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The Ministry of Justice plans to begin testing high-tech facial recognition software at automated immigration gates at Haneda and Narita airports from Aug 4 until Sept 5.

The tests will be limited to Japanese nationals holding passports with IC chips embedded in them, according to Japanese media. The software will…

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The United States placed the blame for the swift collapse of the latest Gaza ceasefire squarely at the door of Hamas on Friday, accusing the Palestinian militants of launching a "barbaric" attack.

President Barack Obama stressed it would be "very hard" to get another truce in the Gaza Strip unless…

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Muslim visitors to Japan are expected to reach one million a year by 2020, triple the 2013 level, as it further opens up to tourists, a specialist travel firm said Friday.

Singapore-based CrescentRating, which promotes "halal" or Islam-compliant travel, said Southeast Asia would be a key source for Muslim tourists…

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe touted the success of his economic policies on a visit to Brazil on Friday and said it was time for the two nations to expand their trade and investment partnership.

On the first visit to Brazil in a decade by a Japanese prime minister, Japanese…

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Sharp said Friday it lost $17.4 million in the three months to June, but was still on track to book a full-year profit as it tries to move past years of record losses.

The Osaka-based company's results came a day after rivals Sony and Panasonic reported profits in the latest…

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U.S. President Barack Obama phoned Russia's Vladimir Putin to urge him to stop supporting separatists in Eastern Ukraine and seek a diplomatic solution to the crisis that has spurred tough new economic sanctions.

Obama told reporters on Friday he believes the United States has done "everything that we can do,"…

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Kumamoto prefectural police have issued an arrest warrant for a 41-year-old man who allegedly killed his friend by pushing him out of the car while driving on a highway.

According to police, the incident occurred just before 9 p.m. on July 29. TBS quoted police as saying that while returning…

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President Barack Obama said on Friday the CIA "tortured some folks" after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and that the White House had handed over to Congress a report about an investigation into "enhanced interrogation techniques."

"We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some…

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American electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. is teaming up with Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. to build a battery manufacturing plant in the U.S. expected to create 6,500 jobs.

The companies announced the deal Thursday, but they did not say where in the U.S. the so-called "gigafactory," or large-scale…

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A man who murdered his former girlfriend after stalking her in Tokyo's Mitaka area last October was sentenced to 22 years in prison by the Tokyo District Court on Friday.

Charles Thomas Ikenaga, 22, who is from Kyoto, had pleaded guilty to the murder of Saaya Suzuki, 18, whom he…

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