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Tokyo’s Shibuya crossing to get huge new 4,500 square feet advertising screen

Tokyo's thunderously busy Shibuya pedestrian crossing, where up to 3,000 people merge into a seething mass of humanity whenever the lights change, is to get a huge new advertising screen, its operator said Wednesday. The crossing, a visual shorthand……

At least 250 copies of Anne Frank’s Diary vandalized in Tokyo libraries

Scores of copies of Anne Frank's "Diary of a Young Girl" kept in public libraries across Tokyo have been vandalised, officials said Friday, sparking alarm amid a rightward shift in Japan's politics. Pages in at least 250 copies of the diary, or publications……

Heaviest snow in decades in Tokyo kills 11, more than 1,200 injured

The heaviest snow in decades in Tokyo and other areas of Japan has left at least 11 dead and more than 1,200 injured across the country, reports said Sunday. As much as 27 centimetres (10.6 inches) of snow was recorded in Tokyo by late Saturday, the……

U.S. Navy helicopter crashes near Tokyo, injuring two sailors

A US navy helicopter crashed near Tokyo Monday in a failed emergency landing, injuring two of the four men on board, rescuers said. Television footage showed the grey helicopter on its side on what appeared to be vacant land, with mangled propellors and a snapped tail-end. The accident came at…

Hundreds flee homes on typhoon-hit Japanese island

Hundreds fled their homes Sunday on a Japanese island already devastated by a typhoon for fear that torrential rain would trigger fresh mudslides. The town of Oshima, 120 kilometres (75 miles) south of Tokyo, advised 2,300 residents in two districts on the island of the same name to evacuate, saying…

Elderly shoplifters outnumber teenagers in Tokyo

The number of elderly people caught shoplifting in Japan’s capital city has outstripped that of teenagers for the first time since records began, a report said. A quarter of the people arrested on suspicion of the crime in Tokyo last year were at least 65 years old, figures showed, amid…

Meltdowns may have occurred in two reactors: Japan

TOKYO (AFP) – Japan’s top government spokesman Yukio Edano said Sunday that radioactive meltdowns may have occurred in two reactors of the quake-hit Fukushima nuclear plant. Asked in a press conference whether meltdowns had occurred, Edano said “we are acting on the assumption that there is a high possibility that…

Toshiba to launch first glasses-free 3D TV

TOKYO — Japanese electronics giant Toshiba plans to market the world’s first 3D television that does not need special glasses later this year, a report said on Tuesday. Toshiba will unveil three models of the television, which will cost several thousand dollars, before Christmas, the Yomiuri Shimbun said. The company…

Apple iPod Nano may pose fire hazard, says Japan

TOKYO (AFP) – Japan’s industry ministry has ordered Apple to report on measures it will take regarding cases of its iPod Nano music player overheating and catching fire, an official said Thursday. Overheating of the 2005 iPod Nano while charging has caused at least 27 incidents, including six fires that…

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