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JR to continue train operations even after quake warning info released

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UN urges Japan to resettle more refugees after taking just three in first half

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US military in Japan under alcohol ban after fatal accident

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Hibakusha: Determined to realize wishes of A-bomb victims and fight insanity

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Japan's 1st quantum computer to be shared for free
A group of Japanese researchers has developed the country's first quantum computer and is offering others free trials as a way to spur further innovation. Quantum computers utilize the unique properties of photons and other subatomic particles to vastly increase computing power. The Japanese team says its quantum computer has 100 times the calculating speed of a supercomputer. The device was developed by a national project team, including researchers from the National Institute of Informatics, telecom giant NTT and the University of Tokyo   Read More ...
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Melania Trump Gets $132 ‘NAGAE+ Tin Breath’ Bracelet As A Gift From Japanese Government
President Donald Trump kissed First Lady Melania Trump during their travels throughout several countries, but Melania was the one who received a gift from Japan, via the Japanese government, in the form of a fashionable jewelry item. According to , Melania received a “Tin Breath” bracelet, which comes from an award-winning line of tin bracelets made in a small factory in Takaoka in the Toyama Prefecture of Japan   Read More ...
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Two sumo wrestlers walked into a bar -- their brawl rocks Japan's sumo world
Tokyo: The world of sumo has been turned upside down like, well, like a wrestler pushed from the ring. In a case that has enthralled Japan and dominated the headlines for a week, a 33-year-old grand sumo champion, a Mongolian called Harumafuji, is accused of assaulting a younger wrestler, a 27-year-old Mongolian called Takanoiwa, with items possibly including a beer bottle, an ice pick, an ashtray, a microphone and a karaoke remote control   Read More ...
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EU official backs Spain in fight against Catalan secession
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Catalonia's secessionist push is nothing short of a "disaster" that the European Union will work to impede in support of a unified Spain, the European Commission's president said in comments published Sunday. Spain is facing its worst national crisis in nearly four decades after Catalonia's regional parliament violated the Spanish Constitution by voting to declare independence Oct   Read More ...
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Museum of the Bible, built by Hobby Lobby owner, opens in DC
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Eight years ago, Hobby Lobby president Steve Green found a new way to express his Christian faith. His family's $4 billion arts and craft chain was already known for closing stores on Sundays, waging a Supreme Court fight over birth control and donating tens of millions of dollars to religious groups. Now, Green would begin collecting biblical artifacts that he hoped could become the starting point for a museum   Read More ...
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Two Sumo Wrestlers Walked Into A Bar. The Brawl They Had There Is Rocking Japan's Sumo World.
Tokyo: The world of sumo has been turned upside down like, well, like a wrestler pushed from the ring. In a case that has enthralled Japan and dominated the headlines for a week, a 33-year-old grand sumo champion, a Mongolian called Harumafuji, is accused of assaulting a younger wrestler, a 27-year-old Mongolian called Takanoiwa, with items possibly including a beer bottle, an ice pick, an ashtray, a microphone and a karaoke remote control   Read More ...
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This 'Slippery Stairs' Japanese Game Show Is Exactly What It Sounds Like, and It's Perfect
Enter Slippery Stairs, a TV special in Japan. It’s grabbed the attention of global viewers after a 9-minute clip of the epic Sisyphean struggle was posted on YouTube and made the rounds on Reddit over the weekend. It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like: six contests in skintight bodysuits attempt to climb a slicked-down staircase as an audience watches. Drama, hilarity and the persistence of the human spirit ensue   Read More ...
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Neil Young to release entire archive of recordings for free
The 72-year-old Canadian rocker has announced on Facebook that his archive will open on Dec. 1, the same day his new album "The Visitor" is released. Young promises that the free archive will allow fans to "visit and experience every song I have ever released in the highest quality your machine will allow." A note on the archive site says users will be able to view all of his released albums and ones currently in production   Read More ...
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US military in Japan under alcohol ban after accident
TOKYO (AFP) - US Forces in Japan banned all personnel from consuming alcohol after a drink-driving accident on the island of Okinawa where anti-base sentiment runs high. A US Marine crashed his vehicle into a mini-truck at an intersection on Sunday, killing the other driver, 61. The 21-year-old, whose breath test showed an alcohol level three times the legal limit, was arrested and charged with negligent driving resulting in death, police said   Read More ...
