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Japan's election offers little choice

The campaign for Japan's Upper House election on July 10 is shaping up to be one of the dullest in recent memory. (

Japan's tallest building Abeno Harukas celebrates 5 mil visitors

The number of visitors to the observation deck of Abeno Harukas, the tallest skyscraper in Japan, has reached surpassed 5 million, thanks to increased foreign tourists, the operator of the building sa...

Former Japanese leader Hatoyama to buck precedent, join advisory panel of China-Led AIIB

Former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama will sit on an international advisory committee of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, it was learned Saturday. (Japan Times)

Okada says he will not run for party chief if hometown candidate loses

The main opposition Democratic Party's leader Katsuya Okada said Sunday he will not run for his party's leadership in September if the party's candidate in his hometown in central Japan loses in the u...

US staff nabbed for drunk-driving in Okinawa

Police in Okinawa have arrested a US civilian employee at a US base in the prefecture for drinking and driving. (NHK)

One woman dead, two injured in stabbing attack in Tachikawa

A 57-year-old woman stabbed her younger sister and her mother in her 80s, and then stabbed herself, at their apartment in Tokyo's Tachikawa, police said Saturday. (Japan Today)

Imperial Palace tour now available without prior reservation

The Imperial Household Agency on Saturday introduced a same-day registration system for guided tours of parts of the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo to enable visitors to see the place without prior ...

More schools introducing modern, fashionable uniforms

For most image-conscious high school students forced to wear old-fashioned school uniforms, opinions about the outfits ranged from disdain to horror, but now some schools in Japan are introducing mode...

High-definition images of Yamato released

The Kure municipal government has released images taken from high-definition video footage of the sunken battleship Yamato, including a chrysanthemum seal at its bow. The Yamato was attacked by U.S. f...

Ex-actor Takachi arrested for drug possession

Police have arrested former actor Noboru Takachi, husband of actress Reiko Takashima, on suspicion of possessing stimulant drugs and marijuana, they said. (Japan Today)

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