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Shoden Yamazaki, former head priest of the Choshoji Buddhist temple in Akita Prefecture, speaking in his defense at his trial for stealing women's underwear from the balcony of a first-floor apartment. (Sankei Shimbun)

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China's key stock market index surged 5.3 percent Thursday, its biggest gain in eight weeks, as markets across Asia rose following Wall Street's rebound, giving investors some relief after gut-wrenching global losses.

The Shanghai Composite Index, whose steep drop in recent days triggered worldwide selling, gained 5.3 percent to close…

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A skull with ice skate, top, and a skull with the tool of power (below) are seen at the Tribute to Hieronymus Bosch in Congo (2011–2013) exhibit by Belgian artist Jan Fabre at Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo. The exhibition, which runs through Sept 23, features a selection of mosaics with…

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The lower house of the Diet on Thursday approved a bill that bans the flying of drones near airports and over areas where major events are being held, such as festivals and fireworks.

It also bans flying drones near the imperial palace, the Diet, the prime minister's office, Supreme Court,…

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The Consumer Affairs Agency has ordered a dealer in coins and precious metals to suspend part of its business operations for 12 months for selling medals as non-existent British royal baby anniversary coins.

According to the agency, Gold Star KK sold two kinds of medals that say “BRITISH ROYAL BABY…

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The body of a naked woman was found in her apartment in Tokyo's Nakano Ward on Wednesday night, police said, adding that she had been strangled to death.

At around 8 p.m., police received a call from the boss of Risa Kagaya, 25, who had failed to show up at…

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Chinese police have arrested 12 people over giant explosions that killed 139 people and devastated a swathe of a Chinese port city, state media said Thursday as prosecutors probe 11 officials for neglecting their duties.

The official Xinhua news agency said the dozen formally held include the chairman and senior…

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Microsoft said Wednesday that Windows 10 has spread to more than 75 million devices since the new operating system was released less than a month ago.

The U.S. software colossus is intent on seeing the new-generation operating system aimed at computers, mobile and other devices running on a billion gadgets.…

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Rugby's world body on Thursday called on Japan to supply a list of confirmed venues for the 2019 World Cup after Tokyo's "disappointing" decision to remove a new national stadium from the line-up amid huge cost overruns.

World Rugby said it was giving the tournament's Japanese hosts until the end…

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A film about children with same-sex parents has been barred from being shown in public schools throughout Australia's most populous state, despite the documentary makers insisting students will benefit.

"Gayby Baby", which chronicles four children growing up with gay parents, was due to be shown in high schools in New…

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