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6.2 quake hits western Japan

The quake, at a shallow depth of 10 kilometres (six miles), struck shortly after 2:00 pm (0500 GMT) in Tottori prefecture.

6.2 quake hits western Japan
Four-in-10 Japanese are virgins: poll
Four-in-10 Japanese are virgins: poll

More than 40 percent of young Japanese single adults are virgins and almost three-quarters of men are not in any kind of relationship.

Four-in-10 Japanese are virgins: poll
The wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited Pearl Harbor. Photo courtesy of Akie Abe's Facebook
Japan's first lady visits Pearl Harbor

The wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited Pearl Harbor, bombed by Japanese planes nearly 75 years ago.

Japan's first lady visits Pearl Harbor
Japan agrees to lease military aircraft to Philippines
Japan agrees to lease military aircraft to Philippines

Japan will lease military aircraft to the Philippines to counter Beijing's increasing regional influence

Japan agrees to lease military aircraft to Philippines
Japan abandons $250mn black hole satellite
Japan abandons $250mn black hole satellite

Japan is abandoning a quarter-of-a-billion-dollar satellite it sent to study black holes, disappointed space scientists said.

Japan abandons $250mn black hole satellite
Figure skating: Japan's Hanyu fumes at rival for 'intentional' collision
Figure skating: Japan's Hanyu fumes at rival for 'intentional' collision

Japan's Olympic figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu accused Denis Ten of Kazakhstan of deliberately colliding with him during practice.

Figure skating: Japan's Hanyu fumes at rival for 'intentional' collision
Japan loses track of pricey black hole satellite
Japan loses track of pricey black hole satellite

Dozens of space scientists are desperately scouring the skies after losing track of a quarter-of-a-billion-dollar Japanese satellite that was sent to study black holes.

Japan loses track of pricey black hole satellite
Religious duel in Japan: Pastor rock vs. Buddhist monk blues
Religious duel in Japan: Pastor rock vs. Buddhist monk blues

The band Boxi Rocks features Sekino and three other pastors, who don church robes during their raucous performances.

Religious duel in Japan: Pastor rock vs. Buddhist monk blues
Japan to send plutonium cache to US this weekend
Japan to send plutonium cache to US this weekend

Japan will return a huge cache of plutonium -- enough to produce 50 nuclear bombs -- to the United States.

Japan to send plutonium cache to US this weekend
Mutation in vegetation around Fukushima. Photo courtesy of thefukushimaradiationtreereports.wordpress.com
Mutations, DNA damage seen in Fukushima forests: Greenpeace

Conservation group Greenpeace warned that the environmental impact of the Fukushima nuclear crisis five years ago on nearby forests is just beginning to be seen.

Mutations, DNA damage seen in Fukushima forests: Greenpeace
Technology, ancient and modern, can help buildings survive quakes
Technology, ancient and modern, can help buildings survive quakes

Magnitude 6.4 earthquake in Taiwan highlighted what is needed to build a structure that can withstand seismic shocks.

Technology, ancient and modern, can help buildings survive quakes
World's first 'robot run' farm to open in Japan
World's first 'robot run' farm to open in Japan

A Japanese firm said Monday it would open the world's first fully automated farm with robots handling almost every step of the process.

World's first 'robot run' farm to open in Japan
Mitsubishi Heavy postpones delivery of first made-in-Japan jet
Mitsubishi Heavy postpones delivery of first made-in-Japan jet

Mitsubishi Heavy is postponing delivery of the first made-in-Japan passenger jet, a little more than a month after its maiden test flight.

Mitsubishi Heavy postpones delivery of first made-in-Japan jet
Japanese monks karate chop, chant in funeral contest
Japanese monks karate chop, chant in funeral contest

Japanese Buddhist monks strutted their stuff in a contest highlighting sutra chanting skills, giving funeral sermons and loud karate chops.

Japanese monks karate chop, chant in funeral contest
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Nazarbayev meets Japan's PM Shinzo Abe in Astana

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has met Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe in Astana.

Nazarbayev meets Japan's PM Shinzo Abe in Astana
Japan dips into recession in stumble for 'Abenomics'
Japan dips into recession in stumble for 'Abenomics'

Japan's economy slipped into recession for the second time since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came to power nearly three years ago.

Japan dips into recession in stumble for 'Abenomics'
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Japan and Kazakhstan to explore rare earth metals in Karaganda and Kostanai regions

JOGMEC and Kazgeologiya National Geological Exploration Company are expecting to start exploration works in spring 2016, primarily in territories rich in yttrium in Karaganda and Kostanai regions.

Japan and Kazakhstan to explore rare earth metals in Karaganda and Kostanai regions
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Kazakhstan’s President invites Japanese companies to partake in privatization of Kazakhstan companies

For the last 10 years the inflow of Japan’s FDI made up about $ 5 billion. The trade turnover between the two nations for the last 7 years totaled $10 billion.

Kazakhstan’s President invites Japanese companies to partake in privatization of Kazakhstan companies
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Japan to construct nuclear power plant in Kazakhstan

January 23,2015 Tengrinews.kz reported that Kazakhstan had started talks with Toshiba, owner of Westinghouse, to construct its first nuclear power plant.

Japan to construct nuclear power plant in Kazakhstan
Japan, Turkmenistan sign deals worth $18 bn
Japan, Turkmenistan sign deals worth $18 bn

Japan and Turkmenistan signed a raft of energy and other deals worth more than $18 billion during a Japanese leader's first-ever official visit to the reclusive country.

Japan, Turkmenistan sign deals worth $18 bn