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... 

Japan braced for more aftershocks of giant 2011 quake

Posted by on Jul 12, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: Seismologists said an earthquake that struck near Japan´s shuttered Fukushima nuclear site early Saturday was an aftershock of the tremor that sparked 2011´s deadly tsunami, and warned of more to come. The strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast of northeastern Japan caused a minor tsunami in the early hours, though authorities lifted all weather warnings roughly two hours later. Seismologist... 

Japan on highest typhoon alert 480000 urged to take shelter

Posted by on Jul 08, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: Japan braced Tuesday for one of its worst storms in years as typhoon Neoguri barrelled towards the southern Okinawa island chain, with the national weather agency issuing its highest alert and nearly half-a-million people urged to take shelter. The top-level warning means a threat to life, as well as the risk of storm surges, landslides and massive damage from the typhoon packing gusts of up to 250 kilometres (155... 

Super typhoon Neoguri threatens Japan

Posted by on Jul 07, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: Super typhoon Neoguri was barrelling toward Japan´s Okinawa islands Monday, packing violent winds and torrential rains as officials warned residents to stay indoors, while the biggest US Air Force base in the Pacific evacuated some of its aircraft. The storm could be one of the worst in decades, with gusts of up to 270 kilometres per hour (160 miles per hour) expected to slam into the southernmost subtropical... 

Football Colombia boot Japan out of World Cup

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 | Leave a Comment

CUIABA: Jackson Martinez scored twice as Colombia beat Japan 4-1 to end World Cup Group C with three straight wins and send the Asian champions packing from the tournament with just a single point. The match made World Cup history when Farid Mondragan beat Roger Milla´s record as the oldest player at any finals tournament. The goalkeeper came on as a substitute for the last six minutes at the age of 43 years and three... 

Japan put Italy to sword for 10th straight win

Posted by on Jun 21, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: Japan´s forward line put in a dynamic performance as the Asian champions extended their record winning streak to 10 games with a nail-biting 26-23 victory over Italy on Saturday. Male Sau´s bulldozing try on the hour mark ultimately proved the difference for Japan but the home side had to survive a nervous finish before recording their first win in six meetings with the Azzurri. Japan struggled in the lineout... 

Tenman Greece hold Japan to goalless draw

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 | Leave a Comment

NATAL: Ten-man Greece held Japan to a goalless draw in a largely forgettable World Cup Group C clash on Thursday that kept both sides in with a chance of making the knockout phase. It was a first point for both teams but neither showed anything to suggest they might have enough quality to progress from a group currently led by Colombia, who have won both their matches. Ivory Coast sit second with three points.The Greeks... 

Football Ivory Coast comeback leaves Japan stunned

Posted by on Jun 15, 2014 | Leave a Comment

RECIFE: Second-half goals by Wilfried Bony and Gervinho saw the Ivory Coast come from behind and beat Japan 2-1 in an enthralling World Cup Group C clash in Recife on Saturday. Keisuke Honda had put the Asian champions in front with a rasping drive at the Pernambuco Arena, but the second-half introduction of Didier Drogba from the bench signalled the start of the Ivory Coast fightback. Bony and Gervinho were the goalscorers...