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A Japanese governor said Wednesday the country should not restart any nuclear plants until the cause of the Fukushima meltdown is fully understood and nearby communities have emergency plans that can effectively respond to another major accident.

Toyota said Wednesday it is recalling 1.75 million vehicles globally over brake problems and other glitches that posed a fire risk, marking the latest in a string of call backs by the world's biggest automaker.

Powerful typhoon Vongfong barreled into Japan's main islands Monday, with at least one person missing and scores injured while more than 550 flights were grounded, officials and local media said.

A Japanese judge has ordered Google to remove search results of a man's unflattering past in an order the plaintiff's lawyer compared to Europe's “right to be forgotten” ruling.

Powerful Typhoon Vongfong churned towards Japan on Saturday, injuring at least 20 people as it pounded the southern Okinawan islands with ferocious winds and driving rain.

Tokyo summoned a Seoul envoy Thursday to protest after a Japanese journalist was charged with defamation in South Korea over a story about President Park Geun-hye.

In a Tokyo karaoke booth thick with cigarette smoke, Shinsuke Chiba's eyes bulge as the 41-year-old rips into an enthusiastic, if somewhat misjudged, rendition of the Sex Pistols' “Anarchy in the UK.”
Japan's sozzled salarymen: the lost tribe in a modern pickle


Japan and the United States are revising their mutual defense guidelines for the first time in nearly two decades to respond to China's military expansion and increase Japan's role in regional defense.

The death toll from a typhoon that pounded Japan this week has risen to six, while five other people including two U.S. serviceman remain missing, reports said Tuesday.

The prices of Japanese products on the local market have remained unchanged despite a depreciating yen, leading Premier Jiang Yi-huah Tuesday to call on consumers nationwide to boycott Japanese imports.

The Bank of Japan (BOJ) on Tuesday struck a less optimistic tone on its view of the world's number three economy, but held off launching fresh monetary easing measures after a two-day meeting.

The father of a 16-year-old Japanese schoolgirl who confessed to decapitating a classmate earlier this year has killed himself, news reports said Monday.

Strong typhoon Phanfone slammed into Japan Monday, packing gusting winds and huge waves that swept three U.S. military officials out to sea in another stark reminder of the country's vulnerability to nature.
US military officials feared dead as typhoon hits Japan


Disgraced swimmer Naoya Tomita was “not in his usual mental state” when he stole a journalist's camera at the Asian Games, the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) said Saturday.
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