Japan

  • Asian Games: Japan name women flag bearer and captain for first time 3 days ago

    Japan named weightlifter Hiromi Miyake as team captain and archer Kaori Kawanaka as flag bearer for next month's Asian Games in South Korea, the first time the country has selected women for both roles. The duo will lead Japan's team of 716 athletes for the Sept 19-Oct 4 Games in Incheon,...
  • PM Narendra Modi to travel to Japan on August 31 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a four-day trip to Japan from August 31 to bolster bilateral ties in key areas of civil nuclear cooperation, security, defence and trade. During his visit from August 31 to September 3, the Prime Minister will call on Emperor Akihito and hold...
  • Storm drenches Japan; 1 dead, dozens hurt August 11, 2014

    Tokyo: A tropical storm moved out of Japan on Sunday after lashing the country with rain and wind, leaving one person dead and prompting evacuation orders for more than 1 million residents near swollen rivers. Tropical Storm Halong also disrupted land and air traffic and injured dozens of people as Japan...
  • Japan creating fuel-cell powered underwater vehicle August 8, 2014

    Tokyo: Japan's defence ministry on Friday said it was developing a fuel-cell powered "unmanned underwater vehicle" but disputed a report that it was working with Washington on a submarine using the environmentally-friendly technology. The report in the top-selling Yomiuri Shimbun, citing unnamed ministry officials, said the unmanned, 10-metre long sub could...
  • Svetlana Kuznetsova beats Kurumi Nara to win Citi Open August 4, 2014

    Washington: Two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia ended her four-year WTA title drought on Sunday, beating Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the Citi Open. Asked if it felt like so much time had passed since she won a tournament, Kuznetsova smiled broadly and replied: "It feels like...
  • G7 warns Russia, faces more sanctions July 31, 2014

    London: The G7 leaders in a joint statement on Wednesday said Russia will face further economic sanctions if it continued to support rebels in Ukraine. The warning came after the EU added eight more Russians to its sanctions. The G7 nations of economic powers, comprising the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan...
  • Japan : McDonald's halts selling chicken imported from China July 25, 2014

    Tokyo: McDonald's on Friday said that all of its Japanese restaurants had stopped selling products made with chicken from China, in the wake of a scandal that saw expired meat sold to fast food giants. More than 3,000 restaurants across Japan had also halted imports of chicken products from the country,...
  • Magnitude 6.8 quake, small tsunami hit east Japan, no damage July 12, 2014

    Fukushima: A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit off eastern Japan on Saturday morning, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, with minor tsunami of up to 20 cm but no reports of damage along the northeast coast that was ravaged by the catastrophic March 2011 tsunami. No irregularities were reported at the Fukushima Daiichi...
  • Typhoon Neoguri makes landfall on Japan's southern main island July 10, 2014

    Tokyo: Typhoon Neoguri slammed into Japan's southern main island early on Thursday after lashing the Okinawa island chain, with three people killed as powerful winds and torrential rains battered the country. "It landed near Akune City shortly before 7:00 am (2200 GMT yesterday)," an official at the Japan Meteorological Agency said. Akune...
  • Japan issues highest alert over typhoon Neoguri July 8, 2014

    Tokyo: Japan is bracing Tuesday for one of its worst storms in over a decade as typhoon Neoguri barreled towards the southern Okinawa island chain, with 55,000 people urged to evacuate as the weather agency issued its highest alert. The top-level warning means a threat to life, as well as...
  • India-US-Japan can together reduce tension in the region: John McCain July 4, 2014

    New Delhi: US Senator John McCain on Thursday said that a strong US-India-Japan relationship can strengthen our ties with the entire region and work together to reduce tensions in the region. In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN, McCain said, "We have very high expectations as I think that the people...
  • Watch: A middleaged politician is Japan has become an Internet phenomenon after crying like a toddler during a press conference July 2, 2014

    A 47-year-old provincial politician was rapidly becoming an Internet phenomenon in Japan on Wednesday after crying like a toddler as he tried to explain his profligate use of public funds. Television talk shows carried looped footage of a press conference in which Ryutaro Nonomura wails and bangs his fists on the...
  • Japan's government approves larger military role July 1, 2014

    Tokyo: Japan took a step away on Tuesday from an American-drafted constitution that has long kept its military shackled, approving a plan to allow greater use of a force that was vanquished at the end of World War II. In one of the biggest changes to Japanese security policy since...
  • World Cup 2014: Javier Aguirre set to replace Zaccheroni as Japan coach June 30, 2014

    Tokyo: Mexican Javier Aguirre is set to become Japan's new coach following the resignation of Alberto Zaccheroni, local media reported on Monday. The Japan Football Association said no formal decision has been made, but Nikkansports newspaper reported Aguirre is expected to travel to Japan in July to sign a $2.45 million...
  • Japan industrial output rises, signals economic recovery June 30, 2014

