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Mutations seen in Fukushima forests: Greenpeace
Conservation group Greenpeace warned on Friday that the environmental impact of the Fukushima nuclear crisis five years ago on nearby forests is just beginning to be seen and will remain a source of contamination for years to come.
 
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday he has decided to temporarily suspend preliminary work on moving a U.S. Marine Corps base on Okinawa and will resume talks on the contentious relocation plan.
 
Japanese women are being exploited and abused in Japan's multi-billion dollar pornographic film industry, rights advocates said on Thursday, calling on authorities to strengthen laws to protect them.
 
Many people his age would be happy to slip on a cardigan and put their feet up, but not Teruo Sugiura.
 
A Japanese government study has found nearly a third of working women who responded to a survey reported being sexually harassed on the job, such as being subjected to unwanted physical contact or degrading comments.
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Three former utility firm execs 1st to be charged after Fukushima disaster
Three former Japanese utility executives were formally charged Monday with negligence in the Fukushima nuclear disaster, becoming the first officials from the company to face a criminal trial.
 
Japan gov't eyes new national park in Okinawa
Japan's Environment Ministry has decided to establish a new national park in the Yambaru area of northern Okinawa Island, as part of its efforts to have the Amami-Ryukyu region registered as a Unesco World Natural Heritage site, it was learned Saturday (Feb. 27).
 
Japan's latest census confirmed the hard reality long ago signaled by shuttered shops and abandoned villages across the country: the population is shrinking.
 
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.
 
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