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Volcano warning issued for Mount Io in Kyushu

National Feb 29, 2016

Volcano warning issued for Mount Io in Kyushu

After observing an increase in the number of volcanic earthquakes, the Meteorological Agency has warned of a possible small eruption at Mount Io, which straddles the prefectures of Miyazaki and Kagoshima. The local government in Ebino on Sunday declared a 1-km-radius no-entry zone around the ...

Sharp eyes quick close to Hon Hai takeover deal

Business / Corporate Feb 29, 2016

Sharp eyes quick close to Hon Hai takeover deal

Sharp Corp. said Monday it hopes to finalize a takeover deal with Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. "as soon as practically possible" without setting a deadline for inking the bailout package. "Sharp and Hon Hai Precision Industry have not set a signing date," the ...

Strains show in China's factory heartland

Business Feb 29, 2016

Strains show in China's factory heartland

Millions of migrant workers streaming back to China's industrial heartland after the long lunar New Year break face an uncertain future as smaller factories in particular struggle to cope with anaemic orders and rising inventories. In the Pearl River Delta, the "world's workshop" in southern ...

Emperor diagnosed with influenza

National Feb 29, 2016

Emperor diagnosed with influenza

Emperor Akihito has been diagnosed as having contracted influenza, the Imperial Household Agency said Monday. With symptoms including a fever of 37 to 38 degrees, sore throat and mild cough, the Emperor, 82, plans to rest at his residence in the Imperial Palace in central ...

Editorials Feb 29, 2016

Group of 20 steps up

The G-20 has eclipsed the Group of Eight as a global economic manager but it appears to increasingly resemble that gathering: more symbol than substance.

Aloha: a dog named Ilio

Our Lives | ADOPT ME! Feb 29, 2016

Aloha: a dog named Ilio

Ilio came to ARK with his brother when his previous owner had to be hospitalized. Still relatively young at 8 years old, Ilio, whose name means "dog" in Hawaiian, would be a perfect canine for someone looking for a mature companion. A silver dapple ...

Nadeshiko stumble on first step to Rio

Soccer Feb 29, 2016

Nadeshiko stumble on first step to Rio

by Shintaro Kano

Japan's path to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics got off to a nightmarish start as the former world champions went down 3-1 at the hands of Australia in a women's Asian final qualifier on Monday. Australia exacted sweet revenge for its defeat to Japan at ...

Sanfrecce looking to change fortunes in ACL

Soccer / J. League Feb 29, 2016

Sanfrecce looking to change fortunes in ACL

Sanfrecce Hiroshima will be looking to recover from a spluttering start to the season when the Japanese champions take on FC Seoul on Tuesday in their second group stage match in the Asian Champions League. Hiroshima lost 2-1 at home to China's Shandong Luneng in ...

Kotoshogiku guns for promotion

Sumo / Basho Reports Feb 29, 2016

Kotoshogiku guns for promotion

The Japan Sumo Association announced the rankings for the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday, and ozeki Kotoshogiku will aim to become the first homegrown yokozuna in 18 years when he returns to the prestigious east side. The 32-year-old Kotoshogiku will be up for a ...

Tokyo Marathon 2016: A great day at the races

Sports Feb 29, 2016

Tokyo Marathon 2016: A great day at the races

At the annual Tokyo Marathon, which was celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, there was no shortage of superheroes, cartoon characters and cross-dressers for a day. All in all, it was a great day at the wacky races. Here's a selection of sights from ...