Japanese, Russian firms to jointly develop eastern oil field in Siberia
News On Japan via sacbee.com -- Jun 24
Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation, or JOGMEC, and Gazprom Neft, a major state-run Russian oil company, will jointly develop an oil field in eastern Siberia, the two parties announced Friday.
The Japanese side is expected to eventually hold a 49 percent stake in the project, according to officials.
The project is expected to diversify Japan's oil supply sources, mitigating the impact of the increased reliance on thermal power generation since nuclear power plants nationwide were idled after last year's Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster. Currently, about 90 percent of Japan's crude oil imports are from the Middle East.
A collection of materials related to a 17th century mission sent by a Japanese feudal lord to Europe and the world's oldest autographic diary left 10 centuries ago by a Japanese regent have been selected for the UNESCO Memory of the World registry, the Japanese education ministry said Wednesday. (Global Post )
Almost 1,500 people were transported to hospitals by ambulance due to heatstroke last week, up sharply from 942 in the preceding week, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday. (Japan Times )
Among about 200,000 traffic signals nationwide, 16 percent are being used beyond the end of the expected lifetime of their electrical systems and some have even toppled over due to age, according to the National Police Agency. (Yomiuri )
In May, Akira Ikoma, the editor of a guide to men's entertainment called Ore no Tabi (My Journey), said that "Abenomics" had caused a spike in prices at high-end soapland bathhouses in Tokyo. However, the same editor tells Shukan Post (June 28) that the initiative is not impacting the low-end market in the same way. (Tokyo Reporter )
Tokyo District Court decided on Monday to open planned examinations of three witnesses who are former senior members of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult and now death-row inmates, during an upcoming trial of another former senior Aum member. (Jiji Press )