Japan proposes pollution meeting with China

February 8, 2013
A general view shows the Guotai Chambers building from the historic Jingshan Park as smog continues to shroud Beijing on January 31, 2013. The foreign ministry in Tokyo on Friday proposed a meeting with Chinese officials about the choking smog over Beijing that is now being seen in Japan.

The foreign ministry in Tokyo on Friday proposed a meeting with Chinese officials about the choking smog over Beijing that is now being seen in Japan.

The ministry told China "the Japanese government is concerned and is closely monitoring the recent serious in China" as it may affect Japan's environment as well as Japanese nationals in the country, a statement said.

Tokyo proposed that the countries hold talks as soon as the Chinese New Year holiday season ends this month, to discuss how the two parties can cooperate over the problem.

The suffocating smog that has blanketed swathes of China is hitting parts of Japan, sparking warnings of health risks for the young and the sick.

Relations between Tokyo and Beijing are already strained over the sovereignty of a chain of islands in the East China Sea.

That dispute intensified further this week after Japan alleged a Chinese warship's had locked onto a Japanese destroyer.

Beijing on Friday accused Tokyo of hyping the "China threat".

While the island spat has hit a number of Japanese businesses amid an informal boycott of Japanese brand goods, the elevated in China have been good for Japan's air purifier makers.

Sharp, Daikin and Panasonic all said sales in China for January were up two or three times on the same month last year.

Explore further: Traders: China halts rare earth exports to Japan

Related Stories

Traders: China halts rare earth exports to Japan

September 24, 2010

(AP) -- China has halted exports to Japan of rare earth elements - which are crucial for advanced manufacturing - trading company officials said Friday amid tensions between the rival Asian powers over a territorial dispute.

Traders: China resumes rare earth exports to Japan

September 29, 2010

(AP) -- Beijing has apparently told Chinese companies they can resume exports to Japan of rare earth minerals used in high-tech products but is holding up shipments with tighter customs inspections, two Japanese trading ...

Google urged to drop China name for disputed isles

October 14, 2010

Japan said on Thursday that Internet giant Google should drop from its map service the Chinese name for a disputed island chain at the centre of a bitter feud between Tokyo and Beijing.

Apple maps disaster may solve China-Japan islands row

September 22, 2012

Apple's new iPhone 5 may have been criticised for its glitch-ridden new maps program, but it may have inadvertently provided a diplomatic solution to China and Japan's ongoing row over disputed islands.

China's thick smog arrives in Japan

February 4, 2013

The suffocating smog that blanketed swathes of China is now hitting parts of Japan, sparking warnings Monday of health risks for the young and the sick.

Recommended for you

A cataclysmic event of a certain age

July 27, 2015

At the end of the Pleistocene period, approximately 12,800 years ago—give or take a few centuries—a cosmic impact triggered an abrupt cooling episode that earth scientists refer to as the Younger Dryas.

'Carbon sink' detected underneath world's deserts

July 28, 2015

The world's deserts may be storing some of the climate-changing carbon dioxide emitted by human activities, a new study suggests. Massive aquifers underneath deserts could hold more carbon than all the plants on land, according ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.