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Tokyo's 2020 Olympic emblem has triggered astonishment in Europe due to its resemblance to the logo of a Belgian theatre and a separate Spanish design.

In the latest public relations blow to Tokyo after plans for its US$2 billion Olympic stadium were ditched, a Belgium-based designer took to social media…

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Sony said quarterly profit rose threefold as foreign exchange gains and sales of image sensors and Playstation 4 software helped offset declines elsewhere.

The Japanese electronics and entertainment giant reported Thursday that April-June net income rose to ¥82.4 billion (US$664 million) from ¥26.8 billion a year earlier.

Sales of ¥1.81…

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Japan Airlines (JAL) said Thursday net profit in the April-June quarter more than doubled thanks to a jump in tourist arrivals and a drop in fuel costs.

The carrier's net profit came in at ¥32.61 billion (US$263 million), with sales up 1.6 percent at ¥312 billion.

Visitor arrivals in Japan…

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The IBM Watson super-brainy computing technology, which has helped organize massive data as well as beaten champions on the Jeopardy TV show, is now learning Japanese.

IBM Watson, a unit of the U.S. technology and consulting company, said Thursday it was working with Japanese telecommunications and robotics company Softbank Corp.…

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Activists of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, body painted to look like slaughtered crocodiles in Tokyo's Ginza shopping district on Thursday afteroon. The PETA protesters held panels reading "Bag the Cruel Crocodile Skin."

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Opponents of a Pacific Rim trade deal being negotiated at a Maui resort demonstrated against the proposed pact Wednesday.

A couple of dozen members of locally based labor unions and environmental groups gathered at Kaanapali Beach fronting the Westin Maui hotel in Lahaina.

Protest organizers said in a statement the…

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Police are trying to identify a woman whose body was found wrapped in a sheet and bound with rope in Koajiro Bay in Miura City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

According to police, the woman's body was found at around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sankei Shimbun reported. Police said the woman appeared to…

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Fresh satellite images suggest North Korea has completed upgrades at its main satellite launch site, fuelling speculation of a long-range rocket launch to coincide with a major political anniversary in October.

The US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University said Wednesday that analysis of the new pictures showed that construction begun…

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Empress Michiko may be suffering from myocardial ischemia, a heart ailment, the Imperial Household Agency said Thursday.

Agency officials said the empress, 80, reported chest pains with increasing frequency in late June, Fuji TV reported. She was given an electrocardiogram on July 24. The results of the test showed that…

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Mullah Mohammad Omar, the secretive head of the Taliban and an al-Qaida ally who led a bloody insurgency against U.S.-led forces, eluded capture for more than a decade in spite of being one of the most-hunted fugitives on Earth.

On Wednesday, he was reported to have died two years ago…

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