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  • Fresh nuclear leak detected at Fukushima plant in Japan 6 days ago

    Tokyo: Sensors at the Fukushima nuclear plant have detected a fresh leak of highly radioactive water to the sea, the plant's operator announced on Sunday, highlighting difficulties in decommissioning the crippled plant. Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said the sensors, which were rigged to a gutter that pours rain and ground...
  • Japan calls for return of isles from South Korea 6 days ago

    Tokyo: Japan urged South Korea again on Sunday to return disputed islets, one of the issues which have soured ties between the two US allies. Seoul controls the islands in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) which it calls Dokdo. They are known in Japan as Takeshima. The Shimane prefectural government...
  • Japan Display in talks with Apple to build $1.7 billion plant: Report February 20, 2015

    Tokyo: Japan Display is considering building a new plant to supply smartphone screens for Apple, which may shoulder much of the 200 billion yen ($1.68 billion) investment, Japan's Nikkan Kogyo newspaper said on Friday. The company declined to confirm the report but said it was constantly pursuing opportunities to strengthen its...
  • Japan now has more electric car charging points than petrol pumps February 18, 2015

    Tokyo: Green-car sceptics take note: Japan now has more electric vehicle charging spots than gas stations. The country's number-two automaker Nissan says there are now 40,000 charging units - including those inside private homes - across the nation, compared with 34,000 petrol stations. While gas stations have multiple pumps and can service...
  • Jaipur: Main accused in rape of a Japanese tourist arrested February 13, 2015

    Jaipur: The man accused of raping a Japanese tourist has admitted to the crime and surrended before the police in Jaipur on Friday. The Japanese woman had accused an Indian tour guide of drugging and then raping her in the historic city of Jaipur. The 20-year-old had said that the...
  • News 360: China says will back India for UN Security Council permanent membership February 12, 2015

    Ahead of Narendra Modi's Beijing visit, China on Thursday softened its stand on India's bid for a permanent membership in United Nation's Security Council. After decades of denial, it is for the first time that China said it supported India's bid. A senior Chinese official said Beijing has no problem...
  • Bullet News: Catch the day's top stories February 12, 2015

    Bullet News is CNN-IBN's non-stop prime time bulletin where we bring to you the day's top stories from around the world. Be it politics, sports, entertainment or business, catch it here, only in 30 minutes. ...
  • Here's why robots could replace more factory workers in the years to come February 10, 2015

    New York: The falling cost of industrial robots will allow manufacturers to use them to replace more factory workers over the next decade while lowering labor costs, according to new research. Robots now perform roughly 10 percent of manufacturing tasks that can be done by machines, according to the Boston...
  • Japanese tourist allegedly raped by a tour guide in Jaipur February 9, 2015

    Jaipur: In yet another case of sexual assault with a foreigner, a Japanese tourist was allegedly raped in Dudu near Jaipur. The lady was allegedly raped by man who introduced himself as a tourist guide to her. She met the man at Jaipur's Jal Mahal from where he took her...
  • Tooth scare takes bite out of McDonald's Japan profits February 5, 2015

    Tokyo: The head of McDonald's Japan on Thursday apologised after unexpected objects including a human tooth were found in the chain's food as the burger giant reported its first annual loss in 11 years. The firm said it would lose a worse-than-expected 21.8 billion yen (US dollar 186 million) for...
  • Twitter says its promoted tweets will now appear on third-party mobile apps, websites February 4, 2015

    San Francisco: Twitter's stock jumped more than 6 per cent on Tuesday after the social media company said its promoted tweets will appear on third-party mobile apps and websites under a new advertising distribution program. The syndication program will broaden the reach of Twitter's ads beyond the 284 million monthly users...
  • Japan PM vows to 'never forgive terrorists' after IS killing February 1, 2015

    Tokyo: A visibly upset Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to "never forgive terrorists" after the Islamic State group released a video purportedly showing the beheading of hostage Kenji Goto. "I am extremely angry about these heinous and despicable terrorist acts. We will never forgive terrorists," Abe told reporters in...
  • Islamic State says it has beheaded second Japanese hostage Goto February 1, 2015

    Tokyo: Islamic State terrorists said on Saturday they had beheaded a second Japanese hostage, journalist Kenji Goto, after the failure of international efforts to secure his release through a prisoner swap. The hardline Islamist group, which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq, released a video which seemed to show the...
  • Japan hostage wife begs Tokyo, Amman to save husband January 30, 2015

    Tokyo: The wife of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, who is being threatened with execution by Islamic State terrorists, broke her silence on Thursday hours before the deadline for a hostage swap that could save his life. As a sunset cutoff for a prisoner exchange on the Turkish- Syrian border loomed, the...
  • Japanese captive's mother begs for life of son held by Islamic State January 28, 2015

