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PM Abe hosts Mugabe as Tokyo, Beijing vie for Africa influence
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday welcomed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe -- the 92-year-old former guerrilla fighter who is widely shunned in the West but frequently courted in Asia.
 
Japan executed two death row prisoners on Friday, the justice ministry said, dismissing calls from international rights groups to end capital punishment.
 
Japan fleet kills 333 whales in Antarctic hunt
Japanese whalers returned to port Thursday after an Antarctic hunt that killed more than 300 of the mammals, the government said.
 
Two British ships arrived in eastern Japan on Monday to transport a shipment of plutonium -- enough to make dozens of atomic bombs -- to the U.S. for storage under a bilateral agreement.
 
Off beaten path, an older section of Tokyo calls
Explore Tokyo beyond the crowded tourist highlights and you'll find many older parts of the city with a different look and slower pace. One of these, the area around the Metro station Kiyosumi-Shirakawa, is a convenient side trip if you're visiting the Tokyo Skytree, which is four stops away. There's a charming local history museum, public garden, coffee shops and a contemporary art museum.
 
An American sailor's arrest in an alleged rape on Okinawa was "extremely regrettable," Japan's top government spokesman said Monday about a case that renewed ill feelings on the southern island that sees the U.S. military presence there as a heavy and unfair burden.
 
Japanese police said Monday they have arrested a 24-year-old U.S. sailor on suspicion of raping a Japanese woman on Okinawa, in a case that could further fan sentiment against Washington's military presence on the fortified southern island.
 
A Japanese utility on Monday appealed a court decision which ordered the shutdown of two nuclear reactors even though they had been declared safe under tougher rules prompted by the Fukushima meltdown.
 
Tears, prayers as Japan marks 5th anniversary of tsunami
Japanese gathered in Tokyo and along the country's ravaged northeast coast to observe a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. Friday, exactly five years after a magnitude-9.0 earthquake struck offshore, triggering a devastating tsunami that killed more than 18,000 people and sent reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant into meltdown.
 
Japan marks 5th anniversary of quake, tsunami disaster with moment of silence
TOKYO - Japan paused on Friday to mark five years since an offshore earthquake spawned a monster tsunami that left about 18,500 people dead or missing along its northeastern coast and sparked the worst nuclear disaster in a quarter century.
 
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