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A huge dock torn from a Japanese port by March 2011 tsunami has washed up in the US state of Oregon

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...cientists say invasive species foreign to the area may have hitched a ride. A huge dock torn from a Japanese port by March 2011 tsunami has washed up in the US state of Oregon A starfish native to Japan was among the marine life still clinging to the structure, Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation spokesman Chris Havel was quoted as saying by the Associated Press news agency. “This is...

Zhou Xiaochuan, the governor of China's central bank, has pulled out of the IMF and World Bank meetings being held in Japan

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...entral bank, has pulled out of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings being held in Japan. The move comes amid an ongoing territorial dispute between the two countries. Relations between the two soured after Japan said it had purchased disputed islands in the East China Sea claimed by both Tokyo and Beijing. China’s four state-owned banks have also skipped the meetings. Zhou...

Six Chinese surveillance ships have entered waters near islands claimed by both Japan and China

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...e Uichiro Niwa, who has been criticized for his handling of one of the worse diplomatic rows between Japan and China in recent years. Japan-China disputed islands: • The archipelago consists of five islands and three reefs • Japan, China and Taiwan claim them; they are controlled by Japan and form part of Okinawa prefecture • The Japanese government signed a deal in September 2012 to purchase thre...

Japanese and South Korean planes have flown unannounced through China's newly-declared air defense zone

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Japanese and South Korean planes have flown unannounced through China’s newly-declared air defense zone, officials from both nations say. Japan’s aircraft had conducted routine “surveillance activity” over the East China Sea zone, the top government spokesman said. South Korea had also conducted a flight, its defense ministry said. China says planes transiting the zone, which co...

At least four people died after an earthquake hit the Solomon Islands triggering Pacific tsunami

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...er revised the figure to 28.7 km (17.8 miles). Luke Taula, a fisheries officer in Lata, told Reuters news agency the wave came as several small tidal surges. “We have small waves come in, then go out again, then come back in. The waves have reached the airport terminal,” he told the news agency. Tsunami warnings were issued for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tuv...

A major earthquake with an initial magnitude of 8.9 has hit under the sea off Indonesia's northern Aceh province

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...ude of 8.9 has hit under the sea off Indonesia’s northern Aceh province. The quake triggered a tsunami warning across the Indian Ocean region. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it was not yet known whether a tsunami had been generated, but advised authorities to “take appropriate action”. The region is regularly hit by earthquakes. The Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 killed 17...

Japanese women have fallen behind Hong Kong in terms of global life expectancy rankings for the first time in 25 years

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Japanese women have fallen behind Hong Kong in terms of global life expectancy rankings for the first time in 25 years. This was partly due to the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the country in March 2011, said an annual report by Japan’s health ministry. The expected lifespan for Japanese women dropped from 86.30 years in 2010 to 85.90 years in 2011. The official life expectanc...

Japan has reported weaker-than-expected economic data, underlining the challenges the government faces as it tries to revive the country's economy

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Japan has reported weaker-than-expected economic data, underlining the challenges the government faces as it tries to revive the country’s economy. Industrial output fell 3.3% in June, from the previous month. Compared with the same month a year ago it fell 4.8%. Meanwhile, household spending declined 0.4% from a year earlier. Analysts had expected growth of 1.0%. Japan has been trying to b...

Japan has hanged three death-row inmates, the first executions under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

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Japan has hanged three death-row inmates, the first executions under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The three were put to death in the early hours of Thursday, the Justice Ministry has confirmed. One of them was convicted of killing a young girl. Japan traditionally executes several prisoners at a time. These are the first executions since September 2012. Japan is one of the few industrialized nation...

Haruhiko Kuroda has been nominated by Japan's government to be the next governor of the country's central bank

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Haruhiko Kuroda has been nominated by Japan’s government to be the next governor of the country’s central bank. Haruhiko Kuroda is currently the head of the Asian Development Bank and is seen as a supporter of aggressive monetary easing to help revive Japan’s economy. The government, which recently won a general election, wants the Bank of Japan to do more to boost growth. Both...

Japan is voting in upper house elections expected to deliver a win for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

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Japan is voting in upper house elections expected to deliver a win for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Half of the 242 seats in the chamber are being contested. Polls show Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its allies could secure a majority, meaning a ruling party would control both houses of parliament for the first time in six years. The deadlock in parliament has been seen as a...

Japan will seek compensation from China for damages to its diplomatic missions there during protests over disputed islands

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Japan will seek compensation from China for damages to its diplomatic missions there during protests over disputed islands, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura has said. Osamu Fujimura told reporters in Tokyo that “this was an issue between the governments”. It comes as China expressed regret over protesters attacking the US ambassador’s car in Beijing on Tuesday. Chinese dis...

Scientists have warned that a million people living on the shores of Lake Geneva could be at risk from devastating tsunamis

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...e warned that a million people living on the shores of Lake Geneva could be at risk from devastating tsunamis. In the sixth century a tsunami triggered by a rockfall on the lake destroyed several villages, sent a 26 ft wave crashing over Geneva’s city walls, and caused many casualties. Experts investigating the event said a similar disaster could easily happen again, and Geneva with its 200,...

