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March 30, 2020, 8:57 AM

Popular Japanese comedian dies from the coronavirus

Popular Japanese comedian Ken Shimura, who drew inspiration from the American comedic icon Jerry Lewis, has died from the coronavirus, becoming Japan's first known celebrity victim of the disease
March 30, 2020, 8:57 AM
Popular Japanese comedian dies from the coronavirus
March 20, 2020, 2:05 PM

Tokyo marks 25th anniversary of subway nerve gas attack

Relatives of victims prayed silently to observe the 25th anniversary of a nerve gas attack on Tokyo's subways that killed 13 people, but a larger commemoration was canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak
March 20, 2020, 2:05 PM
March 20, 2020, 10:26 AM

Worker at Japan care home sentenced to hang for mass killing

A Japanese court has sentenced a former care home employee to hang for knifing to death 19 disabled people and injuring two dozen others in the deadliest mass attack in post World War II Japan
March 20, 2020, 10:26 AM
Death penalty ordered for mass killing at care home in Japan
March 18, 2020, 3:40 AM

Some Japanese fret more over economy and virus than Olympics

The future of the Tokyo Olympics is in doubt over the coronavirus outbreak.
March 18, 2020, 3:40 AM
Some Japanese fret more over economy and virus than Olympics
March 16, 2020, 11:58 AM

Japan nuke reactor taken offline due to delayed safety steps

The operator of a nuclear power plant in southern Japan was forced to shut down one of its reactors because of a failure to meet the deadline for adding anti-terror safety facility made mandatory after the Fukushima disaster
March 16, 2020, 11:58 AM
Japan nuke reactor taken offline due to delayed safety steps
1 month ago

Japan marks tsunami anniversary, no govt memorial amid virus

Some residents along the Japanese northern coast stood on roadsides overlooking the sea, offering silent prayers for their loved ones lost in a massive earthquake and tsunami nine years ago Wednesday
1 month ago
Japan marks tsunami anniversary, no govt memorial amid virus
2 months ago

Japanese warship heads to Middle East to protect tankers

A Japanese warship has departed for the Middle East to ensure the safety of the country's oil tankers in waters where tensions between the U.S. and Iran are high
2 months ago
3 months ago

Japan's environment minister is taking paternity leave and the country is shocked

Japan's environment minister announced he is taking paternity leave after the birth of his first child, and the news garnered international headlines.
3 months ago
Japan's environment minister shocks the nation by taking paternity leave
3 months ago

Tokyo prosecutors issue arrest warrant for Nissan ex-chair Carlos Ghosn's wife

Prosecutors in Tokyo have issued an arrest warrant for Carlos Ghosn's wife, Carole Ghosn, approximately a week after the former Nissan executive fled the country.
3 months ago
Prosecutors issue arrest warrant for former Nissan executive's wife
3 months ago

Japan executes first foreigner in 10 years in family murder

Wei Wei, 40, was hanged Thursday at a detention center in Fukuoka.
3 months ago
Japan executes first foreigner in 10 years in family murder
3 months ago

Okinawa gov. renews demand to stop US base relocation plan

A U.S. Marine base is set to move to a less developed area of the island.
3 months ago
Okinawa gov. renews demand to stop US base relocation plan
4 months ago

Historical documents show Japan's role in WWII sex slaves

Imperial Army asked the government to provide 1 sex slave for every 70 soldiers.
4 months ago
4 months ago

Fukushima melted fuel removal begins 2021, end state unknown

Details on how the nuclear plant complex should look at the end remain unknown.
4 months ago
5 months ago

Searchers look for man seen on YouTube falling on Mount Fuji

Japanese police say they have found a body on Mount Fuji and are verifying whether it is that of a man who was seen falling down a snow-covered slope while livestreaming his climb up the mountain on YouTube
5 months ago
Searchers look for man seen on YouTube falling on Mount Fuji
5 months ago

