Volcano erupts on Japanese island, evacuation ordered and flights diverted

A volcano on the remote southern Japanese island of Kuchinoerabujima erupted suddenly on Friday, blasting plumes of black smoke high into the sky, prompting authorities to order the island`s evacuation and forcing airlines to divert flights.

BJP hits back at Rahul Gandhi for his criticism of NDA govt

A day after Rahul Gandhi attacked the "pro-corporate" policies of the NDA government, BJP on Thursday hit back at the Congress vice president, saying it was the Manmohan Singh government "led by Sonia Gandhi" that favoured corporates and paved way for big scams, including 2G and coal.

Rahul Gandhi showing his 'frustration and ignorance': RSS

After Rahul Gandhi's attack, RSS shot back saying the Congress leader's utterances exposes his "frustration" and "ignorance" about it.

'Manmohan's lesson to Modi' jibe: Rahul Gandhi is still learning politics, says BJP
'Manmohan's lesson to Modi' jibe: Rahul Gandhi is still learning politics, says BJP

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is still learning politics, adding that his recent diatribes against the government are an attempt to ensure that he remains relevant.

Rahul Gandhi takes another dig at NDA govt, says Manmohan gave lessons on economy to PM Modi
Rahul Gandhi takes another dig at NDA govt, says Manmohan gave lessons on economy to PM Modi

Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday came down heavily on the NDA government and said that the Prime Minister had no time for the plight of poor farmers in the country.

Fukushima finishes purification process of stored radioactive water

The operator of the disabled Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan has finished purifying the 620,000 tonnes of radioactive water stored in tanks at the plant, overcoming the main stumbling block in the process of dismantling it.

Japan may confiscate passports of those going to danger zones

The Japanese government plans to confiscate passports from citizens planning to travel to areas considered dangerous, national media reported on Wednesday.

Olympics: Japan spat over 2020 stadium worsens

An Olympic-sized spat over the centrepiece stadium for the 2020 Games has escalated in Japan after Tokyo`s governor urged premier Shinzo Abe to take his sports minister`s pronouncements with a pinch of salt.

Japan jails Chinese skipper over coral poaching

A Japanese court today jailed a Chinese skipper for coral poaching in what was reportedly the first such punishment since the coastguard began reporting waves of illegal boats.

South Korea, US, Japan nuclear envoys to step up pressure on North Korea

Nuclear envoys from South Korea, Japan and the United States agreed Wednesday to step up pressure -- including possible sanctions -- on North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons, while keeping diplomatic options "open."

Japan to join US, Australia war games amid growing China tensions

Japan will join a major U.S.-Australian military exercise for the first time in a sign of growing security links between the three countries as tensions fester over China`s island building in the South China Sea.

Japan braces for another butter shortage

Japan was bracing Tuesday for a severe butter shortage that threatened to crimp cake-making nationwide, bringing echoes of last year`s dairy dire straits that left supermarket shelves empty.

Japanese academics urge `comfort women` reckoning

Japanese academics have called on the conservative government to face up to its responsibility over "comfort women", echoing an open letter from leading foreign scholars urging an honest accounting for wartime wrongdoing.

Japan to join major US-Australia military drill

Japanese troops will take part in a major US-Australian military exercise for the first time in July, as Washington looks to bolster links among its allies in the face of an increasingly assertive China.

Japan under-estimated Fukushima tsunami risk: IAEA

Japanese regulatory authorities and the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), owner of the Fukushima nuclear plant, failed to implement adequate safeguards at the plant before the 2011 tsunami despite being aware of the risks, the International Atomic Energy Agency has said.

Moderate quake jolts Japan

 A moderate quake of 5.6 magnitude on the Richter scale jolted the metropolitan area of Japan`s capital city of Tokyo on Monday.

Eastern Japan shaken by 5.6 magnitude quake, no tsunami warning

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 shook Tokyo and surrounding areas on Monday, but no tsunami warning was issued, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Thousands surround Japan's parliament, protest US base plan

Thousands of demonstrators formed a human chain around Japan's parliament in Tokyo on Sunday, protesting the planned construction of a new US airbase on the southern island of Okinawa.

Kei Nishikori inspires Japanese French Open record
Kei Nishikori inspires Japanese French Open record

 Japan smashed a record which had stood for almost half a century at the French Open on Sunday by seeing five men make the first round draw.

China warms up to Japan, Xi receives big Japanese delegation

 In an indicator of warming ties between China and Japan after three years of tense relations, President Xi Jinping has welcomed an unusually large Japanese delegation even as he cautioned Tokyo against any attempt to distort its wartime history.