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Voters in Tokyo went to the polls Sunday to elect a new governor in a race that was being closely watched as a popular verdict on the use of nuclear power.
Tokyo governor election puts nuclear power to test


The heaviest snow in two decades struck Tokyo and other areas across Japan on Saturday, leaving three dead and nearly 500 others injured, reports said.
Three dead, 500 injured as heavy snow falls across Japan


Japan assured the U.S. Friday that it will respond calmly to actions by China that have increased tensions between the two Asian powers.
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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe struck a conciliatory tone Friday at an unusually low-key annual rally demanding the return of islands occupied by Russia, hours before he left for the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Some of the 13 million people who live in Tokyo go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new governor in a vote being closely watched as a popular verdict on the use of nuclear power.

The man who was the musical brains behind a supposedly deaf composer dubbed “Japan's Beethoven” claimed Thursday that the mock maestro was not hearing-impaired — and couldn't even write sheet music.
'Japan's Beethoven' not deaf: ghost composer


A woman picked last year by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for NHK's management board has praised the ritual suicide of a high-profile right-winger, saying his self-sacrifice made Japan's emperor a living God.

A deaf composer dubbed Japan's Beethoven confessed Wednesday to hiring someone to write his most iconic works, leaving duped broadcaster NHK red-faced, and casting a cloud over a figure skater set to dance to his music in Sochi.
'Japan's Beethoven' admits using ghost composer


A senior NHK manager who denied any massacre at Nanjing during the 1930s did nothing wrong, Japan's government said Tuesday, as another storm brewed over the integrity of the national broadcaster.

A government panel will urge Japan to allow its military to help allies that come under attack, in a major reversal of the country's ban on collective defense under its pacifist constitution.
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