Japanese officials say they will help implement an international treaty on genetic resource sharing that many countries have yet to ratify.
A UN conference on biological diversity is now under way in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad.
A ministerial-level meeting on Thursday discussed the so-called Nagoya Protocol, adopted at the previous meeting in 2010. It sets international rules on how to share the economic benefits from the use of the world's plants and animals in the form of medicines and other products.
Many countries are still studying the protocol. Only a few have ratified it.
Japan hosted the previous conference and helped with the protocol's adoption. It has not yet ratified the protocol, but Japanese officials told the session that the government has decided to seek ratification by 2015.
Officials from South Africa and Bhutan also said they would likely ratify the protocol in the near future.
But representatives from developing countries said they would not be able to promote the ratification process without financial assistance.
China's television regulator has ordered a crackdown on dramas about the country's battles with Japan during and before World War Two and demanded they be more serious, state media said on Friday, following viewer complaints about ludicrous storylines. (Reuters )
Shukan Post (May 24) conveys the difficulties experienced by other parts of the adult-entertainment biz in servicing customers from the communist nation.
A deri heru (“delivery health”) call-girl tells the tabloid that she is often requested to arrive at major hotels in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro entertainment areas of Tokyo by Chinese visitors. (Tokyo Reporter)