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  • Japan resumes Commercial Whaling

    January 3, 2019

    Japan will officially withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC), with the intention to resume commercial whaling in its territorial waters and exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in July 2019. Commercial whaling was banned under a 1986 International Whaling Commission moratorium. But Japan has used a loophole to continue hunting whales legally since 1987 for what it claims is scientific research. So the international agreement never stopped Japanese whaling, because it allowed the country to continue killing whales for scientific research while selling the meat. Iceland and Norway object to the moratorium and continue to hunt whales commercially without relying on science as an excuse.

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  • The Washington Naval Treaty: Averting the Allied Arms Race

    November 2, 2017

    The 1916 US Naval Act and its 1918 proposed expansion triggered a Naval Arms Race between it and it’s allied nations of Great Britain and Japan.
    Finally, the United States Government invited the principal naval powers to a conference to discuss the situation and end the Naval Arms Race.
    A bold opening suggestion from the US government resulted in the scrapping and halting of most naval capital ships.
    The Washington Naval Treaty signed on the 6th of February 1922

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  • Famous Visitors: Prince Yasuhiko Asaka and Princess Nobuko Asaka of Japan

    Famous Visitors: Prince Yasuhiko Asaka and Princess Nobuko Asaka of Japan

    February 26, 2014

    Prince Yasuhiko Asaka of Japan and his spouse Princess Nobuko Asaka, with their entourage on the steps of the Peace Palace. On the far right, Dr. Jacob ter Meulen, Director of the Peace Palace Library. Date 1925. Photo collection Carnegie Foundation. General Prince Yasuhiko Asaka (1887-1981) of Japan, was the founder of a collateral branch of the Japanese […]

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  • Hundred Flowers and Hundred Birds in Late Spring and Early Summer, Jimbei Kawashima II, Japanese Room, Peace Palace (2)

    Hundred Flowers and Hundred Birds in Late Spring and Early Summer, Jimbei Kawashima II, Japanese Room, Peace Palace (2)

    January 2, 2014

    The Japanese Room is regarded by many as an artistic highlight of the Peace Palace. This fairy-like space lives up to its name with a wall covering with six large silk gobelins, a valuable gift from the Japanese government.

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  • Hundred Flowers and Hundred Birds in Late Spring and Early Summer, Jimbei Kawashima II, Japanese Room, Peace Palace (2)

    Hundred Flowers and Hundred Birds in Late Spring and Early Summer: Red Flowers

    December 10, 2013

    The Japanese Room is regarded by many as an artistic highlight of the Peace Palace. This fairy-like space lives up to its name with a wall covering with six large silk gobelins, a valuable gift from the Japanese government. These tapestries were designed by the Japanese artist Jimbei Kawashima II. The were inspired by the […]

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  • Hundred Flowers and Hundred Birds in Late Spring and Early Summer, Japanese Room, Peace Palace

    Hundred Flowers and Hundred Birds in Late Spring and Early Summer: A Peacock displaying its Feathers in Full Splendour

    December 6, 2013

    The Japanese Room is regarded by many as an artistic highlight of the Peace Palace. This fairy-like space lives up to its name with a wall covering with six large silk gobelins, a valuable gift from the Japanese government. These tapestries were designed by the Japanese artist Jimbei Kawashima II. The were inspired by the […]

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  • Hundred Flowers and Hundred Birds in Late Spring and Early Summer, Japanese Room, Peace Palace

    Hundred Flowers and Hundred Birds in Late Spring and Early Summer, Jimbei Kawashima II, Japanese Room, Peace Palace

    December 6, 2013

    The Japanese Room is regarded by many as an artistic highlight of the Peace Palace. This fairy-like space lives up to its name with a wall covering with six large silk gobelins, a valuable gift from the Japanese government.

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  • Indië bevrijden

    June 12, 2013

    War poster on the liberation of Dutch East Indies. Image: Colored poster, depicting combat aircraft flying over some islands and throwing bombs, with a close-up of a pilot. [“Liberate East Indies, a new task for the Flying Dutchman”]

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  • European nuclear safety after the Japanese Fukushima disaster

    March 24, 2011

    On Friday 11 March 2011, Japan was struck by a devastating earthquake and tsunami, also known as the Tōhoku earthquake. Japan’s nuclear crisis that was caused by the earthquake and tsunami has so far evoked many questions and worries about the safety of nuclear energy just like the Chernobyl disaster evoked responses in the 1980s. It raises questions about the possible impact of nuclear energy industry on safety and health. Several European countries have discussed the use of nuclear energy and safety measures or have temporarily shut down nuclear reactors since the Japanese earthquake of 11 March 2011.

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  • Japan’s nuclear energy policy: energy security versus non-proliferation

    March 22, 2011

    Nuclear power dependence Energy is the “life blood” of any economy, but for Japan, this truism has an added importance. Japan is poor in natural resources, specifically sources of energy, which are so vital to a healthy, modern economy: – Japan must import over 80% of all primary energy needs; – Japan obtains only 0.3% […]

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