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Bullet train runs with door open at 280 kph

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A bullet train hurtling along at 280 kilometers per hour ran for 40 seconds with one of its doors completely open on Wednesday, its operator said. The accident, due to human error, was a rare mishap for the shinkansen which has a world-famous safety and punctuality record. The Tokyo-bound Hayabusa… Read

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Tokyo to get more ambulances to deal with heat during 2020 Olympics

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As a safety measure against a possible surge in heatstroke and heat exhaustion cases at next summer's Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Tokyo Fire Department is preparing additional ambulances and multilingual support for athletes and spectators. During Tokyo's scorching summer of 2018, a record 8,295 people in the metropolitan area… Read

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No.of S Korean tourists to Japan drops 7.6%

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The number of South Korean tourists visiting Japan fell last month to its lowest in nearly a year as visitors cancelled travel plans amid deteriorating relations between the neighbors, Japanese government data showed on Wednesday. Tourist arrivals from South Korea dropped 7.6% in July from the corresponding month a year… Read

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Mountain hikers warned to protect themselves amid spate of strandings

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With more and more people venturing into the mountains in Japan's summer months, there has been a corresponding rise in the number of hikers getting themselves into difficult situations related to heat and weather events. In July and August of 2018 alone, authorities were notified of 793 people getting into… Read

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Record 832 foreigners in Japan lose residency status in 2018

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A record 832 foreigners living in Japan were stripped of their residency status in 2018, more than double from the year before as the government tightens immigration regulations, authorities said Wednesday. Almost 70 percent of the total consisted of "students" or "technical trainees" who ran afoul of the law by… Read

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Hiroshima marks 5th anniversary of deadly mudslides

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Hiroshima marked the fifth anniversary Tuesday of landslides that claimed 77 lives, with residents in the affected areas holding a memorial service for the victims. The memorial was attended by the bereaved families and Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui, among others. Flowers were left in various places across the western city,… Read

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Two elderly sisters found dead of apparent heatstroke in their home

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The bodies of two sisters, one in her late 80s and the other in her 90s, were found Monday in their home in Tokyo, police said Tuesday, adding they believe the women died of heatstroke. According to police, the bodies were found at around 6 p.m. in their two-story house… Read

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Emperor Hirohito stopped by PM Yoshida from expressing remorse over war, documents show

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Emperor Hirohito wanted to express his regret and remorse over World War II in 1952 but was stopped from doing so by the prime minister at the time, newly disclosed documents showed Monday. The records detailing exchanges between the emperor, known posthumously as Emperor Showa, and Michiji Tajima, the first… Read

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S Korea calls in Japanese diplomat over plans for Fukushima water

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South Korea's Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned the economy minister from the Japanese embassy in Seoul to discuss a reported plan that would see water contaminated from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown discharged into the Pacific Ocean. Kwon Se Jung, the director general in charge of climate change… Read

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Pakistani, in Japan for 31 years, files lawsuit seeking special permission to remain

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A Pakistani man who has received notice of deportation after living in Japan for more than 30 years filed a lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court on Monday, seeking special permission to remain in the country with his ailing wife. Mohamad Sadaq, 55, fled to Japan in 1988 because he… Read

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