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Japan institute earns right to name element
A team of Japanese scientists have met the criteria for naming a new element, the synthetic highly radioactive element 113, more than a dozen years after they began working to create it.
 
Japanese first lady Akie Abe said she has again visited the controversial Yasukuni war shrine in Tokyo, posting photos of the site on the same day Japan and South Korea struck a landmark agreement on wartime sex slaves.
 
A mystery benefactor has left about 2,000 lottery tickets in an elevator and asked that flood victims get the proceeds from any winning stub, Japanese police said Tuesday.
 
South Korea & Japan reach landmark deal on WWII sex slaves
An apology from Japan's prime minister and a pledge of more than US$8 million sealed a breakthrough deal Monday in a decades-long impasse with South Korea over Korean women forced into Japanese military-run brothels during World War II.
 
Disabled ex-Japan jockey seeks Paralympic glory
Former Japanese jockey Katsuji Takashima, 23, had not yet chalked up a single victory when he fell from his horse and sustained serious injuries. Takashima has now retired from the Japan Racing Association (JRA) and turned his eyes toward equestrian meets in the hope of representing Japan in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.
 
New bus service a help for Tokyo's sleepy train riders
In tune with the year-end party season, Nishitokyo Bus, a bus company based in Hachioji, Tokyo, that operates fixed-route buses mainly in the western Tama district, has started to operate a "relief" bus for passengers who miss their stops and find themselves stranded at JR Takao terminal station on the last Chuo special rapid train on the JR Chuo Line.
 
Japan plans to propose a fresh fund to support former comfort women as foreign ministers from Tokyo and Seoul meet next week to settle a bitter row over a Japanese wartime brothel system, reports said Saturday.
 
A former school principal, who reportedly paid for sex with 12,000 women in the Philippines, has been convicted in Japan for taking photos of naked Filipino girls.
 
Okinawa sues Tokyo in bid to stop US base relocation
Local authorities on Okinawa filed a lawsuit against the central government on Friday in a bid to stop the relocation of a U.S. air base on the southern Japanese island, deepening their decades-long row over the heavy American troop presence there.
 
Emperor Akihito turns 82 urging Japan to remember war
Japan should remember its bitter lessons from World War II, Emperor Akihito said in an interview to mark his 82nd birthday on Wednesday, recalling events related to the 70th anniversary of the war's end.
 
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