Mari Yamaguchi

Spent fuel rods add to trouble at Japan nuke plant

Operator of Japan's tsunami-flooded nuclear power complex said on Wednesday surging radiation and elevated temperatures were worrisome signs.

Race heats up for Japan ruling-party leadership

Candidates seeking to become Japan's next prime minister have laid out their policies in a bid to win the support of members of their ruling party.

Now even false teeth are recycled

Old dentures can be stained and unsightly, but for a project raising money for charity, they're a potential gold mine. The Japan Denture Recycle Association started in December 2006 and so far has recycled 30 000 dentures, generating 18-million yen ( 500) for charity.

Scandal-hit Japanese minister attempts suicide

Japan's Agricultural Minister attempted to hang himself amid a scandal over his use of official funds, media reports said on Monday. Toshikatsu Matsuoka (62) was unconscious and his heart had stopped, public broadcaster NHK reported. Japanese police could not immediately comment.

North Korea nuclear talks remain stalled

Delegates to talks on disarming North Korea's nuclear programme voiced their impatience on Wednesday that the negotiations remained stalled over a dispute on when $25-million of Pyongyang's funds will be released from a Macau bank. Planned group talks were called off on Tuesday.

Probe starts into horror Japanese train crash

A packed commuter train jumped the tracks in western Japan on Monday and hurtled into an apartment complex, killing 54 people and injuring more than 417 others. Investigators are focusing on whether excessive speed or the actions of the inexperienced driver caused the crash.

More typhoon deaths reported in Japan

The death toll from Japan's deadliest typhoon in more than a decade rose to 77 on Friday as rescue workers digging through sludge from mudslides and flooded rice paddies found 14 more bodies. Typhoon Tokage, the record eighth typhoon to hit Japan this year, ripped through the country earlier this week with high waves and rapid mudslides.

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