Heavy rains flood areas of Japan recovering from typhoons

Torrential rain has caused flooding and mudslides in towns east of Tokyo, prompting concerns over new damage in areas still recovering from recent typhoons
5 months ago
Torrential rain in eastern Japan causes flooding near Tokyo
6 months ago

Japan's Emperor Naruhito hosts tea party for foreign royals

Japanese Emperor Naruhito is hosting a tea party at his residence for royals from other countries, thanking them for celebrating his enthronement at a palace ceremony the day before
6 months ago
Japan's Emperor Naruhito hosts tea party for foreign royals
6 months ago

Japan braces for 2 more storms after deadly typhoon

Japan is bracing for two more storms heading its way a week after a typhoon devastated the country's central and northern regions
6 months ago
Japan braces for 2 more storms after deadly typhoon
6 months ago

Japan searches for North Korean boat crew who fell into sea

The Japanese coast guard is searching for seven crew members who went missing after a wooden North Korean fishing boat carrying 14 people capsized off Japan's northwestern coast
6 months ago
Japan searching for N. Korean boat crew who fell into sea
6 months ago

Flooded bullet trains show Japan's risks from disasters

Flooded bullet trains show Japan's risks from natural disasters as climate change brings weather extremes
6 months ago
Flooded bullet trains show Japan's risks from disasters
6 months ago

Deadly typhoon in Japan claims 33 lives, 19 gone missing

Plus, a home invasion caught on tape from doorbell surveillance; a 3-year-old is kidnapped from her birthday party in Alabama; and Simone Biles sets a new record for most medals.
6 months ago
Deadly typhoon in Japan claims 33 lives, 19 gone missing
6 months ago

Typhoon leaves as many as 33 dead as Japan continues rescue efforts

Rescue efforts for people stranded in flooded areas have begun.
6 months ago
6 months ago

The Latest: Typhoon leaves up to 33 dead in Japan

Rescuers in Japan are continuing to help people in the aftermath of a ferocious typhoon, as the death toll from the storm climbed to as high as 33.
6 months ago
6 months ago

Japanese whalers complete first commercial hunt in 31 years

Japan is ending its first commercial whaling season in 31 years.
6 months ago
Japan whaling ship returns home after first commercial hunt
6 months ago

Abe wants summit with North Korea, keeps distance from South

Abe wants the meeting despite recent North Korean missile tests.
6 months ago
Abe wants summit with North Korea, keeps distance from South
7 months ago

Japan court: TEPCO execs not guilty of nuke crisis liability

The ruling ended the only criminal trial related to the Fukushima disaster.
7 months ago
Japan court: TEPCO execs not guilty of nuke crisis liability
7 months ago

Japanese officials cautious on prospects for US trade deal

President Trump recently said he was prepared to sign a pact soon.
7 months ago
Japanese officials cautious on prospects for US trade deal
7 months ago

Asics employee's lawsuit highlights paternity leave in Japan

A worker claims he was given worse duties for taking paternity leave.
7 months ago
In Japan, a court case highlights paternity leave issues
7 months ago

Japan briefs diplomats on Fukushima nuclear water concerns

Japan has reassured foreign diplomats about the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant's safety amid concerns about massive amounts of treated but radioactive water stored in tanks
7 months ago
Japan briefs diplomats on Fukushima nuclear water concerns
7 months ago

Japan urges nuke plants to prepare for decommissioning era

Twenty-four commercial reactors are designated for or are being decommissioned.
7 months ago
Japan urges nuke plants to prepare for decommissioning era
8 months ago

New documents show Japan's wartime emperor had deep regrets

Emperor Hirohito repeatedly felt sorry about World War II.
8 months ago
New documents show Japan's wartime emperor had deep regrets
8 months ago

Japan's exports fell in July for 8th straight month

Worries continue about Trump's trade policies denting Asian economic growth.
8 months ago
8 months ago

Seoul and Tokyo's trade war puts military pact at stake

South Korea has threatened to end an intelligence sharing agreement with Japan.
8 months ago
Seoul and Tokyo's trade war puts military pact at stake
8 months ago

