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Japanese PM Abe loses two female ministers
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suffered a double setback Monday with the resignations of two female cabinet ministers over claims they misused political funds, dealing a blow to his proclaimed gender reform drive.
 

Nearly 4,000 people took part Sunday in a mass evacuation drill to test responses to a possible eruption of Japan's highest peak Mount Fuji, weeks after a nearby volcano blew its top and killed at least 56.
 

The first passenger aircraft to be made in Japan in nearly four decades was unveiled Saturday as its manufacturer pushed into the booming regional jet sector with an eye to taking on industry giants Embraer and Bombardier.
Japan unveils first passenger jet in four decades

 

Japan's trade minister denied reports Saturday that she plans to resign soon over allegations that she violated election laws.
 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shook hands with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Milan Friday, reports said, despite a mass visit by Japanese lawmakers to a controversial war shrine in Tokyo.
 

The prisoners of war (POW) held in Tokyo's Omori POW camp saw some of the most horrific destruction during the last months of World War II, as American B-29 bombers dropped incendiary bombs that obliterated much of the city.
Former US POWs visit Japanese camp, recall the horrors of WW II

 

Rising star and possible future prime minister of Japan, Yuko Obuchi, was under fire Thursday over reports she has spent political donations on makeup, in a blow to the most prominent of a new wave of women ministers.
Japan politician caught in makeup spending row

 

There is “a significant opportunity” for a first meeting between the Chinese and Japanese leaders at a regional gathering near Beijing next month, but the ball is in Tokyo's court, China's envoy to Japan said Wednesday.
 

A Japanese governor said Wednesday the country should not restart any nuclear plants until the cause of the Fukushima meltdown is fully understood and nearby communities have emergency plans that can effectively respond to another major accident.
 

Toyota said Wednesday it is recalling 1.75 million vehicles globally over brake problems and other glitches that posed a fire risk, marking the latest in a string of call backs by the world's biggest automaker.
 
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