'slow Slip' Detected Off The Pacific Side Of Japan

'Slow slip' detected off the Pacific side of Japan

A Japanese research team has detected shifts at the boundary of tectonic plates off the Pacific coast of Japan. The phenomenon, known as slow slip, is being studied for possible links to mega-quakes.

Researchers from the University of Tokyo and the Japan Coast Guard say they have confirmed that the events occurred at seven locations more than 50 kilometers off the coast.

Asia-pacific Nations Agree To Share Satellite Data

Asia-Pacific nations agree to share satellite data

Representatives of space agencies in the Asia-Pacific region have agreed to create a system to share observational data of Earth in order to make plans for agriculture and disaster prevention.

Officials from more than 30 countries and regions took part in the 4-day meeting of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum in the central city of Nagoya, which closed on Friday.

Japan's Pacific Saury Catch Could Hit Record Low

Japan's pacific saury catch could hit record low

Japan's catch of Pacific saury, a popular fish in the autumn months, is on track to hit a record low this season.

The Japan Fisheries Information Service Center says the nationwide haul up until the end of October was 19,790 tons.

Osaka Wins Toray Pan Pacific Open

Osaka wins Toray Pan Pacific Open

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has won the Toray Pan Pacific Open.

Osaka reached the final without losing a single set in the tournament in the city of Osaka, where she was born.

Typhoon May Bring Downpours To Pacific Coasts

Typhoon may bring downpours to Pacific coasts

Japan's Meteorological Agency says a strong typhoon may bring downpours to Pacific coastal areas of western and eastern Japan.

The agency says Typhoon Lingling is currently north of Okinawa Prefecture. The inflow of damp air is producing unstable atmospheric conditions over a wide area.

Fm Kono Visits South Pacific Island Nations

FM Kono visits South Pacific island nations

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono is aiming to boost maritime security cooperation during a tour of four South Pacific island nations.

Kono is the first Japanese foreign minister to visit the region in 32 years. He will travel to the Marshall Islands on Thursday.

First Cap Set On Pacific Saury Catches

First cap set on Pacific saury catches

Delegations from seven countries and one territory have agreed to set a ceiling on Pacific saury catches. This is the first cap of its kind aimed at protecting the fish's dwindling population.

The agreement came at a three-day meeting of the North Pacific Fisheries Commission, which concluded in Tokyo on Thursday.

Pacific Economies Debate Saury Fishing

Pacific economies debate saury fishing

Pacific Rim countries are holding a fisheries conference on measures to maintain the stocks of Pacific saury in the North Pacific. The focus of the discussion is whether to introduce regulations on catches of the fish.

A meeting of the North Pacific Fisheries Commission began in Tokyo on Tuesday, with Japan serving as the chair. Delegates from seven countries and a territory, including China and Russia, are taking part.

Report Warns Of Depletion Of Pacific Saury Stocks

Report warns of depletion of Pacific saury stocks

An international fisheries commission is warning that declining stocks of Pacific saury may not fully recover if the fish continues to be caught at the current pace.

It was the North Pacific Fisheries Commission's first scientific estimate of Pacific saury resources.

30th Pacific Music Festival Underway In Hokkaido

30th Pacific Music Festival underway in Hokkaido

An international educational music festival, co-founded by the late conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein, has opened in Sapporo, in the northern Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido.

Some 100 young musicians from 26 countries and regions performed in Saturday's opening concert of the 30th Pacific Music Festival. The program featured Bernstein's Candide Overture and Haydn's Concerto for Two Horns.

Tropical Storm Moving Along Japan's Pacific Coast

Tropical storm moving along Japan's Pacific coast

Tropical Storm Sepat is expected to move along the southern coast of Japan's main island through Friday morning, as heavy rain pelts the country's central area.

The Japan Meteorological Agency reports that as of 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sepat was southwest of Wakayama Prefecture, central Japan.

Japan To Help Infrastructure Dev. In Asia Pacific

Japan to help infrastructure dev. in Asia Pacific

Japan's Finance Minister says the country will actively support infrastructure development in countries of the Asia Pacific region which are prone to natural disasters.

Taro Aso spoke on the importance of disaster preparedness during the Asian Development Bank's annual conference in the South Pacific country of Fiji.

Blind Japanese Sailor And Friend Cross Pacific

Blind Japanese sailor and friend cross Pacific

A blind Japanese man has succeeded in sailing across the Pacific Ocean from the United States to Japan with assistance from his sighted American friend.

52-year-old Mitsuhiro Iwamoto and 55-year-old Douglas Smith arrived at Onahama Port in the city of Iwaki in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, on Saturday morning. They were greeted by a crowd of well-wishers.

Osaka Loses Pan Pacific Open Final

Osaka loses Pan Pacific Open final

Japanese professional tennis player Naomi Osaka lost to the Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova in the final of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Sunday.

Osaka is ranked 7th in the world. This was her first tournament since winning the US Open earlier this month.