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Japan fleet kills 333 whales in Antarctic hunt

Japanese whalers returned to port Thursday after an Antarctic hunt that killed more than 300 of the mammals, the government said.

North Korea claims rocket engine success; South on high alert

North Korea successfully tested a solid-fuel engine that boosted the power of its ballistic rockets, state media reported on Thursday, as South Korea's president ordered the military to be ready to respond to the North's "reckless provocation."

Death by overwork on rise among Japan's vulnerable workers

TOKYO - Japan is witnessing a record number of compensation claims related to death from overwork, or "karoshi", a phenomenon previously associated with the long-suffering "salary man" that is increasingly afflicting young and female employees.
April 03, 2016 | 06:24 pm GMT+7

Coffee with a side of religion at a cafe in Tokyo

Buddhist monks run a cafe in Tokyo to get the public interested in the religion in a more casual setting.
April 09, 2016 | 10:04 am GMT+7

A pint or a prayer? Monks in Japan put Buddhism on the menu

The hum of conversation and the clinking of spoons and coffee cups fills the wood-panelled cafe in a fashionable Tokyo neighbourhood as more than a dozen customers sip drinks and nibble desserts.
April 09, 2016 | 10:09 am GMT+7

Strong earthquake hits Japan, killing at least nine

Residents in Kumamoto survey the damage after a magnitude-6 earthquake hit southwest Japan.At least nine people are dead, and more than 1,000 people were injured. The quake and aftershocks toppled houses and thousands of residents are without power. More than 44,000 people have evacuated to schools and community centres, where they were given food and shelter. But there were many who decided to stay home. A Japanese resident said, "I didn't go to any evacuation centre, I just brought out my blanket since I have a big yard". But it was a sleepless night for many."I was so surprised. Afterwards I couldn't sleep at all."Although the magnitude of this earthquake wasn't high, it was shallow -- its intensity was similar to Japan's devastating earthquake in 2011.
April 15, 2016 | 01:36 pm GMT+7

Dramatic capture of chimpanzee in Japan

Video shows a chimpanzee that escaped from a zoo in Japan climbing power lines before its eventual capture. Chacha the chimpanzee escaped from a zoo in Sendai, northern Japan. Residents alerted authorities to the primate. A vet shot Chacha with a tranquillizer, causing him to fall. Local media says he's since made a full recovery.
April 15, 2016 | 05:46 pm GMT+7

Baby rescued from Japan quake rubble

An eight month-old baby has been rescued from the rubble, after a deadly earthquake hit southwest Japan. After six hours, police in northwest Japan have managed to pull this baby girl out from under the rubble of a collapsed home. The eight-month-old was found unharmed under a pillar.The town of Mashiki was one of the worst hit by Thursday's earthquake. At least nine people are dead, and more than 1,000 were injured.The magnitude 6.4-quake was shallow and struck on land -- its intensity was similar to Japan's devastating earthquake in 2011.Power and water have been cut across the area. More than 130 aftershocks have hit.Officials say they are becoming less frequent, although risks of strong aftershocks will remain for about a week.
April 15, 2016 | 07:12 pm GMT+7

Japan mounts rescue operation after second quake

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe orders a search and rescue operation after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck southern Japan early on Saturday, leaving at least one killed. Gavino Garay reports.It was the second earthquake to hit the southern city of Kumamoto in just over a day.The 7.3 earthquake struck southern Japan early in the morning on Saturday, killing at least one person, and injuring many more.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has mounted a search and rescue operation. Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, said:"We are currently trying to assess the situation as best as we can, and rescue those in need."Japanese media reported that people were trapped under collapsed buildings, and fires and power outages have started as a result of the quake.The first quake hit the same area on Thursday, killing at least least nine people and injuring hundreds.
April 16, 2016 | 07:20 am GMT+7

Troops deployed to quake-hit southern Japan

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe orders "government's full capacity" for a search and rescue effort after a second powerful earthquake hit southern Japan killing at least six, just a day after a quake killed nine people in the same region."I order to reinforce a great number of Self-Defense Force troops and other disaster relief officials to the earthquake-hit area to concentrate the government's full capacity into the rescue, evacuation and life-saving operations," Abe said. The magnitude 7.3 earthquake killed six, injured hundreds and brought down buildings, local media reported. Authorities warned of damage over a wide area, as reports came in of scores of people trapped in collapsed buildings, fires and power outages.Residents living near a dam were told to leave because of fears it might crumble, broadcaster NHK said.Saturday's tremor triggered a tsunami advisory, although it was later lifted and no irregularities were reported at three nuclear power plants in the area, a senior government official said.
April 16, 2016 | 09:34 am GMT+7

Search for survivors after Japan quakes

Rescuers in Japan are racing against time to search for survivors trapped under collapsed buildings following deadly earthquakes. The desperate search for survivors intensifies a day after another powerful earthquake hit southern Japan.More than 40 are dead.The two quakes and aftershocks have caused widespread damage to infrastructure, making it difficult for food and water to reach survivors.Authorities have told nearly 250,000 people to leave their homes, fearing further quakes.But instead of staying inside evacuation centres, many are choosing to sleep outdoors.(SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) UNIDENTIFIED MASHIKI RESIDENT, SAYING:"I slept here because I thought it would be faster to escape from here.""I am worried about how long this situation will last."Many residents don't know when recovery will start and say the cleanup, when it happens, would be extensive.
April 17, 2016 | 07:56 pm GMT+7

Japan quake rattles markets as factories shut; survivors queue for food

The Japanese share market plunged 3 percent on Monday after a series of earthquakes measuring up to 7.3 magnitude struck a southern manufacturing hub, killing at least 42 people and forcing major companies to close factories.
April 18, 2016 | 11:54 am GMT+7

Latest rescue efforts in quake ravaged Japan

Search and rescue operations continue in southern Japan after a pair of earthquakes leaves more than 40 dead. Search and rescue efforts continue in southern Japan on Monday after the area was hit by a pair of large earthquakes.At least 42 people have been killed in quakes that struck on Saturday and Thursday of last week.Japan's Self Defence Forces used excavators and shovels to clear the dirt and debris from landslides triggered by the quakes.At least nine people are still missing.Shelters have been set up at local schools and city halls, but some are too full so people are sleeping outside.I'm worried about another big earthquake, this woman said.Drone footage shows the massive landslide destruction... and cracks in the ground where the fault lines are located.Japan lies in a seismic area known as the "Ring of Fire" which stretches from the South Pacific islands to South America.
April 18, 2016 | 04:04 pm GMT+7

First 100 percent foreign-owned company to enter Vietnam's petrol retail market

Japan's Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd and Kuwait Petroleum International Ltd have applied to form a 50:50 joint venture company to distribute petroleum products in Vietnam, the Japanese firm said Monday in a statement.
April 18, 2016 | 06:12 pm GMT+7

Japan eyes more foreign workers, stealthily challenging immigration taboo

Desperately seeking an antidote to a rapidly aging population, Japanese policymakers are exploring ways to bring in more foreign workers without calling it an "immigration policy".
April 26, 2016 | 04:15 pm GMT+7
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