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May 14, 2015

Honda adds to Takata air bag recalls; global tally now around 36 mln

TOKYO (Reuters) – Honda Motor Co on Thursday
recalled close to 5 million vehicles fitted with potentially
faulty Takata Corp air bag inflators, as investigations
showed the problem behind one of the biggest auto safety crises
may be more widespread than thought.

The latest move by Japan’s third largest automaker brings
the overall global total of vehicles recalled for Takata-related
air bags to around 36 million since 2008, and comes a day after
Toyota Motor Corp and Nissan Motor Co recalled
6.5 million vehicles worldwide.

May 14, 2015

Takata air bag troubles deepen as Honda, Daihatsu add recalls

TOKYO (Reuters) – Honda Motor Co and Daihatsu Motor Co said on Thursday they would recall more than 5 million cars to replace potentially fatal air bag inflators made by Japan’s Takata Corp, already at the center of one of the biggest automotive recalls to date.

The recalls come a day after Toyota Motor Corp and Nissan Motor Co said they were taking back some 6.5 million vehicles worldwide after investigations showed the Takata airbag inflators were not properly sealed and so could be damaged by moisture.

May 13, 2015

Japan’s 3 top carmakers to expand Takata air bag recalls by millions

TOKYO, May 13 (Reuters) – Japan’s three biggest carmakers
said on Wednesday they would expand a huge global recall
triggered by potentially fatal air bags made by Takata Corp
, saying they were taking back millions of vehicles
worldwide for investigation.

Toyota Motor Corp and Nissan Motor Co said
they were recalling some 6.5 million vehicles globally, while
Honda Motor Co Ltd said it would follow suit, without
giving further details.

May 8, 2015

Troubled air bag maker Takata says to return to profit in 2015/16

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Takata Corp (7312.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said it expects to return to profit this financial year on higher Asian and U.S. sales, but the troubled company made few provisions for possible costs related to a massive global recall of its exploding air bags.

Around 25 million cars have been recalled worldwide since 2008 over Takata air bag inflators that have erupted with too much force, spraying shrapnel inside the car.

Apr 27, 2015

Nepali workers abroad fret over families at home after quake

OTA, Japan (Reuters) – For Naren Mahat, a 27-year-old Nepali living in Japan, there was a long and painful wait on Saturday between news of a devastating earthquake and, finally, word from family members cut off by bad phone lines and repeated aftershocks.

“If we were there, we could have helped. It’s like a dream. I still can’t believe this is happening,” said Mahat, an asylum seeker from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, which suffered heavy damage.

Apr 14, 2015

Japan court halts restart of two reactors in blow to nuclear sector

FUKUI, Japan (Reuters) – A Japanese court on Tuesday issued an injunction to prevent the restart of two reactors citing safety concerns, in a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to return to atomic energy four years after the Fukushima crisis.

It is the second court ruling in less than a year against reactors operated by Kansai Electric Power, the country’s most nuclear reliant utility before Fukushima.

Apr 13, 2015

Japan court to decide on nuclear plant, crucial to atomic future

TOKYO, April 14 (Reuters) – A Japanese court will rule later
on Tuesday on an injunction request against reactors owned by
Kansai Electric Power, in a case that could derail
Japan’s slow return to nuclear power after the 2011 Fukushima
disaster.

The ruling will have ramifications for attempts by Prime
Minister Shinzo Abe, a strong proponent of atomic energy, to
revive the world’s third-biggest economy after two decades of
anaemic growth.

Mar 20, 2015

Seventy years on, Japan, U.S. remember epic Iwo Jima battle

TOKYO (Reuters) – When Yoshitaka Shindo was a boy, he did not hear much from his family about his grandfather Tadamichi Kuribayashi, commander of the Japanese troops who fought and died in the bloody battle of Iwo Jima.

The battle, in which nearly 7,000 U.S. Marines and almost 22,000 Japanese defenders died, was etched in America’s memory by an Associated Press photo of six soldiers raising the U.S flag on the small volcanic island’s Mount Suribachi.

Mar 9, 2015

Fukushima residents torn over nuclear waste storage plan

OKUMA, Japan, March 9 (Reuters) – Norio Kimura lost his
wife, father and 7-year-old daughter Yuna in the March 2011
tsunami.

Now, he fears he may lose his land, too, as Japan’s
government wants to build a sprawling radioactive waste storage
site in the shadow of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant.

Mar 4, 2015

Japan court battles could delay nuclear restarts further

TOKYO (Reuters) – The fight over restarting Japan’s nuclear industry is moving to the courts, where power companies face the risk of further delays in firing up idled reactors if judges side with local residents worried about nuclear safety.

Four reactors owned by two utilities cleared regulatory safety checks in recent months, potentially soon ending more than a year without atomic power in Japan, the first such spell in the four decades the nation has been using nuclear energy.