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30 Jun
A man riding a high-speed bullet train set himself on fire Tuesday, killing himself and another passenger as the coach filled with smoke, a fire official said. At least 26 other people were injured, three seriously, mostly from smoke inhalation, Odawara Fire Department official Ikutaro Torii said. The man's motive…
30 Jun
Journalists gather on a platform to take photos of a high-speed bullet train on which a man set himself on fire, at Odawara Station on Tuesday.
30 Jun
A small volcanic eruption at a Japanese hot springs resort not far from Tokyo prompted authorities on Tuesday to further limit access to the area, warn that more eruptions were possible and urge a handful of people to evacuate. Japan, one of the world's most seismically active nations, has suffered…
30 Jun
The death toll from the crash Tuesday of an Indonesian military plane on the western island of Sumatra has risen to 38, a Red Cross official said, and warned of more victims. "We have received 38 bodies, including a child," said Eko Triandi, who was assisting emergency teams at a…
30 Jun
Before you go to or rent a movie, it'd be a good idea to listen to our reviews of these six films now playing in Japan - “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,” “Left Behind," “Stuck in Love,” “The Salvation," "Still Alice” and "Locke."
30 Jun
Houston's Chris Carter and Jose Altuve homered in a strong start by the Astros, who beat Kansas City 6-1 on Monday in a clash of the American League's two top teams. The Astros now have one more win — but five more losses — than the Royals, while in the…
30 Jun
A truck promoting the release of the upcoming film, “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” is seen in Tokyo's Minato Ward on Tuesday. The film opens in Japan on July 4.
30 Jun
China's Communist Party gained 1.1 million members last year, state media reported, taking the ruling organisation's membership to almost 88 million, a figure greater than the population of Germany. Citing a party communique, China's official Xinhua news agency said at the end of 2014 party membership had risen 1.3 percent…
30 Jun
Katy Perry pulled in $135 million in the past year to be the world's top-grossing musician, beating out Taylor Swift who has hinted at "bad blood" with the fellow pop singer. Forbes magazine said that the 30-year-old Perry, who is on a 150-date world tour for her album "Prism," narrowly…
30 Jun
Two boys aged 3 and 4 were hit by a train in Showacho, Yamanashi Prefecture, on Monday afternoon. The boys were taken to a hospital in Kofu. Police said the 3-year-old boy died of his injuries at around 8 p.m., while the 4-year-old boy is in a serious condition. According…
30 Jun
Japan expects the cost of the 2020 Olympic stadium to rise to 252 billion yen, the country's sports minister said on Monday. Hakubun Shimomura confirmed that the price tag represented a 90 billion yen hike since the futuristic design by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid was chosen in 2012. Construction is…
30 Jun
Anxious pensioners swarmed closed bank branches Monday and long lines snaked outside ATMs as Greeks endured the first day of serious controls on their daily economic lives ahead of a referendum that could determine whether the country has to ditch the euro currency and return to the drachma. Greek Prime…
30 Jun
John Isner of the United States, right, meets Go Soeda of Japan at the net after their men's singles first round match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, on Monday. Isner won the match 7-6, 6-4, 6-4.
30 Jun
Microsoft is handing off some its digital advertising business to AOL and selling its street-image mapping operation to Uber, as the giant software company tries to focus on activities more relevant to its core business. AOL, meanwhile, is adopting Microsoft's Bing search engine, replacing Google as the default option for…
30 Jun
Have you ever run into someone, on the subway, perhaps, or in line at a Starbucks, and noticed they’d forgotten to close up the zipper on their jeans or had their skirt tucked into their underwear? Inner conflict follows as you weigh the pros and cons of telling them about…
30 Jun
The trial began Monday of a 32-year-old man charged with the hit-and-run deaths of three women in Otaru, Hokkaido, last summer. The Sapporo District Court heard that four women were found lying on a narrow road by a passing motorist at around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 13, last year.…
30 Jun
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan chaired a top security meeting Monday as media speculated that Ankara was planning a military intervention in Syria, following gains there by Kurds against the jihadists. The regular National Security Council meeting comes days after Erdogan said he would "never allow" the formation of a…
30 Jun
Police have arrested an unemployed 42-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after he slashed his mother with a kitchen knife at their apartment in Tokyo's Adachi Ward. According to police, the suspect, Takahiro Miki, attacked his 74-year-old mother as she was preparing to go to work on the morning…
30 Jun
China is about to submit its long-awaited national pledges to reduce carbon emissions beyond 2020, ahead of the Paris climate summit, Premier Li Keqiang said Monday. "By the end of this month, the Chinese side will submit to the U.N. secretariat on climate change our intended nationally determined contribution," Li…
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