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A Japanese bus operator whose vehicle plunged off a mountain road, killing 14 people and injuring dozens more, is suspected by officials of violating safety regulations, local media reported Saturday.

An overnight bus on its way to a ski resort in central Japan careened off a mountain road early Friday, killing 14 passengers and injuring 27 others.
Japan ski tour bus crash kills 14


Japan pressed Singapore to ease its ban on Fukushima food imports, following the European Union's move to relax restrictions on imports from the area, according to media reports on Sunday.

Whether it's associations of people with particular professional licenses or networks spanning an entire industry, the number of women-only work groups are growing.
Women-only work groups strengthen Japan working women


Coming from the high-rise neon madness of Tokyo's Shibuya neighborhood just one train stop away, simply walking through the neighborhood of Daikanyama may feel almost like being in a Zen temple. But stroll past the upscale boutiques and restaurants on narrow hilly streets and you'll find true serenity just a few blocks from the station at the Kyu Asakura House and its garden.
Finding serenity in a historic 1919 Tokyo house and its garden


Japan will send a huge cache of plutonium -- enough to produce 50 nuclear bombs -- to the United States as part of a deal to return the material that was used for research, reports and officials said Tuesday.

Japan's Emperor Akihito expressed his hopes for world peace as he appeared Saturday with his wife, Empress Michiko, sons and grandchildren behind bullet-proof glass before thousands of well-wishers waving flags.
Akihito wishes for peace in New Year's appearance


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday promised he will keep his nation out of war following the introduction of contentious new security legislation, a day after mainland China announced it is building its second aircraft carrier.

In the gentrified kitsch landscape Takashi Murakami depicts, 500 grotesque priests parade along dazzlingly colorful giant panels.
Murakami shows Japan's post-disaster spirituality


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.
Japan institute earns right to name element


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.

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.
South Korea & Japan reach landmark deal on WWII sex slaves


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.
Disabled ex-Japan jockey seeks Paralympic glory

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