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Abe's wife quits honorary post at school in controversial land deal

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that his wife Akie has resigned as honorary principal of a soon-to-open elementary school whose nationalist operator bought state-owned land at far below appraise...

Tepco says no radiation leak after smoke is seen at its Niigata nuke plant

Smoke emerged at a service building of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture on Thursday but it quickly dissipated after a firefighting effort by workers, its operator said....

Japan women clobber Kazakhstan to claim bronze medal in curling

Japan cruised past Kazakhstan 17-0 in the women's curling bronze-medal match on Thursday at the Asian Winter Games. (Japan Times)

ANA to turn Peach Aviation into subsidiary

ANA Holdings plans to spend roughly 100 billion yen ($890 million) to raise its interest in budget carrier Peach Aviation to 67%. (Nikkei)

12-year-old boy caused fatal crash under influence of alcohol

A 12-year-old boy caused a deadly auto accident in Okinawa earlier this month while driving a motorcycle under the influence of alcohol, leaving one teenage passenger dead and another injured, police ...

Stalker faces 17-year prison term for repeatedly stabbing pop idol in Koganei

Prosecutors on Thursday sought a 17-year prison sentence for a 28-year-old man charged with repeatedly stabbing a pop idol after she rejected his gifts. (Japan Times)

Ghosn cedes Nissan president-CEO role

Nissan Motor Co. said Carlos Ghosn will step aside as CEO after leading the firm for 16 years, allowing him to concentrate on deploying his cost-cutting expertise across its alliance with Renault SA a...

Russia plans to deploy new military division to Kuril Islands

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, at a parliamentary meeting on Wednesday, revealed a plan to deploy a new military division to the Kuril Islands, including four islands at the center of a dispu...

S.Korean FM urges Busan to move statue

South Korea's Foreign Minister, Yun Byung-se, has urged the local government of Busan to work to relocate a statue symbolizing those referred to as comfort women. (NHK)

Officials test smart card system to aid travelers

Japanese officials are testing a smart card system that would allow shops and other tourism-related companies to tailor their services to individual foreign travelers. (NHK)

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