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May, 2, 2016

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The operator of Japan's damaged Fukushima nuclear plant has acknowledged it failed for two months to announce that meltdowns had occurred in the cores of three of the reactors.
 
More than 160 passengers and crew slid down emergency chutes in swirling snow Tuesday after engine smoke forced a Japan Airlines domestic flight to abort takeoff and smoke entered the cabin, Japanese media reported.
 
Friends turn passion for vinyl records into profit
Off a busy street in Tokyo's Akasaka area, a cozy music bar called Your Song sits on the second floor of a multistory building containing various businesses.
 
Olympus, Japan whistleblower settle after 8 years
A corporate whistleblower's eight-year courtroom battle against Japanese medical device maker Olympus Corp. ended Thursday with a financial settlement and a promise from the company to stop harassing him.
 
Panasonic Corp. said Thursday it will recognize same-sex marriages in its employment policies in a rare move for a major Japanese manufacturer.
 
A Japanese lawmaker is being criticized for saying U.S. President Barack Obama was a descendant of black slaves and therefore would have been an unthinkable choice in America's early history.
 
Japan's economy contracted at a worse than expected 1.4 percent annual pace last quarter as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's lavish stimulus policies failed to counter anemic consumer demand and sluggish exports.
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Jolie's 'Unbroken' finally opens in Japan
Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken" opened Saturday more than a year after the rest of the world in Japan, where the main character endures as a prisoner of war and where some have called for a boycott of the movie.
 
Japan to deport star of dolphin documentary
The star of an Oscar-winning documentary that shows how dolphins are hunted in a Japanese village is to be deported to the U.S. on Friday after Tokyo airport officials barred his entry and he was held in detention for more than two weeks.
 
Craftsman in Japan invents simplified version of shamisen
"Chin, ton, shan" -- the ringing notes of the shamisen bring the atmosphere of the Edo period (1603-1867) palpably to life. However, though many people have had the chance to listen to the traditional musical instrument, far fewer have actually tried their hand at playing it.
 
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