Sep 26, 2016

Moderate quakes rattle Japan; no damage reported

A pair of moderate earthquakes rattled northern and southern Japan on Monday, but there were no reports of injuries or damage. The Meteorological Agency said the first quake had a magnitude of 5.5 and occurred just off the southern coast of Hokkaido at 2:13 ...

Luxury carp making comeback outside Japan

| Sep 26, 2016

Luxury carp making comeback outside Japan

The popularity of nishikigoi carp is growing outside Japan. Known as the “swimming jewel,” one nishikigoi can fetch up to tens of millions of yen. Exports from the Tokai region, an area that actively breeds and raises Japanese brocaded carp, grew to ¥264 million ...

Sep 26, 2016

Seoul prods Tokyo to toughen sanctions on Pyongyang

South Korea hopes that Japan will toughen sanctions on North Korea to discourage Pyongyang from conducting additional nuclear tests, South Korean Vice Unification Minister Kim Hyung-seok said in a recent interview. Kim said Thursday the international community holds the common view that the North ...

Sep 26, 2016

Taipei-bound ANA 767 loses one engine, returns safely to Narita

An All Nippon Airways Boeing 767 jet bound for Taipei returned to Narita International Airport shortly after takeoff Sunday evening and made a safe emergency landing after one of its two engines shut down. The plane was carrying 191 passengers and crew members. Flight ...

Sep 25, 2016

Lawmakers urge LDP to withdraw draft constitutional amendments

The major opposition Democratic Party on Sunday urged the ruling Liberal Democratic Party to withdraw its draft constitutional amendments. The draft “makes light of the people’s rights,” party secretary-general and former Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said during a televised debate among senior lawmakers from ...