Japan

Japan pushes forward with countrywide drone delivery services

With a new FAA drone license in tow, Amazon has received a patent for its Prime Air drone delivery system.

The country has a long history with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and has used the devices for land surveys, farming, security, construction, and even town mascots.

CARICOM, Japan to discuss strengthening ties

The consultation will, among other things, review CARICOM-Japan cooperation since their last Ministerial Meeting in 2016,  and examine the CARICOM-Japan Friendship and Cooperation Fund and its current and planned projects.

Technical cooperation between Japan and CARICOM since 2001 has been primarily through the Japan-CARICOM Friendship and Cooperation Fund (JCFCF) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

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Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall sees first Japanese contestant

Rankin Pumpkin, a Japan-born princess, enraptured the D’Entrance audience with her track Mi Nuh Miss Up Inna Babylon on the first live show. She returns this week in a bid to continue her journey to the crown.

Japan zoo kills 57 snow monkeys due to 'alien genes'

Takagoyama Nature Zoo in Chiba said DNA testing showed the monkeys had been crossbred with the rhesus macaque.

The non-indigenous rhesus macaque is banned under Japanese law.

A local official said they had to be killed to protect the native environment.

The zoo's operator held a memorial service for the snow monkeys' souls at a nearby Buddhist temple.

Japanese macaques, commonly known as snow monkeys, are native to Japan and are one of the country's major tourist attractions.

Japanese couple launches reggae/dancehall magazine, 'HARDEST'

Kengo and Tomoko Fukai are among the hundreds of Japanese who visit Jamaica regularly and become immersed in the country's dancehall culture.

In December, the husband and wife revisited their ties with Jamaica and its music by releasing HARDEST, a magazine with photographs of top artistes, producers and sound system selectors.

US, Asian allies condemn NKorea after diplomats meet

A joint statement by the nations' three top diplomats said the U.S. "remains steadfast" in its defense commitments to the two Asian allies, "backed by the full range of its nuclear and conventional defense capabilities."

The statement came after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Bonn, Germany, where they were attending a meeting of foreign ministers from the Group of 20 nations.

China conducts flyover of waterways near Japan, Taiwan

Chinese government statements said both weekend exercises were routine.

The exercises come shortly after Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen spoke to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, in a call strongly denounced by China, which considers Taiwan to be Chinese territory.

At least 10 Chinese planes on Saturday flew over the Miyako Strait between two Japanese islands, Taiwan's defense ministry said in a statement.

Four planes also flew over the nearby Bashi Channel adjacent to Taiwan, according to the statement.

Real Madrid favourite to add Club World Cup title to honours

Madrid has a shot at becoming the first team to win the Champions League, Spanish league, Spain's Copa del Rey, and the Club World Cup in the same season. It leads the Spanish league, is through to the knockout stage of the Champions League, and is alive in the Copa del Rey.

The tournament kicks off on Thursday in Yokohama with newly crowned J-League champion Kashima Antlers facing Oceania champion Auckland City for a chance to advance to the second round.

Japanese, Canadian top Reggae Marathon

Taniguchi crossed the finish line in two hours, 38 minutes and 49 seconds ahead of Ruper Green of Jamaica, who was second in 2:43:49 and the USA's Brian Pollen, third in 2:58:00.

Warrendorf was the first female to finish, clocking three hours, 39 minutes and 15 seconds. The Chinese pair of Ting Yu and Sung Yingjie were second and third respectively with times of 3:48:19 and 3:52:01.