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A Japanese professional baseball team said on Monday it will take down advertising banners at a local airport after complaints lodged by the indigenous Ainu ethnic group.

A major Tokyo municipality started Thursday issuing "partnership" certificates to same-sex couples, as Japan takes gradual steps towards greater tolerance for sexual minority groups.

Some 50 nationalists on Saturday staged a rally in the southern Japanese whaling town of Taiji to counter anti-whaling campaigns by conservation group Sea Shepherd.

A U.N. special envoy Monday called on Japan to ban cartoon images featuring "extreme" sexualized images of children, after Tokyo last year fell into line with other G-7 nations by criminalizing possession of child pornography.

The Japanese government Tuesday overturned a move by Okinawa's governor to stop work on a U.S. base relocation site, marking the latest fight in a long-running battle over the controversial project.

A gambling scandal has hit Japanese professional baseball at the worst possible time.

A decade after retiring from a life of crime, Satoru Takegaki now spends his days helping other ex-gangsters find regular jobs and adjust to life outside Japan's notorious yakuza mob.
Hard times for Japan's yakuza


Scores of Japanese lawmakers visited the controversial Yasukuni Shrine Tuesday, just weeks before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to meet with his counterparts from mainland China and South Korea, which blast the site as a symbol of Tokyo's militarist past.
Japan lawmakers visit controversial Yasukuni Shrine en masse


A man in his 40s who worked at the Fukushima nuclear plant after the 2011 disaster is the first person confirmed to have developed cancer from radiation exposure, Japan confirmed Tuesday.

Two cabinet ministers visited Japan's Yasukuni war shrine on Sunday, paying their respects at a venue seen by neighboring countries as a symbol of Tokyo's militarist past.

As a child, filmmaker Jan Thompson wondered why her father would not talk about his experiences as a World War II veteran. She was angry when she finally learned about his suffering as a prisoner of war of Japan, and then started to speak up for him and his comrades.
Filmmaker explores Japan reconciliation


The governor of Okinawa Tuesday revoked approval for work on a U.S. air base on the southern Japanese island, in the latest setback to the controversial plan.

Two more Japanese nationals have been detained in mainland China on suspicion of spying, bringing the number of Japanese held by the mainland Chinese authorities for espionage to four, news reports said Sunday.

A former wrestler and a television anchorwoman joined Japan's cabinet on Wednesday, as part of a reshuffle by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopes will refocus the national political agenda on the economy.
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