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Tokyo prosecutors said Wednesday they have appealed to Japan's top court after the acquittal last month of a former doomsday cult member convicted in a parcel bombing.

Five American veterans who took part in the firebombing of Japan during World War II saw photos of leveled homes and stacks of charred bodies Wednesday at a museum dedicated to the victims, and said the outcome on the ground of their missions was awful.

Japanese Buddhist monks strutted their stuff Wednesday in a contest highlighting skills in chanting sutras, giving funeral sermons and, surprisingly, loud karate chops.

Japan is set to build India's first bullet train, with Tokyo financing the project through an US$8 billion loan to New Delhi, a leading Japanese business daily reported Tuesday.

Japan is launching a new diplomatic unit this week to collect and analyse information on international terrorism, the government said Monday, in light of attacks on its citizens overseas and global assaults including those last month in Paris.

Japanese authorities are investigating nearly a dozen wooden boats carrying decomposing bodies found drifting off the northwestern coast over the past month.

Railway workers in Japan have devised an ingenious scheme to prevent daredevil turtles from meeting a grisly end -- and delaying trains -- while crossing train tracks.

Japan's whaling fleet leaves Tuesday for the Antarctic for a three-month, scaled-down hunt, the government said, despite protests from opponents who say Tokyo has not proven that whales need to be killed for research.
Japan whaling fleet set to leave for Antarctic


Public support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has rebounded since his government rammed through unpopular security legislation, according to polls published Monday, as he re-focuses on the struggling economy.
Public support for Abe on rebound: survey


Japan scrambled jets after 11 mainland Chinese military planes flew near southern Japanese islands during what Beijing said was a drill to improve its long-range combat abilities, reports said Saturday.

Japan is investigating nearly a dozen suspicious boats recently found drifting off the country's coastline, some with decaying bodies aboard, officials said Friday, as media speculated they came from North Korea.

Gearing up for global warming talks in Paris next week, Japan said Thursday it plans to provide 1.3 trillion yen (US$10.6 billion) in climate financing a year for developing countries from 2020, including public and private funds.

A Japanese rocket lifted off Tuesday and successfully put the national space program's first commercial satellite into orbit, officials said, as Tokyo tries to enter a business dominated by European and Russian companies.
Japan launches country's first commercial satellite into orbit


An explosion Monday damaged a public restroom at a controversial shrine in Tokyo that honors Japanese war dead, with police suspecting foul play. No one was injured.
Blast at Japan's controversial war shrine causes no injuries

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