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  • Woman or machine? New robots look creepily human June 24, 2014

    Tokyo: The new robot guides at a Tokyo museum look so eerily human and speak so smoothly they almost outdo people - almost. Japanese robotics expert Hiroshi Ishiguro, an Osaka University professor, says they will be useful for research on how people interact with robots and on what differentiates the person...
  • 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...
  • Japan tells China to stop 'comfort women' heritage bid June 11, 2014

    Tokyo: Japan lashed out at China on Wednesday for politicising a UN agency with a bid to register papers on its wartime sexual slavery and the Nanjing massacre in a global document trove. Beijing has said on Tuesday it wanted the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to include...
  • Strong earthquake jolts Tokyo region; a few injured May 5, 2014

    Tokyo: A strong earthquake jolted Tokyo early on Monday, rattling windows and nerves, though there were no initial reports of major damage. A few people suffered injuries. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake at 5:18 am local time (2018 GMT Sunday) had a magnitude of 6.0 and was centred 160...
  • Fukushima worker killed in accident, cleanup halted March 28, 2014

    A worker at Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant died on Friday after being buried under gravel while digging a ditch, prompting the operator to suspend cleanup work for safety checks. Tokyo Electric Power Co said it was the first time a laborer had died as a direct result of an accident...
  • Mumbai least expensive major city for expatriates, says report March 4, 2014

    Singapore has outstripped Tokyo as the world's most expensive city for expatriates, according to annual rankings by the Economist Intelligence Unit released on Tuesday. Mumbai was the least expensive major city in which to live, partly due to government subsidies on some products and low local wages. The Indian financial capital...
  • Singapore is the world's costliest city, Mumbai and Delhi among the least expensive March 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Singapore has topped a list of 131 cities globally to become the world's most expensive cities to live in 2014, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), reported by the BBC. India's major cities - including Mumbai and New Delhi - were found to be among the least...
  • Indians lose crores in bitcoins as Tokyo Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox goes bankrupt March 2, 2014

    New Delhi: In a rude jolt to growing virtual currency frenzy in India, bitcoins worth crores of rupees held by some Indians have vanished with collapse of Japan-based Mt Gox, which was the world's largest bitcoin exchange so far. Having filed for bankruptcy, Mt Gox has...
  • Tokyo Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox files for bankruptcy, hit with a lawsuit March 1, 2014

    Tokyo: Mt. Gox, once the world's biggest bitcoin exchange, filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan on Friday, saying it may have lost nearly half a billion dollars worth of the virtual coins due to hacking into its faulty computer system. The collapse caps a tumultuous few weeks in which the company...
  • Overdrive: Catch all the action from 2013 Tokyo and LA Motor Shows November 30, 2013

    On this episode of Overdrive, catch all the action from 2013 Tokyo and LA Motor shows, plus all the world motoring news. ...
  • Snapshot:Lady Gaga does it again! Wears glasses with flap covers November 26, 2013

    She never fails to surprise. The very dramatic Lady Gaga arrived at the Narita international airport, east of Tokyo wearing a khaki jumpsuit with glasses with flap. The singer matched her outfit with abnormally high black platform heels. The singer has in the past come dressed in outlandish outfits including...
  • Volcano raises new island far south of Japan November 21, 2013

    Tokyo: A volcanic eruption has raised an island in the seas to the far south of Tokyo, the Japanese coast guard and earthquake experts said. Advisories from the coast guard and the Japan Meteorological Agency said the islet is about 200 meters (660 feet) in diameter. It is just off the...
  • Japnese PM Abe says won't tolerate use of force to change regional status quo October 27, 2013

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Japanese troops on Sunday that Japan would not tolerate the use of force to change the region's status quo, comments likely to rile Beijing which is locked in a long and bitter territorial dispute with Tokyo. "Use of force for changing the status quo" is an...
  • Snake grounds flight with 370 passengers at Sydney airport September 24, 2013

    A tiny Asian snake was found on a Qantas Boeing 747 airliner in Australia, leading to 370 passengers being grounded overnight. Staff found the 20-centimeter (8-inch) Mandarin rat snake in the passenger cabin near the door late on Sunday before passengers were due to board the flight bound for Tokyo from...
  • Indians Vote Mumbai as the World's Second Best City: Ipsos September 11, 2013

    New Delhi: Indians have voted Mumbai as the world's second best city in the world after Singapore for doing business and for living purpose, according to a study by market research company Ipsos. Singapore was voted as the world's best city followed by Mumbai, New York, London, and Abu Dhabi which...
  • Tokyo university offers scholarship to two students of coaching centre Super 30 September 11, 2013

