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Japan says ties with China 'deteriorating' over disputed islands

Fumio Kishida said he had called China's ambassador to protest against the "incursions".

On Friday, about 230 Chinese fishing boats and coast guard vessels sailed near islands claimed by both countries.

Beijing has been increasingly assertive about waters it believes are Chinese.

The Japan-controlled, uninhabited islands - known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China - are the source of a long-running dispute.

Chinese fleet sails near Japanese Senkaku islands

Tokyo says the fleet included six coastguard ships, three of which appeared to be armed.

Japan has summoned Chinese diplomats to protest.

Over recent years, Beijing has become increasingly assertive about its rights in waters it believes are Chinese.

 

Testing Japan's resolve

In this latest incident, Chinese boats sailed close to the Senkaku Islands, which are administered by Japan but also claimed by China. Beijing calls them the Diaoyu Islands.

Fairytale finish for Samoan legend

With the result of the tournament already decided, the two teams were playing for pride with Japan hoping to get their first win of the competition.

But Samoa proved too strong again, to win by three wickets in the 43rd over.

Japan's batting continued their improved run to reach 8/135 at the end of their 50 overs.

Former captain Shizuka Miyaji led the way, top scoring with 27, while Etsuko Kobayashi continued her good form with 25.

For Samoa, player of the match Lagi Otila Telea (2/23) was the pick of the bowlers, picking up two wickets.

Pokemon Go finally launches in Japan

Amid a flurry of social media excitement, Niantic Labs, the software company behind the game, announced it was "finally broadcasting" in Japan.

First released in the US, Australia and New Zealand on 6 July and now available in more than 30 countries, the game has been a global phenomenon.

The Japanese launch comes with a McDonalds sponsorship deal.

Japanese police quiz 'North Korea defector'

The man was carrying no proof of identity when he was found in the city of Nagato on Saturday.

Police are expected to hand him over to immigration officials who will decide whether he is a genuine defector.

In 2011, nine North Koreans were picked up by the Japanese coastguard after spending five days at sea.

They later settled in South Korea.

Some 29,000 North Koreans have fled the country since the peninsula was divided at the end of the Korean War in the 1950s, many of them crossing the border into China.

North Korea missiles 'a serious threat' after new tests

North Korea launched two missiles within hours of each other, with one flying about 400km (250 miles) and reaching an altitude of 1,000km.

A confirmed successful test would mark a step forward for North Korea after four failed launches in recent months.

South Korea, the US and Nato have also expressed alarm over the latest tests.

Both launches are believed to have been intermediate-range Musudan missiles, whose range of about 3,000km is enough to hit South Korea, Japan and the US territory of Guam in the Western Pacific

PM O'Neill arrives in Japan

O’Neill and his delegation were received by the Japanese Vice Foreign Minister, Muto, the PNG Ambassador to Japan, Gabriel Dusava and other senior officials from both countries.

“On behalf of the Government and people of Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) countries, I am honored to attend this summit, where I will make interventions with other leaders participating in the G7 Outreach Meeting on topics relative to PNG’s economy, particularly on infrastructure development, promoting women’s participation in the economy and healthcare enhancement.

Japan has a cheap, quick fix for cracked iphone screens

While there are plenty of independent shops in major cities that provide screen replacement services, they’re not cheap (though still cheaper than, say, taking it into the Apple store) and you’re at risk of voiding your warranty. There are self-fix kits available on the web, but those require a bit of work at home and they cost more than a hundred US dollars too. But you can’t just let your phone stay wounded. So what to do? Put a Band-Aid on it.

Japan earthquakes: Authorities evacuate nearly 250,000 people

A 7.3-magnitude tremor struck early on Saturday morning, killing at least 32 people, injuring about 1,000 more and causing widespread damage to houses, roads and bridges.

It was the second major quake to hit Kumamoto province on the island of Kyushu in just over 24 hours. The first, late on Thursday, killed nine people.

There have been 347 aftershocks of at least level 1 on the Japanese scale since Thursday's shock, broadcaster NHK reported.

Japan earthquake: Rescue under way after massive tremor

Some 20,000 troops are being deployed in the operation in Kyushu region after the magnitude-7.3 quake at 01:25 on Saturday (15:25 GMT Friday).

At least 15 people have been killed and hundreds injured, media reports say.

Dozens of people are feared trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings. The quake on Thursday killed nine people.

Roads have been damaged and big landslides have been reported over a wide area. Some 200,000 households are now without power.

Collapsed dam