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Water bear protein shields human DNA from X-rays

2016-09-20 22:02

A protein unique to a miniscule creature called a water bear, reputedly the most indestructible animal on Earth, protects human DNA from X-ray damage, stunned researchers have reported.

World's oldest fishhooks found in Japan - researchers

2016-09-19 20:19

Fishhooks found on a southern Japanese island dates back some 23 000 years, making them among the world's oldest fishing implements, researchers say.

Obama warns of new sanctions after North Korea nuclear test

2016-09-10 07:22

President Barack Obama has vowed to push for new international sanctions in retaliation for the "grave threat" posed by North Korea's latest nuclear test.

Worker ground to death in recycling plant

2016-09-06 20:12

A Japanese worker suffered a grisly death after becoming caught in a waste milling machine at a recycling plant, news reports said.

Putin, Abe seek progress on island row

2016-09-02 21:30

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have tried to make headway on a lingering territorial dispute as they sought to boost trade, but failed to make a breakthrough.

More Mitsubishi cars found with inflated mileage

2016-08-31 13:49

The mileage scandal affecting Mitsubishi has widened after the Japanese government ordered a sales halt on eight more models as their mileage ratings were inflated.

At least 9 dead as typhoon hits northern Japan

2016-08-31 09:35

Nine elderly people were killed when their nursing home flooded in northern Japan after Typhoon Lionrock dumped heavy rains on the area.

Africa, Japan partner to fight terrorism, piracy

2016-08-29 14:35

African leaders along with their Japanese counterparts have pledged to tame the rising threat of terrorism, while emphasising the importance of maritime order, as they concluded an international conference in Kenya.

Japan PM pledges to invest $30bn in Africa by 2018

2016-08-27 19:39

Japan will pour $30bn of investments into Africa by 2018, including $10bn in infrastructure development, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a summit in Nairobi.

Iwo Jima flag: Marines mis-ID 2 men

2016-08-25 23:47

The Marine Corps says it has misidentified two of the servicemen who helped raise the first US flag at Japan's Iwo Jima during WWII.

 

Takata faces bankruptcy buyout - report

2016-09-20 07:55

Takata shares dived after a report said some potential buyers were considering bankruptcy proceedings for the embattled airbag supplier.

US, Japan seek 'strongest' sanctions against North Korea

2016-09-11 11:13

Washington and Tokyo are seeking "the strongest possible" measures against North Korea after its latest and most powerful nuclear test, a top US envoy says.

UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile tests

2016-09-07 09:04

The UN Security Council is strongly condemning North Korea's latest ballistic missile launches and threatening "further significant measures" if it refuses to stop its nuclear and missile tests.

Climate change spells worse typhoons for China, Japan - study

2016-09-06 07:28

China, Taiwan, Japan and the Koreas will experience more violent typhoons under climate change, researchers have said, presenting evidence for a recent rise in storm intensity caused by ocean warming.

Ex-wartime sex slaves sue South Korea over deal with Japan

2016-08-31 16:33

Twelve South Korean women who have been forced into sexual slavery by Japan's military in World War II have sued the Seoul government over a deal it has reached with Tokyo to pay the victims.

Japanese police corner suspect in deadly shooting

2016-08-31 12:05

A Japanese gunman accused of shooting dead a construction worker and wounding three others before going on the run, was locked in a tense standoff with police.

Typhoon Lionrock slams into Japan's northeast

2016-08-30 15:45

A strong typhoon has slammed into northeastern Japan, dumping heavy rain and generating high waves that have caused flooding along the Pacific coast.

Japan gunman kills construction worker in rare shooting

2016-08-29 13:29

A man who allegedly shot dead a construction worker and wounded three at their office in Japan is on the run, police say, marking a rare incident of gun violence in the country.

World's biggest pension fund loses $52bn

2016-08-26 15:25

The world’s biggest pension fund has posted a $52bn loss last quarter as stocks tumbled and the yen surged, wiping out investment gains.

Driver kills woman in car crash while playing Pokemon GO

2016-08-25 06:56

A driver has been arrested for killing a female pedestrian and injuring another while playing Pokemon Go behind the wheel.

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