bowl of green matcha tea as the earth, the forme...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 20:00 JST, June 10, 2023 This is the fourth installment in a series probing the threat posed by digitization in schools. * * * A third-year college student, 20, living in Tochigi Prefecture, had had good grades ever since elementary school. When she was in th...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 15:09 JST, June 10, 2023 Six countries including Japan issued a joint declaration on Friday stating their opposition to economic coercion, which involves restraining trade to exert pressure on other countries. China was not explicitly mentioned, but the six c...

Editorial 15:09 JST, June 10, 2023 Interest in so-called electrofuels that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions is growing worldwide. Japan needs to promote the wider use of such fuels as soon as possible as they are one option for decarbonizing cars and other vehicles. Electrofu...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 17:59 JST, June 10, 2023 The government decided to expand the scope of the Category II residence status for foreign workers during a Cabinet meeting on Friday. It will expand from the current two fields to 11. Prior to the meeting, it was also decided to diss...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 16:46 JST, June 10, 2023 SANDA, Hyogo A building with concrete walls completely covered with ivy is drawing attention before summer is in full swing. While the building looks like a ruin, it is actually a branch office of the Hyogo prefectural government. Ac...

Editorial 12:48 JST, June 9, 2023 Food security is an extremely important issue for Japan, which is reliant on food imports. To ensure a stable supply of comestibles, basic policies must be reviewed in line with the changing times. An expert panel of the Agriculture, Forestry an...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 15:12 JST, June 9, 2023 The government has decided to seek international certification for the issuance of green transformation bonds as part of its efforts to encourage foreign investment in decarbonization projects. The certification is to be sought around ...

By Kanishka Singh and Brad Brooks 13:17 JST, June 9, 2023 WASHINGTON, June 8 (Reuters) The shroud of polluted air emanating from Canadian wildfires pushed further down the Atlantic Seaboard on Thursday, blanketing Washington, D.C., in an unhealthy haze and prompting many reside...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 13:36 JST, June 9, 2023 This is the third installment in a series probing the threat posed by digitization in schools. * * * It all came to a head in autumn last year when the boy was a third-year junior high school student. A weird video is going around. Are...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 16:40 JST, June 8, 2023 The governments new Development Cooperation Charter will include policies to address issues such as digitization and food and energy security in developing nations, as well as efforts to strengthen supply chains, it has been learned. T...

AFP-Jiji 13:41 JST, June 8, 2023 CANUDOS, Brazil (AFP-Jiji) A wind farm in northeastern Brazil sounds like a welcome climate-friendly energy solution, but it is causing controversy over another kind of environmental worry: the impact on the endangered Lears macaw. Home to more ...

Jiji Press 16:47 JST, June 8, 2023 TOKYO (Jiji Press) The government unveiled Wednesday a plan to end its crisis-mode spending structure introduced to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and focus again on restoring fiscal health. The government will bring spending back to normal, it s...

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The Yomiuri Shimbun 12:45 JST, June 7, 2023 The unseasonal influenza epidemic is continuing. In the seven-day period until May 28, about 5,000 medical institutions across the nation that are designated as fixed observation points for the disease reported 7,975 flu patients. The ...

AFP-Jiji 14:48 JST, June 7, 2023 PARIS (AFP-Jiji) Scientists suffering insults and mass spam are abandoning Twitter for alternative social networks as hostile climate-change denialism surges on the platform following Elon Musks takeover. Researchers have documented an explosion...

AP 10:48 JST, June 7, 2023 Intense Canadian wildfires are blanketing the northeastern U.S. in a dystopian haze, turning the air acrid, the sky yellowish gray and prompting warnings for vulnerable populations to stay inside. The effects of hundreds of wildfires burning across the...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 15:53 JST, June 7, 2023 The government presented Tuesday a revised draft of its Action Plan for a New Form of Capitalism, a growth strategy, and positioned four sectors, including semiconductors, as strategic sectors. This is due to Japans increasing attracti...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 12:47 JST, June 7, 2023 Japans fish haul, including farmed fish, fell by 7.5% in 2022 from the previous year to 3.86 million tons, according to statistics released by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Ministry. Mackerel and bonito catches saw a particul...

AP 10:28 JST, June 6, 2023 NEW YORK (AP) Journalists at two dozen local newspapers across the U.S. walked off the job Monday to demand an end to painful cost-cutting measures and a change of leadership at Gannett, the countrys biggest newspaper chain. The strike involves hundre...

AP 10:55 JST, June 6, 2023 NEW YORK (AP) DNA is all around us even in the air we breathe. Now scientists have found that air quality monitoring stations which pull in air to test for pollution also pick up lots of DNA that can reveal what plants and animals have been in the ...

AP 10:20 JST, June 6, 2023 LOS ANGELES (AP) Two insurance industry giants have pulled back from Californias home insurance marketplace, saying that increasing wildfire risk and soaring construction costs have prompted them to stop writing new policies in the nations most populo...

The Associated Press 15:27 JST, June 6, 2023 KYIV (AP) Ukraine on Tuesday accused Russian forces of blowing up a major dam and hydroelectric power station in a part of southern Ukraine that Russia controls, ordering hundreds of thousands of residents downriver to evacuate over ...

Editorial 12:29 JST, June 5, 2023 When invasive animal species brought from overseas become established in Japan, they have a negative impact on the ecosystem. It is important to recognize this threat and take appropriate measures. The release into the wild of red swamp crayfish...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 14:10 JST, June 5, 2023 A government ordinance targeting two invasive alien species came into force Thursday, banning the trade of red swamp crayfish and red-eared slider turtles and their release into the wild. Violators of the rule may face penalties. As th...

Jiji Press 11:05 JST, June 5, 2023 TOKYO (Jiji Press) The Japanese government is expected to say in a key economic policy platform that the country aims to be at the core of global supply chains for strategically important goods such as next-generation semiconductors by ramping...

AP 12:15 JST, June 4, 2023 PARIS (AP) Global negotiators have agreed to craft a draft treaty to end plastic pollution, a preliminary but crucial step toward tackling one of the most lasting sources of human waste. Environmental advocates cautiously welcomed the outcome of five ...

AP 12:41 JST, June 4, 2023 SINGAPORE (AP) U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin vowed Saturday that Washington would not stand for any coercion and bullying of its allies and partners by China, while assuring Beijing that the United States remains committed to maintaining the ...

AFP-Jiji 16:52 JST, June 3, 2023 TYSONS CORNER, Va. (AFP-Jiji) It could be the ultimate blend of art and science a new seven-suite space symphony inspired and illustrated by NASAs latest mind-boggling images. The world premiere outside Washington early this month of Cosmic Cyc...

By ZEKE MILLER and CHRIS MEGERIAN Associated Press 13:48 JST, June 3, 2023 WASHINGTON (AP) President Joe Biden celebrated a crisis averted in his first speech to the nation from the Oval Office Friday evening, ready to sign a budget agreement that eliminates the potential for a...

By Chie Ishii and Ryo Tanoguchi / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writers 16:09 JST, June 3, 2023 As the mother watches her child play in a day care center in Tokyo, she offers a familiar lament when it comes to the prospect of having more children amid Japans depopulation crisis. We have...

Reuters 17:08 JST, June 3, 2023 REHOVOT, Israel (Reuters) Forget your hook, line and sinker. An Israeli foodtech company said it has 3D printed the first ever ready-to-cook fish fillet using animal cells cultivated and grown in a laboratory. Lab-grown beef and chicken have draw...

Reuters 14:02 JST, June 3, 2023 WASHINGTON (Reuters) It is a world wrapped in mystery the seventh planet from the sun, Uranus, seen up close just once nearly four decades ago by a passing NASA probe and still warily guarding its secrets. But new observations from a telescope l...

