Santa Clauses en route to world congress

 18 Santa Clauses gather at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on their way to the World Santa Claus Congress in southwestern Japan.

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Whale shark returned to the wild

 An aquarium releases its huge whale shark Otobe into the sea after the shark grows too big for its tank.

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Kids veg out

 Children in Takayama carve sculptures from vegetables for a thanksgiving festival.

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Baldies fete harvest moon

 Twenty men with shiny bald heads gather to celebrate the harvest moon.

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Fans praise Nishikori despite loss

 Japanese fans celebrated Kei Nishikori’s historic US Open achievements, despite his loss in yesterday’s final.

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Dengue could threaten 2020 Tokyo Olympics

 Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe says the dengue outbreak around Olympic facilities must be beaten.

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Baby tapir debuts at Tama Zoo

Newborn Malayan tapir is shown to the public.

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Samurai help Haneda prep for 2020 Olympics

frameborder="0">Work begins to get Haneda Airport ready for an influx of Olympic-related travelers.

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Ghouls of summer

A small fishing town brings fun memories to kids with some spooky characters.

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Panda meets the press

A baby red panda was shown to the media for the first time at a zoo in Aichi.

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