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Of countless ghostly abandoned factories and mines in Japan, this fortress island near Nagasaki is among the most notorious. It is also a source of national pride.
Japan's UNESCO heritage bid draws ire over past labor abuse


A man set himself ablaze onboard a moving bullet train in Japan Tuesday, killing himself and a woman, in an unprecedented incident on a network with an enviable safety record.

TOKYO -- A passenger on one of Japan's high-speed bullet trains set himself on fire Tuesday, filling a carriage with smoke, Japanese officials said. National broadcaster NHK said the man and a female passenger were dead.
Reports: 2 dead after man sets self on fire on Japan train


Tama the stationmaster, Japan's feline star of a struggling local railway, was mourned by company officials and fans and elevated into a goddess at a funeral Sunday.
Japan mourns the passing of Tama, the 'cat stationmaster'


Hiroshima will host Group of Seven foreign ministerial talks next year, Japan said Friday, paving the way for the first visit by a sitting U.S. secretary of state to the atomic-bombed city.

The state of Japan's economic recovery remains murky, with inflation still nearly flat in May despite unprecedented monetary stimulus, though joblessness was flat at 3.3 percent and household spending rose for the first time in over a year.

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.
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