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Russia frees Japanese man held on disputed Kunashir island

Toukyo - Russia has released a Japanese citizen detained on a disputed island claimed by both countries, Tokyo's foreign ministry said Thursday, ahead of diplomatic talks on the long-running territorial dispute.

Medals at Tokyo Olympics may be made from discarded smartphones

Tokyo - Japan has a mine of old electronics and the country may have some use for them. The country is considering creating Olympic medals from the used electronics.

Japan woman dies in Pokemon Go car accident

Toukyo - A driver who was allegedly playing Pokemon Go when he hit and killed a woman in Japan has been arrested, police said Wednesday.Media said that Tuesday's incident marked Japan's first fatal vehicle accident involving the popular gaming app.

Typhoon Mindulle dumps heavy rain on northern Japan

Toukyo - A strong typhoon dumped heavy rain that caused flooding on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido on Tuesday after killing one person near Tokyo and injuring dozens.

Hundreds of flights grounded as typhoon strikes near Tokyo

Toukyo - A powerful typhoon struck near Tokyo on Monday, the first for 11 years to hit the densely populated region, temporarily shutting down Japan's biggest airport and grounding more than 500 flights nationwide.

Drones eyed to deliver medicines in Japan

A group in Japan is launching a test involving airborne delivery of medicines as part of the plan to make drones play a crucial role during disasters.

Strong 6.0 quake hits northern Japan: USGS

Toukyo - A strong earthquake struck off the coast of northern Japan for a third consecutive day early Sunday though there were no immediate reports of people injured or damage.The shallow 6.

N.Korea says it has resumed plutonium production: Kyodo

Toukyo - North Korea says it has resumed plutonium production from spent fuel rods and has no plans to stop nuclear tests as long as the United States still "threatens" Pyongyang, Kyodo News reported Wednesday.

Japan's economy has stopped growing despite stimulus

Tokio - In the second April-June quarter, Japan's economic growth ground to a halt. There were weak exports and shaky demand domestically.

Japan, S. Korea strike conciliatory note on war anniversary

Toukyo - Tokyo and Seoul struck a conciliatory note Monday on the anniversary of the end of World War II, with South Korea's president calling for a "future-oriented" relationship and Japan's prime minister denouncing the "horrors of war".

Japan to develop missile as tensions with China mount

Toukyo - Japan will develop a new land-to-sea missile as part of plans to beef up its defence of remote southern islands, as tensions with China increase over the disputed territory, a report said Sunday.

Japan court acquits pair of murder after two decades in jail

Toukyo - A Japanese woman and her former partner were acquitted Wednesday in a retrial for the alleged murder of the woman's 11-year-old daughter after the pair had spent about two decades in jail.

Nagasaki marks 71st atomic bombing anniversary

Toukyo - The Japanese city of Nagasaki on Tuesday marked 71 years since its destruction by a US atomic bomb, with its mayor lauding a visit by US President Barack Obama to Hiroshima earlier this year.

Japan military on alert to destroy N. Korea missile

Toukyo - Japan's newly appointed defence minister on Monday ordered the nation's military to be ready to destroy any missiles fired by North Korea that threaten the country, local media reported.

Japan's ageing emperor hints at abdication

Toukyo - Emperor Akihito said Monday his advancing age and weakening health mean he may no longer be able to carry out his duties, setting the stage for Japan to prepare for an historic abdication.

Molotov cocktail attack injures 15 at Tokyo parade

Toukyo - Fifteen people, including a one-year-old baby girl, were injured in a Molotov cocktail attack at a Tokyo festival parade, officials said Monday.

Japan emperor to address nation after abdication reports

Toukyo - Japan's Emperor Akihito is set to make a rare address to the nation on Monday in remarks widely expected to signal that the 82-year old monarch wishes to abdicate -- something that hasn't happened in two centuries.

Thailand seeks to adopt Japan’s bullet train system

Japan has gained the upper hand against China in their battle for high-speed railway supremacy in Southeast Asia after it bagged a deal to put up a bullet train system in Thailand.

China 'installs radar' in disputed waters

Toukyo - China has installed a radar with potential military functions in a disputed area of the East China Sea, Japanese media said Sunday, in the latest flare-up of tensions between the two countries.

Japan spots 230 Chinese fishing boats off disputed islets

Toukyo - Some 230 Chinese fishing vessels and seven coast guard ships, including four apparently carrying weapons, sailed into waters close to disputed East China Sea islands on Saturday, Japan's foreign ministry and coastguard said.
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