Japan orders chicken cull after bird flu outbreak

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: Japan on Tuesday ordered the slaughter of some 4,000 chickens after officials confirmed bird flu at a poultry farm in the southwest of the country. DNA tests confirmed the H5 strain of the virus at a farm in Miyazaki after its owner reported more than 20 sudden deaths among his poultry on Sunday and Monday, the agriculture ministry said. “We confirmed at least three of the chickens tested positive for the... 

Japan PM Abe reelected with twothirds majority exit polls

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe comfortably won re-election on Sunday, with his ruling coalition securing an unassailable majority in the lower house, media exit polls showed. Private broadcaster TBS projected his Liberal Democratic Party would win 294 seats while its junior partner Komeito would get 34, for a combined 328 seats. View full post on www.geo.tv  Read More →

Japan heads to polls with Abe on course to retain power

Posted by on Dec 13, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TOKYO: Voters began casting ballots in Japan on Sunday for a general election likely to return Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to power, and billed as a referendum on his economic policy. Polling stations opened at 7:00 am (2200 GMT Saturday) across the nation in a lower house election, officials said. The vote count starts Sunday night, with broadcasters´ exit polls expected soon afterwards. The premier is seeking a greater... 

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,... 
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