Strong Japan quake leaves 39 injured hits popular ski resort

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: A strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake in central Japan left 39 people injured, seven seriously, and wrecked homes in a popular ski resort, the government said Sunday. The quake struck at 10:08 pm local time (1308 GMT) Saturday at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles) at the epicentre, in the north of Nagano Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, according to the US Geological Survey. The government confirmed Sunday that the... 

Strong Japan quake leaves 39 injured hits popular ski resort

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: A strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake in central Japan left 39 people injured, seven seriously, and wrecked homes in a popular ski resort, the government said Sunday. The quake struck at 10:08 pm local time (1308 GMT) Saturday at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles) at the epicentre, in the north of Nagano Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, according to the US Geological Survey. The government confirmed Sunday that the... 

Japan lower house dissolved ahead of election

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: The lower chamber of Japan´s parliament was dissolved Friday in readiness for a general election, expected next month, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks to consolidate his grip on power. “In accordance with article seven of Japan´s constitution, the lower house is dissolved,” speaker Bunmei Ibuki told the chamber. Ibuki´s move came after a mandate from Abe, who is going to the polls less than... 

Japan PM tells party he will call election delay sales tax rise

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: Japan´s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told his party Tuesday he would call a snap general election and delay a planned sales tax rise, the day after figures showed the country was in recession. “Prime Minister Abe expressed his intention at an extraordinary board meeting of his Liberal Democratic Party that he would dissolve the House of Representatives,” Jiji Press said. The vote, which is likely to... 

Yen up against dollar after poor Japan GDP data

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: The yen climbed against the dollar in Asia Monday after briefly hitting a seven-year low in response to data showing Japan had slumped into recession. In Tokyo, the dollar rose above 117 yen for the first time since October 2007 just minutes after the official figures were released, before tumbling below 116 yen. It was the biggest jolt to the yen since the Bank of Japan´s widened its monetary easing programme... 

Yen trims losses in Asia after drop on Japan tax talk

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: The yen trimmed some of its losses in Asia on Wednesday after tumbling to a seven-year low against the dollar on speculation that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would delay a planned sales tax hike. In Tokyo, the greenback fetched 115.34 yen in midday trade, after topping 116 yen for the first time since October 2007 in New York. The euro bought 143.79 yen, down from 144.38 yen in US trade, while it bought... 

Church blaze kills four in central Japan

Posted by on Oct 26, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: Four members of one family, including two young children, died in a fire that broke out early Sunday at a church in the central Ishikawa prefecture of Japan. The four victims are believed to be Ayako Takabuchi, 37, her two sons, aged two and four, and her 68-year-od mother, local police said. They had built the church next to their home in Nonoichi city in order to practise their Shinto-derived Tenri-kyo religion,... 

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... 
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