Reuters 13:03 JST, June 3, 2023 WASHINGTON (Reuters) Hidden below the brownish ammonia clouds blanketing Jupiter are clouds that like on Earth are made of water. And like on Earth, lightning often is generated within these clouds an eerie sight spotted by various spacecraft th...

By FRANK JORDANS Associated Press 16:13 JST, June 3, 2023 BERLIN (AP) A senior United Arab Emirates official says the Gulf nation wants the U.N. climate summit its hosting later this year to deliver game-changing results for international efforts to curb global warming, but doi...

Reuters 12:27 JST, June 3, 2023 ROGANE, Kosovo (Reuters) When workers at a solar energy farm in Kosovo got tired of wasting their own energy cutting the grass around their solar panels, they turned to a greener and much more powerful mowing machine: a flock of sheep. More than ...

AP 12:05 JST, June 2, 2023 WASHINGTON (AP) Fending off a U.S. default, the Senate gave final approval late Thursday to a debt ceiling and budget cuts package, grinding into the night to wrap up work on the bipartisan deal and send it to President Joe Bidens desk to become law b...

AFP-Jiji 14:06 JST, June 2, 2023 LOS ANGELES (AFP-Jiji) Western U.S. states said May 22 they had reached an agreement to cut the amount of water they take from the dwindling Colorado River, which is threatened by a quarter of a century of drought and worsening climate condition...

AFP-Jiji 16:04 JST, June 1, 2023 CAHUITA, Costa Rica (AFP-Jiji) The fur of Costa Rican sloths appears to harbor antibiotic-producing bacteria that scientists hope may hold a solution to the growing problem of superbugs resistant to humanitys dwindling arsenal of drugs. Sloth fu...

AP 15:03 JST, May 31, 2023 SEATTLE (AP) A group of Amazon workers upset about recent layoffs, a return-to-office mandate and the companys environmental impact is planning a walkout at the companys Seattle headquarters Wednesday. The lunchtime protest comes a week after Amazons ...

Reuters 17:56 JST, May 31, 2023 MELBOURNE (Reuters) Banks and insurers are more frequently adding coal exclusion policies to their investments while those with existing policies are toughening them up despite record profits in the sector, according to a report on May 4. More th...

Jiji Press 10:38 JST, May 31, 2023 TOKYO (Jiji Press) A government panel on Monday submitted to farm minister Tetsuro Nomura an interim report calling for a review of a law known as Japans constitution of agricultural administration. The Council of Food, Agriculture and Rural A...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 14:27 JST, May 30, 2023 Generative artificial intelligence (AI) could be a poison apple, according to a joint report by experts including University of Tokyo Prof. Fujio Toriumi and Keio University Prof. Tatsuhiko Yamamoto. Released Monday, the report is the ...

AP 10:50 JST, May 30, 2023 BEIJING (AP) Chinas burgeoning space program plans to place astronauts on the moon before 2030 and expand the countrys orbiting space station, officials said Monday. Mondays announcement comes amid against the background of a rivalry with the U.S. for...

AP 10:43 JST, May 30, 2023 ISTANBUL (AP) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won reelection in a runoff Sunday, following a nail-biter first round two weeks earlier. Having secured another five years, Erdogan now faces a host of domestic challenges in a deeply divided countr...

By Masato Takamura / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer 10:38 JST, May 30, 2023 FUJIYOSHIDA, Yamanashi A deluge of climbers is expected at Mt. Fuji this year as the national icon marks its 10th anniversary as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and officials who will be in the thick of thi...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 12:43 JST, May 30, 2023 NIIGATA The Niigata prefectural government is accelerating efforts to rid the prefecture of crop-damaging raccoons, designated by the central government as an invasive alien species. To achieve its goal, the prefectural authority aims...

AP 11:04 JST, May 29, 2023 WASHINGTON (AP) With days to spare before a potential first-ever government default, President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy reached final agreement Sunday on a deal to raise the nations debt ceiling and worked to ensure enough support in...

By Daisuke Kawakami and Ryoji Fukazawa / Yomiuri Shimbun Correspondents 14:20 JST, May 29, 2023 DJIBOUTI / JOHANNESBURG Japan and many other countries used Djibouti, a small African country, as their base when they evacuated their nationals from conflict-engulfed Sudan in April...

AP 12:14 JST, May 28, 2023 BRUSSELS (AP) The European Union has been at the forefront of the fight against climate change and the protection of nature for years. But it now finds itself under pressure from within to pause new environmental efforts amid fears they will hurt the ...

Editorial 15:32 JST, May 27, 2023 It is hard to say the Science Council of Japan played a sufficient role in the nations response to the Great East Japan Earthquake and the COVID-19 pandemic. Many issues lie ahead that require scientific knowledge, such as how to cope with gener...

Jiji Press 17:25 JST, May 27, 2023 TOKYO (Jiji Press) The Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry said Friday it plans to require oil wholesalers to make sustainable aviation fuel, or SAF, account for 10% of their aviation fuel supply from 2030. The move is aimed at promoting the ...

Reuters 16:00 JST, May 26, 2023 LONDON (Reuters) Tire-makers are under pressure to almost literally reinvent the wheel as regulators turn their scrutiny to tire pollution that is set to surge with the rise of electric vehicles (EVs) and threatens to undermine those cars green c...

By Hiroshi Uesugi / Yomiuri Shimbun Correspondent 20:00 JST, May 26, 2023 A delegation of South Korean experts held talks with Japanese government officials and others on the planned release of treated water from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant at the Japanese Foreign Mi...

AFP-Jiji 16:44 JST, May 25, 2023 TURMERO, Venezuela (AFP-Jiji) Venezuelas Orinoco Crocodile is a fearsome beast, but its enormous size and sharp teeth were no match for humans who hunted them to the brink of extinction. Millions were slaughtered in the 20th century, mainly for ...

AFP-Jiji 16:10 JST, May 25, 2023 WASHINGTON (AFP-Jiji) As the last continents to be settled by humans, the question of how and when people first came to the Americas has long intrigued scientists. A new genetics study published May 9 in Cell Reports finds that some of the first...

Reuters 16:26 JST, May 25, 2023 WASHINGTON (Reuters) Mars is Earths next-door neighbor in the solar system two rocky worlds with differences down to their very cores, literally. A new study based on seismic data obtained by NASAs robotic InSight lander is offering a fuller und...

Editorial 12:56 JST, May 25, 2023 The pro-military ruling parties suffered a crushing defeat in Thailands general election, indicating that it is the will of the people for the long-lived military-led government to step aside. The election results must be respected and a stable ...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 12:48 JST, May 24, 2023 Hokkaido is set to launch decarbonization efforts in the agricultural sector that will reduce greenhouse gases contained in cow manure and burps through joint research. The prefectural government will establish an industry-government-a...

AP 18:00 JST, May 24, 2023 LONDON (AP) Deep-sea researchers have completed the first full-size digital scan of the Titanic, showing the entire wreck in unprecedented detail and clarity, the companies behind a new documentary on the wreck said May 18. Using two remotely operated...

REUTERS 15:02 JST, May 24, 2023 NEW YORK, May 23 (Reuters) Chinas new ambassador to Washington Xie Feng said on Tuesday that he will seek to enhance China-U.S. cooperation, but that relations face serious challenges. I have come here to safeguard Chinas interest. This is my sac...

AP 11:52 JST, May 24, 2023 RAICHUR, India (AP) In the searing heat that often envelops Raichur, an ancient town in southern India, a ceiling fan that spins without interruption brings sweet relief for the newborn babies and their mothers at the Government Maternity Hospital. Bu...

By Ryusuke Yamauchi / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer 16:13 JST, May 23, 2023 The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) held an exhibition featuring decarbonized vehicles in Hiroshima during the recent summit of the Group of Seven nations. It exhibited 35 models includi...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 15:32 JST, May 23, 2023 The Fugaku supercomputer, developed by Japanese government-funded Riken and Fujitsu Ltd., ranked second in the Top500 world ranking of computing speed, the Japanese research institute said Monday. The ranking is announced twice a year ...

