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November 21, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
An exploding underwater volcano is causing a new island to form in the Pacific Ocean about 620 miles south of Tokyo, and you can watch a bit of its dramatic rise in the video above. The video, showing thick plumes of steam and ash shooting out of the new volcanic island, was captured this week by the Japan Coast Guard. The new island -- really more of an islet -- is just 600 feet in diameter, according to an Associated Press report . And it is unclear whether it is here to stay.
November 12, 2013 | By Yuriko Nagano
TOKYO -- In the late 1980s, when Katsumi Suzuki was 20, he was mesmerized when he heard a recording of John F. Kennedy's inaugural address. "I heard the words 'Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country' and those were the most inspiring words I've ever heard," said Suzuki, a 46-year-old office worker. "I have been a loyal Kennedy fan -- of JFK and his family -- ever since, for the last 26 years. " Suzuki is not alone. President Kennedy is still remembered fondly by many in Japan, which gives a built-in base of support to the new U.S. ambassador, Caroline Kennedy.
November 11, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
ORLANDO, Fla. - When the general managers' meetings started Monday, the Dodgers and Angels still didn't know if or when one of their primary targets, Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, would be available this off-season. Some clarity on the issue is expected in the coming days. Japanese baseball officials are reportedly close to agreeing on a new set of rules governing the transfer of players from their professional league to the majors. The later the new rules are implemented, the later Tanaka will be auctioned, and teams such as the Dodgers and Angels could be forced to decide whether to delay their pursuit of other rotation candidates while waiting for him to become available.
October 31, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer and Bill Dwyre
Jockey Ryan Moore might be overqualified if he ever wants to be a contestant on the TV series "The Amazing Race," based on his travel itinerary for the next two months. He was in Toronto on Sunday riding Joshua Tree to victory in the Canadian International. On Friday and Saturday, he'll be at Santa Anita riding six European-trained horses in the Breeders' Cup World Championships. He has a flight booked on Saturday night to Australia, where he'll be riding in the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.
October 28, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
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 | Los Angeles Times staff, This post has been updated. See below for details.
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.
October 25, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
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 16, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - The Senate late Wednesday confirmed the nomination of Caroline Kennedy as the next U.S. ambassador to Japan. Kennedy, a prominent author and philanthropist and the daughter of President Kennedy, was nominated for the position by President Obama in July. The Senate confirmed Kennedy's nomination without a vote by consent. Last month, during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Kennedy told the panel of her father's efforts to improve relations between the two countries after World War II. "I would be humbled to carry forward his legacy in a small way, and represent the powerful bonds that unite our two democratic societies," she told the panel.
October 7, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
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.
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