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Seven trapped in fiery Japan tunnel collapse

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At least seven people were trapped inside a highway tunnel in Japan after it collapsed on Sunday, setting a car ablaze and raising fears of another cave-in that forced a halt to rescue efforts.

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Japan geeks seek love at masked matchmaking

Self-confessed geeks in Japan who might ordinarily be too shy to ask someone on a date are trying a new kind of matchmaking: wearing cartoon character masks.

American Lewis wins Mizuno Classic golf

American Stacy Lewis hit a sizzling 64 for a one-stroke victory at the USLPGA Tour Mizuno Classic tournament on Sunday.

The 27-year-old American, starting the day seven strokes behind the pace in eig

Japanese airport closed after WWII bomb found


A major airport in northern Japan was closed on Tuesday after construction workers found an unexploded bomb believed to be from World War II.

Japan nationalists land on island in China row


Japanese nationalists landed on an island at the heart of a corrosive territorial row with China on Sunday in a move likely to further inflame tensions with Beijing.

Around a dozen members of the rig

A 63-year-old engineer and Japan's 'Last Ninja'


A 63-year-old former engineer may not fit the typical image of a dark-clad assassin with deadly weapons who can disappear into a cloud of smoke. But Jinichi Kawakami is reputedly Japan's last ninja.

Japan ukulele ensemble crowned world's largest


More than 2,000 musicians strummed ukuleles in a Japanese port city on Saturday to set a new world record for the largest ever ensemble of the Hawaiian guitar.

Their effort was recognised by Guinness

Lack of babies: Japanese people facing 'extinction'

Experts in Japan are warning of a doomsday scenario in which the Japanese could face extinction, if the current birthrate stays.

A study claims the last child will be born in 3011 and then the Japane

One year on, 'ghosts' stalk Japan's tsunami city

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A year after whole neighbourhoods full of people were killed by the Japanese tsunami, rumours of ghosts swirl in Ishinomaki as the city struggles to come to terms with the awful tragedy.

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Japan scientist makes ‘Avatar’ robot

A Japanese-developed robot that mimics the movements of its human controller is bringing the Hollywood blockbuster Avatar one step closer to reality.

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

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