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Powerful Quake Hits Japan, Tsunami Warning Issued

Posted December 7th, 2012 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese authorities say a one-meter high tsunami has hit the country’s northeast coast after a powerful earthquake shook the region. The meteorological agency says the wave was recorded in Ishinomaki, in Miyagi prefecture that was devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. There were no immediate reports of damage after Friday’s 7.3 magnitude quake. […]

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Japan Inspecting Tunnels Across the Country

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Japan has ordered emergency inspections of highway tunnels across the country after concrete slabs from the ceiling of a tunnel west of Tokyo fell onto moving vehicles Sunday, killing at least nine people. On Monday, the government ordered the immediate inspections of the 49 other highway tunnels of similar design in Japan. Safety officials are […]

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At Least 9 Dead in Japan Tunnel Collapse

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 12:45 am (UTC-5)
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((updates death toll in hed, lede; new info in grafs 1-2, 5) Japanese officials say at least nine people died Sunday when concrete ceiling panels fell in a highway tunnel west of Tokyo. Early Monday, rescue officials were forced to suspend their work until more supports can be added to the remaining panels. Police said […]

At Least 3 Dead in Japan Tunnel Collapse

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese officials say a highway tunnel collapsed early Sunday west of Tokyo, killing at least three people. Police had earlier said that they saw a number of charred bodies in a burned-out car. The death toll could be higher since several people are believed to be missing. Television reports showed black smoke billowing from the […]

7 Missing in Japan Tunnel Collapse

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese say at least seven people are missing after part of a highway tunnel collapsed early Sunday west of Tokyo. Television reports showed black smoke billowing from the 4.7 kilometer Sasago tunnel in Yamanashi prefecture, about 80 kilometers west of Tokyo. Firefighters put out the flames at 11 am , about three hours after the […]

Japanese Highway Tunnel Collapses

Posted December 1st, 2012 at 10:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Japanese police say a highway tunnel collapsed early Sunday west of Tokyo, trapping an undetermined number of vehicles. The incident at the Sasago tunnel occurred in the Tokyo-bound lanes of the Chuo Expressway, about 80 kilometers west of the capital. There are early reports that some vehicles are on fire, but police had no estimates […]

Senate Reaffirms US Support for Japan in Land Dispute With China

Posted December 1st, 2012 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved an amendment that reaffirms Washington’s commitment to Japan in its territorial dispute with China over islands in the East China Sea. The measure was attached Thursday to the National Defense Authorization Bill for Fiscal Year 2012, which is still being debated in the Senate – the upper body of […]

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Reports Say Noda Postpones Meeting with Putin, Citing Russian President’s Health Problems

Posted November 30th, 2012 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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News reports in Japan say Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has postponed a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin next month because of the Russian leader’s poor health. Japan’s Kyodo and Jiji newspapers reported Friday that the mayor of a northern Japanese town told Mr. Noda Friday that Mr. Putin’s health condition is bad. However, the […]

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Japan Dissolves Parliament, Setting up Election

Posted November 16th, 2012 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has dissolved the lower house of parliament, setting up a general election expected to bring a defeat to his ruling Democratic Party of Japan. Mr. Noda’s move to dissolve the lower, more powerful legislative body came after the opposition Liberal Democratic Party agreed to a series of key reforms, including […]

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North Korea, Japan to Hold Talks

Posted November 9th, 2012 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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Japan and North Korea say they will hold talks next week in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar. The North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency said Friday that the talks will be held next Thursday and Friday and will focus on ways to improve relations. Japanese media reported Friday that Tokyo will raise the issue of […]

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