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Strong Earthquake Jolts Northeastern Japan

Posted July 24th, 2011 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A 6.2-magnitude earthquake has jolted northeastern Japan in the same region that was devastated by a massive earthquake and tsunami in March. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that the earthquake hit Fukushima prefecture early Monday. It says the epicenter was at a depth of about 35 kilometers in the Pacific Ocean near the coast of […]

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Japan’s ANA Forms New Budget Airline with AirAsia

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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Japan’s biggest airline is joining forces with Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia to create a new low-cost airline to be based in Japan. All Nippon Airways announced the creation of AirAsia Japan Thursday in a joint press release with AirAsia. The companies say AirAsia Japan will be the first low-budget airline to operate out of Tokyo’s […]

Japanese Man Receives Life Imprisonment for Rape and Murder of British Woman

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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A Japanese man convicted of raping and murdering a British teacher has been sentenced to life in prison. Japan’s Chiba District Court on Thursday sentenced Tatsuya Ichihashi for killing 22-year-old Lindsay Ann Hawker. Hawker’s parents were present on Thursday to hear the verdict. Her father had previously asked the court to show Ichihashi no mercy. […]

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Rebounding Exports Push Japan to Surprise Trade Surplus

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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Japan posted an unexpected trade surplus in June, indicating that the world’s third-largest economy is quickly recovering from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Figures released Thursday by the Ministry of Finance show Japan enjoyed a $898 million trade surplus in June, its first in three months. Exports rose 5.4 percent from the previous month […]

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Japan Says Progress Being Made in Stablizing Nuclear Plant

Posted July 20th, 2011 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Japanese government agencies and the owner of the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant say the plant is now stabilized, and that they are moving on to the next phase of bringing its reactors under control. The special state minister in charge of the four-month-old crisis, Goshi Hosono, said Wednesday in Tokyo that although progress has […]

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Japan Says Progress Being Made in Stablizing Nuclear Plant

Posted July 20th, 2011 at 3:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Japanese government agencies and the owner of the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant say the plant is now stabilized, and they are moving on to the next phase of bringing its reactors under control. Goshi Hosono, the special state minister in charge of the four-month-old crisis, said Wednesday in Tokyo that although progress has been […]

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Dozens Hurt as Powerful Typhoon Strikes Japan

Posted July 20th, 2011 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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One person is reported missing and dozens are injured after Typhoon Ma-on struck the southwestern Japanese island of Shikoku early Wednesday. Kyodo news says at least 47 people across 15 prefectures suffered injuries from Ma-on’s torrential rains and powerful winds, which reached at least 90 kilometers an hour. An 84-year-old man in Kochi prefecture was […]

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South Koreans Protest Japan’s Claim to Dokdo Islands

Posted July 20th, 2011 at 4:35 am (UTC-5)
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Dozens of South Koreans demonstrated outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul on Wednesday to protest a Japanese decision to bar its diplomats from flying on South Korea’s national airline for 30 days. About 100 people waved South Korean flags and chanted slogans during the protest. At one point, police intervened to prevent the demonstrators from […]

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Typhoon Hits Japan’s Shikoku Island

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 9:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A powerful typhoon has reached Japan’s Shikoku Island and parts of the Kinki region in the western part of the country. The Japan Meteorological Agency says typhoon Ma-on was heading north Tuesday with strong winds of more than 90 kilometers per hour. The Kyodo news agency reports that the storm hit southern Shikoku early Wednesday […]

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Japan Claims Success in Stably Cooling Damaged Reactors

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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Japan says it has succeeded in the first stage of a plan to stably cool damaged nuclear reactors at the Fukushima-Daiichi power plant and says it will stick to a previously declared January 2012 timetable for a cold shutdown of the reactors. A government spokesman says authorities will also consider by January a schedule for […]

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