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Japan redraws Ukraine aid flight plan after India refuses aircraft to land

Japan is redrawing its plan for transporting humanitarian aid supplies to displaced Ukrainians after Tokyo said India had refused to let Self-Defense Forces aircraft land in the country. The plan was for an Air Self-Defense Force plane to pick up relief items at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees supply depots in India and the […]

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Japan Earthquake: 2 killed, at least 90 injured; bullet train derails

The powerful earthquake that hit north-east Japan on Wednesday night has claimed two lives and injured at least ninety others, officials said. The magnitude 7.3 tremor struck the same region where a major earthquake triggered the Fukushima nuclear disaster 11 years ago. Power was temporarily power out for over two million homes. In some areas […]

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Tokyo public school system drops controversial dress code on hair and underwear color

Under Tokyo’s public school system’s dress code, all students had to dye their hair black, certain hairstyles were prohibited and even their underwear had to be a designated color. But these rules, which have recently come under scrutiny and been criticized as outdated, will now be abolished, the city’s authorities announced this week. A total […]

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Japan: Powerful 7.3 magnitude Earthquake strikes off the coast off Fukushima, Tsunami warning issued

A powerful earthquake hit north-east Japan on Wednesday night, temporarily cutting power to two million homes and prompting a tsunami advisory. The magnitude 7.3 tremor struck the same region where a major quake triggered the Fukushima nuclear disaster, 11 years ago. In some areas it was too forceful for people to stand, and buildings rattled […]

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Toyota suspends all factory operations in Japan after suspected cyber attack

Toyota will suspend all factory operations in Japan on Tuesday, losing around 13,000 cars after a company supplying plastic parts and electronic components was hit by a suspected cyber attack. No information was immediately available about who was behind the attack or the motive. The attack comes just after Japan joined Western allies in clamping […]

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Marcelo Claure: Japan’s SoftBank Group COO quits after fallout with founder of pay

Japan’s SoftBank Group on Friday said its chief operating officer, Marcelo Claure, is leaving the technology investor, in the latest blow after a string of high-profile departures. The exit comes after a fallout with founder and Chief Executive Masayoshi Son over his pay, reports said. Claure’s deputy, Michel Combes has been appointed chief executive of […]

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Japanese government admits to overstating some government economic data for years

The Japanese government overstated construction orders data received from builders for years, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Wednesday, an admission that could dent credibility of official statistics widely used by investors and economists. It was not clear why the government started the practice of rewriting the data. It is also unclear how gross domestic […]

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Ikea is offering 107-square-foot apartment for less than $1 per month in Tokyo

Swedish retailer Ikea is becoming a landlord in Japan with a tiny apartment it will rent out in Tokyo. The 107-square-foot apartment is located in the Shinjuku district and will cost just 99 yen ($0.86) per month to rent, according to details released by Ikea this week. Only one unit is available, and it is […]

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Japan’s former princess Mako moves to New York after giving up title

Japan’s former princess Mako has arrived in the US with her “commoner” husband, Kei Komuro, after leaving the royal family. The two wed last month, left from Tokyo airport on Sunday morning. They will rent an apartment in New York where Mr Komuro works at a law firm. Under Japanese law, female imperial family members […]

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Japan Parliamentary Elections: Fumio Kishida’s coalition secures comfortable majority in elections

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s coalition has secured a comfortable majority in Sunday’s parliamentary election. Defying some predictions, Kishida’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) claimed 259 seats in the 465-member lower house, a result that gives the party an absolute stable majority and control over parliamentary committees. The LDP’s junior coalition partner Komeito won 32 seats, […]

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Japan: Knife and arson attack on major train line injures 10, suspect arrested

A man has been left in critical condition after a knife and arson attack at a major train line in the Japanese capital, Tokyo. At least 10 others were also injured in the incident, which happened at around 20:00 at Kokuryo station, in the city’s western suburbs. The suspected attacker, a man in his 20s, […]

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Japan: Fumio Kishida wins race to become next prime minister

Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) elected former top diplomat Fumio Kishida as its new leader on Wednesday after a tightly contested race, taking him one step closer to becoming the nation’s next prime minister. Kishida is widely expected to take the reins of the world’s third-largest economy once Parliament convenes in October, succeeding outgoing […]