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Joint Statement Between The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and The Ministry of The Environment of Japan on Continued Bilateral Environmental Cooperation

Date of Release: 
May 16 2016

TOYAMA, JAPAN - While gathered in Toyama, Japan for the G7 Environment Ministers’ Meeting, the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Gina McCarthy, and the Minister of the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ), Tamayo Marukawa, met to discuss accomplishments and plans for U.S. – Japan environmental cooperation. This builds on an August 24, 2015 meeting between Administrator McCarthy and then MOEJ-Minister Yoshio Mochizuki on a common view to enhance bilateral and regional environmental collaboration.

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It's not just cancer! Radiation, genomic instability and heritable genetic damage

Date of Release: 
Mar 17 2016

Those who fear the effects of radiation always focus on cancer. But the most frightening and serious consequences of radiation are genetic.

Cancer is just one small bleak reflection, a flash of cold light from a facet of the iceberg of genetic damage to life on Earth constructed from human folly, power-lust and stupidity.

Cancer is a genetic disease expressed at the cellular level. But genetic effects are transmitted across the generations.

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Koide Hiroaki: an insider's exposé of the Fukushima nuclear disaster

Date of Release: 
Mar 17 2016

His powerful critique of the 'nuclear village' and active involvement in anti-nuclear movements "earned him an honourable form of purgatory as a permanent assistant professor at Kyoto University."

Koide retired from Kyoto University in the spring of 2015, but continues to write and act as an important voice of conscience for many who share his vision of the future free from nuclear energy and weapons.

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Japan halts US Okinawa base expansion

Date of Release: 
Mar 4 2016

Japan's PM Shinzo Abe has agreed to suspend construction work required for the relocation of a controversial US military base in Okinawa.

Mr Abe said he was accepting a court-mediated settlement reached after a long stand-off between the central government and local authorities.

The government wants to move the US Futenma airbase from its densely populated site to a more remote area.

But local officials and residents want the base removed entirely.

Japan has already began land reclamation work off the shore of Camp Schwab, the US base in Henoko, south of Nago city.

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Dawei development gains Japan nod

Date of Release: 
Dec 15 2015

Myanmar's long-awaited multibillion-dollar Dawei megaproject has inched forward, with Japan yesterday signing a shareholder's agreement in a special purpose vehicle that runs the project.

Japan, through the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, signed the deal with Thailand's Neighbouring Countries Economic Development Cooperation Agency and Myanmar's National Planning and Economic Development Ministry, under which the JBIC would hold equal shares in the Dawei SEZ Development Co.

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Japan invests in Dawei

Date of Release: 
Dec 15 2015

The multibillion-dollar Dawei special economic zone (SEZ) and related projects will go ahead at full scale after Japan yesterday agreed to take a one-third equity stake in the associated special purpose vehicle (SPV) jointly set up by Myanmar and Thailand.

The deal was struck at the fifth Myanmar-Thailand Joint High-Level Committee Meeting that was attended by top officials from all three countries.

Japan's equity holding will be equal to Myanmar's and Thailand's.

The SPV currently has maximum registered capital of Bt100 million.

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Govt to start Henoko preparations

Date of Release: 
Oct 29 2015

TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Defense Ministry submitted a notice to the Okinawa prefectural government on Wednesday in order to start preparations for landfill work needed for the planned relocation of a U.S. military base within the prefecture.

The ministry’s Okinawa Defense Bureau plans to start work as early as Thursday to create a storage space for materials necessary for the landfill work off the Henoko coastal area in Nago, informed sources said.

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Central government to restart landfill preparation work for U.S. base in Okinawa

Date of Release: 
Oct 28 2015

Japan’s Defense Ministry submitted a notice to the Okinawa prefectural government on Wednesday announcing plans to restart preparatory work on the land reclamation project for the relocation of a U.S. military base.

The ministry’s Okinawa Defense Bureau plans to start work as early as Thursday to create a storage space for materials necessary for the landfill work off the Henoko coastal area in the city of Nago, informed sources said.

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EPA administrator meets with Japanese minister of environment

Date of Release: 
Aug 24 2015

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy and the Minister of Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ) met in Tokyo today for a bilateral dialogue, at the conclusion of which they announced an agreement on several environmental factors.

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