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Japan produced a gloomy batch of economic data Monday showing shoppers growing nervous and the trade deficit ballooning, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepares to launch a controversial sales tax rise.

The establishment candidate backed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe romped home in Sunday's election for governor of Tokyo in a result which analysts said would boost the premier's pro-nuclear agenda.
Pro-nuclear candidate wins Tokyo governor election


The heaviest snow in decades in Tokyo and other areas of Japan has left at least 11 dead and more than 1,200 injured across the country, reports said Sunday.
11 dead, 1,200 injured as heavy snow inundates Japan: reports


After a night of heavy drinking at the Globe and Anchor, a watering hole for enlisted Marines in Okinawa, Japan, a female service member awoke in her barracks room as a man was raping her, she reported. She tried repeatedly to push him off. But wavering in and out of consciousness, she couldn't fight back.
Documents reveal chaotic US military sex-abuse record


Voters in Tokyo went to the polls Sunday to elect a new governor in a race that was being closely watched as a popular verdict on the use of nuclear power.
Tokyo governor election puts nuclear power to test


The heaviest snow in two decades struck Tokyo and other areas across Japan on Saturday, leaving three dead and nearly 500 others injured, reports said.
Three dead, 500 injured as heavy snow falls across Japan


Japan assured the U.S. Friday that it will respond calmly to actions by China that have increased tensions between the two Asian powers.
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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe struck a conciliatory tone Friday at an unusually low-key annual rally demanding the return of islands occupied by Russia, hours before he left for the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Some of the 13 million people who live in Tokyo go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new governor in a vote being closely watched as a popular verdict on the use of nuclear power.

The man who was the musical brains behind a supposedly deaf composer dubbed “Japan's Beethoven” claimed Thursday that the mock maestro was not hearing-impaired — and couldn't even write sheet music.
'Japan's Beethoven' not deaf: ghost composer

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