December 17, 2018

First Boeing 787 Dreamliner delivered

US aircraft manufacturer, Boeing has delivered its first 787 Dreamliner to Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA), after three years of delays. The Dreamliner had originally been scheduled for delivery in 2008, but Boeing has suffered a string of setbacks, including an onboard fire during test flights … [Read more...]

Mitsubishi hit by cyber attack

Japan's largest weapons maker, Mitsubishi has confirmed it has been hit by a cyber attack attempting to get data on missiles, submarines and nuclear power plants. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) said viruses were found on more than 80 of its servers and computers last month, but at this stage … [Read more...]

NZ fisherman lands 305kg Blue Fin Tuna

A fisherman from New Zealand has landed a monster bluefin tuna worth up to $80,000 Japan while fishing off a charter boat off the West Coast of the South Island. Jeremy Walker from Te Awamutu landed the 305.8kg fish at 2.00am on Sunday morning with the help of the other four men onboard. … [Read more...]

Tropical storm Talas causes destruction in Japan

The death toll from tropical storm Talas, which swept across western Japan over the weekend has risen to 29, local authorities said Monday. Another 56 people are missing, according to a tally of casualties compiled from various prefectural police. The storm unleashed record rainfall that … [Read more...]

Mutant bird flu strain hits China and Vietnam

A deadly strain of avian ifluenza is on the march again. The United Nations, World Health Organization says the mutant strain - able to sidestep vaccines - could be spreading in Asia. The variant appeared in Vietnam and China and its risk to humans cannot be predicted, veterinary officials … [Read more...]

Union takes aim at Qantas after 1000 job cuts announced

Australian Unions are taking aim at Qantas following the airline's announcement that it plans to cut up to 1000 jobs. Qantas also plans to launch a premium airline based in Asia and a new Jetstar Japan budget airline. Australian Services Union (ASU) Assistant National Secretary Linda White … [Read more...]

Japanese student dies after Niagara Falls plunge

A Japanese international student studying in Toronto is presumed dead after she slipped and fell from rocks on the Canadian side of the Niagara Falls on Sunday night. Canadian police say the woman, in her 20s, climbed onto a pillar overlooking the Canadian side of the falls about and slipped … [Read more...]

Japan sacks three top nuclear power officials

Three men in charge of nuclear power safety and policy have been sacked with the ongoing crisis at the tsunami-hit and earthquake hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant showing no signs of abating. Japan's Trade and Industry Minister, Banri Kaieda, said the three senior officials would be held … [Read more...]

Cardboard Cathedral planned for quake ravaged Christchurch

Plans for a temporary Christchurch Cathedral made from cardboard have been unveiled in the quake ravaged city today. The proposed temporary building designed as a substitute for badly damaged Christchurch Cathedral was outlined by renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, The Press newspaper today … [Read more...]

Japan defeat USA on penalties to win Women’s Football World Cup

Japan beat USA 3-1 on penalties to become the first Asian nation to win the Fifa Women's World Cup. Defender Saki Kumagai, 20, scored the winning penalty after Ayumi Kaihori saved two of USA's three spot-kicks. Alex Morgan opened the scoring with a low strike before Aya Miyama poked in the … [Read more...]

USA win through to Womens Football World Cup Final

The US women's soccer team has advanced to the Football World Cup final after beating France 3-1 Wednesday in Moenchengladbach, Germany. The French side dominated for much of the match but could not translate the possession inot goals. The scores were locked at 1-1 until late in the game when … [Read more...]

Japan’s reconstruction minister quits after one week in job

Japan's new Minister for Reconstruction, Ryu Matsumoto has announced his resignation after just a week in the job following insensitive comments he made to governors' of tsunami affected areas. Matsumoto had been widely criticised for threatening the governors' that the government would not help … [Read more...]

Japan finds massive rare earth deposits on ocean floor

Japanese researchers claim to have discovered massive deposits of rare earth minerals, on the Pacific Ocean floor. Rare earth minerals are used in the manufacture of many hi-tech appliances. Currently China produces 97 percent of the world's rare earth metals. The team of geologists led by … [Read more...]

Tsunami alert in Japan after 6.7 magnitude earthquake

Japan issued a tsunami alert after a magnitude-6.7 earthquake struck in the northeast of the country, shaking areas hardest hit by the March 11 quake and tsunami disasters. The meteorological agency said the latest jolt hit at 6:51 am, 50 kilometres off the east coast of Miyako, Iwate … [Read more...]

Big protests in Athens as Greek general strike begins

Around 5000 Greek police managed to fend off 20,000 anti-austerity protesters in Athens who were trying to surround the Parliament buildings. Riot police including motorcycle officers used busses and barriers to prevent the encirclement of the Greek Parliament. At times the crowd surged at police … [Read more...]