Cash-loving Japan has been slow to accept alternative payments, but new government incentives and an impending sales tax...

Toothpick tower contest tests students

Students in southwest Japan compete to see whose toothpick tower can withstand an earthquake.

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Lone female minister denies influence peddling

Japan's only female minister denies allegations that she was paid to help a business owner get a tax break.

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Syria's eastern Ghouta faces long recovery

Syria's eastern Ghouta district remains devastated six months after the Assad regime took over the rebel stronghold in A...

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Anpanman train marks 30 years of Great Seto Bridge line

A special one-day Anpanman train run marks 30 years of the Seto-Ohashi Line across the Inland Sea.

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Japan seeks more Chinese pandas

Japan's prime minister will ask China for more pandas when he visits the country next week.

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7 mobsters busted for growing cannabis

Police arrest seven men over a major weed growing operation in Yokohama.

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Bamboo boar dolls herald new year

2019 is the year of the boar, and craftsmen in central Japan are hard at work producing bamboo boar dolls.

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Replacing bad quake dampers could take 2 years

It may take 2 years for KYB to replace all of the sub-standard anti-quake dampers installed in buildings across Japan.

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6 arrested for ¥1 million phone fraud

Tokyo police arrest 6 men for conning people out of ¥1 million ($9000) in a phone scam.

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