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Japan: force-fed fish furore

A good-luck ritual in Japan where fish are force-fed alcohol has prompted an outcry on social media.

A good-luck ritual in Japan where fish are force-fed alcohol has prompted an outcry on social media.

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Nintendo's Switch excites gamers

Nintendo unveiled their latest console, the Switch, at a presentation in Tokyo on Friday (13 January).

Nintendo unveiled their latest console, the Switch, at a presentation in Tokyo on Friday (13 January).

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Takata agrees to pay $1bn in US over faulty airbags

The Japanese car parts maker Takata has agreed to plead guilty and pay a billion dollars – over 900 million euros – in fines and compensation for hiding dangerous defects in its…

The Japanese car parts maker Takata has agreed to plead guilty and pay a billion dollars – over 900 million euros – in fines and compensation for hiding dangerous defects in its…

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Japan's prime minister makes key visit to Manila

The crucial trip aims at shoring up ties with the new leader of Tokyo's neighbour and boosting its ecnomic foothold in the face of anticipated competition from China.

The crucial trip aims at shoring up ties with the new leader of Tokyo's neighbour and boosting its ecnomic foothold in the face of anticipated competition from China.

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Thousands brush up on their calligraphy in Tokyo to start the new year

Thousands of people brushed up their calligraphy as they gathered and competed in the traditional Kaikizome (literally ‘first writings’) of the New Year on Thursday (January…

Thousands of people brushed up their calligraphy as they gathered and competed in the traditional Kaikizome (literally ‘first writings’) of the New Year on Thursday (January…

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Japan: Sushi restaurant purchases bluefin tuna for over $614,000

A popular sushi restaurant in Tokyo, Sushizanmai, purchased a 212 kilogram bluefin tuna for 72 million yen (614,016 USD) at Japan’s iconic Tsukiji fish market during its first auction of the year on T

A popular sushi restaurant in Tokyo, Sushizanmai, purchased a 212 kilogram bluefin tuna for 72 million yen (614,016 USD) at Japan’s iconic Tsukiji fish market during its first auction of the year on T

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Japan recalls South Korean ambassador over 'comfort women' statue

Japan has temporarily recalled its ambassador to South Korea over this statue commemorating Korean women forced to work as sex slaves for the Japanese in World War…

Japan has temporarily recalled its ambassador to South Korea over this statue commemorating Korean women forced to work as sex slaves for the Japanese in World War…

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Japan: Abacus event at shrine

Children took part in a New Year abacus calculation event held at a shrine in Osaka, western Japan.

Children took part in a New Year abacus calculation event held at a shrine in Osaka, western Japan.

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Abe offers "everlasting condolences" at Pearl Harbor

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in Pearl Harbor, offers his "everlasting condolences" to the victims of the 1941 attack on the US naval base

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in Pearl Harbor, offers his "everlasting condolences" to the victims of the 1941 attack on the US naval base

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China says Pearl Harbor visit won't 'clear' Japan's wartime role

Ahead of his landmark visit to the site of the Pearl Harbor bombing on Tuesday, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stopped at several memorials in Hawaii.

Ahead of his landmark visit to the site of the Pearl Harbor bombing on Tuesday, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stopped at several memorials in Hawaii.

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Japan's Abe in Hawaii for Pearl Harbor visit

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is in Hawaii, for a landmark visit to Pearl Harbour alongside US President Obama.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is in Hawaii, for a landmark visit to Pearl Harbour alongside US President Obama.

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Japanese PM in Hawaii ahead of rare visit to Pearl Harbour

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has arrived in Hawaii ahead of a visit to Pearl Harbor later today alongside President Barack Obama.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has arrived in Hawaii ahead of a visit to Pearl Harbor later today alongside President Barack Obama.

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Pearl Harbor: What happened?

It was at 7:55 am local time on December 7, 1941 that Japanese planes launched a surprise and devastating attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

It was at 7:55 am local time on December 7, 1941 that Japanese planes launched a surprise and devastating attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

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"Operation Cleanup" for the Japanese army

More than 500 troops from Japan’s Ground Self Defence Forces (JSDF) have participated in an annual clean-up exercise at the historic Himeji Castle.

More than 500 troops from Japan’s Ground Self Defence Forces (JSDF) have participated in an annual clean-up exercise at the historic Himeji Castle.

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Japan and Russia sign trade deals but remain marooned over islands

There have been a number of economic deals at a summit in Tokyo but no breakthrough on a territorial row that has over-shadowed ties between Moscow and Tokyo since the Second World War.

There have been a number of economic deals at a summit in Tokyo but no breakthrough on a territorial row that has over-shadowed ties between Moscow and Tokyo since the Second World War.

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Abe hosts Putin to try to solve Japan-Russia islands row

Vladimir Putin has arrived in Japan for a summit aimed at seeking progress on a territorial row that’s soured relations between the two countries.

Vladimir Putin has arrived in Japan for a summit aimed at seeking progress on a territorial row that’s soured relations between the two countries.

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Japanese transport app offers 'drunk mode' to partygoers

A Japan-based application development company has come up with a novel way to help its customers during the festive party season. Ekispert, makers

A Japan-based application development company has come up with a novel way to help its customers during the festive party season. Ekispert, makers

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Softbank shares soar on US $50-bn investment pledge

Shares have soared in Softbank, one of Asia’s biggest technology firms, after it pledged to invest $50 billion (€46bn) into the United States.

Shares have soared in Softbank, one of Asia’s biggest technology firms, after it pledged to invest $50 billion (€46bn) into the United States.

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Japan dominates on first day of the Tokyo Grand Slam

Pedro Lasuén, euronews: “The World Judo Tour is drawing to a close and it’s time for competitors to wrap up the season in style.

Pedro Lasuén, euronews: “The World Judo Tour is drawing to a close and it’s time for competitors to wrap up the season in style.

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North Korea faces fresh sanctions over its atomic ambitions

Japan and South Korea have agreed to impose new unilateral sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

Japan and South Korea have agreed to impose new unilateral sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.