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Japan

What the BRICS plus Germany are really up to?
Winston Churchill once said, “I feel lonely without a war.” He also badly missed the loss of empire. Churchill’s successor – the ‘Empire of Chaos’ – now faces the same quandary. Some wars – as in Ukraine, by proxy – are not going so well.

27.02.2015 13:43

Japanese volcanic island grows to 11 times its original size - and ain’t stopping
Japanese island Nishinoshima has grown to 11 times its original size due to the volcanic eruption started in 2013. A recent observation has shown that the volcano goes on erupting ever since and a new increase of the island’s area is expected.

27.02.2015 14:22

Brutal 'ISIS-inspired' teenager’s killing shocks Japan
Three teenagers have been arrested following the gruesome murder of a 13-year-old boy in the southern Japanese city of Kawasaki. Local media have speculated that the killing might have been inspired by recent executions carried out by the Islamist State.

27.02.2015 09:46

Fukushima fishermen ‘absolutely shocked’ at TEPCO failing to report leak for 10 months
The operator of the tsunami-stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant has been strongly criticized for neglecting to report a radioactive leak for 10 months, after it admitted to doing so because of an ongoing investigation.

26.02.2015 07:57

Robots with souls: Funerals held for robot dogs across Japan
It’s not clear if all robotic AIBO dogs will go to heaven, but their Japanese owners are convinced they have souls. Owners of the gadgets are staging funerals for the machines after Sony discontinued them and closed the last ‘clinics’ used to fix them.

25.02.2015 22:49

Rovers will race to Moon in first ever lunar ‘Formula 1 kind of contest'
A “full-on Formula 1 kind of race” on the surface of the Moon is to be held as soon as next year. Private rovers will fight to grab the Google Lunar XPRIZE of $30 million.

25.02.2015 17:48

6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes off southern Japan - USGS
A 6.2 magnitude earthquake has struck off the southern coast of Japan, according to the US Geological Survey.

25.02.2015 07:13

Japan’s credit card firm to start using Russia’s national payment system by end of 2015
The Japanese JCB payment system is ready to start working with Russia’s national payment system (NPCS) by the end of 2015, according to company CEO Takashi Suetsugu.

24.02.2015 12:57

Japan set to loosen control over military introduced post WWII – report
Japan wants to revise the existing law prioritizing civilian control over national self-defense forces, Japanese media reports. The idea of civilian participation in military decision-making was fostered following the defeat in WWII.

23.02.2015 05:53

Fresh leak at Fukushima nuclear plant sees 70-fold radiation spike
Another radioactive water leak in the sea has been detected at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, the facility’s operator TEPCO announced. Contamination levels in the gutter reportedly spiked up 70 times over regular readings.

22.02.2015 12:44

Japan stocks hit 15-year high on export bump
Finally some good news for Japan. The Nikkei Stock Average hit its highest level since 2000 on the back of a 17 percent boost in exports in January. Exports soared on the weak yen, which lost more than 14 percent against the dollar this past year.

19.02.2015 14:22

Japan’s progress in Fukushima clean-up ‘significant’, but threat remains – UN nuclear watchdog
Experts from the UN nuclear watchdog praised Japan’s “significant progress” in the clean-up of the tsunami-struck Fukushima nuclear station, but stressed that radiological risks still exist and the situation remains “very complex”.

17.02.2015 16:58