Elaine Lies

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4 Feb 2019 | 7:31 PM

Japan, Germany say Venezuela leadership crisis needs peaceful solution

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday they both hoped for a prompt and peaceful solution to Venezuela's leadership crisis, with Merkel saying Germany recognised opposition leader Juan Guaido as the nation's interim president.

15 Jan 2019 | 5:38 PM

Japan's Olympic Committee head denies impropriety in 2020 bid procedures

TOKYO (Reuters) - The head of Japan's Olympic Committee confirmed that he had been questioned by French authorities in December on Tuesday but repeated his denial there was anything improper about Tokyo's bid for the 2020 Games and vowed to prove his innocence.

4 Jan 2019 | 2:44 PM

Japan PM Abe says he plans to push for peace treaty with Russia

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday he intends to push forward towards a World War Two peace treaty with Russia, which has been stymied for decades by a territorial row, during a summit in Russia later this month.

25 Oct 2018 | 7:49 PM

Rice balls for Japan hostage as he returns home from Syrian 'hell'

TOKYO (Reuters) - A 44-year-old Japanese freelance journalist returned home on Thursday to rice balls cooked by his mother but an uncertain future more than three years after militants in Syria captured him in what he described as a physical and mental "hell".

19 Oct 2018 | 6:45 PM

Japan quake shock absorber maker: products may have been used nationwide

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese maker of earthquake shock absorbers said on Friday that at least 70 buildings across the country may have used its products for which quality data was falsified and that nearly 1,000 are suspected of having done so.

28 Sep 2018 | 3:24 PM

Manga comics turn grey - but spirited - along with readers

TOKYO - Japan's greying population is changing the character of its beloved manga comics, spawning a new genre in which the elderly aren't pitiable oldsters but protagonists making discoveries, finding friends and sometimes even having hot sex.

28 Sep 2018 | 3:01 PM

Japan braces as typhoon charts course for main island

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan braced for high winds and heavy rain as a typhoon roared north on Friday, enveloping outlying islands in high seas before taking aim at the rest of the nation and raking across its biggest main island at the weekend.

12 Sep 2018 | 6:58 PM

Disaster risks make 2020 planning 'more complex' - IOC's Coates

TOKYO (Reuters) - Planning for the Tokyo 2020 Games has been made harder because of the high disaster risks in Japan, a reality hammered home by a deadly typhoon and earthquake just last week, International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and top Tokyo planner John Coates said on Wednesday.

4 Sep 2018 | 8:48 PM

Typhoon slices through western Japan, killing at least six

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan issued evacuation advisories for more than a million people and cancelled hundreds of flights as Typhoon Jebi sliced across the west on Tuesday, cutting power, overturning cars and killing at least six people.

7 Aug 2018 | 5:52 PM

'Makes me shake with rage' - Japan probe shows university cut women's test scores

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese medical school deliberately cut women's entrance test scores for at least a decade, an investigation panel said on Tuesday, calling it a "very serious" instance of discrimination, but school officials denied having known of the manipulations.