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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed Thursday his push to beef up Japan's military in the face of public and parliamentary opposition would be vindicated by history.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed Thursday his push to beef up Japan's military in the face of public and parliamentary opposition would be vindicated by history.

A bunch of Japanese grapes has sold for a record 1 million yen (US$8,200), or US$315 per berry -- no trifling matter even in a country where fruit can cost a small fortune.

Cross-dressing Austrian diva Conchita Wurst was in Tokyo Thursday for a low-key meeting with the mayor of the trendy Shibuya district, which is set to become the first Japanese municipality to recognise same-sex partnerships.

The world's oldest man, Sakari Momoi, has died in Japan at the ripe old age of 112, an official said Tuesday.
The world's oldest man dies at age 112 in Japan


Japan on Monday celebrated the inscription of Meiji-era industrial sites on UNESCO's World Heritage list, despite initial opposition from Seoul over the use of forced Korean laborers in the early 20th century.

Japan on Saturday pledged US$6.1 billion in financial aid to the "Mekong Five" countries as it pushes infrastructure exports and courts influence in a region where rival China has an increasing presence.

Tokyo voiced its frustration on Friday a year after North Korea said it had started re-investigating the fate of Japanese kidnapped by Pyongyang's spies decades ago, with no new leads in sight.

Of countless ghostly abandoned factories and mines in Japan, this fortress island near Nagasaki is among the most notorious. It is also a source of national pride.
Japan's UNESCO heritage bid draws ire over past labor abuse


A man set himself ablaze onboard a moving bullet train in Japan Tuesday, killing himself and a woman, in an unprecedented incident on a network with an enviable safety record.

TOKYO -- A passenger on one of Japan's high-speed bullet trains set himself on fire Tuesday, filling a carriage with smoke, Japanese officials said. National broadcaster NHK said the man and a female passenger were dead.
Reports: 2 dead after man sets self on fire on Japan train


Tama the stationmaster, Japan's feline star of a struggling local railway, was mourned by company officials and fans and elevated into a goddess at a funeral Sunday.
Japan mourns the passing of Tama, the 'cat stationmaster'


Hiroshima will host Group of Seven foreign ministerial talks next year, Japan said Friday, paving the way for the first visit by a sitting U.S. secretary of state to the atomic-bombed city.

The state of Japan's economic recovery remains murky, with inflation still nearly flat in May despite unprecedented monetary stimulus, though joblessness was flat at 3.3 percent and household spending rose for the first time in over a year.
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