    Tokyo: The mother of Islamic State captive Kenji Goto appealed for his life on Wednesday after a new video appeared to show the Japanese journalist saying he had 24 hours to live unless Jordan released a would-be suicide bomber. The voice on the video added that another hostage, Jordanian pilot Muath...
  • Japan PM slams 'despicable' Islamist execution threat January 28, 2015

    Tokyo: An angry Japanese prime minister on Wednesday slammed as "utterly despicable" an Islamist terrorists threat to kill both a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot unless Amman releases a jihadi bomber. The clock was ticking towards the 24-hour deadline Islamic State group militants set in their latest chilling video, which...
  • Purported Islamic State message threatens Japanese, Jordanian hostages January 27, 2015

    Beirut: An online message purportedly from the Islamic State group warned on Tuesday that a Japanese hostage and Jordanian pilot the extremists hold have less than "24 hours left to live." The message again demanded the release of Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman sentenced to death in Jordan for involvement in...
  • China to hold a massive military parade to 'frighten Japan', says report January 27, 2015

    Beijing: China will this year hold its first large-scale military parade since 2009 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, reports said on Tuesday, with one key goal described as being to "frighten Japan". Communist China generally shies away from the vast annual demonstrations of military...
  • Japan stunned by video claiming death of 1 of 2 Islamic State hostages January 25, 2015

    Tokyo: From the prime minister to ordinary people, Japanese were shocked on Sunday at a video purportedly showing one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed. With attention focused on efforts to save the other hostage, some also criticized Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's drive for...
  • Japan says web clip claiming death of Islamic State hostage 'outrageous' January 24, 2015

    Tokyo: Japan early on Sunday strongly criticised a recording purporting to announce the execution of a Japanese citizen held by Islamic State militants and demanded the immediate release of another captive depicted as appearing on the image. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, in a brief televised statement, said the recording appeared...
  • Islamic State threatens two Japanese captives in video January 20, 2015

    Dubai: The terrorist Islamic State group, which holds territory in Iraq and Syria, issued a video online on Tuesday purporting to show two Japanese captives and demanding $200 million from the Japanese government to save their lives. A black-clad figure with a knife, standing in a desert area along with two...
  • China protests over Japan's comments on border dispute with India January 20, 2015

    Beijing: China on Monday lodged a protest with Tokyo after Japanese media quoted Japan's foreign minister as saying that a disputed border region between China and India belonged to India, in the latest source of friction between the two Asian rivals. Japan's foreign ministry played down the issue, saying it could...
  • Over 1,200 Japanese firms in India, grow 13 per cent in year January 11, 2015

    New Delhi: The number of Japanese companies registered in India increased 13 per cent by 137 and totalled 1,209 as in October last year as compared to 1,072 in October 2013, the Japanese embassy said Sunday. "The total number of Japanese business establishments in India is 3,961 with an increase of...
  • Black Eyed Peas all geared up and excited to reunite: Will.i.am January 6, 2015

    Los Angeles: Black Eyed Peas will reportedly reunite later this year to mark their 20th anniversary. The 'I Gotta Feeling' hitmaker band, comprising Fergie, will.i.am, Apl.de.ap and Taboo, have been on hiatus since 2011 but are working together in the recording studio on follow-up to 2010 album 'The Beginning' and also...
  • Manmohan Singh conferred the Second Asia Cosmopolitan Award December 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh has been conferred another prestigious Japanese award, the Second Asia Cosmopolitan Award, for "transforming India's economy and its integration with the broader East Asian economy throughout his tenure". The Second Asia Cosmopolitan Award includes two scholars on East Asia and two cultural icons. The award...
  • Why the Sony hack isn't big news in Japan December 21, 2014

    Japan's biggest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, featured a story about Sony on its website Friday. It wasn't about hacking. It was about the company's struggling tablet business. Over at newswire Kyodo News, just after the FBI formally blamed North Korea for the cyberattack, mega pop group AKB48 topped headlines online instead. While American...
  • Shinzo Abe's coalition secures big Japan election win with record low turnout December 14, 2014

    Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's coalition cruised to a big election win on Sunday, ensuring he will stick to reflationary economic policies and a muscular security stance, but record low turnout pointed to broad dissatisfaction with his performance. NHK public TV said Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and junior partner the...
  • Centre to issue residential permit to Japanese nationals working in India December 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Government has decided to grant residential permit to Japanese nationals working in India till their employment period. The special privilege is also to be granted to the dependents of all Japanese nationals, an order issued by the Home Ministry said. "Japanese nationals holding Employment (E) Visa and their dependents holding...
  • Japan should be part of 'Make in India' programme: Ravi Shankar Prasad December 3, 2014

    New Delhi: India and Japan are natural partners in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) and Japan should take part in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Make in India initiative, Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Wednesday. "I invite Japan to come and Make in India....
  • Alien rock brimming with traces of life on Mars December 3, 2014

    London: An international team has performed a detailed analysis of organic carbon traces from a Martian meteorite, concluding that life on Red Planet is more probable than previously thought. The scientists argue that carbon could have been deposited into the fissures of the rock when it was still on Mars by...