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Japan's medical expenses in the year to March 2015 are certain to hit a new high above 40 trillion yen on the back of the nation's graying population, health ministry data shows.

Spending is likely to set a record for the 12th straight year as the released data, accounting for…

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The number of cases involving quasi-illegal drugs the Japanese police took action against in the first half of 2015 rose to 633, nearly five times more than the 127 reported in the same period of the previous year, a police report shows.

The preliminary report by the National Police Agency…

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A panel of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party is studying a proposal to lower the legal age for drinking alcohol and smoking from 20 to 18.

Opinions were divided over the issue at the panel's first meeting this week. Fuji TV reported. Proponents said that now the voting age has…

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Google has launched a music streaming service in Japan, becoming the latest tech giant to push into the world's number two music market, despite mixed results among earlier arrivals.

The U.S. company said that its Japanese edition of Google Play Music features more than 35 million tunes available at a…

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Japan's NGK Insulators Ltd has agreed to pay $65.3 million for fixing the prices of parts supplied to car makers and plead guilty to criminal charges, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday.

The charges include obstruction of justice, based on attempts to stymie the Justice Department probe by destroying…

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Japan's government offices have requested 102.4099 trillion yen ($852.14 billion) for an annual budget for the next fiscal year from April 2016, the biggest amount ever, government sources told Reuters on Thursday.

The spending requests got a boost from areas such as social security in a fast ageing society and…

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A drone crashed at the U.S. Open on Thursday, causing a match to be interrupted after it flew over the Flushing Meadows complex.

The drone crashed in the corner of the Louis Armstrong Stadium in the latter stages of a women's singles clash between Italy's Flavia Pennetta and Monica Niculescu…

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A giant corn is one of several 15 columns in a passageway at Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, used by the Central Union of Agricultural Co-operatives to promote Japanese agricultural products. They sell 20 kinds of domestically-grown vegetables online via a QR code located on the wall. The campaign runs until…

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European Union foreign ministers were set to meet Friday to discuss the continent's escalating migrant crisis, after the father of a Syrian toddler found dead on a beach spoke of how his children "slipped through my hands" as their boat sank.

The heartbreaking images of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi lying dead…

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Guatemala's Congress swore in a new president as disgraced former leader Otto Perez was ordered detained to prevent him becoming a fugitive from justice in the Central American nation's long-running corruption saga.

Perez spent much of a tumultuous day at proceedings held at Guatemala's Supreme Court, answering a raft of…

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