By Azusa Nakanishi and Shunsuke Tanaka, Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writers 1:00 JST, May 22, 2023 Leaders of the G7 recognized the importance of reducing carbon dioxide emissions from automobiles, not only new cars but also existing vehicle stock. They also agreed to build a system t...

Editorial 12:30 JST, May 22, 2023 It is highly significant that the leaders of the worlds major countries and Ukraine gathered together to demonstrate their determination to protect Ukraine from Russias invasion and to maintain the international order. It is hoped that this will...

Reuters 17:56 JST, May 22, 2023 U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken signed a defense cooperation agreement with Papua New Guinea on Monday, which he said would expand the Pacific island nations capabilities and make it easier for the U.S. military to train with its forces. Bl...

AP 11:19 JST, May 22, 2023 PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) The United States is scheduled to sign a new security pact with Papua New Guinea on Monday as it continues to compete with China for influence in the Pacific. Papua New Guineas location just north of Australia makes...

Reuters 11:52 JST, May 21, 2023 HIROSHIMA/ROME (Reuters) Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said on Saturday she would leave the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Hiroshima a day earlier than scheduled to lead the response to flooding which hit the north of her country this week...

AP 15:49 JST, May 21, 2023 HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) World leaders ratcheted up pressure Sunday on Russia for its war against Ukraine, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the center of a swirl of diplomacy on the final day of the Group of Seven summit of rich-world demo...

The Associated Press 15:41 JST, May 21, 2023 HIROSHIMA (AP) Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy huddled with some of his biggest backers at the Group of Seven meeting in Hiroshima on Sunday, hoping to add to the momentum for his countrys war effort even as Russia claimed a ...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 1:00 JST, May 20, 2023 World leaders will attend 10 sessions on specific topics during the three-day G7 summit in Hiroshima. When Japan hosted the two-day Ise-Shima G7 summit in 2016, seven sessions were held. More and more areas need to be addressed at the s...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 17:42 JST, May 20, 2023 HIROSHIMA Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held bilateral talks on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima on Saturday morning with his counterparts from India, Indonesia and Brazil, affirming efforts to strengthen partner...

By PAOLO SANTALUCIA, SETH BORENSTEIN and NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press 15:52 JST, May 20, 2023 ROME (AP) The floods that sent rivers of mud tearing through towns in Italys northeast are another drenching dose of climate changes all-or-nothing weather extremes, something that...

By Michitaka Kaiya 8:00 JST, May 20, 2023 The Group of Seven summit now being held in Hiroshima comes at a critical juncture. The international community stands at a crossroads because of Russias aggression in Ukraine, among other issues. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who bears ...

Reuters 16:00 JST, May 19, 2023 EL ROCIO, Spain (Reuters) Spains Donana wetland has been a rich farming area for decades and a wildlife haven for centuries, but climate change is drying it out and has set regional and national authorities on a collision course over how to safeg...

The Associated Press 11:00 JST, May 19, 2023 HIROSHIMA (AP) Leaders of the worlds most powerful democracies planned to devote much of the first full day of the Group of Seven summit to finding new ways to punish Russia for its 15-month invasion of Ukraine. Russian President Vla...

By Michitaka Kaiya and Yujiro Okabe / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writers 16:59 JST, May 19, 2023 Prime Minister Fumio Kishida appears determined to make the Group of Seven summit a clear display of the G7s solidarity in upholding the rule of law to the world. The international order ...

Reuters 15:15 JST, May 18, 2023 WASHINGTON (Reuters) Scientists on May 10 unveiled a new accounting of the human genome that improves on its predecessor by including a rich diversity of people to better reflect the global population a boost to ongoing efforts to identify genet...

By Fumio Kishida / Prime Minister of Japan 19:20 JST, May 18, 2023 Ahead of the opening of the G7 Hiroshima Summit, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida contributed the following article to The Japan News, outlining his views on what he aims to achieve with the leaders of the countries ...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 16:31 JST, May 18, 2023 The Group of Seven Hiroshima Summit will be held from Friday to Sunday in Hiroshima. Russias ongoing aggression in Ukraine, Chinas increasing hegemonic actions in the East and South China Seas, and efforts to realize a world without nu...

By Rishi Sunak / Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 5:00 JST, May 18, 2023 U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak hails the shared values of freedom, democracy, and the rule of law that bind Britain and Japan in an article contributed to The Yomiuri Shimbun ahead of the Group of Seve...

AP 11:11 JST, May 18, 2023 TOKYO (AP) Leaders of seven of the worlds most powerful democracies will gather this weekend for the Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima, the location of the worlds first atomic attack at the end of World War II. From the emergence of crucial developin...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 11:35 JST, May 18, 2023 Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ennosuke, 47, was found semiconscious and his parents unconscious at their home in Meguro Ward, Tokyo, around 10:15 a.m. Thursday. They were found by his manager, who placed an emergency call. The three were then ...

By Izumi Miyachi / Yomiuri Shimbun Senior Writer 6:00 JST, May 17, 2023 A grandson of kabuki star and Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugoro made his stage debut in the May kabuki performances at the Kabukiza Theatre in Chuo Ward, Tokyo. This was the first time for Maholo Teraji...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 16:36 JST, May 17, 2023 Japan experienced its first extremely hot day of the year as the temperature hit 35.1 C at 2:51 p.m. in Ibigawa, Gifu Prefecture, as a result of a high-pressure system moving across the country on Wednesday. According to the Japan Mete...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 14:34 JST, May 17, 2023 The G7 will likely state members intentions to compile by the end of this year views on issues surrounding generative artificial intelligence, such as conversational AI model ChatGPT, in the leaders communique to be adopted this weeken...

Reuters 11:32 JST, May 17, 2023 SYDNEY (Reuters) Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Wednesday a Quad summit would not go ahead in Sydney next week without U.S. President Joe Biden, who postponed his trip to Australia due to debt ceiling negotiations in Washingto...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 15:21 JST, May 17, 2023 Many atomic bomb survivors hope that Group of Seven leaders will change their perceptions of nuclear weapon by encountering the reality of the atomic bombings during their meeting in Hiroshima, according to a recent survey of 100 hibak...

Jiji Press 13:04 JST, May 16, 2023 TOKYO (Jiji Press) Cultured meat is attracting attention in Japan, as global population growth and improvements in living standards push up demand for meat. Unlike plant-derived meat, including soybean meat, and insect food, cultured meat is m...

Editorial 12:29 JST, May 16, 2023 Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party) is increasing its presence among the opposition parties. The question now is whether the party will be able to propose realistic policies in the economic and social security fields. Ishin has held an extraor...

Editorial 12:30 JST, May 16, 2023 The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has eased and the recovery of business performances is evident in the nonmanufacturing sector, including the airline and railway industries, following a turnaround in the manufacturing sector. It is hoped that...

By Keigo Sakai / Yomiuri Shimbun Correspondent 17:18 JST, May 15, 2023 STOCKHOLM The European Unions revised China strategy will include the risk of a Taiwan contingency for the first time, it has been learned. The draft of the strategy spells out the EUs policy of engaging wit...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 20:00 JST, May 15, 2023 OSAKA By spraying water on plants, a method has been developed to identify insects and other arthropod species on plants by collecting trace amounts of DNA contained in feces and saliva that remain on leaves and stems, a group of rese...

By Kazuhiko Makita / Yomiuri Shimbun Correspondent 13:30 JST, May 15, 2023 WASHINGTON U.S. President Joe Biden will hold a summit with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Hiroshima on Thursday, the White House announced Sunday. The two leaders are expected to coordinate their opini...

