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Pair of Japanese mangoes fetch $3,000 at auction

A pair of mangoes grown in southern Japan sold Thursday for a whopping 300,000 yen ($3,000), a record price for the fruit's first auction of the season, Kyodo News reported. The "Taiyo no Tamago" (Egg of the Sun)-brand mangoes were set to be airlifted……

World’s oldest ever man dies aged 116

The world’s oldest person and the oldest man ever to have lived has died of natural causes aged 116 years, media reported Wednesday. Japan’s Jiroemon Kimura, who was born in 1897, died in hospital early Wednesday morning, Kyodo News cited the local government as saying. Kimura, from Kyotango in Kyoto…

Toyota to recall more than 200,000 cars in the United States

Toyota Motor will recall 209,000 sport utility vehicles it has sold in the United States due to a possible seat-belt fault, Kyodo News reported on Saturday. FJ Cruiser models made between 2007 and 2013 will be recalled, Kyodo said, quoting company officials. The seat-belt retractors for the driver and front…

Japan flight turns back after seat fire: reports

A Japan Airlines flight bound for Sydney was forced to turn back after takeoff when a business class passenger seat caught fire, according to reports. The small fire was apparently caused by a cigarette lighter — although the airline said it has not yet identified who it belonged to, according…

Japan, Russia see chance to clone mammoth

Scientists from Japan and Russia believe it may be possible to clone a mammoth after finding well-preserved bone marrow in a thigh bone recovered from permafrost soil in Siberia, a report said Saturday. Teams from the Sakha Republic’s mammoth museum and Japan’s Kinki University will launch fully-fledged joint research next…

Sony to release tablet computer this month

Sony’s first tablet computer will hit the Japanese market on September 17 as the company looks to take on Apple’s popular iPad, the electronics giant said Thursday. The Sony Tablet will be powered by Google’s Android software, allowing users to download content such as books, movies and games. The Sony…

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