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Fire up the printers: ‘Reiwa’ unveiled as Japan’s new imperial era name

The name combines the characters “Rei” which can have meanings related to “order” but also “auspicious”, and “Wa” meaning “peace” or “harmony”.
Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga holds the new era name "Reiwa" during a press conference at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo.(AFP)
Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga holds the new era name "Reiwa" during a press conference at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo.(AFP)
Updated on Apr 01, 2019 01:32 PM IST
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Tokyo | ByAgence France-Presse

Japan to resume commercial whale hunting, but not in Antarctic

Japan switched to what it calls research whaling after the IWC imposed a moratorium on commercial whaling in the 1980s, and now says stocks have recovered enough to resume commercial hunts.
Japan announced Wednesday that it is leaving the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial hunts for the animals for the first time in 30 years.(AP)
Japan announced Wednesday that it is leaving the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial hunts for the animals for the first time in 30 years.(AP)
Updated on Dec 26, 2018 06:16 PM IST
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Japan announces IWC withdrawal, will resume commercial whaling

Tokyo has long exploited a loophole allowing whales to be killed for “scientific research” and says it is trying to prove the population is large enough to sustain a return to commercial hunting.
Japan has hunted whales for centuries, and their meat was a key source of protein in the immediate post-World War II years when the country was desperately poor.(AP)
Japan has hunted whales for centuries, and their meat was a key source of protein in the immediate post-World War II years when the country was desperately poor.(AP)
Updated on Dec 26, 2018 08:17 PM IST
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Tokyo | ByAgence France-Presse

Japan rains disaster toll rises to 199, dozens still missing

Prime minister Shinzo Abe, who visited one of the worst-affected regions on Wednesday, plans to travel Friday to another area hit by deadly flooding and landslides after the rains, Suga said.
Rescue workers search for missing people at a landslide site caused by heavy rain in Kumano Town in Japan on July 11, 2018.(Reuters Photo)
Rescue workers search for missing people at a landslide site caused by heavy rain in Kumano Town in Japan on July 11, 2018.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Jul 12, 2018 10:27 AM IST
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