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Nearly 600,000 advised to evacuate as storm makes landfall on Japan

Aug 15 2019

TOKYO Heavy rains lashed parts of western Japan on Thursday as tropical storm Krosa made landfall, forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights and trains as authorities advised more than half a million people to evacuate.

Japan PM Abe sends offering to Yasukuni shrine for war dead: Kyodo

Aug 14 2019

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the controversial Yasukuni shrine for war dead on Thursday, the anniversary of Japan's World War Two surrender, but refrained from visiting in person amid tense ties with South Korea.

Olympics construction worker dies as Tokyo swelters, heatstroke suspected

Aug 09 2019

TOKYO A worker at a Tokyo Olympics construction site died on Thursday after being found unconscious while working outside, organizers said on Friday, with media saying heatstroke was suspected as the Japanese capital swelters through a deadly heatwave. | Video

Japan abuzz over wedding bells for telegenic son of former PM Koizumi

Aug 07 2019

TOKYO The son of Japan's former leader Junichiro Koizumi and a popular choice for prime minister in his own right set the country afire on Wednesday with news that he will marry and soon become a father.

RPT-Heat headache for 2020 planners as Tokyo swelters a year before Games

Aug 06 2019

TOKYO, Aug 6 Soaring temperatures in Japan have killed at least 57 people since late July, authorities said on Tuesday, highlighting the health threat to athletes and fans that Olympics organisers must tackle before next year's Tokyo games.

Heat headache for 2020 planners as Tokyo swelters a year before Games

Aug 06 2019

TOKYO Soaring temperatures in Japan have killed at least 57 people since late July, authorities said on Tuesday, highlighting the health threat to athletes and fans that Olympics organizers must tackle before next year's Tokyo games.

Japan revamps upper house to boost access for disabled lawmakers

Jul 29 2019

TOKYO Japan's upper house of parliament was completing renovations on Monday to improve access for two severely-disabled lawmakers set to arrive this week, carving out space for their wheelchairs and building a temporary ramp.

Japan's Abe says will make every effort to reduce tension with Iran

Jul 22 2019

TOKYO Japan wants to make every effort to reduce tension between the United States and Iran before responding to an expected U.S. request to send its navy to guard strategic waters off Iran, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday.

Spiral stairs, no sprinklers may have contributed to deadly Japan fire

Jul 19 2019

TOKYO The fire that tore through a building in Japan killing 33 people may have spread so fast not only because it was fueled by petrol but because it was funneled up a spiral staircase and there were no sprinklers to douse it, experts said on Friday.

Spiral stairs, no sprinklers may have contributed to deadly Japan fire

Jul 19 2019

TOKYO The fire that tore through a building in Japan killing 33 people may have spread so fast not only because it was fuelled by petrol but because it was funnelled up a spiral staircase and there were no sprinklers to douse it, experts said on Friday.

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