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Philippines' Duterte tells worried foreign businesses to go

Tokyo - President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday urged foreign businesses in the Philippines worried about his deadly drug war to "pack up and leave", as he launched another anti-American tirade before flying to Japan to attract investments.

Toyota’s fuel cell bus to go on sale in Tokyo in early 2017

Tokyo - Hydrogen-powered fuel cell buses will go on sale in Tokyo starting early next year in another move by Japan to showcase its eco-friendly vehicle technology to the world.

One killed, two injured in Japan park blasts

Toukyo - One person was killed and at least two injured by twin near-simultaneous blasts in a Japanese park on Sunday, the local fire department said.

First woman to conquer Everest dies aged 77: reports

Toukyo - The first woman to conquer Mount Everest, Junko Tabei of Japan, has died aged 77, media reported Saturday.

No deaths reported after earthquake hits Honshu, Japan

A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 shook parts of western Honshu, Japan early Friday afternoon, damaging homes and some roads and cutting power to 77,000 people.

Japan cabinet ministers visit controversial war shrine

Toukyo - Two Japanese cabinet ministers visited a controversial war shrine Wednesday, after a mass visit by lawmakers angered China and South Korea which see it as a painful reminder of Tokyo's past aggression.

Tesla, Panasonic mull solar battery tie up

American electric car maker Tesla Motors Incorporated and Japanese appliance company Panasonic are expanding their business collaboration as they consider working on a solar battery production in the United States.

Dozens of Japan lawmakers visit controversial war shrine

Toukyo - Dozens of Japanese lawmakers visited a controversial war shrine on Tuesday in an annual pilgrimage criticised by China and South Korea, which see it as a painful reminder of Tokyo's aggressive past.

Japan PM Abe sends offering to controversial war shrine

Toukyo - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to a controversial war shrine on Monday, drawing fire from China which sees it as a painful reminder of Tokyo's warring past.

Neither photosynthetic or flowering — strange new plant discovery

Kobe - A new species of plant has been discovered in Japan on the subtropical island of Kuroshima. It was given the name Gastrodia kuroshimensis. Two things make this plant very special. It is non-photosynthetic and it produces flowers that to not bloom.

Japan pulls UNESCO funding over Nanjing row

Toukyo - Japan is holding back more than $40 million in UNESCO funding, foreign minister Fumio Kishida said Friday, following a protest against listing documents related to the Nanjing massacre.

One in five Japan employees face 'death from overwork': report

Toukyo - A fifth of the Japanese workforce faces the risk of death from overwork, according to a new government survey into the country's notoriously strenuous working culture.

Powerful typhoon Chaba barrels toward Japan

Toukyo - Storm and heavy rain warnings were issued Wednesday as powerful typhoon Chaba barrelled toward Japan, after lashing the southern coast of South Korea with winds that triggered flash floods and left at least two dead.

Toyota introduces robot designed to provide companionship

Tokyo - Car maker Toyota Motor Corporation has unveiled a cupholder-size robot designed to provide companionship in Japan where birth rates are plunging.

Robots galore as Asia's biggest tech fair opens near Tokyo

Chiba - A Japanese inventor is hoping a robot that still needs humans will win over Asia's largest tech fair, offering a counterpoint to major technology firms pushing the boundaries of artificial intelligence (AI).

Yoshinori Ohsumi wins Nobel prize in medicine

Tokyo - Yoshinori Ohsumi, the pioneering cell biologist, has won the Nobel Prize for his discoveries on how the body’s cells break down and recycle their own components.

Out of the limelight: Nobel medicine prize winner Ohsumi

Toukyo - Some people are drawn to the flashy and popular, but Nobel laureate Yoshinori Ohsumi isn't one of them.

Japan probes dozens of hospital deaths after poisonings

Toukyo - Japanese police are probing the deaths of 46 patients on the same floor of a hospital where a pair of elderly men were fatally poisoned, reports said Monday.

Powerful typhoon Chaba barrels toward southern Japan

Toukyo - Powerful typhoon Chaba barreled toward Japan's southernmost Okinawa island chain on Monday, cancelling more than 300 flights, as authorities issued their highest warning for the storm.

Japan sushi chain stung by 'wasabi terrorism' claims

Toukyo - A Japanese sushi chain is being accused of 'wasabi terrorism' after it admitted to heaping excess dollops of the pungent root into foreign customers' food.
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