Japan

Japan's new Emperor Naruhito succeeds father Akihito

In his first act as emperor, he will inherit Japan's Imperial Treasures in a deeply symbolic ceremony.

The emperor in Japan holds no political power but serves as a national symbol.

Emperor Akihito, 85, who chose to abdicate due to his age and failing health, stepped down on Tuesday.

"I hereby pray for the well-being and happiness of our country and people of the world," he said in his final address.

The new imperial era "Reiwa", whose name signifies order and harmony, began at midnight local time, and will last as long as Naruhito's reign.

4 nations join PNG’s electrification initiative

As a result, PNG has invited Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the United States to work together to support its enhanced connectivity and the goal of connecting 70 percent of its population to electricity by 2030.

Currently, only about 13 percent of PNG’s population have reliable access to electricity.

In a joint media conference today, Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, along with his counterparts from Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the US said electricity lifts the living standards of communities in cities, towns and remote villages.

US, Aust, Japan commit to Indo-Pacific region

On 12 November, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic), the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), and the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) signed a Trilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to operationalize the Trilateral Partnership for Infrastructure Investment in the Indo-Pacific, announced in Washington, D.C., on 30 July. 

New textbooks, teachers’ manuals developed

This is possible under the Quality for Improving Science and Mathematics Education Project.

These textbooks are developed in line with the country’s new Standards-Based Curriculum and apply the concept of problem solving approach and enhancing students’ critical thinking to enable them to discover ideas by themselves.

These new textbooks and teachers’ manuals are expected to be distributed to all schools across the country in 2020.

Japanese company found to have sold defective earthquake dampers for years

Its products are in more than 1,000 buildings across Japan, including high-rise buildings and hospitals.

The Japanese Government says buildings using the defective products are not at risk of collapsing in strong earthquakes — just that they could sway more than expected.

Professor Hiroshi Kawase from the University of Kyoto's Disaster Prevention Research Institute told the ABC that the dampers only activated after a building had absorbed the peak impact of a quake.

He said they were a secondary countermeasure to reduce the sway after a quake hit buildings.

Japan's famed Tsukiji fish market to relocate

The world's largest fish market, which has been in operation for 83 years, is being moved as part of the redevelopment for the 2020 Olympic Games.

The famed tuna auctions are a popular tourist attraction in the Japanese capital.

"I'm almost crying," said retired seafood auctioneer Hisao Ishii, who returned to the market for its last day on Saturday.

"Today is a sad day of goodbyes. Tsukiji tried to meet the times, but it is getting older," he told the AFP news agency.

Powerful storm hits Japan, killing two

Typhoon Trami made landfall on Sunday at 20:00 local time (11:00 GMT) near the western city of Osaka, with gusts of up to 216 km/h (134 mph).

The storm caused widespread disruption, with many flights and trains cancelled. More than 750,000 homes lost power.

At least 120 people were injured. The typhoon comes less than a month after the country's strongest storm in 25 years hit western Japan.

Typhoon Jebi caused widespread flooding and at least seven deaths in early September.

JS Sazanami visit promotes PNG-Japan friendship

The ship was welcomed by the PNGDF Military Band before a tour of the ship was given to VIPs and the media.

The JS Sazanami will depart Port Moresby on Saturday.

JS Sazanami arrived this morning for a three-day friendship and goodwill call at Port Moresby, where the crew was welcomed by the PNGDF Military Band.

The band was trained in the past two years, by JICA music experts and the Japan ground self-defense force music training.

Sazanami means ripples of wave in Japanese, and this is its first visit to PNG after it’s commissioned in 2005.

Pomio cocoa exports to Japan

The MOU was signed on September 13th between Elias Kapavore and the United Nations Development Programme.

With the MOU communities who are part of the Tavolo Wildlife Management Area, are now pioneering a new business venture that will see high quality cocoa exported directly to Japan.

Communities in Pomio district produce large amounts of cocoa but are isolated and lack access to transport infrastructure making it difficult to supply their products to international markets.

Pomio to export cocoa to Japan

Communities in Pomio district produce large amounts of cocoa but are isolated and lack access to transport infrastructure, making it difficult to supply their products to international markets.

With the recent signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding, these communities who are part of the Tavolo Wildlife Management Area, are now pioneering a new business venture that will see high quality cocoa exported directly to Japan.