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.
Food Crisis and the Global Land Grab
The Yomiuri Shimbun | May 28, 2009
The Group of Eight nations is likely to work out an international code of conduct on agricultural investment during its summit meeting set for July in Italy, according to Japanese government sources Continue reading Japan to push for G-8 rules on intl farm investment
AfricaFocus Bulletin Sent by Sr Michael Theresa Brauer, SND
“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
New York Times
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Published: March 7, 2009
Sometimes the satirical newspaper The Onion is so right on, I can’t resist quoting from it. Consider this faux article from June 2005 about America’s addiction to Chinese exports:
Continue reading The Inflection Is Near?
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