Japan

  • Asian Games: India crash out in quarters of men's volleyball 3 hours 9 minutes ago

    Incheon: India fought hard before bowing out in the quarterfinals of the men's volley competition after losing 2-3 against fancied Japan at the 17th Asian Games, here on Wednesday. The Indians started brilliantly and pocketed the first set 25-20 in 24 minutes. But Japan got their acts together soon to drew parity...
  • Asian Games Hockey: Indian eves eye revenge against Japan in bronze medal play-off 22 hours 4 minutes ago

    Incheon: The gold medal already out of their grasp, Indian women's hockey team will be eyeing to return at least with a bronze from the 17th Asian Games when they take on Japan, in what can be regarded as a revenge encounter, in the third-fourth place play-off on Wednesday. The Indian...
  • Wildcard Ito upsets top-seeded Wawrinka at Japan Open 23 hours 0 minutes ago

    Tokyo: Tatsuma Ito and Michal Przysiezny claimed the biggest wins of their careers at the Japan Open on Tuesday when the local wildcard knocked out top seed Stan Wawrinka and the Polish qualifier saved match points to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. World number 103 Ito sealed the stunning 7-5 6-2 first-round victory...
  • Marcel Granollers beats David Ferrer at Japan Open Yesterday

    Marcel Granollers of Spain rallied from a set down to beat second-seeded David Ferrer 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 on Monday and advance to the second round of the Japan Open. Granollers converted four of nine break points at Ariake Coliseum and will next face Steve Johnson of the United States. Johnson lost...
  • 30 dead and 250 trapped in Japan volcano eruption 2 days ago

    Tokyo: At least 30 people were killed and some 250 others were trapped due to falling rocks and volcanic ash following a sudden volcanic eruption in central Japan, media reports said on Sunday. The bodies of 30 hikers were found near the peak of Mount Ontake, about 200 km west of...
  • Erupting Japan volcano leaves seven unconscious, 250 stranded 3 days ago

    Tokyo: A Japanese volcano erupted on Saturday, spewing ash and small rocks into the air and leaving seven people unconscious, eight seriously injured and more than 250 stranded on the mountain, officials and media said. A thick, rolling, grey cloud of ash rose into the sky above Mount Ontake close to...
  • Mount Ontake erupts in central Japan; eight hikers reported injured 4 days ago

    Tokyo: A volcano erupted in central Japan on Saturday, shooting ash and rocks into the air that reportedly left eight hikers injured and forced 150 people to shelter in cabins near the summit. The eruption of the 3,067-meter (10,121-foot) Mount Ontake happened around midday, the meteorological agency said. Television footage showed huge...
  • Japan keen to help India improve road network in Northeast 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Japan on Wednesday offered help to India in building road infrastructure in strategically important Northeast, a proposal unlikely to go down well with China. The offer was made by visiting Japanese Minister for Land, Infrastructure and Tourism Akihiro Ohta during his meeting with Road Transport and Highways Minister...
  • Japan's bullet train hits half century 1 week ago

    Omiya: Fifty years ago, the first bullet train pulled out of Tokyo station and hurtled across the countryside, heralding Japan's arrival as a modern economic powerhouse with a transport system soon to become the envy of the world. Less than two decades after a bitter World War II defeat that...
  • Japanese university to begin course in wine science 1 week ago

    Tokyo: The University of Yamanashi, located in one of the finest wine-making regions of Japan, plans to launch in 2015 a course in wine science for people involved in the production of the alcoholic beverage, to improve exports. The programme will be implemented by the university's Institute of Enology and Viticulture...
  • Photos: Sumo wrestlers try to make babies cry in a Japanese ritual believed to bring good health to bawling infants 1 week ago

    Tokyo: Japanese parents watched with glee on Sunday as sumo wrestlers tried to reduce their babies to tears, in a centuries-old ritual believed to bring good health to bawling infants. More than a hundred sobbing babies were subjected to the ordeal at Tokyo's Irugi Shrine, with their doting parents watching happily...
  • Japan developing first fighter since World War II September 22, 2014

    Tokyo: The Japanese government has begun working on a jet fighter, the first such aircraft to be built in the country since World War II, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Monday. The prototype is a joint venture between the Japanese government and defence contractors Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and IHI. It is still...
  • Asian Games 2014: Indian women spikers lose 03 to Japan September 22, 2014

    Incheon: The disastrous run of Indian women spikers continued on Monday as they were blanked 03 by Japan in their second Group A preliminary Round match at the Ansan Sangroksu Gymnasium here. The Indian eves, who were thrashed by hosts South Korea in the opening game, were yet again no match...
  • PM Modi greets his Japanese counterpart Abe on his birthday September 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday wished his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on his birthday and said that both of them are committed to taking IndiaJapan ties to the next level. "Wishing Shinzo Abe a Happy Birthday! I pray for his long life, good health and wish him the...
  • Please welcome 'Kuro', the first burger with completely black buns using squid ink. It tastes tangy. September 20, 2014

    The first Kuro, or black, burger had a black bun and sauce. Last year's edition, the Kuro Ninja, added a slice of (nonblack) bacon to the signature black components. Now Burger King Japan is going black on black. The fastfood chain added black cheese and darkened the other ingredients in the...
  • Asian Games buzz appears missing in Incheon September 18, 2014

