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  • Japan's UNESCO heritage bid draws ire over past labor abuse

    Of countless ghostly abandoned factories and mines in Japan, this fortress island near Nagasaki is among the most notorious. It is also a source of national pride. Gunkanjima, or Battleship Island, is one of 23 old industrial facilities seeking UNESCO'...
  • 2 dead after man sets self on fire on Japanese bullet train

    A man set himself on fire on a high-speed bullet train in Japan on Tuesday, killing himself and another passenger as the coach filled with smoke, a fire official said. At least 26 other people were injured, three seriously, mostly from smoke inhalation,...
  • Two die as man sets himself on fire aboard Japanese bullet train

    Two die as man sets himself on fire aboard Japanese bullet train
    Two people died on a Japanese bullet train traveling from Tokyo to Osaka on Tuesday when a 70-year-old man poured a flammable liquid over his body and set himself on fire in the first carriage of the train. A woman in her 50s was found dead from smoke...
  • 2 dead after man sets himself on fire on Japanese high-speed bullet train

    2 dead after man sets himself on fire on Japanese high-speed bullet train
    A man riding a Japanese high-speed bullet train set himself on fire Tuesday, killing himself and another passenger as the coach filled with smoke, a fire official said. At least 26 other people were injured, three seriously, mostly from smoke...
  • KISS goes J-pop with tween sensations MCZ at Anime Expo 2015

    KISS goes J-pop with tween sensations MCZ at Anime Expo 2015
    KISS, one of the most visually recognizable bands in the history of music, could easily be thought of as rock's most popular band of cosplayers, which would make its relationship with the Anime Expo and Japanese pop band Momoiro Clover Z not the least bit...
  • In Japan, a plan to expand military's powers faces growing resistance

    Japan's ruling coalition came in for a shock recently as parliament mulled legislation pushed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to expand the powers of the nation's Self-Defense Forces. The lawmakers had invited three constitutional scholars to address the...
  • Two dead after man sets self on fire on Japan train

    Two dead after man sets self on fire on Japan train
    A man riding one of Japan's high-speed bullet trains set himself on fire Tuesday, killing himself and another passenger as the coach filled with smoke, Japanese officials and media reports said. At least nine others were injured, one seriously, mostly...
  • Popular elsewhere, high-speed rail remains elusive in the US

    Travelers easily whiz from city to city on high-speed trains in many parts of South America, Asia and Europe. Since the first high-speed lines began operating more than 50 years ago in Japan, they have become an essential part of transportation worldwide....
  • Japan marks 70th anniversary of WWII Battle of Okinawa

    Heckled by local residents, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe joined about 5,000 people including the U.S. ambassador in a memorial service marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa, one of the bloodiest conflicts of World War II. Resentment over the...
  • Japan navy drill in South China Sea may lead to larger role

    A tiny military exercise in the Philippines this week may presage something much bigger: the entry of Japan into the tussle for control of the South China Sea. A Japanese surveillance plane and about 20 troops conducted the first of two days of joint...
  • Strong earthquake hits south of Tokyo; no tsunami danger

    A strong earthquake struck off an island chain south of Tokyo on Tuesday, but officials said there was no danger of a tsunami. Japan's Meteorological Agency said the earthquake measured a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 and was very deep, about 480...