Japan to unveil first passenger jet in four decades

Posted by on Oct 18, 2014 | Leave a Comment

NAGOYA: The first made-in-Japan passenger aircraft in nearly four decades is being unveiled Saturday as its maker pushes into the booming regional jet sector with an eye to taking on industry giants Embraer and Bombardier. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, a military contractor best known for its “Zero” World War II fighter, is set to pull back the curtain on its new Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), a fuel-efficient,... 

Spain´s Marquez retains MotoGP title in Japan

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 | Leave a Comment

MOTEGI: Spanish sensation Marc Marquez retained his MotoGP championship by finishing runner-up behind countryman Jorge Lorenzo at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday. Marquez, who last year became MotoGP´s youngest world champion, celebrated in flamboyant fashion, accepting a ceremonial sword from a samurai warrior and a golden helmet from a kimono-clad beauty emblazoned with his number 93 and “world champion”,... 

Powerful typhoon churns towards Japan

Posted by on Oct 11, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: Powerful Typhoon Vongfong churned towards Japan on Saturday, injuring at least a dozen people as it pounded the southern Okinawan islands with ferocious winds and driving rain. The monster storm was about 200 kilometres (125 miles) southeast of Naha City in Japan´s southernmost area of Okinawa at 0300 GMT, according to the nation´s meteorological agency. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center has downgraded the... 

Japan braces for powerful typhoon Vongfong

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: Japan was on Friday bracing for powerful Typhoon Vongfong, with the monster storm expected to slam into the archipelago as early as the weekend. Packing gusts of up to 252 kilometres (156 miles) per hour, the typhoon was churning toward the southern Okinawa island chain at a speed of 10 kilometres per hour, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center has downgraded the storm from a supertyphoon,... 

6 still missing on Japan volcano typhoon threatens recovery

Posted by on Oct 03, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: Sixteen people remain unaccounted for on a still-smouldering Japanese volcano that erupted at the weekend, officials said Friday, as a typhoon looming off the coast threatened to further delay the stalled recovery operation. It is the first time an official figure has been put on the number of people missing since the volcano roared to life, and comes on top of the 47 people whose bodies have been removed from... 

Nishikori cruises through 2nd round in Japan

Posted by on Oct 02, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: Kei Nishikori strengthened his bid to become the first Asian to qualify for an ATP year-end final as the fourth seed defeated American Donald Young 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) on Thursday at the Japan Open. The US Open finalist will be playing a home quarter-final for the third straight year after winning the tournament in 2012.Nishikori stands sixth in the points race for next month´s eight-man World Tour Finals in London.... 

Japan volcano death toll hits 43 as new bodies found

Posted by on Oct 01, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: Seven more bodies have been found by rescuers combing the peak of a Japanese volcano that erupted at the weekend, officials said Wednesday, taking the death toll to at least 43.The seven are in addition to the 36 already known to have died when Mount Ontake burst angrily to life during the busy hiking season, but may not be the last, with reports of more bodies lying near the peak. “Rescuers found seven more... 

More than 30 feared dead on Japan volcano police

Posted by on Sep 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment

OTAKI: The first deaths were confirmed Sunday among more than 30 hikers feared killed near the peak of a Japanese volcano that erupted without warning, spewing ash, rocks and steam. Rescue workers battling rocketing levels of sulphurous gas found 31 people in “cardiac arrest” near the summit of 3,067-metre (10,121-foot) Mount Ontake, which erupted around noon on Saturday, police and local officials said. The... 

South Korea win grudge match against Japan

Posted by on Sep 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment

INCHEON: South Korea captain Jang Hyun-Soo converted a penalty two minutes from time Sunday to beat arch-rivals Japan and secure a place in the Asian Games semi-finals. Victory over Thailand in the next game could see the South thrown into a final with another rival, North Korea, who must thank Jong In-Gwan for an injury-time goal as they beat United Arab Emirates and reached the last four. Thailand beat Jordan 2-0 while... 

Japan Mexico to join UN peacekeeping

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 | Leave a Comment

UNITED NATIONS: Japan and Mexico will contribute troops to UN peacekeeping, a top UN official said Friday following a top-level meeting aimed at shoring up blue-helmet missions worldwide. Sweden announced plans to send 250 troops to join the UN force in Mali and China said it would send a 700-strong infantry battalion to South Sudan among other pledges at the meeting chaired by US Vice President Joe Biden. UN peacekeeping... 
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