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A Tokyo district announced Thursday that it plans to issue "partnership" certificates to gay couples, becoming the first Japanese municipality to recognize same sex units -- albeit only symbolically.
 

Japanese industrial designer Kenji Ekuan, whose works ranged from a bullet train to the red-capped Kikkoman soy sauce dispenser as familiar as the classic Coca-Cola bottle, has died, his company said. He was 85.
Designer of bullet train & Kikkoman bottle dies at 85

 

A series of food scares involving the Japan unit of McDonald's Corp. has cut into its earnings, prompting the fast food giant to seek ways to regain the confidence of its customers.
 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday pledged to resolve a row with Russia over an island chain claimed by both nations and sign a bilateral peace treaty delayed since WWII.
 

A cyber-security competition began Saturday in Tokyo, with organizers aiming to show off the skills of young Japanese hackers by testing them against international rivals.
 

Sci-fi fans in Japan are trying to raise nearly US$1 million to recreate in real life a fictional scene in which the "Spear of Destiny" is plunged into the moon.
 

Japan is considering making it compulsory for workers to take at least five days' paid holiday a year, in a bid to lessen the toll on mental and physical health in a country famed for its long hours.
 

A poignant tweet by murdered journalist Kenji Goto on the virtue of being calm was spreading rapidly on social media Tuesday, days after he was apparently beheaded by Islamist militants.
 

The day after a video purportedly showing the body of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto after he was murdered by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was released Sunday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe once again condemned the terrorist act and said the government would strive to ensure the safety of Japanese abroad and prevent terrorists attacks in Japan.
 

Social media users have embraced a 4-year-old tweet by Kenji Goto as a poignant memorial to the slain freelance journalist.
 

Whether in tsunami-stricken northeastern Japan or conflict-ridden Sierra Leone, it was the story of the vulnerable, the children and the poor that drove the work of journalist Kenji Goto.
Goto mourned as caring and courageous reporter

 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday denounced as "heinous and despicable" the apparent beheading of a second Japanese hostage by the Islamic State group, as global leaders denounced the jihadists.
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Japan decries 'heinous' Goto beheading claim

 

Japan and other nations condemned with outrage and horror on Sunday the beheading purportedly by the Islamic State group of Kenji Goto, a journalist who sought through his coverage of Syria to convey the plight of refugees, children and other victims of war.
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Japan outraged as video purportedly shows hostage beheaded

 

Japan's deputy foreign minister has said negotiations with the Islamic State group threatening to execute a Jordanian pilot and a Japanese journalist have become "deadlocked," local media reported Saturday.
 
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