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28 May
A newlywed couple bows to a Shinto priest, third from right, in the compound of Meiji Shrine in Tokyo after their wedding ceremony on Wednesday.
28 May
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday strongly defended America's right to fly over artificial islands that Beijing is building in the South China Sea, but gave few hints ahead of a visit to Asia this week about what the United States was willing to do to halt the construction…
28 May
As Iraqi forces gathered for a major new offensive to try to take back the sprawling Sunni heartland of Anbar province, Islamic State militants struck first, unleashing a wave of suicide bombings that killed at least 17 soldiers. The attacks outside the extremist-held city of Fallujah came just hours after…
28 May
Surfers could be at greater risk of developing an allergy to natto, a Japanese study has found. And the unlikely culprit is thought to be jellyfish stings. Natto, the sticky fermented soy beans that are as as polarising as Marmite, is a traditional and common Japanese food. Allergy to natto…
28 May
Japanese fishermen vowed Wednesday to continue their dolphin hunt, despite a pledge by zoos and aquariums not to buy animals caught with the controversial method. "We will never stop it," Yoshifumi Kai of the fisherman's cooperative in the western Japanese town of Taiji, where the hunt takes place, told reporters.…
28 May
China's drive to create a Beijing-led Asian development bank seen as a threat to U.S. and Japanese regional clout is adding to a sense of urgency among Japanese officials keen to get a 12-nation pan-Pacific trade pact off the ground. Japan hopes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will help anchor ally…
28 May
Al-Qaida's Syria affiliate would not use Syria as a launching pad for attacks on the West, its chief said in a wide-ranging televised interview late Wednesday. Without showing his face, Abu Mohamed al-Jolani said his group, Al-Nusra Front, would protect Syrian minorities that renounced the regime. The interview was Jolani's…
28 May
A Japanese court on Wednesday jailed a Chinese skipper for coral poaching in what was reportedly the first such punishment since the coastguard began reporting waves of illegal boats. Fang Dongbing, 46, was sentenced to a year in prison and fined 10 million yen after being found guilty of illegally…
28 May
Cash-rich Japanese banks are paying almost as much extra to borrow dollars on the currency swaps market as they did when they were fighting for survival two decades ago, due to their insatiable appetite for higher-yielding dollar assets. Instead of buying dollars in the currency markets, Japanese banks and investors…
28 May
Simona Halep became the highest seeded player to exit the French Open so far as last year's runner-up lost 7-5, 6-1 to Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the second round on Wednesday. The third-seeded Halep, who reached her first major final at Roland Garros in 2014, struggled from the start on Court…
28 May
A 25-year-old man on Wednesday went on trial for fatally stabbing one man and wounding three others during a 10-minute rampage in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, in March 2014. The Chiba District Court heard that Seiju Takei fatally stabbed Hiroya Ikema, 31, on the street about 20 meters from the apartment…
28 May
Diversity will get an extra push at this week's BookCon and BookExpo America. Last year, a virtually all-white lineup of speakers at publishing's annual national conventions highlighted the whiteness of the industry itself. BookCon's selection of four white, male authors for a discussion of children's books helped lead to the…
28 May
A newly-discovered glitch in Apple's software can cause iPhones to mysteriously shut down when they receive a certain text message. Apple says it's aware of the problem and is working on a fix. But some pranksters are sharing information about the glitch on social media and using it to crash…
28 May
Japan's Kei Nishikori believes his rise into the world top five would never have happened had he not forged his skills in America's do-or-die sports environment. Nishikori left his home and family in Shimane when he was just 14 with no English skills, just a passionate belief that he could…
28 May
A nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture on Wednesday obtained the final permit needed to restart its reactors, paving the way for it to become the first to go back online under new safety standards introduced following the 2011 Fukushima disaster. Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority approved operational safety plans for the…
28 May
This month marks six years since the lay judge system went into effect in Japan. However, Japanese people are still divided on the lay judge system. What is your stance?
28 May
Airbus Group may block an attempt by Japanese carrier ANA Holdings to become a key shareholder in Skymark Airlines, people familiar with the matter said Wednesday, becoming the second major creditor in the failed discount airline to threaten ANA's participation in a revival bid. Airbus will oppose ANA's proposal to…
28 May
While accepting the trust of world soccer has to be regained, FIFA President Sepp Blatter responded to the arrest of top officials on Wednesday by insisting it showed his efforts to eradicate corruption were working. The deepest crisis in FIFA's 111-year history is threatening Blatter's bid to win a fifth,…
28 May
Take the ratio 3.1%. It represents the share of board seats held by women in Japanese companies, according to a 2014 survey by Catalyst, a leading non-profit organisation focused on expanding opportunities for women and business. Norway leads the way with 35.5% of board seats, the UK 22.8%, and the…
28 May
Gamba Osaka advanced to the Asian Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-2 win over FC Seoul on Wednesday. Patric and Shu Kurata scored in the first half and Lins added another after the break as the J-League treble winners became the second Japanese club after Kashiwa Reysol to advance to…
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