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Japan ups 2030 greenhouse gas reduction goal to 46%

Japan ups 2030 greenhouse gas reduction goal to 46%

Welcome to the Reuters.com BETA. Read our Editor's note on how we're helping professionals make smart decisions.Japan on Thursday raised its target for cutting carbon emissions to 46% by 2030, responding to pressure from the United States and domestic companies, along with environmentalists who criticized its previous goal of 26% as unambitious.Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced the new target, compared with 2013 emissions levels, hours before the start of a virtual summit on climate change called by U.S. President Joe Biden. Other countries have also announced stronger action in the...

Apr 22
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Are the Olympics cancelled? Japan official's comments sow doubts

Are the Olympics cancelled? Japan official's comments sow doubts

By , TOKYO (Reuters) -A senior Japanese ruling party official said on Thursday that cancelling this year’s Olympics in Tokyo remains an option if the coronavirus crisis becomes too dire.The Tokyo Olympics Organising Committee responded with a statement saying all those involved in preparing for the Games remained fully focused on hosting them in the summer.“If it seems impossible (to host the Olympics) any more, then we have to stop it, decisively,” Toshihiro Nikai, secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party, said in comments to broadcaster TBS.Cancellation is “of course” an option,...

Apr 15
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High fives, smiles but no cheers as Olympic torch relay gets going under pandemic shadow

High fives, smiles but no cheers as Olympic torch relay gets going under pandemic shadow

By , , TOKYO/FUKUSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - With waves, smiles and high fives, but no cheers, the Olympic torch relay set off on Thursday, beginning a four-month countdown to the postponed 2020 summer Games in Tokyo, the first ever organised during a deadly pandemic.Casting a pall over celebrations already scaled back because of coronavirus prevention measures, North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles before the relay began in Fukushima, an area hit hard by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.“For the past year, as the entire world underwent a difficult period,...

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Mar 25
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Biden's secretary of state makes overseas debut with visit to Japan, Korea

Biden's secretary of state makes overseas debut with visit to Japan, Korea

By , WASHINGTON/TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin landed in Tokyo on Monday, starting a four-day visit to the region, highlighting Washington’s renewed focus on alliances in Indo-Pacific in the face of assertive China.The visit, from March 15 to 18, to Tokyo and Seoul is the first overseas trip by top cabinet members of President Joe Biden’s administration and follows last week’s Quad alliance summit of the leaders of the U.S., Japan, Australia and India.Issues on the agenda range from freedom of navigation in the South and East...

Mar 15
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Australia asks EU to review block of AstraZeneca vaccine

Australia asks EU to review block of AstraZeneca vaccine

By , , CANBERRA/TOKYO/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Australia has asked the European Commission to review its decision to block a shipment of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, as countries importing EU-made shots fear a potential impact on supplies.The EU executive backed Italy’s decision to block a shipment of 250,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Australia, European officials said, in the first refusal of an export request since a mechanism to monitor vaccine flows was established in late January.The move was a reaction to AstraZeneca’s delays in delivering vaccines to the EU. The company has...

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Mar 5
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Tokyo Olympics chief quits, apologises again over sexist remarks

Tokyo Olympics chief quits, apologises again over sexist remarks

By , TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori resigned on Friday and apologised again for sexist remarks that sparked a global outcry, leaving the troubled Olympics searching for a chief five months from the opening ceremony.The resignation of the 83-year-old former prime minister further erodes confidence in organisers’ ability to pull off the postponed Summer Games during a coronavirus pandemic.A selection committee made up of an equal number of men and women, and centred around athletes, would choose a new president for the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, the group’s...

Feb 12
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Japan finds new coronavirus variant in travellers from Brazil

Japan finds new coronavirus variant in travellers from Brazil

TOKYO --A new coronavirus variant has been detected in four travellers from Brazil's Amazonas state, Japan's Health Ministry said on Sunday, the latest new mutation of the virus discovered.A ministry official said studies were underway into the efficacy of vaccines against the new variant, which differs from highly infectious variants first found in Britain and South Africa that have driven a surge in cases."At the moment, there is no proof showing the new variant found in those from Brazil is high in infectiousness," Takaji Wakita, head of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases,...

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Jan 10
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Japan declares state of emergency for Tokyo area as COVID-19 cases surge

Japan declares state of emergency for Tokyo area as COVID-19 cases surge

By , TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan declared a limited state of emergency in the capital, Tokyo, and three neighbouring prefectures on Thursday to stem the spread of the coronavirus, resisting calls from some medics for wider curbs due to the economic damage they would cause.The government said the one-month emergency would run from Friday to Feb. 7 in Tokyo and Saitama, Kanagawa and Chiba prefectures, covering about 30% of the country’s population. Restrictions would centre on combating transmission in bars and restaurants, which the government says are main risk areas.The curbs are narrower in...

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Jan 7
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Japan aims to expand CPTPP trade pact as UK, China eye membership

Japan aims to expand CPTPP trade pact as UK, China eye membership

By , TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan aims to expand a major regional free trade pact called the CPTPP, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Friday, potentially catering for China’s and Britain’s interest in joining the deal.The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) links 11 countries including Canada, Australia and Japan.“Japan will aspire for the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific through the early conclusion of the RCEP agreement and the steady implementation and expansion of the CPTPP as next year’s chair,” Suga said.The premier made the comment in a...

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Nov 20
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On Suga's overseas debut, Japan, Vietnam agree broadly on defence transfer

On Suga's overseas debut, Japan, Vietnam agree broadly on defence transfer

By , HANOI (Reuters) - Japan hailed an agreement in principle to supply Vietnam with military gear and technology, as the two governments pledged on Monday to strengthen security and economic ties amid mounting concerns about China’s assertiveness in the region.“It is a big step in the field of security for both countries,” Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters after meeting his Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, in Hanoi.The two leaders also agreed on the importance of maintaining peace, security, freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea, and the...

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October 19, 2020
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