Japan ready to offer trial Ebola drug

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: Tokyo stands ready to offer an experimental drug developed by a Japanese company to help stem the global tide of the deadly Ebola virus, the top government spokesman said Monday. “Our country is prepared to provide the yet-to-be approved drug in cooperation with the manufacturer if the WHO requests,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. The World Health Organization (WHO) has been discussing the... 

Japan landslide death toll rises to 42

Posted by on Aug 23, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: The death toll from devastating landslides in western Japan rose to 42 on Saturday, as rescuers worked around the clock to comb through destroyed houses in a search for survivors. Local police said Saturday that least 43 people were still missing in Hiroshima, where heavy rain triggered landslides early Wednesday that swallowed dozens of homes. The rain had stopped by early Saturday morning, but nearly 3,000 rescuers,... 

Japan mulls building its own fighter jets report

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: Japan is considering building its own fighter jets after years of playing second fiddle in a US construction partnership, a report said Thursday, in a move likely to stoke fears of its military resurgence among Asian neighbours. Japan´s attempt in the 1980s to build its first purely domestic fighters since World War II faced US resistance and resulted in joint US-Japan development and production of the F-2,... 

Death toll in Japan landslide rises to 27

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: The number of people known to have died when a hillside collapsed in western Japan has hit 27, the government said Wednesday, with a further 10 people still unaccounted for. The figures came following a morning of intense efforts to reach those believed buried in their splintered homes by mud in Hiroshima after the overnight landslide. “According to the National Police Agency, the death toll has risen to... 

Death toll in Japan landslide rises to 18

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: At least 18 people are known to have died in a huge landslide that crushed homes in western Japan, media reports said Wednesday, with 13 others still missing. Houses were buried when a wall of mud thundered down a hillside in Hiroshima overnight, television pictures showed, with national broadcaster NHK citing local police for the death toll. (AFP) View full post on www.geo.tv  Read More →

Typhoon Halong leaves up to 10 dead in Japan

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: As many as 10 people died and dozens were injured when Typhoon Halong slammed into the Japanese archipelago over the weekend, reports said Monday, with heavy rain still lashing the country´s north. The storm was moving over the Sea of Japan (East Sea) Monday morning, after making landfall on the largest and most populous island of Honshu over the weekend, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The outer bands... 

Magnitude 60 quake strikes of coast of Japan

Posted by on Aug 03, 2014 | Leave a Comment

SINGAPORE: A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck off the coast of Japan´s Okinawa island on Sunday, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre. The quake struck at a depth of about 6.2 miles, 125 miles north-northeast of Okinawa´s capital city of Naha. No tsunami warning was issued. View full post on www.geo.tv  Read More →

Naval ships from US India and Japan to start war games

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: The US, India and Japan are set to kick off week-long war games in the Pacific, beefing up naval ties as they warily eye an increasingly assertive China. Warships from the three countries are to begin the joint exercises on Friday, after an official opening ceremony at the Sasebo Naval Base in southern Japan on Thursday. Known as the Malabar Exercise, the annual event usually involves India and the US, but Japan´s... 

Moderate 46 quake hits Japan no tsunami warning

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: A moderate 4.6-magnitude earthquake hit the region that hosts Japan´s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant on Wednesday, but there were no reports of damage and authorities did not issue a tsunami warning. The quake struck at 5:24 pm (0824 GMT) in Fukushima prefecture at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles), according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. Tokyo Electric Power, which operates the Fukushima plant, said... 

Yen weakens in Asia as Bank of Japan starts meeting

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: The yen weakened in Asian trade Monday as the Bank of Japan kicked off a two-day policy meeting, with investors also eyeing testimony from the head of the US Federal Reserve later this week. In Tokyo afternoon trading the greenback rose to 101.40 yen, up from 101.23 yen in New York on Friday, while the euro strengthened to 137.95 yen from 137.78 yen in US trading. The euro was nearly flat against the dollar at... 
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