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A magnitude-6 earthquake jolted northern Japan early Thursday, dpa reported referring to the country's Meteorological Agency.

No immediate casualties or damage were reported. No tsunami warning was issued.

The quake occurred at 0:02 am (1502 GMT Wednesday) with an epicentre off the east coast of Aomori prefecture at a depth of 50 kilometres, the agency said.

No new damage was reported at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, operator Tokyo Electric Power Co said. The plant went into meltdown after it was struck by the March 2011 earthquake and resulting tsunami.


Japanese-German brand "Fujitsu" begins a large-scale project of the country's computerization in Georgia from May 15.

Corporation "Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH" has decided to make investments in Georgia, which aim is: a consumer buys a Fujitsu laptop manufactured in Germany on credit for a year, while interest on installments is paid by "Fujitsu".

In connection with this innovation, "Fujitsu" will sign a memorandum with the six major banks in Tbilisi on May 15, after which the project will be declared open.


Japan planned to sign a contract with the United States next month for the purchase of four F-35 stealth fighter jets despite a price increase for the aircraft, local media reported Monday.

The fighter jets are set to be delivered before the end of fiscal year 2016 and may cost about 138 million U.S. dollars per unit. The Japanese government is making arrangements with the U.S. for the purchase as part of the budget in the current fiscal year which ends next March, Xinhua reported.


Senior Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Ryuji Yamane arrived on a visit to Uzbekistan.

On Thursday he held a meeting at the Foreign Ministry which was attended by Japanese Ambassador Yoshihisa Kuroda.

As the Foreign Ministry said, during the negotiations the sides exchanged views on the status and prospects of Uzbek-Japanese relations, as well as on regional issues.


The Kazakh Ministry of Industry and New Technologies and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry agreed to cooperate, Kazinform reported.

The parties signed six bilateral documents on cooperation, including a memorandum on economic cooperation, which envisages 40 joint projects in nuclear and petrochemical spheres, mining and metallurgical complex, and in the field of new technologies within the meeting of Kazakh minister Asset Issekeshev and Japanese Minister Yukio Edano on Tuesday.


Kazakhstan and Japan are interested in opening a direct flight Astana - Tokyo, Japanese Trade, Economy and Industry Minister and Minister of State for economic response to the consequences of accident at Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant, Yukio Edano said today.


Japan's customs-cleared crude imports from Iran fell 6.3 percent in March from a year ago, amid tightening Western sanctions that make it difficult to do business with the Islamic Republic, Reuters reported.

The drop comes even after the United States exempted Japan and 10 EU nations from sanctions due to take effect in July as they had significantly cut purchases of Iranian oil. Soon after receiving the exemption, Finance Minister Jun Azumi said Japan would continue to cut imports of Iranian oil.


Japan Casolin Corporation shows great interest in participating in Azerbaijan's projects, Japan Casolin Corporation head Atsumu Shegeisa said at a meeting with Azerbaijani Deputy Minister of Industry and Energy Natig Abbasov today.

Japan Casolin Corporation operates in the areas of liquefied gas production, petrochemicals, oil refining, pharmaceuticals and others.

During the meeting the sides discussed the opportunities and prospects for cooperation. Shegeisa spoke about the potential of the company and a desire to participate in Azerbaijan's projects.


Japanese high-tech and Turkmenistan's rich natural resources are mutually complementary, Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihiko Noda said in his message to the Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov on the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

"I believe that there are great opportunities to enhancing mutually beneficial cooperation in economic sphere," the message says.

According to Noda, mutually beneficial relationship has been established between the two countries after Turkmenistan gained independence.


Japanese Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yukio Edano will visit Kazakhstan on May 1-2, Kazakh Foreign Ministry's official representative Altai Abibullaev said at the briefing on Tuesday, Kazinform reported.

Within the visit Edano will meet with Kazakhstan's leadership and will hold meeting in the Kazakh Ministry of Industry and New Technologies, Ministry of Oil and Gas and Kazakh Sovereign Wealth Fund.