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Japan is investigating nearly a dozen suspicious boats recently found drifting off the country's coastline, some with decaying bodies aboard, officials said Friday, as media speculated they came from North Korea.

Gearing up for global warming talks in Paris next week, Japan said Thursday it plans to provide 1.3 trillion yen (US$10.6 billion) in climate financing a year for developing countries from 2020, including public and private funds.

A Japanese rocket lifted off Tuesday and successfully put the national space program's first commercial satellite into orbit, officials said, as Tokyo tries to enter a business dominated by European and Russian companies.
Japan launches country's first commercial satellite into orbit


An explosion Monday damaged a public restroom at a controversial shrine in Tokyo that honors Japanese war dead, with police suspecting foul play. No one was injured.
Blast at Japan's controversial war shrine causes no injuries


An explosion Monday damaged a public restroom at a controversial shrine in Tokyo that honors Japanese war dead, with police suspecting foul play. No one was injured.

Yokozuna Kitanoumi, the winner of 24 grand sumo tournaments and the youngest ever to reach the sport's highest rank, died on Nov. 21 aged 62.
Legendary sumo wrestling star Kitanoumi dies aged 62


Japan on Tuesday sued its southern region of Okinawa over local resistance to a new U.S. military base, the latest chapter in deepening mistrust between central authorities and the government of the strategic island.
Japan takes Okinawa to court over US base relocation


The operator of Japan's nuclear fuel reprocessing plant said Monday it was postponing the opening to as late as September 2018, citing regulators' lengthy inspection procedures and time needed for safety upgrades.

The Japanese government is proceeding with plans to have all national civil servants use their My Number cards as work identification badges.
Japan's government workers wary of shift to electronic cards


A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the southwestern coast of Japan early Saturday, authorities said, with a small tsunami observed on one island but no major damage reported.

Japan's nuclear regulator issued a rare warning Friday to the science minister, telling him to disqualify the operator of a plutonium-fueled reactor plagued with a poor safety record, a step that could finally shut it down.

Bangladesh security forces Friday arrested three suspects wanted over the murder of a Japanese farmer who was shot dead last month in an attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group.

In 1944, the two men were in northeastern India as foes, fighting one of harshest battles of World War II between Japan and Britain. More than 70 years later on Thursday, they shook hands and sipped tea in Tokyo.
Foes at war, WWII vets from UK, Japan shake hands


A man in Japan who hid in a drain for five hours, allegedly to snap photos up women's skirts, was given away when passers-by spotted his hair sticking out of a grate, police and reports said.
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