Japan

Awareness vital in city waste management

In Papua New Guinea’s major cities and towns, whether it is Kokopo, Mt Hagen, Goroka, Lae or the nation’s capital Port Moresby, citizens must be educated on the importance of waste management.

Like in Japan, education and awareness must begin at a very young age where children are able to grasp the information and easily incorporate it in their everyday life.

Education at the elementary school level is important in Japan and that is the current practice for the well-developed and industrial country.

We should take a leaf out of Japan’s book

Japan is leading the way in recycling both home and industrial wastes from manufacturing companies.

Kawasaki City, which is just south of Japan's capital city, Tokyo, is one example of a cycle society that promotes the reduction of trash by reusing recycled wastes.

Similar to Port Moresby, Kawasaki has a growing population of 1.4 million people who produce large amounts of waste.

Volcano spews 11,000-meter ash cloud

Mount Aso, which stands 1,592 meters (a little over 5,200 feet) tall, is in Kumamoto Prefecture on the southwestern island of Kyushu.

Images from the area showed a layer of volcanic ash coating streets, roofs and vehicles. No injuries have been reported, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

It raised the alert level for the area to 3, with 5 being the highest level, and warned members of the public not to approach Mount Aso and to beware of falling rocks.

The temple devoted to breasts

Sitting at the foot of Mount Koya -- the country's most spiritual peak -- in the small town of Kudoyama in Wakayama prefecture, it's a textbook example of Japanese Buddhist architecture.

Upon closer inspection, however, one notices an abundance of something a bit, well, out of a place at a site of spiritual reverence.

The temple grounds are filled with thousands of depictions of female breasts.

Left hanging in various corners of the complex, these busty decorations are actually left by visitors as spiritual offerings.

PNG-Japan discuss airline codeshare arrangement

During the recent 71st United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, Japan Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, met with island leaders where the idea was raised.

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Rimbink Pato, who was a part of the PNG delegation and attended the meeting, spoke on behalf of PNG’s national carrier to Prime Minister Abe.

Japan scrambles jets over China flights along Miyako Straits

The planes, thought to be bombers, surveillance planes and one fighter jet, flew along the Miyako Straits, between Okinawa and Miyakojima.

China said about 40 of its aircraft had been involved in what it said was a routine drill.

The planes did not cross into Japanese airspace, but the move is being seen as a show of force by China.

It comes one week after Japan said it would take part in joint training exercises with the US navy in the South China Sea.

How Japan went crazy for KitKats

After snipping the end of the bag, he squeezes the delicious pink paste into a tray of oblong, white plastic molds.

Surprisingly, Takagi isn't creating an elaborate confection for customers to his fashionable Tokyo cafe; this is something far more modest.

It's a KitKat.

Most of the world knows the KitKat as an ordinary coffee break snack made from wafers and milk chocolate.

In Japan, it's in a completely different league.

Japan companies may leave UK after Brexit

Many Japanese corporations have invested heavily in the U.K., including global banking giantNomura (NMR) and top automakers Toyota (TM), Nissan (NSANF) and Honda (

The ‘handsome weeping boys’ paid to wipe away your tears

As the music blares from tinny-sounding speakers, a heart-rending story about a deaf man and his daughter begins. The daughter is struck down with a terrible illness and is rushed to hospital. The man, unable to communicate that he is her father, is not allowed past the reception desk. The film ends with him crying inconsolably as she dies alone.

First woman to break Tokyo's 'steel ceiling' wants to make it easier in future

She became Japan's first ever female defense minister in 2007, and a year later became the first woman to run for leader of the Liberal Democratic Party. And, earlier this month, she was elected Tokyo's first ever female governor by a landslide.

But breaking through hasn't always been easy. In Japan, she says the glass ceiling is more like steel -- and now she wants to help women beneath it.

"The potential of Japan is so enormous," she told CNN in an interview in her Tokyo office.