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IOC will not sign off on Tokyo's US$20 bil. budget for 2020 games
Calling Tokyo's proposed US$20 billion budget unacceptable, IOC Vice President John Coates urged Japanese organizers on Friday to find ways to make the 2020 Olympics more affordable.
 
230,000 chickens killed
Soldiers of the Ground Self-Defense Force remove chickens from cages at a chicken farm in Sekikawa, Niigata prefecture on Thursday, Dec. 1. Japan mobilized its military to help with a second mass cull of 230,000 chickens amid an outbreak of a highly contagious strain of avian flu.
 
Sun setting on Japan's solar energy boom
The sun is setting on Japan's clean-energy boom, despite projects like a massive floating solar farm near Tokyo, as the government cuts subsidies and bets on nuclear and coal-fired power, critics say.
 
Avian flu in Japan
Health officials gather to investigate a chicken farm in Aomori city, Aomori prefecture, northern Japan, Tuesday, Nov. 29, after a highly contagious avian flu strain in poultry was detected.
 
Tokyo residents woke up Thursday to the first November snowfall in more than 50 years. And the Japan Meteorological Agency said it was the first time fallen snow on the ground was observed in November since such records started to be taken in 1875.
 
Tokyo gets November snow for first time in 54 years
Tokyo woke up Thursday to its first November snowfall in more than half a century, leaving commuters to grapple with train disruptions and slick streets.
 
Magnitude 7.4 quake hits northeast Japan
At first, it was 2011 all over again.
 
Japan earthquake an aftershock of 2011 quake
The Japan Meteorological Agency says the strong earthquake that struck Tuesday off the coast of Fukushima prefecture was an aftershock of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that spawned a deadly tsunami in the same region in 2011.
 
Japanese peacekeepers arrive in South Sudan
Japanese peacekeepers, with a broader mandate to use force, landed in South Sudan Monday, the first overseas deployment of the country's troops with those expanded powers in nearly 70 years.
 
Japan PM confident in Trump's diplomacy debut
Japan's prime minister voiced confidence Thursday about Donald Trump as he became the first foreign leader to meet the US president-elect, who was narrowing in on cabinet choices.
 
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