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Japanese fishermen on Friday killed the first dolphins of the season in a controversial annual hunt that attracted global attention after it was featured in the Oscar-winning 2009 documentary "The Cove."

Disastrous floods have left three dead and dozens missing in eastern Japan, authorities said Friday as thousands of rescuers were deployed to evacuate trapped residents from an inundated city north of Tokyo.
Thousands of rescuers deployed as Japan floods kill three


Raging floodwaters broke through a wall Thursday and swamped a city near Tokyo, washing away houses, forcing dozens of people to rooftops to await helicopter rescues and leaving one man clinging for his life to a utility pole.
Helicopters pluck residents to safety as rains lash Japan


A group of Japanese mothers on Thursday added their voice to mounting opposition against Tokyo's plans to usher in legislation that critics fear would drag the pacifist country into overseas wars.

A Japanese city was flooded Thursday when a raging river burst its banks, destroying homes and cars as desperate residents waited for help, and as thousands of people were ordered to evacuate.
Japan city flooded as raging river breaks it banks: TV


A few signs of life are returning to this rural town made desolate by the Fukushima nuclear disaster four-and-a-half years ago: Carpenters bang on houses, an occasional delivery truck drives by and a noodle shop has opened to serve employees who have returned to Naraha's small town hall.
Can towns near Fukushima nuclear plant ever recover?


Japanese premier Shinzo Abe was on Tuesday re-elected head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, despite falling popularity over efforts to expand the military's role and a stuttering economy.
Abe re-elected as party leader, despite decline in popularity


Japan's luckiest lavatories have received a government award for their spotless appearance in a hard-fought contest among the nation's prettiest and most practical loos.

Thousands of Japanese "yakuza" mobsters have officially formed a new group after splitting off from the country's largest organized crime syndicate, raising concerns for possible inter-gang conflicts, reports said Sunday.

The Japanese government on Saturday lifted the evacuation order for the first town near the crippled Fukushima reactors, more than four years after ordering mass relocations near the tsunami-wrecked nuclear plant.
Japan lifts evacuation order for radiation-hit Fukushima town


Japan said Thursday it was "disappointed" there were no signs of rapprochement in mainland Chinese leader's Xi Jinping's speech to mark the 70th anniversary of Tokyo's WWII defeat, as Beijing showed off its growing might with a huge military parade.
Japan 'disappointed' by Chinese leader's WWII speech


An international body that monitors fisheries in most of the Pacific Ocean ended a meeting in Japan on Thursday without agreement on fresh measures to protect the dwindling bluefin tuna.

Japanese police said Tuesday they had arrested U.S. animal rights activist Ric O'Barry, who trained dolphins for the TV show "Flipper," near the town of Taiji as it kicked off its controversial dolphin hunt.

Mothers holding their children's hands stood in the sprinkling rain, some carrying anti-war placards, while students chanted slogans to the beat of a drum against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his defense policies.
More join Japan's security bill protest

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