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A Japanese lawmaker is being criticized for saying U.S. President Barack Obama was a descendant of black slaves and therefore would have been an unthinkable choice in America's early history.
 
Japan's economy contracted at a worse than expected 1.4 percent annual pace last quarter as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's lavish stimulus policies failed to counter anemic consumer demand and sluggish exports.
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Jolie's 'Unbroken' finally opens in Japan
Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken" opened Saturday more than a year after the rest of the world in Japan, where the main character endures as a prisoner of war and where some have called for a boycott of the movie.
 
Japan to deport star of dolphin documentary
The star of an Oscar-winning documentary that shows how dolphins are hunted in a Japanese village is to be deported to the U.S. on Friday after Tokyo airport officials barred his entry and he was held in detention for more than two weeks.
 
Craftsman in Japan invents simplified version of shamisen
"Chin, ton, shan" -- the ringing notes of the shamisen bring the atmosphere of the Edo period (1603-1867) palpably to life. However, though many people have had the chance to listen to the traditional musical instrument, far fewer have actually tried their hand at playing it.
 
Monks delivered online as role of Japan temples fades
In Japan, where communal ties to local Buddhist temples are fading, families have in recent years been able to go online to find a Buddhist monk to perform funerals and other rituals.
 
Japan introduces negative interest rate to boost economy
The Bank of Japan on Friday said it will charge lenders that leave too much cash on idle deposit with it, introducing a negative interest rate policy for the first time as it seeks to shore up a stumbling economic recovery.
 
Japan economy minister quits over graft allegations
Japan's economy minister resigned Thursday after a corruption allegation in a setback for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's effort to rev up growth in the world's third-largest economy.
 
Japan's 'complex and rigid' atomic inspections need to be freer: IAEA
Japan should free up its "complex and rigid" reactor inspection regime, a global nuclear watchdog said Thursday, as the country restarts more atomic plants five years after the disaster at Fukushima.
 
A Japanese minister who was the country's top negotiator for a huge trans-Pacific trade deal was accused of corruption Thursday, piling pressure on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead of parliamentary elections this year.
 
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