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Fukushima: how the nuclear disaster unfolded
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Fukushima: how the nuclear disaster unfolded

Power company chiefs cleared of negligence charges
19 Sep 2019
What is Japan’s controversial dolphin hunt?
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What is Japan’s controversial dolphin hunt?

Campaigners slam cruelty of annual hunt but locals say they depend on the trade
3 Sep 2019
What’s behind the enmity between Japan and South Korea?
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - AUGUST 22: In this handout image provided by South Korean Presidential Blue House, South Korean President Moon Jae-in (C) listens to a report from officials related to th
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What’s behind the enmity between Japan and South Korea?

South Korea has cut intelligence ties with its neighbour after Japan imposed aggressive trade restrictions
23 Aug 2019
Kyoto Animation fire started by ‘disgruntled writer’
Kyoto Animation fire
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Kyoto Animation fire started by ‘disgruntled writer’

Man suspected of starting blaze that killed 33 people says studio ‘stole his novel’
19 Jul 2019
The most powerful passports in the world
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The most powerful passports in the world

UK slides down the list for hassle-free access as Asian nations lead
3 Jul 2019
Did Japan ever really stop commercial whaling?
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Did Japan ever really stop commercial whaling?

Conservationists condemn Tokyo’s decision to lift ban on whale hunting
2 Jul 2019
Why Japanese women are taking a stand against high heels
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Why Japanese women are taking a stand against high heels

Social media campaign against dress codes and expectations that women wear high heels at work has gone viral
5 Jun 2019
Japan stabbing spree: who were the victims?
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Japan stabbing spree: who were the victims?

Man kills schoolgirl and adult in Tokyo suburb before committing suicide
28 May 2019
The best Japanese restaurants in London
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The best Japanese restaurants in London

The capital’s Japanese culinary scene is not to be missed
18 Apr 2019
Fukushima evacuation order lifted after eight years
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Fukushima evacuation order lifted after eight years

Nearly a decade after nuclear reactor suffered meltdown, local residents free to return home
11 Apr 2019
Why one in four Japanese millennials is a virgin
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Why one in four Japanese millennials is a virgin

Japanese adults are increasingly eschewing sex in favour
8 Apr 2019
Thieves in Japan steal 400-year-old bonsai tree
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Thieves in Japan steal 400-year-old bonsai tree

Farm owners beg thieves to water the ornamental pot plants
12 Feb 2019
Why the Kuril Islands are so important
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Why the Kuril Islands are so important

Leaders of Japan and Russia holding landmark summit over the long-disputed archipelago
22 Jan 2019
Has Banksy struck in Tokyo?
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Has Banksy struck in Tokyo?

Train station graffiti bears striking resemblance to one of the street artist’s most famous creations
18 Jan 2019
Japan’s PM says ‘whole world’ is against no-deal Brexit
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Japan’s PM says ‘whole world’ is against no-deal Brexit

Shinzo Abe angers Eurosceptic MPs by pledging ‘total support’ for Theresa May’s deal
11 Jan 2019
Germany and Japan rocked by New Year’s Day car attacks
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Germany and Japan rocked by New Year’s Day car attacks

Nine injured in Tokyo in act of retaliation for Aum executions, while four hurt in anti-immigrant attack in west Germany
2 Jan 2019
Japan to resume commercial whaling after 30 years
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Japan to resume commercial whaling after 30 years

Tokyo set to pull out of the International Whaling Commission in protest at anti-whaling stance
21 Dec 2018
Japanese restaurant selling ‘girl’s hair-flavoured’ chicken
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Japanese restaurant selling ‘girl’s hair-flavoured’ chicken

Fast food chain has previously sold sauces based on sweat and feet
17 Dec 2018
Massive pub explosion rocks Sapporo
An explosion has ripped through a Japanese pub, injuring 42 people
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Massive pub explosion rocks Sapporo

At least 42 people injured as bar explodes in Japan
17 Dec 2018
Why is Japan relaxing its immigration laws?
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Why is Japan relaxing its immigration laws?

PM Shinzo Abe wins vote on immigration reform after bitter debate in parliament
6 Dec 2018
Why is Japan rearming?
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Why is Japan rearming?

Country to acquire first aircraft carrier since the Second World War as fear of Chinese threat grows
30 Nov 2018
Mitsubishi must pay compensation for WWII forced labour
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Mitsubishi must pay compensation for WWII forced labour

Eleven victims win court ruling as tensions rise between Japan and South Korea
29 Nov 2018
Japanese police investigating mass murder at tourist hotspot
A Japanese policeman stands guard at a crime scene
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Japanese police investigating mass murder at tourist hotspot

Six bodies discovered alongside bloody machete at family home, while seventh corpse found in nearby river
27 Nov 2018
Japan’s new cybersecurity minister has never used a computer
Yoshitaka Sakurada
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Japan’s new cybersecurity minister has never used a computer

Yoshitaka Sakurada says ‘secretaries and employees handle such tasks’
15 Nov 2018
Japanese man marries hologram pop star
Japanese man marries hologram pop star
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Japanese man marries hologram pop star

Tokyo administrator spends £13,500 on wedding to virtual reality mascot Hatsune Miku
13 Nov 2018
BTS show in Japan pulled after t-shirt controversy
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BTS show in Japan pulled after t-shirt controversy

Shirt worn by Jimin depicted aftermath of Hiroshima atomic bomb
9 Nov 2018
What is behind Japan’s soaring youth suicide rate?
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What is behind Japan’s soaring youth suicide rate?

The number of children and teenagers taking their own lives has reached a 30-year-high
7 Nov 2018
‘Gwarosa’: why Koreans are working themselves to death
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‘Gwarosa’: why Koreans are working themselves to death

South Koreans work longer hours than almost any other OECD country
6 Nov 2018
Japan launches search for ‘missing’ island
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Japan launches search for ‘missing’ island

Esanbehanakitakojima forms part of Japan’s maritime border - or, at least, it used to
5 Nov 2018
Japan’s princess gives up royal status for love
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Japan’s princess gives up royal status for love

Princess Ayako leaves the royal family after marrying a commoner, prompting calls for a change to the law
30 Oct 2018
Japanese journalist freed after three years in Syria
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Japanese journalist freed after three years in Syria

The 44-year-old says he is struggling to speak native language following long captivity by militants
25 Oct 2018
White tiger mauls Japanese zookeeper to death
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White tiger mauls Japanese zookeeper to death

Authorities to investigate how rare big cat was left alone in enclosure with 40-year-old Akira Furusho
9 Oct 2018
Typhoon Jebi: ten killed as cyclone lashes Japan
A powerful typhoon has left at least ten people dead in Japan
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Typhoon Jebi: ten killed as cyclone lashes Japan

Tropical storm is the strongest to hit Japanese mainland in 25 years
5 Sep 2018
‘Comfort women’: the dark history of Japan’s WWII sex slaves
Taiwanese NGO group members wear masks during a rally to demand that the Japanese government apologise to Taiwanese "comfort women" in Taipei on August 14, 2018. - Mainstream historians agree
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‘Comfort women’: the dark history of Japan’s WWII sex slaves

South Korea launches memorial day honouring the women forced into brothels by Japanese occupiers
14 Aug 2018
Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Japan PM orders daylight saving study
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Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Japan PM orders daylight saving study

Athlete safety is a concern but the public and businesses are divided by the proposal
7 Aug 2018
Tokyo medical school rigged exam scores to keep out women
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Tokyo medical school rigged exam scores to keep out women

University official says lowering all female applicants’ marks was ‘necessary evil’
3 Aug 2018
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