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Japan's main stock index dived Friday, leading other Asian markets lower, after a sell-off in banking shares roiled investors in the U.S. and Europe.

Tokyo's Nikkei 225 was down 4.8% to 14,952.61 after earlier sinking as much as 5.3%. Markets in China and Taiwan are closed until Monday for Lunar…

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Police in Uto, Kumamoto Prefecture, have arrested an 83-year-old man for stabbing his neighbor after he was warned not to let his dogs run loose.

According to police, the suspect, Mitsuyoshi Kushimura, stabbed his 70-year-old neighbor at around 2 p.m., on Thursday, Sankei Shimbun reported.

The neighbor was stabbed with…

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Two days after her humiliating New Hampshire defeat, White House hopeful Hillary Clinton sought to regain the upper hand against her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders in Thursday's debate, denouncing the senator's proposals as unrealistic and costly.

With Clinton nursing her wounds, the former secretary of state is keen to put…

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A surge in applications for refugee status in Japan saw some 10,830 applicants left waiting for results as of the end of June last year, according to figures released by the Justice Ministry.

The record figure is likely to add fuel to calls for Japan to reform its system for…

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Kensuke Miyazaki, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lawmaker who rose to fame for becoming the first Japanese lawmaker to file for paternity leave and to vocally advocate men’s rights and obligations to support women in looking after children, resigned Friday over admitting to having an affair with a model that…

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U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, right, joins New York's Japanese Consul General Reiichiro Takahashi, left, and Asia Society President Josette Sheeran during a ceremony as they break the top of a sake barrel open with mallets, to commemorate the opening of the exhibition, "Kamakura: Realism and Spirituality in the…

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Police in Yokohama said Friday they have arrested a 73-year-old taxi driver for hitting a three-year-old boy in Kohoku Ward on Thursday night.

The boy is in a serious condition in hospital but his injuries are not life-threatening, Fuji TV reported.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 7:30…

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Two months after opening to unprecedented fanfare, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is finally winding down in theaters, leaving behind arsenals of plastic lightsabers and a trail of box-office records.

"The Force Awakens" is still playing in more than 2,000 theaters in North America and remains ranked in the top-five…

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The San Diego Padres have hired Hideo Nomo as an adviser to baseball operations to help expand their presence in the Pacific Rim.

Nomo was the first Japanese player to permanently move to the big leagues, leading the way for more than 50 other players to follow.

Last year, the…

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Tokyo stocks dived more than 5% on Friday morning, playing catch-up with a global sell-off after a one-day holiday amid deepening worries about the world economy.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange plunged 5.34%, or 838.74 points, to 14,874.65 at the lunch break, as a stronger…

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