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Japanese pacifists unnerved by lifting of ban on military intervention

When Takeshi Ishida was drafted into the Japanese military in 1943, he believed that he was fighting a just war to liberate Asia from western colonialism. It was only after taking part in daily exercises in which he was trained to kill that Ishida began to question Japanese militarism.

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Inexperienced third-mate in South Korea ferry disaster was 'steering in tricky waters for first time'

The South Korean ferry that sank off the country's coast on Wednesday, with the likely loss of more than 300 passengers, was being steered by an inexperienced young officer who was navigating the area, which is notorious for its fast currents, for the first time.

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Fukushima's children at center of debate over increasing thyroid cancer rates

Three years after the worst nuclear accident in a generation, the Japanese prefecture is reporting a rise in the number of children showing cancer symptoms. But is this directly related to the disaster, or is the testing more rigorous?

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Plummeting morale at Fukushima nuclear plant as cleanup operation plagued by health problems

Dressed in a hazardous materials suit, full-face mask and hard hat, Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, left his audience in no doubt: "The future of Japan," he said, "rests on your shoulders. I am counting on you."

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Chimpanzees clobber humans in complex memory tests: study

Tetsuro Matsuzawa begins his working day, conventionally enough, in front of a computer. He taps in a few commands, takes a seat and waits. Within minutes, the calm of his basement laboratory is pierced by the sound of excitable primates.

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South Korea bans 'unacceptable' Fukushima fish imports

Seoul blames 'scientifically unacceptable' information from Tepco over radiation levels in waters around nuclear plant

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Nuclear disaster: Radiation levels at Fukushima would now be fatal within hours

The crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has radiation leaks strong enough to deliver a fatal dose within hours, Japanese authorities have revealed, as the government prepares to step in to help contain leaks of highly toxic water at the site.

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'I haven't been able to fish since the tsunami': Fishermen still fighting Fukushima's aftermath

Rising anger at Tepco two years after Japanese tsunami and nuclear meltdown as contaminated water seeps into Pacific

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Disgruntled viewer sues Japanese public broadcaster over using English words

Elderly viewers confused by increasing trend to use anglicised terms instead of their Japanese equivalent

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U.S. military aircraft land safely on Japanese island despite protests over safety concerns

A small fleet of US military aircraft have arrived in the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, amid protests by local residents who claim they are unsafe.

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Japan backs off promise to end nuclear energy by 2040

Japan has effectively abandoned a commitment to end its reliance on nuclear power by 2040 amid pressure from the country's business lobby, dropping a deadline recommended by a cabinet panel only days ago.

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Japan's female athletes fly economy while men's team sits in business

Japan's female national football team Nadeshiko Japan placed in economy seats on flight to France sparking gender debate

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