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In tune with the year-end party season, Nishitokyo Bus, a bus company based in Hachioji, Tokyo, that operates fixed-route buses mainly in the western Tama district, has started to operate a "relief" bus for passengers who miss their stops and find themselves stranded at JR Takao terminal station on the last Chuo special rapid train on the JR Chuo Line.
New bus service a help for Tokyo's sleepy train riders


Japan plans to propose a fresh fund to support former comfort women as foreign ministers from Tokyo and Seoul meet next week to settle a bitter row over a Japanese wartime brothel system, reports said Saturday.

A former school principal, who reportedly paid for sex with 12,000 women in the Philippines, has been convicted in Japan for taking photos of naked Filipino girls.

Local authorities on Okinawa filed a lawsuit against the central government on Friday in a bid to stop the relocation of a U.S. air base on the southern Japanese island, deepening their decades-long row over the heavy American troop presence there.
Okinawa sues Tokyo in bid to stop US base relocation


Japan should remember its bitter lessons from World War II, Emperor Akihito said in an interview to mark his 82nd birthday on Wednesday, recalling events related to the 70th anniversary of the war's end.
Emperor Akihito turns 82 urging Japan to remember war


Champagne, Melton Mowbray pork pies and Gorgonzola cheese are to be joined by Kobe beef and eye-wateringly expensive Yubari melons as protected products after Japan Tuesday granted them a special status.

Japan's ruling party on Tuesday launched a study group to review its modern history, amid reports it may take up contentious regional issues including the Nanjing massacre which Tokyo is accused of playing down.

You're faced with a big disaster, like an earthquake, plus a small one -- say, running out of diapers. What can you do? Cut open a plastic supermarket bag, place a small towel on it and wrap your baby up.
From diapers to cold feet, a Tokyo survival guide


Japan executed two people by hanging on Friday, including one who was convicted in a jury trial for the first time under a new system that began six years ago.

Japan's central bank announced an unexpected round of new stimulus measures Friday to complement its vast asset-buying scheme, pushing the yen down sharply and giving a brief boost to Tokyo share prices.
Bank of Japan unveils surprise expansion of stimulus


U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy defended on Thursday a controversial proposal to relocate a U.S. Marine Corps base on Okinawa in southern Japan as the best of many options considered.
US enovy to Japan defends Okinawa base plan


Japan's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a law that married couples must have a common surname, a defeat for campaigners who have blasted the 19th century statute as sexist and archaic.
Japan top court upholds law on same surnames for married couples


Japan's top court will rule this week on a pair of 19th century family laws that critics blast as sexist and out of touch.

A conservation group slammed Japan Thursday for fueling illegal ivory trading and smuggling through poor law enforcement.
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