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Strong earthquake injures 2, knocks off roof tiles in Japan

The magnitude 5.6 quake struck about 7 AM at a shallow depth of 7 kilometers (4 miles) in Nagano prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

 

US Coast Guard interviews container ship crew after warship collision

US Coast Guard interviews container ship crew after warship collision

The US coast guard investigation is one several into the incident on Saturday involving the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald and the much larger ACX Crystal.

Top US Navy commander in Japan over destroyer crash

The Navy destroyer was badly damaged in the collision with a Philippine-flagged cargo ship off the Japanese coast early Saturday.

US Navy probes destroyer crash that killed seven in Japan

A probe into the crash between a US navy destroyer and a Philippine-flagged cargo ship was under way Monday, as the names of seven American sailors who died were made public.

Vietnam's ambition may stir confrontation: Chinese scholar

A Chinese scholar has warned Vietnam not be incited by the US and Japan against Beijing.

Japanese PM's popularity level slides, show polls

Japanese PM's popularity level slides, show polls

Japan Prime Minister has planned a cabinet reshuffle in August or September.

 

US destroyer almost foundered after collision, bodies found: Seventh Fleet

The bodies of missing sailors were found in flooded compartments of the USS Fitzgerald, which came close to sinking after a collision with a container ship off Japan tore a gash under the warship`s waterline, the US Navy`s Seventh Fleet commander said on Sunday.

Upskirting accused knifes cops in Japan courtroom drama

A Japanese man accused of taking pictures up a woman's skirt stabbed two police officers on Friday the verdict in his sex pest case was being delivered.

Joint activities with Japan on disputed islands is possible: Vladimir Putin

Joint activities with Japan on disputed islands is possible: Vladimir Putin

Russian joint economic activity with Japan is possible on the disputed Kurile islands in the Pacific.

Japan passes controversial anti-terror law despite protests

Japan passed a controversial anti-terror law on Thursday that sparked street protests and warnings from critics that it would stomp on citizens` privacy rights and lead to over-the-top police surveillance.

Panda gives birth at Tokyo zoo five years after first cub's death

Panda gives birth at Tokyo zoo five years after first cub's death

Shin Shin, Ueno Zoo`s 11-year-old giant panda, began pacing her cage and showing other signs of agitation late on Saturday, prompting keepers to keep watch around the clock.

Japan's parliament clears way for emperor's abdication

Japan's parliament clears way for emperor's abdication

Japan`s parliament on Friday passed a law allowing Emperor Akihito to abdicate, clearing the way for the first abdication by a Japanese monarch in nearly two centuries and the accession of his son, Crown Prince Naruhito, probably late next year.

Five things to know about the Japanese royals

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko journey to sites of natural disasters to console victims, most notably after the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.

Japan moves towards first major rape law changes in a century

Victims and activists have long campaigned for changes to the 1907 law, as society`s attitudes toward rape victims are still chilly and many stay silent from shame or fear of criticism.
 

Japan workers exposed to dangerous radiation in lab

Japan's nuclear energy agency said Wednesday that five employees have been exposed to dangerously high levels of radiation after a bag containing plutonium broke apart during a routine inspection.

 

Nuclear-wary Japan restarts another atomic reactor

Nuclear-wary Japan restarts another atomic reactor

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has aggressively promoted nuclear energy, calling it essential to powering the world's third-largest economy.

Unsure of US, Asia builds new alliances to counter China

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said: "In this brave new world we cannot rely on great powers to safeguard our interests.

Four confirmed dead in small plane crash in Japan

The single-propeller plane with four people on board plunged into Japan's Northern Alps in Tateyama on Saturday. 
 

Japan, France welcome US leadership in the Asia-Pacific

Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada applauded America's presence in the region and its tough stance on North Korea.

Digital gold fever grips Japan, bitcoin value skyrockets

People in Japan can now pay in restaurants and shops and also settle their utility bills using bitcoins, a digital currency that Tokyo legalised as a valid form of payment along with other digital monies.