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China has been claiming the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea and their have been many incidents of incursions of Chinese ships in Japanese territorial waters. (Representative Image)(AP File Photo)

Japan to closely monitor China's increased defense spending

ANI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 10:37 AM IST
As per this year's draft budget at the annual session of the National People's Congress, which opened on Friday, the Chinese government increased its defense budget by 6.8% from last year to about 209 billion dollars.
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Japan Buddhist temples survive Covid-19 lockdown with online funerals, Zen apps(Photo by Lisanto and Markus Winkler on Unsplash)
Japan Buddhist temples survive Covid-19 lockdown with online funerals, Zen apps(Photo by Lisanto and Markus Winkler on Unsplash)

Japan Buddhist temples survive Covid-19 lockdown with online funerals, Zen apps

Bloomberg
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2021 06:12 PM IST
Zen meditation apps, memorial services held online including match-making services keep Japan's Buddhist temples afloat amid Covid-19 lockdown
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Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has called for a more focused state of emergency than that which devastated the economy last spring.(REUTERS)
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has called for a more focused state of emergency than that which devastated the economy last spring.(REUTERS)

Japan extends Covid-19 emergency in Tokyo, PM Suga apologises

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 08:45 PM IST
The state of emergency had been set to end on March 7. But 4-1/2 months before Tokyo is due to host the Olympic Games, Suga said there was a need for caution because of the threat from new coronavirus variants and the possibility of cases rising again.
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Sakae Kato plays with cats that he rescued, called Mokkun and Charm, who are both infected with feline leukemia virus, at his home, in a restricted zone in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.(Reuters)
Sakae Kato plays with cats that he rescued, called Mokkun and Charm, who are both infected with feline leukemia virus, at his home, in a restricted zone in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.(Reuters)

Wider Image: The man who saves forgotten cats in Fukushima's nuclear zone

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 08:54 PM IST
The 57-year-old, a small construction business owner in his former life, says his decision to stay as 160,000 other people evacuated the area was spurred in part by the shock of finding dead pets in abandoned houses he helped demolish.
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"This is part of our regular rebalancing activities. We continue to have strong confidence in our investments in the Taiwan market," a GIC spokeswoman said in an email to Reuters.(Image via Twitter)
"This is part of our regular rebalancing activities. We continue to have strong confidence in our investments in the Taiwan market," a GIC spokeswoman said in an email to Reuters.(Image via Twitter)

Singapore's GIC cashes in on Taiwan stock boom: Sources

Reuters, Taipei
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 03:16 PM IST
Last year the index rose almost 23%, outperforming a 16% rise for Japan and nearly 14% gain for China, Taiwan's largest trading partner.
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The state of emergency centers around asking restaurants, bars and other businesses to voluntarily close at 8 p.m. Japan has never had a mandatory lockdown, but has managed to keep infections relatively low. (Representative Image)(AP)
The state of emergency centers around asking restaurants, bars and other businesses to voluntarily close at 8 p.m. Japan has never had a mandatory lockdown, but has managed to keep infections relatively low. (Representative Image)(AP)

Japan mulls extension of coronavirus emergency in Tokyo

AP
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 07:18 PM IST
Suga declared a month-long state of emergency on January 7 for Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba, and then extended it through March 7.
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Former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn holds a press conference at the Maronite Christian Holy Spirit University of Kaslik.(File Photo / AP)
Former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn holds a press conference at the Maronite Christian Holy Spirit University of Kaslik.(File Photo / AP)

Explainer: Japan to try US men accused of helping Ghosn flee

Posted by Kunal Gaurav | AP
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 03:42 PM IST
  • Michael Taylor and his son Peter had been held in a suburban Boston jail since May.
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Japan to lift emergency coronavirus measures as Covid-19 infections decline(Photo by Chris Yang on Unsplash)
Japan to lift emergency coronavirus measures as Covid-19 infections decline(Photo by Chris Yang on Unsplash)

Japan to lift emergency coronavirus measures as Covid-19 infections decline

Reuters
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2021 09:50 AM IST
Japan's Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Aichi, Gifu and Fukuoka prefectures will all see their emergency coronavirus measures lifted as infections have declined significantly across the country since peaking in early January after a third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic had swept the nation
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Reuters reported citing sources that discussions focused on whether AirAsia, one of Airbus' largest customers, could not only delay deliveries but also seek a partial return of deposits. Auditors EY last year raised doubt on the carrier's ability to continue as a going concern due to Covid-19 impact on the travel industry.(Reuters)
Reuters reported citing sources that discussions focused on whether AirAsia, one of Airbus' largest customers, could not only delay deliveries but also seek a partial return of deposits. Auditors EY last year raised doubt on the carrier's ability to continue as a going concern due to Covid-19 impact on the travel industry.(Reuters)

