Japan

Buddhist monk regrets swearing at reviewers online
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Buddhist monk regrets swearing at reviewers online

Daniel Kimura, who works at Sekishoin Shukubo monastery in Japan, called one former guest an ‘uneducated f***’
27 Jul 2018
EU and Japan sign free trade deal
Donald Tusk, Shinzo Abe and Jean-Claude Junker sign the trade deal on Tuesday
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EU and Japan sign free trade deal

Both sides hope wide-ranging agreement will act as counterweight to Trump’s protectionist forces
18 Jul 2018
Record rainfall in Japan leaves 81 people dead
Japanese soldiers have been called in to assist rescue efforts
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Record rainfall in Japan leaves 81 people dead

Death toll continues to rise after flash flooding and landslides
9 Jul 2018
Aum Shinrikyo: cult members executed for subway sarin attack
Tokyo subway attack
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Aum Shinrikyo: cult members executed for subway sarin attack

Cult leader and six followers hanged for role in 1995 terror attack that killed 13
6 Jul 2018
How Japan cleaned up at the World Cup
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How Japan cleaned up at the World Cup

Despite World Cup heartbreak against Belgium the Japan squad left their changing room spotless
3 Jul 2018
World Cup group H: Colombia and Japan through, Senegal out
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World Cup group H: Colombia and Japan through, Senegal out

Group H results and final standings
28 Jun 2018
Japanese worker fined for taking lunch three minutes early
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Japanese worker fined for taking lunch three minutes early

Bosses bow in apology at press conference over civil servant’s ‘regrettable misconduct’
21 Jun 2018
MNKY HSE restaurant review: Japan meets Latin America
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MNKY HSE restaurant review: Japan meets Latin America

New head chef at Mayfair restaurant is turning up the heat
23 May 2018
Japanese monk sues temple saying work gave him depression
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Japanese monk sues temple saying work gave him depression

Buddhist looking for £57,400 in damages after he said he had to work sometimes for two months without a break
18 May 2018
Is Tokyo 2020 back on track? Ticket prices and new sports
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears in Rio as the Olympic baton is passed on for 2020
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Is Tokyo 2020 back on track? Ticket prices and new sports

Venues are taking shape, as freestyle BMX, skateboarding and sport climbing are set to make their Olympic debut
23 Apr 2018
Japan’s cronyism scandal: pressure mounts on Shinzo Abe
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Japan’s cronyism scandal: pressure mounts on Shinzo Abe

Japanese PM’s political future in doubt after Finance Ministry admits tampering with documents
12 Mar 2018
TPP brings 500m people into Pacific trade deal
Protesters have rallied against the Trans-Pacific Partnership for years
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TPP brings 500m people into Pacific trade deal

Despite US withdrawal, Pacific rim countries forged ahead with trade agreement
8 Mar 2018
American suspected of dismembering Japanese woman
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American suspected of dismembering Japanese woman

Yevgeniy Vasilievich Bayraktar in custody as police uncover head, torso and arms thought to belong to woman he met on dating app
27 Feb 2018
Tokyo to build world's tallest wooden skyscraper
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Tokyo to build world's tallest wooden skyscraper

Nearly 1,200ft-tall structure to continue Japanese trend for building with timber
20 Feb 2018
Japanese hunt for deadly blowfish sold in supermarket error
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Japanese hunt for deadly blowfish sold in supermarket error

Three out of the five pieces of fugu have been accounted for after warnings broadcast across the city of Gamagori
16 Jan 2018
Millions of Tokyo residents to take part in nuclear drills
South Korean soldiers train for a surprise nuclear atack
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Millions of Tokyo residents to take part in nuclear drills

Evacuation routine to simulate a North Korean attack on the Japanese capital
6 Dec 2017
Skeletons found on ‘ghost ships’ that wash up in Japan
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Skeletons found on ‘ghost ships’ that wash up in Japan

Authorities unable to confirm origin of series of vessels coming ashore
28 Nov 2017
Japan rail operator ‘sorry’ as train leaves 20 seconds early
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Japan rail operator ‘sorry’ as train leaves 20 seconds early

