By Suvendrini Kakuchi*
TOKYO, Oct 7, 2010 (IPS) – It may not be easy to imagine Japan as a jolly green giant, but to several Asian countries that have been enjoying environmental projects funded by Japanese aid, that’s what this nation has resembled in the last two decades. Since the early 1990s, Japan has been involved in several green initiatives across Asia, with its participation usually in the form of overseas development assistance (ODA) loans, grants, and technology transfer. One of the most recent ones, in fact, addresses some of the impacts of climate change in agriculture, and has taken one of Japan’s foremost agriculture development experts to northern Thailand. Continue reading Climate Change Concerns Give Aid A Green Hue
by Shingo Ito
HIROSHIMA, Japan – Sixty-five years after a mushroom cloud rose over Hiroshima, the United States will for the first time send an envoy this Friday to commemorate the bombing that rang in the nuclear age.
Its World War II allies Britain and France, both declared nuclear powers, will also send their first diplomats to the ceremony in the western Japanese city in a sign of support for the goal of nuclear disarmament. Continue reading US to Attend Hiroshima Memorial for First Time
TOKYO, April 26 KYODO
Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama promised again Monday to try to alleviate the burden of hosting U.S. military facilities on people in Okinawa Prefecture and remove safety risks posed by a U.S. Marine base there, following the previous day’s massive protest rally in the village of Yomitan.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirofumi Hirano, meanwhile, on Monday denied the possibility that the government will end up accepting an existing plan to transfer the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futemma Air Station in Ginowan to another city in the southernmost prefecture. Continue reading Hatoyama promises again to ease base burden on Okinawa after rally
Independent Catholic News
|‘Bombed Mary’ – statue salvaged from ruins of Nagasaki Cathedral
The Catholic Church in Japan has submitted a petition of 16,000 signatures to the prime minister calling for immediate strict limitations and an eventual ban on nuclear arms. They also plan to display a statue of the Virgin Mary which survived the atomic bomb on Nagasaki.
Archbishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami of Nagasaki and Auxiliary Bishop Michael Goro Matsuura of Osaka led a delegation to personally present the petition, appealing for governments to “strive proactively for the abolition of nuclear weapons,” to deputy chief cabinet secretary Yorihisa Matsuno on April 19. Continue reading Japan: ‘Bombed Mary’ statue brings home anti-nuclear message