Asian shares mixed after US Japan data

Posted by on Sep 08, 2014 | Leave a Comment

HONG KONG: Asian markets were mixed in holiday-thinned trade Monday, with Tokyo edging higher despite more weak growth data and a pick-up in the yen that came in response to a below-forecast US jobs report. The disappointing data out of Washington on Friday dampened the prospects of an early Federal Reserve interest rate hike, which in turn helped the S&P 500 to another record. Tokyo rose 0.14 percent, Hong Kong... 

Explosion at Japan steel plant injures at least 12

Posted by on Sep 03, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: At least 12 people were injured Wednesday after an explosion at a steel plant in central Japan, an official said. Television pictures showed clouds of black smoke billowing from the Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal facility in Tokai. A spokesman for the Aichi prefectural police said the fire department had been alerted to a problem at the plant at 12:46 pm (0346 GMT).A Tokai city official said at least 12 people... 

Japan PM names five women to new cabinet

Posted by on Sep 03, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe named five women to his new cabinet on Wednesday, leading by example in a country economists say must make better use of its highly-educated but underemployed women. The five make up nearly a quarter of the 18-strong cabinet and come close to matching his declared aim for the percentage of women in senior positions. “A society in which women shine is one of the big pillars... 

Dengue outbreak affects at least 22 in Japan

Posted by on Sep 01, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: An outbreak of dengue fever in Japan — the first since World War II — has affected at least 22 people, the government said Monday, with all cases believed to be linked to a Tokyo park. The health ministry said 19 new infections have been confirmed since last week.All are believed to have visited Tokyo´s Yoyogi Park or its environs, one of the major green lungs of the metropolis, popular with residents... 

Japan confirms first dengue fever infections in 70 years

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: Japanese health officials said Thursday that three young people have contracted dengue fever, the first such infections in the country in nearly 70 years. The three are suspected of having contracted the disease when they were bitten by mosquitos in Yoyogi Park in central Tokyo, officials said. The patients — a man in his 20s in Tokyo as well as a teen and woman in her 20s in Saitama Prefecture north of the... 

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  Read More →


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