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A British TV crew and two Japanese journalists were detained by the Bahraini police on Sunday, RIA Novosti reported.

"We can confirm that our foreign affairs correspondent Jonathan Miller and his team have been arrested whilst reporting for the programme from a village in Bahrain," Channel 4 News spokesperson said. "Our primary concern is for the safety of the team, and we are working with the appropriate authorities to secure a swift release."


National Water operator JSC "Azersu" and the Japan International Cooperation Agency have identified a contractor for the reconstruction of water supply systems in cities Gusar, Khachmaz and Lankaran under the project of reconstruction of water supply and sanitation in small town, Azersu said on Thursday.

JSC Azərsutəchizattikinti is announced the winner of the tender. A contract with it has already been signed and the preparations for construction have already begun. Under the plan, the work must be completed by the end of 2013, the report said.


Japanese refiners will cut Iranian crude imports yet again in April as they shy away from renewing annual contracts, showing continued commitment to U.S.-led sanctions over Tehran's nuclear programme, Reuters repotred.
Japan, the world's third largest oil consumer, has strongly backed calls to cut Iranian oil imports and earlier reductions were hailed by its top business and military ally, the United States, as an example to other countries.


Japan's weather agency on Tuesday urged people to prepare for disruptions in public transportation caused by strong winds that slashed wide parts of western Japan and affected Tokyo, Xinhua reported.

The gusts had disrupted operations of flights and train services in western Japan in the morning. Japan Airlines said it had canceled 160 flights, while All Nippon Airways said 83 flight cancellations had been made due to the strong winds.


At least three Japanese firms including two oil refiners will not lift any Iranian crude in April as the third-biggest buyer of Iranian oil comes under pressure from the United States to curtail such purchases, industry sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday.

Japan's third-biggest refiner, Idemitsu Kosan Co, is seen as one of the refiners that could skip the purchase as it has not yet renewed its annual contract with Tehran, sources said.


Japanese Defence Minister Naoki Tanaka Tuesday ordered the military to prepare for a possible operation to destroy a North Korean rocket if it passes through the country's airspace, DPA reported.

His order prompted the military to consider where to deploy its Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) surface-to-air missile system ahead of a rocket launch announced by Pyongyang for between April 12 and 16.


The Japanese government probably wants Idemitsu Kosan to continue cutting Iranian crude imports as before, which is by 10 to 20 percent a year, the oil refiner's chairman said on Wednesday, a day after the United States exempted the Asian nation from financial sanctions, Reuters reported.

Each oil firm in Japan that buys Iranian oil has been in separate talks with the government on curbing oil imports from the Middle East nation, but the government has not instructed them to attain a detailed percentage figure for cuts.


Oil sanctions on Iran have already affected the world economy, and this process continues. One of Iran's biggest oil importers, Japan is facing a dilemma, at the same time trying to keep balance between the West and the Islamic Republic.


Japan is close to agreement with Washington on the size of cuts refiners must make in imports of Iranian crude oil to win waivers from U.S. sanctions, two ministers said Tuesday after a media report the two sides would settle on an 11 percent cut, Reuters reported.

The Yomiuri newspaper, citing unidentified sources, said Japan and the United States reached an agreement at talks last week about the size of cuts to crude imports from Iran, with a formal deal expected by the end of this month.


Japanese Emperor Akihito was moved out of the intensive care unit to his private ward in the University of Tokyo Hospital after his heart bypass surgery, said the Imperial Household Agency.

The coronary-artery bypass surgery was aimed to improve the life quality for the 78-year-old emperor, according to his doctors. Emperor Akihito had a light meal and started reading, Xinhua reported.

The emperor in a wheelchair left the intensive care unit and met his wife Empress Michiko in front of the private room, according to the local media.