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Japanese minister quits over gifting melons, crabs to constituents
Japan's new trade minister resigned after being accused of violating election law.
South Korea not invited to Japanese naval fleet review
South Korea will not participate in Japan’s naval fleet review in October, it said on Tuesday, as it had not been invited to a display its navy joined when the event was last held four years ago.
Women, late-in-life new authors, expand Japanese literature
The works receiving one of Japan’s most coveted literary awards, the Naoki Prize, have something new in common: For the first time in 85 years, all six of the nominated authors are women.
Over half of Japanese voters oppose joining US-led anti-Iran coalition in Persian Gulf: Poll
A new poll shows that over half of voters oppose dispatching Japan’s Self-Defense Forces personnel to the Persian Gulf to join a US-led coalition in a purported mission of protecting maritime shipping lanes in the Middle East.
South Korea to unveil plans to ease reliance on Japanese industries
South Korea will soon unveil plans to reduce its economy’s reliance on Japanese industries, its finance minister said Wednesday, while repeating his call for Tokyo to end the tightening of controls on some exports.
Japanese man dies on flight after swallowing 246 packets of cocaine
A Japanese man with 246 packets of cocaine in his stomach and intestines died midflight on his way from Bogota to Tokyo, authorities said in northern Mexico where the plane made an emergency landing.
Japanese refiners want US waivers for Iran oil imports
Japanese refiners want to get a sanctions waivers extension from the U.S. government for oil imports from Iran, Takashi Tsukioka, president of the Petroleum Association of Japan (PAJ), said.
Japanese scientists take ‘significant step’ towards bringing prehistoric mammoths back to life
The last woolly mammoth populations died out just over 4,000 years ago, but the prehistoric giants could soon be back and plodding about just like they were during the ice age.
Japanese parts suppliers in China hurt by  US trade war friction, JETRO survey shows
Japanese companies that operate in China to supply parts and materials to exporters there are affected more by US-China trade friction than other Japanese firms working in the country, according to the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).
Japanese government to conduct body scanning experiment at subway station in Tokyo
The Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism plans to conduct an experiment to scan passengers' bodies at a Tokyo subway station next month as part of efforts to strengthen security following a fatal attack on a bullet train last year.
Japanese demand action in territorial row with South Korea, clash with police
A group of protesters calling for the Japanese government to do more to regain control of an islet disputed with South Korea clashed with police on Friday (February 22), as others joined a memorial ceremony held to reassert their territorial claims.
Four Japanese films to be screened in Iran
The Japanese Embassy in Iran and the Farabi Cinema Foundation will screen four Japanese films and animations on February 28 and 29.
Japanese prefecture to allow children to bring smartphones to school
The Osaka — Japan — prefectural government has decided to allow public elementary and junior high school students to bring mobile phones with them to school, beginning this April.
Japanese couples increasingly begin to arrange prenuptial agreements
An age-old practice fairly common in many Western countries is now gaining a foothold in Japan, with more and more people insisting on drawing up prenuptial agreements to ensure they are protected should their marriage end badly.

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