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Minamata Treaty on Mercury Regulation Takes Effect (News)

Tokyo, Aug. 16 (Jiji Press)—The Minamata Convention on Mercury, a landmark international treaty designed to regulate the use and trading of the poisonous material, went into effect on Wednesday. Under the treaty, signatories will also take stronger measures against health hazards from mercury, which is still used chiefly for mining gold in developing countries. A total of 74 signatories, inc…

Telling the Story of FukushimaWinifred Bird

Five years after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami touched off a triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the disaster is no longer just a current event—it is also a part of Japan’s history. But how should that history be told? Government and civil society groups have different answers, and they are starting to emerge in a battle of museums.

Cooking Up a Do-It-Yourself Lifestyle

Uotsuka Jinnosuke, an expert on food culture, has for many years espoused in books and lectures the virtues of living a waste-free life. His approach to daily life is a way of protesting the overconsumption that characterizes contemporary Japanese life, raising the question of what true affluence means.

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