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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Turkey for an official visit on May 2-3 by the invitation of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, TRT Haber reported.

Japanese Prime Minister will arrive accompanied by Japanese businessmen, sain in the press center of the Turkish PM.

At the meeting will discuss bilateral relations, and also regional and international issues.


The cooling system for the spent fuel storage at one of the reactors of Japan's stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant stopped working Friday, a news report said.

An alarm went off at 2:27 pm indicating a problem with electrical equipment in reactor number 3, Kyodo News agency quoted the Nuclear Regulation Authority as saying, dpa reported.

Reactors 1, 2 and 3 of the plant's six were severely damaged in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which cut off the cooling to the main reactor cores, leading to explosions and radiation leaks.


A magnitude-6.2 earthquake struck eastern Japan Monday afternoon, the Meteorological Agency said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage to property. The agency did not issue a tsunami warning, dpa reported.

The epicentre of the 4:23 pm (0723 GMT) quake was in northern Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo, with a depth of 10 kilometres, the agency said.


Kazakh delegation discussed cooperation with Japanese companies in energy sphere
within the visit to Japan, Kazakh Industry and New technologies Ministry reported on Monday.

In particular, Kazakh delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister and Industry and New Technologies Minister, Aset Isekeshev met with representatives of the Japanese New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Japan Atomic Power Company (JAPC).


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will hold talks with US President Barack Obama in Washington next week, the government said Friday, dpa reported.

Abe, who took office in late December, will meet Obama on February 22, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference.

The leaders will discuss bilateral and regional issues in the Asia-Pacific region, including North Korea's nuclear test on Tuesday, Suga said.

During their telephone conference on Thursday, the two agreed to seek a tougher UN Security Council resolution on Pyongyang.


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet on Friday approved a fiscal stimulus package worth 20 trillion yen (225 billion dollars) to spur the economy, dpa reported.

The package includes large-scale public works projects and measures to stimulate investment, media reports said.

Japan is in recession as it struggles with a stronger yen, falling exports, the eurozone debt crisis and growing tensions with China, the nation's largest trading partner.


Japan's Finance Ministry says the Asian state more than doubled its crude imports from Iran in November compared with October, Press TV reported.

Japan's November crude purchase from Iran hit the highest level since March, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.

Japan imported 1.25 million kiloliters of crude from Iran in November compared with 469,024 kiloliters in October.

Tokyo-based independent energy economist, Osamu Fujisawa said Japan is raising its crude imports from Iran in a bid to make up for its shortages due to Western sanctions against Iran.


President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev congratulated Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe on re-election to his position.

"I cordially congratulate you on your re-election as Prime Minister of Japan.Today bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Japan are steadily developing. I am sure our joint efforts towards strengthening traditional friendly relations, expanding mutually beneficial cooperation will continue to serve the prosperity of our countries and peoples," said the President's letter.

Ilham Aliyev also congratulated Shinzo Abe on the occasion of upcoming New Year.


A highway tunnel collapsed in central Japan Sunday, leaving two people injured and at least seven missing while a fire broke out inside, dpa reported.

Three vehicles were trapped inside the 4.7-kilometer Sasago tunnel on the Chuo Expressway, the Kyodo News agency reported.

Two cars were crushed in the tunnel in Otsuki, about 80 kilometres west of Tokyo, after the 20-centimetre-thick ceiling collapsed in one section, Kyodo said.

One injured woman told rescue workers she had escaped from a car in which six people were traveling, Kyodo reported.


Japan's crude oil imports from Iran in September fell 36,1 percent from a year earlier, data from the trade ministry showed on Wednesday, as Western sanctions continued to squeeze exports from the Middle Eastern country, Reuters reported.

The Islamic Republic is under intense financial pressure from U.S. and European trade restrictions imposed over its disputed nuclear programme. Iran denies all accusations, claiming its nuclear program is of civilian nature.