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Japan and the United States are revising their mutual defense guidelines for the first time in nearly two decades to respond to China's military expansion and increase Japan's role in regional defense.

The death toll from a typhoon that pounded Japan this week has risen to six, while five other people including two U.S. serviceman remain missing, reports said Tuesday.

The prices of Japanese products on the local market have remained unchanged despite a depreciating yen, leading Premier Jiang Yi-huah Tuesday to call on consumers nationwide to boycott Japanese imports.

The Bank of Japan (BOJ) on Tuesday struck a less optimistic tone on its view of the world's number three economy, but held off launching fresh monetary easing measures after a two-day meeting.

The father of a 16-year-old Japanese schoolgirl who confessed to decapitating a classmate earlier this year has killed himself, news reports said Monday.

Strong typhoon Phanfone slammed into Japan Monday, packing gusting winds and huge waves that swept three U.S. military officials out to sea in another stark reminder of the country's vulnerability to nature.
US military officials feared dead as typhoon hits Japan


Disgraced swimmer Naoya Tomita was “not in his usual mental state” when he stole a journalist's camera at the Asian Games, the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) said Saturday.

Sixteen people remain unaccounted for on a still-smouldering Japanese volcano that erupted at the weekend, officials said Friday, as a typhoon looming off the coast threatened to further delay the stalled recovery operation.
16 still missing on Japan volcano, typhoon looms


Japan's upper house of parliament, often called the chamber of wisdom, has been rocked by a dress code row after a minister appeared sporting a red scarf.

Japan weighed in Friday on the standoff between government and pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, calling for the city's “free and open” system not to be undermined, in an intervention likely to anger Beijing.

Rescuers searching the volcano that erupted without warning in Japan found dead hikers wedged between huge rocks and people half buried in ash, it emerged Thursday.
Japan volcano dead found crushed between boulders on slope: report


It was, retired Japanese railway engineer Fumihiro Araki recalls, “like flying in the sky.”
Japan's Shinkansen bullet train now 50 years old


The death toll from a sudden volcanic eruption in Japan hit 47 on Wednesday as rescuers discovered 12 new bodies in so-far unexplored areas of the ash-covered peak.
Mt. Ontake volcano death toll hits 47 as new bodies found


Confidence among major Japanese manufacturers improved in the last quarter after a precipitous drop in the previous three months, a Bank of Japan (BOJ) survey showed Wednesday, but analysts warned the economy was not yet back on track.
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