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Japan maglev train sets new record of 603kmph

A Japanese maglev train has set a new world record speed of 603 kilometers per hour. (NHK)

Abe sends ritual offering to war-linked Yasukuni Shrine

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering on Tuesday to Tokyo's war-linked Yasukuni Shrine, which has been a source of diplomatic friction between Japan and several of its Asian neighbors. (Kyo...

Japan, U.S. fail to agree on farm, auto trade in TPP talks

Japan and the United States on Tuesday failed to reach an agreement over thorny issues, such as an import quota for U.S. rice and automotive trade, at bilateral ministerial talks for a broader Trans-P...

Disney Pixar's new movie attracts criticism again in Japan

Other than a brief trial separation, Disney and Pixar have been working hard together to make some of the best family-friendly movies over the past two decades. (Japan Today)

Man arrested for strangling girlfriend

Police in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 32-year-old man on suspicion of strangling to death his 32-year-old girlfriend. (Japan Today)

Teacher who buried kittens alive charged with violating animal cruelty law

A teacher who buried five newborn kittens, four of which were still alive, on school grounds in Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, has been charged with violating the law on welfare and management of animal...

Toyota unveils hybrid models for Chinese market

Japan's Toyota Motor has unveiled new hybrid models for the Chinese market that for the first time use locally-developed motors and batteries. (NHK)

Wrong names shown for many places in Japan on Google Maps

Wrong and inappropriate names had temporarily appeared on Google Maps for the Imperial Palace, Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department and many other places in Japan, it was learned Monday. (Jiji Press...

Abe not concerned about whether key war anniv. phrases are repeated

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suggested Monday that as he plans to issue a statement on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, he is not concerned about whether key phrases from previous stateme...

Govt keeps April economic view unchanged

The government left its basic economic assessment unchanged from the previous month in its April monthly economic report released Monday. (The Japan News)

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