Japan gets bigger as new coastline emerges

Crowded Japan has got a little bit roomier after a 300-metre (1,000-foot) strip of land emerged from the sea and attached itself to the coast, experts said Monday.

Heavy snow kills 3, disrupts travel in Japan

At least three people have died in heavy snow that has blanketed swathes of Japan, reports said Thursday, with up to two metres (6ft 7ins) lying in some places and more forecast.

Moderate 5.6 quake hits northern Japan

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck northern Japan on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said, with no immediate reports of damage, as a powerful typhoon lashed the country`s far south.

The epicentre of the quake was located inland of northernmost Hokkaido at a depth of 37 kilometres (23 miles), close to the region`s capital city Sapporo.

Snow kills 8 in Japan, including family in car

Heavy snow that fell on the main northern Japanese island of Hokkaido over the weekend has killed eight people, including a family whose car got buried.

6.4 magnitude quake jolts Japan`s Hokkaido

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake jolted Japan`s Hokkaido late Saturday, reported Xinhua citing the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

Japan to accept patients from disputed islands off Hokkaido

Japan will accept two patients from two of the four Russian-held islands off Hokkaido at hospitals.