Japan and Russia have been in a dispute over who owns four islands north of Hokkaido for over 70 years.Even so, their le...

Bonsai show wows visitors

The World Bonsai Convention wows visitors near Tokyo as bonsai exports boom worldwide.

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Man nabbed for defrauding woman of $23k

A man is arrested for defrauding a woman of $23k, asking her to give him all the money she has before signing a mistress...

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Cherry blossom front near goal in Japan

The cherry blossom front is close to sweeping Japan as a weatherman declares cherries in bloom in northern Sapporo.

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Complete dinosaur skeleton found in Hokkaido

The complete skeleton of a large dinosaur is found in Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost main isle.

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Bear cub captured in Hokkaido suburb

Residents in Bibai, northern Japan are surprised to find a bear cub on the outskirts of town.

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Japan exceeds bluefin tuna quota

Japan exceeds its quota of Pacific bluefin tuna for the year amid concerns over stocks.

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After 9 years, BOJ uses term 'expansion'

The Bank of Japan lifts its economic assessment, using the word 'expansion' for the first time in nine years.

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Govt. updates quake probability predictions

The central government's Earthquake Research Committee releases quake probability data indicating the chance of a massi...

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Enjoying 'hanami' of a different hue

Just when you thought it was over--"hanami" of a different sort is in full swing as 200-year-old Yamada wisteria blossom...

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