Huge landslides in western Japan killed at least 36 people and left rescuers scrambling to find another seven still missing, authorities said Wednesday, after a wall of mud smashed into their homes.
Japan's trade deficit for July narrowed 6.6 percent from a year earlier, data showed Wednesday, with exports picking up on rising demand for cars and machinery.
At least six people were confirmed dead and 22 were missing after rain-sodden hills in the outskirts of Hiroshima gave way early Wednesday in several landslides.
Japan is to restart exports of rice grown in Fukushima for the first time since foreign sales were halted due to fears of contamination by the nuclear disaster there, officials said Tuesday.
An erupting volcanic island that is expanding off Japan could trigger a tsunami if its freshly formed lava slopes collapse into the sea, scientists said Tuesday.
Shares in Skymark Airlines surged Tuesday after a report that Malaysia's AirAsia may buy the struggling Japanese carrier, which was left reeling after a collapsed jet order with Airbus last month.
Japan's government said Monday it was investigating a video posted online that appears to show a kidnapped Japanese man being roughly interrogated by Syrian militants.
The number of Japanese living in China fell more than 10 percent in 2013, figures showed, amid flaring nationalism and a dispute over the ownership of an island chain.
Two Japanese cabinet ministers visited a controversial war shrine Friday in a move likely to aggravate already tense relations with neighbors China and South Korea, which see it as a symbol of Tokyo's militarist past.
Japan hasn't emerged from years of deflation quite yet, the country's economy minister said Friday, after a sales tax hike sparked a sharp decline in second-quarter growth.