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Japan: Naked Man Festival

Around 10,000 men, wearing nothing but sumo-style loincloths, gathered at a Japanese temple on Saturday to scramble for sacred sticks called shingi.

Around 10,000 men, wearing nothing but sumo-style loincloths, gathered at a Japanese temple on Saturday to scramble for sacred sticks called shingi.

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Toshiba on the rocks after Japanese giant reveals huge losses

Japanese household name Toshiba is in crisis after huge losses and the possible sell-off of its nuclear division, threatening a new nuclear plant project in the UK.

Japanese household name Toshiba is in crisis after huge losses and the possible sell-off of its nuclear division, threatening a new nuclear plant project in the UK.

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Ski jumping: Prevc and Kot share first place in Sapporo

Defending overall world cup champion Peter Prevc and Maciej Kot tied for first place at a ski jumping World Cup competition in Sapporo, Japan on Saturday.

Defending overall world cup champion Peter Prevc and Maciej Kot tied for first place at a ski jumping World Cup competition in Sapporo, Japan on Saturday.

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Japan's annual snow festival

The annual Sapporo snow festival kicked off on Monday (February 6) featuring ice sculptures of iconic locations, movie characters, celebrities, and even the U.

The annual Sapporo snow festival kicked off on Monday (February 6) featuring ice sculptures of iconic locations, movie characters, celebrities, and even the U.

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Chocolate sushi for your Valentine!

Nestle presents sushi-shaped KitKat chocolate in a light-hearted bid to attract more Valentine's Day shoppers

Nestle presents sushi-shaped KitKat chocolate in a light-hearted bid to attract more Valentine's Day shoppers

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USA says it's '100 percent' with Japan

As political stability in the Asia Pacific region worsens, the US are strengthening ties with their allies.

As political stability in the Asia Pacific region worsens, the US are strengthening ties with their allies.

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Toyota's boss says it's a Japanese brand but a US automaker

Toyota's Akio Toyoda defends his company in response to President Trump's attacks saying it should be considered as a US manufacturer.

Toyota's Akio Toyoda defends his company in response to President Trump's attacks saying it should be considered as a US manufacturer.

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Tokyo all wrapped up over new adult therapy

The age-old practice of swaddling babies is being turned into a therapy for adults in Tokyo to alleviate posture and stiffness, mostly after giving birth.

The age-old practice of swaddling babies is being turned into a therapy for adults in Tokyo to alleviate posture and stiffness, mostly after giving birth.

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The father of PAC-MAN dies in Japan

The founder of Japanese toy and game software makers Bandai Namco Holdings has died at the age of 91. Masaya Nakamura was known as the "Father of PAC-MAN".

The founder of Japanese toy and game software makers Bandai Namco Holdings has died at the age of 91. Masaya Nakamura was known as the "Father of PAC-MAN".

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"Father of Pac-Man", Nakumara dies at the age of 91

Masaya Nakamura, the founder of video game company Namco, which in the 1980s released the world-famous game Pac-Man, has died at the age of 91

Masaya Nakamura, the founder of video game company Namco, which in the 1980s released the world-famous game Pac-Man, has died at the age of 91

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Olympic course stands firm on controversial female membership policy

A Japanese golf club set to host 2020 Olympic tournament said on Wednesday it would not change its membership policy that bars female players becoming regular…

A Japanese golf club set to host 2020 Olympic tournament said on Wednesday it would not change its membership policy that bars female players becoming regular…

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Row explodes over choice of men-only golf club for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Organisers are facing a barrage of criticism for granting the 2020 Olympic gold tournament to one of Japan's oldest, but men-only, clubs, the Kasumigaseki.

Organisers are facing a barrage of criticism for granting the 2020 Olympic gold tournament to one of Japan's oldest, but men-only, clubs, the Kasumigaseki.

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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.