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Toshiba says sells chip unit to Bain Capital for around $18 bn

Toukyo - Toshiba said Wednesday it would sell its memory chip business to a group led by US investor Bain Capital, in a deal worth around $18 billion and seen as crucial to keeping the Japanese conglomerate afloat.

N.Korea crisis boosts Japan's hawkish PM: analysts

Toukyo - The North Korea crisis has been like "divine aid" for hawkish Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, experts say, burnishing his nationalist credentials and possibly tempting him into a snap election.

'Take cover' — but where? Japanese helpless over N.Korea threat

Toukyo - Take cover in a sturdy building or get underground.That's the emergency advice given to the Japanese people in the event of a North Korean missile strike.But there are two big problems: most Japanese homes are made of wood and lack a basement.

N. Korea 'has Guam in mind': Japan minister

Toukyo - Japan's defence minister said Friday he believed North Korea "has Guam in mind" after its most recent missile launch, noting it had sufficient range to hit the US territory.

'Missile launch, take cover': Japan's terrifying wake-up call

Toukyo - "Missile launch! Missile launch! A missile appears to have been launched from North Korea. Take cover in a building or underground.

Japanese firm to offer 'drive-thru' funeral service

Toukyo - A Japanese funeral parlour is set to offer relatives the chance to pay their final respects to deceased loved ones without leaving the comfort of their cars.

North Korea: the celebrity circuit's unlikeliest outpost

Toukyo - What do a flamboyant wrestler-turned-senator from Japan, a former NBA star with a penchant for tattoos and a French comedian with a string of convictions to his name have in common?

Japan aims to raise $12 bn in postal giant share sale

Toukyo - Japanese said Monday it would sell off another chunk of the country's massive postal service in a share sale that could raise up to $12 billion.

N. Korea crisis sparks nuclear debate in Japan, S. Korea

Toukyo - Nuclear-armed North Korea's testing of long-range missiles that could possibly reach US soil has kindled debate in Japan and South Korea about developing their own nuclear deterrent, prompting fears of a North East Asian arms race.

Nissan unveils new electric car in bid to drive off competition

Chiba - Japanese giant Nissan on Wednesday unveiled a new electric car with an extended range and semi-autonomous driving functions, as it seeks to battle off competitors in a sector it once pioneered.

N. Korea nuclear test 10 times more powerful than Hiroshima: Japan

Toukyo - Japan Wednesday again upgraded its estimated size of North Korea's latest nuclear test to a yield of around 160 kilotons -- more than ten times the size of the Hiroshima bomb.

KitKat bets on weird and wonderful flavours in Japan

Inashiki - Cough-medicine-flavoured KitKat anyone?It may not be to everyone's taste, but this is just one of 300 weird and wonderful flavours flying off the shelves in Japan, which has become the world's biggest market for the four-fingered snack.

N. Korea nuclear test more powerful than estimated: Japan

Toukyo - Japan's defence minister on Tuesday said North Korea's latest nuclear test was more powerful than initially estimated, with a yield that was around eight times the size of the bomb detonated over Hiroshima.

N. Korea nuclear test 'absolutely unacceptable': Japan PM

Toukyo - Japan's prime minister slammed North Korea's nuclear test on Sunday as "absolutely unacceptable" and said its nuclear and missile programmes now pose a more "grave and urgent" threat to his country.

Japan princess announces engagement with commoner

Toukyo - Japan's Princess Mako and her fiancé -- a commoner -- announced their engagement Sunday, a match which will cost the princess her royal status according to a law that highlights the male-dominated nature of Japan's monarchy.

Japan on suicide watch as children go back to school

Toukyo - As Japan's schools reopened Friday after summer holidays, a day when suicides among young people spike, celebrities reached out to at-risk children and one Tokyo zoo offered refuge to nervous pupils in a bid to tackle the mental health crisis.

Japan deputy PM Aso in hot water over Hitler remarks

Toukyo - Japan's gaffe-prone deputy prime minister Taro Aso on Wednesday retracted comments in which he cited Adolf Hitler, but insisted he did not mean to praise the Nazi leader.

Postman who survived Nagasaki A-bomb dies at 88

Toukyo - Prominent nuclear disarmament campaigner Sumiteru Taniguchi, who was delivering mail in Nagasaki when the United States dropped an atomic bomb in 1945, died Wednesday at the age of 88.

Japan wakes up to North Korean missile warnings

Toukyo - Millions of Japanese awoke to ominous text messages Tuesday warning them to take cover as a North Korean missile flew overhead, with one train operator bluntly explaining its halted service as "Reason: Ballistic missile launch.

Japan hits nuclear-armed North Korea with fresh sanctions

Toukyo - Japan said Friday it will impose fresh sanctions on North Korea by freezing the assets of Chinese and Namibian firms doing business with the nuclear-armed state.
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