Free Press Journal
  • 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 PM Shinzo Abe to visit US next month

    Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday said that he would be meeting with United States President Donald Trump next month.

  • Japan cabinet approves bill allowing emperor abdication

    Tokyo : The Japanese government on Friday approved a one-off bill allowing ageing Emperor Akihito to step down from the Chrysanthemum Throne, in the first such abdication in two centuries.

  • Japan cabinet approves bill allowing emperor’s abdication

    Tokyo: The Japanese government today approved a one-off bill allowing ageing Emperor Akihito to step down from the Chrysanthemum Throne, in the first such abdication in two centuries. The bill is likely to receive swift final approval in parliament, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet signed off on the legislation. Abdication must take place within three years of the bill becoming law.

  • Japan’s first lady visits Pearl Harbor

    Tokyo: The wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited Pearl Harbor, bombed by Japanese planes nearly 75 years ago in an attack that brought the United States into World War II.

  • China detains Japanese for ‘spying’

    Beijing: China has reportedly detained a Japanese official from an exchange group for his alleged involvement in spying activities, but the Tokyo-based group denies any links with the man.

  • Mitsubishi Motors plant raided over fuel economy tests

    Tokyo: Japanese officials on Thursday raided an office of Mitsubishi Motors following the revelation that the carmaker had falsified fuel efficiency data for more than 600,000 cars sold in the country.

  • Scores trapped as Japan quakes toll hits 35

    Kumamoto (Japan): Scores of people were feared buried alive today after two powerful quakes hit southern Japan a day apart, killing at least 35 people, as a forecast storm threatened more devastating landslides.

  • New Chinese islands don’t settle disputes, says Japan

    Tokyo : Japan warned China that its extensive land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea does not make ownership “a done deal”, after Beijing announced it had almost finished its controversial island-building.

  • IS Hostages

    Japan says, IS hostage video ‘likely authentic’

    Tokyo: Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said Sunday that the latest video suggesting a Japanese hostage  held by the Islamic State (IS) militants was killed is likely authentic, Xinhua reported. He, however, added that Japan was still analysing is it was the IS which posted the clip. Suga said Japan will cooperate with Jordan and other countries to secure the safe release of the other Japanese held hostage by the IS, but

  • Japan says looking at all possible ways to free hostages

    Tokyo: Japan said it was considering all possible ways to gain the release of two hostages held by the Islamic State group, as two people with contacts there offered to try to negotiate.