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's biggest newspaper, the Yomiuri Shimbun, has apologized to its readers for using the term "sex slaves" and "other inappropriate expressions" to describe the women forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War II. (washingtonpost.com)
Thailand's parliament has voted to ban commercial surrogacy after outrage erupted over the unregulated industry following a series scandals including the case of an Australian couple accused of abandoning a baby with Down syndrome. (Japan Times)
Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun said Friday it will cut the pay of two reporters over the retraction of their articles on the Fukushima nuclear disaster, saying they erred in describing the tumultuous few days after the accident. (Kyodo)
Police have arrested a 47-year-old man on arson and attempted murder charges after he attempted to set a hospital on fire in Hachioji, Tokyo, by throwing Molotov cocktails against walls inside the building. (Japan Today)
The Utsunomiya District Court in Tochigi Prefecture on Wednesday convicted two men over the illegal disposal of a body after they dumped the body of a young woman in a cardboard box near a quarry in Sano on Aug 4. (Japan Today)