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New Japan minister hit by S&M bar scandal

Tokyo - Japan was stung Thursday by its third political scandal in a week after the country's new industry minister -- whose predecessor resigned in disgrace over misspending -- admitted that his underlings had spent office cash at a sex bar.

Video: Anime movie 'Expelled From Paradise' 2nd trailer

The second trailer has been streamed for the upcoming CGI Japanese anime movie "Expelled From Paradise," hitting theaters in November.

Japan PM Abe loses two female ministers over cash scandals

Tokyo - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suffered a double setback Monday with the resignations of two female cabinet ministers over claims they misused political funds, dealing a blow to his proclaimed gender reform drive.

Japan ministers at Tokyo war shrine despite warming China ties

Tokyo - Three nationalist ministers in Japan's cabinet paid homage at a war shrine hated by China Saturday, despite tentative signs of a thaw in Tokyo's long-frozen relationship with Beijing.

Japan's nuclear reactors near active volcanoes 'unsafe'

The unexpected eruption of Mount Ontake in Central Japan on Sept. 27 has renewed concerns over nuclear power plants' safety. A prominent vulcanologist is disputing the decision to put two Sendai nuclear power plant reactors back on line.

Converse files suit over infringement of Chuck Taylor shoes

Brooklyn - United States shoemaker Converse has filed suit against more than two dozen companies alleging those businesses have copied the design of the popular Chuck Taylor shoe.

Video: Japanese movie 'As The Gods Will' 1st trailer

In Japan, according to the movie "As The Gods Will," there is never a dull moment in high school. One one boring day, you find yourself trying to literally survive the next day.

Typhoon Vongfong slams into Japan

Tokyo - Powerful typhoon Vongfong barrelled into Japan's main islands Monday, with at least one person missing and scores injured while more than 550 flights were grounded, officials and local media said.

Powerful typhoon Vongfong churns towards Japan

Naha - Powerful Typhoon Vongfong churned towards Japan on Saturday, injuring at least 20 people as it pounded the southern Okinawan islands with ferocious winds and driving rain.

'Sailor Moon' feminine hygiene products coming November 1

For all females that dread dealing with that one time of the month, never fret, as you can have Sailor Moon and the Sailor Scouts at your side "battling the bloody monstrous evil" starting November 1.

Earth's most wondrous cities narrowed to 14 finalists

Barcelona - The modern seven most wondrous cities of the world will be revealed Dec. 7 from a list of 14 finalists scattered throughout Earth's six inhabited continents.

Häagen-Dazs Japan releases gold and silver ice cream

Would you believe that Häagen-Dazs Japan's releases for December 9 include in their ingredients Ashirai silver foil, wine from Bordeaux, and specks of gold leaf?

F1: Lewis Hamilton wins in Japan but Bianchi in intensive care

Lewis Hamilton, the British driver who won the Japanese Grand Prix ahead of his team mate Nico Rosberg, described his victory as an "anti-climax" following the horrific crash which saw Marussia driver Jules Bianchi suffer a severe head injury.

US military officials feared dead as typhoon slams into Japan

Tokyo - Strong typhoon Phanfone slammed into Japan Monday, packing gusting winds and huge waves that swept three US military officials out to sea in another stark reminder of the country's vulnerability to nature.

US military officials feared dead as typhoon slams into Japan

Tokyo - Strong typhoon Phanfone made landfall in central Japan on Monday, slamming into the archipelago with winds of 180 kilometres (112 miles) per hour and making a beeline for Tokyo, the country's meteorological agency said.

Video: 'One Piece — Super Grand Battle! X' 3rd trailer

"One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X," the latest in the "One Piece" game franchise, hits Japan this November. A new trailer has been streamed by Bandai Namco.

Four more bodies found on Japan volcano as typhoon nears

Tokyo - Authorities found four more bodies on a still-smouldering Japanese volcano Saturday as they resumed a search stalled by heavy rain, but a typhoon threatened to further hamper the recovery operation.

16 still missing on Japan volcano, typhoon threatens recovery

Tokyo - Sixteen people remain unaccounted for on a still-smouldering Japanese volcano that erupted at the weekend, officials said Friday, as a typhoon looming off the coast threatened to further delay the stalled recovery operation.

Kawasaki unveils 2015 Ninja H2R, a 300-hp beast of the roads

Cologne - Kawasaki has unveiled what it is touting as the most powerful production motorcycle ever. Suffice it to say, the 2015 Ninja H2R, with a 300 hp supercharged engine, is a prime product of engineering built without consideration for fainted-hearted riders.

Video: Marvellous arrangements of single-cell aquatic organisms

Diatom specialist Klaus Kemp arranges unicellular algae into complex patterns only visible under magnification.The technique dating from the Victorian era mixes science and art to reveal the astounding beauty of some of the smallest organisms on Earth.
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