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Shares in Skymark Airlines soared 25.6% Friday on a report that the troubled Japanese carrier was in tie-up talks with Japan Airlines (JAL).

The Tokyo-listed stock skyrocketed 50 yen to at 245 yen after the leading Nikkei business daily's online edition said the firm was negotiating code-sharing with JAL on…

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A so-called Japanese "black widow" suspected of killing numerous partners for money, was still on the hunt for an "unattached elderly man with assets" when her fourth husband was poisoned with cyanide, reports said on Friday.

Chisako Kakehi, 67, who was arrested this week on suspicion of murdering her 75-year-old…

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Police in Ibaraki City, Osaka, have arrested a 22-year-old man and his 19-year-old wife for allegedly starving their 3-year-old daughter to death earlier this year.

Police said Yuki Kishimoto and his wife, who cannot be named because she is a minor, have denied the charge.

NTV reported that the couple…

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved the Diet's lower house on Friday for a snap election on Dec 14, seeking a fresh mandate for his struggling "Abenomics" revival strategy just two years after he returned to power promising that "Japan is Back."

Abe had vowed to revive the economy with a…

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Every year, Major League Baseball sends a delegation of players to Japan for a series of games against a team of Japanese all-stars. Since the contests are held after the conclusion of both the World and Japan Series, the players are all technically in their off-seasons, but there’s still some…

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The United Nations votes on North Korea, does the failure of ASEAN mean more trouble in the South China Sea, and Japan’s snap election. These stories and more are on the November 21st edition of Asia News Weekly.

North Korea and the ICC

A UN report submitted earlier this year…

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Officials say an All Nippon Airways flight bound for Tokyo has turned back to Manila for an emergency landing after smoke billowed from its cockpit.

The Manila airport's media office said Friday that flight NH950 landed safely some 35 minutes after it departed.

Eric Apolonio, spokesman for the Civil Aviation…

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Japan stepped up its role in large-scale war games with the United States this week, with one of its admirals commanding air and sea maneuvers that the U.S. military described as the most complex ever overseen by the Japanese navy.

The Keen Sword exercises involving more than 30,000 Japanese troops…

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There were apologies and long-winded explanations, but after nearly four hours of testimony about exploding air bags, senators never got a clear answer to the question most people have: whether or not their cars are safe.

A hearing Thursday before the Senate Commerce Committee featured an apology from the quality…

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President Barack Obama is ordering far-reaching changes to the U.S. immigration system that will protect nearly 5 million people from deportation, testing the limits of his presidential powers and inviting a showdown with newly emboldened Republicans.

Obama sought to break a stalemate in America's long-simmering debate over immigration by cutting…

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