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Ex-employee kills 19 in Japan care home
A man who had threatened attacks on disabled people went on a knife rampage Tuesday at the care center where he previously worked, leaving 19 people dead in Japan's worst mass killing for decades.
 
At least 15 killed, about 20 injured in knifing near Tokyo
At least 19 people were killed and about 20 wounded in a knife attack Tuesday at a facility for the handicapped in a city just outside Tokyo in the worst mass killing in generations in Japan.
 
Japan on Monday posted its first half-year trade surplus since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, after the accident sent energy import bills soaring and led to a string of deficits.
 
From lonely retirees to Japanese schoolgirls with shattered dreams, Takanobu Nishimoto and his crew of middle-aged men will lend an ear to clients who would never dream of spilling their guts to a therapist or worse, their families.
 
Gotta catch 'em all! Pokemon!
A man tries to catch a Pikachu, a Pokemon character, while he plays the game "Pokemon Go" in front of Kaminarimon, or Thunder Gate, at the Sensoji temple in Tokyo's Asakusa shopping and tourist district, Friday, July 22. The wait is over for "Pokemon Go" fans in Japan. Players began tweeting about it as soon as it was available Friday morning, and the Pokemon Co. and the developer of the augmented reality game, U.S.-based Niantic Inc., confirmed its launch.
 
VCR headed for outdated tech heaven
The clunky videocassette recorder is going the way of floppy disks, eight-track tapes and camera film as the world's last manufacturer ends production of the once booming home-video technology.
 
Pikachu" -- a yellow "Pokemon" -- was welcomed home by thousands of enthusiastic gamers Friday as the global phenomenon of "Pokemon Go" finally launched in Japan, extending a wildly successful franchise that is part of the national social fabric.
 
Tokyo museum makes UNESCO heritage list
People visit the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, Monday, July 18. The art museum designed by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier was decided by UNESCO to add to the World Heritage list.
 
The Japan Meteorological Agency says a moderately strong earthquake shook the Japanese capital for the third time in four days.
 
Sentenced to 4 years
In this Dec. 9, 2015 photo, South Korean Jeon Chang-han is transferred to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department headquarters from a police station in Tokyo. Jeon who detonated a homemade device in a public restroom at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo was sentenced to four years in prison on Tuesday, July 19, in Tokyo District Court. He was arrested in December and charged with trespassing, property damage and violation of the explosives control law.
 
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