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Japanese welcome Obama's upcoming Hiroshima visit
Japanese are welcoming President Barack Obama's decision to visit the atomic-bombed city of Hiroshima, and those interviewed Wednesday said they aren't seeking an apology.
 
U.S. President Barack Obama will travel to Hiroshima this month, making the first visit by a sitting American president to the site where the U.S. first dropped an atomic bomb, decimated a city and shot the world into the Atomic Age.
 
Japan's 'vagina artist' convicted in high-profile obscenity case
A Japanese artist who makes objects shaped like her vagina was convicted Monday after a high-profile obscenity trial, in a decision likely to reignite accusations of heavy-handed censorship.
 
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday hailed a potential breakthrough in a decades-long territorial dispute with Russia, after talks with President Vladimir Putin, Japan's foreign ministry spokesman told AFP.
 
Japanese schools are filled with "hateful" comments about gay and transgender people, including from teachers, which aggravates bullying and drives some students into depression, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report Friday.
 
Japan's finance minister said late Saturday the recent sharp rise in the yen is "extremely worrying," adding Tokyo will take action when necessary.
 
Japanese tourism board wants foreign tourists to refrain from 'public flatulence'
A Japanese tourism board has called on foreign tourists to refrain from public "belching or flatulence" in an etiquette guide which was hastily rewritten, reportedly after complaints from a Chinese resident.
 
Cats at Japan 'cat cafes' can now stay up till 10
Felines at Japan's popular "cat cafes" are now allowed to stay up until 10 p.m. to interact with customers.
 
Japan's justice minister visited a Tokyo war shrine Saturday morning to become the second member of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet attending its latest ritual, which has already angered mainland China and South Korea.
 
Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors plans to compensate customers in a bid to limit the fallout from a fuel-efficiency cheating scandal, the Nikkei reported on Saturday.
 
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