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Flights grounded as typhoon hits near Tokyo
A powerful typhoon struck near Tokyo on Monday, the first for 11 years to hit the densely populated region, temporarily shutting down Japan's biggest airport and grounding more than 500 flights nationwide.
 
Japan first lady Akie Abe makes visit to Pearl Harbor
The wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited Pearl Harbor, bombed by Japanese planes nearly 75 years ago in an attack that brought the United States into World War II.
 
Japan automakers move quickly into mirrorless vehicles
Japanese automobile and parts manufacturers are developing "mirrorless vehicles" that use cameras and monitors instead of traditional rearview and side mirrors.
 
Strong 6.0 quake hits northern Japan: USGS
A strong earthquake struck off the coast of northern Japan for a third consecutive day early Sunday though there were no immediate reports of people injured or damage.
 
Japan will request a record defense budget next year amid growing worries over North Korea and tensions with China, reports said Friday.
 
Japan will develop a new land-to-sea missile as part of plans to beef up its defence of remote southern islands, as tensions with mainland China increase over the disputed territory, a report said Sunday.
 
Cool Kitty
Japanese character Hello Kitty joins waitresses who work in Akihabara district as they sprinkle water on a perimeter of a shrine during an annual summer event at Kanda Myojin shrine in Tokyo, Sunday, Aug. 14. The event was held as a countermeasure to urban heat islands.
 
Japan restarted a nuclear reactor on Friday despite a court challenge by local residents, in a boost for Tokyo's faltering post-Fukushima push to bring back atomic power.
 
Japanese emperor hints at abdication in national address
Emperor Akihito said Monday his advancing age and weakening health mean he may no longer be able to carry out his duties, setting the stage for Japan to prepare for an historic abdication.
 
Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito may be heir to one of the world's oldest monarchies, but he is not shy about knocking the institution he represents or his country's warring past.
 
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