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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.

Sep 9, 2014

Tennis-Japan mourns Nishikori loss but savours his fairytale run

TOKYO, Sept 9 (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.

Sep 8, 2014

A year after winning Olympics, Tokyo faces hurdles in move from bid to build

By Elaine Lies

TOKYO, Sept 8(Reuters) – Tokyo’s 2020 Summer Olympics were meant to be different: compact, on budget and on time.

But now, as the Japanese capital moves to leap from bid to building a year after winning the games, the optimism is ebbing.

Aug 13, 2014

Japan says to “strongly protest” over Russia’s military exercises on disputed islands

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan said on Wednesday that Tokyo would “strongly protest” against Russia’s military exercises on disputed Pacific islands also claimed by Japan, a row over which has strained relations between the two nations since the end of World War Two.

The exercises on the islands are a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to court resource-rich Russia and keep the door open to dialogue with Moscow, despite the Ukraine crisis.

Aug 4, 2014

Japan’s Ozawa says recovered from illnesses, full of plans

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Seiji Ozawa, one of the best-known conductors of his generation, said on Monday he had recovered from health problems including cancer and has many plans for the future, including conducting an opera next year.

Ozawa, 78, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in January 2010, underwent lower back surgery a year later and suffered multiple bouts of pneumonia, which kept him mostly sidelined until mid-2013.