The Japanese government plans to set up a new organization to strengthen coordination with Chinese municipalities over an airborne pollutant known as PM2.5.
The Environment Ministry announced the plan on Tuesday in Tokyo at a meeting designed to improve air quality in China.
About 50 people attended the event. They included officials from the Chinese embassy in Japan and 9 Japanese municipalities including Yokkaichi City, Mie Prefecture, which has suffered from serious air pollution.
Ministry officials said the new body is designed to enhance coordination between local governments in Japan and China. So far the issue has been handled by central governments.
Officials say the center is to open as early as next month and will be managed by private entities.
Japan's whaling fleet set out for the Antarctic on Tuesday to resume a hunt for the mammals after a year-long hiatus, prompting criticism from Australia as well as key ally, the United States. (Japan Today)
East Japan Railway Co. suspended operation of its new train on the Yamanote Line in Tokyo only a day after its debut Monday after multiple malfunction warnings were displayed on the driver's cab monitor, company sources said. (Japan Times)
Police in Yonezawa, Yamagata Prefecture, have arrested a 23-year-old man and his 17-year-old wife over the fatal abuse of their 16-day-old daughter. The infant died after she was placed in a trash can, Fuji TV reported. (Japan Today)