Japan warned that it might pull funding for UNESCO to protest last week's decision to inscribe documents related to the Nanjing massacre in its Memory of the World register.
Sabina Altynbekova, Kazakhstan's most popular volleyball player, is transferring to Japanese GSS Sunbeams club.
Japan's sports minister said he had tendered his resignation over abandoned plans for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics's main stadium.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov indicated that there is no room for compromise with Japan over the disputed south Kuril islands.
Japanese public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has dropped in the days since his ruling coalition rammed through legislation allowing the nation's troops to fight abroad.
Japan's parliament passed contentious security bills into law early Saturday, in a move that could see Japanese troops fight abroad for the first time in 70 years.
Japanese authorities said they had found all the people left missing after massive floods that devastated large areas north of Tokyo.
Japan warned tourists to keep away from popular Mount Aso after it began belching smoke and ash into the air, the latest eruption in one of the world's most volcanically active countries.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited a disaster-struck city north of Tokyo in the aftermath of massive flooding that killed at least three people.
Popular Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami's new book has gone on sale, with a major domestic bookstore chain buying 90 percent of the initial print run in a direct challenge to online rivals.
Tens of thousands of people were ordered to flee homes across Japan as heavy rain pounded the country, sending radiation-tainted waters into the ocean at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.
Japanese premier Shinzo Abe was on Tuesday re-elected head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, despite falling popularity over efforts to expand the military's role and a stuttering economy.
President of Kazakhstan has visited the military parade in Beijing in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Victory.
McDonald's in Japan said it was investigating an incident involving a customer who was injured by plastic shards found inside a drink, the latest in a string of food contamination scandals.
It was the best of shows, it was the worst of shows: as 12,000 troops and hundreds of tanks and missiles rolled through Tiananmen Square in front of invited guests and foreign leaders.
Tokyo's 2020 Olympics organisers scrapped the event's scandal-hit logo in the latest mishap for the Games after a costs furore forced plans for a $2 billion new national stadium to be torn up.
Japan said it would slash the cost of Tokyo's new 2020 Olympic stadium by more than 40 percent, after ditching its original plan due to the eye-watering $2 billion price tag.
US President Barack Obama on Wednesday apologised to Tokyo after WikiLeaks claimed Washington had spied on Japanese politicians.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday criticised his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev's weekend visit to disputed islands.
A huge blaze broke out Monday at steel plant near Tokyo's Haneda airport as television images showed plumes of thick black smoke and flames shooting up into the air.
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