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Japanese town's controversial dolphin hunt begins

Toukyo - A small Japanese town began its controversial dolphin hunt on Thursday after bad weather delayed the start, according to a local fisheries official, while a separate whaling hunt was due to start at the weekend.

Japan releases 'Flipper' dolphin trainer after arrest

Toukyo - Japanese police said Wednesday that they have released US animal rights activist Ric O'Barry, who trained dolphins for the TV show "Flipper", after he was arrested near the infamous whaling town of Taiji.

Japan arrests 'Flipper' trainer as dolphin hunt starts

Toukyo - Japanese police said Tuesday they had arrested US animal rights activist Ric O'Barry, who trained dolphins for the TV show "Flipper", near the town of Taiji as it kicked off its controversial dolphin hunt.

Split emerges in Japan's biggest 'yakuza' gang

Toukyo - A rift has emerged in Japan's largest "yakuza" organised crime syndicate, the government has said, with police warning that the split could lead to a wave of gang violence.

Toyota to restart Tianjin operations after giant blasts

Toukyo - Japanese auto giant Toyota said Wednesday it would gradually restart operations in Tianjin after halting production in the wake of deadly explosions at a hazardous goods facility in the Chinese port city.

Obama says sorry to Japan after WikiLeaks claims of US spying

Toukyo - US President Barack Obama on Wednesday apologised to Tokyo after WikiLeaks claimed Washington had spied on Japanese politicians, a government spokesman said.

Typhoon Goni slams into Japanese mainland

Toukyo - Typhoon Goni slammed into the Japanese mainland Tuesday, leaving at least one person missing, more than 70 others injured and disrupting rail and flight services, as authorities urged more than 600,000 people to leave homes.

Japan premier hits out at Russian PM's visit to disputed islands

Toukyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday criticised his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev's weekend visit to disputed islands, aggravating a long-running dispute over the archipelago.

Huge blaze breaks out at steel plant near Tokyo's Haneda airport

Toukyo - A huge blaze broke out Monday at a steel pipe plant near Tokyo's Haneda airport, a fire department official said, as television images showed plumes of thick black smoke and flames shooting up into the air.

US military depot blast, steel plant blaze hit Tokyo

Sagamihara - A blast ripped through a warehouse at a US military post on Monday and started a fire, while a blaze broke out at a steel plant, in separate accidents around the Japanese capital.

Pentagon confirms blast at U.S. military post in Japan

Toukyo - A blast ripped through a US military post near Tokyo early Monday, triggering a fire, the Pentagon confirmed, noting that no injuries had been reported.

Bitcoin CEO's arrest leaves trail of unanswered questions

Toukyo - The arrest of MtGox boss Mark Karpeles has begun to shed light on the defunct Bitcoin exchange after hundreds of millions of dollars in virtual currency vanished from its digital vaults last year.

Poop flavored curry being served at Tokyo-based restaurant

Tokyo - A Japanese chef and former adult film actor wanted to create a first, so he decided to give human feces a chance in the kitchen.

Japan kicks off annual live fire drills at Mt. Fuji

Gotemba - Japan's Self Defence Forces (SDF) on Tuesday began four days of live-fire drills near Mount Fuji, in an annual exercise that comes as Tokyo tries to expand the role of the military.

More Snowden revelations on AT&T and NSA collusion

Edward Snowden, the IT worker who fled to Russia over two years ago, has released another bombshell about how AT&T reportedly partnered with the National Security Agency to spy on the Internet for at least a decade.

Japan: Probable eruption of volcano near restarted nuclear plant

Kagoshima - The Japanese Meteorological Agency said Saturday that Mount Sakurajima in Kagoshima Prefecture is showing signs of increased volcanic activity, and residents should be prepared to evacuate. The volcano is 31 miles from the restarted Sendai nuclear plant.

Japan emperor says feels 'profound remorse' over WWII

Toukyo - Japan's emperor Akihito said on Saturday that he felt "profound remorse" over World War II -- a conflict that Tokyo fought in the name of his father Hirohito -- on the 70th anniversary of the war's end.

Tokyo 2020 logo designer apologises in new plagiarism row

Toukyo - The designer of Tokyo's 2020 Olympics logo has apologised after admitting his team traced the designs used for a Suntory promotion campaign, as he faces plagiarism allegations over the Games design.

Japan marks end of WWII under criticism from China, South Korea

Toukyo - Japan marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II Saturday under criticism from China and South Korea, which said nationalist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe failed to properly apologise for Tokyo's past aggression.

Japan PM expresses WWII remorse, previous apologies "unshakeable"

Toukyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed deep remorse Friday over World War II and said previous national apologies were unshakeable, but emphasised future generations should not have to keep saying sorry.
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