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Japan

20.02.2012

On Monday, a Japanese medical delegation will arrive in Georgia. It includes Director of the Medical Division Ojo Ujimoto, his deputy Ia Miai, Medical Excellence JAPAN President Kasumasa Yoshida, Director Eria Kitano, world-renowned Professor Hironiko Chudzhi, Professor Koichi Tanaka and others.

During the visit, a conference will be held, which will be attended by Georgian First Lady Sandra Roelofs.

The Georgian Center for Treatment Abroad and Chemotherapy Clinic and the Japanese side will sign a memorandum of cooperation.

13.02.2012

Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia met with the Director of Department of Central Asia and Caucasus of the European Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan Masaki Ikegami on Monday.

The parties discussed issues of cooperation between the two countries in bilateral and multilateral formats. Particular attention was paid to the exchange of high-level visits in 2012 and activities related to the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Georgian-Japanese diplomatic relations, Foreign Ministry of Georgia told Trend.

08.02.2012

JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp will cut crude oil imports from Iran by 10,000 barrels per day and Cosmo Oil has already reduced Iranian crude imports by around that amount, media and a source said, as Japan's government mulls restrictions on crude imports from that country due to U.S. sanctions, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp, Japan's top oil refiner and a unit of JX Holdings, is likely to cut imports of Iranian crude to around 80,000 barrels per day (bpd) in April from about 90,000 bpd now, the Nikkei newspaper said on Wednesday.

31.01.2012

A team of 10 experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Tuesday said Japan's nuclear stress tests are consistent with the organization's standards, DPA reported.

The experts examined stress tests conducted on reactors 3 and 4 at Oi Nuclear Power Station in Fukui prefecture, central Japan. The reactors run by Kansai Electric Power Co have been suspended for regular check-ups.

In a stress test, utilities assess to what degree their reactors are capable of withstanding natural disasters such as an earthquake or tsunami.

26.01.2012

The Uzbek Foreign Ministry recently received Japanese ambassador Yoshihisa Kuroda, the Foreign Ministry said.

Both parties attach great importance to the forthcoming 20th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries, today January 26.

Uzbekistan and Japan have established close and multifaceted relations in the spirit of the joint statement on friendship, strategic partnership and cooperation agreement signed in 2002.

12.01.2012

Japan will take "concrete steps" to reduce its oil dependency on Iran, its finance minister has announced, BBC reported.

The comments from Jun Azumi came after he met US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner in Tokyo.

Mr Geithner is seeking backing from China and Japan for stricter sanctions on Iran's oil industry in a bid to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions. On Wednesday he raised the issue with Chinese leaders in Beijing, but did not get the same public support.

06.01.2012

A Japanese power plant operator said Friday that it would suspend a nuclear reactor in Ehime prefecture, western Japan, for regular checkups, which would leave only five of the nation's 54 reactors in service, DPA reported.

Shikoku Electric Power Co said Friday it would halt reactor 2 of its Ikata Nuclear Power Plant on January 13, bringing the three-reactor plant, the only one on Shikoku Island, to a complete suspension for the first time since 1994.

21.12.2011

Japanese prosecutors searched the scandal-hit company Olympus Corp. headquarters in Shinjuku and the former President Tsuyoshi Kikukawa's house in Kawasaki on Wednesday as the part of investigation for the cover-up of some about 1.5 billion U.S. dollars losses dating back to the 1990s, Xinhua reported.

A special investigative unit from the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office along with the Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department and the Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission made the enforcement action. But there are no details about what they found.

20.12.2011

On Monday, Japan's foreign minister said his country would not stop imports of Iranian oil, striking a rare note of divergence with the United States during a visit to Washington, AP reported.

After talks with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that focused mostly on North Korea, Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba highlighted Japan's sanctions imposed on Iranian institutions due to concerns over its nuclear program.

"I conveyed my view that there is a danger of causing damage to the entire global economy if the imports of Iranian crude oil stop," Gemba noted.

16.12.2011

The Japanese government announced Friday the earthquake and tsunami hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has been stable after nine-months effort to bring the facility cold shutdown.

A cold shutdown means the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl has been under control. Tokyo Electric Power, the operator of the nuclear power plant is going to move on to the next stage of maintaining the stability after cooling down the melted fuel inside the stricken No. 1 to 3 reactors, Xinhua reported.