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Japan marked the 20th anniversary Friday of coordinated attacks on the heaving Tokyo subway system when a doomsday cult released a Nazi-developed nerve gas on packed trains, killing 13 people and injuring 6,000.
Japan remembers subway gas attack


Education is the starting point for opportunity, U.S. first lady Michelle Obama said Thursday as she and her Japanese counterpart Akie Abe showcased efforts to help girls stay in or return to school.

New tests show almost all of the fuel inside one of the Fukushima plant's reactors has melted, its operator said Thursday, the latest step in the clean up after Japan's worst ever nuclear crisis.

Japanese authorities are investigating a worker at Amazon's local unit over claims he was involved in the sale of child pornography, reports said Thursday, marking another police probe into the U.S.-based Web retailer.

Women are far more exposed to disasters than men given their frontline roles in the home and in health care, the U.N. says, arguing that improving gender equality is key to saving lives.
Women must be allowed to play a key role in tackling disaster: United Nations officials


The Bank of Japan (BOJ) on Tuesday said tumbling energy prices could push inflation to zero, marking another setback for Tokyo's attempts to kick-start the economy by conquering years of falling or stagnant prices.

The transfer of soil, contaminated four years ago with radioactive materials from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, to an interim storage facility began in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Friday.

The world's biggest automaker is driving onto the world's biggest sports stage.
Toyota drives onto Olympic stage in record-breaking sponsorship deal


Policymakers gathered for a ten-yearly meeting on disaster risk reduction Saturday, with hopes high that the conference in tsunami-hit Japan might provide a springboard for efforts to tackle natural disasters and costly climate change.

Japan's powerful lower house of parliament on Friday passed a record US$793 billion budget, including fresh economy-boosting stimulus and more defense spending as Tokyo eyes an increasingly assertive China.

Japan marked the fourth anniversary Wednesday of a quake-tsunami disaster that swept away thousands of people and sparked a nuclear crisis, a tragedy that has left visible scars on the landscape and continues to wreak misery for many.

McDonald's Japan is to launch a new smartphone app for customer complaints as it looks to turn the page on a series of scares including the discovery of a human tooth in some fries.

Japan vowed Tuesday to try to stop a gaffe-prone former prime minister from visiting Crimea to ask its citizens how they feel about being annexed by Russia.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday urged Japan to resolve issues surrounding Tokyo's system of wartime sex slavery, her second foray into the delicate issue of East Asia's history.
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