Japan ranks among worst performers in tackling climate change

MARRAKECH, Morocco — Japan remains one of the world’s worst-performing nations in tackling climate change, think tank Germanwatch says. Japan was deemed the second-worst performer of 57 countries and Taiwan, this year’s Climate Change Performance Index report showed. The report said Tokyo’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions center More...

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By Elena Heatherson On Saturday, November 19th, 2016
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World leaders at APEC summit take aim at Trump over trade

Barack Obama, Enrique Pena NietoUS President Barack Obama looks over to Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto attends a meeting with leaders of participating countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) More...

By Elena Heatherson On Saturday, November 19th, 2016
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Man found innocent of molesting charges by claiming he was pickpocketing

TOKYO – A man has denied touching a woman in a train for sexual reasons because he was “actually” trying to rob someone else. According to the defendant’s testimony in Osaka District Court, he was riding More...

By Elena Heatherson On Saturday, November 19th, 2016
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Airports to set up duty-free shops for arriving passengers

TOKYO — Japanese airports will be allowed to provide duty-free shopping to arriving international passengers from fiscal 2017 to encourage foreign tourists to spend more money when entering the country, ruling More...

By Elena Heatherson On Saturday, November 19th, 2016
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Gov’t eyes unified tax rate on all beer-like products

TOKYO — The Japanese government and ruling parties plan to propose unifying the tax rates on beer and beer-like drinks under fiscal 2017 tax reforms. Under the current system, taxes on beer and beer-like drinks More...

By Elena Heatherson On Saturday, November 19th, 2016
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Japan to fast-track permanent residency for highly skilled individuals

TOKYO — Japan is planning to allow foreigners with advanced expertise to apply for permanent resident status after living in the country for only a year, compared with five years currently, government sources More...

Egyptians extend protest, say army not doing enough
By eliana watson On Friday, July 15th, 2011
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Egyptians extend protest, say army not doing enough

CAIRO (Reuters) – Thousands of Egyptians packed Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday, keeping up pressure on the ruling generals to implement reforms more swiftly and to try ousted President Hosni Mubarak More...

India doesn't let blasts derail Pakistan talks
By eliana watson On Friday, July 15th, 2011
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India doesn’t let blasts derail Pakistan talks

NEW DELHI (AP) — India brushed off speculation tying the Mumbai bombings to Pakistan and said Friday it remained committed to recently renewed peace talks with its rival neighbor. The moves showed how little appetite More...

3 US ships in Vietnam to train with former foe
By eliana watson On Friday, July 15th, 2011
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3 US ships in Vietnam to train with former foe

DANANG, Vietnam (AP) — Three U.S. Navy ships were welcomed Friday by former foe Vietnam for joint training, despite China’s irritation following weeks of fiery exchanges between the communist neighbors More...

Moderate quake felt in Tokyo, but causes no damage
By eliana watson On Friday, July 15th, 2011
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Moderate quake felt in Tokyo, but causes no damage

TOKYO (AP) — A moderate earthquake has been felt in Tokyo. But the minor shaking caused no apparent damage and no tsunami.   The magnitude 5.5 quake hit at 9:01 p.m. Friday. The epicenter was about 70 More...