    Tokyo: Japan's factory output rose in May after companies cut production in April to offset the impact of a national sales tax hike, underscoring views the economy will absorb the increase largely unscathed. The 0.5 per cent month-on-month rise compared with the median estimate of a 0.9 per cent increase in...
  • Partnership with Japan is high priority: Narendra Modi June 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the strategic and global partnership with Japan is a high priority for India and he was attaching great importance to his visit there which has been put off till after the budget session of Parliament ending August 14. Receiving a Japanese Parliamentary...
  • World Cup 2014: Asian football sinks to bottom in Brazil June 26, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Three of the four Asian Football Confederation (AFC)-member teams have already packed their luggage for their return home with only South Korea clinging to a slim chance of advancing to the next round at the ongoing World Cup. The latest setback for the Asian teams came on Wednesday...
  • World Cup 2014: Coach Zaccheroni steps down after Japan's exit June 26, 2014

    Alberto Zaccheroni stepped down as Japan coach on Wednesday after taking full responsibility for the Asian champions' group stage exit at the World Cup. Japan's dismal World Cup campaign ended with a 4-1 defeat by Colombia on Tuesday as they finished bottom of Group C with only one point after an...
  • World Cup 2014: Colombia rout Japan 4-1 to set up Uruguay date in Round of 16 June 25, 2014

    Cuiaba: James Rodriguez scored a brilliant goal and set up two more for Jackson Martinez as Colombia routed Japan 4-1 on Tuesday to confirm top spot in Group C and eliminate the Asian champions from the World Cup. Already assured of advancing, Colombia guaranteed first place with their third straight win,...
  • As it happened: Japan vs Colombia and Greece vs Ivory Coast, World Cup 2014 June 25, 2014

    Catch all the Live updates from both the Group C matches as Japan look for missing spark against Colombia whereas Greece take on a resurgent Ivory Coast. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Coach Alberto Zaccheroni must urgently find a way to unlock Japan's attacking potential against already-qualified Colombia but...
  • World Cup 2014: What to watch on Day 13 June 24, 2014

    It's Day Two of the in-or-out matches of the World Cup, with five teams competing for two places in the knockout stages. Group D winds up in the two early fixtures, with Group C following later. Each pair of games is played simultaneously. The highlight of the early matches is Italy's game...
  • World Cup 2014: Asian World Cup struggles showcase problems at home June 23, 2014

    Brasilia: Eight matches gone and still Asia waits for a first win at the World Cup, with the struggles of the continent's four teams in Brazil demonstrating the coaching and administrative failings going on throughout the region. Australia predictably bowed out after two defeats against tough opposition, while Japan, Iran and...
  • World Cup 2014: Japan look for missing spark against Colombia June 24, 2014

    Cuiaba: Coach Alberto Zaccheroni must urgently find a way to unlock Japan's attacking potential against already-qualified Colombia on Tuesday but is relying on events elsewhere if his side are to reach the World Cup last 16. Japan came to Brazil with their hopes high after finishing ahead of Australia in their...
  • World Cup 2014: Shinji Kagawa selection dilemma hangs over Japan June 22, 2014

    Cuiaba: Alberto Zaccheroni is facing arguably the most important team selection of his four-year tenure in Japan, and once again it revolves around whether to start star playmaker Shinji Kagawa. With just one point from their first two Group C matches, Japan must beat already-qualified Colombia on Tuesday and hope for...
  • World Cup, Japan vs Greece: as it happened June 20, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from the Group C match between Japan and Greece at the Estadio das Dunas in Natal. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Rock-solid defenders who constantly chase, tackle and bully their opponents have been the key to Greece tactics ever since they became European champions in...
  • No charges for Japanese in Anne Frank diary vandalism case June 19, 2014

    Tokyo: A 36-year-old Japanese man arrested for vandalising library copies of Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl" will not be charged after he was found to be mentally incompetent, a report said on Thursday. In March, police arrested the unidentified suspect following a rash of incidents which saw...
  • World Cup 2014: What to watch on day eight June 24, 2014

    Natal: The must-win World Cup encounter between England and Uruguay could boil down to which team best targets Luis Suarez. Both former champions realize a loss Thursday could signal the end of their World Cup campaign after just two matches. Uruguay, semifinalists in 2010, will be desperate to have Liverpool striker...
  • World Cup 2014: Greece must fix defence to survive against Japan June 19, 2014

    Natal, Brazil: Rock-solid defenders who constantly chase, tackle and bully their opponents have been the key to Greece tactics ever since they became European champions in 2004. A decade ago, that team conceded a miserly four goals at Euro 2004 and its successor only conceded four in qualifying to secure its...
  • World Cup 2014: Five headlines from the sidelines June 16, 2014

    When it comes to the World Cup the action almost always spills over from the football field to the streets, the team hotels and the fans. Here are 5 off-the-field headlines from the world cup that you might have missed: 1. Arjen Robben is the flash The Arjen Robben run that left Spain's...
  • World Cup 2014: The best football lovers ever? Meticulous Japan fans seen cleaning up the stands after a match June 16, 2014

    The Japanese truly are a civilized race. After their side lost to Ivory Coast, Japan fans were reportedly seen cleaning up their section of the stands. There are lessons to be learnt from these photos clicked on a smartphone. ...