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Japan's Twitter serial killer, who lured female victims to his apartment, charged with his first count of homicide
Japan's "Twitter killer", who is suspected of murdering and dismembering nine people he met on social media, was charged with his first count of homicide today. Takahiro Shiraishi, 27, is believed to have lured his mostly female victims -- aged between 15 and 26 -- to his apartment near Tokyo, where he killed them and cut up their bodies. He has admitted murdering all nine, and was Monday charged with the homicide of Aiko Tamura, 23   Read More ...
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US service members restricted to base, alcohol prohibited after deadly crash in Okinawa
The U.S. 7th Fleet ordered that all U.S. service members on the Japanese island of Okinawa be restricted to base and to their residences and prohibited their consumption of alcohol after a deadly crash involving a U.S. Marine. A U.S. Marine whom police say had a blood-alcohol content three times the legal level was allegedly involved in an accident on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa that left a 61-year-old Japanese man dead   Read More ...
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Japan's Prime Minster Shinzo Abe refuses to relax immigration rules despite shrinking population
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has insisted his administration has “no intention” of loosening the country’s strict immigration policy despite warnings about its fast shrinking – and ageing – population. On Monday during a debate in Japan's parliament, Mr Abe suggested there was justification for accepting foreign workers “where they are truly needed” to “keep Japan’s economy and infrastructure sustainable”. But he was also steadfast in his opposition to any moves to reform the country’s strict border policy   Read More ...
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Bird flu confirmed in S. Korea, movement of poultry banned nationwide
SEOUL (Kyodo) -- South Korea has confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian flu virus at a duck farm in the country's southwest, triggering Monday a 48-hour nationwide ban on the movement of poultry. The farm ministry's ban to combat the virus outbreak also extends to poultry farm vehicles and workers, Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Kim Yung Rok said   Read More ...
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White House report says true cost of opioid epidemic tops $500 billion
WASHINGTON – The White House says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, or roughly half a trillion dollars. In an analysis to be released Monday, the Council of Economic Advisers says the figure is more than six times larger than the most recent estimate. The council said a 2016 private study estimated that prescription opioid overdoes, abuse and dependence in the U   Read More ...
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Money from proposed tax would be used to assist Japanese abroad
The Japan Tourism Agency is considering using revenue from a proposed departure tax for measures to assist Japanese traveling abroad, including a system to quickly confirm their safety in times of emergency. The planned new tax, to be levied on all people departing from Japan, is likely to be set at ¥1,000 per person, which will be added to airfares and ship fares   Read More ...
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Zimbabwe’s Mugabe passes deadline to resign, now faces impeachment
HARARE – Longtime President Robert Mugabe ignored a midday deadline set by the ruling party to step down or face impeachment proceedings, while Zimbabweans stunned by his defiance during a national address vowed more protests to make him leave. The ruling party’s Central Committee was meeting to discuss impeachment of the 93-year-old Mugabe, the world’s oldest head of state, after 37 years in power   Read More ...
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Arab League stance on Iran ‘worthless,’ Tehran says
TEHRAN – Iran on Monday dismissed as “worthless” a resolution by Arab League foreign ministers that accused the Islamic republic of “aggression” against Arab states. “The solution to the region’s problems, many of which are down to Saudi Arabia’s sterile policy, is not to publish such worthless statements but to stop following the policies of the Zionist regime (Israel) which seeks to stoke divisions,” the ISNA news agency quoted foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi as saying   Read More ...
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Nagasaki mayor to attend Nobel Peace Prize ceremony
NAGASAKI – Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue plans to attend the award ceremony for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize on Dec. 10 in Oslo. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN, the coalition of anti-nuclear advocacy groups, was named the winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Both Taue and Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui have been invited to the ceremony   Read More ...
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Philippines commissions three more Japan-made coast guard ships
MANILA – The Philippines commissioned into service three Japan-made patrol ships on Monday, adding to the three already received from Japan for the country’s coast guard fleet. The 44-meter ships are part of a 10-ship building contract awarded to Japan Marine United Corp. by the Department of Transportation through an official development assistance loan from Japan totaling 7.37 billion pesos ($145 million)   Read More ...
