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.
Japan has been stung by its third political scandal in a week after the country's new industry minister - whose predecessor resigned over allegations of misspending - admitted that his staff had spent office money at a sex bar. (The Guardian)
The government said Friday it has chosen Nobel physics prize laureates Shuji Nakamura and Hiroshi Amano and five others as this year's winners of Japan's top cultural award, the Order of Culture. (Kyodo)
In possibly a legal first, a female civil servant on Tuesday sued the government over what she calls institutional sexism at the ministry she works for, citing almost two decades of blocked promotions and pay raises. (Japan Times)