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 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.
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.
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.
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.