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Twenty Chinese Uighurs use blankets to escape Thai cell
BANGKOK – Twenty ethnic Uighur Muslims from China broke out of a detention center near the Thai-Malaysia border, Thai officials said Monday, after digging holes in the wall and using blankets as ladders. The 20 were part of the last remaining group of more than 200 Uighurs who were detained in 2014. Members of the group identified themselves as Turkish citizens and asked to be sent to Turkey but more than 100 were forcibly returned to China in July 2015, a move that sparked international condemnation, including from rights groups who feared they could face torture in China   Read More ...
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Time has come for justice, Mladic’s victims say
SARAJEVO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA – The time has finally come for Ratko Mladic to face justice, victims’ families said Monday en route from Sarajevo to The Hague for Wednesday’s expected verdict in a U.N. court against the Bosnian Serb wartime military chief. “The time has finally come to condemn the criminal and butcher Ratko Mladic,” Kada Hotic, member of an association of Srebrenica mothers, said before boarding a plane for the Netherlands to attend the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)   Read More ...
Places: Japan |  Bosnia & Herzegovina | 
North Korea threatens to make Japan and U.S. bases ‘disappear’
North Korea on Monday issued veiled threat of a nuclear strike on Japan, vowing to make the country “disappear at once” if Tokyo continues with what Pyongyang termed “war hysteria.” “Japan itself will not be safe once a war breaks out on the Korean Peninsula,” the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency said in a commentary. “Everything of Japan to be involved in the war may disappear at once together with the U   Read More ...
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SoftBank’s Dennis Sarfate, Hiroshima’s Yoshihiro Maru win NPB MVP awards
Dennis Sarfate considers himself a traditionalist, and as such, he might not have cast a ballot for himself, a reliever, in the MVP race. It’s probably a good thing he didn’t have a say then. Sarfate may or may not have given himself a vote, but enough media members did that the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks’ record-setting reliever was named the 2017 Pacific League MVP during the NPB Awards on Monday night, with Hiroshima Carp outfielder Yoshihiro Maru winning in the Central League   Read More ...
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U.S. military bans troops in Japan from drinking alcohol after fatal Okinawa accident
The U.S. military has imposed an alcohol ban on all its troops in Japan after a U.S. Marine was involved in a fatal accident on the southern island of Okinawa that is suspected to have involved alcohol. The military also said its forces on Okinawa — home to about half the 50,000 American troops based in Japan — must stay on base or at home   Read More ...
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U.S. troops in Japan in hot water over fatal crash
TOKYO -- U.S. military personnel in Okinawa have been restricted to base and banned from drinking alcohol after a Marine was arrested over a crash that killed a Japanese man. Police on the southern Japanese island arrested 21-year-old Nicholas James-McLean late Sunday on suspicion of negligent driving resulting in injury or death and driving under the influence of alcohol, said Kazuhiko Miyagi of the Okinawa police   Read More ...
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Car crash sparks US troops alcohol ban in Japan
The US military has banned all soldiers stationed in Japan from drinking alcohol after one of its servicemen was involved in a deadly crash on Okinawa Island linked to drink driving. US troops on Okinawa have also been told to stay on base or at home. The Marine crashed his truck into a minivan on Sunday, killing the local driver of the other vehicle   Read More ...
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Korea falls to Japan to finish 2nd in Asia Baseball Championship
By Baek Byung-yeul Korea finished runner-up in the inaugural Asia Professional Baseball Championship after being defeated 7-0 by Japan in the final in Tokyo, Sunday. In the tournament, which features professional baseball players from Korea, Japan and Chinese Taipei under the age of 24 or those with under three years of professional experience, Korea advanced to the final with a record of one win against Chinese Taipei and one loss against Japan in the round robin action   Read More ...
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US military in Japan under alcohol ban after accident
Tokyo, Japan | AFP | US Forces in Japan banned all personnel from consuming alcohol after a drink-driving accident on the island of Okinawa where anti-base sentiment runs high. A US Marine crashed his vehicle into a mini-truck at an intersection on Sunday, killing the other driver, 61. The 21-year-old, whose breath test showed an alcohol level three times the legal limit, was arrested and charged with negligent driving resulting in death, police said   Read More ...
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US military imposes alcohol ban across Japan after fatal Okinawa crash
Tokyo: The United States military has banned all service members in Japan from drinking alcohol and has ordered those stationed on Okinawa to stay on base or in their homes following a fatal car crash Sunday. A Japanese driver was killed in a collision with a 21-year-old Marine whose blood-alcohol level was reportedly three times the legal limit — the latest incident on an island where the American military presence was already controversial   Read More ...
