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  • Japan nuclear plant gets approval to restart, over three years after Fukushima 3 days ago

    Tokyo: A town in southwest Japan became the first to approve the restart of a nuclear power station on Tuesday, a step forward in Japan's fraught process of reviving an industry left idled by the Fukushima catastrophe in 2011. Satsumasendai, a town of 100,000 that hosts the two-reactor Kyushu Electric Power...
  • 30 dead and 250 trapped in Japan volcano eruption September 28, 2014

    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 September 27, 2014

    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...
  • Sania Mirza, Cara Black reach semis of Tokyo Open September 19, 2014

    Tokyo: Defending champions, Sania Mirza and Cara Black knocked out Martina Hingis and Belinda Bencic in straight sets to reach the semifinals of the WTA Toray Pan Pacific Open. Sania and Cara needed 62 minutes to dispatch the Swiss pair 64, 62 in the quarterfinals of the USD 1,000,000 hard court...
  • Dominika Cibulkova makes swift progress at Pan Pacific Open September 16, 2014

    Tokyo: Sixthseeded Dominika Cibulkova beat Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 61, 63 to advance to the second round of the Pan Pacific Open on Tuesday. Cibulkova held all eight of her service games while fighting off four break points at Ariake Coliseum and will next play Coco Vandeweghe of the United States...
  • Safarova rallies to beat Keys in first round at Tokyo September 16, 2014

    Tokyo: Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic rallied from a set down to beat American teenager Madison Keys 67 (4), 64, 62 in the first round of the Pan Pacific Open on Monday. The seventhseeded Safarova saved eight of 10 break points to oust the unseeded Keys and advance to the...
  • Japanese delegates impressed by Modi: BJD leader Jay Panda September 2, 2014

    BJD leader Jay Panda who was also in Japan at the time of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit said that he was told by the Japanese delegates there that the PM was easy to understand and connected well with people. ...
  • Japan visit a huge success, PM Modi tells Tokyo Indians, urges them to fulfil 'Clean India' mission September 2, 2014

    Tokyo: India is no more a land of snakecharmers, in fact it has revolutionised the world of computer technology, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he addressed the Indian community in Tokyo, a day ahead of wrapping up his fiveday Japan visit. "My computer engineer friend had superstitious image about India....
  • Watch: PM Narendra Modi's 'jugalbandi' on the drums with a Japanese September 2, 2014

    On his fourth day in Japan, PM Narendra Modi took some time off from his hectic schedule and was seen joining a ceremonial Japanese drummer at a TCS event in Tokyo. Here is a short clip of his 'jugalbandi' on the drums. ...
  • PM Modi arrives in Tokyo to hold summit talks with Shinzo Abe August 31, 2014

    Tokyo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday arrived here for summit talks with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe after completing the first leg his visit to the former imperial capital city of Kyoto. During his threeday stay here, Modi will hold talks with Abe tomorrow to bolster bilateral security and...
  • Watch: Mysterious, real life Batman speeding on the streets of Tokyo on a Batcycle is an Internet sensation August 28, 2014

    A real life Batman has been spotted in Tokyo and no one knows who the masked crusader speeding on the streets of Tokyo on a highend motorcycle is. The Mirror posted a video on their website of the man who has left motorists speechless on the highway.The Dark Knight, who...
  • 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...
  • 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 36yearold 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 20centimeter (8inch) 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...