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Japan files complaint with WTO over S. Korea food import bans

Tokyo - Japan is challenging South Korea's import bans and increased restrictions on foods from Japan after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. On Thursday, the central government filed a formal complaint with the World Trade Organization.

Japan aquariums vow to stop buying Taiji dolphins from cruel hunt

Taiji - Bowing to pressure amid threats of expulsion from the world's leading zoo organization, aquariums in Japan have voted to stop buying live dolphins from Taiji, where the annual slaughter of hundreds of cetaceans has drawn widespread criticism.

Compensation for Fukushima evacuees to end by 2018

Tokyo - The Japanese government has instructed Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) to terminate compensation payments to nearly 55,000 evacuees forced from their homes in March 2011 because of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster.

World's first ocean cleaning system to be deployed in 2016

Seoul - Dutch-registered nonprofit, The Ocean Cleanup, today announced that the world’s first system to passively clean up plastic pollution from the oceans will be deployed next year.

Nazi letter to Soviet wartime agent found in Japan

Toukyo - A birthday letter from a Nazi foreign minister to a legendary spy credited with helping turn the tide of Germany's advance on Moscow has been found in Tokyo, a book dealer said Tuesday.

Japan's second city Osaka says no to flamboyant mayor's reforms

Toukyo - The people of Japan's second city Osaka narrowly voted down Sunday a plan to streamline governance that its flamboyant mayor said would enable the city to emerge from Tokyo's shadow, according to election board figures.

Thousands rally against U.S. military base on Japan's Okinawa

Okinawa - Thousands of people rallied in Okinawa in southern Japan on Sunday in protest against a controversial U.S. airbase on the island, as a two-decade-old bitter row over the relocation of the site drags on.

New Japan volcano island 'natural lab' for life

Toukyo - A brand new island emerging off the coast of Japan offers scientists a rare opportunity to study how life begins to colonise barren land -- helped by rotting bird poo and hatchling vomit.

Japanese aquariums rely on controversial dolphin hunt: Report

Toukyo - Nearly half the dolphins in Japan's aquariums are caught using a controversial fishing method that sees dozens more slaughtered every year, a newspaper reported Saturday.

Op-Ed: U.S., China, Japan and the island dispute — U.S. deploys B1s

Sydney - The continuing escalation of the issues raised by China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea has increased the likelihood of some sort of conflict in future. China’s construction of artificial islands in the area has infuriated neighbors.

Japan cabinet agrees military expansion rules

Toukyo - Japan's cabinet on Thursday approved a set of bills bolstering the role and scope of the military, as the pacifist country redefines its position in the increasingly roiled Asia-Pacific region.

Black bears have close call with tourists blocking bridge

Montana Parks and Wildlife posted a video reminding tourists that although they may want to, no one should ever get too close to a bear.

Japan academics call on Tokyo to face history

Toukyo - A group of nearly 200 academics, including Pulitzer Prize winners, has published an open letter calling on Japan to face up to its World War II crimes, including its system of sex slavery.

Two children injured when wind blows tree crashing down

Strong winds caused a huge tree to come crashing down and injuring two young children playing in park. Incident caught on video.

Celebrities speak up about Jade Helm

The Jade Helm military training exercise has caused quite a media frenzy. From conspiracy theorists to the Governor of Texas, everyone is on high alert. Now celebrities have begun to speak up about the mysterious military operation.

College student caught on video putting Windex in roommates food

A student at the University of South Carolina is facing criminal charges after she was allegedly caught on a hidden camera secretly poisoning her roommate's food.

Want to go on a real treasure hunt? Follow clues to box of jewels

Somewhere deep in the middle of the Rocky Mountains lies a hidden treasure. Many have searched for the golden treasure chest but no one has found it. Could you be the one?

Japan: Schools to let transgender students use bathroom of choice

In a landmark move, Japan's education ministry urged local school boards to make certain that schools do more to help transgender children. This comes at a time of increased sensitivity toward sexual minorities by Japanese society and public officials.

Ben E. King passes away at the age of 76

Music legend, Ben E. King has passed away at age 76. He is most known for the song "Stand By Me." His music has captivated listeners for generations.

Director Heath Cozens talks the power of 'Doglegs' Special

Toronto - Doglegs is a Tokyo wrestling league for disabled fighters, and director Heath Cozens took on the monumental task of translating their experiences in an emotional way. Cozens spoke with Digital Journal on filming, the league's future and much more.
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