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Asian states hail deal on world's largest free trade area

Toukyo - Asian members of the newly-minted Trans-Pacific Partnership Tuesday hailed the deal to create the world's largest free trade area, with Japan calling it the start of a "new century" for the region.

Japan's Abe says TPP negotiations reached 'broad agreement': NHK

Toukyo - Japan's prime minister said Monday a dozen nations have reached "broad agreement" on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which aims to become the world's largest free-trade zone, after days of talks.

Robot Taxi planning self-driving car service by 2020

There is a new challenger in the self-driving industry, and it is Robot Taxi. The company has some major plans that could shake up the industry.

Researchers: Fukushima Reactor 2 may have had 100% meltdown

Tokyo - Japan's Nagoya University announced that ongoing research into Reactor No. 2 at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant has revealed that almost 100 percent of the reactor core has melted. They are presenting the results today in Osaka.

Abe's popularity drops after Japan defense laws passed

Toukyo - Japanese public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has dropped in the days since his ruling coalition rammed through legislation allowing the nation's troops to fight abroad, opinion polls showed Monday.

Japan's Abe sees fierce backlash after security legislation

Toukyo - Japan's nationalist leader has rammed through legislation allowing the nation's troops to fight abroad, but analysts say fierce opposition at home and overseas could make it difficult actually to use the laws.

China says Japan security law 'threat' to regional peace

Toukyo - China accused Japan of threatening regional peace Saturday after Tokyo passed laws clearing Japanese troops to fight abroad for the first time since World War II, saying that its rival should learn "profound lessons from history".

Japan opponents challenge expansion role of military

Toukyo - Opposition groups Saturday vowed to challenge laws passed overnight that clear Japanese troops to fight abroad for the first time since World War II, saying the changes are a "black stain" on the country's history.

Chimps enjoy movies starring people in ape suits

A new study revealed that chimps and bonobos become very engrossed in films that feature people who are dressed in ape suits.

Japan parliament passes controversial security bills

Toukyo - Japan's parliament passed contentious security bills into law early Saturday, in a move that could see Japanese troops fight abroad for the first time in 70 years.

Japan set to pass security bills despite mass protests

Toukyo - Swelling crowds gathered outside Japan's parliament on Friday as lawmakers looked close to passing security bills that could see Japanese troops fight abroad for the first time in 70 years.

Photo essay: Japan, new and old Special

Japan is a country with a little something for everyone — fans of history and architecture can get their fills of shrines and temples, while areas like Tokyo provide endless options for shopping and entertainment.

Japan set to pass security bills despite widespread anger

Toukyo - Japan was on the verge of passing bills Friday that will allow troops to fight on foreign soil for the first time since World War II, despite fierce criticism it will reshape the proudly pacifist nation.

World's tuna and mackerel populations suffer drastic 74% decline

Tuna and mackerel populations have suffered a drastic 74 percent decline within the last 40 years, researchers have found. The World Wildlife Fund warns that if we don't act quickly, we face losing species that are critical to human food security.

Peruvian man held in Japan over suspected serial killings

Toukyo - A Peruvian man was being held in custody in Japan over a suspected killing spree after six people were found stabbed to death in a residential neighbourhood near Tokyo, police said Thursday.

Japan lawmakers scuffle over controversial security bills

Toukyo - Japanese lawmakers scuffled Thursday as they tried -- and failed -- to stop the security bill that could see the military fight abroad for the first time in decades.

Japan protests after 'Russian' plane enters airspace

Toukyo - Japan has lodged a protest with Russia after scrambling four jet fighters to intercept a foreign aircraft -- believed to be Russian -- which briefly violated its airspace, officials said Wednesday.

Technology doesn't make school pupils smarter: Study

Toukyo - Computers do not noticeably improve school pupils' academic results and can even hamper performance, an OECD report said Tuesday that looked at the impact of technology in classrooms across the globe.

Fukushima dumps first batch of once-radioactive water in sea

Toukyo - Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant Monday began releasing previously contaminated water into the sea, but the man tasked with preventing another meltdown warned other highly radioactive fluid still stored on site could pose a major threat.

Paul Krugman worries that 'Abenomics' in Japan may fail

Tokyo - Paul Krugman, the liberal economist and Nobel Prize winner, said that there was a growing risk of failure of "Abenomics" the policies of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe designed to boost the Japanese economy out of a two-decade slump.
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