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Tokyo Hit With 4.6 Magnitude Earthquake

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TOKYO: An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.6 shook eastern Japan on Thursday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The epicentre of the quake, which hit at 9:27 a.m. (0027 GMT), was north of Tokyo in Saitama prefecture, the agency said. The quake was measured at a depth of 50 km (30 miles). No tsunami…

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Cat-Muters Board Train In Central Japan

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OGAKI, Japan: A Japanese civic group teamed up with a railway operator on Sunday to let some 30 cats roam on a local train at an event, hoping it will raise awareness of the culling of stray cats. Passengers on a local train in Ogaki, in central Japan, were greeted by meowing companions on a…

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Princess Mako Leave Royal Family To Wed Commoner

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TOKYO – Princess Mako, the eldest granddaughter of Japanese Emperor Akihito, will wed a former classmate, the Imperial Household said on Sunday, confirming a marriage that will further deplete the royal family since she must become a commoner. The announcement was aired by public broadcaster NHK. Mako is one of only four royal grandchildren. The…

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North Korea Fires Missile Over Japan

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TOKYO – North Korea has fired a missile that flew over northern Japan before crashing into the sea. No effort was made by the Japanese to shoot down the missile, which was launched early in the morning local time, triggering safety warnings. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the missile an “unprecedented” threat. There has…

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Japan Could Legally Intercept A Guam-Bound North Korea Missile

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TOKYO – Japan could legally intercept a North Korean missile headed towards Guam, Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said on Thursday in remarks reported by Kyodo news service. Onodera told a lower house of parliament committee that Japan would be allowed to hit a missile headed towards the U.S. Pacific territory if it was judged to…

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Japan’s Defence Minister Resigns Over Cover-Up Scandal

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  TOKYO – Japan’s Defence Minister Tomomi Inada submitted her resignation on Friday to take responsibility for a scandal involving the cover-up of logs that recorded the activities of Japanese ground troops serving as United Nations peacekeepers in South Sudan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said. Inada’s duties as defence minister will be taken over by Foreign…

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Japan’s Crown Prince Neruhito Concludes Official Visit To Malaysia

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SEPANG – Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito left today after a five-day official visit to Malaysia. He was seen off at the Bunga Raya Complex of the KL International Airport by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Razali Ibrahim, who was the Minister-in-Attendance, and…

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Japan’s ‘Oldest Porn Queen’ Retires — At 80

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TOKYO – After a decade of peeling off for X-rated movies, a Japanese porn actress famous for being the country’s oldest has called it quits — at the ripe old age of 80. Maori Tezuka, a former opera singer who made her debut in Japan’s flourishing “silver porn” industry at a sprightly 71, blamed her…

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North Korea Fires 4 Missiles, 3 Fell Into Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone

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SEOUL: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tokyo lodged a “strong protest” to North Korea after the reclusive state launched four ballistic missiles early Monday, three of which fell into Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone. “The latest launches of ballistic missiles clearly demonstrate evidence of a new threat from North Korea,” Abe told reporters at his…

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Japanese Emperor Meets Former Soldiers’ Families In Vietnam

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HANOI (Reuters) – Japan’s Emperor Akihito met the Vietnamese families of Japanese World War Two soldiers on Thursday on his first visit to Vietnam, one of many trips he has used to try to soothe the wounds of war. Some 16 descendants of marriages between Vietnamese women and Japanese soldiers met Emperor Akihito, 83, and…

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Sushi University Teaches The Public On How To Prepare The Cuisine

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One of the most traditional gastronomic experiences in Japan is the omakase, the equivalent of a Western tasting menu, in which diners surrender their meal choices to the creativity and whim of the chef. But in Japan, where few chefs speak fluent English, the concept can be an intimidating and confusing one for foreigners, who…

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Japan Chief Questioned Over Tokyo Bid Payment – Report

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo prosecutors have questioned the president of the Japan Olympic Committee over controversial payments made to a Singaporean consulting firm during the bidding for the 2020 Summer Games, Kyodo News agency reported on Wednesday. The questioning of Tsunekazu Takeda, who led the successful bid, and several other people involved in the bidding,…

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Top Japan Hedge Fund Says Trump Rally Will Fade

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TSUKASA Shimoda, whose UMJ Galleyla Fund beat all other Japan-focused hedge funds last year, says the Donald Trump rally will soon fade as the U.S. president’s protectionist policies start to hurt the global economy. “The U.S. economy perhaps may improve because of him,” said Shimoda, whose $42 million UMJ fund returned 19 percent last year.…

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Toxic Chemicals Detected At Tokyo’s New Fish Market Site

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High levels of toxic chemicals were found in groundwater tests at a new facility scheduled to replace Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market – the world’s largest – clouding the costly relocation plan, news reports said Jan 14. The controversial project has been delayed over fears about toxic contamination, which also impacted the 2020 Olympics to be…

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Japan Looks At Steps To Allow Emperor’s Abdication

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s government is planning legal steps that would allow Emperor Akihito to abdicate and his son to ascend the throne in two years, media reported on Wednesday, potentially setting the stage for the first abdication in two centuries. Japanese Emperor Akihito, 83, hinted in August that he wanted to abdicate, saying he…

