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  • 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.

  • Japanese national ‘Masazo Nonaka’ confirmed as world’s oldest living man aged 112  

    Tokyo: Masazo Nonaka from Japan was recognised today as the world’s oldest man at the ripe old age of 112, as his family revealed his secret: sweets and hot baths. Nonaka, who was born on July 25, 1905 — just months before Albert Einstein published his theory of special relativity — received a certificate from Guinness World Records at home on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido.

  • Earthquake measuring 5.1 on richter scale jolts Japan

    Tokyo: An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale jolted Japan’s Hokkaido prefecture on Friday. No tsunami warning was issued.  According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the offshore temblor struck at a latitude of 42.6 degrees north and a longitude of 143.8 degrees east, reports Xinhua news agency.

  • Japan military joins search for boy abandoned in woods

    Tokyo: Japan’s military joined the search for a seven-year-old boy missing in the country’s north since his parents said they abandoned him in a bear-inhabited mountain forest, officials said.

  • Japan wants foreign tourists to avoid ‘public flatulence’

    Tokyo: A Japanese tourism board has called on foreign tourists to refrain from public “belching or flatulence” in an etiquette guide which was hastily rewritten, reportedly after complaints from a Chinese resident.

  • Strong earthquake shakes Japan; no tsunami warning

    Tokyo : A strong earthquake struck just off the coast of Hokkaido in northern Japan. No tsunami warning was issued, reports AP. The quake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.7 hit about 12:30 p.m. (0330 GMT) on Thursday, near Urakawa town on the southern tip of Hokkaido, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.