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Japan's military may join U.S. forces on patrol in the South China Sea, the nation's top uniformed officer said in an interview published Thursday, as Tokyo seeks a greater security role.
 

Japan's premier Shinzo Abe was heckled Tuesday at a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa, the bloodiest episode in the Pacific War, as anger flared over the U.S. military's continuing presence.
Tensions flare in Okinawa on anniversary of battle

 

Heavily pregnant Takeko Kakazu tried desperately to find shelter in a cave as she fled American shelling in the Battle of Okinawa 70 years ago, but was turned away.
 

Japan said it would resume its controversial annual whale hunt despite the International Whaling Commission demanding the country provide more information to prove the program is really for scientific research.
 

Japan on Saturday offered US$3.5 million to help the Rohingya boat people who have fled Myanmar where they faced severe discrimination.
 

Japan posted a US$1.75 billion trade deficit in May, a dramatic fall from a year earlier due to a drop in energy imports, but still not enough to offset lackluster shipments overseas, official data showed Wednesday.
 

Legislation that would allow Japan's military to fight in defense of allies is unconstitutional, legal experts said Monday, as opposition to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's pet project grows.
 

Thousands of Japanese rallied Sunday in protest at plans by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to bolster the role and scope of the pacifist nation's military.
 

The tiny Pacific nation of Palau, fighting a rising tide of illegal fishing in its waters, has set fire to four boats of Vietnamese caught poaching sea cucumbers and other marine life in its waters.
Palau burns Vietnamese boats found fishing illegally

 

Japan's government approved Friday a revised 30- to 40-year roadmap to clean up the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, but many questions remain.
 

Researchers are launching tests aimed at setting up a huge floating barrier off the Japanese coast, a project that could eventually help remove some of the 5.25 trillion pieces of rubbish polluting the world's oceans, officials said Thursday.
 

A solar-powered plane that got stuck in Japan during an attempt to fly around the world is fixed and ready to go -- as soon as the weather gets better, a spokeswoman said Thursday.
 

Japanese search teams returned to the peak of a volcano Wednesday for the first time in eight months to look for the bodies of six climbers still missing after an eruption that killed dozens.
 

Japan must face up to the truth over its wartime system of sex slavery if it is to purge the stain of its past wrongs, the man who issued a landmark apology said Tuesday.
Denying 'comfort women' stains Japan honor: Kono

 
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