October 28, 2013 |
The dominance of Japanese automakers in Consumer Reports' auto reliability ratings is starting to fade, with two European automakers and one U.S. brand placing in the top 10 this year. Lexus, Toyota Motor Corp.'s luxury division, scored the top spot this year, followed by Toyota and Acura. Audi, the luxury division of Volkswagen, came in fourth, followed by Mazda, Infiniti, Volvo, Honda and then the sole U.S. brand, the GMC truck division of General Motors Co. Subaru placed 10th.
October 25, 2013 |
A magnitude 7.3 earthquake was recorded off Japan's east coast early Saturday local time, but there were no immediate reports of damages, officials said. A tsunami warning reportedly was raised for the Honshu area by Japan's Meteorological Agency in response to the quake. It struck about 2:10 a.m. more than 200 miles off the coast, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor reportedly was felt in Tokyo, about 300 miles away. No tsunami warnings were posted for the rest of the Pacific by the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
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October 25, 2013 |
A 7.1-magnitude earthquake off the east coast of Honshu, Japan, on Friday morning Pacific time did not trigger a tsunami warning for California or Hawaii. Strong earthquakes near Japan often have Hawaiians and those on the California coast worried about possible tsunamis on their own coasts. The earthquake was measured Friday morning Pacific time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was initially listed at magnitude 7.3, but later revised downward. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center released an advisory saying that "based on all available data a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii.
October 7, 2013 |
In a blow to Boeing Co., Japan Airlines on Monday announced it has ordered 31 jets from Boeing's competitor, Airbus, in a deal worth $9.5 billion. It's the first order of Airbus jets for Japan Airlines and gives the European firm a huge foothold in the Japanese aviation market, largely dominated by jets from U.S.-based Boeing. "We sincerely welcome Japan Airlines as a new Airbus customer and feel honored by this first-ever order from Japan for our all-new A350 XWB,” said Fabrice Bregier, chief executive of Airbus.
October 6, 2013
BOLIVIA Presentation Author Isabel Suppé will read from "Starry Night," based on her real-life experience involving an 1,100-foot fall while ice-climbing in the Bolivian Andes. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. BACKPACKING Seminar Backpacker Magazine's Get Out More Tour will cover tips on backpacking essentials, equipment, survival skills and more. When, where: 7 p.m. Thursday at the Adventure 16 store, 11161 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles.
September 27, 2013 |
The stalled musical retrospective celebrating Broadway producer Harold Prince's work has set yet another opening date and location -- and it's far from New York. The twice-postponed "Prince of Broadway" will open in Japan in 2015, with plans to transfer to Broadway the following year, the New York Times reports . The show was initially scheduled to open in Toronto ahead of a 2012 Broadway debut. Another Broadway premiere planned for this fall was called off in March. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times Despite Prince's credits, which include "West Side Story," "Follies" and "Cabaret," two sets of producers have failed to raise the funds for the show's expected $13-million budget, according to the Times.
September 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is racing to finish negotiations on a Pacific free-trade pact by year's end, but it's running up against a potentially major obstacle at home. A bipartisan majority in the Senate this week sent a letter pressing the administration to address "foreign currency manipulation" in its talks with Japan and 10 other participating nations in the so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership. The Senate letter didn't mention any country. But there has been an outcry in congressional and business circles, particularly the auto industry, over Japan's much-weakened currency.
September 19, 2013 |
Less than two weeks after he promised the 2020 Tokyo Olympics would be safe from radioactive contamination, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the scrapping of two more reactors at the tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear plant. Abe made the announcement after touring the crippled facility on Thursday. "I will work hard to counter rumors questioning the safety of the Fukushima plant," he said, according to Reuters . Four of the plant's reactors suffered meltdowns and other damage after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, leading to widespread contamination in the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl.
September 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Recalling the efforts of her father to improve relations with Japan after World War II and his desire to be the first president to make a state visit there, Caroline Kennedy said Thursday there was no country where she would rather serve as ambassador. “I'm conscious of my responsibility to uphold the ideals that he represented: a deep commitment to public service, a more just America and a more peaceful world,” she told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during her nomination hearing.