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Thinking about going to or renting a movie this coming weekend? You should listen to this first. Film critic Don Morton offers his harshest and kindest criticism for films now playing and those opening this weekend in Japan.

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The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare plans to make workplace harassment of women who are either pregnant or within the first year of child-rearing an illegal act and therefore punishable by law.

The move comes after a Supreme Court decision last October in the first-ever suit on maternity harassment.…

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Japan plans to extend its sanctions against North Korea for two more years when they expire April 13 after failing to get promised updates on an investigation into kidnappings of Japanese citizens decades ago.

"At this point, we are asking North Korea to ensure it quickly conducts the investigation into…

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New Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic savored his side's 5-1 thrashing of Uzbekistan in a match where all his big guns fired in unison, but the Bosnian said no player is guaranteed a place for upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Japan's impressive victory over the Uzbeks on Tuesday made it two…

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An Indonesian court hearing the appeals of two Australian death row convicts will announce a verdict on April 6, one of the judges determining the case said on Wednesday.

Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan are among a group of 10 prisoners, mostly foreigners, facing imminent execution for drug offenses after…

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Police have received a number of fake distress calls this week from someone reporting that people had fallen into Shinobazu Pond in Ueno Park. The park, in Tokyo's Taito Ward, has been crowded each day with thousands of people coming to view cherry blossoms.

The first of many calls was…

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China scored a diplomatic coup by enticing almost 50 countries including key U.S. allies to join its new development bank, but analysts say authoritarian Beijing now faces a daunting task managing a multilateral institution for the first time, with members ranging from the Netherlands to Nepal.

By Tuesday's deadline to…

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Customer Hidenori Sato smells Burger King Japan's perfume, which smells like a flame-grilled burger patty and is named "Flame Grilled Fragrance", at their store as part of the company's April Fool campaign in Tokyo on Wednesday. The perfume, which comes with a Whopper and is limited to 1,000 units, is…

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Singer Joni Mitchell has been hospitalized in Los Angeles.

Mitchell's website and Twitter account reported Tuesday night that she was in the hospital, but gave no details on her condition.

Los Angeles fire officials say paramedics answered an afternoon emergency call in Bel Air, where Mitchell lives, and took a…

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The world's oldest person, Misao Okawa, died in Japan on Wednesday, a month after celebrating her 117th birthday.

The nursing home where she lived in Osaka said she breathed her last around 7 a.m.

On the occasion of her birthday early last month, Okawa, a mother of three, grandmother of…

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