Malaysia's AirAsia Group postpones fourth-quarter results to end-March

Reuters, Kuala Lumpur
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 03:44 PM IST
The airline will recognise a loss of $74.1 million in its 2020 second half financial results, from intercompany financial assistance and loans deemed irrecoverable.
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A T-38 Trainer aircraft takes off from Edwards Air Force Base in California in 2005.(File Photo / REUTERS)
A T-38 Trainer aircraft takes off from Edwards Air Force Base in California in 2005.(File Photo / REUTERS)

Japan air force officer, US instructor killed in plane crash in Alabama

Reuters, Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2021 02:53 PM IST
The lieutenant was learning manoeuvring and other skills in the US Air Force curriculum to become a fighter pilot, said Japanese public broadcaster NHK.
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AstraZeneca submitted documents for the registration in Japan on February 17.(Reuters)
AstraZeneca submitted documents for the registration in Japan on February 17.(Reuters)

AstraZeneca to produce Covid-19 vaccine doses in Japan for 40 million people

ANI, Tokyo, Japan
PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2021 02:23 PM IST
Doses for 40 million people will be produced at the facilities of the JCR Pharmaceuticals company in the prefecture of Hyogo.
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Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant's reactors in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan.(File Photo / AP)
Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant's reactors in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan.(File Photo / AP)

Water leaks indicate new damage at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant

AP, Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 07:52 PM IST
New damage could further complicate the plant’s already difficult decommissioning process, which is expected to take decades.
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A man wearing a protective mask walks past the headquarters of Bank of Japan amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Tokyo, Japan, May 22, 2020.(REUTERS)
A man wearing a protective mask walks past the headquarters of Bank of Japan amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Tokyo, Japan, May 22, 2020.(REUTERS)

Japan cuts economic outlook in February for first time in 10 months

Reuters, Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 02:18 PM IST
Japanese stocks rose to a 30-year high this week as progress in the distribution of coronavirus vaccines boosted expectations for an economic recovery.
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FILE PHOTO: Pedestrians wearing protective masks amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, walk on a street in Tokyo, Japan, February 2, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Pedestrians wearing protective masks amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, walk on a street in Tokyo, Japan, February 2, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo(REUTERS)

Japan finds new Covid-19 strain, while immigration centre reports infections

Reuters, Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 10:13 AM IST
The new variant has been found in 91 cases in the Kanto area of eastern Japan and in 2 cases at airports.
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Customers wearing protective masks look at Honda Motor Co. vehicles for sale at an AutoNation car dealership in Fremont, California, US. (Bloomberg/ Representative Image)
Customers wearing protective masks look at Honda Motor Co. vehicles for sale at an AutoNation car dealership in Fremont, California, US. (Bloomberg/ Representative Image)

Mexico gas squeeze forces Japanese automakers to halt production

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 09:44 AM IST
Mexico is grappling with the shortage after a cold front affected exports from Texas, prompting authorities to ask automakers and other industries to reduce their consumption of natural gas.
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Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said he also told Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga that the global economy appeared to be picking up, based on estimates issued by the International Monetary Fund.(AFP)
Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said he also told Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga that the global economy appeared to be picking up, based on estimates issued by the International Monetary Fund.(AFP)

BOJ's Kuroda tell Suga March review aimed at sustaining easy policy

Reuters, Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 10:22 AM IST
The BOJ governor and the prime minister hold meetings once every few months as a regular practice to exchange views on the economy and policy.
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Japan's vaccination programme chief Taro Kono adjusts his protective face mask during a news conference.(Reuters)
Japan's vaccination programme chief Taro Kono adjusts his protective face mask during a news conference.(Reuters)

Twitter star to vaccine tsar: Japan's Taro Kono's moment in the spotlight

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 03:56 AM IST
In recent weeks, Kono, 58, has used Twitter to publish videos on vaccine safety, repost memes and address media reports. He frequently responds directly to followers - 2.2 million on his Japanese account and 50,000 for his English one.
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Tokyo had conveyed its 'strong concerns' to China over the new law authorising military force in the waters.(Reuters File Photo)
Tokyo had conveyed its 'strong concerns' to China over the new law authorising military force in the waters.(Reuters File Photo)

Japan debating on response to China's new coast guard law

ANI, Osaka, Japan
PUBLISHED ON FEB 15, 2021 03:19 PM IST
The new Chinese law allows Beijing's coast guard to use weapons against foreign ships that it sees as illegally entering its waters, sparking fear that Japanese vessels navigating around the Senkaku Islands would be targeted.
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A man looks at screens showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo. (AP Photo)
A man looks at screens showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo. (AP Photo)

Japanese economy records 12.7% growth for a second quarter

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 15, 2021 06:24 AM IST
Gross domestic product grew an annualized 12.7% from the prior quarter in the three months through December, the Cabinet Office reported Monday.
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Demonstrators hold posters depicting Aung San Suu Kyi during a march to protest against the military coup in Myanmar, in central Tokyo, Japan February 14, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon(REUTERS)
Demonstrators hold posters depicting Aung San Suu Kyi during a march to protest against the military coup in Myanmar, in central Tokyo, Japan February 14, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon(REUTERS)

