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2 dead after man sets self on fire on Japanese bullet train

A fire department official confirmed that one man was dead. The man had apparently covered himself with oil and set fire to himself.


6.9 magnitude earthquake hits south of Tokyo; no tsunami danger

Some islands in the chain were shaken strongly by the quake, but it was hardly felt in Tokyo.

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Japan marks 70th anniversary of WWII Battle of Okinawa

A moment of silence was observed at Peace Memorial Park in Okinawa on Tuesday to mark the battle that killed 200.000.

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Video of Japanese bullet train’s 7-minute scrub goes viral

The video, a little longer than a minute and a half, shows the painstaking process of cleaning the high speed Japanese train in seven minutes.

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South Korea, Japan mark 50 years of ties with push to overcome strains

Park and Abe are expected to hold bilateral talks, first since taking office, to build ties between the two nations strained by territorial dispute and Japan’s past colonisation of South Korea.

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What’s ahead for Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant?

Experts have yet to pinpoint the exact location of the melted fuel inside the three reactors and study it, and still need to develop robots capable of working safely in such highly radioactive conditions.

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Japan OKs 40-year Fukushima nuclear plant cleanup plan despite unknowns

Three of the plant’s six reactors melted following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.


Japan: 7.8 magnitude earthquake strikes Tokyo, leaves 12 people hurt

Eyewitness say the quake has shaken buildings, but officials say no Tsunami threat.


Volcano erupts on Japanese island of Kuchinoerabujima, evacuation ordered

A pyroclastic flow of super-heated gas and rock flowed down the side of the peak and reached the ocean, NHK said, but there were no immediate reports of injuries to the island’s roughly 150 residents.

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Japan pledges climate change aid to Pacific island nations

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the pledge at a meeting with Pacific island nations in Iwaki in northern Japan.


Japan aquariums say they’ll stop getting Taiji-hunt dolphins

WAZA characterized the Taiji hunt as “cruel,” and decided that none of its members should acquire dolphins in such a way.

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6.8 magnitude earthquake strikes Japan, no Tsunami alert

A strong earthquake hit Japan early wednesday morning in the same region devastated by a major quake and tsunami in 2011.

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Typhoon swerves into Japan, leaves 2 dead in Philippines

The powerful Typhoon Noul that has killed 2 in Philippines is now battering the southern shores of Japan.


Japanese zoo names monkey after newborn British princess Charlotte, apologises later

A zoo official said the Japanese people would feel offended if a monkey were named after Japanese princesses.


Volcanic activity closes part of popular Japan hot springs

Hakone, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of Tokyo, attracts visitors from both Japan and overseas.