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Japan releases master recording of emperor's war-end speech

Toukyo - The master recording of Emperor Hirohito's speech announcing Japan's World War II surrender has been brought back to life in digital form ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of the war.

Japanese journalist pulls a 'Weiner' in Thailand

Toukyo - Japanese broadcaster TV Asahi apologised Saturday after its Bangkok bureau chief posted an image of his genitals on a mobile forum set up by Thailand's foreign ministry, which warned of "consequences".

Scientists: Ban live salamander imports to stop deadly fungus

Scientists in the U.S. are calling for a ban on the import of live salamanders to save their wild brethren from a deadly fungus that has wiped out their populations in the Netherlands and caused a rapid decline in salamander populations across Europe.

Bitcoin exchange CEO arrested by Japanese police

Toukyo - Japanese police on Saturday arrested Mark Karpeles, head of the MtGox Bitcoin exchange, after a series of fraud allegations led to its spectacular collapse and hammered the digital currency's reputation.

One crew still missing on burning ferry off Japan coast

Toukyo - Rescuers on Saturday launched an onboard search for a missing crew member after a fire broke out on a ferry off the coast of northern Japan prompting the evacuation of dozens of passengers, the coastguard said.

Japan ferry on fire off coast, 'passengers evacuated'

Toukyo - Dozens of passengers were evacuated from a ferry off the coast of northern Japan on Friday after a fire broke out, but one crew member was missing, officials and local media said.

U.S. spied on Japan government, companies: WikiLeaks

Toukyo - The US spied on Japanese politicians, its top central banker and major firms including conglomerate Mitsubishi, according to documents released by WikiLeaks on Friday, in the latest revelation about Washington's snooping on allies.

Tepco begins 'crucial stage' of decommissioning at Fukushima

Tokyo - A crucial and delicate stage of the decommissioning process began on Tuesday at Tepco's Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. It is going to take decades to complete the process, requiring pains-taking and time-consuming work.

Five fascinating facts that you may not know about the red panda

Scampering around in the trees from Nepal to northern Myanmar is an animal that is so cute, it looks like a creature from a child's dream. Perhaps it is, but it's also actually real. Red pandas can also be found in the mountains of southwestern China.

Three dead as small plane crashes into Tokyo suburb

Toukyo - Three people were killed Sunday when a small plane crashed into a Tokyo suburb shortly after takeoff, leaving nearby homes and cars ablaze and the charred remains of the fuselage lying in a burnt-out residence.

Who is committing those crimes? The Japanese elderly

Older people are more settled with a lower predilection to committing crimes, whereas young tearaways will seize the opportunity to rob. Detonate that stereotype. In Japan, older people are now committing more crimes.

Japan shows off the world's largest flower

Only in Japan: what is claimed to the world's largest flower has been announced and the display of the flower from the plant Titan arum has led to huge queues, with people flocking to look at the the reproductive structure.

Japan PM mocked on Internet over model explanation

Toukyo - Japanese Twitter users were howling in derision Wednesday after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe used paper models and cut-out firefighters on television, in his latest attempt to explain controversial security legislation.

Japan zoo takes on cockroach PR role

Toukyo - A Japanese zoo is trying to do the impossible -- improve the image of cockroaches, putting on an exhibition of one of the world's most hated insects.

Toshiba chief executive resigns over accounting scandal

Tokyo - Toshiba's chief executive resigned Tuesday to take responsibility for doctored books that inflated profits at the Japanese technology manufacturer by 152 billion yen ($1.2 billion) over several years.

Japan defence paper slams China's 'coercive' maritime demands

Toukyo - Japan on Tuesday slammed Beijing's bid to reclaim land in the South China Sea as a "coercive attempt" to force sweeping maritime claims, in a defence paper that comes as Tokyo is expanding the role of its own military.

Op-Ed: Konami continues to shoot itself in the foot

During an ongoing dispute, Konami continues to burn its relationship with Hideo Kojima, one of the most iconic figures in the gaming community, while demonstrating its lack of professionalism.

Fearing backlash over cost, Abe scraps Olympic stadium plans

Tokyo - Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe announced on Friday he was scrapping plans for the controversial Olympic national stadium in Tokyo.

Seniors commit more crimes than teens in Japan

Police in Japan have dealt with more elderly crime than crime among teenagers this year, according to reports. Violent crimes committed by the elderly have risen as well.

World's first robot-staffed hotel opened in Japan

Nagasaki - The Hen-na, meaning "weird hotel" in English, opened in Japan on Friday. It's the world's first robot-staffed hotel, featuring eerie human-like androids and a talking dinosaur.
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