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Japan remembers Nagasaki


The Japanese city of Nagasaki is commemorating the anniversary of the atomic bomb that fell on the city and led to Japan’s surrender from WWII.

The Mayor of Nagasaki, Tomihisa Taue, has praised US President Barack Obama for his recent calls for a nuclear-free world. 

Jane Bennett Powell reports. 


Africa: Economy and Human Rights

AfricaFocus Bulletin Sent by Sr Michael Theresa Brauer, SND

Editor’s Note 

“Our first demand in our new campaign [“Demand Dignity”] is to the G-2 leaders, USA and China. The United States does not accept the notion of economic, social and cultural rights while China does not respect civil and political rights. We call on both governments to sign up to all human rights for all.” – Irene Khan, Amnesty International Continue reading Africa: Economy and Human Rights

Climate change: How quest for zero waste community means sorting the rubbish 34 ways

The Guardian

Japanese village’s strict recycling regime looks to a future free of incinerators and landfill

Justin McCurry in Kamikatsu

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Sonae Fujii at the waste recycling centre in Kamikatsu, Japan

The inhabitants of Kamikatsi intend to do away with incinerators by 2020, to become Japan’s first zero-waste community. Photograph: Robert Gilhooly

It was not that long ago that life in Kamikatsu revolved around the state of the rice crop and the number of tourists arriving to soak in the restorative waters of the local hot spring. Now the tiny village, in the densely wooded mountains of Shikoku island in south-west Japan, has a new obsession: rubbish. Continue reading Climate change: How quest for zero waste community means sorting the rubbish 34 ways