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Oct 14, 2014

Figure skating-Japan’s Takahashi announces retirement

TOKYO, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Daisuke Takahashi, the first Japanese man to win an Olympic figure skating medal, said on Tuesday he is retiring from the sport after 20 years on the ice.

The 28-year-old helped popularise the sport at home and made Japanese skating history by claiming a bronze medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. He also became the first Japanese man to win a gold medal at the Grand Prix final for 2012-2013.

Oct 10, 2014

Japan braces as super typhoon Vongfong powers north

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan was bracing on Friday for its strongest storm this year, a super typhoon powering north toward the Okinawa island chain that threatens to rake a wide swathe of the nation with strong winds and torrential rain.

Vongfong, which at one point rivaled last year’s devastating typhoon Haiyan in strength, was weakening slightly as it moved north across the open ocean, but still carried winds gusting as high as 259 kph (160 mph).

Oct 6, 2014

Typhoon kills at least one as it lashes Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) – A typhoon lashed Japan on Monday with torrential rain after killing at least one person, forcing the cancellation of flights and prompting warnings to more than 200,000 people to evacuate their homes.

Three U.S. servicemen were swept away by high waves lashing the southwestern island of Okinawa on Sunday as Typhoon Phanfone hit. One was found dead and two were missing. A surfer was swept out to sea.

Sep 30, 2014

Recovery of Japan volcano victims suspended amid signs of rising activity

TOKYO (Reuters) – Search and recovery efforts for at least two dozen victims of Japan’s worst volcanic eruption in decades were called off on Tuesday due to worries about rising volcanic activity, including the chance of another steam explosion.

Hundreds of military searchers had been preparing to enter Mount Ontake by foot and helicopter to resume recovery of at least 24 people caught in a deadly rain of ash and stone after the peak erupted without warning on Saturday when it was crowded with hikers, including children.

Sep 29, 2014

At least 36 feared dead on Japanese volcano, search called off

TOKYO (Reuters) – At least 36 people are feared to have died after a Japanese volcano erupted without warning at the weekend, raining ash and stones on hikers, but the search for victims was abandoned on Monday due to fears of rising levels of toxic gases.

Rescuers at the peak of Mount Ontake, now an eerie moonscape under a thick layer of grey ash, on Monday found what may be five new victims of the Saturday eruption.

Sep 29, 2014

Japan resumes search for victims of volcanic eruption

TOKYO (Reuters) – More than 500 rescuers in Japan resumed searching on Monday for victims of a volcano that erupted without warning at the weekend, leaving four confirmed dead and 27 presumed to have perished in a sudden rain of ash and stone.

Searchers headed for the summit of Mount Ontake, turned into an eerie moonscape by a thick layer of gray ash, where most of the victims of Japan’s first fatal volcanic eruption since 1991 are believed to have fallen near craters spewing steam and ash.

Sep 28, 2014

Over 30 feared dead after Japan volcano spews ash and rock

TOKYO (Reuters) – More than 30 people were feared dead on Sunday near the peak of the Japanese volcano that erupted a day earlier, sending a huge cloud of ash and rock tumbling down its slopes, while packed with hikers.

Police said they were found in a state of “cardiopulmonary” arrest, but declined to confirm their deaths pending a formal examination, as per Japanese custom.

Sep 28, 2014

Japanese troops head for volcano after eruption leaves missing, at least 40 injured

TOKYO, Sept 28 (Reuters) – More than 500 Japanese military
and police set out on Sunday to search the peak of a volcano
popular with hikers a day after its sudden eruption trapped
hundreds on the mountain for hours, amid conflicting reports
about missing and injured climbers.

Japanese media said seven people were reported to be
unconscious, possibly buried in ash, as Mount Ontake continued
to spew smoke and ash into the sky, while local officials said
they were trying to confirm the whereabouts of 32 hikers.

Sep 12, 2014

IMF’s Lagarde says empowerment of women essential for Japan’s growth

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s targets for empowering women, a key part of his economic growth strategy, could add substantially to annual growth if met, International Monetary Fund (IMF) head Christine Lagarde said on Friday.

Speaking at the opening of the “World Assembly for Women”, a global conference on women’s issues, Lagarde said that given Japan’s rapid aging, bringing women into the workforce was essential.

Sep 9, 2014

Japan mourns Nishikori loss but savours his fairytale run

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese fans responded with groans and tears when Kei Nishikori was beaten in the final of the U.S. Open on Monday, but took some consolation from the fact he became the first Japanese player to reach a grand slam singles final.

Croatian Marin Cilic swept past Nishikori 6-3 6-3 6-3 in under two hours at New York’s Flushing Meadows stadium in a match that got many Japanese out of bed early on Tuesday to cheer for Nishikori before heading out to work and school.