As Japan pledges $2 billion to preserve biodiversity in the developing world, negotiators at COP10 report progress toward concluding an international agreement on access to genetic resources and establishing biodiversity preservation targets over the next decade.
Prosecutors submit video footage of collisions between a Chinese trawler and Japan Coast Guard vessels near the Senkaku islets in September to a Diet committee amid an ongoing diplomatic spat between the two countries.
Joining a U.S.-backed trans-Pacific free-trade agreement would push up Japan's real gross domestic product by ¥2.4 trillion to ¥3.2 trillion, or 0.48 to 0.65 percentage point, according to an estimate by the Cabinet Office, but the trade and farm ministries' figures paint a different, and split picture.
A dusting of snow covers the ground Wednesday morning on the slopes of Mount Hyonosen in Yabu, Hyogo Prefecture. The season's first snow fell overnight in the mountainous region that borders Tottori Prefecture, local tourism officials said.
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