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First it was books, then household products; now you can buy an electric car from online shopping giant Amazon.

Fumino Sugiyama will finally be able to marry his girlfriend of four years. He couldn't before, because same-sex marriages weren't recognized in Japan, and he is legally a woman.

Japan on Tuesday ruled out any immediate plan to join the Beijing-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), categorically denying a news report that its ambassador to China said Tokyo is likely to take part.

Japan's central government strong-armed the governor of Okinawa out of the way Monday in a row over the construction of a U.S. air base, suspending his stop-work order in the latest fraught chapter of a two-decade row.

Japan's famously long working hours will get a shakeup this summer, the government announced Friday, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pushing early starts and European-style flexibility.

An expert panel advising Japan's nationalist prime minister on a highly sensitive statement about World War II has run into disagreement over how to describe Tokyo's wartime military action.

Japanese government auditors say the operator of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant has wasted more than a third of the 190 billion yen (US$1.6 billion) in taxpayer money allocated for cleaning up the plant after it was destroyed by a March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

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.
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