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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Mystery gold gifts cheer Japan's tsunami-ravaged port Ishinomaki

    Posted Feb 17th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Mystery gold gifts cheer tsunami-ravaged port A Japanese city devastated by the 2011 tsunami has received anonymous gifts of gold worth more than US$250,000 in a phenomenon dubbed a "goodwill gold rush", as the seco ...

  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan chemical plant blast may threaten diaper supply

    Posted Sep 30th 2012, 11:44am by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo An explosion at a large Japanese chemical plant has sparked fears of a global shortage of disposable diapers, a report said on Sunday. A tank at chemical producer Nippon Shokubai’s factory in Himeji city, Hyogo prefecture, ex ...

  3. News - Asia - TYPHOON

    Strong Typhoon Jelawat bears down on Japan

    Posted Sep 30th 2012, 05:30pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Japan’s mainland was braced on Sunday for waves of up to 10 metres as powerful Typhoon Jelawat barrelled in, a day after it injured scores of people ... forecasters said. It would then move northeastwards up the main island of Honshu and churn towards Tokyo later in the day, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, warning of towering waves ...

  4. Japan has made remarkable progress in responding to earthquake disaster

    Posted Mar 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... March 11 is a date now etched in Japan's collective consciousness. We will not forget the outpouring of support and expressions of solidarity that Japan received from the international community. For this I take this opportunity to reiterate Japan's heartfelt appreciation. Japan has made remarkable progress in responding to the disaster over the past year. I am ...

  5. Nation resilient

    Posted Sep 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... The devastating tsunami that struck Japan on March 11 is expected to have an enormous impact on inbound tourism. 'While many areas remained unaffected by the disaster, they are also suffering from the sudden decrease in international visitors,' says Tadatoshi Mamiya, president of Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO). He says the disaster will also have a very ...

  6. Rise in HK tourists perks up Japan

    Posted Feb 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com The number of Hong Kong tourists heading to Japan jumped 41 per cent year on year last month- the biggest increase since Japan's nuclear crisis after last March's deadly earthquake and tsunami. A total of 48,500 Hongkongers visited Japan in January, Japanese consul Yuji Kumamaru said yesterday. The significant rise can be attributed to the Lunar New ...

  7. Images to 'revive' Japan

    Posted Mar 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Mabel Sieh Five students at the University of Hong Kong have organised a photography competition, 'Japan, Endless Discovery', to promote the revitalisation of the nation. It marks the first anniversary of the massive earthquake and resulting tsunami that devastated Japan and caused a nuclear disaster. Hongkongers Kastia Chan, Jerry Zhang, Monica Shing, Carmen Chow ...

  8. Relax- food from Japan really is safe

    Posted Dec 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Japan's food safety standards are famously among the highest in the world. That is in large part why Japanese supermarkets are so popular in Hong Kong and baby formula from ... distributors importing grey-market products can avoid labelling requirements, creating risks where there should be none. Some food from Japan bypasses our regulations, but at least its quality can ...

  9. All revved up with nowhere to go

    Posted Dec 07th 2011, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... Greg Torode greg.torode@scmp.com If there is one international news event that has resonated locally this week, it has to be Sunday's 14-car pile-up in southern Japan, which included eight Ferraris and a Lamborghini Diablo. Perhaps only Hong Kong shares with Japan such a concentration of super-fast luxury cars and the boy racers who drive them. Local sports-car owners ...

  10. H.K. book to help raise Japan funds

    Posted Sep 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com Six months after Japan was struck by a devastating earthquake and tsunami a group of Hongkongers living in Japan at the time have published a book to tell fellow ... The Cantonese-language book's title is translated into English by its publisher as 'Japan Reboot'. Shum said the disaster struck during her seventh month in the country, where she was working ...




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