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Gov't seeks to speed up Olympic preparations in Japan
The Japanese government aims to speed up 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics preparations.
 
Don't freak out
People show an erroneous alert for a mega-earthquake, with a magnitude of 9.1 and an intensity of 7 out of 7 on the Japanese scale, for Tokyo Bay on Monday, Aug. 1. The false warning of a megaquake about to strike Tokyo was issued by Japan's weather agency and quickly canceled Monday, but not before frightening smartphone users who received it.
 
Tokyo's new governor Yuriko Koike on Monday credited her landslide victory to having stood up to the powers that be in Japan's ruling party who didn't want her to run.
 
Tokyo elects Yuriko Koike as 1st woman governor
Veteran politician Yuriko Koike was elected governor of Tokyo on Sunday, according to media exit polls, becoming the first woman to lead Japan's capital
 
New Tokyo governor says defying party secured win
Tokyo's new governor Yuriko Koike on Monday credited her landslide victory to having stood up to the powers that be in Japan's ruling party who didn't want her to run.
 
Shibuya sex exhibition waxes nostalgic about Japan's fading erotica culture
A sex exhibition smack in the middle in one of Tokyo's hippest areas is shining a nostalgic light on Japanese erotica -- a culture the curator believes is dying out.
 
In Akita Prefecture, four people assumed to be victims of bear attacks were found dead between May and June.
 
Tokyo votes for governor as it readies for 2020 Olympics
Japan's capital is voting Sunday for its leader after two predecessors resigned over money scandals as Tokyo prepares to host the 2020 Olympics, and hopes to lead the nation in an economic turnaround.
 
"Pokemon Go" players are descending on an atomic bomb memorial park in Hiroshima, and officials of the western Japanese city are displeased.
 
An earthquake shook Tokyo late Wednesday, but there were no reports of damage or casualties.
 
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