Church blaze kills four in central Japan

Four members of one family, including two young children, died in a fire that broke out early on Sunday at a church in the central Ishikawa prefecture of Japan.

I was never away, says resurgent Caroline Wozniacki
I was never away, says resurgent Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki said she felt like she never left tennis`s top level after she underlined her return to form by reaching the WTA Finals semis as the only unbeaten player on Friday.

Fukushima film shows reality sinking in for ''nuclear refugees''

Before the Fukushima nuclear crisis forced them from their homes, residents of Futaba had praised the Daiichi power plant as a "godsend" that brought jobs and money to the Japanese coastal town.

Japan minister visits war dead shrine day after Abe sends offering

A Japanese cabinet member visited a shrine for war dead on Saturday a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prompted angry responses from China and South Korea by sending a ritual offering there.

China says concerned about Japan shrine actions

Beijing on Friday strongly condemned a visit by more than 100 Japanese lawmakers to a controversial war shrine in Tokyo, saying the move would ratchet up tensions between the Asian giants.

Japan PM Abe sends offering to Yasukuni Shrine for war dead

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to Tokyo`s controversial Yasukuni Shrine on Friday, a move that might complicate his push for a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping to improve frayed ties between the world`s second- and third-biggest economies.

Powerful typhoon churns towards Japan

Powerful Typhoon Vongfong churned towards Japan on Saturday, injuring at least a dozen people as it pounded the southern Okinawan islands with ferocious winds and driving rain.

Japan court orders Google to delete data

A Japanese court has ordered Google to delete search results linking the claimant to a crime he did not commit, the latest in a series of rulings around the world on what search engines should tell users.

Typhoon heads out to sea after leaving at least one dead in Japan

A typhoon lashed Japan with torrential rain on Monday after killing at least one person, forcing the cancellation of flights and prompting warnings to more than 200,000 people to evacuate their homes before heading out to sea. 

Typhoon Phanfone heads to Tokyo after killing US airman

A powerful typhoon is heading toward Tokyo after lashing southern Japan, where it killed at least one US airman on Okinawa island and left two others missing.

Kei Nishikori defends Japan Open, wins back-to-back ATP titles
Kei Nishikori defends Japan Open, wins back-to-back ATP titles

Kei Nishikori captured his second Japan Open Tennis Championships title on Sunday. The Japanese tennis star defeated Milos Raonic 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4 under a closed roof at the Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo. In the 2012 final too, Nishikori got the better of the big Canadian. The match lasted two hours and 13 minutes.

Search for bodies on Japan volcano halted as typhoon looms

More than a week after a deadly eruption claimed dozens of lives, a search operation for people missing on a volcano in central Japan was called off today due to an approaching typhoon brought heavy rains.

Japan volcano death toll hits 48 as new bodies found

The death toll from a sudden volcanic eruption in Japan hit 48 on Wednesday as rescuers discovered 12 new bodies in so-far unexplored areas of the ash-covered peak.

Nine missing after Chinese ship sinks off Japan: Report

Nine people were missing after a Chinese-registered ship sank off the coast of Japan, according to a report in Japanese media early on Tuesday.

Two dead in decompression chamber in Japan spa

Two people have died in a decompression chamber at a Japanese spa, news reports said Monday, with a police investigation focusing on a possible fault with the machine.

Japan`s volcanoes: Could Mount Fuji be next?

The sudden eruption of Mount Ontake over the weekend, which is believed to have killed at least 31 people, was a reminder of Japan`s vulnerability to its many active volcanoes.

One dead, 16 unconscious after Japanese volcano eruption

A woman was confirmed dead and about 16 other people remained unconscious after a volcano erupted in central Japan shortly before noon Saturday, the media reported, saying the eruption also injured dozens, with 25 in serious condition.

Injured Gael Monfils out of Tokyo, Shanghai
Injured Gael Monfils out of Tokyo, Shanghai

French star Gael Monfils, in a race to get fit in time for the Davis Cup, has announced he is pulling out of upcoming ATP events in Tokyo and Shanghai.

Japan puts more sanctions on Russia, protests at island visit

Japan said on Wednesday it was imposing additional sanctions on Russia because of its involvement in the Ukraine conflict and that it had also formally protested at the visit to a contested island by an aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

Dismembered Japanese girl, 6, found in plastic bags

The dismembered body of a six-year-old Japanese girl has been found in several plastic bags near her home, police said on Wednesday.