September 3rd, 2013
12:13 AM ET

Japan outlines plan for Fukushima crisis

The Japanese government on Tuesday said it would spend the equivalent of $470 million to try to tackle the toxic water crisis at the country's crippled nuclear power plant.

The government of Prime Minster Shinzo Abe is stepping in, as the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, struggles to deal with an array of problems.

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August 6th, 2013
02:23 AM ET

Body found at site of U.S. chopper crash

Authorities have suspended their search for a missing crew member of a U.S. military helicopter that crashed in Okinawa after human remains were found at the site.
The helicopter crashed Monday at Camp Hansen, a Marine base on the Japanese island.

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April 23rd, 2013
01:25 AM ET

Chinese ships around disputed islands, Japan says

Japan said Tuesday that eight Chinese government ships had entered waters around a group of islands in the East China Sea that lie at the heart of a territorial dispute between the two countries.

The Japanese Coast Guard said the number of Chinese ships around the uninhabited islands known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese was the largest since tensions surrounding the dispute increased last year.

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March 1st, 2013
03:47 AM ET

Japan sentences 2 U.S. servicemen for rape

A Japanese court Friday sentenced two American servicemen to prison for a rape committed last year while they were on duty at a U.S. military base in Okinawa.

The Naha District Court handed down a sentence of 10 years to Navy Seaman Christopher Daniel Browning and nine years to Petty Officer Skyler A Dozierwalker for raping a Japanese woman after attacking her in a parking lot.

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December 13th, 2012
02:24 AM ET

Japan scrambles fighter jets after Chinese plane seen near disputed islands

Japan scrambled fighter jets after a Chinese plane was seen Thursday near small islands in the East China Sea that are claimed by both countries.

This is the first time the dispute over the islands, which Japan calls Senkaku and China refers to as Diaoyu, has involved aircraft.

Chinese government ships have repeatedly entered the waters around the remote, rocky islands since the Japanese government announced in September it was buying several of the islands from private owners.

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September 20th, 2011
10:04 PM ET

4 killed as typhoon approaches Japan

[Updated at 11:35 p.m. ET] Four people in Japan have been killed amid heavy rain from a powerful typhoon that is expected to make landfall Wednesday afternoon, authorities there said.

The center of Typhoon Roke, which had sustained winds of up to 167 kph (103 mph) Wednesday morning, could hit Japan's Tokai region, which includes Nagoya city or the Kanto region, which includes Tokyo in the afternoon, Japan Meteorological Agency chief forecaster Yutaka Kanda said at a news conference.

As of 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, Roke's center was 280 kilometers southwest of Nagoya, where about 1 million people had been urged to evacuate.

An evacuation order for about 80,000 residents of Nagoya was lifted, according to local media reports.

Heavy rain fell in central and western Japan from the typhoon's outer bands on Tuesday and Wednesday. Some downpours came at up to 50 millimeters (2 inches) an hour, and some parts received more than 450 millimeters (17 inches) over a day, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK.

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