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Japan ruling party urges strike capability amid N. Korea threat

Toukyo - Japan's ruling party said Wednesday the government should consider developing the capability to strike enemy bases if the country is attacked, citing North Korea's missile and nuclear threats.

Seven students, one teacher killed in Japan avalanche

Toukyo - An avalanche Monday killed seven Japanese high school students and a teacher on a mountain-climbing outing, and injured 40 more.

Innovative fabrics bark up Tokyo fashion tree

Toukyo - Wood fashioned into lace and sculpted into evening dresses: the Hanae Mori Manuscrit label led the way this Tokyo Fashion Week in showing the world the original craftmanship that helps set Japan apart from the crowd.

Gender-bending fashion on Tokyo runway bang on trend

Toukyo - If gender bending fashion is suddenly all the rage in the West, think Pharrell Williams promoting Chanel's new unisex handbag, then nowhere has the look excelled more than in Tokyo.

Sweet-toothed Japan thief nabbed after ice cream binge

Toukyo - A hapless Japanese thief has got himself into a sticky spot with police after being arrested for breaking into offices and raiding refrigerators to binge on sweet treats.

US promises new North Korea plan after two decades of 'failure'

Toukyo - The United States on Thursday vowed a fresh strategy to counter the North Korean nuclear threat, admitting that all previous efforts had failed.

US envoy in Japan to reassure on North Korea threat

Toukyo - The United States' top diplomat on Thursday reassured key Asian allies that Washington stands with them in the face of the accelerating missile threat from North Korea.

Top US envoy begins Asia tour amid North Korea crisis

Toukyo - Washington's top diplomat arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday to kick off a first tour of Asian capitals under the shadow of North Korea's nuclear posturing.

Loss-hit Toshiba nosedives on fears about future

Toukyo - Toshiba shares plunged Wednesday afternoon as fears grow about the future of one of Japan's best-known firms, which is battling massive losses and accounting fraud allegations at its US nuclear unit.The Tokyo-listed stock dropped 13.62 percent to 186.

Japan recalls tsunami, nuclear tragedy six years on

Toukyo - Japan paused Saturday to mark six years since a deadly earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster devastated a wide swathe of its northeastern coast as more than 100,000 people remain unable or unwilling to return home.The magnitude 9.

Japan, US navies drill in East China Sea

Toukyo - The US and Japanese navies said Friday they completed a four-day joint exercise in the East China Sea, as tension intensifies in the region following North Korea's missile tests.

Helicopter with nine aboard crashes in Japan

Tokyo - A helicopter conducting a mountain rescue exercise crashed with nine local officials aboard in Japan on Sunday and at least three people are feared dead, officials and media reports said.

Robots designed to survey damage to Fukushima reactor fail

Tokyo - The robots sent so far to investigate the reactive zone at the Fukushima nuclear facility are simply not up to the task. The head of Tokyo Electric Power Company's (TEPCO) decommissioning admitted that the company needed to be more creative.

N. Korea suspect cites Malaysian 'conspiracy' against him: reports

Toukyo - A North Korean suspect in the murder of the half-brother of the country's leader Saturday denounced Malaysia's probe into the airport assassination as a "conspiracy" to harm Pyongyang, reports said.

Japanese emperor visits Vietnam for first time

Toukyo - Japan's emperor arrived in Vietnam on Tuesday for a whirlwind tour that will include a meeting with families of Japanese soldiers who stayed there after World War II.

Paris mayor slams 'unfriendly' Trump over safety row

Toukyo - The mayor of Paris Monday slammed disparaging comments by Donald Trump about the French capital and immigration policies in Europe, suggesting the US president should focus on issues closer to home.

Japan clocks out early for 'Premium Friday'

Toukyo - Japan's Prime Minister spent Friday afternoon meditating while staff at some of the country's biggest firms quit work early -- in time for a bit of shopping or maybe a boozy train ride.

Murakami fans to pack stores at midnight for new novel

Toukyo - Die-hard fans of Haruki Murakami, the Japanese author perennially pegged as a contender for the Nobel literature prize, will flock to bookstores Thursday night when his new novel hits shelves.

Japan's crown prince hints at readiness to take throne

Toukyo - Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito has suggested he is ready to take on the duties of emperor from his father as the country prepares for its expected first imperial abdication in two centuries.

Record damages awarded over US army base noise in Japan

Toukyo - A Japanese court on Thursday awarded record compensation for thousands of residents near a US military base over aircraft noise, but rejected their demand to suspend flights at odd hours.An Okinawa court ordered the Japanese government to pay 30.
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