    Incheon: The buzz is strangely missing as Incheon gears up to host the Asian Games from Friday with hardly any banners or volunteers in sight to welcome the athletes and delegates for the event which cost a whopping USD 1.62 billion. Barring banners in and around the airport, there is hardly...
  • Dunga picks Robinho for Argentina match September 17, 2014

    Rio de Janerio: Brazil coach Dunga has called up Robinho for the team's friendly matches against Argentina and Japan next month. The striker had been left out of Dunga's team for friendlies earlier this month against Colombia and Ecuador but was later added to the squad after Hulk got injured. Brazil will...
  • Young Japanese man promoting peace gives free hugs September 16, 2014

    A young Japanese man has been traveling three years through Asia distributing 'free hugs for peace' in an initiative to bring people together, His videos have registered more than 1.5 million views on Youtube. Koichi Kuwabara, 29, began his adventure just after graduating from university and has since toured South Korea,...
  • YOKai Watch: A legion of new cutesy Japanese monsters are set to break out all over the world September 16, 2014

    Tokyo: Move over Pokemon, a legion of new cutesy monsters is haunting Japan and set to break out all over the world after trampling the competition at home. "YOKai Watch" is a nexus of manga comics, anime cartoons and computer games that revolve around the life of a school boy and...
  • What Apple Pay is attempting now, the Japanese did that 10 years ago September 15, 2014

    Tokyo: Apple's proud announcement that its new iPhone could be used to buy goods in a single swipe left customers nonplussed in Japan, where mobile contactless payments have been normal fare for a decade. A type of Near Field Communication (NFC) chip, known in Japan as FeliCa, was introduced to the...
  • China on track to develop Indian Railways as President Xi heads to South Asia September 14, 2014

    New Delhi/Beijing: China will pledge to invest billions of dollars in India's rail network during a visit by President Xi Jinping this week, bringing more than diplomatic nicety to the neighbours' first summit since Narendra Modi became prime minister in May. The leaders of Asia's three biggest economies China, India...
  • Japan's World War II film idol Rikoran dies at 94 September 14, 2014

    Tokyo: Japanese film idol Yoshiko Yamaguchi, who was known as Rikoran and symbolized Japan's wartime dreams of Asian conquest, has died at age 94. Known as Shirley Yamaguchi in the US and one of biggest Japanese film stars during and after World War II, Yamaguchi died of heart failure September 7,...
  • China set to pump billions of dollars in India; outwit Japan September 14, 2014

    Beijing: Cashrich China is looking to outwit rival Japan by pledging to invest billions of dollars in India's railway, manufacturing and infrastructure projects during President Xi Jinping's maiden visit to the country this week. As Xi's visit to India scheduled for September 17 draws close, Chinese officials are becoming increasingly vocal...
  • Nearly 40 IndoJapan deal queries since Modi's May victory September 14, 2014

    Mumbai: IndoJapanese deal enquiries have increased manifold since Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Japan and 3540 Japanese companies are looking at the domestic market after his May victory, boutique investment bank Singhi Advisors has said. The queries since the May victory are worth around US dollar 1.5 billion, according to...
  • Japan pushes North Korea to resolve abductions September 13, 2014

    Tokyo: Japan's prime minister turned up the pressure on North Korea on Saturday to answer questions over the fate of possibly hundreds of Japanese citizens believed to have been abducted by the North's agents in the 1970s and '80s. Shinzo Abe told a rally in Tokyo that he will not back...
  • Goa to replace 1000 kmlong pipeline to curb nonrevenue water September 13, 2014

    Panaji: Goa government has announced augmentation of its water supply capacity and also replacement of an age old pipeline crisiscrossing 1000kilometre stretch in the state to reduce the quantum of nonrevenue water. State Public Works Department Ministe told reporters here that the central government has given in principle go ahead for...
  • Women front and centre of Japan's Asian Games team September 13, 2014

    Japan heads to the Asian Games with the team's top two symbolic leadership roles filled by women for the first time in what may mark a growing focus on women's sports in its traditionally maledominated society. Giving the roles of captain and flag bearer to women at the could be seen...
  • Australia to face Japan in final Asian Cup warmup September 11, 2014

    Australia will warm up for hosting the Asian Cup with a rematch of the 2011 final when they face reigning champions Japan in a friendly in Osaka on Nov. 18. Australia lost the 2011 final when the Blue Samurai scored in extra time and the two nations have waged an intriguing...
  • India and China in wary dance as Xi visits South Asia September 11, 2014

    New Delhi: China's president will kick off his first South Asia tour with a visit to Beijing's latest investment in Sri Lanka, a $1.4billion port city development to include a marina and a Formula One track all just 250 kilometres from India's coast. Xi Jinping's trip to the site, next...
  • Japanese regulator approves restart of Sendai nuclear reactor after Fukushima incident September 10, 2014

    Tokyo: Japan's nuclear regulator gave the goahead on Wednesday for the restart of a nuclear power station, the first step to reopening an industry that was mothballed after the Fukushima disaster and which may involve the definitive closure of a dozen old plants. The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) said Kyushu Electric...