Maru to seek release of K5.6mil funding

Ambassador Abal says this commitment must be made by releasing funding making sure PNG has its pavilion and participates actively at the 2025 Osaka World Expo in Japan.

“This Expo is Japan’s premier event that will expose them to the world and they are very keen that all their traditional partners and special friends like PNG support them in this Expo. Japan is a major export market for our LNG; the trade between PNG and Japan is in our favor; Japan has supported us in times of disaster.

What caused the Japan Airlines plane collision?

Five people were killed when a smaller government plane on the runway was hit by the Airbus A350, but all 379 people — including 12 Australians — on the flight arriving from the city of Sapporo made it out alive moments before flames took hold of the plane.

This is what we know about what led to the crash and how everyone on the commercial aircraft survived.

How did the crash happen?

Five dead after JAL airliner collision

Live footage on public broadcaster NHK showed the JAL Airbus A350 (9201.T), (AIR.PA) airliner burst into flames as it skidded down the tarmac shortly before 6 p.m. (0900 GMT).

Video and images shared on social media showed passengers shouting inside the plane's smoke-filled cabin and running across the tarmac after escaping via an evacuation slide.

At one point a child's voice can be heard shouting: "Let us get out quickly! Let us get out quickly!"

Japan to release Fukushima water into sea from Thursday

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida gave the final go-ahead at a meeting of Cabinet ministers involved in the plan and instructed the operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, to be ready to start the coastal release Thursday if weather and sea conditions permit.

The water release begins nearly 12 and half years after the March 2011 nuclear meltdowns caused by a massive earthquake and tsunami.

Kishida said at the meeting that the release of the water is essential for the progress of the plant decommissioning and Fukushima's recovery.

Barras stay unbeaten

The Barramundis closed in at 4/92 (15.1 Overs) with Japan 8/87 (20 Overs).

Bowling first, the Barramundis were on fire in the field and with ball in hand. The wickets were shared around with 5 bowlers claiming a wicket each alongside two run outs and some fantastic outfield catching.

The Amini Park pitch is proving to be difficult to score on and is keeping low and slow, meaning the chase of 87 was never fully comfortable. After the loss of two early wickets, skipper Assad Vala steadied with CJ Amini to see PNG over the line.

T20 World Cup quest continues

Kumul Petroleum Holdings Ltd (KPHL) PNG Barramundis and Japan registered two wins each against fellow counterparts, Philippines and Vanuatu, who have yet to win a match. Both teams will be up to grab a win against each other.

With their chances of leading the race into second round of matches of the tournament, PNG and Japan will prove their credentials on the pitch today, to see who is worthy of representing the East Asia Pacific region in the T20 World Cup this October in India.

Marape reaffirms Japan’s partnership

Marape said he had faith in former prime minister, Yoshihide Suga and current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida as both leaders have given their assurance that Japan was doing everything in its power to maximise the safety of the wastewater and would not allow its release until safety has been confirmed based on scientific evidence. 

Treasurer meets with Japanese counterpart

Ling-Stuckey met with Masato Kanda on the sidelines of the ADB annual meetings in Incheon, Korea, on May 3rd.

“Japan has had an extraordinary record of economic success. Over the last sixty years, it has pursued outward-looking growth and export strategies,” said the Treasurer.

“These have lifted the standard of living of Japanese families dramatically – from just $USD475 per capita in 1960 to $US39,300 in 2021 (over K100,000 per person each year).

Fukushima nuclear disaster: Japanese youth sue over cancer diagnoses

The plaintiffs, aged between six and 16 at the time of the disaster, say they got cancer from radiation exposure.

All of them underwent surgery to remove parts or all of their thyroid glands, their lawyer said.

However, they may struggle to prove that the radiation led to their cancer.

Their lawsuit is seeking $5.4m (£4m) in compensation from the plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco).

A Tepco spokesman said the company was aware of the case filing and would address it once they had seen the details of the complaint.

Get away from shore - US and Japan warn after Tonga tsunami

The US warned of strong currents and waves, and coastal flooding.

The huge underwater volcanic eruption caused waves of more than a metre to crash into Tonga.

The eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai volcano was heard across the South Pacific, and eventually as far away as the US.

A tsunami warning has been issued for parts of Australia's east coast and Tasmania, and the north and east coast areas of New Zealand's North Island.