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Japan trade surplus drops 40% in October
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's October trade surplus shrank 40.7 percent from a year earlier as growth in exports were eclipsed by higher costs of importing crude oil and petroleum products, the government said Monday. The world's third-largest economy logged a surplus of 285.4 billion yen ($2.5 billion), down from a 481.2-billion-yen surplus a year earlier, according to data from the finance ministry   Read More ...
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U.S. military bans troops in Japan from drinking alcohol
The U.S. military has imposed an alcohol ban on all its troops in Japan after a U.S. Marine was involved in a fatal accident on the southern island of Okinawa that is suspected to have involved alcohol. The military also said its forces on Okinawa — home to about half the 50,000 American troops based in Japan — must stay on base or at home   Read More ...
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Japan’s ‘Twitter killer’ faces first murder charge
Tokyo: Japan’s “Twitter killer”, who is suspected of murdering and dismembering nine people he met on social media, was charged with his first count of homicide on Monday. Takahiro Shiraishi, 27, is believed to have lured his mostly female victims — aged between 15 and 26 — to his apartment near Tokyo, where he killed them and cut up their bodies   Read More ...
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West Brom pulls plug on manager Tony Pulis
LONDON – Struggling Premier League team West Bromwich Albion fired manager Tony Pulis on Monday despite his reputation as a virtual guarantee against relegation. The move seemed inevitable after West Brom’s 4-0 loss at home to Chelsea on Saturday, which dropped the team to within a point and a place of the relegation zone. It left West Brom with just two wins in its last 21 league games stretching back to last season   Read More ...
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Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna dies at 49
PRAGUE – Jana Novotna, who won the hearts of the tennis world by sobbing on the shoulder of a member of the British royal family after a tough loss in the Wimbledon final, has died at the age of 49. The WTA announced Novotna’s death on Monday. The women’s tennis body said she died on Sunday after a long battle with cancer   Read More ...
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Baseball: Sarfate, Maru league MVPs, shortstops Genda, Kyoda top rookies
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Closer Dennis Sarfate completed an impressive postseason award haul on Monday, when he was named the Pacific League's Most Valuable Player. The 36-year-old Sarfate, who saved a record 54 games for the SoftBank Hawks, was also the Japan Series MVP and the unexpected winner of the Shoriki Award. Center fielder Yoshihiro Maru of the Central League champion Hiroshima Carp was voted CL MVP   Read More ...
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U.S. marine accused of drunk driving after Japanese man dies in crash
TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese man was killed in a truck collision involving a 21-year-old U.S. marine who was well over the legal alcohol limit for driving, police said of a case that was likely to stoke resentment over the U.S. military presence on the southern island of Okinawa. In response to the Sunday’s fatal accident, U.S. forces in Japan banned, until further notice, all personnel in the country from drinking of alcohol   Read More ...
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Suspected serial killer served arrest warrant for murder
Police on Monday served a fresh arrest warrant on a 27-year-old man who has admitted to killing nine people before dismembering their bodies at his apartment near Tokyo. Takahiro Shiraishi, who was first arrested on Oct. 31 on suspicion of disposing of one of the nine bodies, was served the warrant over the murder of Aiko Tamura, 23, from the Tokyo suburb of Hachioji, at his apartment in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, around Oct 23   Read More ...
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Bag snatcher on motorbike strikes 3 times within 15 minutes in Saitama
A man on a motorbike came behind women and snatched their handbags on three occasions within 15 minutes on Saturday night in an area near JR Omiya Station in Saitama city, police said Sunday. The man got away with around 80,000 yen, police said. According to police, in the third incident, a 29-year-old woman was walking home at around 11:30 p   Read More ...
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US military in Japan bans drinking
The US military in Japan has banned all its service members from drinking both on and off base following a fatal car accident in Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan. The military also said on Sunday that its service members in Okinawa are restricted to base and to their residences. The bans will remain in place until further notice. The move follows the arrest of US Marine Private First Class Nicholas James MacLean   Read More ...
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Tokyo 2020 organizers send mascot voting information to schools nationwide
The organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics sent out information to elementary schools nationwide about the games' official mascot on Monday, ahead of a vote for the final selection. The organizers sent postcards to over 21,000 schools in Japan with details about the voting process including an ID and password to participate in the step that begins in December   Read More ...
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