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Japan nuclear reactors pass restart hurdle

Japan nuclear reactors pass restart hurdle

Japan's nuclear regulator has given preliminary approval for two reactors at a nuclear plant in the south of the country to restart. The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) said the reactors at the Sendai plant had met new standards introduced after the Fukushima disaster. These are the first two nuclear reactors to pass this hurdle. All Japan's...

Strong earthquake hits east Japan

Strong earthquake hits east Japan

A strong earthquake hit Japan's northern coast Saturday near the nuclear power plant crippled in the 2011 tsunami. At least one person was injured and a small tsunami was triggered, but no damage was reported. Japan's Meteorological Agency said the magnitude-6.8 quake struck 10 kilometers (6 miles) below the sea surface off the coast of...

Japan braces for powerful typhoon

Japan braces for powerful typhoon

Residents took refuge from destructive winds, towering waves and storm surges as a powerful typhoon pounded across the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa on Tuesday. Airports closed and residents were evacuated from low-lying areas and shorelines as Typhoon Neoguri was passing through Okinawa, packing sustained winds of 175 kilometers (108 miles) per hour and gusts up to 250 kph (154 mph), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The storm was due to hit the main Okinawan city of Naha Tuesday evening. The national broadcaster said one woman had suffered a head injury due to the storm and one fisherman was missing after he was swept off a boat in seas near the...

Japan set for landmark military change

Japan set for landmark military change

Japan's cabinet is poised to approve a landmark change in security policy, paving the way for its military to fight overseas. Under its constitution, Japan is barred from using force to resolve conflicts except in cases of self-defence. But a reinterpretation of the law would allow "collective self-defence" - using force to defend allies under...

Japan tax hike boosts inflation, hurts spending

Inflation hit a three-decade high and unemployment dipped further in Japan, data showed Friday, as the government's bid to jumpstart the economy takes hold, but analysts warned it was too early for celebrations. Japanese consumer inflation, stripping out volatile fresh food prices, rose 3.4 percent year-on-year in May, the fastest pace in 32 years, according to data from the internal affairs ministry. The rise, which matched market expectations, was largely driven by a consumption tax hike in April that took the...

Colombia oust Japan 4-1

Colombia oust Japan 4-1

Group Match Group C, Match 6 Colombia finished Group C with three wins from three as Jackson Martinez scored twice to seal a 4-1 win over Japan on Tuesday, reports Goal.com. Jose Pekerman's side, so impressive in securing wins over Greece and Cote d'Ivoire earlier in the tournament, were already assured of qualification and knew a...

Japan held to a goalless draw by 10-man Greece

Japan held to a goalless draw by 10-man Greece

  Group Match Group C, Match 4 Greece held on for a goalless draw against Japan in Natal on Thursday, ensuring Colombia will play in the round of 16 in Brazil, reports Goal.com. Despite playing the entire second half with a numerical disadvantage after skipper Kostas Katsouranis was expelled seven minutes before half-time, Greece denied the misfiring...

Match Preview: Côte d'Ivoire vs Japan

Match Preview: Côte d'Ivoire vs Japan

Group Stage Group C, Match 2 Both Côte d'Ivoire and Japan qualified handsomely, but neither will have faced anything like the other in the preliminaries. Crucially, perhaps, in more challenging conditions, Japan are comfortable in possession and, as you’d expect from a team managed by an Italian, Alberto Zaccheroni, well organised defensively. They do, though,...

Côte d'Ivoire thru with 2 goals in 2 minutes

Côte d'Ivoire thru with 2 goals in 2 minutes

Second-half headers from Wilfried Bony and Gervinho completed a Cote d'Ivoire comeback as they defeated Japan 2-1 on Saturday, reports Goal.com. Keisuke Honda put Alberto Zaccheroni's men into the lead with a wonderful finish, controlling the ball in the box with his first touch then hammering into the top corner at the near post...

Modi may tour Japan in July

Modi may tour Japan in July

India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi will likely visit Japan next month, the foreign ministry said yesterday, in a boost for Tokyo as it looks to shore up regional alliances and counter an increasingly assertive China. Modi, whose Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party won a landslide victory in May's elections, is set to make his maiden foreign trip as premier to neighbouring Bhutan later this month. Foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said that while the (South Asian) "neighbourhood remains India's priority", Japan has offered to host Modi soon and he will likely take up the invitation in July. Modi's first trip to the United States, meanwhile, will "most likely" be in September,...

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