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'Healthy enough': Japan wants an end to commercial whaling ban

'Healthy enough': Japan wants an end to commercial whaling ban

The country has proposed an end to the decades-old ban, arguing there is no longer a scientific reason for what was supposed to be a temporary measure.

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Japan quake toll rises as rescuers dig through landslides
Earthquake

Japan quake toll rises as rescuers dig through landslides

At least 16 people have died or are presumed dead after Thursday's earthquake and landslides, and the forecast is for rain which could cause more problems.

Blackouts, landslides and death: Earthquake follows typhoon in Japan
Earthquake

Blackouts, landslides and death: Earthquake follows typhoon in Japan

The quake came on the heels of a typhoon that wreaked havoc in western Japan, leaving the main airport near Osaka and Kobe closed.

  • by Mari Yamaguchi
Devastation as typhoon Jebi's toll rises
Extreme weather

Devastation as typhoon Jebi's toll rises

At least 11 people have been killed and about 600 injured as Typhoon Jebi ripped through Japan on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Typhoon Jebi whips up monster waves, makes landfall in Japan
Extreme weather

Typhoon Jebi whips up monster waves, makes landfall in Japan

Typhoon Jebi made landfall in western Japan on Tuesday, believed to be the strongest tropical cyclone to come ashore in Japan in 25 years.

  • by Sophie Jackman
The organised chaos of Botaoshi, Japan’s wildest game
Education

The organised chaos of Botaoshi, Japan’s wildest game

To the uninitiated, botaoshi looks like mass chaos.

  • by Ken Belson & Ko Sasaki
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Typhoon forces Britain and Japan to cancel historic beach landing drill
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Typhoon forces Britain and Japan to cancel historic beach landing drill

Typhoon Cimaron, which is heading north from the western Pacific, is expected to bring strong winds and rain to Japan over the next few days.

  • by Tim Kelly
Tens of thousands rally for removal of US base off Okinawa
Protest

Tens of thousands rally for removal of US base off Okinawa

The dispute over the Futenma relocation reflects centuries-old tensions between Okinawa and the Japanese mainland which annexed the islands in 1878.

  • by Mari Yamaguchi
Japan's royal wedding called off over in-laws' money trouble
Weddings

Japan's royal wedding called off over in-laws' money trouble

The parents of Princess Mako have halted proceedings until 'commoner' mother-in-law resolves a financial dispute.

  • by Julian Ryall
Three Japanese auto giants admit using fake vehicle emission data
Cars

Three Japanese auto giants admit using fake vehicle emission data

Suzuki's president apologised to the company's customers and business partners for causing trouble.

Tokyo Medical University confirms it cut women's marks
Gender equality

Tokyo Medical University confirms it cut women's marks

Lawyers said they did not know how many women had been affected, but it appeared that test scores had been affected going back at least a decade.