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.
Koji Yamada, the 45-year-old man who was arrested in Osaka Prefecture last week for abandoning a girl's body, was questioned by police in Tokyo before committing the alleged crime, it was learned on Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
A deadly flesh-eating bacterium has infected 284 people as of Aug. 16, already shattering Japan's annual record and prompting advisories from health experts, according to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases. (Asahi)
The State Department's inspector general is faulting U.S. diplomats in Japan - including U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy - for conducting official business on private email accounts. (politico.com)
With an eye on its public image, officials in Kishiwada City hope to enact a revision to an existing ordinance that will exclude organized crime members from public events prior to the holding of a popular annual festival, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Tokyo Reporter)
As many as 360,000 commuters on their way home after work faced major train disruptions Tuesday evening on three Tokyu railway lines linking the Tokyo and Yokohama areas, with the operator suspecting trouble with a circuit breaker in the signal system. (Japan Times)