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North Korea tests 1,500km new long-range cruise missile capable of hitting much of Japan

North Korea tested a new long-range cruise missile capable of hitting much of Japan, state media reported on Monday. Tests staged over the weekend saw missiles travelling as far as 1,500km away, according to KCNA. It suggests the country is still capable of developing weapons despite food shortages and an economic crisis. The test of […]

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Submerged Chinese submarine spotted sailing near Japan’s territorial waters

Japan’s defence ministry said on Sunday that a submarine believed to be from China was spotted in waters near its southern islands, as maritime tensions persist in the Pacific. Japan’s navy on Friday morning identified a submerged vessel sailing northwest just outside territorial waters near Amami Oshima island, part of Kagoshima prefecture, the ministry said […]

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Police investigation find dog urine behind traffic light collapse in western Japan

An iron column traffic light in Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture, has proved to be no match for the potty habits of neighborhood pets. Years of damage from dog urine caused the structure to collapse early this year with local officials now calling on residents to find a more suitable location for their pets to take […]

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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to step down, won’t run for party leader: Report

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will step down, Kyodo news reported on Friday. He would also not run in a ruling party leader race in September, setting the stage for his replacement after just one year in office. Suga, who took over after Shinzo Abe resigned last September, citing ill health, has seen his support […]

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Toyota resumes operations of driverless vehicles at Olympic Village days after accident

Toyota restarted operations of its autonomous vehicles at the Paralympic Games village in Tokyo following an accident. Services of the e-Palette pods were halted after a vehicle hit a visually impaired athlete last week. The athlete was not seriously injured, but he had to pull out of an event because of cuts and bruises. The […]

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Toyota self-driving vehicle collides with Paralympics Games athlete at Olympic Village

A self-driving Toyota vehicle was barely moving, but it still managed to collide with a visually-impaired athlete at the Paralympic Games, raising potential concerns about the limitations of autonomous driving technology. Toyota’s CEO apologized after one of the company’s self-driving vehicles hit the athlete while driving at 1 to 2 kilometers per hour around the […]

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Japan suspends 1.63 million doses of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine over contamination fears

Japan paused the use of about 1.63 million doses of the Moderna vaccine due to contamination. The health ministry said “foreign materials” were found in some doses of a batch of roughly 560,000 vials. Takeda Pharmaceutical, which sells and distributes the vaccine in Japan, said Moderna had put three batches on hold “out of an […]

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Japanese theme park shuts roller coaster after passengers sustain ‘bone-breaking injuries’

A roller coaster in Japan capable of hitting speeds of up to 112 miles per hour is being shut down after passengers sustained injuries. The ride remains suspended indefinitely pending an investigation into whether injuries sustained by passengers were linked to the ride. A press statement released by the park on August 20 states that […]

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Afghanistan flag held high at Paralympics opening ceremony in act of ‘solidarity and peace’

The flag of Afghanistan was used as a symbol of “solidarity and peace” as the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games kicked off on Tuesday night in Japan. The 16th Summer Paralympics, delayed by a year due to the pandemic will take place amid Japan’s worst outbreak of Covid-19, with spectators banned from the majority of events […]

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Japanese crypto exchange hit by hackers, nearly $100 million stolen

Liquid, a Japanese cryptocurrency exchange company was hit by hackers, with almost $100 million stolen. The firm said some of its digital currency wallets were “compromised.” This is the second major theft of cryptocurrencies to take place in recent days.┬áLast week, digital token platform Poly Network was at the centre of a $600 million heist. […]

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Japanese Formula One Grand Prix cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic

The 2021 Japanese Formula One Grand Prix has been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic for the second successive year, race organizers said on Wednesday. The cancellation of the race, scheduled for the weekend of October 8-10 at the Suzuka circuit, follows the abandonment of Singapore’s October 1-3 night race. “Following ongoing discussions with the […]

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Maki Kaji: ‘Godfather of Sudoku’ has died aged 69

Maki Kaji, the Japanese man known as the “Godfather of Sudoku”, has died at the age of 69. Kaji gave the number puzzle its name after publishing it in his magazine Nikoli in the 1980s. Since then the popular game has spread around the world. Tournaments take place across the world and it is estimated […]