TOKYO—Japanese officials plan to start discharging treated radioactive wastewater from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean on Thursday, a contentious step more than 12 years after a massive earthquake and tsunami set off a battle against ever-increasing amounts of radioactive water at the plant.
A member of the House Committee on Ecology said last Sunday that an initial batch of 3,457 victims from the fisheries sector have so far filed a combined P114 million in financial compensation claims for the economic losses they suffered due to the MT Princess Empress oil spill.
WHILE gross domestic product (GDP) data from the Philippines beat Oxford Economic’s expectations in the first quarter of 2023, the think tank said its tracker continues to soften, pointing to a significant weakening in growth due to poor export performance and delayed impact of a sharp monetary tightening.
“A COUNTRY Brand is built on two main pillars—business and tourism. Within those two clearly defined categories, you cover all the different elements that make up a Country Brand,” said international communications expert Didier Lagae. “Business covers living and working, investing and exporting. Meanwhile, the high volume of income that tourism contributes each year to the GDP [gross domestic product] of most countries, makes it a strategic sector that governments usually can’t afford to ignore,” said the multiawarded public relations professional in an interview with PR Week on February 18, 2021.
FORMER Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman Richard J. Gordon renewed his call for the immediate reopening and use of the Subic Bay International Airport (SBIA) as an alternate to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), which is undergoing a full electrical audit and is scheduled for closure on May 17.