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Japan police arrest teen for `IS-inspired` killing

Japanese police on Friday arrested a teenager on suspicion of killing a 13-year-old schoolboy, in a chilling murder some local media suggested was inspired by Islamist extremist executions.

Japan's agriculture minister resigns over political funds

Japanese Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Koya Nishikawa resigned Monday following allegations that he received illegal political funds, Xinhua news agency reported.

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake off northeast Japan, no damage expected

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 hit off the northeast coast of Japan on Friday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Japan PM ex-adviser praises apartheid in embarrassment for Abe

A former adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has praised apartheid as a model for how Japan could expand immigration, prompting the government`s top spokesman on Friday to emphasise that Japan`s immigration policy was based on equality.

PM Shinzo Abe's approval ratings rise in Japan after hostage crisis

The Japanese government scored higher public approval ratings for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe`s handling of the hostage crisis involving two Japanese captured in Syria and killed by Islamic State militants, polls published this week showed.

Tokyo cyber security competition draws 90 hackers

A cyber security competition began Saturday in Tokyo, with organisers aiming to show off the skills of young Japanese hackers by testing them against international rivals.

De facto N Korean embassy in Japan to stay put: Reports

The de facto North Korean embassy in Japan appears to have won its battle to stay put in its sprawling central Tokyo location, despite having been forced to sell the property.

Japanese PM expresses anger over "outrageous" killing of Jordanian pilot

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday he was deeply angry over the "outrageous" killing of a Jordanian pilot, who was apparently burnt to death by Islamic State militants, and repeated Japan`s resolve not to give in to terrorism.

Japanese man arrested for raping, filming 100 women

The police in Japan have arrested a man suspected of sedating and raping up to 100 women on the pretext of conducting medical tests on them, while he filmed his misdeeds and posted them on the internet, media reports said Tuesday.

Outrage in Japan over Kenji Goto beheading, security stepped up; PM Abe 'speechless'
Outrage in Japan over Kenji Goto beheading, security stepped up; PM Abe 'speechless'

Appalled and saddened by news of journalist Kenji Goto's purported beheading by Islamic State extremists, Japan ordered heightened security precautions Sunday and said it would persist with its non-military support for fighting terrorism.

World leaders condemn 'despicable' IS hostage beheading claim

  World leaders reacted with outrage Sunday after Islamic State militants announced they had beheaded a second Japanese hostage, as Jordan vowed to do all it could to save a captured airman.

Horror in Japan as video purports to show hostage beheaded

Appalled and saddened by news of journalist Kenji Goto's purported beheading by Islamic State extremists, Japan on Sunday ordered heightened security precautions and said it would persist with its non-military support for fighting terrorism.

Japan to launch new spy satellite

Japan's government said it will launch a back-up spy satellite on Sunday, after cancelling an earlier lift-off due to bad weather.

'The Interview' fallout no barrier to nuke talks: South Korea

A senior South Korean envoy said on Wednesday that the door was open to restarting talks with Pyongyang on its nuclear programme, despite US sanctions following a cyberattack linked to North Korea satire "The Interview".

Japanese daily sued for shaming nation on sex slaves

A group of over 8,700 people have sued the Japanese daily Asahi for articles on sexual slavery during World War II and have sought compensation and apology for "spreading erroneous facts to international society", the Mainichi newspaper reported Tuesday.

Japan vows to 'never give up' search for IS hostages

Japan on Saturday vowed to "never give up" its struggle to save two Japanese hostages held captive by Islamic State militants after the deadline to pay their ransom passed in agonising silence.

'Race against time' to save IS hostages: Japan PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe admitted on Wednesday it was a "race against time" to free two hostages snatched by Islamist militants who are demanding USD 200 million for their lives.

EU welcomes more active Japanese security role

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini welcomed on Monday Japan`s higher profile role in regional and global security, although many of its neighbours including China have expressed deep reservations over Tokyo`s moves.

Trial of final Tokyo gas attack fugitive begins

 The murder trial of the final suspect in the nerve gas attack on Tokyo`s subway got under way Friday, almost two decades after a cult killed 13 people and injured thousands more.

Japan`s Abe leaves for Mideast tour to pledge support for peace

 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Tokyo on Friday for a six-day tour of the Middle East, pledging to play a role in regional stability while also pushing Japan`s infrastructure exports.