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Japan's first lady Akie Abe, taking on a rare public role overseas, told a U.S. audience on Wednesday about her deep unhappiness after her husband's first stint in power.
 

A team of cheerleading robots made their dancing debut in Tokyo on Thursday as creator Murata Manufacturing demonstrated its cutting-edge sensor technology.
 

Japan said Wednesday that it has stepped up sanctions against Russia over the unrest in Ukraine to be in line with other Group of Seven (G-7)nations before their upcoming meeting in New York.
 

Japan should raise sales taxes again next year despite wobbles in the economy caused by the first rise, and the central bank should cushion the blow with more easy money, the OECD said Monday.
 

Japan's new industry minister Yuko Obuchi said Sunday the resource-poor nation should be realistic about its energy needs as the government tries to convince a skeptical public on the necessity of nuclear power.
 

Japan's defense ministry wants to develop its own early-warning aircraft, replacing U.S.-made planes as the Chinese and Russian air forces grow more assertive, a report said Sunday.
 

Sony shares plunged Thursday after the electronics giant warned of a US$2.14 billion annual loss linked to its struggling mobile phone unit, taking investors by surprise and dealing another blow to its turnaround plan.
 

The first dolphins of the season were slaughtered on Tuesday in the small Japanese town of Taiji, campaigners and a local fishermen's union said, commencing an annual cull repeatedly condemned by animal rights groups.
 

Buildings in Tokyo shook Tuesday as a strong quake hit Japan, AFP reporters in the city said, but there was no immediate risk of a tsunami and no damage was reported.
 

Japanese actress and singer Yoshiko “Shirley” Yamaguchi, who was nearly executed in China at the end of World War II, has died at the age of 94 after a life as dramatic as any of her films.
Japanese actress Shirley Yamaguchi dies at 94

 

When his family business was closing after nearly four centuries of making sake and other spirits, Ichiro Akuto swooped to rescue the doomed distillery's whisky stock and went out on his own.
Japanese whisky makers in high spirits as int'l accolades pour in

 

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday was due to host a three-day conference on women in the workforce, as the country grapples with boosting a low female participation rate.
Japanese PM Abe to host women's conference

 

Japanese police on Thursday arrested the leader of a particularly brutal yakuza organized crime syndicate for allegedly gunning down a man in public, a police spokesman said.
 

The publisher of Japan's leading newspaper apologized to readers Thursday for several serious errors in its reporting, retracting an article that claimed workers abandoned their posts during the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
 
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