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Conductor Seiji Ozawa to again take up baton

Tokyo, Feb 20 (IANS/EFE) Orchestra conductor Seiji Ozawa, who cancelled his appearances almost a year ago because of his poor state of health, will return to the podium in August at a festival in the central Japanese city of Matsumoto, NHK television reported.

Japan plans talks on n-technology sales to Saudi Arabia

Tokyo, Feb 12 (IANS/EFE) The Japanese government has agreed to resume talks with Saudi Arabia on exports of nuclear technology for the construction of power plants in the Middle Eastern country, the Nikkei business daily reported.

Rare king cheetahs born in Japan

Tokyo, Feb 9 (IANS/EFE) Two king cheetahs, of which only a few dozen are believed to exist in captivity, were born last month at Tama Zoo in the Japanese capital, a park spokesperson told EFE.

David, Venus replicas scandalise Japanese town

Tokyo, Feb 8 (IANS/EFE) The pale nakedness of replicas of Michelangelo's David and the Venus de Milo have scandalized some residents of a small Japanese town, who have asked that the intimate parts of the statues be covered to "preserve their modesty".

If you die early, firm will cover up your secrets

Do you have dark secrets? Ever worry about dropping dead and having this grim, final thought: 'Oh no! I haven't cancelled my secret subscription to Totally Justin magazine, or hidden those fantasies I wrote about me and Judi Dench in the vegetable pantry. My memory will be tarnished forever!'

Tokyo protests Russian jets entering Japan airspace

Tokyo, Feb 7 (IANS) Two Russian Su-27 fighter jets Thursday entered Japanese airspace over Hokkaido island, forcing the Japanese government to lodge a protest on the issue with Russia, Xinhua reported.

North Korean leader spotted with smartphone

Tokyo, Feb 6 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The leader of North Korea, where mobile phones were only introduced in 2008, was spotted with a smartphone, South Korea's Joong-Ang Ilbo daily reported.

Putin's gift cat finally meets Japanese owner

Tokyo, Feb 5 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A cat presented by Russian President Vladimir Putin to the governor of Japan's Akita prefecture has been finally handed over to his new owner after the animal spent five months in quarantine.

Chinese boat detained in Japan

Tokyo, Feb 5 (IANS) A Chinese fishing boat was detained Tuesday near the Japanese coast for allegedly fishing in Japan's exclusive economic waters with authorization, Xinhua reported.

Japan's monetary base goes up

Tokyo, Feb 4 (IANS) Japan's monetary base increased by 10.9 percent year-on-year in January, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) said in a report Monday.

Japan's Olympic champion jailed for rape

Tokyo, Feb 1 (IANS) Masato Uchishiba, a two-time Olympic judo champion, was Friday sentenced to five years in prison for rape by a Tokyo court.

Chinese boat held for fishing in Japanese waters

Tokyo, Jan 24 (IANS) Japan Thursday detained a Chinese fishing boat for unauthorised fishing in waters around Nagasaki prefecture, the Chinese Consulate General said.

Vintage look takes the spotlight at Tokyo fashion fair

Tokyo, Jan 24 (IANS/EFE) The vintage style, sailor look and industrial, ethnic and environmental weaves are among the styles making waves at the International Fashion Fair in Tokyo, where some 750 firms from 20 countries are unveiling their designs.

Officials probe Boeing 787 battery manufacturer

Osaka (Japan), Jan 21 (IANS) US and Japanese officials Monday began an inspection visit at GS Yuasa Corp., the company that makes batteries used on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets, following an emergency landing of a Boeing 787 that exposed a battery fire risk last week, a media report said.

Japanese boxer wins WBA super featherweight title

Tokyo, Jan 1 (IANS) Japan's Takashi Uchiyama retained the World Boxing Association (WBA) super featherweight title beating Costa Rica's Bryan "Tiquito" Vasquez.

