Australia and Japan collaborate to unveil the secrets of hidden ‘continent’ of Zealandia

Scientists from Australia and Japan are attempting to unlock the secrets of the “lost continent” of Zealandia by investigating the huge underwater landmass east of Australia that has never been properly studied.... Read more »
Shinzo Abe and Malcolm Turnbull talk to the media at Kirribilli House in Sydney. Photo: David Moir/EPA

Australia and Japan to strengthen defence ties

Australia and Japan will strengthen military ties as leaders of both the countries recommit to ensuring regional stability and strong trade links. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull met his Japanese counterpart Shinzo... Read more »
Tokyo receives 'first snow' in November for first time in 54 years

Tokyo wakes up to first November snow in over 50 years

Trains delayed, traffic disrupted, residents put on heavy coats and boots after surprised November snowfall TOKYO (Japan) – Tokyo residents woke up Thursday to the first November snowfall in more than 50... Read more »
The Thani family arrived in Wellington on Friday to start their new life here. Rawad, 5, walks with his mum, Amena, and 3-year-old sister, Naba, while dad Wael carries son Salim, 2.

World’s six richest countries host only 9% of world’s refugees

Poorest nations shouldering responsibility for world’s refugees The world’s six wealthiest countries host less than 9% of the world’s refugees, according to a new Oxfam report. While the United States, China, Japan,... Read more »
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These are 10 most peaceful countries in the world in 2016

These are World’s 10 most peaceful countries according to Global Peace Index 2016 Seven European states are among the 10 most peaceful countries in the world despite the threat of terrorist attacks... Read more »
Toyota, Sony and Honda suspend production following Japan quake

Toyota, Sony and Honda suspend production following Japan quake

Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co., Sony and other firms suspended operations after a powerful earthquake struck Kyushu, damaging factories and supply chains. Two earthquakes hit southern Japan on 14 April and... Read more »
G7 Foreign Ministers walk together after placing wreaths at the cenotaph at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, western Japan on Monday.

G7 leaders call for ‘world without nuclear weapons’ in Hiroshima declaration

The foreign ministers of the world’s most advanced economies visited a war memorial for the 140,000 victims of the 1945 atomic bombing of the Japanese city. HIROSHIMA (Japan) – The Group of... Read more »
North Korea announced on Wednesday that it has tested a nuclear device, after reports of a non-natural earthquake near a previously-used test site.

North Korea confirms hydrogen bomb test after earthquake report

North Korea today revealed it had detonated a hydrogen bomb, triggering a 5.1-magnitude earthquake and propelling the dictatorship on a new collision course with world powers. The thermonuclear weapon is believed to... Read more »
Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop walks with Japan's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Fumio Kishida during a visit to the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre on November 22, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Getty Images

Australia, Japan agree to expand military cooperation

SYDNEY — Foreign and defense ministers of Australia and Japan agreed to sign a pact to make cooperation between their armed forces easier. Full agreement will be sought when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull... Read more »
Nikkei goes global with Financial Times takeover

Japan’s Nikkei goes global with Financial Times takeover

Japan’s biggest-ever foreign media acquisition costs $1.3 billion TOKYO: Japanese media giant Nikkei’s surprise acquisition of the Financial Times for $1.3 billion underscores its goal to be the voice of Asia on economic affairs... Read more »
World’s best Kindergarten is in Japan

World’s best Kindergarten is in Japan

Japan’s Fuji Kindergarten may well be world’s finest teaching space By Thu-Huong Ha At Fuji Kindergarten outside Tokyo, kids make the most of a magical environment designed just for them. The roof of... Read more »
The two-week “Talisman Sabre” exercise in the Northern Territory and Queensland involves 30,000 personnel from the US and Australia.

Australia, US kick off massive military exercise in NT and Queensland

United States and Australia started a joint military exercise called ‘Talisman Sabre’ which is set to go on for two weeks in the states of Northern Territory and Queensland. The US and... Read more »

Solar Impulse lands in Hawaii after completing epic flight across the Pacific from Japan

A plane powered by the sun’s rays landed in Hawaii on Friday after a record-breaking five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean from Japan. Pilot Andre Borschberg and his single-seat aircraft landed at... Read more »

Travel Tips: How not to behave in 15 countries around the world

Different countries have different customs. A hand gesture can be harmless in one country, but be highly offensive in another. In order to help you avoid any faux pas on your next... Read more »

Labour Day 2015: Workers around the world rally on May Day – in pictures

International Workers’ Day celebrated around the world Labour Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, is widely celebrated as a public holiday in countries across the world. It was chosen to commemorate... Read more »

China’s Xi Jinping and Japan’s Shinzo Abe hold rare meeting, call for better ties

The Chinese and Japanese leaders have held another rare meeting in a sign of easing tensions between the two East Asian powers over the disputed islands and the wartime legacy. Chinese President... Read more »

Asian-African nations look toward enhanced cooperation, economic development

JAKARTA, (Indonesia) — Dozens of leaders from Asia and Africa assembled in Jakarta on Sunday for a five-day summit to breathe new life into economic development and mark the anniversary of a Cold War-era gathering that led to... Read more »

Tsunami warning lifted after magnitude-6.8 quake rocks southern Japan

Japan’s Miyakojima and Yaeyama areas have been placed on high alert with tsunami advisories being issued following a shallow 6.8-magnitude underwater earthquake off Taiwan’s coast. Warnings were lifted after no significant wave... Read more »
The Maglev (magnetic levitation) train speeds during a test run on the experimental track in Tsuru, 100km west of Tokyo, on May 11, 2010. US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood took a test ride on Japan's super-fast magnetic train, a contender for President Barack Obama's multi-billion-dollar national railway project. Japan is up against China, France, Germany and other bidders as it seeks to sell its "Shinkansen" bullet and magnetic trains for the 13-billion-USD US high-speed national rail grid. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA (Photo credit should read TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

Japan’s Maglev Train sets new speed record at 590 kph

A magnetic levitation (maglev) train in Japan has broken the world speed record by hitting 366mph. The Central Japan Railway Company said the seven-car train completed a test run on an experimental... Read more »

Korean Asiana Airplane skids off runway, smashes antenna at Japan runway

TOKYO, (Japan) – A South Korean Asiana Airways plane smashed into a communications antenna as it came in to land at a Japanese airport, footage showed today, injuring 27 people in an... Read more »

China, Japan, South Korea agree to boost Tourism ties

The three countries launch ‘Visit East Asia Campaign’ as they seek to enhance visitor goal of 30 million by 2020 East Asian nations, China, Japan and South Korea, have decided to briefly... Read more »

About two-thirds of the world’s patent applications come from 3 countries

Global innovation has become a three-horse race. Three countries—the US, Japan and China—accounted for over 60% of patent applications in 2014, according to a report released by the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) today. The... Read more »

China and Japan hold first security meeting in 4 years

TOKYO, (Japan) – Foreign and defense officials from China and Japan kicked off a high-level security meeting on Thursday, the first one between the two sides in more than four years. The... Read more »

Robear, a Japanese nursing robot with the face of a bear

Robear robot care bear designed to serve Japan’s aging population Japan has long been looking at how it might use robots to provide care for the elderly, and with a rapidly aging... Read more »