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Jolie's 'Unbroken' finally opens in Japan
Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken" opened Saturday more than a year after the rest of the world in Japan, where the main character endures as a prisoner of war and where some have called for a boycott of the movie.

The star of an Oscar-winning documentary that shows how dolphins are hunted in a Japanese village is to be deported to the U.S. on Friday after Tokyo airport officials barred his entry and he was held in detention for more than two weeks.
Japan to deport star of dolphin documentary


"Chin, ton, shan" -- the ringing notes of the shamisen bring the atmosphere of the Edo period (1603-1867) palpably to life. However, though many people have had the chance to listen to the traditional musical instrument, far fewer have actually tried their hand at playing it.
Craftsman in Japan invents simplified version of shamisen


In Japan, where communal ties to local Buddhist temples are fading, families have in recent years been able to go online to find a Buddhist monk to perform funerals and other rituals.
Monks delivered online as role of Japan temples fades


The Bank of Japan on Friday said it will charge lenders that leave too much cash on idle deposit with it, introducing a negative interest rate policy for the first time as it seeks to shore up a stumbling economic recovery.
Japan introduces negative interest rate to boost economy


Japan's economy minister resigned Thursday after a corruption allegation in a setback for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's effort to rev up growth in the world's third-largest economy.
Japan economy minister quits over graft allegations


Japan should free up its "complex and rigid" reactor inspection regime, a global nuclear watchdog said Thursday, as the country restarts more atomic plants five years after the disaster at Fukushima.
Japan's 'complex and rigid' atomic inspections need to be freer: IAEA


A Japanese minister who was the country's top negotiator for a huge trans-Pacific trade deal was accused of corruption Thursday, piling pressure on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead of parliamentary elections this year.

A South Korean man suspected of being behind an explosion at a controversial Tokyo war shrine was rearrested on Thursday, accused of carrying and using gunpowder.

The death toll in Japan's worst bus accident in 25 years has risen to 15, police said Tuesday, as they struggle to determine why the vehicle veered off a mountain road it was not supposed to be on.

The world's oldest man, a Japanese, died Tuesday at the age of 112 after suffering chronic heart problems, officials said.
The world's oldest man, Japanese, dies at age 112 from chronic heart problems


The world's oldest man, Yasutaro Koide, died on Tuesday at the age of 112 in central Japan, a local official said.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, currently chair of the G-7, has said he wants to bring Russian President Vladimir Putin back into the fold to engage Moscow's help over a litany of crises in the Middle East.

Japan on Sunday marked the 21st anniversary of a devastating earthquake in the western city of Kobe that killed more than 6,400 people, as bereaved families looked to keep memories of the victims alive.
Japan's Kobe marks 21 years since killer quake

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