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Shock as peaceful Japanese town wakes to ‘unthinkable’ mass killing horror

Shock and bewilderment gripped neighbours of a disabled centre in a town near Tokyo after a man stabbed and killed 19 residents in their sleep.

Disgraced researcher fails to replicate stem cell results

A Japanese researcher who was found to have plagiarised and fabricated parts of her stem cell research has failed to replicate her published results.

Tiny tsunami hits small Japan island

A tiny tsunami hit an island south of Tokyo on Sunday after warnings that waves of more than three metres could batter Japan's Pacific coast.

Global crisis hits Japan financial sector

The global economic crisis claimed its first Japanese financial institution on Friday and the government looked to prop up smaller banks

Gangster’s daughter sheds light on Japan underworld

With her dyed-brown long hair and tight designer jeans, Shoko Tendo looks like any other stylish young Japanese woman -- until she removes her shirt to reveal the vivid tattoos covering her back and most of her body. The author of Yakuza Moon, Tendo says that police efforts to eradicate the gangsters have merely made them harder to track.

Powerful Typhoon Man-yi strikes Okinawa

A powerful typhoon struck the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa on Friday, pounding them with torrential rains and high winds before it heads north towards the nation's main islands. Up to 500mm of rain was expected to fall on some parts of Japan's southernmost main island of Kyushu by Saturday morning.

Small waves hit Japan after quake sparks tsunami alert

Small tsunami waves hit Japan's northernmost island late on Wednesday after a major quake in the north Pacific triggered a full-scale tsunami warning for areas of northern Japan and Russia's sparsely populated Kurile islands. An initial tsunami of 40cm came ashore near Nemuro on the Pacific coast of Hokkaido island, just before 10pm (1pm GMT).

Japan, Russia on tsunami alert

Small tsunami waves hit Japan's northern-most island late on Wednesday after a major quake in the north Pacific triggered a full-scale tsunami warning for areas of northern Japan and Russia's sparsely populated Kurile islands. An initial tsunami of 40cm came ashore near Nemuro on the Pacific Coast of Hokkaido Island just before 10pm local time (1pm GMT).

Japan considering more North Korean sanctions

Japan is considering imposing more sanctions on North Korea in response to its announcement that it conducted a nuclear test, and lawmakers are set to vote later on Tuesday on a resolution criticising Pyongyang's actions. North Korea said on Monday it had successfully carried out its first nuclear test earlier that day, and Washington has sought harsh United Nations sanctions.

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