Japan govt takes Okinawa to court over US base relocation

Japan on Tuesday sued its southern region of Okinawa over local resistance to a new US military base, the latest chapter in deepening mistrust between central authorities and the government of the strategic island.

Japan to launch 2020 Olympics stadium work in 2017
Japan to launch 2020 Olympics stadium work in 2017

Demolition of the old stadium, which was built to host the 1964 Olympic Games, was completed late last month.

12 injured in scuffle at Turkish vote in Tokyo embassy

 At least 12 people were injured in a scuffle between Turks and ethnic Kurds as hundreds of Turkish citizens gathered on Sunday at their embassy in Tokyo to vote in a general election, reports said.

US nuclear carrier - USS Ronald Reagan - arrives in Japan

Nuclear-powered supercarrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, on Thursday arrived for deployment in Yokosuka, near Tokyo, the Japanese capital, the media reported.

Tokyo`s Nikkei index sheds more than 3% on global rout

Tokyo`s benchmark Nikkei index dropped 3.18 percent in early trade Tuesday, extending a global equities rout on worries over China`s economy and a drop in commodity prices.

Tokyo shares sink as strong yen hits exporters

Tokyo shares tumbled Monday as a stronger yen dragged on major exporters while sentiment was also soured by news that most listings on the Topix had gone ex-dividend.

Seeds scattered as Yanina Wickmayer, Magda Linette reach Tokyo final
Seeds scattered as Yanina Wickmayer, Magda Linette reach Tokyo final

 Belgian Yanina Wickmayer will meet Poland`s Magda Linette in the Japan Women`s Open final after both produced upsets Saturday to continue a trend this week in Tokyo.

Opponents vow to fight laws expanding role of Japan`s military

 Opposition groups Saturday vowed to challenge laws passed overnight that clear Japanese troops to fight abroad for the first time since World War II, saying the changes are a "black stain" on the country`s history.

South Korea, Japan to hold talks on wartime sexual slavery

 South Korea and Japan will hold director general-level talks in Tokyo on Friday to discuss militaristic Japan`s sex enslavement of Korean women during the Second World War, Seoul`s foreign ministry said on Thursday.

Japan upper house begins marathon security bill debate
Japan upper house begins marathon security bill debate

 Japanese lawmakers late Thursday started what is set to be a marathon debate over controversial security bills after scuffles broke out in Parliament and protesters railed against the measures.

Fukushima dumps first batch of once-radioactive water in sea

Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant today began releasing previously contaminated water into the sea, but the man tasked with preventing another meltdown warned other highly radioactive fluid still stored on site could pose a major threat.

Death toll rises to five after Japan flood: Media

The number of people who died in floods which devastated Japan this week reached five Sunday as rescuers continued their search for more than a dozen still missing, local media said.

Japan resumes work on controversial US base in Okinawa

 Tokyo on Saturday resumed work on a controversial new US military base in southern Okinawa following a month-long suspension, officials said, even as talks with local officials opposed to the project remained deadlocked.

Moderate 5.4-magnitude earthquake rocks Tokyo

A moderate earthquake hit Tokyo early Saturday, waking residents and shaking buildings in the Japanese capital, but there was no immediate report of any damage.

Japan `disappointed` by Chinese leader`s WWII speech

Japan said Thursday it was "disappointed" there were no signs of rapprochement in Chinese President Xi Jinping`s speech to mark the 70th anniversary of Tokyo`s WWII defeat, as Beijing showed off its growing might with a huge military parade.

Blast rips through warehouse at US military depot in Japan

 A blast ripped through a warehouse at a US military post near Tokyo early Monday, sending sparks shooting into the sky and triggering a blaze that burned through the night, but there were no reports of injuries.

Russian PM visits disputed Kuril islands, triggering Japan protest
Russian PM visits disputed Kuril islands, triggering Japan protest

 Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev landed Saturday in the Kuril islands, prompting a swift rebuke from Tokyo, which claims sovereignty over the northwest Pacific archipelago in a long-running dispute. 

Japan `should stop apologising` over war: Poll

Tokyo should stop apologising over its war record, a majority of voters surveyed in a new poll said, but they were more divided on a WWII anniversary speech that angered China and South Korea.

'Strong dissatisfaction' over Japan ministers' Yasukuni visits: China
'Strong dissatisfaction' over Japan ministers' Yasukuni visits: China

China`s foreign ministry on Saturday voiced "strong dissatisfaction" over a visit by a trio of Japanese cabinet ministers to Tokyo`s controversial Yasukuni shrine.