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Japan’s ‘Tuna King’ Wins Annual Auction With RM2.9mil Bid

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TOKYO: Japan’s self-styled “Tuna King” has done it again – paying more than US$600,000 for a single fish. Sushi entrepreneur Kiyoshi Kimura paid top price at the first auction of the new year at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market on Thursday, bagging a prized bluefin tuna for an eye-watering 74.2mil yen (RM2.9mil). The head of the…

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Husband In Japan Speaks To Wife For First Time In 20 Years After Epic Sulk

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A husband in Japan went for 20 years without speaking to his wife because he was jealous of the attention she paid to their children, according to reports. Eventually, the couple’s desperate 18-year-old son wrote to a Hokkaido TV show asking them to fix the situation as he had never heard his parents have a…

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How Gruesome Photos On A Memory Stick Revealed Identity Of Killer Who Died Days After Victim

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TOKYO: A suspect who has been dead for seven years has been posthumously indicted over one of the most gruesome killings to shock Japan in living memory. A joint task force made up of officers from the police forces of Hiroshima and Shimane prefectures in December announced the indictment of Yoshiharu Yano, who was 33…

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Japanese Emperor Greets New Year Well-Wishers

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan’s Emperor Akihito delivered his traditional New Year address Monday with tens of thousands of people flocking to the Imperial Palace for what could be his last such appearance after he expressed his desire to abdicate. It was his first New Year message since he announced in August that his advancing age…

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Head Of Japan’s Dentsu Resigns Over Employee’s ‘Death By Overwork’

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TOKYO (Reuters) – The president of Dentsu Inc, Japan’s largest advertising agency, will step down over the “death by overwork” of a young employee, a suicide which has prompted official probes and fresh hand-wringing over Japan’s overtime culture. Matsuri Takahashi, a promising graduate of Japan’s top university, leapt to her death in December 2015, leaving…

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Huge Crowds Cheer Japan Emperor On 83rd Birthday

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TOKYO: The biggest crowds of his nearly three-decade reign thronged Japan’s Imperial Palace on Friday to celebrate Emperor Akihito’s 83rd birthday on what could be his last such appearance after expressing his desire to abdicate. It was his first birthday since he announced in August that his advancing age and weakening health mean he may…

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Births In Japan Expected To Fall Below Million For First Time This Year

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TOKYO (Reuters) – The number of births in Japan is likely to fall below a million this year for the first time since data became available in 1899, the government said on Thursday, reflecting a fast-ageing society and the high cost of child care. Japan will also post a natural population decline this year as…

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Abe, Putin To Huddle At Hot Spring Over Japan-Russia Islands Row

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NAGATO, Japan (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Japan on Thursday for a summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a hot spring resort where they will seek progress on a territorial row that has blocked a peace treaty formally ending World War Two. The two sides are likely to clinch agreements on…

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Resurgent Japan Military Can Stand Toe To Toe With Anybody

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TOKYO – Seventy-five years after Japan unleashed one of the most devastating naval attacks in history on the US fleet at Pearl Harbor, the country has again established itself as one of the world’s foremost military powers, experts say. The resurgence comes despite a constitution imposed by the United States after World War II that…

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Japan PM Hopes For Progress On Peace Treaty With Russia

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that he hopes for progress in peace treaty talks with Russia but that the decades-old issue cannot be settled in one meeting. Abe said he wants to discuss the issue candidly with Russian President Vladimir Putin when he visits Japan on Dec. 15-16. Abe…

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Japan Culling 230,000 More Birds Over Avian Flu

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TOKYO: Japan has mobilised its military to help with a second mass cull of 230,000 chickens amid a spreading outbreak of a highly contagious strain of avian flu, officials said. The highly virulent H5 strain was found in chickens at a farm in Joetsu city in Niigata prefecture, the local government said in a statement…

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Repaired Road Over Japan’s Giant Sinkhole Is Sinking Again

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FUKUOKA: A giant sinkhole in the Japanese city of Fukuoka that was repaired quickly seems to be sinking again, reported The Japan Times. A 30-metre wide sinkhole opened suddenly earlier on Nov 8 at a busy intersection, swallowing five lanes and flooding the area with water. It was then repaired in a week, impressing observers…

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Japan Skating Rink Slammed For Freezing 5,000 Fish

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Tokyo (AFP) – A Japanese skating rink that froze 5,000 dead fish into the ice as an attraction for visitors has been forced to close after receiving a barrage of criticism. Amusement park Space World is now melting the rink — which could take about a week — and will hold a memorial service for…

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Japan Plans Supercomputer To Leap Into Technology Future

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TOKYO: Japan plans to build the world’s fastest-known supercomputer in a bid to arm the country’s manufacturers with a platform for research that could help them develop and improve driverless cars, robotics and medical diagnostics. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will spend 19.5bil yen (RM774.95mil) on the previously unreported project, a budget breakdown…

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Trump Win Boosts Japan Mask Maker

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SAITAMA: The jury is still out on what Donald Trump’s election victory means for close US ally Japan. But at least one local business has emerged a winner. Ogawa Studios, the country’s top rubber mask maker, has seen surging demand for their version of the billionaire real-estate magnate since his shock November 8 win. ”I…

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