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.

'Japan minister visits controversial Tokyo war shrine'

A Japanese cabinet minister on Saturday visited Tokyo`s controversial Yasukuni war shrine in a move likely to anger China and South Korea which see it as a potent symbol of the country`s militarist past.

Japan PM express WWII remorse, but says next generation need not apologise

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed deep remorse on Friday over World War II and said previous national apologies were unshakeable, but emphasised future generations should not have to keep saying sorry.

Two Japanese climbers found dead in Swiss Alps: Official

The bodies of two Japanese climbers have been found on the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps, a Tokyo official said today, three days after the pair got into difficulty on the mountain.

Draft of Japan PM`s WWII statement includes `apology`: Report

A draft of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe`s statement to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II includes the word "apology", public broadcaster NHK reported Monday.

This move of Japan would surely anger China

Japan wants to give planes to the Philippines that Manila could use for patrols in the South China Sea, sources said, a move that would deepen Tokyo`s security ties with the Southeast Asian nation most at odds with Beijing over the disputed waterway.

Tokyo`s largest district OKs same-sex partner certificates

Tokyo`s largest district has said it will start issuing "partnership" certificates to same-sex couples from November, becoming the second in Japan to recognise such unions following a pioneering move by the capital`s bustling Shibuya ward.

Japan says no problem as questions rise about Tokyo 2020 logo
Japan says no problem as questions rise about Tokyo 2020 logo

Tokyo Olympics organisers said there is no problem with their new emblem after discussions arose about possible plagiarism, with internet commentators suggesting there was a resemblance to an overseas logo.

Police investigate Tokyo plane crash

The Japanese police on Monday began investigating the plane crash in a Tokyo suburb on Sunday.

Organizers reveal emblems for 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Paralympic Games
Organizers reveal emblems for 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Paralympic Games

Organisers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games on Friday unveiled the official emblems of the quadrennial sporting events, five years to the day before the opening ceremony.

Five years before 2020 Olympic Games, Tokyo pledges to beat woes, succeed
Five years before 2020 Olympic Games, Tokyo pledges to beat woes, succeed

Exactly five years before the 2020 Summer Olympics open, hundreds gathered in a downtown Tokyo plaza on Friday to wave flags and cheer as organisers pledged to overcome a long string of troubles and make the Games a resounding success.

Japan defence paper slams China`s maritime demands as `coercive`

Japan on Tuesday slammed Beijing`s bid to reclaim land in the South China Sea as a "coercive attempt" to force sweeping maritime claims, in a defence paper that comes as Tokyo is expanding the role of its own military.

China says Japan defence review misleading, damages relations

China has described Japan`s annual defence review as misleading and malicious, saying it overplayed the "China military threat" and stoked tensions between the two East Asian powers, and stuck resolutely to its claims over a disputed island chain.

Thousands urged to evacuate as Typhoon Nangka hits Japan

Powerful Typhoon Nangka was barrelling towards the Japanese mainland early on Friday after killing at least two people on the island of Shikoku as authorities urged more than 350,000 residents to evacuate.

History will prove me right over security bills: Japan PM
History will prove me right over security bills: Japan PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed Thursday his push to beef up Japan`s military in the face of public and parliamentary opposition would be vindicated by history.

IOC hails Tokyo`s frugal budget for 2020 Olympic Games
IOC hails Tokyo`s frugal budget for 2020 Olympic Games

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday sought to deflect attention from a row over Tokyo`s planned National Stadium by praising organisers for keeping the 2020 Games budget in check.

China says many in Japan not ready to accept its rise
China says many in Japan not ready to accept its rise

The lack of acceptance by many Japanese people of China`s rise is one of the root causes of the problems between the two countries, China`s foreign minister, a former ambassador to Tokyo, said on Saturday.