By Takayuki Nakagawa / Yomiuri Shimbun Correspondent 12:38 JST, May 14, 2023 SEOUL Japan and South Korea on Saturday announced a four-day visit by a delegation of South Korean experts to inspect the treated water expected to be released into the ocean from the Fukushima No.1 nu...

By Yusuke Tomiyama and Mineko Tokito Abe / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writers 2:00 JST, May 14, 2023 WASHINGTON Thursday marked the end of the United States federal public health emergency for COVID-19, after three years and two administrations. The day before the scheduled change, ...

By CLAIRE RUSH Associated Press/Report for America 10:42 JST, May 13, 2023 PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) An early May heat wave this weekend could surpass daily records in parts of the Pacific Northwest and worsen wildfires already burning in western Canada, a historically temperate regi...

Editorial 12:33 JST, May 12, 2023 To achieve global decarbonization, it will be necessary to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Southeast Asia, which is experiencing economic growth. Japan, which has close ties with Southeast Asia, must provide effective support measures for tha...

Reuters 15:58 JST, May 12, 2023 WASHINGTON (Reuters) The relationship between the human mind and body has been a subject that has challenged great thinkers for millennia, including the philosophers Aristotle and Descartes. The answer, however, appears to reside in the very stru...

Reuters 10:35 JST, May 12, 2023 European lawmakers came a step closer to passing new rules regulating artificial intelligence tools such as ChatGPT, following a crunch vote on Thursday where they agreed tougher draft legislation. The European Unions highly anticipated AI Act loo...

By ELAINE KURTENBACH AP Business Writer 10:47 JST, May 12, 2023 NIIGATA, Japan (AP) Financial leaders of the Group of Seven advanced economies are discussing ways to support Ukraine and pressure Russia to end the war as they meet in Japan starting Thursday. Ukraines finance min...

AFP-Jiji 16:07 JST, May 12, 2023 WARSAW (AFP-Jiji) An intrepid French traveler embarked May 1 on a solo rowing expedition from Poland to France to shed light on the pollution of waterways of Europe. Christophe Gruault, 58, set off from Polands capital Warsaw in a customized row...

AFP-Jiji 13:45 JST, May 11, 2023 VLORA, Albania (AFP-Jiji) A team of Albanian marine biologists scan the azure waters of the Ionian Sea for a sign of one of the rarest marine mammals in the world. Mediterranean monk seals were once abundant, but now there are only a few hundred...

Reuters 17:59 JST, May 11, 2023 SOCORRO, N.M. (Reuters) Scientists in New Mexico are giving dead birds a new life with an unconventional approach to wildlife research. A team at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro is taking birds that have been preserve...

Reuters 16:36 JST, May 9, 2023 TALIARTE, Spain (Reuters) Growing numbers of loggerhead sea turtles are nesting and laying eggs on western Mediterranean beaches in what some scientists suggest could be a case of climate change causing habitat expansion of a threatened species. A...

Reuters 13:12 JST, May 8, 2023 WASHINGTON (Reuters) Life on our planet faced a stern test during the Cryogenian Period that lasted from 720 million to 635 million years ago when Earth twice was frozen over with runaway glaciation and looked from space like a shimmering white sn...

AP 10:40 JST, May 8, 2023 RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) After his swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 1, Brazils Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva walked up the ramp to the presidential palace arm in arm with Indigenous leader Raoni Metuktire, instantly recognizable by his yellow headdress and wooden l...

Editorial 12:28 JST, May 8, 2023 Production staff involved in making Japanese films have been forced to work long hours at low wages, an issue left unaddressed for many years. The film industry must come together to urgently reform the working environment at production worksites...

AFP-Jiji 13:02 JST, May 8, 2023 HOUSTON (AFP-Jiji) Four small rooms, a gym and a lot of red sand NASA unveiled last month its new Mars-simulation habitat, in which volunteers will live for a year at a time to test what life will be like on future missions to Earths neighbor. T...

Reuters 12:51 JST, May 8, 2023 WASHINGTON (Reuters) Expanding upon the historic first images of black holes, scientists on April 26 unveiled the first picture showing the violent events unfolding around one of these ravenous cosmic behemoths, including the launching point of a ...

Reuters 13:29 JST, May 8, 2023 WASHINGTON (Reuters) The largest-ever genetic assessment of the woolly mammoth has yielded new insight into this elephant cousin an icon of the Ice Age including about its fluffy hair, small ears, cold tolerance, fat storage and even dry ear wax...

AFP-Jiji 15:35 JST, May 8, 2023 PARIS (AFP-Jiji) Solar and wind energy surged to make a record 12% of the worlds electricity in 2022, a climate think tank calculated in a report last month though coal remained the leading source globally. The report provides the latest gauge o...

AFP-Jiji 16:17 JST, May 8, 2023 UMM AL-AQARIB, Iraq (AFP-Jiji) Iraqi archaeological marvels that have survived millennia and the ravages of war now face a modern threat: Being blasted and slowly buried by sandstorms linked to climate change. Ancient Babylonian treasures, painst...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 14:25 JST, May 7, 2023 SUZU, Ishikawa Local tourism officials expressed disappointment Saturday, a day after an earthquake that registered a maximum intensity of upper 6 on the Japanese seismic scale of 7 in Suzu in Ishikawa Prefecture. People involved in th...

By Keiichi Nakane and Yoshimune Numata / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writers 1:00 JST, May 7, 2023 The earthquake that registered a maximum intensity of upper 6 on the Japanese seismic scale of 7 in Ishikawa Prefecture on Friday afternoon was the largest in a series of earthquakes tha...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 13:01 JST, May 7, 2023 Dear Troubleshooter: Im a homemaker in my 50s and my mother, who requires Level 3 care, has been living at care facilities for the past five years. My brother, who is eight years older than I am and unemployed, constantly makes complain...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 11:25 JST, May 7, 2023 (updated at 13:00 JST) Prime Minister Fumio Kishida left Haneda Airport in Tokyo on a government plane and arrived in Seoul on Sunday for a two-day trip to South Korea. He is scheduled to meet with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol i...

By MARIA CHENG and JAMEY KEATEN Associated Press 11:11 JST, May 6, 2023 GENEVA (AP) The World Health Organization said Friday that COVID-19 no longer qualifies as a global emergency, marking a symbolic end to the devastating coronavirus pandemic that triggered once-unthinkable ...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 12:49 JST, May 6, 2023 Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is set to visit South Korea for a two-day trip starting Sunday, engaging in talks with President Yoon Suk Yeol. The visit is intended to strengthen Japan-South Korea relations through resuming reciprocal vis...

By Futoshi Mori / Yomiuri Shimbun Senior Writer 11:00 JST, May 6, 2023 The discharge of treated water from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant belonging to Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. is expected to begin as early as this summer. However, local fishermen are ...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 18:44 JST, May 6, 2023 SUZU, Ishikawa Amid falling rain on Saturday morning, residents of the Noto area of Ishikawa Prefecture were busy with restoration work after a strong earthquake that struck the day before. In the city of Suzu in the prefecture, the Fr...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 20:00 JST, May 5, 2023 Japan is set to host a Group of Seven summit in the atomic-bombed city of Hiroshima later this month, amid concern over a rising threat that nuclear weapons could be used again. This is the first installment in a series focusing on what...

By Takahiro Suzuki / Yomiuri Shimbun Correspondent 13:27 JST, May 5, 2023 TAIPEI A Liberal Democratic Party member of the House of Representatives who met Thursday with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei said the two countries should work together to maintain the world ord...

By DANICA COTO Associated Press 11:23 JST, May 5, 2023 ANNS GROVE, Guyana (AP) Villagers in this tiny coastal community lined up on the soggy grass, leaned into the microphone and shared their grievances as someone in the crowd yelled, Speak the truth! And so they did. One by o...

