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Tokyo said Monday it has complained to the United Nations over Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's plan to attend a huge military parade in Beijing to mark the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II.

Tens of thousands rallied outside Japan's parliament Sunday to protest against planned new laws that could see troops in the officially pacifist nation engage in combat for the first time since World War II.

Japan on Friday kicked off the World Assembly for Women conference, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledging to shake up a corporate culture at home that discriminates against female workers.

Japan's national bar association on Wednesday threw its weight behind growing opposition to controversial security bills that could pave the way for Japanese troops to engage in combat for the first time since the end of World War II.

Typhoon Goni slammed into the Japanese mainland Tuesday, leaving at least one person missing, more than 70 others injured and disrupting rail and flight services, as authorities urged more than 600,000 people to leave homes.
Typhoon Goni slams into Japanese mainland and leaves destruction and injuries in its wake


An unmanned cargo ship loaded with emergency supplies -- including Japanese whisky -- successfully docked at the International Space Station early Tuesday, officials said.
Whisky arrives on the Int'l Space Station


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not visit China next week, the government said Monday, as Beijing prepares for a huge military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of Tokyo's defeat in World War II.
Abe to skip Beijing visit during WWII ceremonies


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday criticized his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev's weekend visit to disputed islands, aggravating a long-running dispute over the archipelago.

Mainland China on Friday hit out at Japan after the wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni Shrine, saying the country should "deeply reflect" on its history of aggression.

Tokyo on Thursday said it would ask the World Trade Organization for a ruling on South Korea's ban of Japanese seafood imports following the Fukushima atomic crisis, after talks failed to reach a settlement.

Japan should stop apologizing for its war record, according to a majority of voters surveyed in a poll published Wednesday.

A Japanese railway company is turning to cameras as a way to spot drunken behavior and keep late-boozing patrons from tumbling onto the tracks, a spokesman said Wednesday.

To Hidetoshi Tojo, his great-grandfather is a man in a black-and-white documentary film he saw some 30 years ago.
Japan war leaders' scions want reconciliation


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe acknowledged Friday that Japan inflicted "immeasurable damage and suffering" on innocent people in World War II, but stopped short of offering his own apology and said future generations of Japanese should not have to make them either.
Abe repeats official line, no new apologies

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