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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.
 

Japan on Tuesday marked the 70th anniversary of the firebombing of Tokyo by U.S. forces, a night that left an estimated 100,000 people dead in one of the bloodiest episodes of World War II.
Japan marks 70th anniversary of Tokyo firebombing

 

Nobel-winning author Kenzaburo Oe said Tuesday that Japan's push to restart some nuclear reactors following the Fukushima disaster could lead to another crisis, and urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to follow Germany's example and phase out atomic energy.
 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel waded into the fraught area of wartime forgiveness during a visit to Japan on Monday, saying that “facing history squarely” and “generous gestures” are necessary to mend ties.
Honesty, generosity key in reconciliation: Merkel

 

A man suspected of stabbing five people dead at a family home in rural Japan was being quizzed by police Monday, with reports saying he is a “hikikomori,” or social misfit, who lived nearby.
 

It was not Hiroshima or Nagasaki, but in many ways, including lives lost, it was just as horrific.
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Deadly WWII firebombings of Japan cities largely ignored, say survivors

 

A former crewmember on a Japanese battleship that sank during World War II said Thursday he recognized photos of wreckage discovered this week off the Philippines by a team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
 
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