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Two Japanese Airlines Ground 787 Dreamliners After Latest Mishap

Two Japanese Airlines Ground 787 Dreamliners After Latest Mishap

Matt Hosford/ABC News(TOKYO) — Two Japanese airliners have grounded their Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes after a jet was forced to make an emergency landing on Wednesday, prompting more concerns as a recent string of mishaps continues to plague the new …

Cat’s Collar Yields Clues in Search for Hacker in Japan

Cat’s Collar Yields Clues in Search for Hacker in Japan

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — The ongoing search for an anonymous hacker who has threatened Japanese schools and cities online took an unexpected twist on Wednesday after police found a digital memory card containing email riddles from the person atta…

Legendary Giant Squid Captured on Video

Legendary Giant Squid Captured on Video

NHK/NEP/Discovery Channel(NEW YORK) — The elusive giant squid has never been captured on film — until now.Discovery and Japanese partner NHK captured the images of the squid deep beneath the Pacific Ocean during a mission that included more than 400 …

Japanese ‘War Tourist’ Gets Flak Back Home

Japanese ‘War Tourist’ Gets Flak Back Home

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — Boredom led Toshifumi Fujimoto to one of the world’s most dangerous countries.  Now, the Japanese truck driver’s daring adventure across Syria as a “war tourist” is garnering headlines all aro…

Japanese Trash Site Yields $120,000 in Cash

Japanese Trash Site Yields $120,000 in Cash

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — An employee of a waste disposal site in Japan’s Hiroshima Prefecture on Tuesday found and reported $120,000 in cash mixed in with a pile of trash.The stash was discovered in the evening as the worker in Asaminami was mo…

Parents of Slain Japanese Student Push for Gun Control from Afar

Parents of Slain Japanese Student Push for Gun Control from Afar

Courtesy of Masaichi Hattori(TOKYO) — Mieko Hattori continues to fight for her son, 20 years later.In 1992, her teenage son Yoshihiro, an exchange student, was gunned down in Baton Rouge, La., after he accidentally approached the wrong house, dressed …

Parents of Slain Japanese Student Push for Gun Control from Afar

Parents of Slain Japanese Student Push for Gun Control from Afar

Courtesy of Masaichi Hattori(TOKYO) — Mieko Hattori continues to fight for her son, 20 years later.In 1992, her teenage son Yoshihiro, an exchange student, was gunned down in Baton Rouge, La., after he accidentally approached the wrong house, dressed …

Japan’s Conservative Party Returns to Power

Japan’s Conservative Party Returns to Power

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — Japan’s conservative Liberal Democratic Party staged a dramatic comeback Sunday, winning a landslide victory in the powerful lower house of Parliament, just three years after it was ousted from power.Exit polls show…

Japan Poised for Another Leader as Weary Voters Head to Polls

Japan Poised for Another Leader as Weary Voters Head to Polls

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — Japanese voters head to the polls Sunday in an election that is expected to shift the balance of power back to the conservative Liberal Democratic Party, just three years after it was ousted in dramatic fashion by the rul…

Japan Accuses China of Intruding Air Space, Scrambles Fighter Jets

Japan Accuses China of Intruding Air Space, Scrambles Fighter Jets

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — Japan lodged a protest against Beijing on Thursday after a Chinese government airplane was spotted near the disputed Senkaku Islands, prompting Tokyo to scramble F-15 fighter jets, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura…

Tsunami Warning Lifted After 7.3 Earthquake Strikes Near Japan

Tsunami Warning Lifted After 7.3 Earthquake Strikes Near Japan

Jason Reed/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — A tsunami warning has been lifted for the northeastern region of Japan following a 7.3-magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of Miyagi prefecture on Friday.The quake rattled the coast of Japan just after 5 p.m. …

Google Creates Virtual Record of Tsunami Wreckage in Japan

Google Creates Virtual Record of Tsunami Wreckage in Japan

Google(TOKYO) — In the early hours after the tsunami hit northeast Japan last year, Google launched a Person Finder site that helped reconnect families and loved ones in the most devastated regions.Months later, the web giant dispatched its street vie…

Faulty Bolt Suspected in Japanese Tunnel Collapse that Killed Nine

Faulty Bolt Suspected in Japanese Tunnel Collapse that Killed Nine

YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) — Authorities in Japan say an old rusty bolt may be the cause of a highway tunnel collapse on Sunday that killed nine people.Investigators say the ceiling of the Sasago tunnel, about 50 miles west of Tokyo, is l…

Faulty Bolt Suspected in Japanese Tunnel Collapse that Killed Nine

Faulty Bolt Suspected in Japanese Tunnel Collapse that Killed Nine

YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) — Authorities in Japan say an old rusty bolt may be the cause of a highway tunnel collapse on Sunday that killed nine people.Investigators say the ceiling of the Sasago tunnel, about 50 miles west of Tokyo, is l…

At Least 3 People Dead After Japanese Highway Tunnel Collapses

At Least 3 People Dead After Japanese Highway Tunnel Collapses

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — At least three people have been confirmed dead and four others were missing, after a highway tunnel in central Japan partially collapsed Sunday morning, sparking a fire. Yamanashi police say three cars were trapped insi…

KFC Takes the Colonel’s Classic to the Skies in Japan

KFC Takes the Colonel’s Classic to the Skies in Japan

JAL/KFC(TOKYO) — Just in time for KFC’s most lucrative holiday in Japan, Japan Airlines plans to take the colonel’s classic to a whole new level: on board U.S.- and Europe-bound flights.The fast food chain and JAL are teaming up to offer p…

US Navy Bans Sailors in Japan from Drinking at Night

US Navy Bans Sailors in Japan from Drinking at Night

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — The U.S. Navy is cracking down on sailors in Japan following a string of arrests involving military personnel.Sailors will now be banned from drinking alcohol between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m., even if they are in their homes, r…

Designers in Japan Create 3D Miniature Action Figures of Family

Designers in Japan Create 3D Miniature Action Figures of Family

Courtesy Kaoru Utada(NEW YORK) — Just in time for the annual holiday family portrait, designers in Japan have come up with a unique alternative to standard prints: miniature action figures of the family.Gone are the days of photo sessions requiring no…

US Marine Arrested in Okinawa for Allegedly Trespassing

US Marine Arrested in Okinawa for Allegedly Trespassing

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — A U.S. marine was arrested in Okinawa on suspicion of trespassing over the weekend — the third time an American serviceman has been linked to an alleged crime in Japan’s southernmost island in a month. This time, police …

Pepsi Introduces Fat-Blocking Soda

Pepsi Introduces Fat-Blocking Soda

Pepsi(NEW YORK) — Soda and healthy aren’t exactly synonymous, but Pepsi-Cola in Japan is trying to change that with a new fiber-infused drink.Dubbed the “Pepsi Special,” the soft drink — set to go on sale Tuesday — contains dextrin…

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