A roundup of the most significant news stories from Japan reported in the last half of October 2019.
Eclipsed for many decades by its much larger Tokyo rival, Osaka is reclaiming its former status as Japan’s second metropolis. The recent G20 Summit held in Osaka which briefly put the city’s name on the lips of a global audience was indicative of its rising prominence, and is not likely to be the last time in the coming years that it will become the focus of the world’s attention.
A roundup of the most significant news stories from Japan reported in the first half of July 2019.
If you’ve ever shopped at a Japanese supermarket or convenience store, the sight of fruit, cookies, pastries, and other foods individually wrapped in plastic isn’t surprising. It’s part of a mountain of single-use plastic products, from bento lunch boxes to oshibori towelettes in plastic wrappers, that underpins the lives of Japanese consumers.
Japan discussed hydrogen technology at the G20 Summit in Osaka this year, which isn’t surprising as the country is leading the way in global sustainability efforts centered around hydrogen power.
On the day before the official opening of the G20 Summit in Osaka, shortly after Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the city, several hundred Uyghurs and their allies held a rally and marched through the streets under the watchful eye of a phalanx of Japanese police.
At his press conference at the conclusion of the G20 Summit in Osaka, US President Donald Trump declares that the terms US-Japan security treaty are going to have to change.
A roundup of the most significant news stories from Japan reported in the second half of June 2019.
Japan has the second highest plastic pollution per capita. G20 energy and environment ministers met in Karuizawa, Japan June 15-16, 2019 hoping to address this issue.
Instead of the open discord over tariffs and trade that many had been bracing for, the main headline story from this weekend’s G20 finance ministers meeting in Fukuoka was the broad agreement on the need for more effective taxation of the global technology firms.