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20 Oct
Japan's trade and justice ministers resigned Monday after accusations they misused campaign funds in the biggest setback so far for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's conservative administration. The two ministers were among five women Abe named to his cabinet in a reshuffle early last month, part of an effort to promote…
20 Oct
Tokyo stocks jumped 3.98% on Monday, following sharp gains on Wall Street and as a weaker yen boosted exporters' shares. The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange, which had closed at a five-month low on Friday, rose 578.72 points to finish at 15,111.23. The broader Topix index of…
20 Oct
A 51-year-old part-time employee arrested for murdering his wife in Ichinomiya, Aichi Prefecture, told police he killed her because she wanted to die. According to police, Toshihiro Nakahama, a part-time worker, killed his wife Hiromi, 46, on Saturday night. Sports Nippon reported that Nakahama left Hiromi inside a van in…
20 Oct
Empress Michiko celebrated her 80th birthday on Monday. In a statement distributed to media by the Imperial Household Agency, the empress said she hoped the world could find peace ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II next year. "I believe it is important for all…
20 Oct
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Indonesia Monday to attend Joko Widodo's presidential inauguration and press Southeast Asian nations to step up their efforts in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group. Kerry is among foreign dignitaries visiting Jakarta for the inauguration of Widodo, a former furniture…
20 Oct
Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre's all-time record for touchdown passes, leading Denver to a 42-17 rout of San Francisco to cap a scintillating Sunday in the NFL. Manning went into the game needing three TD throws to eclipse the record of 508 established by Favre before he retired after the…
20 Oct
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, left, chats with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a courtesy call at his official residence in Tokyo on Monday.
20 Oct
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suffered his biggest setback since taking office in 2012 on Monday as his new trade and industry minister resigned over questionable political spending and media said the justice minister had also decided to quit. The blows could complicate tough decisions on key policies, including whether to…
20 Oct
Microsoft Corp is preparing to launch a smartwatch within the next few weeks that will passively track a user's heart rate and work across different mobile platforms, Forbes reported on Sunday. The wearable gadget's battery life will exceed two days of regular use, Forbes reported, citing unnamed sources close to…
20 Oct
The Japanese government is planning to send a delegation to North Korea to obtain information on the fate of Japanese abductees. Although relatives of Japanese abductees oppose the trip, the government said a fact-finding mission will help speed up Pyongyang's only investigation into the abductions. North Korea had told Japan…
20 Oct
As Japan pitches an unpopular nuclear restart to residents near Kyushu Electric Power Co's Sendai plant, local politicians say approval is unlikely until December, delaying an already fraught process to revive the country's idled reactors. More than three years after the nuclear meltdowns at Fukushima, Japan's nuclear plants remain offline…
20 Oct
Nearly 4,000 people took part Sunday in a mass evacuation drill to test responses to a possible eruption of Japan's highest peak Mt Fuji, weeks after a nearby volcano blew its top and killed at least 56. The 3,776-meter Fuji last erupted in 1707 but geologists have included it as…
20 Oct
American actor Dwayne Johnson, left, pretends to fight Japanese professional wrestler Keiji Muto prior to the Japan premiere of his movie "Hercules" in Tokyo on Sunday night. The film opens in Japan on Friday.
20 Oct
The United States will issue strict new guidelines telling American health workers to cover their skin and hair when dealing with Ebola patients, a top health official said on Sunday, while some of the dozens of people being watched for possible exposure to the virus are expected to be cleared.…
20 Oct
The fiercest fighting in days shook the Syrian border town of Kobani Sunday as Islamic State fighters attacked Kurdish defenders with mortars and car bombs, sources in the town and a monitoring group said. Islamic State, which controls much of Syria and Iraq, fired 44 mortars at Kurdish parts of…
20 Oct
Shuichi Yokota may be the future of Japan's struggling rice industry. The 38-year-old is about half the age of most growers and he relies on cutting-edge technology to cultivate vast paddy fields that eclipse the bulk of the country's rice plots. And Yokota doesn't fear opening up to foreign competition…
20 Oct
A San Francisco Giants dynasty seeking its third crown in five seasons faces a team of destiny in the Kansas City Royals when he 110th World Series begins Tuesday. The Royals, who host the first two games of Major League Baseball's best-of-seven final, snapped a 29-year playoff drought this season…
20 Oct
Nigerian military and intelligence officials raised doubts on Sunday about the validity of a ceasefire with Boko Haram, with reports of fresh attacks and fighting in the country's northeast. The chief of defense staff and a senior presidential aide announced on Friday that agreement had been reached to end hostilities…
20 Oct
Two U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft took part in a tsunami disaster drill in Japan on Sunday, despite protests from local people who question the safety of the tilt-rotor aircraft. It was the first time that the combat troop carrier has been used in a disaster drill organized by…
20 Oct
Manufacturing problems with Takata Corp air bags go beyond what the Tokyo-based company has disclosed to U.S. safety regulators about why the devices are at risk of exploding with dangerous force, according to internal company documents reviewed by Reuters. Takata has cooperated with an investigation begun in June by National…
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