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Tourists pack a shopping alley, decorated for the new year year with wooden plaques of a lion dancer, a good luck doll and sheep, at Sensoji temple in Asakusa, Tokyo, on Saturday.

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Two vacancies opening up in the Bank of Japan next year give Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a chance to tip the board's balance in favor of further monetary stimulus, removing a headache for his hand-picked central bank head.

The board's composition has taken on greater significance after Governor Haruhiko Kuroda…

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Sir Paul McCartney is 72, and only the wrinkles give his years away.

Interviewed recently at his midtown Manhattan office suite, he seems as boyish and light-footed as he was on stage decades ago for "The Ed Sullivan Show," his manner informal, his build slender and well suited for jeans…

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Tokyo Station was overwhelmed by thousands of visitors on Saturday to mark the 100th anniversary of its opening on Dec 20, 1914.

The station had advertised that it would be selling 15,000 commemorative Suica IC cards to mark the centenary. However, nearly 10,000 people showed up to buy the limited-edition…

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The 113th Congress began its turbulent life two years ago battling over whether to help Superstorm Sandy victims. They did, eventually.

By the time Congress limped out of town last week, one of its last acts was to honor the 100th anniversary of the extinction of passenger pigeons.

In between…

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Japan’s most visited sites saw PC traffic decline by between 10 and 20% in 2014, while access from smartphones rose rapidly, according to a Nielson survey published this week. Online retailers saw the most marked changes, with some experiencing as much as a 60 percent rise in mobile internet traffic.…

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FIFA hope to finalise the dates for the 2022 Qatar World Cup in March, ending a debate over the Gulf state's searing summer heat which has dogged the tournament as much as allegations of corruption.

The game's world governing body will first hear the results on February 23 of a…

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Kurdish fighters advanced on the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, pushing into the contested, refugee-packed Sinjar mountains and gaining ground in the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani after heavy clashes, Kurdish officials and an activist group said.

In Syria, Kurdish Democratic Union Party spokesman…

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North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes will prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack.

U.S. officials blame North Korea for the hacking, citing…

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Yoshimi Watanabe, who headed the opposition Your Party until he was forced to resign in April over a loans scandal, has been questioned by the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office.

Watanabe, 62, who lost his seat in last Sunday's lower house election, has admitted to receiving two loans totaling about…

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