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2 explosions hit Japanese city, killing 1; suicide suspected

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:45:29 GMT2016-10-23T10:45:29Z

TOKYO (AP) -- Two apparent explosions hit the Japanese city of Utsunomiya back-to-back Sunday, killing one person and injuring three others in what police are viewing as a possible suicide....

Junko Tabei, 1st woman to climb Everest, dies at 77

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 02:19:40 GMT2016-10-23T02:19:40Z

TOKYO (AP) -- The first woman to climb Mount Everest didn't stop there....

Japan panel begins to study emperor's possible abdication

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:08:53 GMT2016-10-17T10:08:53Z

TOKYO (AP) -- Experts on a government-commissioned panel held their first meeting Monday to study how to accommodate Emperor Akihito's apparent abdication wish, in a country where he is not supposed to say anything political....

Japan withholds annual dues for UN cultural agency

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 08:40:36 GMT2016-10-14T08:40:36Z

TOKYO (AP) -- Japan has withheld dues for the U.N. cultural agency, saying it wants to make sure the organization functions properly, a gesture seen by local media as a protest against the registration for world heritage status of China's documents relating to the 1937 Rape of Nanking massacre....

Toyota recalls 340,000 Prius hybrid cars for faulty brakes

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:54:41 GMT2016-10-13T00:54:41Z

TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 340,000 gas-electric hybrid Prius cars around the world 212,000 of them in Japan and 94,000 in North America, for a defect in their parking brakes....