An international meeting to discuss how to manage bluefin tuna resources in the northern Pacific started Monday in the southwestern Japan city of Fukuoka.
The subcommittee meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission through Thursday is being attended by nine countries including China, South Korea and the United States.
Given that the stock of adult bluefin tuna aged 4 years or older in the ocean declined to near its lowest-ever level of 22,606 tons in 2010, Japan has proposed that the catch of juvenile bluefin tuna up to 3 years old in the Pacific next year be cut by at least 15 percent from the 2002-2004 average.
The resignation Monday of Yuko Obuchi, Japan's industry minister, was a heavy blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the cabinet he named last month. And there are concerns in the government and ruling parties that Obuchi is only the first in a string of coming cabinet resignations. (Nikkei)
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto met with the head of an anti-Korean group on Monday as he considers cracking down on hate speech rallies in the western Japan city, but they ended up having a shouting match in which they more or less just insulted each other. (Kyodo)
Osaka Prefectural Police on Friday arrested two male suspects for allegedly dumping a large quantity of adult video (AV) material inside a park in Nishinari Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Oct. 17). (Tokyo Reporter)
Empress Michiko celebrated her 80th birthday on Monday. In a statement distributed to media by the Imperial Household Agency, the empress said she hoped the world could find peace ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II next year. (Japan Today)
The Nagano prefectural government's disaster response headquarters said Thursday it has decided to end its search this year for missing hikers on Mt. Ontake due to the growing risk of secondary accidents. (The Japan News)