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Japan Tobacco tries to catch up with rival in vaping

Japan Tobacco Inc said on Wednesday it hoped to catch up with Philip Morris International Inc in smokeless tobacco by expanding the number of smoke-free restaurants and public places that allow its va...

Japan to mull sending man to moon

Japan's space agency has proposed to a government panel a plan to send Japanese astronauts to the moon after 2025. (NHK)

North Korea threat boosts bomb shelter sales in Japan

The frequent tests and growing sophistication of North Korean missiles is prompting the Japanese government and the general public to think carefully about civil defence. What if Pyongyang actually di...

Japanese carrier Vanilla Air forces wheelchair-bound man to crawl onto plane

A Japanese budget airline apologised Wednesday for forcing a wheelchair-bound man to crawl up a set of stairs to board his flight. (

Defense chief Inada draws fire over SDF remarks during LDP campaign

Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada has come under fire following her controversial reference to the Self-Defense Forces during the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's campaign for the upcoming Tokyo...

Retrial OK'd for second time for 1979 murder in Kagoshima

Kagoshima District Court on Wednesday granted a retrial for a woman, 90, who completed a prison term for killing a 42 year-old male farmer in the town of Osaki, Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japa...

Fukushima ice wall nears completion

An underground ice wall being built to keep groundwater from entering the crippled nuclear reactor buildings in Fukushima is expected to be completed soon. (NHK)

Square watermelons shipped in western Japan

Farmers in Kagawa Prefecture, western Japan, have started shipping square watermelons across the country. (NHK)

Student loan defaults increasing at record speed in Japan

As the cost of obtaining a college degree has skyrocketed over the years, millions of Japanese are facing potential financial crisis for pursuing post-secondary education. (

Tokyo cops arrest man who posted death threat on blog of Kamen Joshi member

Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday revealed that a 32-year-old man has been arrested for posting a death threat on the blog of one of the most popular members of idol group Kamen Joshi (Masked Girls...

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