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Rice balls for Japan hostage as he returns home from Syrian "hell"

25 Oct 2018

TOKYO A 44-year-old Japanese freelance journalist returned home on Thursday to rice balls cooked by his mother but an uncertain future more than three years after militants in Syria captured him in what he described as a physical and mental "hell". | Video

Japan quake shock absorber maker: products may have been used nationwide

20 Oct 2018

TOKYO A Japanese maker of earthquake shock absorbers said on Friday that at least 70 buildings across the country may have used its products for which quality data was falsified and that nearly 1,000 are suspected of having done so. | Video

RPT-Ageing Japan-Manga comics turn grey - but spirited - along with readers

01 Oct 2018

TOKYO, Sept 28 - Japan's greying population is changing the character of its beloved manga comics, spawning a new genre in which the elderly aren't pitiable oldsters but protagonists making discoveries, finding friends and sometimes even having hot sex.

Manga comics turn grey - but spirited - along with readers

28 Sep 2018

TOKYO - Japan's greying population is changing the character of its beloved manga comics, spawning a new genre in which the elderly aren't pitiable oldsters but protagonists making discoveries, finding friends and sometimes even having hot sex.

Japan braces as typhoon charts course for main island

28 Sep 2018

TOKYO Japan braced for high winds and heavy rain as a typhoon roared north on Friday, enveloping outlying islands in high seas before taking aim at the rest of the nation and raking across its biggest main island at the weekend.

Olympics: Disaster risks make 2020 planning 'more complex': IOC's Coates

12 Sep 2018

TOKYO Planning for the Tokyo 2020 Games has been made harder because of the high disaster risks in Japan, a reality hammered home by a deadly typhoon and earthquake just last week, International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and top Tokyo planner John Coates said on Wednesday. | Video

Typhoon slices through western Japan, killing at least six

05 Sep 2018

TOKYO Japan issued evacuation advisories for more than a million people and canceled hundreds of flights as Typhoon Jebi sliced across the west on Tuesday, cutting power, overturning cars and killing at least six people. | Video

Japan issues evacuation advisories as typhoon Jebi approaches

04 Sep 2018

TOKYO, Sept 4 Japan issued evacuation advisories for almost 300,000 people and cancelled hundreds of flights in the face of strong winds and heavy rain as typhoon Jebi roared north and was set to make landfall later on Tuesday.

'Makes me shake with rage': Japan probe shows university cut women's test scores

07 Aug 2018

TOKYO A Japanese medical school deliberately cut women's entrance test scores for at least a decade, an investigation panel said on Tuesday, calling it a "very serious" instance of discrimination, but school officials denied having known of the manipulations. | Video

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