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Japan has finished slaughtering 112,000 chickens after confirming its first bird flu infections in three years, with authorities stepping up efforts to swiftly contain the latest outbreak, officials said Tuesday.
 

Just a seventh of scientists in Japan are female, government figures show — a record high rate for the country, despite being the lowest rate of any developed nation.
 

Japan's population has shrunk for the third year running, with the elderly making up a quarter of the total for the first time, government data showed on Tuesday.
 

A publicly funded research institute in Japan, already embattled after accusing one of its own stem cell scientists of faking data, has spent tens of thousands of dollars on designer Italian furniture, reportedly to use up its budget.
 

Pacifist Japan is gradually learning to love its military, with an apparent public relations campaign under way to soften its image, featuring online popularity contests, a much-touted soprano vocalist and dating events.
Japan's military engages in popularity push

 

Japan on Monday insisted it had made no decision on whether to resume whaling in the Southern Ocean next year, after a militant environmental group said Tokyo intended to evade an international court ruling.
 

Japan has ordered the slaughter of some 112,000 chickens after officials confirmed Sunday bird flu infections at a poultry farm in the south.
 

A Japanese cabinet minister visited a controversial war shrine in Tokyo on Saturday, in a move that sparked condemnation by South Korea, which along with China sees it as a symbol of Japan's past militarism.
 

Japanese consumers are keeping their wallets firmly closed after the first sales tax rise in 17 years, with luxury items and appliances suffering as one major department store reported a 25 percent drop in sales.
 

Three teenagers believed to be behind scams that raised US$4 million are being quizzed by Japanese police, reports said Thursday.
 
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