    Impressed with remarkable performance of Super 30, Japan's Tokyo university on Wednesday offered scholarship to two students of the group run by mathematician Anand Kumar to study there. The offer was made by a team of Tokyo university that visited Super 30 in Patna to have face-to-face interaction with students and...
  • Sports Ministry to form committee for monitoring sports events September 11, 2013

    New Delhi: The Sport Ministry has decided to form a steering committee to monitor and coordinate the work related to major international sports events till the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. "To monitor and coordinate the work relating to major international sports events, upto Olympic Games 2020, it has been decided by...
  • Expect more medals from wrestlers after IOC decision: Sushil Kumar September 10, 2013

    New Delhi: Double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar feels the massive reprieve to wrestling will motivate the Indian grapplers in the upcoming World Championships and they will return from Budapest with more medals. "I spoke to the wrestlers there (Budapest) yesterday and they are very ecstatic. The mood in Budapest is very...
  • Wrestling reinstatement a win for Greece: federation September 9, 2013

    Athens: Wrestling's reclamation of a spot in the 2020 Olympic Games represented a victory for Greece, according to the country's federation president Kostas Thanos. Grapplers across the world breathed a sigh of relief as wrestling completed an unprecedented comeback on Sunday, reclaiming its place at the Tokyo Games after beating...
  • IOC decision heart-breaking, says WSF chief Ramachandran September 8, 2013

    Buenos Aires: World Squash Federation (WSF) president N Ramachandran on Sunday said he was heartbroken at squash being left out of the 2020 Olympics. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) reinstated wrestling in the Olympic programme while squash and baseball/softball lost out in the vote held during the IOC Session on Sunday. Ramachandran,...
  • IOA, grapplers welcome wrestling's re-inclusion in Oly Games September 8, 2013

    New Delhi: Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the wrestling fraternity of the country was ecstatic as wrestling on Sunday won a crucial International Olympic Committee (IOC) vote to regain its place in the Olympic sports roster. Wrestling got 49 out of 95 votes cast by the IOC members in Buenos Aires,...
  • IOC retains wrestling for 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games September 8, 2013

    New Delhi: The suspense surrounding which sport out of wrestling, squash and baseball-softball will go through to the 2020 and 2024 Olympics ended on Sunday in Buenos Aires when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted in favour of wrestling. Wrestling managed to survive the axe With 49 out of 95 IOC...
  • Rafael Nadal laments another Olympic failure for Madrid September 8, 2013

    New York: Rafa Nadal said it was hard to accept that Spain had failed in a third successive bid to host the Olympics and described the process as "tiring" for the country. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) eliminated Madrid in the first round of voting and chose Tokyo for the 2020...
  • Tokyo wins the bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games September 8, 2013

    Tokyo: Cheers and shouts of "Banzai!!" echoed across Tokyo just after sunrise as thousands of people started celebrating the city's successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics, beating rivals Istanbul and Madrid despite concerns about a nuclear plant leaking radioactive water. A slight favorite ahead of the International Olympic Committee's vote...
  • Japan to spend $500 million to contain leaks at Fukushima nuclear plant September 3, 2013

    Japan pledged nearly $500 million to contain leaks and decontaminate radioactive water from the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, stepping up government efforts to cope with the legacy of the worst atomic disaster in a quarter of a century. The announcement comes just days before the International Olympic Committee decides whether Tokyo...
  • Japan PM pledges speedy, comprehensive Fukushima moves September 2, 2013

    Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday the government will take prompt, comprehensive steps to clean up the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant amid growing concerns about the plant operator's ability to handle it. Embattled Tokyo Electric Power Co (9501.T), or Tepco, said at the weekend that radiation near a...
  • Fukushima operator to seek foreign advice on toxic water August 27, 2013

    Hirono: Tokyo Electric Power Co (9501.T), the operator of the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, said it would invite foreign decommissioning experts to advise it on how to deal with highly radioactive water leaking from the site, and Japan signalled it may dip into a $3.6 billion emergency reserve fund to...
  • Japan says Fukushima leak worse than thought, government joins clean-up August 8, 2013

    Highly radioactive water from Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is pouring out at a rate of 300 tonnes a day, officials said on Wednesday, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the government to step in and help in the clean-up. The revelation amounted to an acknowledgement that plant operator Tokyo Electric...
  • Japan: Highly radioactive water pouring out of Fukushima nuclear plant August 7, 2013

    Tokyo: Highly radioactive water from Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is pouring out at a rate of 300 tonnes a day, officials said on Wednesday, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the government to step in and help in the clean-up. The revelation amounted to an acknowledgement that plant operator Tokyo...