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6 Feb
Rescuers raced to find additional survivors after a powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn Saturday and collapsed a high-rise residential building, killing at least 11 people and injuring hundreds. Nearly 340 people were rescued from the rubble in Tainan, the city hit worst by the quake. About 2,000…
6 Feb
The number of confirmed cases of abuse of the elderly by caregivers at nursing facilities hit a new record high of 300 in fiscal 2014 and nearly doubled from fiscal 2012, government data showed, posing another headache to the increasingly graying country. Including abuses by relatives, the total number of…
6 Feb
Authorities in a city in northeastern Japan on Friday finished incinerating about 3,000 backpacks and other school pupils' belongings washed ashore in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami after their owners could not be found. The items, including leather rucksacks, other bags and musical instruments, had been kept at the…
6 Feb
Employees ride on Toyota Motor Corp's Winglet personal mobility devices at the company's showroom in Tokyo.
6 Feb
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday he sees no need to revise rules banning state ministers from holding "large-scale" fundraising parties, defying opposition calls to prohibit corporate donations and purchase of party tickets following a cash-for-favors scandal last month. "What we should not forgive is an act to manipulate policies…
6 Feb
Eight films from home and abroad on the theme of capital punishment will screen at a Tokyo theater from Feb 13 to 19, providing Japanese viewers with an opportunity to contemplate the death penalty while their country maintains the policy in the face of a global trend towards its abolishment.…
6 Feb
Rio's Carnival -- a five-day festival of dancing, bared flesh and wild costumes -- opened Friday in the face of warnings that the Zika virus might make even kissing dangerous. Mayor Eduardo Paes handed a big golden key to the city to the Carnival's ceremonial King Momo, who promised a…
6 Feb
Thousands of Syrians rushed toward the Turkish border Friday, fleeing a fierce government offensive and intense Russian airstrikes near Syria's largest city of Aleppo. Turkey, an ally of the Syrian opposition, promised humanitarian help for the displaced civilians, including food and shelter, but it did not say whether it would…
6 Feb
It started more than five years ago as what appeared to be a fairly simple sex crime case: two women in Sweden came forward to accuse Julian Assange of sexual misconduct. Now the case has mutated into a complicated international drama involving Britain, Sweden, the United States, Ecuador, a host…
6 Feb
Four days before the U.S. presidential candidates face a crucial primary in New Hampshire, Republican Donald Trump's rivals kept up their attacks on Friday with Jeb Bush and his mother scolding the front-runner over his use of profanity and treatment of women. Polling following Monday's Iowa caucuses showed Trump retaining…
6 Feb
Japan's two biggest airlines said on Friday they are changing routes for some flights as North Korea plans to launch what it says will be a satellite-bearing rocket later this month. All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines said that between Feb 8-25 -- the launch window announced by Pyongyang --…
6 Feb
Canon has launched a new flagship DSLR, the EOS-1D X Mark II. Building on the success of the Canon EOS-1D X professional digital camera, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II can shoot stills at up to 14 frames per second, features a 20.2 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC…
6 Feb
Twitter is now using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity and is examining other accounts related to those flagged for possible removal, the company announced Friday. The effort signaled efforts by Twitter to automatically identify tweets supporting terrorism, reflecting increased pressure placed by the…
6 Feb
The star of an Oscar-winning documentary that shows how dolphins are hunted in a Japanese village was deported to the U.S. on Friday after Tokyo airport officials barred his entry and he was held in detention for more than two weeks. Ric O'Barry said he was determined to come back…
6 Feb
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, right, shakes hands with Iranian Economic and Finance Minister Ali Tayebnia during their signing ceremony for an investment agreement between the two countries in front of Japanese and Iranian business persons at the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo on Friday.
6 Feb
The presidents of the U.S. and China agreed Friday that a planned rocket launch by North Korea would violate U.N. sanctions, the White House said, amid signs the isolated nation was moving closer to blastoff. Commercial satellite imagery analyzed by U.S. researchers showed tanker trucks at the launch pad at…
6 Feb
Valentine’s Day is almost here, and thanks to Tokyo-area rail operator Keikyu, some people’s daily commute might be becoming a bit more romantic. Since February 1, one of the company’s trains has become the Keikyu Love Train, with a portion of its ordinary circular hand straps being replaced with heart-shaped…
6 Feb
The cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe finalized on Friday a set of bills to revise Japan's taxation rules, centering on exempting food items from a consumption tax hike planned in April 2017 and cutting the corporate income tax rate. The government submitted the bills to parliament, aiming to seek…
6 Feb
Toyota on Friday said nine-month net profit jumped nearly 10% to 1.9 trillion yen, despite falling sales in most regions, with the world's top automaker focused on squeezing more productivity out of its plants. The Corolla and Prius maker also slightly raised its fiscal year profit forecast to 2.27 trillion…
6 Feb
Japan is on track to match its highest ever haul of gold medals at this year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, according to data and statistics company Infostrada Sports. Japan's highest gold medal tally of 16 came at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and the 2004 Games in Athens. The Asian…
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