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Pair of Japanese premium melons sell for record N10.5 million

A single pair of premium melons on Saturday fetched a record 3.2 million yen (N10.5m) at auction in Japan, where the fruit is regarded as a status symbol.

Three people seek $721,000 each from Japan over forced sterilisation

Three people filed lawsuits on Thursday seeking 79.5 million yen (721,000 dollars) each in compensation from the Japanese government claiming they were forcibly sterilised under the nation’s former eugenics protection law.

Japanese confirmed as world’s oldest living man aged 112

Masazo Nonaka from Japan was recognised Tuesday as the world's oldest man at the ripe old age of 112, as his family revealed his secret: sweets and hot baths.

Tokyo gets first ‘heavy snow’ alert in four years

Japan's weather agency Monday issued a heavy snow warning for Tokyo for the first time in four years, urging people to go home early amid fears of public transport chaos.

UN, North Korea agree security situation ‘most tense’

In a rare show of mutual consent, the United Nations and North Korea have both agreed that the current security situation in the Korean Peninsula is "the most tense and dangerous" in the world today.

Japan detects radio signals pointing to possible North Korea missile test

Japan has detected radio signals suggesting North Korea may be preparing another ballistic missile launch, although such signals are not unusual and satellite images did not show fresh activity, a Japanese government source said on Tuesday.

Tokyo hit by second tropical cyclone in a week

A week ago, Typhoon Lan made landfall on Japan's main island of Honshu and was driven across Tokyo. It was a major typhoon, one of the biggest on record, but was weakening before it reached Japan's capital.

Five challenges facing Japan

After his victory in Sunday’s election, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces a daunting in-tray, ranging from North Korean missiles to a rapidly ageing society.

Shinzo Abe on course for landslide win in Japan vote

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is on track for a landslide win in Japan's upcoming election, the latest survey suggested Monday, as a new party founded by Tokyo's popular governor loses momentum.

Japan’s Abe kicks off ‘difficult’ election battle

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved parliament Thursday, effectively kicking off a national election campaign where he faces an unexpected and formidable challenge from the popular governor of Tokyo.

Japan dissolves parliament ahead of tough election battle

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe officially dissolved parliament on Thursday, effectively kicking off a national election campaign where he faces an unexpected and formidable challenge from the popular governor of Tokyo.

Japan’s Abe triggers snap election amid North Korea crisis

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday called a snap election, seeking a fresh term at the helm of the world's third-largest economy as tensions with nearby North Korea reach fever-pitch.

Japan deploys missile defence to northern island

Japan deployed Tuesday an additional missile defence system on its northern island of Hokkaido, days after North Korea launched a missile over the island, sparking emergency warnings to take cover.

Japan protests North Korea’s latest missile test

Japan has strongly protested the latest ballistic missile launch by irritant neighbour, North Korea, calling it an intolerable provocation.

North Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan

North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile early on Friday from the capital Pyongyang that flew over northern Japan.

North Korea warns Japan of ‘imminent self-destruction’

Nuclear-armed North Korea has warned Tokyo against "imminent self-destruction" for siding with Washington, as tensions soar after Pyongyang fired a missile over Japan.

New UN sanctions could target North Korean workers – envoy

British Ambassador to the UN, Matthew Rycroft, said on Wednesday the UN Security Council could target North Korean guest workers sending money home from Russia and China.

Japan missile was first step in Pacific operation – North Korea

North Korea says its firing of a missile over Japan was “the first step” of military operations in the Pacific, signalling plans for more launches.

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