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Three of 12 missing N. Korean fishermen found dead: Japan

Toukyo - Three of 12 North Korean fishermen missing after their boat capsized in high seas were found dead on Friday, Japan's coastguard said, adding that four separate bodies were found in another overturned vessel nearby.

Elderly Japanese cons reoffending faster than young criminals

Toukyo - Elderly criminals in Japan are more likely to be sent back to jail than younger cons, a government report said Friday, with ageing crooks increasingly likely to reoffend.Almost one quarter (23.

Airbnb raided by Japan fair trade watchdog, denies wrongdoing

Toukyo - Airbnb's offices in Japan have been raided by anti-monopoly officials, the homesharing giant said Friday, denying any wrongdoing and pledging cooperation.

Japan searches for 12 missing N. Korean fishermen

Toukyo - Japan's coastguard said Thursday it was searching for 12 North Korean fishermen missing after their boat capsized in high seas.Three of the crew have already been rescued and returned to North Korea in line with their wishes, the coastguard said.

Ex-US base worker denies murdering Japanese woman

Toukyo - A former US military base employee has confessed to the deadly assault of a Japanese woman in Okinawa but denied murdering her, reports said as his trial opened on Thursday.

'Social media suicide' in spotlight after Japan 'Twitter killer'

Toukyo - The grisly beheading of nine young people lured by a suspected serial killer after tweeting suicidal thoughts has sparked debate about the use of social media in Japan, which has one of the world's highest suicide rates.

Stray cat a suspect in Japan attempted murder

Toukyo - A Japanese police probe into the attempted murder of an elderly bedridden woman has reportedly led to an unlikely suspect: a stray cat.

Japanese whalers head to Antarctic

Toukyo - Japanese whaling vessels left port Thursday for an annual hunting voyage in the Antarctic, this time to kill 333 minke whales, despite international calls to stop the practice.

US carriers in rare Pacific op amid N. Korea tensions

Toukyo - Three US aircraft carriers will stage joint drills in the western Pacific for the first time in a decade, the US Navy said Thursday, as tensions in the region over North Korea reach fever pitch.

Several minimalist phones available for niche market

While Apple may launch iPhones that have more and more functions, several new phones are designed to do less and cost less. They will serve those who want only a basic phone with no bells and whistles or higher costs.

Japan's 'Black Widow' to hang for murder

Toukyo - A one-time millionairess dubbed the "Black Widow", who tricked elderly lovers into drinking cyanide and then pocketed millions in insurance payouts and inheritance, was sentenced to death in Japan on Tuesday.

Japan's 'Black Widow' to hang for murder

Toukyo - A Japanese court Tuesday sentenced to death a one-time millionairess dubbed the "Black Widow", who tricked elderly lovers into drinking cyanide and pocketed millions in insurance payouts and inheritance.

Japan's 'Black Widow' sentenced to death for murder: court

Toukyo - A one-time millionairess dubbed the "Black Widow" over the untimely deaths of lovers and a husband was sentenced to death Tuesday, in a high-profile murder case that has gripped Japan.

Fish food and golf bromance: 5 takeaways from Trump in Japan

Toukyo - The world may be facing its most dangerous nuclear crisis since the end of the Cold War but US President Donald Trump's trip to Japan will be remembered for the lighter moments as much as for the high-level diplomacy.

Trump vows cooperation on Japanese abducted by N.Korea

Toukyo - US President Donald Trump pledged Monday to work with Japan to bring back Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korea, saying it would be a "tremendous signal" from Pyongyang if they return.

Trump warns time for 'patience' on N. Korea is over

Toukyo - The time for "strategic patience" with North Korea is over, US President Donald Trump warned Monday, after winning Japan's backing for his policy of considering all options to rein in the rogue state.

Rare bomb threats in Japan as Trump kicks off Asia tour

Toukyo - Japan was hit by a rare string of bomb threats as US President Donald Trump held talks in Tokyo, kicking off an Asia tour under heavy security, police said Monday.Bomb threats are extremely uncommon in Japan.

Trump opens door to N. Korea talks as Asia trip begins in earnest

Toukyo - President Donald Trump appeared to strike a more conciliatory tone on North Korea as he got down to business Monday on an Asian tour dominated by the nuclear crisis with Pyongyang.

Trump passes tricky protocol test with Japanese emperor

Toukyo - To bow or not to bow: That was the question when US President Donald Trump held a closely watched meet-and-greet with the Japanese emperor laden with potential protocol pitfalls.

15-year-old girl among Japan 'serial killer' mutilation victims

Toukyo - Three high school girls, including a 15-year-old, were among the nine people mutilated by a suspected serial killer in Japan, reports said Monday, as one woman described how she had a lucky escape.
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