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September, 1, 2016

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Pikachu" -- a yellow "Pokemon" -- was welcomed home by thousands of enthusiastic gamers Friday as the global phenomenon of "Pokemon Go" finally launched in Japan, extending a wildly successful franchise that is part of the national social fabric.
 
Tokyo museum makes UNESCO heritage list
People visit the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, Monday, July 18. The art museum designed by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier was decided by UNESCO to add to the World Heritage list.
 
The Japan Meteorological Agency says a moderately strong earthquake shook the Japanese capital for the third time in four days.
 
Sentenced to 4 years
In this Dec. 9, 2015 photo, South Korean Jeon Chang-han is transferred to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department headquarters from a police station in Tokyo. Jeon who detonated a homemade device in a public restroom at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo was sentenced to four years in prison on Tuesday, July 19, in Tokyo District Court. He was arrested in December and charged with trespassing, property damage and violation of the explosives control law.
 
Softbank is buying ARM in US$32 bil. post-Brexit deal
Japanese technology company SoftBank Group Corp. is buying Britain's ARM Holdings for 24.3 billion pounds (US$32 billion), in a deal the British government hailed Monday as a vote of confidence in the country following last month's vote to leave the European Union.
 
A U.S. Navy sailor was sentenced Friday to two and a half years in prison for raping a Japanese tourist in Okinawa, the southern island that is home to about half of the 50,000 U.S. troops in Japan.
 
An influential political lobby in Japan will do its utmost to capitalize on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's election victory and push for the constitution to be revised to allow a more active military, the group's chairman said Wednesday.
 
Japan's ancient monarchy was in tumult Thursday, with the imperial household insisting its ageing emperor had no plans to abdicate after reports he wanted to step aside.
 
Emperor Akihito of Japan expresses intent to retire: report
Japan's Emperor Akihito has expressed his intention to retire and relinquish his title in the next few years, the country's public television said Wednesday.
 
Emboldened after win, Abe calls for debate on constitution
An emboldened Shinzo Abe called Monday for debate on Japan's pacifist constitution, which he said it was his "duty" to revise after scoring a strong win in weekend elections.
 
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