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Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki reveals the name of his next feature film

This is the news we’ve been waiting to hear since the acclaimed director came out of retirement.

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Passengers evacuate train during typhoon after it gets hit by lightning and fills up with smoke

This video shows what happens inside a train when lightning strikes a carriage.

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Japanese Emperor abdication date revealed by government officials in new report

The date will bring an end to Japan’s current Heisei era.

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“Can you drop a bomb on America?” Japanese man shocks commuters from tracks of busy train station

Reactions from onlookers and staff were just as disconcerting as the man’s behaviour.

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Commotion at Akihabara Station as bomb squad called in to remove suspicious object

Dramatic scenes were captured on film today as specialist teams and truckloads of equipment were sent to the busy station in Tokyo.

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Fukushima teacher threatens students with “Death Note”

Teacher reprimanded, school apologizes to families.

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Man dies after participating in onigiri speed-eating contest in Japan

The incident occurred at a festival in Shiga Prefecture last week.

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Sailor Moon fights against the spread of STIs on behalf of Japan’s health ministry

The animated high school heroine will now appear on posters and condom packages in a bid to thwart the spread of sexually transmitted infections in Japan.

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Fukuoka City aims to resume traffic at site of road collapse less than a week after accident

Following days of around-the-clock work by construction workers, all eyes are on the city again following reports that the road will be fit to drive on by today.

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UPDATE: Situation remains serious at scene of road collapse in Fukuoka

Our Japanese correspondent in Fukuoka brings us the latest images from the scene of the road collapse that occurred on the island of Kyushu.

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People evacuated as major road caves in outside station in Japan

Dramatic photos show the extent of the damage that occurred in the early hours of this morning.

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Unexpectedly cute stowaway on JR train causes delays, smiles

Usually commuters get upset by train delays, but this time they were all smiles.
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Swarms of insects cause chaos on bridge in Japan

Incredible photos show an extraordinary number of insects wreaked havoc on drivers, closing a bridge and causing accidents on the weekend.

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Japanese fans fund “Animator Dormitories” to help young anime artists working in Tokyo

The crowdfunding project has received huge support to assist new talent, who start out in the industry on notoriously low wages.

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Dramatic scenes at Harajuku Station as Typhoon Mindulle makes landfall in Japan

Tokyo’s Yamanote Line was suspended for hours in both directions today due to the incident.

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Korean man wins lottery, family stages City Hall protest demanding he split the money

The 58 year-old winner’s mother and daughter say they’re entitled to part of his winnings and went as far as to stage a protest at the local city office.

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SMAP, one of Japan’s most famous pop boy band groups, have announced they will disband at the end of this year.

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Emperor Akihito hints at abdication of throne in new video message

The Emperor’s decision to break his silence on the controversial issue has sparked considerable debate and contemplation in Japan.

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Female high school students continue to be banned on baseball field at Koshien Stadium in Japan

Baseball tournament officials defend the ban on female students as a necessary measure to help protect their safety.

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Lightning storms pound east Japan, turn Kawasaki into a giant rain puddle【Photos】

Mother Nature gave the Tokyo-area a dynamic wakeup call this morning.

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