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Japan ruling party urges strike ability amid NKorea threat

2017-03-30 14:28

Japan's ruling party urged the government to consider arming itself with more advanced and offensive capability, such as striking enemy targets with cruise missiles, loosening Japan's post-WWII security policies.

8 students feared dead in Japan avalanche

2017-03-27 09:40

Eight Japanese high school students are feared dead after being caught in an avalanche during a mountain climbing outing at a ski resort.

6 students found unconscious after Japan avalanche

2017-03-27 08:28

Authorities say six Japanese high school students have been found unconscious after they were caught in an avalanche at a ski resort. Three people are still missing.

Japan and Russia hold talks on security, territorial dispute

2017-03-20 11:51

The foreign and defence ministers from Japan and Russia are meeting in Tokyo for the first such "two-plus-two" talks since Russia's annexation of Ukraine.

Japan launches latest North Korea spy satellite

2017-03-17 08:03

Japan launched a new spy satellite, the country's space agency said, as the region grows increasingly uneasy over North Korea's quickening missile programme.

New MU-X revealed: Isuzu’s Fortuner rival

2017-03-15 08:27

Just revealed, it’s a seven-seat Isuzu to rival Toyota's Fortuner SUV - it's called MU-X. How well would this do in SA?

Trauma to lives, economy from tsunami persists 6 years on

2017-03-11 14:53

Japan is marking the anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that left more than 18 000 people dead or missing and led to a meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant.

Sexual assault in Japan: 'Every girl was a victim'

2017-03-09 05:27

Sexual assault of schoolgirls is commonplace on Japan's public transportation, but now more girls are speaking out.

UK museum's 'earliest known bird' flies coop for Tokyo show

2017-03-08 16:44

Britain's Natural History Museum is sending its most valuable fossil, a 147 million-year-old skeleton that established the link between dinosaurs and birds, abroad for the first time.

North Korea fires missiles, three reach Japan waters

2017-03-06 05:35

Nuclear-armed North Korea has launched four ballistic missiles in another challenge to US President Donald Trump, with three landing provocatively close to America's ally Japan.

 

Japan scientist eyes energy burst from 'typhoon turbine'

2017-03-29 22:32

Most people look for a place to hide when a typhoon is on the horizon, but Atsushi Shimizu hopes the fury of nature may one day help Japan tackle its energy woes.

Toyota's new concept car is called the i-Tril...wait, why are you laughing?

2017-03-27 08:41

'The i-Tril concept car is possibly the most futuristic Toyota yet but we suspect that if it was brought to market in South Africa, there would be an issue with its name', writes Lance Branquinho.

Sweet-toothed Japan thief nabbed after binge

2017-03-21 16:36

A hapless Japanese thief has got himself into a sticky spot with police after being arrested for breaking into offices and raiding refrigerators to binge on sweet treats.

Japan holds first North Korea civillian missile evacuation drill

2017-03-17 15:43

Dozens of people from a Japanese coastal city have taken part in the country's first evacuation drill of a missile attack, as regional tensions soar over accelerating North Korean threats.

US envoy in Japan to reassure on North Korea threat

2017-03-16 08:50

The United States' top diplomat was in Tokyo to reassure allies that Washington stands with them in the face of the accelerating missile threat from North Korea.

Elephant whacks and kills trainer at Japan zoo

2017-03-12 17:55

An elephant has whacked a trainer with its trunk and killed him at a Japanese zoo, police say.

Japan to end 5-year peacekeeping mission in South Sudan

2017-03-10 19:48

Japan is ending its peacekeeping mission in troubled South Sudan after five years, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced.

Most whales hunted in Norway female, pregnant

2017-03-08 19:59

Animal rights activists have expressed outrage after reports emerged that a large majority of whales harpooned each year in Norway are pregnant.

Nine dead in Japan helicopter crash

2017-03-06 10:17

All nine people aboard a helicopter that crashed during a mountain rescue drill in Japan over the weekend were killed, police said.

New rules: Japan's Abe could lead until 2021

2017-03-05 14:31

Japan's ruling party has extended term limits for its leaders, a change that gives Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a shot at becoming Japan's longest-serving post-war leader.

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