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Japan knife attacker grins before cameras after killing spree

Toukyo - A Japanese man who admitted murdering 19 people at a centre for the mentally disabled grinned at news cameras Wednesday before being questioned about the country's worst killing spree in decades.

Japan government sues Okinawa authorities over US base

Toukyo - A lawsuit demanding local bureaucrats stop blocking the construction of a US military base in Okinawa was filed by Japan's central government Friday, the latest in the spat between Tokyo and the southern island.

Japanese 'rent men' who are paid just to listen

Toukyo - From lonely pensioners to Japanese schoolgirls with shattered dreams, Takanobu Nishimoto and his crew of middle-aged men will lend an ear to clients who would never dream of spilling their guts to a therapist or worse, their families.

Japan starts safety campaign ahead of Pokemon Go launch

Tokyo - Reports of traffic accidents, crimes and other mishaps overseas have prompted the Japanese government to warn Pokemon Go gamers of the dangers they could face.

South Korean gets 4 years for Tokyo shrine blast

Toukyo - A South Korean man was sentenced to four years in prison Tuesday for detonating a homemade pipe bomb at a controversial Tokyo war shrine.

Honda's new hybrid motor is free of heavy rare earth elements

Honda Motors, working with Daido Steel, has made a major breakthrough in hybrid technology in developing the first magnet suitable for use in automotive drive applications that does not make use of heavy rare earth elements.

Suspected North Korean defector found in Japan

Toukyo - A man claiming to have escaped North Korea was being held under police protection after he was found wandering in a city in western Japan, local media reported on Sunday.

U.S. sailor gets 30 months in prison for Okinawa rape

Toukyo - A US sailor who raped a Japanese woman on the southern island of Okinawa was Friday sentenced to 30 months in prison, a court said.

Japan watchdog warns men against quick foreskin snip

Toukyo - A consumer group is warning Japanese men to exercise extreme caution before undergoing foreskin surgery after a spate of eye-watering mishaps on the operating table.

Stickers to stocks: Things to know about messaging app Line

Toukyo - Messaging app Line kicks off a dual New York-Tokyo stock listing later Thursday after one of the year's biggest initial public offerings.Here are a few things to know about the chatting service that has taken Asia by storm.What is Line?

Nintendo soars more than 16%, extends Pokemon game rally

Toukyo - Nintendo skyrocketed in Tokyo on Thursday as its new smartphone game Pokemon Go picks up legions of fans globally, and investors cheer the firm's move into mobile gaming.

Japan monarchy roiled over abdication reports

Toukyo - Japan's ancient monarchy was in tumult Thursday with the imperial household insisting its ageing emperor had no plans to abdicate after reports he wanted to step aside.

Internet gets first look inside Fukushima 'exclusion zone'

Fukushima - Malaysian freelance photographer Keow Wee Loong sneaked into the Fukushima exclusion zone on June 4. His sometimes eerie photography gives us insight into the panic that followed the disaster on March 11, 2011.

Nissan debuts first Japanese vehicle with autonomous drive

Nissan has become the first auto manufacturer to hit the Japanese market with an autonomous driving system that controls steering, brakes and throttle on the highway.

Fukushima reactor makers not liable: Japan court

Toukyo - A Japanese court on Wednesday turned down a class action lawsuit seeking damages from nuclear plant makers Toshiba, Hitachi and GE over the Fukushima meltdown disaster, the plaintiffs, one of the companies and a report said.

Japan's Emperor Akihito 'planning to abdicate'

Toukyo - Japan's ageing Emperor Akihito plans to step down in favour of his eldest son within a few years, Japanese media reported Wednesday, in what would be the first such royal abdication in two centuries.

Pokemon-mania vindicates Nintendo's mobile game shift

Toukyo - With Pokemon-mania sweeping the planet, Nintendo's nascent shift into mobile gaming has proved a massive hit, vindicating the Japanese videogame giant's decision to unshackle itself from a long-standing consoles-only policy.

After win, Abe calls for debate on Japan constitution

Toukyo - An emboldened Shinzo Abe called Monday for debate on Japan's pacifist constitution, which he said it was his "duty" to revise after scoring a strong win in weekend elections.

Japan ruling coalition expands majority in upper house: media

Toukyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition was on track for a decisive victory in parliamentary elections on Sunday, media projections showed, despite lukewarm public support for its policies.

Japan satellite made 'surprise' find before failure

Toukyo - A Japanese satellite recorded unprecedented observations of the Perseus galaxy before it disappeared from contact, scientists said, offering precious new information about how gas travels in the faraway cluster.
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