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Google's China exit means Asian success hinges on Korea, Japan
Mar 21, 2010 by BusinessWeek

Google Inc.'s looming withdrawal from China adds to pressure to expand in South Korea and Japan, where the Web-search company has won a fraction of the popularity it enjoys in the U.S. and Europe. There is little doubt that Google's Chinese search engine will be shut down after a two-month standoff with Chinese authorities. Efforts to gain traction have paid off for Google elsewhere in Asia, including Japan, where it took the top spot from Yahoo Japan Corp. Google had 48 percent of Web searches in Japan in February, up from 40 percent a year earlier, according to ComScore. Yahoo had 43 percent. (BusinessWeek)
Strong winds buffet Japan, causing some injuries in Tokyo area
Mar 21, 2010 by AP

Strong winds caused by a low-pressure system blew across Japan on Sunday, injuring more than a dozen people as well as affecting rail and air services in Tokyo and other areas. The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of possible violent storms, high waves, lightning and tornadoes as the system is likely to move toward northeastern Japan during the day. A cold front is also expected to pass through Japan's main island of Honshu. Winds with maximum speeds of close to 140 kilometers per hour were recorded in Chiba City and of nearly 130 kph in Tokyo's Edogawa Ward around 5 a.m. Sunday, the agency said. (AP)

Lufthansa flight blocked as Japanese group falls ill
Mar 20, 2010 by AFP

The take-off of a German flight to Tokyo was delayed after two dozen Japanese tourists on board fell ill with violent stomach cramps, German police said. Shortly before take-off Saturday afternoon, the Airbus A340 carrying some 300 passengers returned to the airport terminal in Berlin after the tourists complained of stomach pains and nausea, said a police statement. The 23 people stricken by the mystery illness, part of a group of some 80 tourists on an organised trip to Europe, were taken to nearby hospitals. (AFP)

Japan marks 15th anniversary of subway gas attacks
Mar 20, 2010 by AFP

Japan on Saturday marked the 15th anniversary of the deadly 1995 Tokyo subway nerve gas attacks, with families of victims leaving flowers at the scene of some of the deaths. Train staff held a moment of silence at the Kasumigaseki subway station at 8 am, roughly the hour when the Nazi-developed sarin gas was released into packed commuter trains during the morning rush hour. In all, 13 people were killed and more than 6,000 injured, many of them severely, when the Aum Supreme Truth doomsday cult attacked stations and trains simultaneously. (AFP)

Japan breathes relief as tuna trade ban proposal fails
Mar 19, 2010 by examiner.com

Japanese citizens as high up as the Prime Minister breathed a sigh of relief, at least temporarily, as the international trading ban on Atlantic Bluefin Tuna proposed at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wildlife Fauna and Flora (CITES) was rejected by a vast majority of voting nations. The trading ban proposal was initiated over concerns that Bluefin Tuna is being fished to extinction in the Atlantic region, based on scientific surveys that showed drastic decreases in population levels in recent years. While the ban was supported by some countries such as the United States, it had raised numerous concerns in Japan and other nations. (examiner.com)

Crown prince, wife 'distressed' over public concern for Princess Aiko
Mar 19, 2010 by AP

Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako said Friday they feel distress for causing public concern about their 8-year-old daughter Princess Aiko, who stayed away from school after reportedly encountering rough behavior by boys in her grade. "We feel distress at causing people to worry about Aiko's absence from Gakushuin Primary School," the couple said in a statement released by Issei Nomura, grand master of the crown prince's household, at a press conference. (AP)

By J.S. on Mar 23, 2010

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