Japan announces that will shoot down a North Korean rocket if necessary, as new satellite images appeared to show preparations for the April launch

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Joe Biden arrived in Tokyo late on Monday and will then head to Beijing and Seoul during his six-day visit

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...erned” about China’s new air defense identification zone (ADIZ). In written responses to Japan’s Asahi newspaper, Joe Biden said China and Japan had to establish measures to lower tensions. Joe Biden arrived in Tokyo late on Monday and will then head to Beijing and Seoul during his six-day visit. The air zone row is likely to dominate the week of talks. Joe Biden’s most imp...

Natsuo Yamaguchi, an envoy for Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, has met China's leader Xi Jinping in Beijing, amid a growing territorial dispute

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Natsuo Yamaguchi, an envoy for Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, has met China’s leader Xi Jinping in Beijing, amid a growing territorial dispute. Natsuo Yamaguchi, head of the junior party in Japan’s ruling coalition, handed Xi Jinping a letter from Shinzo Abe – its contents have not been disclosed. The envoy said the two had agreed it was important to maintain a dialogu...

Chinese indignation grew recently when nationalist politicians from Japan visited disputed islands to commemorate the Japanese dead of WWII

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...test rallies in Chinese cities. Chinese indignation grew recently when nationalist politicians from Japan visited disputed islands to commemorate the Japanese dead of WWII Japan’s coast guard reported 20 Chinese marine surveillance ships in the vicinity of the islands last week. They confirmed to Kyodo news agency on Sunday that the last such vessel had left. The cancellation of Thursday...

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Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has announced that crippled nuclear reactors at Japan’s Fukushima power plant have finally been stabilized. The earthquake and tsunami in March this year knocked out vital cooling systems, triggering radiation leaks and forcing the evacuation of thousands of people. Yoshihiko Noda’s declaration of a “cold shutdown” condition marked the stabili...

Build-Up, a subcontractor for plant operator Tepco, admitted one of its executives told workers to put lead shields on radiation detection devices

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Japan will investigate a report that workers at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were urged to disguise their exposure to radiation. Build-Up, a subcontractor for plant operator Tepco, admitted one of its executives told workers to put lead shields on radiation detection devices. Otherwise, they would have rapidly exceeded the legal limit for exposure. The Fukishima plant was de...

Panasonic has suspended some of its operations in China after anti-Japan protesters attacked two of its factories

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...rotesters taking to the streets in various parts of China. The demonstrations saw protesters burning Japanese flags and targeting Japanese-made cars. There have been reports of a Toyota dealership in China being damaged during the demonstrations. On Monday, the Bloomberg news agency reported that Canon had also suspended operations in three of its factories in China until 18 September. Analysts sa...

The Bank of Japan has announced it will dramatically expand the country's money supply, as it tries to stimulate the economy growth

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The Bank of Japan (BOJ) has announced it will dramatically expand the country’s money supply, as it tries to stimulate the economy growth. The Japanese central bank vowed to boost an asset purchase programme and meet a 2% inflation target in two years, after a two-day meeting, the first chaired by new governor Haruhiko Kuroda. Japan’s economy, the world’s third-largest, has been...

Japan's coast guard has detained a Chinese fishing boat for allegedly fishing inside Japanese waters

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Japan’s coast guard has detained a Chinese fishing boat for allegedly fishing inside Japanese waters, Chinese officials say. The boat was seized on Saturday near Japan’s Kagoshima Prefecture, China’s Xinhua news agency reported, citing the Chinese consulate in Fukuoka, Japan. The captain had admitted entering Japanese waters, Xinhua said. Japan’s coast guard has detained...

A 7.6-magnitude earthquake has rocked the north-western part of Costa Rica triggering a tsunami warning

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A 7.6-magnitude earthquake has rocked the north-western part of Costa Rica triggering a tsunami warning, the US Geological Survey said. A tsunami warning is in effect for Costa Rica, Panama, and Nicaragua. The quake was centred about 50 miles (80 km) south of the town of Liberia and was at a depth of 12.4 miles. It rattled buildings and cut power in some parts of the capital of San Jose, Reuters...

This morning, a massive quake strikes off Aleutian Islands, south west of Alaska

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...ng unusual wave action, or the water level rising or receding may have only a few minutes before the tsunami arrival and should move immediately. “Homes and small buildings are not designed to withstand tsunami impacts. Do not stay in these structures. “Earthquakes of this magnitude are known to generate tsunamis,” the warning said. People in Pacific coastal regions outside California, Oregon, Was...

The US Coast Guard has used cannon to sink the Japanese ghost ship that drifted to Alaska after the 2011 tsunami

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The crewless Japanese ship that drifted to Alaska after the 2011 tsunami has been sunk by the US Coast Guard. The coast guard earlier said they would hold off scuttling the Ryou-Un Maru after a Canadian fishing boat claimed salvage rights. But a Canadian official later said that the Bernice C had been unable to tow the 200 ft (61 m) Japanese “ghost ship”. The US Coast Guard has used c...