World’s oldest person ‘kind of happy’ to turn 116

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Misao Okawa, a Japanese woman believed to be the world’s oldest person, turned 116 on Wednesday and celebrated by tucking into a white cake decorated with strawberries and candles.

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Volcanic eruption raises new island in Pacific’s ‘Ring of Fire’

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A volcanic eruption has raised a new island, according to earthquake experts and the Japanese coast guard.

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7.3 magnitude earthquake hits Japan near Fukushima


Inside Fukushima’s exclusion zone, a farmer sheltered over 500 abandoned animals

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Inside the exclusion zone around Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, Keigo Sakamoto, a farmer and former caregiver for the mentally disabled, has defied the order to evacuate in order to shelter more than 500 abandoned animals.

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BREAKING: Tokyo to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, International Olympic Committee announces

The 32nd Olympic Games will be in Tokyo.

The Japanese capital won a final-round vote over Istanbul and will host an Olympics for the second time in 2020. Tokyo also held the Games in 1964.


500 eruptions in 231 days?! Japan volcano coats city with ash — again

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Residents in a southern Japanese city were busy washing ash off the streets Monday after a nearby volcano spewed a record-high smoke plume into the sky.

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Commuters become heroes when they work together to free woman trapped by train

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Dozens of Japanese train passengers pushed a 32-ton train carriage away from the platform to free a woman who had fallen into the 20-centimeter (eight-inch) gap between the train and platform during the busy morning rush hour Monday.

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Oldest man in recorded history dies at 116 in Japan

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A Japanese man who was recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest person in recorded history died on Wednesday.

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Japan town demands underwear for Michelangelo’s David

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Agence France-Presse reports — A replica of Michelangelo’s Renaissance sculpture David that was erected suddenly last summer is unnerving residents of a Japanese town, with some calling for the naked masterpiece to be given underwear.

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Japan bluefin tuna sells for record $1.76 million

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A bluefin tuna sold for a record $1.76 million at a Tokyo auction Saturday, nearly three times the previous high set last year — even as environmentalists warn that stocks of the majestic, speedy fish are being depleted worldwide amid strong demand for sushi.

Kriss Kringle feeds dolphins in Japan

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A diver dressed as Santa Claus swims with a dolphin at Hakkeijima Sea Paradise in Yokohama, Japan, Nov. 27, 2012. The underwater feeding session involving divers dressed as Santa will take place every day until Christmas.

Could fat-blocking Pepsi actually work? Well, maybe

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A soda that claims to prevent the absorption of fat in your body is launching in Japan this week. What’s next, cavity-reducing candy?

Taiwanese ships clash with Japanese coast guard over disputed islands

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About 50 Taiwanese vessels on Tuesday entered waters near a group of uninhabited islands at the center of a bitter territorial dispute involving Japan, China and Taiwan.

Japanese public broadcaster NHK showed footage of a Japanese coast guard ship shooting water at a Taiwanese fishing boat, while a Taiwanese patrol vessel blasted water at the coast guard ship in reply during an incident near the disputed Senkaku or Diaoyu islands, as they are known respectively in Japan and China/Taiwan.

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Study: Japan nuclear disaster caused mutated butterflies

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Researchers in Japan have found signs of mutation in butterflies, signaling one of the first indications of change to the local ecosystem as a result of last year’s nuclear accident in Fukushima, according to one of the first studies on the genetic effects of the incident.

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Golden 3-peat for US women’s soccer

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WEMBLEY, England - The U.S. women’s soccer team won the Olympic gold medal Thursday, avenging one of its most painful defeats with a 2-1 victory over Japan.

Carli Lloyd scored in the eighth and 54th minutes for the Americans, who lost to the Japanese in penalty kicks at last year’s World Cup final.

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