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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese armed forces raise profile with online popularity contest

    Posted Oct 16th 2013, 02:37pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Viewers asked to vote for favourite attractive servicemen and servicewomen Japan’s military is inviting the public to vote for their favourite officers in an online contest complete with clips of a muscular serviceman stripped to the waist and doing pull-ups. The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) picked three men and three women from its ...

  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    'Fukuppy' firm blames 'misunderstanding' over mascot

    Posted Oct 15th 2013, 02:44pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Japan’s Fukushima Industries on Tuesday blamed a “misunderstanding” as the internet erupted in sniggers over its “Fukuppy” mascot, a name that recalls a catalogue of mishandling at the Fukushima nuclear plant. The Osaka-based refrigerator maker, whose name derives from its founder and has nothing to do with the area hit by an atomic catastrophe, has ...

  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan coastguard arrests Chinese crew over fatal crash

    Posted Sep 30th 2013, 11:04am by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Collision of Jia Hui with Eifuku Maru No 18 left five dead and one missing Japan’s coastguard said Monday it had arrested a Chinese crew member of a Sierra Leone-registered vessel over a collision with a Japanese ship that left five people dead and one missing. Xia Hong-bo, 35, was on duty when the 2,962-tonne Jia Hui collided with the 498-tonne Eifuku Maru ...

  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Nuclear-tainted water released into ocean as typhoon hits Japan's Fukushima, killing 3

    Posted Sep 16th 2013, 11:29am by Agence France-Presse

    ... Agence France-Presse At least three killed and more than 100 injured as Tokyo transport halted and relief efforts ensue Typhoon brings floods and havoc Typhoon Man-yi hit Japan on Monday, leaving three people dead and forcing the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to release rainwater with low levels of radiation into the ocean. The powerful typhoon made landfall ...

  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Clockwork precision on the Tokyo subway

    Posted Sep 19th 2013, 12:11pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo The vast train network that criss-crosses subterranean Tokyo can be a confusing and intimidating place for the uninitiated. Dreary, utilitarian stations drone and chime with a stream of announcements, seemingly ignored by the mass of humanity that spills onto platforms or crams improbably into carriages. It may not be pretty, but in a city where millions ...

  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan rejects sending officials to Diaoyus Islands

    Posted Sep 11th 2013, 11:05am by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington A coalition ally of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday rejected sending officials to the Diaoyus Islands, claimed by China, calling instead for greater efforts to build trust with neighbouring countries. Abe’s government has not ruled out stationing officials on the islands amid worsening ties with China, which Tuesday sent eight ships ...

  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan on high alert for disputed islands anniversary

    Posted Sep 11th 2013, 12:47pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Japan’s coastguard was on high alert on Wednesday, a year to the day since Tokyo nationalised islands at the centre of a bitter dispute with China. Relations, which have often been testy, have soured dramatically over the last 12 months, with frequent confrontations between official ships from Asia’s largest powers. On Tuesday, Tokyo said it had ...

  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Fukushima workers struggle to contain toxic water at nuclear plant

    Posted Sep 01st 2013, 10:31am by Agence France-Presse

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo The higher radiation levels were partly due to the use of more sensitive instruments Radiation spike hampers clean-up Radiation near a tank holding highly contaminated water at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has spiked 18-fold, the plant's operator said yesterday, highlighting the struggle to bring the crisis under control after more ...

  9. News - China - JAPAN

    China summons Japanese ambassador over shrine visit

    Posted Aug 15th 2013, 08:06am by Reuters, Agence France-Presse

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  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Nine die in record Japan heatwave as temperatures hit 41c

    Posted Aug 12th 2013, 10:00am by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Nine die in record Japan heatwave, with temperature up to 41 Celsius Nine die as Japan sees record heatwave Broiling temperatures in Japan saw the mercury hit a record 41 degrees Celsius yesterday, after at least nine people died from heatstroke at the weekend. The nation's weather agency issued heat warnings for 38 of Japan's 47 prefectures, ...




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