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There were chaotic scenes inside Japan's normally orderly parliament Wednesday as opposition lawmakers thronged a committee room in an unsuccessful bid to block Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's controversial security bills.
 

Satoru Iwata (岩田聰), who led Japanese video game company Nintendo Co. through years of growth with its Pokemon and Super Mario franchises, died on Saturday after a lengthy illness, drawing a flood of emotional tributes from game fans and industry rivals. He was 55.
Nintendo's Satoru Iwata dies of cancer aged 55

 

To the untrained eye, it's just a lot of birds on an otherwise deserted stretch of muddy, flat coastline. But for ornithologists, North Korea's west coast is a little piece of paradise each spring -- and both the birds and a dedicated group of birdwatchers travel a long way to get there.
 

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed Thursday his push to beef up Japan's military in the face of public and parliamentary opposition would be vindicated by history.
 

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed Thursday his push to beef up Japan's military in the face of public and parliamentary opposition would be vindicated by history.
 

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed Thursday his push to beef up Japan's military in the face of public and parliamentary opposition would be vindicated by history.
 

A bunch of Japanese grapes has sold for a record 1 million yen (US$8,200), or US$315 per berry -- no trifling matter even in a country where fruit can cost a small fortune.
 

Cross-dressing Austrian diva Conchita Wurst was in Tokyo Thursday for a low-key meeting with the mayor of the trendy Shibuya district, which is set to become the first Japanese municipality to recognise same-sex partnerships.
 

The world's oldest man, Sakari Momoi, has died in Japan at the ripe old age of 112, an official said Tuesday.
The world's oldest man dies at age 112 in Japan

 

Japan on Monday celebrated the inscription of Meiji-era industrial sites on UNESCO's World Heritage list, despite initial opposition from Seoul over the use of forced Korean laborers in the early 20th century.
 

Japan on Saturday pledged US$6.1 billion in financial aid to the "Mekong Five" countries as it pushes infrastructure exports and courts influence in a region where rival China has an increasing presence.
 

Tokyo voiced its frustration on Friday a year after North Korea said it had started re-investigating the fate of Japanese kidnapped by Pyongyang's spies decades ago, with no new leads in sight.
 

Of countless ghostly abandoned factories and mines in Japan, this fortress island near Nagasaki is among the most notorious. It is also a source of national pride.
Japan's UNESCO heritage bid draws ire over past labor abuse

 

A man set himself ablaze onboard a moving bullet train in Japan Tuesday, killing himself and a woman, in an unprecedented incident on a network with an enviable safety record.
 
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