Editorial 12:57 JST, May 5, 2023 Information warfare campaigns in which false information is disseminated to influence public opinion in other countries have become an issue around the world. It cannot be said that Japan is fully prepared for such a situation. Measures are urgen...

By KEN SWEET and MICHELLE CHAPMAN AP Business Writer 11:33 JST, May 5, 2023 NEW YORK (AP) Uncertainty continues to pummel the banking industry, despite assurances from financial regulators and bankers such as Jamie Dimon this week that the worst of the recent crisis is over and...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 18:48 JST, May 5, 2023 At least one person was killed in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, after a strong earthquake hit the Noto area of the prefecture on Friday afternoon, according to the city government. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake registered ...

Editorial 11:56 JST, May 4, 2023 Indias population is expected to soon surpass that of China to become the worlds largest. As a major democratic power, it is hoped that India will deepen its economic ties with Japan and other countries and contribute to the stability of the inte...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 16:38 JST, May 4, 2023 Prime Minister Fumio Kishida stressed the urgent need to revise the Constitution in a video message screened at an event in Tokyo on Wednesday, the anniversary of the enforcement of Japans top law. On the day, senior officials of both r...

Jiji Press 15:08 JST, May 3, 2023 WASHINGTON (Jiji Press) Toshimitsu Motegi, secretary general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed on Tuesday that their countries will strengthen ties with the so-called Global South. Afte...

Reuters 11:17 JST, May 2, 2023 TOKYO (Reuters) Japans factory activity contracted for the sixth straight month in April, but the details of a private survey released Monday showed the manufacturing sector was edging towards stabilization amid a slower decline in new orders. The...

Jiji Press 17:45 JST, May 2, 2023 TOKYO (Jiji Press) Japanese airline All Nippon Airways said Monday it will reduce carbon dioxide emissions from all domestic flights to and from Hiroshima Airport to effectively zero until the end of this month. The project comes as the western...

By Hiroyuki Umemoto / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer 15:42 JST, May 2, 2023 ACCRA Prime Minister Fumio Kishida indicated during his visit to Ghana on Monday that he plans to visit South Korea from Sunday to Monday and hold talks with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol. Kishida ...

Editorial 12:28 JST, May 2, 2023 To halt behavior that disregards international law, it is essential to create international public opinion that deems such actions to be intolerable. Japan must make the most of its diplomatic ties with Africa and work to restore order. Prime Min...

Jiji Press 11:39 JST, May 1, 2023 TOKYO (Jiji Press) Scores of Japanese lawmakers are expected to travel abroad during this years Golden Week holiday period between Saturday and early May as the novel coronavirus crisis is subsiding. According to official reports dated Thursday...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 13:09 JST, May 1, 2023 The government plans to devise safety guidelines for ammonia- and hydrogen-fueled ships to promote zero-emissions vessels that do not emit greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. The guidelines will be established to prevent accidents ...

Editorial 17:29 JST, May 1, 2023 How should we deal with the rapid evolution of artificial intelligence? The Group of Seven industrialized nations must examine anticipated risks from various perspectives and establish international rules to prevent harmful effects. The G7 Digita...

Editorial 17:31 JST, May 1, 2023 Due to Japans super-aging society and weakening family relationships, an increasing number of people spend their final days alone and die without anyone willing to claim their bodies. To reduce the burden on local governments, it is necessary to ...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 13:55 JST, April 30, 2023 (updated at 16:45 JST) TAKASAKI, Gunma The Group of Seven digital ministers adopted a joint statement Sunday that includes the promotion of responsible AI in light of the technologys rapid development and its significant ongoing imp...

Editorial 12:29 JST, April 30, 2023 Germany has completed its exit from nuclear power generation, shutting down the three nuclear power plants that were operating in that nation. Nuclear power generation contributes to both the stable supply of electricity and the prevention of ...

Editorial 12:30 JST, April 29, 2023 In 2070, elderly people will account for nearly 40% of the nations population, and the number of children will have decreased to half of the current level. The future impact of population decline must be examined, and the country as a whole mu...

By CARLA BRIDI and FABIANO MAISONNAVE 16:50 JST, April 29, 2023 BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) Brazil President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Friday granted official recognition of nearly 800 square miles of Indigenous lands, most of it in the Amazon, in a move that seeks to safeguard cr...

Jiji Press 10:58 JST, April 28, 2023 TOKYO (Jiji Press) The Cabinet Office said Thursday it has revised down the composite index of coincident economic indicators for February. The revised coincident index, which reflects current economic conditions, stood at 98.6 against 100 f...

Jiji Press 10:37 JST, April 27, 2023 TOKYO (Jiji Press) Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is considering visiting Singapore after touring four African countries during the Golden Week holiday period from this weekend, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said Wednesday. JN ACCES...

Reuters 17:39 JST, April 27, 2023 NY-AALESUND, Norway (Reuters) At the worlds northernmost year-round research station, scientists are racing to understand how the fastest-warming place on Earth is changing and what those changes may mean for the planets future. But around the...

Reuters 12:12 JST, April 27, 2023 WASHINGTON (Reuters) The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday narrowly passed a bill to raise the governments $31.4 trillion debt ceiling that includes sweeping spending cuts over the next decade. The bill isnt expected to pass the Senate...

AP 11:24 JST, April 27, 2023 TOKYO (AP) Honda is gearing up for an electrification shift in North America with two models developed with General Motors going on sale next year and a bigger EV with a new platform in 2025, a year earlier than initially announced. We believe that ...

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AP 11:50 JST, April 26, 2023 President Joe Biden will visit Japan and Australia next month to huddle with allies on their continued response to Russias invasion of Ukraine as well as ways to confront Chinas assertive economic and military moves in the Indo-Pacific region, the Wh...

Reuters 11:25 JST, April 26, 2023 UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) Moscow has seen practically no results from a pact with the United Nations that aimed to help Russias grain and fertilizer exports and blamed Western countries for creating a deadlock, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sai...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 14:38 JST, April 26, 2023 Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has reiterated his eagerness to achieve constitutional revision during his current term as LDP president, which ends in September 2024. The LDP has drafted a four-point constitutional amendment proposal, ...

AP 12:52 JST, April 26, 2023 NEW YORK (AP) Last year, sea urchins in the Caribbean started getting sick shedding their spines, dying off and throwing reef ecosystems into chaos. Now, scientists think theyve caught the killer in this marine murder mystery. A tiny single-celled ...

AP 13:53 JST, April 26, 2023 BERLIN (AP) Europeans, particularly in the south of the continent, are being subjected to more heat stress during the summer months as climate change causes longer periods of extreme weather, a study published on April 20 shows. The European Commiss...

Jiji Press 16:56 JST, April 26, 2023 TOKYO (Jiji Press)Japans population is expected to fall to 87 million in 2070, a decrease of about 30 pct from 2020, the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research said Wednesday. The Japanese population, which stood at 126...

AP 8:30 JST, April 26, 2023 WASHINGTON (AP) President Joe Biden has formally announced hes seeking reelection. But hes also still the president, with roughly 20 months left in his term regardless of whether he wins a second one on Election Day 2024. With Tuesdays campaign video...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 12:30 JST, April 25, 2023 (updated at 12:40 JST) Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters at the prime ministers office on Tuesday morning that a total of eight Japanese nationals and their families had newly left Sudan, where fighting continues. The evacu...

AP 10:31 JST, April 25, 2023 NEW DELHI (AP) India will be the worlds most populous country by the end of this month, eclipsing an aging China, the United Nations said Monday. The milestone raises questions about whether India can repeat the economic success that has made China ...

AP 16:58 JST, April 24, 2023 SAO PAULO (AP) When Alessandra Korap was born in the mid-1980s, her Indigenous village nestled in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil was a haven of seclusion. But as she grew up, the nearby city of Itaituba, with its bustling streets and commercial act...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 18:52 JST, April 23, 2023 MIYAZAKI The two-day G7 Agriculture Ministers Meeting ended Sunday with a communique that confirmed the strengthening of cooperation on food security to expand production as well as support for agricultural production in Ukraine. We...

