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Unwelcome passenger halts Japan train
A passenger spotted a snake curled around the armrest of another passenger's seat on a Japanese Shinkansen "bullet" train on Monday, forcing the train to make an unscheduled stop.
 
Ozawa Shuzo brewery hums with activity as boxed bottles of sake are loaded onto trucks. But with the domestic market shrinking, more and more of it is bound for burgeoning overseas markets where the centuries old drink is all the rage.
 
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe concluded a visit to Cuba Friday with condemnation of North Korea's nuclear "provocations" and a request for help from Pyongyang's ally Havana to pursue a "world without nuclear weapons." Abe, the first Japanese premier to visit Cuba, discussed the nuclear question in meetings with
 
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday demanded that the world find a new way to halt the threat from North Korea after the long-sanctioned regime's nuclear and missile tests.
 
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike expects the 2020 Paralympics to make Japan's capital more accessible to people with disabilities.
 
Japan court backs Tokyo bid to relocate base
A Japanese court on Friday approved Tokyo's plan to relocate a U.S. military base on Okinawa in a move unlikely to immediately resolve a long-running spat between central and local authorities.
 
Japanese grannies bitten by cheerleading bug
Strutting her stuff in a gold-hemmed mini-skirt, white leather boots and shaking silver pom-poms, octogenarian Fumie Takino has discovered her elixir of youth -- cheerleading.
 
Eighty-eight places in Japan are going to be designated "animation spots" to encourage tourism -- using train stations, school campuses, rural shrines and other fairly everyday places where popular "manga" characters are depicted.
 
Half-Taiwanese Renho wins Japan Democratic Party leadership
Renho, a half-Taiwanese parliamentarian, was elected as the leader of Japan's main opposition party Thursday.
 
Opponents of planned U.S. helipads on Japan's southern island of Okinawa have stepped up protests in Tokyo after the central government used military aircraft to transport equipment for the project.
 
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