US Marine held in Japan for trespass

Tokyo, Dec 28 (IANS) Police in Japan Friday arrested a US Marine on suspicion of trespassing at an apartment in the southernmost Okinawa prefecture, Xinhua reported.

North Korea creates Kim Jong-il award

Tokyo, Dec 24 (IANS/RIA Novosti) North Korea announced Monday that it would set up an international award to honour its late leader Kim Jong-il.

Six die after virus outbreak at Japanese hospital

Tokyo, Dec 24 (IANS) Six elderly patients have died of gastroenteritis following a norovirus outbreak at a hospital in Japan's Miyazaki prefecture, a media report said.

Japan's central bank announces monetary easing policy

Tokyo, Dec 20 (IANS) The Bank of Japan (BOJ) Thursday announced plans to further ease its monetary policy to stimulate the nation's current stagnant economy.

US Marine jailed in Japan for molesting woman

Tokyo, Dec 13 (IANS) A 21-year-old US Marine was Thursday sentenced to four years in jail for molesting a Japanese woman in Okinawa region, a media report said.

Japan confirms GDP shrank in Q3

Tokyo, Dec 11 (IANS/EFE) Japan's government has confirmed that the country's economy contracted 3.5 percent in the third quarter compared with the July-September period of 2011.

Corinthians prepared to 'play dirty' in Club World Cup

Tokyo, Dec 11 (IANS) Corinthians are prepared to "play dirty" to win the FIFA Club World Cup, the Brazilian club's coach Tite has said.

Japan deploys anti-missile shield

Tokyo, Dec 8 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Japan has deployed anti-missile defence systems in anticipation of an imminent North Korean rocket launch, Japanese Defence Minister Satoshi Morimoto said Saturday.

Magnitude 7.3 quake jolts Japan, tsunami warning lifted

Tokyo, Dec 7 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale Friday jolted the east coast of Honshu island, leading to a tsunami warning for the coastal areas which was later lifted in Miyagi prefecture, Xinhua reported.

Magnitude 7.3 quake hits Japan, tsunami warning issued

Tokyo, Dec 7 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale Friday jolted the east coast of Honshu island, leading to a tsunami warning for the coastal areas, Xinhua reported.

Japan deploys warships ahead of N.Korean rocket launch

Tokyo, Dec 7 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Tokyo has begun deploying warships in anticipation of a rocket launch by North Korea later this month, Kyodo news agency reported.

Japan deploys Patriot missiles

Tokyo, Dec 5 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A Japanese naval transport ship has delivered Patriot missile interceptor systems to the southern island of Ishigaki to counter any threat posed by North Korea's planned rocket launch, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported.

N.Korea puts rocket's second stage on launch pad

Tokyo, Dec 5 (IANS/RIA Novosti) North Korea has completed the installation of the second stage of a carrier rocket and is assembling its third and last stage, South Korean media reported.

Japan to inspect all highway tunnels after deadly collapse

Tokyo, Dec 4 (IANS/EFE) The Japanese government ordered the inspection of dozens of highway tunnels throughout the country after the ceiling of one of them collapsed and killed nine people.

Three killed in Japan tunnel collapse

Tokyo, Dec 2 (IANS) At least three people were killed and two women injured when a section of a four-km-long tunnel collapsed in Japan Sunday, media reports said.

Japan watching N.Korea over missiles

Tokyo, Nov 26 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Japanese government will continue gathering information about a possible missile launch by North Korea and is ready to defend itself, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said Monday.

Emperor penguins need sea ice to rest on

Tokyo, Nov 26 (IANS) Researchers tracking the behaviour of emperor penguins have found fresh reason to be worried about global warming −− emperor penguins use sea ice to rest as they forage.

Kindle launches sales in Japan

Tokyo, Nov 20 (IANS/EFE) US consumer electronics giant Amazon Monday began selling its digital Kindle Paperwhite reader in the Japanese market, where it is competing with devices such as the Kobo, the e−reader of the e−commerce company Rakuten.