AFP-Jiji 15:18 JST, April 23, 2023 LONDON (AFP-Jiji) Thousands of protesters descended on Britains parliament Saturday as part of a four-day campaign designed to highlight the environmental failures of government. Environmental group Extinction Rebellion (XR) kicked off the eve...

Editorial 12:30 JST, April 23, 2023 The Group of Seven (G7) industrialized countries must work together to find diverse ways to promote decarbonization while ensuring stable energy supplies. The G7 climate, energy and environment ministers held meetings in Sapporo and agreed to ...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 14:41 JST, April 22, 2023 Forty-two percent of companies plan to increase new graduate hires in spring 2024, up six percentage points from a year ago, according to a survey by The Yomiuri Shimbun and Nippon Television Network Corp. With economic activities re...

Editorial 17:00 JST, April 22, 2023 A bill to reform the Science Council of Japan takes the SCJs side into consideration and thus appears to have no problems. Nevertheless, what does it mean that the government has decided not to submit the bill to the Diet? Prime Minister Fumio...

Reuters 17:22 JST, April 21, 2023 MONTE CIMONE, Italy (Reuters) Monte Cimone, a popular ski resort in Italys Apennine Mountains, invested 5 million in artificial snowmaking before the winter season in an attempt to stave off the impact of global warming. The money was largely w...

By Qu Dongyu, Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations / Special to The Japan News 11:00 JST, April 21, 2023 Severe food insecurity has risen across all regions in the world. This should prompt a deep reflection on global responses. The con...

Reuters 17:07 JST, April 21, 2023 SINGAPORE (Reuters) Rapidly melting Antarctic ice is dramatically slowing down the flow of water through the worlds oceans, and could have a disastrous impact on global climate, the marine food chain and even the stability of ice shelves, new r...

Reuters 13:48 JST, April 13, 2023 BELGRADE (Reuters) Heavy snow and strong winds, unusual for the springtime, swept through most of the western Balkan region on April 4. In central Serbia, a bus swerved off a snow-covered road and 18 people were slightly injured, the state RTS ...

AP 13:25 JST, April 5, 2023 MIAMI (AP) Weather officials announced March 29 that theyre retiring the names Fiona and Ian from the rotating list of Atlantic tropical cyclone names because of the death and destruction caused by the most recent storms with those names. Farrah will...

Jiji Press 14:21 JST, April 1, 2023 TOKYO (Jiji Press) The government aims to stop and reverse biodiversity loss toward 2030 in an effort to put nature on a recovery path. The ambitious goal is part of a new biodiversity national strategy decided at the days Cabinet meeting. Th...

AFP-Jiji 13:17 JST, March 30, 2023 PARIS (AFP-Jiji) Leading glaciologist Claude Lorius, whose Antarctica discoveries in the 1980s helped prove humanitys role in global warming, has died at 91. Lorius died on March 21 in the French region of Burgundy, according to Jerome Chappel...

Reuters 12:59 JST, March 30, 2023 VIENNA (Reuters) A Vienna museum where climate activists recently attacked the glass screen shielding a Gustav Klimt painting has responded with an exhibit entitled A Few Degrees More that tilts works to draw attention to the need for action on...

AP 11:48 JST, March 29, 2023 AMSTERDAM (AP) Throw another mammoth on the barbie? An Australian company on Tuesday lifted the glass cloche on a meatball made of lab-grown cultured meat using the genetic sequence from the long-extinct pachyderm, saying it was meant to fire up pub...

AFP 8:00 JST, March 27, 2023 TEL AVIV (AFP-Jiji) Tens of thousands of Israelis rallied in Tel Aviv on Saturday against a controversial judicial overhaul, as Defense Minister Yoav Galant broke ranks to call for a pause to the government reforms. The latest demonstration to hit I...

Editorial 15:42 JST, March 27, 2023 If global warming continues at the current pace, natural disasters such as heavy rains and droughts will occur more frequently, greatly affecting ecosystems. Each country must urgently take serious action. The United Nations Intergovernmental ...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 15:45 JST, March 26, 2023 Securing enough coaches and advisers from outside the faculty for extracurricular activities at public junior high schools is a concern for 90% of boards of education targeted in a Yomiuri Shimbun questionnaire. Reform of extracurric...

AP 14:00 JST, March 25, 2023 MALABON, Philippines (AP) Marilene Capentes pushes a cart along the streets of Malabon city just north of Manila every morning except Sundays, collecting bags of segregated garbage. She places the food waste in a designated container so it can be tu...

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AFP-Jiji 16:07 JST, March 24, 2023 PARIS (AFP-Jiji) Cyclone Freddy, which has twice smashed into the African coast after traversing the Indian Ocean, may be enshrined in the history books as the longest ever documented, meteorologists said. A factfile: The storm began to brew i...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 7:00 JST, March 22, 2023 A health ministry survey has found that 42.3% of Japans population has acquired antibodies against the novel coronavirus, indicating past infection. This represents an increase of about 13 percentage points from the previous survey in...

Jiji Press 16:02 JST, March 21, 2023 NEW DELHI (Jiji Press) Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday announced a plan for the Japanese public and private sectors to spend over $75 billion by 2030 to improve infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific region. The initiative is part of a ne...

Reuters 16:09 JST, March 16, 2023 BRUSSELS (Reuters) Europe is emerging from its second-warmest winter on record, European Union scientists said March 8, as climate change continues to intensify. The average temperature in Europe from December to February was 1.4 C above the 19...

Reuters 14:25 JST, March 15, 2023 BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) Extreme high temperatures in Argentina linked to climate change exacerbated the impact of a historic drought that has hit the South American countrys farm regions since last year, scientists said in a report last month. S...

Jiji Press 17:24 JST, March 14, 2023 TOKYO (Jiji Press) The government in an annual report Tuesday vowed to strengthen its assistance for emerging and developing countries in the so-called Global South, such as those in Asia, the Middle East and Africa, many of which face serio...

By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer 10:59 JST, March 10, 2023 WASHINGTON (AP) After three nasty years, the La Nina weather phenomenon that increases Atlantic hurricane activity and worsens western drought is gone, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursd...

AP 13:44 JST, March 8, 2023 WASHINGTON (AP) The cherry trees in the nations capital are confused by Earths changing climate, with the iconic blossoms appearing earlier than expected because of the unusually warm winter. Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser and the National Park Servi...

Reuters 14:13 JST, March 8, 2023 FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. (Reuters) A few hours from Seattle at a location that can only be reached by boat, marine scientists at the University of Washingtons Friday Harbor lab are breeding and studying endangered sunflower sea stars following a mas...

AP 10:48 JST, March 7, 2023 Greenhouse gas emissions from the way humans produce and consume food could add nearly 1 degree of warming to the Earths climate by 2100, according to a new study. Continuing the dietary patterns of today will push the planet past the 1.5 degrees Cels...

AP 14:16 JST, March 1, 2023 NAIROBI (AP) Trends in a historic Horn of Africa drought are now worse than they were during the 2011 drought in which at least a quarter-million people died, a climate center said Feb. 22. The IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Center said bel...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 17:11 JST, February 26, 2023 To tackle the growing risk of heatstroke amid increasingly severe summer temperatures, the government has decided to establish an additional alert level that will require local authorities to provide air-conditioned facilities for...

Reuters 12:50 JST, February 24, 2023 MEXICO CITY (Reuters) Scientists studying Antarcticas vast Thwaites Glacier nicknamed the Doomsday Glacier said warm water is seeping into its weak spots, worsening melting caused by rising temperatures, two papers published in Nature jour...

