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HRW urges Japan to change transgender 'sterilisation' law

Apo - Japan should "urgently" revise a law that effectively requires transgender people to be surgically sterilised if they want legal recognition of their gender identity, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

Japan Olympic chief facing corruption probe to step down

Apo - The head of Japan's Olympic Committee said Tuesday he would step down in June, as French authorities probe his involvement in payments made before Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Summer Games.

Japan Olympic chief facing corruption probe to step down

Apo - The head of Japan's Olympic Committee said Tuesday he would step down in June, as French authorities probe his involvement in payments made before Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Summer Games.

Karpeles: Bitcoin baron brought down with a bump

Apo - Once described as a geek who stuffed himself with snacks in front of his computer, Mark Karpeles rose to head a firm that once claimed to handle 80 percent of the world's bitcoin transactions.

MtGox 'bitcoin baron' gets suspended sentence for data tampering

Apo - A Japanese court on Friday sentenced the former high-flying boss of the MtGox bitcoin exchange to a suspended jail sentence of two and a half years after finding him guilty of data manipulation.

MtGox bitcoin founder learns fate on embezzlement charges

Apo - A Japanese court Friday hands down a verdict in the embezzlement trial of Mark Karpeles, the former high-flying creator of the MtGox bitcoin exchange, whose collapse sparked a crisis for the cryptocurrency.

Japan says won't submit new UN rights motion against North Korea

Apo - Japan said Wednesday it will not submit a motion against North Korea's human rights record at a UN panel for the first time in more than a decade.

Japan eyes 2020 Olympics to retake place on tech podium

Apo - Driverless cars, robot volunteers and ultra high-definition TV: Japan Inc. hopes to use the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to show the world it has regained its touch for innovation and technology.

Mammoth moves: frozen cells come to life, but only just

Apo - A team of scientists in Japan has successfully coaxed activity from 28,000-year-old cells from a frozen mammoth implanted into mouse cells, but the woolly mammal is unlikely to be walking among us soon.

French prosecutors open inquiry into Ghosn's Versailles wedding: legal source

Nterre - French prosecutors have begun an inquiry into the lavish wedding party at the Palace of Versailles for former Renault and Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, part of which was billed to Renault, a legal source told AFP on Monday.

Court bars Ghosn from attending Nissan board meeting

Apo - A Japanese court on Monday barred Carlos Ghosn from attending a Nissan board meeting, as the bailed former chairman prepares his defence against charges of financial misconduct.

Japan marks tsunami, nuclear tragedy eight years on

Apo - With flowers, silent prayers and tearful tributes, Japan Monday marked the eighth anniversary of a crippling earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that devastated its northeastern coast and left some 18,500 people dead or missing.

Fukushima evacuees resist return as 'Reconstruction Olympics' near

Apo - With Japan keen to flaunt Tokyo 2020 as the "Reconstruction Olympics", people who fled the Fukushima nuclear disaster are being urged to return home but not everyone is eager to go.

Lawyer sorry for 'tainting' Ghosn's fame with workman disguise

Apo - A lawyer representing ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn on Friday apologised for "tainting" the tycoon's reputation by suggesting he disguise himself as a workman to leave detention on bail.

No internet and cameras at the door: Ghosn's bail conditions

Apo - To obtain his freedom, former auto tycoon Carlos Ghosn had to stump up more than just a cool one billion yen ($9 million) in cash.

'Tired' Ghosn recovers, as lawyers ready 'thorough' defence

Apo - Former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn's top lawyer vowed Thursday to mount a "thorough" defence to restore his client's reputation, as the "tired" businessman spent his first day out of a Tokyo detention centre recovering.

The enemy within: shadow of Japanese past hangs over S. Korea

Ansan - A century after mass protests against Japanese colonial rule in Korea the issue of those who collaborated with Tokyo -- many of whom later become part of the South Korean elite -- remains hidden in the shadows.

US NKorea envoy in talks after Pyonyang rocket site work revealed

Washington - Washington's North Korea envoy Stephen Biegun was to meet Wednesday with officials from Japan and South Korea to discuss the outcome of the Hanoi summit last week, amid new evidence that Pyongyang is rebuilding a rocket launch site.

Third time lucky: Ex-Nissan chief Ghosn wins bail in Japan

Apo - Former auto industry titan Carlos Ghosn moved a step closer to freedom Tuesday as a Tokyo court unexpectedly granted him bail after more than three months in a detention cell.

Ghosn family calls on UN to help release him, says lawyer

Paris - The family of former industrial tycoon Carlos Ghosn, currently held in Japan on tax evasion charges, is to appeal to the United Nations in a bid to have him released, one of his lawyers said Monday.

Ghosn lawyer hopes 'convincing' bail bid will secure release

Apo - Carlos Ghosn's new lead defence lawyer said Monday his "convincing" new bail application for the former Nissan boss contained fresh elements he hoped would lead to his release "as soon as possible.

Japan's Abe backs Trump after Kim summit ends with no deal

Apo - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe backed Donald Trump Thursday after the US president's talks with North Korea's leader ended without a deal.

Subaru to recall 2.2 million cars over brake light glitch

Apo - Subaru announced Thursday a global recall of 2.2 million SUVs, the biggest ever for the company, over a brake light glitch that could affect how the vehicle engines start.

Ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn makes fresh bail request

Apo - Lawyers for former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn on Thursday filed a fresh bail request for the auto titan who has been detained for more than three months, the Tokyo District Court said.

Mini miracle: 'Record-breaking' preemie leaves Tokyo hospital

Apo - A baby born in Tokyo weighing the same as a large onion has gone home healthy, becoming the smallest newborn boy in the world to leave hospital safely.

Russia rolls out fast internet to islands Japan claims

Moscow - Russia said Tuesday it had laid fiber-optic cables to a chain of Pacific islands disputed by Japan, delivering high-speed internet to homes and businesses there despite protests from Tokyo.

Rare oarfish, seen as harbingers of doom, snagged in Japan

Apo - Two rare oarfish, giant deep-sea serpents long believed by locals to be a harbinger of earthquakes and tsunamis, have been caught off the Japanese island of Okinawa.

Japan's Okinawa 'votes against' controversial US base move: exit polls

Nago - Voters on the Japanese island of Okinawa have rejected the relocation of a controversial US military base, according to exit polls from a non-binding referendum cited by local media Sunday.

Japan's Okinawa to vote on controversial US base move

Okinawa - Residents of Japan's Okinawa go to the polls Sunday in a closely watched referendum on the controversial relocation of a US military base to a remote part of the island.

Touchdown: Japan probe Hayabusa2 lands on distant asteroid

Apo - A Japanese probe sent to collect samples from an asteroid 300 million kilometres away for clues about the origin of life and the solar system landed successfully on Friday, scientists said.
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