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Central Japan Railway Co (JR Tokai) on Wednesday held ceremonies at Shinagawa Station in Tokyo and Nagoya Station in Aichi Prefecture to mark the start of construction of its ultra-high speed magnetic levitation (maglev) line.

JR Tokai had submitted its plan in August for the maglev train -- which will…

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Police in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, have arrested a 49-year-old man after he entered an elementary school, brandishing four folding knives.

According to police, the incident occurred just after 12 noon on Wednesday. TV Asahi reported that the suspect, identified as Takeshi Amano, encountered a female teacher and threatened her with…

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The private agency that acts as a gatekeeper for the Internet said that hackers tricked their way into its computers.

A "spearfishing" attack aimed at U.S.-based nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) hooked staff members with emails crafted to appear as though they were sent from peers…

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday admitted Sydney's cafe siege was "an horrific wake-up call" as details emerged of the final minutes of the standoff which left the gunman and two hostages dead.

Abbott has ordered an urgent inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy and why deranged self-styled…

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With the kick-off of the 2015 Asian Cup just weeks away, a wide-open tournament has become even more unpredictable thanks to a rash of coach firings in recent months that have thrown many of the top teams into disarray.

Only six of the 16 teams in the tournament that starts…

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The Osaka District Court has ruled that Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s order to check whether municipal office workers had tattoos was illegal and constituted an invasion of privacy.

The court handed down the ruling on Wednesday in a damages suit filed by a 56-year-old city bus driver, Tadasu Yasuda, who…

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At least three people have died in heavy snow that has blanketed swathes of Japan, reports said Thursday, with up to two meters lying in some places and more forecast.

Two elderly women were killed in Hokkaido, Kyodo News reported, with one hit by a snow-plow and another buried when…

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A court martial in Nigeria has sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny, assault, cowardice and refusing to fight Islamic extremists.

The soldiers were accused of refusing to deploy to recapture three towns seized by Nigeria's home-grown Boko Haram in August.

The lawyer for the condemned men, Femi Falana, said…

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Liverpool will play Chelsea in the League Cup semifinals after Raheem Sterling netted twice in a 3-1 victory over second-tier Bournemouth on Wednesday, while Tottenham eased through with a 4-0 rout of Newcastle.

Lazar Markovic scored between Sterling's first goals since September as Liverpool won on the south coast. Progress…

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