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A credit union in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, has turned down an application for a new account with the word "Islam" in the account name.

The Numazu Credit Union denied 66-year-old Kaniro Saito's application to open an account after bank personnel noted that the account name was listed as "The Japan…

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday said he received donations from firms that got government subsidies, the first time he himself has faced questions about potentially improper donations, after having lost three cabinet members to scandals.

Abe returned for a rare second term in 2012, pledging to reboot Japan's…

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The mother of Ryota Uemura, the 13-year-old boy whose body was found on a riverbank in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Feb 20, has released a statement to the media for the first time on her son's murder.

"When I saw Ryota's body, a part of me couldn't accept that he…

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Thousands of couples took part in a mass wedding on Tuesday at the South Korean headquarters of the Unification Church -- the third such event since the death of their "messiah" and church founder Sun Myung Moon.

Around 3,800 identically-dressed couples -- mostly young and some who had met just…

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A resident in the high-rise Tokyo condo where a fire broke out on Monday has admitted starting the fire, police said Tuesday.

The man, who is in his 20s, lives in the 20th-floor apartment of the 25-story building in Nishi-Kanda, Chiyoda Ward. The fire started at around 8:30 a.m. in…

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Australia announced on Tuesday it will send another 300 troops to Iraq in a joint mission with New Zealand to help train local forces fighting the Islamic State group.

The decision follows Wellington last week deciding to deploy some 140 soldiers on a non-combat mission to boost the Iraqi military's…

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Shares in Sharp tumbled almost 10% Tuesday morning after a report said the struggling electronics maker will ask its two main lenders for aid, including a 150 billion yen debt-for-equity swap, as it considers closing money-losing businesses.

The firm plunged 9.84% to 229.0 yen in the first few minutes of…

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Embattled Japanese auto supplier Takata said Monday it will double its production of replacement airbags in the next six months in response to a massive global safety recall.

Takata, under fire from safety regulators over defective airbags linked to at least five fatalities, said it increased production of airbag replacement…

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Ukraine Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, left, shakes hands with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida during their joint news conference at the foreign ministry's Iikura guest house in Tokyo on Monday. Klimkin flew into Japan on Monday, the first visit to Japan by a Ukrainian cabinet minister since Russia's annexation of…

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