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Japanese flood disaster frays resilience of elderly victims

16 Oct 2019

DATE, Japan When a river in Japan's Fukushima prefecture overflowed on Sunday at the height of Typhoon Hagibis, 700 homes were flooded, many belonging to elderly residents too frail to clean up and repair their water-logged houses.

Japan typhoon death toll climbs to 74, rescuers search for missing people

16 Oct 2019

DATE, Japan Rescue workers in Japan searched for the missing on Wednesday as the death toll from one of the worst typhoons to hit the country rose to 74, public broadcaster NHK said, many drowned by flooding after scores of rivers burst their banks.

Rescuers slog through mud as Japan typhoon death toll rises to 66

16 Oct 2019

KORIYAMA, Japan The death toll in the worst typhoon to hit Japan for decades climbed to 66 on Tuesday as rescuers slogged through mud and debris in an increasingly grim search for the missing, and as thousands of homes remained without power or water. | Video

Japan lists China as bigger threat than nuclear-armed North Korea

27 Sep 2019

TOKYO China's growing military might has replaced North Korean belligerence as the main security threat to Japan, Tokyo's annual defence review indicated on Thursday, despite signs that Pyongyang could have nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles.

Exclusive: As North Korea expands arsenal, Japan's missile defence shield faces unforeseen costs - sources

27 Sep 2019

TOKYO Additional tests may add at least $500 million (£405.5 million) to Japan's price tag for two U.S.-built ballistic missile interceptor stations that could struggle to shoot down the latest North Korean missile types, four government and defence sources said.

Japan promotes China as bigger threat than nuclear-armed N.Korea

27 Sep 2019

TOKYO, Sept 27 China's growing military might has replaced North Korean belligerence as the main security threat to Japan, Tokyo's annual defence review indicated on Thursday, despite signs that Pyongyang could have nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles.

Denied invite, South Korea will miss Japanese naval fleet review

24 Sep 2019

SEOUL/TOKYO South Korea will not participate in Japan's naval fleet review in October, it said on Tuesday, as it had not been invited to a display its navy joined when the event was last held four years ago.

Ex-Tepco bosses cleared over Fukushima nuclear disaster

19 Sep 2019

TOKYO A Tokyo court cleared on Thursday three former Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) executives of negligence for the 2011 Fukushima disaster, the only criminal case to arise out of the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl in 1986. | Video

Japan's military seek eighth straight annual hike in defence spending

30 Aug 2019

TOKYO Japan's military has asked for an eighth straight annual increase in defence spending to help pay for U.S.-made interceptor missiles, stealth fighters, and other equipment it wants to counter threats from North Korea and China.

African lender says China not trying to lead region into 'debt trap'

30 Aug 2019

YOKOHAMA, Japan China is not trying to lead African countries into a debt trap and provides critical investment along with other countries to close a funding gap for crucial infrastructure projects on the continent, the head of the regional lender said on Friday.

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