Fish with high levels of radioactivity found in Japan

Tokyo, Nov 19 (IANS/EFE) A study by Japan's environment ministry has found the presence of fish with high levels of radioactive cesium in rivers and reservoirs in Fukushima, the province where the nuclear disaster at a power plant took place, the Kyodo news agency said.

Fukushima radiation in fish '100 times' above norm

Tokyo, Nov 17 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Radiation levels in fish caught near Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant are 100 times above normal, media reports said.

Panasonic to cut 10,000 jobs

Tokyo, Nov 16 (IANS/EFE) Electronics giant Panasonic plans to eliminate an additional 10,000 jobs by next spring, most of them at units outside Japan, company executives said.

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak gets Kyoto Prize

Tokyo, Nov 10 (IANS) Renowned literary critic and educator Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak was awarded the prestigious Kyoto Prize in Kyoto Saturday.

Mazda's Mexico plant to turn out cars for Toyota

Tokyo, Nov 10 (IANS/EFE) Mazda Motor announced Friday that some of the capacity at its plant now under construction in Mexico will be devoted to producing Toyota vehicles for the US market.

Japanese firm to build floating solar plants

Tokyo, Nov 8 (IANS/EFE) Japanese home renovator West Holdings plans build up to 10 floating solar installations in the country with a combined capacity of as much as 20 MW, business daily Nikkei reported.

Japan pulls out of tourism fair in China

Tokyo, Nov 4 (IANS/EFE) Japan will not be taking part in Shanghai's big international tourism fair amid diplomatic tension with China over a territorial dispute, Japanese television channel NHK said Saturday.

Indian PM to visit Japan to discuss security cooperation

Tokyo, Nov 2 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will pay a four-day visit to Japan to discuss security cooperation in maritime and cyberspace with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, Japan's ministry of foreign affairs announced Friday.

Japan to launch new carrier rocket in 2013

Tokyo, Oct 31 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Japan has plans to launch a new light-class Epsilon carrier rocket in summer 2013, according to the country's national space agency JAXA.

Japan plans to launch new carrier rocket

Tokyo, Oct 30 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Japan is planning to launch its new carrier rocket in summer of 2013, national space agency JAXA said.

Sharp seeks tie-ups with US firms

Osaka, Oct 26 (IANS) Japanese consumer electronics maker Sharp Corporation is seeking business tie-ups with several US companies over liquid crystal displays (LCD) for smartphones and tablet computers, a media report said Friday.

Japan approves $5.3 bn economic stimulus package

Tokyo, Oct 26 (IANS) Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his cabinet approved a 422.6 billion yen ($5.3 billion) emergency fiscal stimulus Friday to prevent Japanese economy from recession.

India beat Afghanistan in U-14 SAARC football

Shizuka (Japan), Oct 10 (IANS) India opened their campaign in the U-14 SAARC Football Tournament with a 2-1 victory over Afghanistan at the Tokinosumika Sports Centre here Wednesday.

India and Japan launch joint study to procure cheaper LNG

Tokyo, Oct 10 (IANS) India and Japan Wednesday launched a joint study on procuring cheaper liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Middle East and elsewhere.

IMF calls for decisive action against risks to world economy

Tokyo, Oct 13 (IANS) World finance ministers Saturday warned that downside risks to global growth remain and called for for quick and effective action to rebuild shaken confidence.

Reforms allowing India, China more say will be expedited: IMF

Tokyo, Oct 13 (IANS) The International Monetary Fund (IMF)Saturday asked the United States and other member-countries, to complete domestic procedures to accept governance reforms giving emerging economies like India and China more say in the multilateral lender.

Chang dispatches Stosur in Osaka

Osaka (Japan), Oct 13 (IANS/RIA Novosti) World No.134 Chang Kai-Chen stunned top seed Sam Stosur of Australia in the semifinal of the Japan Open here Saturday.


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