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Eating seafood may lead to higher levels of mercury in the brain, but a study has found that increased mercury does not appear to raise the risk of dementia.

The study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) was based on the autopsies of 286 people who died…

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After 10 years of construction, the first shinkansen bullet train service to Hokkaido is set to make its inaugural trip on March 26 this year. The new route will run between Shin-Aomori Station on the Japanese mainland and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto via the underwater Seikan Tunnel, making the journey in an hour…

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The latest threat to the Rio de Janiero Olympics, scheduled to begin on August 5, is the threat of serious birth defects and other diseases caused by the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

And what does this bode for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020? Nikkan Gendai (Jan 21) doesn't know. Instead, it's…

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He’s handsome, talented and an Olympic gold medalist. And now, figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu will be making his screen debut as a samurai lord in the Edo period.

Hanyu captured the nation’s collective heart when he won the gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Now, he is set…

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Police have referred to prosecutors a 16-year-old high school student suspected of using malicious software to obtain personal information of several hundred people, including online shopping account details.

The male student from Tokyo's Ota Ward is suspected of having infected some 730 computers with malware enabling him to remotely control…

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In the humble zoo, among the small cages of owls, guinea pigs and raccoons, Japan's oldest elephant stands in a concrete pen about the size of half of a basketball court. She drinks sugar water from a bucket and munches on bananas with her last remaining tooth while a debate…

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The government will shelve a plan to allow its giant pension fund to buy and sell stocks on its own amid fears that private-sector companies could be brought under state oversight if the fund becomes their direct shareholder, sources close to the matter say.

The welfare ministry has considered lifting…

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A kindergarten pupil performs a traditional dedication dance during a festival at a shrine in Tokyo on Saturday.

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Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken" opened Saturday more than a year after the rest of the world in Japan, where the main character endures as a prisoner of war and where some have called for a boycott of the movie.

There were concerns that right-wing extremists may try to disrupt the opening.…

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Many Japanese venues allow concertgoers to wave glow sticks, but waving your junk? That’s a no-no.

Although idol singers are expected to be good-looking and emotionally attractive, their most obsessive supporters generally don’t care for it when the pop vocalists present anything other than a very pure image. However, judging…

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