AFP-Jiji 16:32 JST, February 24, 2023 SOLLENTUNA, Sweden (AFP-Jiji) The frigid water under the frozen Ravalen lake north of Stockholm doesnt intimidate Elton as the 11-year-old schoolboy takes the plunge to the applause of his classmates. Forty pupils are taking part in an isva...

The Straits Times via Asia News Network 16:00 JST, February 23, 2023 Climate change as well as more intense and frequent weather events have been cited by Singaporeans as the top challenge facing Southeast Asia in 2023. However, for their ASEAN counterparts, bread-and-butter iss...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 20:09 JST, February 21, 2023 The Scheduled Airlines Association of Japan, of which 19 domestic airlines are members, announced Tuesday that in a review of its policy regarding the wearing of masks in the cabin, from March 13 the decision will be at the discre...

Reuters 15:16 JST, February 20, 2023 SINGAPORE (Reuters) China is home to 16 of the 20 global regions most vulnerable to climate change, according to data published on Monday, with some of the worlds most important manufacturing hubs at risk from rising water levels and extreme...

By Yasuhiro Kobayashi, Hiroyuki Tanaka and Azusa Nakanishi / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writers 7:00 JST, February 17, 2023 Unbalanced information diets can impede sensible decision-making, divide societies and threaten democracy. This is the third installment in a series of articles...

AFP-Jiji 12:27 JST, February 16, 2023 PARIS (AFP-Jiji) Nearly two-thirds of the sharks and rays that live among the worlds corals are threatened with extinction, according to new research published last month, with a warning this could further imperil precious reefs. Coral reef...

Reuters 12:50 JST, February 11, 2023 WASHINGTON (Reuters) U.S. President Joe Biden met on Friday with Brazilian leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in a reboot of relations between the hemispheres two largest democracies after the end of Donald Trump ally Jair Bolsonaro...

AFP-Jiji 12:30 JST, February 9, 2023 TOGORU, Fiji (AFP-Jiji) The sea has already swallowed the village graveyard in Togoru, Fiji, and long-time resident Lavenia McGoon is dreading the day it claims her house. She piles old rubber car tires under the coconut trees that line the ...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 13:50 JST, February 8, 2023 FamilyMart Co. launched a trial run of its all-paper cups for freshly made hot coffee and other drinks at a store inside its headquarters on Tuesday. The cups lids are connected to the cup bodies and are foldable. After pouring cof...

AFP-Jiji 17:54 JST, February 2, 2023 VENICE (AFP-Jiji) As rising waters fuel fears that Venice may one day be entirely submerged, local children are being educated on how to protect the Venetian Lagoon, a fragile ecosystem threatened by climate change. On Torcello, an island lo...

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AFP-Jiji 16:38 JST, January 26, 2023 PARIS (AFP-Jiji) Fish that have lost food due to mass coral bleaching are getting into more unnecessary fights, causing them to expend precious energy and potentially threatening their survival, new research said Jan. 4. With the future of t...

Reuters 13:44 JST, January 26, 2023 BRUSSELS (Reuters) Coiffeurs across Belgium are sweeping up and bagging hair clipped from their customers, and then handing it over to an NGO that recycles it to protect the environment. The Hair Recycle project feeds locks and tresses into a...

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AFP-Jiji 13:00 JST, January 26, 2023 PARIS (AFP-Jiji) The last eight years were the warmest on record even with the cooling influence of a La Nina weather pattern since 2020, the European Unions climate monitoring service said Jan. 10. Average temperatures across 2022 which sa...

AFP-Jiji 7:00 JST, January 25, 2023 VIENNA (AFP-Jiji) Evidence is emerging that climate-related disasters are becoming a cause of human trafficking as criminal gangs exploit a growing number of uprooted people, the United Nations said Tuesday. The continuing war in Ukraine is a...

AP 10:58 JST, January 19, 2023 A sharp spike in Greenland temperatures since 1995 showed the giant northern island 2.7 degrees (1.5 degrees Celsius) hotter than its 20th-century average, the warmest in more than 1,000 years, according to new ice core data. Until now Greenland ic...

AFP-Jiji 10:58 JST, January 19, 2023 BAN KO SAMAESAN, Thailand (AFP-Jiji) Underneath the calm turquoise waters off eastern Thailand, a rapidly spreading disease is killing corals over vast stretches of the sea floor, and scientists fear it may be getting worse because of climat...

AP 14:12 JST, January 18, 2023 DENVER (AP) Exxon Mobils scientists were remarkably accurate in their predictions about global warming, even as the company made public statements that contradicted its own scientists conclusions, a new study says. The study in the journal Science...

Reuters 19:41 JST, January 13, 2023 LONDON (Reuters) Britain experienced its hottest year on record in 2022, the national weather service confirmed on Jan. 5, saying human-induced climate change had made what would normally be a once-in-500-year event likely to happen every thr...

Reuters 19:38 JST, January 13, 2023 WASHINGTON (Reuters) When it comes to climate change, Bill Gates considers himself a realist even if that means admitting the world has no chance of limiting warming to 1.5 C. Given the overall scale of our industrial economy ... were going ...

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AP 12:45 JST, December 28, 2022 MADRID (AP) Spain is about to conclude its hottest year on record, the nations weather service said Dec. 21. Spains national weather service said preliminary data indicates that 2022 will finish with average daily temperatures above 15 C for the ...

AFP-Jiji 13:01 JST, December 21, 2022 HELSINKI (AFP-Jiji) Deep in the Finnish woods, the moss and blueberry shrubs hide a deadly threat to the boreal forests that are as important to the planet as the Amazon rainforest. With chunks of their bark peeling off and needles falling ...

By SARA CLINE and SYLVIE CORBET Associated Press 11:52 JST, December 3, 2022 NEW ORLEANS (AP) French President Emmanuel Macron arrived Friday in Louisiana, the American state most closely aligned historically with his country, to celebrate their longstanding cultural ties and d...

By MICHAEL CASEY Associated Press 12:03 JST, December 3, 2022 BOSTON (AP) Prince William capped a three-day visit to Boston by meeting with President Joe Biden to share his vision for safeguarding the environment before attending a gala event Friday evening where he sounded an ...

Reuters 16:13 JST, December 2, 2022 BERLIN (Reuters) Scientists in Germany are working on ways to restore seagrass fields in the Baltic Sea, vast natural sinks that store millions of tons of carbon but which are shrinking fast in the face of falling water quality, global warmin...

AFP-Jiji 17:58 JST, November 24, 2022 SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AFP-Jiji) A scheme to give speedy financial support to communities battered by climate disasters was launched on Nov. 14 by a group of rich and developing nations at the U.N. COP27 summit in Egypt. The Global Shield ...

Editorial 14:35 JST, November 21, 2022 The U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP27) held in Egypt has come to a close. A decision has been made to create a fund to support developing countries, likely giving momentum to future measures against global warming. The main agenda at th...

By LUIS ANDRES HENAO Associated Press 11:39 JST, November 18, 2022 NEW YORK (AP) Most adults in the United States including a large majority of Christians and people who identify with other religions consider the Earth sacred and believe God gave humans a duty to care for it....

Jiji Press 12:12 JST, November 17, 2022 SHARM-EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Jiji Press) Japanese Environment Minister Akihiro Nishimura on Tuesday visited the Japan Pavilion at the venue of the ongoing U.N. climate talks, which promotes Japanese companies decarbonization technologies. We w...

AFP-Jiji 13:32 JST, November 16, 2022 TAUNTON, Mass. (AFP-Jiji) American farmers growing cranberries, a quintessential component of Thanksgiving feasts, have had to adapt their traditional methods to fight the effects of climate change. The tart red berries, boiled with a heapi...

