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Once seen but not heard, Tokyo children can be noisy again

Toukyo - The sound of children playing can no longer be considered noise pollution in Tokyo, as Japanese authorities try to remove legal barriers to building childcare centres and help parents get back to work.

Op-Ed: China’s artificial islands in South China Sea – Major own goal?

Sydney - China has been building artificial islands on reefs in the many disputed areas around the South China Sea. Nations in the region are furious, and international business is worried that these new islands dominate major shipping lanes.

Tokyo district OKs Japan's first same-sex partner certificates

Toukyo - A Tokyo council voted on Tuesday to issue "partnership" certificates to gay couples, the first such recognition of same-sex unions in Japan.

Fukushima — A litany of failures costing hundreds of millions

Four years after the earthquake and resulting tsunami that killed 18,000 people and destroyed the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plan in Japan, the tragedy is far from being over. Despite the litany of failures in cleaning up the mess, Japan carries on.

Okinawa governor stops work on U.S. air base

Naha - Governor Takeshi Onaga of the southern Japanese island of Okinawa has ordered a branch of the Defense Ministry to suspend all work in an area where a key U.S. military air base was to be relocated.

Op-Ed: Inside China’s silent onslaught on Washington

International institutions are one of the most enduring legacies of the post- World War II US-sponsored American world order.

Japan's 'Great Wall' goes on as planned despite opposition

Four years after a massive tsunami hit much of Japan's Northeast coast, efforts to fend off future forces of nature are underway as Japan continues its construction of a 250-mile long concrete barrier, in places, five stories high.

Jeter, Matsui work together for charitable efforts in Japan

Tokyo - Former New York Yankees teammates, Derek Jeter and Hideki Matsui, have joined forces to support survivors of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Women are key in tackling disaster: UN officials

Sendai - Women are far more exposed to disasters than men given their frontline roles in the home and in healthcare, the UN says, arguing that improving gender equality is key to saving lives.

UN disaster meeting opens in tsunami-hit Japan

Sendai - Policymakers gathered for a ten-yearly meeting on disaster risk reduction Saturday, with hopes high that the conference in tsunami-hit Japan might provide a springboard for efforts to tackle natural disasters and costly climate change.

Japan marks 4th anniversary of quake-tsunami disaster

Toukyo - Japan marked the fourth anniversary Wednesday of a quake-tsunami disaster that swept away thousands of people and sparked a nuclear crisis, a tragedy that has left visible scars on the landscape and continues to wreak misery for many.

Misfit held after five stabbed dead in Japan

Toukyo - A man suspected of stabbing five people dead at a family home in rural Japan was being quizzed by police Monday, with reports saying he is a "hikikomori" or social misfit who lived nearby.

Cat Island Aoshima gets purrfect photogenic exposure

Aoshima - News and social media draws surprise attention to Aoshima, one of Japan's fishing islands filled with cats to save silkworms from predator mice, which is home to more cats than humans and which has adorably tame kitty-cats everywhere..

Wreck of the biggest battleship ever built discovered

Tokyo - An American team has announced it has found the wreck of the WWII Japanese super-battleship, Musashi, sunk by US warplanes in 1944 in the Sibuyan Sea in the Philippines.

Prince William travels to tsunami-hit northeast Japan

Ishinomaki - Britain's Prince William on Sunday made a pilgrimage to port communities devastated by a huge tsunami that hit Japan in 2011, receiving origami paper cranes from survivors before the fourth anniversary of the disaster.

Japan police arrest teens for 'IS-inspired' killing

Toukyo - Japanese police on Friday arrested three teenagers on suspicion of killing a 13-year-old schoolboy, in a chilling murder some local media suggested was inspired by Islamist extremist executions.

Op-Ed: Gross incompetence at Fukushima — Is an apology enough?

Fukushima - It was discovered on Tuesday that a drainage ditch moving runoff water from the contaminated roof of Sector 2 at Fukushima was transporting water rich in cesium together with rain into the sea, with radiation levels 20 times higher than at the plant.

Op-Ed: Micro Apartments — Your personal space is shrinking

New York - The new horizon for humanity is about 3 metres away, or 5 metres away, depending on where you look. A combination of lack of space and exploitable markets has created the new micro apartments.

Godzilla-themed hotel to open in Japan

Tokyo - If you've ever wanted Godzilla staring at you in your hotel room, a soon-to-be-opened hotel dedicated to the monster king can fulfill that desire.

Japan has more electric vehicle charging points than gas stations

Japan now has more electric vehicle charging points than gas stations, an encouraging milestone in a nation that has long been a leader in the transition to post-fossil fuel-powered transportation.
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