Thousands march in Tokyo to protest Myanmar coup, biggest Japan demonstration

Reuters, Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2021 02:40 PM IST
While other countries also considering measures, Japan and some other Asian nations are unlikely to cut ties given Myanmar's strategic importance in the region.
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A medical staffer holds a vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.(AP)
A medical staffer holds a vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.(AP)

Japan approves its first Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer

Reuters, Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2021 02:28 PM IST
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has said vaccinations will begin from the middle of next week, starting with some 10,000 health workers.
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The 7.3 magnitude quake struck shortly before midnight Saturday and cracked walls, shattered windows and set off a landslide in Fukushima.(AP)
The 7.3 magnitude quake struck shortly before midnight Saturday and cracked walls, shattered windows and set off a landslide in Fukushima.(AP)

Japan quake brings back memories of deadly 2011 tsunami

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2021 10:56 AM IST
The 7.3 magnitude quake struck shortly before midnight Saturday and cracked walls, shattered windows and set off a landslide in Fukushima, the area closest to the epicentre. More than 100 people were injured.
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The 7.3 magnitude quake struck shortly before midnight Saturday and cracked walls, shattered windows and set off a landslide in Fukushima. (AP)
The 7.3 magnitude quake struck shortly before midnight Saturday and cracked walls, shattered windows and set off a landslide in Fukushima. (AP)

Trains halted, scores injured as Japan cleans up after strong quake

Reuters, Iwaki
PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2021 07:47 AM IST
The quake shook buildings in the Japanese capital Tokyo hundreds of kilometres (miles) away.
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Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. (ANI)
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. (ANI)

News updates from HT: Speaker calls Budget Session 'highly productive'

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 13, 2021 08:48 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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No immediate abnormalities were reported at the nuclear plants in Fukushima.(File Photo / AFP )
No immediate abnormalities were reported at the nuclear plants in Fukushima.(File Photo / AFP )

Japan hit by 7.1-magnitude earthquake off Fukushima, no tsunami threat

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 13, 2021 08:11 PM IST
The strong quake was felt widely across Japan, including shaking of four on Japan’s seven-point scale in the capital Tokyo.
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Corowa-kun, the mascot of an online chatbot set up to answer questions about COVID-19 vaccines.(via REUTERS )
Corowa-kun, the mascot of an online chatbot set up to answer questions about COVID-19 vaccines.(via REUTERS )

Corowa-kun: Cartoon dog spreads awareness about Covid-19 vaccine in Japan

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 12, 2021 01:35 PM IST
Ten Japanese physicians helped create the dog chatbot to spread lessons learned from overseas vaccination efforts and to counter social media rumours.
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Vials labelled "COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine" and sryinge are seen in front of displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken, February 9, 2021.(REUTERS)
Vials labelled "COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine" and sryinge are seen in front of displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken, February 9, 2021.(REUTERS)

Japan will begin giving Covid-19 vaccine next week

PTI, Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON FEB 10, 2021 01:42 PM IST
“We will make every effort to prepare for everything,” Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said at a meeting of ruling party officials Wednesday where he confirmed the timing of the first inoculations.
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The virtual meeting of officials of India, Australia, Japan and the US held in Tokyo on October 6. (Image used for representation).(PTI )
The virtual meeting of officials of India, Australia, Japan and the US held in Tokyo on October 6. (Image used for representation).(PTI )

Quad countries to arrange first meeting, amid China's growing influence

ANI, Washington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 07, 2021 09:02 AM IST
According to the source, the US has already proposed to other countries the idea of holding an online meeting of the Quad leaders.
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The new controversial law permits the China Coast Guard to use weapons when foreign ships involved in illegal activities in waters claimed by the country fail to obey orders.(AFP | Representational image)
The new controversial law permits the China Coast Guard to use weapons when foreign ships involved in illegal activities in waters claimed by the country fail to obey orders.(AFP | Representational image)

Japan conveys 'strong concerns' to China over new coast guard law

ANI, Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2021 04:27 PM IST
China must not use the legislation, which went into force Monday, in a way that goes against international law, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said at a news conference.
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Captain Tom Moore, the British World War II veteran who raised millions of pounds for health service workers on the frontline of the battle against Covid-19, has died aged 100.(AP)
Captain Tom Moore, the British World War II veteran who raised millions of pounds for health service workers on the frontline of the battle against Covid-19, has died aged 100.(AP)

WHO team visits disease centre; Japan extends virus emergency

Agencies, Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 06:55 AM IST
The World Health Organization experts visited an animal disease centre in the Chinese city of Wuhan as part of their investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.
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