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Japanese authorities are investigating nearly a dozen wooden boats carrying decomposing bodies found drifting off the northwestern coast over the past month.

Railway workers in Japan have devised an ingenious scheme to prevent daredevil turtles from meeting a grisly end -- and delaying trains -- while crossing train tracks.

Japan's whaling fleet leaves Tuesday for the Antarctic for a three-month, scaled-down hunt, the government said, despite protests from opponents who say Tokyo has not proven that whales need to be killed for research.
Japan whaling fleet set to leave for Antarctic


Public support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has rebounded since his government rammed through unpopular security legislation, according to polls published Monday, as he re-focuses on the struggling economy.
Public support for Abe on rebound: survey


Japan scrambled jets after 11 mainland Chinese military planes flew near southern Japanese islands during what Beijing said was a drill to improve its long-range combat abilities, reports said Saturday.

Japan is investigating nearly a dozen suspicious boats recently found drifting off the country's coastline, some with decaying bodies aboard, officials said Friday, as media speculated they came from North Korea.

Gearing up for global warming talks in Paris next week, Japan said Thursday it plans to provide 1.3 trillion yen (US$10.6 billion) in climate financing a year for developing countries from 2020, including public and private funds.

A Japanese rocket lifted off Tuesday and successfully put the national space program's first commercial satellite into orbit, officials said, as Tokyo tries to enter a business dominated by European and Russian companies.
Japan launches country's first commercial satellite into orbit


An explosion Monday damaged a public restroom at a controversial shrine in Tokyo that honors Japanese war dead, with police suspecting foul play. No one was injured.
Blast at Japan's controversial war shrine causes no injuries


An explosion Monday damaged a public restroom at a controversial shrine in Tokyo that honors Japanese war dead, with police suspecting foul play. No one was injured.

Yokozuna Kitanoumi, the winner of 24 grand sumo tournaments and the youngest ever to reach the sport's highest rank, died on Nov. 21 aged 62.
Legendary sumo wrestling star Kitanoumi dies aged 62


Japan on Tuesday sued its southern region of Okinawa over local resistance to a new U.S. military base, the latest chapter in deepening mistrust between central authorities and the government of the strategic island.
Japan takes Okinawa to court over US base relocation


The operator of Japan's nuclear fuel reprocessing plant said Monday it was postponing the opening to as late as September 2018, citing regulators' lengthy inspection procedures and time needed for safety upgrades.

The Japanese government is proceeding with plans to have all national civil servants use their My Number cards as work identification badges.
Japan's government workers wary of shift to electronic cards

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