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15 years later, tsunami survivor still looking for ship captain and crewman who saved him

KUALA TERENGGANU (Bernama): “It’s like being given a second chance at life”, said Rizal Sahputra Abdul Hamid, who was rescued at about 100 nautical miles from Banda Aceh after being adrift for nine days in the Indian Ocean after the “Boxing Day” tsunami 15 years ago.

Hope on day rugby came back to Kamaishi

TOKYO (Reuters) - Kamaishi, one of the host cities for next year's Rugby World Cup and still recovering from the devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011, held the inaugural match at its newly built Unosumai Memorial Stadium on Sunday.

Tepco's 'ice wall' fails to freeze Fukushima's toxic water buildup

OKUMA, Japan (Reuters) - A costly "ice wall" is failing to keep groundwater from seeping into the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, data from operator Tokyo Electric Power Co shows, preventing it from removing radioactive melted fuel at the site seven years after the disaster.

Japan court rules government liable over Fukushima - media

TOKYO (Reuters) - A court in Japan on Friday ruled that Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) and the government are liable for negligence in a case involving compensation for the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the first time the judiciary has ruled the state has liability, Japanese media reported.

2004 Tsunami: Recalling the horror – 12 years on

GEORGE TOWN: Twelve years have passed since the 2004 tsunami but the catastrophe is etched in the memories of those affected.

Indonesia marks tsunami 12 years ago with prayers

BANDA ACEH: Thousands of Indonesians prayed for their loved ones at mass graves and mosques Monday (Dec 26) to mark a tsunami which devastated Aceh province 12 years ago today, one of the worst natural disasters in human history.

Tokyo organisers unveil revised budget for 2020 Games

TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo 2020 organisers unveiled on Wednesday a budget of $16.8 billion (13.59 billion pounds) for hosting the next Summer Games and vowed to seek further savings in co-operation with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which has been calling for them to cut costs.

Tokyo opts for new volleyball venue for 2020 Games

TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo will build a new volleyball arena for the 2020 Olympics in the capital rather than using an existing facility in nearby Yokohama despite being under pressure to cut costs, the city government said on Friday.

IOC approves venues for new sports at Tokyo 2020

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Venues for the five new sports to be introduced at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were finalised on Tuesday following approval by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Tokyo Games chief Yoshiro Mori told reporters.

Typhoon Lionrock nears Japan's tsunami-hit northeast, grounds flights

TOKYO (Reuters) - More than 100 flights were cancelled and evacuation warnings were issued for thousands of people as a powerful typhoon approached Japan's northeast on Tuesday, a region devastated by a massive earthquake and tsunami five years ago.