Japan To Designate Fire Ants As An Alien Species That Requires Urgent Action

Japan to designate fire ants as an alien species that requires urgent action

The Japanese government has decided to step up measures against highly venomous fire ants by designating them as an invasive alien species that requires urgent action.

Government officials made the decision amid a rise in cases nationwide involving fire ants. They fear the species, indigenous to South America, are on the brink of becoming established in Japan.


Japanese Dances Expected To Join Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage List

Japanese dances expected to join UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list

A committee of the UN cultural agency will open a session in Morocco's capital Rabat on Monday, with a collection of traditional Japanese dances expected to officially join an Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

UNESCO's Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage will screen files presented by countries. They will include 46 nominations for the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.


Japan Eyes Development Of Next - Generation Nuclear Reactors

Japan eyes development of next-generation nuclear reactors

Japan's industry ministry has compiled a draft outline on the development of the next-generation nuclear power system which will see the updating of existing reactors.

The government indicated in August that it would present a draft by the end of the year. It had previously said it was not expecting to build new reactors.


Ceremony Held For Japanese Doctor Killed In Afghanistan

Ceremony held for Japanese doctor killed in Afghanistan

Hundreds of people have gathered in a city in southwestern Japan to remember a Japanese doctor who was killed in Afghanistan three years ago while working on humanitarian projects.

Nakamura Tetsu dedicated many years helping with Afghan healthcare and farmland regeneration projects including construction of irrigation systems as a member of the Japanese NGO Peshawar-kai. The doctor was fatally shot on December 4, 2019, at the age of 73.


'holodomor' Famine Victims Remembered In Tokyo

'Holodomor' famine victims remembered in Tokyo

Dozens of people have attended a ceremony in Tokyo to remember the millions of Ukrainians who died in the 1932-33 famine, known as the "Holodomor."

Ukraine marks the Holodomor on the fourth Saturday of every November. The Ukrainian government says the famine was engineered by the government of the former Soviet Union.