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Justin Bieber courted controversy once again on Wednesday, posting a picture of a Japanese war shrine after an apparent visit to the contentious spot that counts convicted war criminals among the fallen warriors it honors.

The troubled Canadian pop prince, who arrived in Japan on April 20, posted the snap…

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The Imperial Household Agency announced this week that it has received over 100,000 applications from individuals seeking to participate in the first ever public opening of parts of the Imperial Palace.

The agency said the Seiden Matsu no Ma State Function Hall, Homeiden State Banquet Hall, where banquets are held…

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Tokyo stocks ended 1.09% higher Wednesday, buoyed by another day of gains on Wall Street and as railway and hotels giant Seibu Holdings rose nearly 11% on its return to the Japanese market.

The Nikkei 225 index closed 157.50 points higher to finish at 14,546.27, while the Topix index of…

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Japanese railway and hotels giant Seibu Holdings returned to the Tokyo stock market Wednesday, a decade after it was delisted following a major accounting scandal.

The stock rose 5.4% from its initial public offering price to 1,687 yen in morning trade, valuing the group at about 576 billion yen.

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Relatives of a seven-year-old girl and a pregnant woman who were killed on April 23, 2012, when a car hit a group of elementary school children and adults in Kameoka, Kyoto Prefecture, gathered at the scene Wednesday to offer prayers and place flowers.

Eight other children were seriously hurt when…

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South Korean divers swam though dark, cold waters into a sunken ferry on Wednesday, feeling for children's bodies with their hands in a maze of cabins, corridors and upturned decks as they searched for hundreds of missing.

The divers, with oxygen and communications lines trailing, can only see a few…

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Malaysian marine police say pirates raided a Japanese tanker in the Malacca Strait and pilfered several million liters of diesel fuel it was carrying.

A marine police officer says the tanker was sailing from Singapore to Myanmar when it was boarded by pirates armed with pistols and machetes early Tuesday.…

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Dominican slugger Albert Pujols smacked two home runs off Washington pitcher Taylor Jordan to reach the 500-homer career milestone in the Los Angeles Angels' 7-2 victory.

Pujols became the first player in Major League Baseball history to smash his 499th and 500th homers in the same game.

The 14-season veteran…

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President Barack Obama confirmed Wednesday that America's mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands at the center of a territorial dispute between China and Japan.

"The policy of the United States is clear," he said in a written response to questions published in Japan's Yomiuri newspaper before his…

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New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was a winner in his first Major League Baseball game against the archrival Boston Red Sox, striking out seven in 9-3 victory.

The 25-year-old Japanese right-hander, signed to a seven-year deal worth $155 million in January, scattered seven hits over 7 1/3 innings while…

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