Japan has committed to cooperate in the cleanup of oceans around the world with the specific focus on plastic. Japan, along with South Korea and China will assist the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in enhancing their monitoring of plastic waste and assessing the the impact on the impact on ecosystem. Japan, an island nation has been attending conferences in the region to show leadership, with PM Abe taking over 50 trips to some countries in the region.
Speaking at ASEAN plus three, PM Abe suggested that the group has strong momentum with regards to many challenges and that together they can solve many issues. Abe`s remarks came at this meeting as some members have moved to relax sanctions against North Korea – of course Mr Abe wants to continue pressure on Pyongyang. Keep in mind that despite not having diplomatic ties with North Korea, Japan wants to there member nations to support sanctions (some of these nations do have ties with North Korea already).
North Korea has worked with Russia and China recently to urge the UN Security Council to reduce or eliminate sanctions agains the reclusive state. The US of course wants a full commitment from North Korea that it will denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.
Look for more news on Japan and its efforts to work with neighbors on a wide range of issues from ocean studies and geopolitical efforts in the region.