Excited to meet PM Shinzo Abe, have warm memories of Japan: Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed his excitement to meet his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe through a series of tweets on a social networking site Twitter, stating he see his visit as an opportunity to strengthen ties between the two nations.

Toll in Japan mudslides hits 49

The toll in deadly landslides in the Japanese city of Hiroshima rose to 49 on Saturday, while 41 people remained missing.

At least 18 dead in Japan landslide: Report

At least 18 people were killed and another 13 were still missing after a huge landslide engulfed homes in western Japan, reports said Wednesday.

Japanese national reported captured in Syria

Japan is looking into reports that a Japanese man has been captured by Islamist militants in Syria, but is not aware of any statement claiming responsibility or making a ransom demand, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

Flights grounded as Typhoon Halong heads for south Japan

A strong typhoon lashed large areas of southwest Japan on Saturday, grounding some 460 flights and stranding thousands of holidaymakers, officials and local media said.

Nagasaki marks 69th anniversary of US atomic bombing

Tens of thousands marked the 69th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Nagasaki on Saturday, as the city`s pacifist mayor urged the Japanese government to listen to increasing concerns over controversial plans to expand the role of its military.

Japan defence paper warns over China`s `dangerous acts` in sea, air

Japan warned Tuesday that China`s "dangerous acts" over territorial claims in the East China Sea could lead to "unintended consequences" in the region, as fears grow of a potential military clash.

Japan unveils Russia, Crimea sanctions

Japan unveiled Tuesday details of financial sanctions against 40 individuals and two groups involved in the annexation of Crimea and destabilisation of eastern Ukraine.

South Korean President meets Tokyo Governor amid diplomatic rift

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye held a rare meeting with a Japanese politician as she received visiting Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe despite a virtual freeze in diplomatic ties.

Magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits off Japan`s northeast coast: USGS

A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan`s northeast coast early Monday morning, the US Geological Survey said.

Japan`s child poverty hits record high

Japan`s child poverty rate has hit a record high, according to a government survey, prompting criticism that Tokyo wasn`t doing enough to fix the problem.

Japan able to aid US ships under attack: Minister

Japan`s new policy on military action would allow its forces to come to the aid of a US naval ship under attack, Tokyo`s defense minister said Friday.

Tokyo hit with lawsuit over expansion of military power

Tokyo was Friday slapped was a lawsuit over its decision to expand the scope of Japan`s military, a divisive shift for the pacifist nation that sparked protests at home and drew sharp criticism from China.

World cities, home to most people, to add 2.5 bn more by 2050: UN

More than half of the world`s seven billion people live in urban areas, with the top "mega cities" - with more than 10 million inhabitants - being Tokyo, Delhi, Shanghai, Mexico City and Sao Paulo, according to a United Nations report on Thursday.

Powerful typhoon Neoguri lashes Japan`s Okinawa islands

Typhoon Neoguri lashed Japan`s southern Okinawa islands, reportedly leaving two dead and forcing more than half a million to seek shelter, as the region`s worst storm in years damaged buildings, downed trees and brought air and sea traffic to a halt.

Moderate 5.6 quake hits northern Japan

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck northern Japan on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said, with no immediate reports of damage, as a powerful typhoon lashed the country`s far south.

The epicentre of the quake was located inland of northernmost Hokkaido at a depth of 37 kilometres (23 miles), close to the region`s capital city Sapporo.

Japan PM to launch `Davos meeting for women`

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to launch a female-focused version of the Davos economic forum, as part of a wider push to boost the number of women in the workforce at home, he said in an interview published Tuesday.

Typhoon churns towards Japan, prompting calls to evacuate

Hundreds of flights were cancelled in Japan and more than 500,000 people urged to evacuate as a powerful typhoon brought torrential rain and high winds to southwestern islands and was forecast to reach Tokyo later in the week.

Japan issues highest alert over super typhoon Neoguri

Japan`s weather agency on Monday extended its highest alert to Okinawa`s populous main island as super typhoon Neoguri approached the southern chain, saying it may be one of the worst storms for decades.

Chinese man arrested in brazen shooting of wife at Tokyo cafe

Tokyo police launched a murder investigation after a Chinese man was arrested for the brazen shooting of his wife at a cafe in one of Tokyo`s busiest districts, police and news reports said today.