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The U.S. Air Force has deployed two of its most advanced long-distance surveillance drones to a base in northern Japan over the past week, enhancing its ability to monitor nuclear activities in North Korea and Chinese naval operations.

Japan's prime minister will lay out a vision of Tokyo as a counterweight to the growing might of China this weekend, at a major security forum set to be dominated by escalating regional disputes.
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A Japanese stem cell scientist, under pressure over inconsistencies in her groundbreaking research, has agreed to retract one of the two papers published in the respected journal Nature, reports said Thursday.

Tokyo said Thursday it would ease sanctions against North Korea if the secretive state delivers on a pledge to reinvestigate the cases of Japanese nationals kidnapped to train spies, in a major breakthrough for testy relations.

An oil tanker sank off the Japanese coast on Thursday after a large explosion and subsequent fire sent towering columns of acrid smoke into the sky.

Japan's pro-nuclear government is to change some top officials at its nuclear regulator, officials said Wednesday, in what critics charge is an attempt to remove opponents to the restarting of the country's reactors.

Japan said Wednesday it has begun a controversial review of its landmark 1993 apology over wartime sex slavery, a historical legacy that still stokes regional resentment, while stressing that it had no plans to revise the statement.

An AKB48 handshaking event descended into a scene of terrifying violence on Sunday evening, the venue filled with screams and angry voices.
AKB48 members leave hospital, events canceled


Princess Noriko, the 25-year-old second daughter of Princess Hisako of Takamado, is engaged to Kunimaro Senge, a 40-year-old Shinto priest at the Izumo Taisha grand shrine, the Imperial Household Agency announced Tuesday.
Japan's Princess Noriko of Takamado to marry an Izumo Taisha priest


South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday denounced fugitive members of the ship-owning family linked to last month's ferry disaster, calling them the “root cause” of the tragedy that claimed around 300 lives.
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