The death toll from catastrophic landslides in western Japan could more than double, police said Friday, as the number of missing people rose to 52 in addition to the 39 confirmed dead.
Nearly five percent of Japanese adults are addicted to gambling, a rate up to five times that of most other nations, according to a study.
Japan is considering building its own fighter jets after years of playing second fiddle in a U.S. construction partnership, a report said Thursday, in a move likely to stoke fears of its military resurgence among Asian neighbors.
Japanese police said the death toll from rain-triggered landslides on the outskirts of Hiroshima city rose to 39 on Thursday with 51 people still missing, as search efforts continued in the devastated area.
Huge landslides in western Japan killed at least 36 people and left rescuers scrambling to find another seven still missing, authorities said Wednesday, after a wall of mud smashed into their homes.
Japan's trade deficit for July narrowed 6.6 percent from a year earlier, data showed Wednesday, with exports picking up on rising demand for cars and machinery.
At least six people were confirmed dead and 22 were missing after rain-sodden hills in the outskirts of Hiroshima gave way early Wednesday in several landslides.
Japan is to restart exports of rice grown in Fukushima for the first time since foreign sales were halted due to fears of contamination by the nuclear disaster there, officials said Tuesday.
An erupting volcanic island that is expanding off Japan could trigger a tsunami if its freshly formed lava slopes collapse into the sea, scientists said Tuesday.
Shares in Skymark Airlines surged Tuesday after a report that Malaysia's AirAsia may buy the struggling Japanese carrier, which was left reeling after a collapsed jet order with Airbus last month.