Explosions at factory in southern Japan

 Explosions and fire hit an aluminium plating factory in southern Japan early Tuesday, although there was no immediate report of injuries, a fire official said.

UN rejects Japan's complaint over Ban's China visit

 The United Nations on Monday brushed aside Japanese complaints over Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's plan to attend a military parade in Beijing, saying the World War II commemoration was an opportunity to reflect on the past.

Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic roll but Kei Nishikori falls at US Open
Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic roll but Kei Nishikori falls at US Open

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic cruised into the second round of the US Open on Monday while Japanese fourth seed Kei Nishikori crashed out after his runner-up effort last year.

Japan defence ministry asks for record budget

Japan's defence ministry on Monday made its biggest ever budget request, as Tokyo bolsters its military amid lingering territorial rows and worries over China's expanding naval reach.

Organized inter-state gangs behind killings of elephants
Organized inter-state gangs behind killings of elephants

Expressing concern over the recent spate of poaching of elephants in southern India, a global wildlife monitoring network has said organised inter-state poaching gangs were behind the killings of tuskers in the forests of Western Ghats.

Tens of thousands protest at military bills outside Japan parliament
Tens of thousands protest at military bills outside Japan parliament

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.

Split emerges in Japan`s biggest `yakuza` gang

 A rift has emerged in Japan`s largest "yakuza" organised crime syndicate, the government has said, with police warning that the split could lead to a wave of gang violence.

Tokyo sticks to 2020 logo despite copycat claims
Tokyo sticks to 2020 logo despite copycat claims

Organisers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics said Friday they would stick with a logo hit by plagiarism claims and had no plans to change what they described as an original work.

Japan slashes stadium costs, aims to meet IOC deadline
Japan slashes stadium costs, aims to meet IOC deadline

Japan has agreed to slash the costs for a new national stadium by 42 percent with construction for the centrepiece of the 2020 Olympics aimed to be completed by an International Olympic Committee (IOC) deadline of January 2020.

China's new long-range bomber to debut in V-Day parade: Report

China will unveil a refitted model of a long-range strategic bomber next week during the massive military parade here to commemorate the victory against Japan in WWII, the state media reported today.

Tokyo Olympics to get tough with drug cheats
Tokyo Olympics to get tough with drug cheats

Tokyo Olympic leaders are set to take a tough line on doping by preventing drug cheats from entering Japan in 2020, a senior official told AFP on Thursday.

Obama tries to allay Japanese concerns over spying

 President Barack Obama has tried to allay concerns that the United States spied on Japanese politicians, calling Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a conversation that also touched on tumult in the global stock market.

Obama expresses regret to Japan's Abe for spying charges

President Barack Obama has called Japan's leader to express regret over recent WikiLeaks allegations that the US had spied on senior Japanese officials.

Boeing 777 makes emergency landing in Japan: ANA

A Boeing 777 operated by Japan`s All Nippon Airways made an emergency landing in Osaka on Wednesday after the plane suffered engine trouble, the airline said.

Japan to help Nicaragua open tsunami warning center

Japan will help Nicaragua open a tsunami early warning center this year that would serve all of Central America, an official said Tuesday.

Japanese whisky arrives at the International Space Station
Japanese whisky arrives at the International Space Station

An unmanned cargo ship loaded with emergency supplies - including Japanese whisky - successfully docked at the International Space Station early today, officials said.

Major Western leaders shun China WWII military parade

From Belarus to Vanuatu, China on Tuesday issued a list of world leaders attending next week`s huge military parade to mark Japan`s defeat in World War II that was notable for its absences.

Cars tossed, buildings damaged as typhoon Goni pummels Japan
Cars tossed, buildings damaged as typhoon Goni pummels Japan

Armed with torrential rains and powerful gusts, Typhoon Goni pummelled Japanese mainland on Tuesday, throwing normal life out of gear as rail and flight services were affected badly.

Japan premier hits out at Russian PM`s visit to disputed islands

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