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Half-Taiwanese Renho wins Japan Democratic Party leadership
Renho, a half-Taiwanese parliamentarian, was elected as the leader of Japan's main opposition party Thursday.
 
Opponents of planned U.S. helipads on Japan's southern island of Okinawa have stepped up protests in Tokyo after the central government used military aircraft to transport equipment for the project.
 
Japan official criticized for piggyback ride
A Japanese government official is under fire for riding on a colleague's back to get through a big puddle of water during his recent visit to a town devastated by a deadly storm.
 
US and Japan scramble for 'strongest' sanctions
Washington and Tokyo are seeking "the strongest possible" measures against North Korea after its latest and most powerful nuclear test, a top U.S. envoy said Sunday.
 
Four Chinese vessels sailed into territorial waters around disputed islands in the East China Sea, Japan said Sunday, as Tokyo attempts to engage with Beijing to press North Korea over its latest nuclear test.
 
Ice pole
A 24-year-old polar bear named Yukimaru eats a block of ice at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise amusement park in Yokohama, a suburb of Tokyo, Saturday, Sept. 10. The amusement park gave the ice to the Arctic animal due to temperatures in the Tokyo area above 30 degrees Celsius.
 
Ex-Japan PM backs ill US sailors who blame Fukushima radiation
Several hundred American service personnel who say they became sick from radiation after participating in relief operations for the 2011 tsunami that set off the Fukushima nuclear disaster are now getting high-profile support in Japan.
 
Human rights activists on Monday urged Japanese authorities to crack down on child pornography, still widely available despite a government overhaul of laws to protect children from sexual exploitation.
 
The death toll from Typhoon Lionrock has risen to 17 in Japan, with several people still missing, and officials said Sunday a new storm threatens the country's southwest.
 
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin for a new era in ties hampered by a territorial dispute dating back to WWII.
 
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