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Japan big winner at UN conservation meeting

DOHA, Qatar - (AP) The Japanese seemed to be everywhere at the U.N. wildlife trade meeting. Dozens of government officials worked the floor the past two weeks ahead of key votes, offering guidance to confused but supportive delegates. They held a reception for select representatives at their embassy...

Japanese With Mercury Poisoning Agree To Settle Lawsuits

TOKYO – (AP) More than 2,000 people who suffer from a rare neurological disorder agreed to accept a settlement proposal Monday and abandon their lawsuits against the Japanese government and the company they say made them sick by dumping mercury. The plan, brokered by the district court in southern...

US wants quick start to beef talks with Japan

TOKYO - (AP) U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack pressed Japan on Friday for quick action in planned talks on easing access to its beef market, saying he would put together a negotiating team as soon as he gets home to Washington. Vilsack agreed Thursday with this Japanese counterpart, Hirotaka...

Japan says it can compromise on whale catch quota

TOKYO - (APINTL) Japan is willing to reduce its whale catch quota for the country's annual research hunts if it can resume commercial whaling along its coasts, a fisheries official said Wednesday. Japan has been pushing for an end to the ban on such commercial hunts imposed by the International...

Commission proposes limited commercial whale hunts

TOKYO - (AP) The International Whaling Commission has proposed allowing whales to be hunted under strict quotas, bringing the world a step closer to the first legal commercial whaling in nearly 25 years. The proposal, released late Thursday, would allow Japan, Norway and Iceland which hunt whales...

SKorea, China, Japan trade chiefs praise FTA study

SEOUL South Korea - (APINTL) Trade ministers from China, Japan and South Korea on Sunday praised efforts to explore a potential joint free trade deal to boost commerce among three of Asia's biggest economies. South Korean Trade Minister Kim Jong-hoon, Chinese Commerce Minister Chen Deming and...

Australia to take Japan to court over whaling

CANBERRA, Australia - (AP) Australia has announced it will take Japan to the International Court of Justice in a bid to prevent it whaling in the Antarctic Ocean. Environment Minister Peter Garrett and Attorney-General Robert McClelland say it underlines the government's "commitment to bring...

Australia Takes Japan To Court Over Whaling

CANBERRA, Australia - (AP) Australia said Friday it will challenge Japan's whale hunting in the Antarctic at the International Court of Justice, a major legal escalation in its campaign to ban the practice despite Tokyo's insistence on the right to so-called scientific whaling. Japan's Foreign...

Australia sues Japan over controversial whaling

TOKYO - (AP) Japan said Tuesday it would staunchly defend its research hunt that kills hundreds of whales per year, a day after Australia filed an international lawsuit arguing that the cull does not qualify for a scientific exemption to a 1986 ban. Australia Japan's major trading partner filed...

Japan may quit whaling commission if ban stays put

TOKYO - (AP) Japan is considering withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission if no progress is made toward easing an international ban on commercial whaling, its fisheries minister said Tuesday. The IWC the international body that regulates whaling will gather for its annual meeting next...

Future of commercial whaling ban rests with Japan

TOKYO - (AP) Nations will next week consider whether to sanction commercial whale hunts for the first time in a quarter-century, a compromise to coax Japan into ending an annual cull of hundreds of the sea mammals in a sanctuary in the Antarctic. The broader goal at the International Whaling Commission...

Japan shows 'The Cove' after delay from protests

TOKYO - (AP) "The Cove," an Oscar-winning film about a Japanese dolphin-hunting village, opened Saturday around Japan after protests by angry nationalists pressured theaters to cancel earlier showings. Some of the six small cinemas sold out their initial shows and others were mostly empty...

NERA Releases Updated Study of Japanese Securities Litigation

The amount of damages awarded in 2009 Japanese securities cases exceeded "the aggregate amount of securities litigation damages determined by court decisions in Japan for the entire previous decade," according to a new study of Japanese securities litigation from NERA Economic Consulting...

Southeast Asian Laws Toolbox

Welcome to LexisNexis South East Asian Laws Toolbox , the law toolbox that brings you LexisNexis content available for the nations of South East Asia, excluding the Peoples’ Republic of China. You will find below the legal content and analysis that we have for several countries in this burgeoning...

Nuclear Liability Caps in Japan

By Dianne Saxe, Attorney Japan has nuclear liability caps much higher than those in Canada. Under the Law on Compensation for Nuclear Damage , plant operator liability is exclusive and absolute, and power plant operators must provide a ‘financial security amount’ of ¥120 billion (...

Greenberg Traurig European VAT, Customs and Trade Alert

View Media Attachment By: Erik de Bie | Martin Ouwehand | Erik Zietse European Court of Justice rules on classification of set-top box and overrules Explanatory Notes to the Combined Nomenclature On April 14, the European Court of Justice ( ECJ) provided its judgment in joined cases C-288...

Western Digital and Samsung -- Possible Major consolidation in HDD market

Commission opens in-depth investigations into two proposed acquisitions in the hard disk drive sector By Amelia Torres Esq. and Marisa Gonzalez Iglesias Esq. SUMMARY : "Two separate investigations under the EU Merger Regulation were opened into two proposed concentrations in the hard disk...

Keller and Heckman LLP: Japan's New Chemical Reporting Requirements

On April 1, 2011, a new reporting requirement for chemicals came into effect in Japan. This new requirement originated in the 2009 amendment to Japan's chemical control law and requires that companies submit an annual report on chemical substances manufactured or imported into Japan. The first round...

DLA Piper: Japan's Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff Regime

By Stephen Webb and Michelle Thomsen Prior to the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011, Japan relied on nuclear power for roughly 30% of its energy needs, with 60% coming from conventional sources such as coal, oil and natural gas. Hydroelectric power accounted for 9% of Japan's energy resources...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Opportunities in International Shale Gas Development

By Philip D. Vasquez In a recent white paper, I have outlined how India has proposed lucrative terms for foreign companies to come into India to help with shale gas development. As gas prices fall domestically, gas demands in countries such as India, China and Japan are at an all time high. The prolific...

Ancient hunter-gatherers heated seafood in ceramic pots

As noted in prior posts, the understanding of human social and cultural development has changed radically over the last decade, if not last five years. For example, humans lived in huts (albeit temporarily) even before they were farmers. Thus, as frequently is the case, there is not a sudden change,...

Corporate Governance Reform in Japan

Japanese companies have not always had set the standard for corporate governance, but a current initiative of the current governmental administration is trying to change that. As part of ongoing efforts to try to revitalize the Japanese economy, an advisory committee to the country’s Financial...