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Japanese waters warming faster than world average

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Photo: Waves wash up to a roadside along the coast in the city of Fukuoka, western Japan in 2004. The temperature of waters around Japan has risen at a much faster rate than the rest of the world's oceans in the past century, partly because of global warming, according to an official report.(AFP/JIJI Press/File)

May 16, 2007
TOKYO (AFP) - The temperature of waters around Japan has risen at a much faster rate than the rest of the world's oceans in the past century, partly because of global warming, according to an official report.

Average sea temperatures in areas around Japan rose by 0.7-1.6 degrees Celsius between 1900 and 2006, a higher rate than the world average of 0.5 degrees Celsius, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

This compared with an average rise of 1.1 degrees Celsius in the temperature on the ground in Japan in the past century, the governmental agency said in its report this week.

The warmer ocean was expected to impact fish resources and the ecosystem including colonies of corals, said Yasushi Takatsuki, a marine meteorology specialist at the agency.

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