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Lay judges involved in a trial of a senior member of a crime syndicate in southwestern Japan have been approached by someone believed to be associated with the defendant, sources familiar with the matter said Monday.

The Kokura branch of the Fukuoka District Court has subsequently canceled a plan to…

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday afternoon attended a ceremony to honor the nation's war dead at Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery where the unidentified remains of thousands of Japanese soldiers are interred.

Abe placed a flower at the cemetery at a formal service of remembrance.

The imperial family was represented by…

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A 44-year-old man was killed in a hit-and-run incident Early Sunday morning in Hanyu, Saitama Prefecture, police said.

At around 1 a.m., police received a call from a passerby, saying that a man was lying unconscious on a road and was bleeding from his head, Fuji TV reported.

The man,…

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The Japanese government said on Monday it was doing all it could to secure the release of a Japanese journalist being held hostage by an al-Qaida affiliate in Syria, after an apparent photograph of the man was posted on the Internet.

The photograph, apparently uploaded to the Internet late on…

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A life-size figure of U.S. President Barack Obama from Madame Tussauds Tokyo in Odaiba was taken to Tsukiji Aozora Sandaime Honten for a photo shoot to mark in honor of the president's visit to Japan last week to attend the G-7 summit in Ise-Shima, Mie Prefecture. At right is Saburo Sato, the restaurant's…

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World number one Novak Djokovic is poised to become the first man to win $100 million in prize money on Monday when he targets a place in the French Open quarte-finals for the 10th time.

Djokovic, chasing a first Roland Garros title to complete a career Grand Slam, tackles Spain's…

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A new photo of a Japanese journalist who went missing in Syria last year has emerged online, showing the heavily bearded man holding a sign saying this is his "last chance".

The photo, which received widespread coverage in Japanese media Monday, shows freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda, who has been missing…

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Paul Goodison from the UK poses for a photograph after he won the Yanmar Moth Worlds 2016 title on Sunday. The international sailing race competition was held from May 23 to May 29 in Hayama, Japan, inviting a total of 68 sailors from 11 countries. Next year's world competition will be held in…

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The dollar hit a one-month high against the yen early on Monday and stood tall against other peers after comments by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen enhanced the prospect of a near-term U.S. interest rate hike.

The Fed chair said on Friday a rate increase in the coming months "would…

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A woman struggled in vain to drag her friend from a crocodile's jaws during a late night swim off a northeast Australian beach, police said on Monday.

The pair were in waist-deep water at Thornton Beach in the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park in Queensland state when the 46-year-old woman…

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