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More than three years into Japan's massive cleanup of the tsunami-damaged nuclear plant, only a tiny fraction of the workers are focused on the key tasks of dismantling the broken reactors and removing radioactive fuel rods.

A man died after setting himself on fire in a Tokyo public park in apparent protest over Japan's military policies, media reports say.

Japanese auto parts maker Takata is facing the biggest test in its 80-year history amid lawsuits, a possible criminal probe, and accusations of “deception and obfuscation” over an air bag defect linked to several U.S. deaths.

China and Japan “need each other,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday as he called for the testy Asian neighbors to step up tentative efforts to put deep hostility behind them.

Opinion polls in Japan's far southern Okinawa islands have given an anti-U.S. base candidate the edge in next weekend's gubernatorial election, a potential setback for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Midterm earnings reports from companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange have shown higher profits overall thanks to the weaker yen, particularly among automobile, electronics and other manufacturers that export goods or make products overseas.

A governor gave final approval Friday for a nuclear power plant to restart in southern Japan, the first to resume operations under new safety rules imposed in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi meltdowns caused by an earthquake and tsunami.

A local governor in Japan has given final approval to restart a nuclear power plant in southern Japan, the first to resume operations in the country under new safety rules imposed in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi meltdowns caused by a tsunami.

Toyota on Wednesday said it was on track to book a record US$17.5 billion full-year net profit, as Japan's major automakers wrapped up a bumper earnings season, but the industry is facing headwinds from slower demand at home and in China.
Toyota races to record profit, China flashes red signal


Japanese sushi maestro Jiro Ono, whose creations were recently enjoyed by U.S. President Barack Obama and are reputedly the best in the world, warned Tuesday of a sea change in ingredients due to overfishing.
Japan star sushi chef warns against overfishing


Japan's SoftBank said Tuesday net profit in the first six months of its fiscal year jumped by more than a third, thanks to a US$5.0 billion-dollar gain from its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.

Nissan said Tuesday its half-year net profit rose 25 percent to US$2.3 billion, lifted by strong North American sales and new models, with a sharply weaker yen also boosting the Japanese automaker's bottom line.

Japanese writer Haruki Murakami has chided his country for shirking responsibility for its World War II aggression and the Fukushima nuclear disaster in an interview published Monday.

Japanese police have launched a criminal investigation after the bodies of around 40 dogs were found dumped by a river in the east of the country, officials said Saturday.
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