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Andy Murray advanced to his fourth Australian Open final and a chance to win his third Grand Slam title with a 6-7 (6), 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 semifinal win over Tomas Berdych on Thursday.

Murray broke Berdych's serve in the 11th game of the final set and clinched the match with…

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Larger-that-life columnist and talent Matsuko Deluxe is well-known for her sharp tongue, particularly where pretty ladies are concerned. This time the target of her ire is idol groups like AKB48.

On a radio show last week, she slammed the idea of them performing for the Tokyo Olympics as “embarrassing.”

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Lawyers representing 1,789 customers of educational services company Benesse filed a 100 million yen suit for damages against the firm on Thursday over a data leak that affected more than 20 million people last year.

One of the lawyers told reporters outside the Tokyo District Court that the massive data…

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Serena Williams weathered a barrage of big serves and heavy groundstrokes in the first set before beating 19-year-old Madison Keys 7-6 (5), 6-2 to set up an Australian Open final against Maria Sharapova.

Williams dominated the second set of the all-American semifinal, breaking Keys' serve twice. Keys saved seven match…

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The Japanese government knew for months that Islamic State militants were holding two Japanese men captive, but appeared ill-prepared when the group set a ransom deadline and purportedly killed one of them, according to officials involved in the crisis in the past week.

The biggest foreign policy test of Prime…

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Police in Saga said Thursday they have arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of strangling his 45-year-old mother to death at her home.

According to police, Kaoru Aishima killed his mother Noriko on Jan 22. Police said they found the body on Tuesday night after one of Noriko's sons said…

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A new batch of special Suica cards to mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of Tokyo Station went on sale Wednesday.

The new sales come after there was chaos on Dec 20 when the first batch went on sale. The station was overwhelmed by thousands of visitors after it…

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Indonesia is ready to execute seven foreigners on death row after their appeals for presidential clemency were rejected, an official said, despite an international outcry following recent executions.

Authorities had already revealed that the two Australian leaders of the "Bali Nine" drug-smuggling gang had lost their appeals for clemency from…

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Ichiro Suzuki shows his Miami Marlins' uniform as Michael Hill, right, president of Marlins' baseball operations, Marlins President David Samson, second left, and Ichiro's agent, John Boggs, far left, accompany him during a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday.

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The Islamic State group's demand that a jihadi on Jordan's death row be exchanged for a Japanese hostage is an attempt to chip away at the U.S.-led coalition against extremism in the Middle East, analysts say.

The militants, whose brutal rule stretches across swathes of Iraq and Syria, is hoping…

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