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New guidelines governing the Japan-U.S. defense alliance will allow the two militaries to "cooperate seamlessly," American Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Wednesday in Tokyo following a meeting with his Japanese counterpart.

The Bank of Japan held off further easing measures on Wednesday despite struggling to drag up flatlining inflation that is defying a massive stimulus launched two years ago.

Japan's current account surplus more than doubled year-on-year in February, with lower oil prices helping narrow trade deficits and a weaker yen boosting repatriated returns on foreign investment, official data showed Wednesday.

Japan's imperial couple arrived in the Pacific island nation of Palau Wednesday, the site of a fearsome battle with American troops, on a rare overseas visit related to World War II.

Japan on Tuesday rebuffed neighboring countries' protests about newly approved textbooks after complaints about references to disputed territory and their bitter shared history.

Japan on Tuesday rebuffed neighbouring countries' protests over newly-approved textbooks after complaints about references to disputed territory and their bitter shared history.
Japan rebuffs international outcry over new history textbooks


Japan's swollen ranks of cuddly mascots, once de rigueur for every local government and commercial brand, are coming under increasing threat, with some being culled and others combined.
City mascots face cull: Japan Finance Ministry


Shinzo Abe's right-hand man on Sunday urged the governor of Okinawa to concede in a lingering row over the construction of a U.S. air base ahead of the Japanese prime minister's visit to Washington later this month.

Endangered Bryan's shearwater seabirds have been seen breeding on one of the Ogasawara Islands in Tokyo, the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI) has announced.

Even as Japan remains divided over proposed changes in the role it should play in regional security issues, senior U.S. and Japanese military officers say they hope the Japanese navy may soon be freed up to play a more active role in the Pacific and beyond.
US hopes Japan navy will be more active in Pacific


With crisp new suits and fresh haircuts, thousands of Japanese 20-somethings started their first day on the job Wednesday in an annual ritual that traces back to the country's fast-disappearing jobs-for-life work culture.
New recruits start first day on the job in Japan


The world's oldest person, a Japanese woman, died Wednesday, a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday.
World's oldest person dies aged 117 in Japan


Doubts about a rebound in Japan's economy are rippling through boardrooms across the country, a key central bank survey suggested Wednesday, as efforts to revive growth falter.

First it was books, then household products; now you can buy an electric car from online shopping giant Amazon.
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