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Explosion at steel plant in Japan: reports TOKYO: At least six people were rushed to hospital Wednesday after an explosion at a steel plant in central Japan, media reported.Television pictures showed clouds of black smoke billowing from the Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal facility in Tokai, with one broadcaster reporting 12 people had been hurt in the blast.A spokesman at the Aichi prefectural police said the fire department had been alerted to a problem at the plant at 12:46 pm (0346 GMT)."A fire broke out although we still don't know if there was an explosion yet. Several people seem to be injured," he said.The apparent explosion came after a fire at the factory earlier this year.No one was hurt in that incident at the plant where 3,000 employees were engaged in producing steel sheets and pipes.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Japan PM names five women to new cabinet TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe named five women to his new cabinet on Wednesday, matching the highest ever number of female members of the executive."A society in which women shine is one of the big pillars of this government," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference ahead of the announcement.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
South Korea delays smog tax amid pressure from car makers SEOUL: South Korea has delayed a proposed tax on vehicle carbon emissions by over five years to the end of 2020, amid pressure from domestic and US car makers who fear the levy would curb sales. But the country confirmed it would push ahead with plans to begin what will be the world's second-biggest carbon emissions trading scheme from the start of 2015, as it battles to cut greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 to 30 ...
Japan PM to reshuffle cabinet in bid to re-energise TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to reshuffle his cabinet on Wednesday in a bid to re-energise his economic and security agenda after once stellar approval ratings began to wane.The staunch conservative had enjoyed sky-high public support when he came to power in December 2012 promising to kick-start Japan's sputtering economy.But a series of bruising battles over a consumption tax hike and an unpopular move to water-down the pacifist constitution have taken some ...
Chinese home prices drop again in August BEIJING: Chinese home prices fell again in August from the previous month, two private surveys showed, suggesting the housing market was slowing further despite efforts by the authorities to lift the sector. Prices of new homes in 288 cities fell 0.3 percent in August from July, the fifth consecutive drop on a monthly basis, a poll by real estate services firm E-House China Holdings Ltd showed. Compared to a year before, home prices in August ...
Japan Finance Minister Aso says economy's recovery trend remains intact TOKYO: Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Tuesday that the economy remains in a recovery trend, following a slew of economic indicators that cast some doubt about the strength of a rebound from April's sales tax hike. Aso also told reporters that the government must continue to stick to its aim of achieving fiscal consolidation after a cabinet reshuffle expected on Wednesday.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Fukushima workers to sue TEPCO for danger pay TOKYO: Workers employed in decommissioning the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant are to sue operator Tokyo Electric Power and some subcontractors, demanding millions of yen in unpaid danger money, their lawyer said Tuesday.The four men, of whom two are still working at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, will demand the companies pay a total of 65 million yen ($620,000), mostly in hazard allowances.The workers, whose ages range from those in their 30s to their 60s, say ...

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