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The governor of the southern Japanese island of Okinawa said Monday he has ordered a Defense Ministry branch to suspend all work at the site where a key U.S. military air base is to be relocated.
Okinawa halts work related to US base relocation


Four years after a towering tsunami ravaged much of Japan's northeastern coast, efforts to fend off future disasters are focusing on a nearly 400-kilometer (250-mile) chain of cement sea walls, at places nearly five stories high.
Costly sea wall is Japan's solution to tsunami threat


Dozens of aging U.S. veterans gathered on the tiny, barren island of Iwo Jima on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of one of the bloodiest and most iconic battles of World War II.

Shinzo Abe is expected to become the first Japanese prime minister to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress next month, crowning a visit focused on deepening trade and military ties.

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama beat the drum for Japan on Friday -- literally -- as she tried her hand at traditional "taiko" drumming in the historic tourist hotspot of Kyoto.
Michelle Obama beats drum for Kyoto


Japan marked the 20th anniversary Friday of coordinated attacks on the heaving Tokyo subway system when a doomsday cult released a Nazi-developed nerve gas on packed trains, killing 13 people and injuring 6,000.
Japan remembers subway gas attack


Education is the starting point for opportunity, U.S. first lady Michelle Obama said Thursday as she and her Japanese counterpart Akie Abe showcased efforts to help girls stay in or return to school.

New tests show almost all of the fuel inside one of the Fukushima plant's reactors has melted, its operator said Thursday, the latest step in the clean up after Japan's worst ever nuclear crisis.

Japanese authorities are investigating a worker at Amazon's local unit over claims he was involved in the sale of child pornography, reports said Thursday, marking another police probe into the U.S.-based Web retailer.

Women are far more exposed to disasters than men given their frontline roles in the home and in health care, the U.N. says, arguing that improving gender equality is key to saving lives.
Women must be allowed to play a key role in tackling disaster: United Nations officials


The Bank of Japan (BOJ) on Tuesday said tumbling energy prices could push inflation to zero, marking another setback for Tokyo's attempts to kick-start the economy by conquering years of falling or stagnant prices.

The transfer of soil, contaminated four years ago with radioactive materials from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, to an interim storage facility began in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Friday.

The world's biggest automaker is driving onto the world's biggest sports stage.
Toyota drives onto Olympic stage in record-breaking sponsorship deal


Policymakers gathered for a ten-yearly meeting on disaster risk reduction Saturday, with hopes high that the conference in tsunami-hit Japan might provide a springboard for efforts to tackle natural disasters and costly climate change.
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