Prince Hisahito and his sister Princess Kako attend a speech contest for young people in Tokyo, their first official dut...

Touchless train travel in the works

JR East is developing a system that enables passengers to pass through ticket gates without the hassle of taking out or ...

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Japanese chemist Yoshino gives Nobel lecture

Japanese Nobel laureate Akira Yoshino gives a lecture on lithium-ion batteries in Stockholm.

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Empress Masako turns 56

Japan's Empress Masako celebrates her 56th birthday, her first since becoming empress earlier this year.

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Dr. Tetsu Nakamura's body returns home to Fukuoka

The body of Dr. Tetsu Nakamura is returned to his hometown, Fukuoka, after he was killed in an attack in Afghanistan las...

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Ceremony honors 78th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

A ceremony marks the 78th anniversary of the Japanese Imperial Army's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that pulled the Un...

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Coldest morning in Japan this winter

Temperatures in northern Japan plunge to their lowest this winter due to a cold air mass hovering above the archipelago.

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Laughing festival

People laugh their hearts out in an unusual festival in western Japan.

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Sun-dried salmon

A fish shop in central Japan prepares sun-dried salmon to be used as gifts.

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Redeveloping Shibuya

Shibuya, once a center of culture focused on young people, is being redeveloped with high-rise shopping and office build...

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