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Japan lifts social media ban against political candidates

Japan’s parliament on Friday lifted a ban on Internet electioneering, permitting candidates and their supporters to tweet, use Facebook and update their websites on the campaign trail. The upper house unanimously approved the bill to revise the public offices election law, ending a long-running debate on the strict ban, criticised…

77-year-old Japanese woman got $4 million from 79-year-old man for sex and romance

A 77-year-old woman who received $4 million from a 79-year-old man in exchange for sexual and romantic favours has been ordered to repay the cash by a court in Japan, a report said Thursday. The woman succeeded in getting around 400 million yen out of the man over a seven-year…

Rat linked to outage at Fukushima atomic plant

A rat may have caused a power cut that knocked out cooling systems at Japan’s tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, the operator said Thursday, an episode that highlighted the jerry-rigged nature of the fix. Equipment keeping spent nuclear fuel at a safe temperature in four different pools was out for up…

North Korea threatens to bomb U.S. bases in Japan, Guam as retaliation

The North Korean army on Thursday threatened a possible strike against US military bases in Japan, in response to the use of nuclear-armed US B-52 bombers in joint military drills with South Korea. “The US should not forget that the Anderson Airbase in Guam where the B-52s take off, as…

U.S. military members suing over Japan nuke disaster

U.S. service members are suing the Tokyo Electric Power Co. for more than $2 billion on grounds the utility lied about the dangers of helping clean up the nuclear disaster that struck two years ago, a newspaper reported Thursday. The case was first filed by nine plaintiffs in December but…

Report: Japan and U.S. agree to auto exemptions in free trade pact

Tokyo and Washington have agreed on exemptions for the auto industry in a mooted Pacific-wide free trade pact, as Japan readies to announce its entry into negotiations, reports said on Wednesday. The two Pacific powers agreed in principle that the United States will be able to keep tariffs on car…

Japan scrambles fighters to meet Chinese government plane

Japan scrambled fighter jets on Thursday to head off a Chinese government plane flying towards disputed islands in the East China Sea, the defence ministry said. It said the Y-12 propeller plane did not enter airspace around the Tokyo-controlled islands known as the Senkakus, which Beijing claims as the Diaoyus.…

Two U.S. sailors admit to Okinawa rape charges

Two US sailors Tuesday admitted raping a Japanese woman in Okinawa last October, news reports said, in a case that generated huge anti-American anger on the strategically vital island. Skyler Dozierwalker, 23, and Christopher Browning, 24, attacked the woman in central Okinawa during a brief trip to the semi-tropical island…

Japanese women shower men with V-Day chocolate, while men give nothing in return

Japanese women packed out stores on Wednesday to buy Valentine’s Day chocolates for all the men in their lives — partners, friends and bosses — while the men sat back with nothing expected in return. The traffic in Japan is all one-way on February 14, with men free to sit…

Tokyo says Russian fighter jets breached Japan airspace

Two Russian fighter jets violated Japanese airspace on Thursday, as Tokyo scrambled jets to chase off the planes, the defence ministry said. The Russian planes were detected off the coast of northernmost Hokkaido island for just over a minute, shortly after Japan’s new prime minister said he wants to find…

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