AFP-Jiji 16:59 JST, November 16, 2022 PUNACA TINTA MARIA, Bolivia (AFP-Jiji) An abandoned boat rests on the cracked earth where formerly it floated. Lake Poopo, once Bolivias second-largest, has mostly disappeared taking with it a centuries-old culture reliant entirely on its ...

Reuters 15:32 JST, November 16, 2022 NEW YORK (Reuters) Antarcticas emperor penguin is at risk of extinction due to rising global temperatures and sea ice loss, the U.S. government said Oct. 25 as it finalized protections for the animal under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Th...

AFP-Jiji 17:28 JST, November 10, 2022 GENEVA (AFP-Jiji) Temperatures in Europe have increased at more than twice the global average over the past three decades, showing the fastest rise of any continent on earth, the U.N. said Nov. 2. The European region has on average seen tem...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 1:14 JST, November 6, 2022 The government will unveil a plan to support the rollout of an early warning system to monitor heavy rainfall in developing countries reeling from the effects of global warming at the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP27), which wi...

AP 12:22 JST, November 6, 2022 SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) With turquoise seawaters and rich coral reefs, Egypts resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh is a picturesque location for this years United Nations global summit on climate change, known as COP27. But behind postcard-perfect a...

AFP-Jiji 12:50 JST, November 5, 2022 MARSA ALAM, Egypt (AFP-Jiji) Beneath the waters off Egypts Red Sea coast a kaleidoscopic ecosystem teems with life that could become the worlds last coral refuge as global heating eradicates reefs elsewhere, researchers said. Most shallow wa...

AFP-Jiji 12:38 JST, November 5, 2022 PARIS (AFP-Jiji) The worlds current climate pledges are far off track to limit temperature rises to 1.5 C and will steer a world already wracked by increasing floods, heatwaves and storms toward catastrophic warming, the U.N. said Oct. 26. I...

Neo Gim Huay / Managing Director, World Economic Forum 19:13 JST, November 4, 2022 For years climate change warnings have followed a similar pattern: Act now to prevent catastrophic consequences in the future. Yet ss we go into the 27th United Nations Conference of the Parties c...

AP 15:34 JST, October 25, 2022 WASHINGTON (AP) Nearly two-thirds of Americans think the federal government is not doing enough to fight climate change, according to a new poll that shows limited public awareness about a sweeping new law that commits the U.S. to its largest ever...

AFP-Jiji 17:20 JST, October 20, 2022 BAGHDAD (AFP-Jiji) It was the river that is said to have watered the biblical Garden of Eden and helped give birth to civilization itself. But today the Tigris is dying. Human activity and climate change have choked its once-mighty flow thro...

The Associated Press 9:10 JST, October 13, 2022 WASHINGTON (AP) The White House laid out a national security strategy Wednesday aimed at checking an ascendant China and a more assertive Russia even as it stressed that domestic investments are key to helping the U.S. compete in ...

AFP-Jiji 14:23 JST, October 12, 2022 PARIS (AFP-Jiji) Almost half of all bird species are in decline globally and one in eight are threatened with extinction, according to a major new report warning that human actions are driving more species to the brink and nature is in troub...

By CHRISTINA LARSON AP Science Writer 11:53 JST, September 30, 2022 WASHINGTON (AP) Methane escaping from the damaged Nord Stream pipelines that run between Russia and Europe is likely to result in the biggest known gas leak to take place over a short period of time and highlig...

AP 10:43 JST, September 18, 2022 ISLAMABAD (AP) The World Health Organization raised the alarm Saturday about a second disaster in the wake of the deadly floods in Pakistan this summer, as doctors and medical workers on the ground race to battle outbreaks of waterborne and othe...

The Associated Press 16:42 JST, September 17, 2022 WASHINGTON (AP) President Joe Biden praised South Africa as a vital voice on the global stage as he hosted President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday at the White House for talks that touched on the two nations differences on Russias ...

Reuters 15:39 JST, August 19, 2022 SHANGHAI (Reuters) China has issued its first national drought alert of the year as authorities battle forest fires and mobilize specialist teams to protect crops from scorching temperatures across the Yangtze river basin. The national yellow ...

AFP-Jiji 16:11 JST, August 17, 2022 ASHTON KEYNES, England (AFP-Jiji) At the end of a dusty track in southwest England where the Thames River usually first emerges from the ground, there is currently scant sign of any moisture at all. The driest start to a year in decades has s...

Reuters 14:44 JST, July 19, 2022 MELBOURNE (Reuters) Australia has lost more mammal species than any other continent and has one of the worst rates of species decline among the worlds richest countries, a five-yearly environmental report card released by the government on Tuesd...

AP 12:49 JST, July 4, 2022 The Supreme Courts latest climate change ruling could dampen efforts by federal agencies to rein in the tech industry, which went largely unregulated for decades as the government tried to catch up to changes wrought by the internet. In the 6-3 decisio...

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AP 11:04 JST, May 25, 2022 TOKYO (AP) Hours after being sworn in as Australias new prime minister, Anthony Albanese found himself fresh off a jet and thrown into the glare of a global spotlight Tuesday. He was rewarded with a warm welcome, as well as a bit of a gentle ribbing, ...

Reuters 8:25 JST, May 11, 2022 Stanford University received $1.1 billion, its largest ever gift, from venture capitalist John Doerr to fund a new school focused on climate change, fueling a debate about whether billionaire donations are enough to combat the climate crisis. Stanf...

AP 10:30 JST, May 5, 2022 In a blue bay that spans the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, fishermen from both countries recently aired grievances in a rare face-to-face meeting thanks to the efforts of marine biologist Jean Wiener. The meeting, overseen by Dominican nav...

Viet Nam News via Asia News Network 13:03 JST, April 25, 2022 Luc Ngan District in the northern province of Bac Giang is known as the land of lychee with more than 22,000 hectares of orchards. Together with a mild climate all year round, the locality has ideal conditions to prod...

Editorial 12:18 JST, April 22, 2022 Amid a mountain of challenges surrounding the global economy, the forum for policy coordination among major economies has become dysfunctional. It is obvious that Russia is entirely to blame for this. A meeting of finance ministers and central...

the Associated Press 15:25 JST, April 17, 2022 LONDON (AP) Six people have been arrested after climate change activists climbed onto an oil tanker in central London to protest investments in fossil fuel, British police said Saturday. The Extinction Rebellion climate activism gr...

By Shinichi Ikeda / Yomiuri Shimbun Correspondent 14:07 JST, February 14, 2022 As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its third year, there continue to be concerning issues on a global level, such as the spread of the omicron variant of the novel coronavirus, crises related to energy a...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 12:38 JST, January 7, 2022 The Tokyo metropolitan government plans to install solar panels at more than 2,000 facilities it owns, including apartment buildings, police boxes and fire stations, in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. According to sour...

The Yomiuri Shimbun November 21, 2021 The European Unions emissions trading market, which covers more than 10,000 facilities including power plants and factories, hit a record high of 67 (about 8,700) per ton of carbon dioxide on Tuesday after more than a year of rising prices. ...

Editorial November 16, 2021 The fight against global warming has entered the stage where countries are not only competing with each other to set high targets, but also trying to figure out how to achieve those goals. Countries need to take concrete steps to reduce their greenhou...

By Ryosuke Terunuma / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer November 11, 2021 GLASGOW Japan and about 20 other economies at the U.N. climate talks in Glasgow have compiled an action plan to promote electric and other types of vehicles that do not emit carbon dioxide, sources have said. ...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 12:32 JST, September 2, 2021 In recent years, in addition to earthquakes, there has been increasing concern about typhoons and torrential rains causing more severe disasters. Considering the novel coronavirus spreading as well, it is essential to be prepared ...

The Yomiuri Shimbun 15:47 JST, April 10, 2021 A target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by fiscal 2030 based on 2013 levels has been discussed in the government. The current target for 2030 is 26%. The government wants to speed up coordination so that a decision can be mad...