Tsukuba Express apologises for ‘severe inconvenience’, prompting comparisons on Twitter
17 Nov 2017
Japan posts best growth streak in 15 years
Tokyo's financial sector in the shadow of Mount Fuji
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Japan posts best growth streak in 15 years

Has the long-stagnant economy finally turned a corner?
16 Nov 2017
Japan’s ‘black widow’ sentenced to death over poisonings
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Japan’s ‘black widow’ sentenced to death over poisonings

Chisako Kakehi say she will ‘die smiling’ if executed for killing elderly lovers
7 Nov 2017
Tokyo Motor Show 2017: all the weird and wonderful cars
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Tokyo Motor Show 2017: all the weird and wonderful cars

From Group B-inspired sports cars to ‘friendly faced’ concepts, here are the models to watch
31 Oct 2017
Shinzo Abe wins landslide victory in Japan
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe celebrates his landslide victory
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Shinzo Abe wins landslide victory in Japan

The Prime Minister's gamble pays off, paving the way for constitutional reform
23 Oct 2017
Japanese princess renounces royal status to marry commoner
Princess Mako and her fiance Kei Komuro announcing their engagement
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Japanese princess renounces royal status to marry commoner

The country's imperial family is dwindling, leading to calls for constitutional change
5 Sep 2017
May visits Japan with 'lofty' EU trade deal goal
Theresa May meets Shinzo Abe earlier this year
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May visits Japan with 'lofty' EU trade deal goal

Will PM's three-day trip allay Brexit fears and strengthen ties with Tokyo?
30 Aug 2017
Hitler 'had the right motives', says Japan's deputy PM
Taro Aso
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Hitler 'had the right motives', says Japan's deputy PM

Gaffe-prone Taro Aso apologises for 'inappropriate' reference to Nazi atrocities
30 Aug 2017
Will the UK be hit by the EU-Japan 'cars-for-cheese' deal?
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Will the UK be hit by the EU-Japan 'cars-for-cheese' deal?

With his rallying cry of a 'Global Europe', Jean-Claude Juncker appears to be mocking Britain's Brexit hopes
7 Jul 2017
Japan and EU strike free trade deal
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Japan and EU strike free trade deal

Agreement sends anti-protectionist signal ahead of G20 summit in Germany
7 Jul 2017
Japan kills 300 minke whales in annual hunt
Greenpeace and Japanese whaling ship
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Japan kills 300 minke whales in annual hunt

Whaling fleet returns to port after defying global moratorium and international criticism
31 Mar 2017
'Trumpagator' spotted in South Carolina
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'Trumpagator' spotted in South Carolina

Bright orange alligator nicknamed after US President Donald Trump - and other tall tales
10 Feb 2017
Learning from the locals: Cookery holidays with extra bite
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Learning from the locals: Cookery holidays with extra bite

Travel to the birthplaces of the world's great dishes to get the low-down on how to make them truly authentic
9 Feb 2017
Ice rink featuring 5,000 frozen fish forced to close
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Ice rink featuring 5,000 frozen fish forced to close

Japanese theme park promises to hold memorial service for animals instead - and other tall tales
28 Nov 2016
Five romantic city breaks: From Paris to Kyoto
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Five romantic city breaks: From Paris to Kyoto

Dine at a double-Michelin-starred restaurant or stay in an elegant 14th-century palace
11 Nov 2016
'Serial foot-licker' arrested in Japan
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'Serial foot-licker' arrested in Japan

Man accused of nibbling woman's heel and toes for 30 minutes - and other tall tales
10 Nov 2016
Patient's flatulence sparks fire during surgery
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Patient's flatulence sparks fire during surgery

Woman recovers from serious burns after laser treatment goes horribly wrong - and other tall tales
1 Nov 2016
Japan stabbing attack leaves 19 dead in home for disabled
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Japan stabbing attack leaves 19 dead in home for disabled

Satoshi Uematsu hands himself in to police, saying 'I want to get rid of the disabled from this world'
26 Jul 2016
Bear attacks: Warnings after four are killed in Japan
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Bear attacks: Warnings after four are killed in Japan

Officials fear separate attacks may be work of a single animal with 'taste for human flesh'
13 Jun 2016
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