Japan's ex-Empress Michiko has early stage breast cancer

Palace officials say Michiko will have an operation for breast cancer.
8 months ago
Japan's ex-Empress Michiko has early stage breast cancer
8 months ago

Japan removes South Korea from trade 'whitelist'

Japan imposed broad new trade restrictions on South Korea on Friday morning.
8 months ago
Japan removes South Korea from trade 'whitelist'
9 months ago

Suspect in Japan anime studio arson reportedly had grudge

The attack shocked Japan and drew an outpouring of grief from anime fans.
9 months ago
Police search Kyoto animation studio where fire killed 33
9 months ago

Suspect in custody after arson attack at major studio that killed at least 33

Witnesses said that a man in his 40s had entered Kyoto Animation, shouting "Die! Die!" and pouring highly-flammable liquid before setting it on fire.
9 months ago
Suspect in custody after arson attack at major studio that killed at least 33
9 months ago

Man shouting 'You die!' kills 33 in Japan anime studio fire

The blaze injured another 36 people.
9 months ago
Suspected arson in Japan anime studio leaves up to 13 dead
9 months ago

Massive fire at Kyoto animation studio kills at least 33, Japanese authorities say

More than two dozen people have died in a massive fire at an animation production studio in Kyoto, Japan, which investigators are treating as arson.
9 months ago
At least 33 dead in massive fire at Kyoto animation studio, Japanese authorities say
9 months ago

Japan crypto exchange loses $32 million of virtual money

The losses were the result of a hack, the exchange said.
9 months ago
Japan crypto exchange loses $32 million of virtual money
9 months ago

Japan says it won't discuss or retract SKorea export rules

Japanese officials say some materials can be exported only to the trustworthy.
9 months ago
Japan says it won't talk or retract export rules on S. Korea
9 months ago

Whale meat fetches 'celebration prices' after Japanese hunt

The meat sold Thursday for up to 15,000 yen ($140) per kilogram.
9 months ago
Whale meat fetches 'celebration prices' after Japanese hunt
9 months ago

Heavy rain in south Japan causes flooding, mudslides; 4 hurt

Rainfall since the weekend has exceeded 1 meter (yard) in areas.
9 months ago
Heavy rain in south Japan causes flooding, mudslides; 4 hurt
10 months ago

Oklahoma protesters speak against detaining child migrants

Demonstrators including Japanese Americans who were detained as children by the U.S. government during World War II are speaking out against the Trump administration's plans to house migrant children at an Oklahoma Army base
10 months ago
10 months ago

Japan prince: Royal duties need review as members decline

Crown Prince Fumihito warned the family's membership is declining.
10 months ago
Japan prince: Royal duties need review as members decline
10 months ago

Quake shakes NW Japan, causes 21 injuries and minor damage

A powerful earthquake jolted northwestern Japan, causing minor injuries to 21 people and a brief evacuation of coastal homes until the risk of a tsunami passed
10 months ago
Powerful quake jolts northwest Japan, tsunami warning issued
10 months ago

Japan protests Chinese activity near disputed islands

Japan protested an unauthorized Chinese survey within its economic waters.
10 months ago
Japan protests Chinese activity near disputed islands
10 months ago

Japan PM to visit Iran in effort to mediate tension with US

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to visit Iran in an effort to reduce tensions between Tehran and Washington
10 months ago
10 months ago

Japanese police arrest 7 Chinese in record drug smuggling

The seven arrested were Chinese men.
10 months ago
Japan police arrest 7 Chinese in mass drug smuggling
10 months ago

In #MeToo era, Japanese woman slams #KuToo heels dress codes

The #KuToo hashtag is a play on the words for "shoes" and "agony."
10 months ago
In #MeToo era, Japanese woman slams #KuToo heels dress codes
10 months ago

Former top Japanese gov't official arrested in son's killing

The man told authorities he feared his son would harm others.
10 months ago
Former top Japanese gov't official arrested in son's killing