Winemaking has reached new frontiers, with some makers aging the alcoholic beverage in the ocean.

Coin throw for the dearly departed

At a Buddhist temple in western Japan, people pray for the dead with the toss of a one-yen coin.

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10 medical schools rigged entrance exams

10 Japanese medical schools are found to have discriminated against female and repeat applicants in their entrance exams...

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Road rage driver sentenced to 18 years

In the first case of its kind in Japan, a man is sentenced to 18 years over a road rage incident that caused the deaths ...

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US base reclamation work starts

Japan's government starts landfill work on the coast in Okinawa to relocate a controversial US military base despite loc...

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Tamaki request to halt base work denied

Okinawa's governor asks the government to stop work on a US base move.

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Expansion 2nd longest of postwar era

Japan's cabinet says its current economic expansion is the second longest since World War Two.

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Flu season underway in capital

Tokyo announces the start of the flu season.

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Prince and Princess show works at cultural festival

Prince Akishino's son and Crown Prince Naruhito's daughter display their works at the Imperial Household Agency's annual...

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Geisha, temple prepare for new year

Geisha in Kyoto's Gion district and monks at Naritasan Shinshoji temple begin traditional New Year's rituals with just 1...

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