Free Press Journal
  • Japan has record 69,785 centenarians

    Tokyo: Japan’s centenarian population reached a record 69,785 this month, with 88.1 per cent of them being women, the government said on Friday, attributing the historic high to medical advances and increased health awareness. The figure rose by 2,014 persons from last year and is almost seven times higher than two decades ago, Efe news reported. Among the people who were over 100 years, 61,454 were women while 8,331 were men, including former Prime

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    PM Shinzo Abe aims to rewrite Japan constitution as he seeks 3rd term

    Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is vying for his third re-election as the ruling party leader next week, extending his stay in power to work on his long-cherished ambition – to revise his country’s war-renouncing constitution.

  • Japan: Death toll reaches 44 after strong earthquake, no more missing, inform officials

    Tokyo: The death toll from a powerful earthquake that triggered massive landslides in northern Japan rose to 44 on Monday with tens of thousands of police and troops still on the ground to support survivors. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said no one was left on a missing list, which suggested the figure could be the final death toll.

  • Japan: Earthquake toll rises to 21

    Tokyo: The toll from a 6.7-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan’s Hokkaido prefecture earlier this week, has increased to 21 with 13 others still reported missing, the government announced on Saturday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference that a total of 40,000 people, including police, firefighters, Self-Defence Force personnel and Japan Coast Guard, are searching for the missing and helping the disaster-hit areas, reports Xinhua news agency.

  • Japan earthquake, landslides leave at least 8 dead and 120 injured

    Tokyo: A powerful 6.6-magnitude quake rocked the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido Thursday, killing at least eight people and 120 injured by collapsing homes, and triggering landslides that left dozens missing. Multiple, large-scale landslides struck the sparsely populated countryside, which was also hit by the edge of a powerful typhoon that surged through Japan earlier this week.

  • 6.7 magnitude earthquake jolts Japan’s Hokkaido island

    Tokyo: An earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale, followed by a number of aftershocks, rocked Japan’s Hokkaido prefecture on Thursday, leaving multiple houses buried by landslides. Rescue work is underway to search for the missing.

  • Japan evacuates major airport after typhoon wreaks havoc

    Tokyo: A major airport that was cut off when a huge typhoon smashed through its sole access road was being evacuated Wednesday, as Japan grappled with devastation caused by its most powerful storm in a quarter of a century. Boats were ferrying stranded passengers from Kansai International Airport — one of the Country’s busiest — after thousands of people were forced to spend the night in the partially flooded facility.

  • Japan: Typhoon Jebi leaves trail of destruction, 9 dead

    Tokyo: At least nine persons have been killed by Typhoon Jebi, the worst storm to hit Japan in 25 years. It has left a trail of destruction across the west coast, hitting cities like Kyoto and Osaka. As of Wednesday, evacuation advisories had been issued for more than 1.2 million people after the storm made landfall on Tuesday afternoon, the BBC reported.

  • Asia to see 78% spike in meat eating by 2050: Report

    Singapore : Population growth and rising incomes across Asia will drive a 78 per cent increase in meat and seafood consumption by 2050, a new report released on Tuesday said.

  • Bhopal: EVMs are manufactured in India not China or Japan, says CEC OP Rawat

    Bhopal: Electronic voting machines (EVMs) are manufactured in India not in China or Japan, said Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) OP Rawat while speaking to media, here on Wednesday. CEC and its team conducted two day meeting with the officials concerned on the upcoming election.

  • Asian Games 2018: Japan basketball players suspended after buying sex

    Tokyo: Four Japanese basketball players kicked out of the Asian Games for paying prostitutes for sex will be suspended for a year, officials said Wednesday. Japan Basketball Association chief Yuko Mitsuya told reporters the players would be barred from official tournaments for a year, adding their action “damages the honour and trust of Japan’s sporting world”. They would be allowed to take part in training, however, Mitsuya added. The players were spotted in a notorious red

  • Japan gets first woman fighter pilot

    Tokyo : Japan will shortly have its first female fighter pilot, the military said on Thursday, with the Top Gun inspired officer vowing to blaze a trail in the sky for other women.

  • India under-16 to play  against Iraq, Japan in the 5th West Asian Football Federation

    New Delhi : The Indian U-16 football team will be locking horns with defending AFC U-16 champions Iraq, Asian powerhouse Japan, hosts Jordan and Yemen in the 5th West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) U-16 Boys Championship slated to be held at the King Abdullah II International Stadium from August 1.

  • Disaster-hit Japan braces for powerful typhoon Jongdari

    Tokyo: A powerful typhoon hurtled towards Japan today, with western areas recently devastated by floods and landslides in the storm’s cross-hairs. Typhoon Jongdari, packing winds of up to 180 kilometres (110 miles) an hour, is forecast to make landfall on the country’s main island today night or early tomorrow, according to Japan’s Meteorological Agency.

  • Retired Barcelona FC captain Andres Iniesta arrives in Japan to join Vissel Kobe

    Tokyo: Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta on Wednesday joined his new team, Japan’s Vissel Kobe, for a new football season after participating in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Iniesta, who was officially presented in Kobe on May 26 after announcing earlier in the same month his decision to join the Japanese team, arrived in Osaka on Wednesday, reports Efe.

  • Japan approves watered-down anti-smoking law

    Tokyo: The Japanese Parliament on Wednesday approved an amendment to the anti-smoking law that will prohibit smoking in bars, restaurants and public spaces for the first time after a long debate in which the opposition criticized the government for lax implementation of the existing law. The ban, which will be implemented in stages and fully enter into force in April 2020, seeks to expand smoke-free spaces in the country that is known