Jordan ready to swap inmate with Islamic State

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Jordan is willing to swap an Iraqi woman prisoner for a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State group…

Purported IS message threatens Japan, Jordan hostages

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An online message purportedly from IS warned a Japanese hostage and Jordanian pilot the extremists hold have less than 24 hours left to live…

Japan working to gain IS hostage’s release

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Japan was coordinate efforts with Jordan and other countries to save a hostage held by the Islamic State group…

Mom’s appeal to save Japanese hostage

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“Time is running out. Please, Japanese government, save my son’s life,” said Junko Ishido…

Japan’s Abe ‘fighting against time’ seeking to free hostages

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Japan is doing all it can to free two hostages the Islamic State group is threatening to kill unless it receives $200 million…

IS threatens to kill Japan hostages within 72 hours

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An online video purported to show the Islamic State group threatening to kill two Japanese hostages…

Tooth, plastic found in McDonalds meals in Japan

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Japan’s McDonald’s apologize for a human tooth, plastic pieces and other objects found in its burger…

Japan eases visa rules for Chinese tourists

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Japan will extend the visa validity for high income Chinese tourists starting January 19, 2015…

Japan actor Takakura, known for stoic heroes, dies

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Ken Takakura, a craggy-faced, quiet star known for playing outlaws and stoic heroes in scores of Japanese films…

Japanese tourist missing in Canada presumed dead

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Canada police have called off the search for a missing Japanese tourist who was last seen nearly two weeks ago…

China, Japan reach four-point agreement for improving relations

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China and Japan has reaced a four-point agreement that will lay a foundation for improving their bilateral relation…

Beijing condemns Japan PM’s offerings to shrine

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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent religious offerings Friday to a Tokyo shrine honoring the war dead…

More bodies found at Japan volcano; toll now 36

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Rescuers found five more bodies near the summit of the volcano, bringing the death toll to 36…

Burger King in Japan serves all black burger

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Burger King added black cheese and darkened the other ingredients in the special burger duo added to menus Friday…

China’s envoy to Iceland arrested for espionage

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Ma Jisheng, the Chinese ambassador to Iceland and his wife has been arrested for spying for Japan…

Number of people over 100 years old in Japan hits record high

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Japanese government officials say the number of people aged 100 or older has hit a record high of almost 60,000…

China’s top leaders remember victory over Japan

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President Xi Jinping tended to huge bouquets Wednesday as China commemorated Japan’s World War II surrender…

Shocking reveal: “Hello Kitty” is not a cat

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“Hello Kitty” 40th birthday comes a surprise revelation: Hello Kitty is *not* a cat!…

Japan PM sent prayer note to war criminal ceremony

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a note earlier this year to a ceremony honoring more than a thousand World War II-era war criminals which praised their contributions to the country…

111-year-old from Japan recognized as oldest man

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A 111-year-old retired Japanese educator who enjoys poetry has been recognized as the world’s oldest living man…

China, S. Korea blast Japan’s war shrine visits

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China and South Korea reacted strongly Friday to two Japanese Cabinet ministers visiting Yasukuni Shrine…

Japanese girl allegedly decapitates classmate

A 16-year-old Japanese girl is accused of killing a classmate then cutting off her head and hand…

China holds ceremony to mark China-Japan war

China marked the 77th anniversary of the start of a war with Japan amid rising tensions between Beijing and Tokyo…

Video of Japanese politician weeping goes viral

A video clip of a weeping Japanese politician accused of dubious spending on trips to a hot springs has gone viral…

Japan World Cup fans clean stadium

Several unofficial World cup accounts tweeted pics of Japanese fans apparently cleaning up after the match…

Obama opens Japan trip at famous sushi restaurant

Obama kicked off his trip on an informal note, joining Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a famous Tokyo sushi restaurant…

Japan increases sales tax

Japan increased its sales tax from 5 percent to 8 percent on Tuesday, first time in 17 years…

Japan whaling future in doubt after court ruling

The International Court of Justice ruled Monday that Japan’s annual hunt in the Antarctic was not really for scientific purposes…

Japan concerned by China’s increased military

Japan expressed concern on Wednesday over the strengthening of the Chinese military announced by Premier Li Keqiang…