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Russia to Japan: Time to 'Accept the Results of WWII'

Two countries are still in territorial dispute over islands

(Newser) - World War II ended in 1945, and in the decades since, Japan and Russia have never signed a peace treaty to formally end hostilities. That's partially because the two countries have been in a territorial dispute over islands—known as the Southern Kuriles or Kuril Islands in Russia and... More »

Wife: Ex-Nissan Boss Treated Harshly in Jail

She says he lost 15 pounds in 2 weeks

(Newser) - Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn may be spending another six months in a jail cell in Japan, despite his wife's claim that he is being subjected to "cruel and inhumane" treatment. In a letter to Human Rights Watch, Carole Ghosn said her 64-year-old husband lost 15 pounds in... More »

Man Buys Fish for $3.1M, Expresses Some Regret

For Kiyoshi Kimura, it's good publicity

(Newser) - At $3.1 million it's kinda pricey—but hey, it's bluefin tuna. The owner of a Japanese sushi chain made history Saturday by dishing out the highest-ever sum for a single fish at the new year's auction of a Tokyo fish market, CNBC reports. "I bought... More »

Japan: It's Time to Go Whaling

Country will withdraw from International Whaling Commission, restart commercial whaling in July

(Newser) - Japan is abandoning the pretense of "scientific research" and will withdraw from the International Whaling Commission, freeing it up to resume commercial whaling beginning in July, reports the BBC . There's one silver lining for whales in that Japan will give up hunting in the Antarctic and restrict whaling... More »

Automaker 'Corruption' Saga Has a New Twist

Greg Kelly is given his walking papers

(Newser) - Nissan Motor Co. executive Greg Kelly was released from detention in Japan on Tuesday after being granted bail over the alleged underreporting of his boss Carlos Ghosn's pay, the AP reports. The late-night release of Kelly, who is American, followed the Tokyo District Court's approval earlier in the... More »

Japan's New Population Numbers Are Historic

Fewest babies born since records began in 1899

(Newser) - Japanese leaders are worried about the nation's demographics , and new population figures help explain why:
  • Fewest births: The number of babies born in 2018 is estimated at 921,000, the lowest figure since record-keeping began in 1899, reports the Japan Times . That's down 25,000 from the previous
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Restaurant Explodes, Hurting 42

The cause is still under investigation

(Newser) - More than 40 people were injured in an explosion Sunday night at a Japanese restaurant in northern Japan, police said. The explosion occurred in Sapporo, the capital city of Japan's northern main island of Hokkaido, and caused nearby apartment buildings and houses to shake, the AP reports. Police said... More »

5 Missing Marines Declared Dead After Crash Off Japan

'All of us in the Sumo family are extremely saddened'

(Newser) - The US military said Tuesday that five missing crew members have been declared dead after their refueling plane collided with a fighter jet last week off Japan's southern coast, and that search and recovery operations have been halted. The five were on a KC-130 Hercules refueling aircraft that collided... More »

Nissan: 'Deepest Regret' as It's Charged in Ex-CEO's Scam

Carlos Ghosn, the former chair, and exec Greg Kelly have been charged, as has company itself

(Newser) - Tokyo prosecutors have charged Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn, another executive, and the automaker itself for allegedly underreporting income. The charges imposed Monday involve allegations Ghosn's pay was underreported by about $44 million between 2011 and 2015, per the AP . The prosecutors said earlier that the allegations were... More »

Japanese Princess 'Insecure' About Becoming Empress

Masako opens up about stress-related condition

(Newser) - Japan's Crown Princess Masako has suffered from a stress-related disorder for years, and she admits she's feeling a little nervous about starting her new job as empress in the world's oldest continuous monarchy. In a statement released to mark her 55th birthday, the princess said she is... More »

2 Rescued, 5 Missing After US Warplanes Collide

They crashed into the ocean off Japan

(Newser) - A Marine refueling plane and a fighter jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan's southwestern coast after colliding early Thursday, and rescuers found two of the seven crew members, one of them in stable condition, officials said. The US Marine Corps said that the 2am crash involved an... More »

Japan Making a Big Change to Its Military

Tokyo is getting its first aircraft carriers since WWII

(Newser) - Japan is bound by its post-war constitution to put little emphasis on the military, but a major upgrade is now in the works. The nation will get its first aircraft carriers since World War II, reports the Guardian . The plan is to retrofit two existing helicopter carriers so they can... More »

Police in Japan Investigate a Rare Mass Killing

6 were found dead in farmhouse

(Newser) - Police believe three generations of a family were murdered, possibly by one of its members, in a rare mass killing in Japan. Police say six people, five of them from the same family, were found dead in and around a farmhouse in the mountain town of Takachiho, which is a... More »

More Bad News for Arrested Auto Boss

Mitsubishi to ask board to remove disgraced Nissan exec Carlos Ghosn

(Newser) - About to be ejected as chairman of Nissan Motors, Carlos Ghosn's future at Mitsubishi and Renault is now very much in doubt. A day after Ghosn was arrested on suspicion of understating his Nissan income by more than $44 million , Mitsubishi said it would ask its board to "... More »

Japan's Cybersecurity Chief Doesn't Know What USB Drives Are

Yoshitaka Sakurada also doesn't use computers; that's what he has secretaries for

(Newser) - "Fake it until you make it" has apparently been the secret M.O. of Japan's cybersecurity chief, though it's not so secret anymore. The New York Times reports lawmakers there were "aghast" Wednesday when, during a parliamentary questioning session, 68-year-old Yoshitaka Sakurada admitted he doesn't... More »

Skeletons Found in 'Ghost Boats' Washed Up in Japan

Vessels are believed to be from N. Korea

(Newser) - Scores of dilapidated wooden boats believed to be from North Korea have washed ashore in northern Japan in a seasonal influx. The coast guard said Monday that 95 rickety boats, some carrying skeletonized bodies, have arrived so far this year, a pace that is likely to exceed last year's... More »

K-Pop Band Member Accused of Wearing Controversial T-Shirt

BTS' Jimin allegedly wore shirt celebrating mushroom cloud over Japanese city in WWII

(Newser) - A popular South Korean boy band was set to appear on one of Japan's biggest TV stations this week, but that appearance has been canceled due to a clothing choice one of its members may have made. Per the Guardian and CNN , K-pop group BTS was scheduled to be... More »

Where Children Are Killing Themselves

It's in Japan, where suicide rates are already high

(Newser) - Tragic news for Japan: The nation's youth suicide rate has reached its highest point in 32 years, the New York Times reports. The government says 250 children from elementary to high-school levels killed themselves in 2017, a slight uptick from the year before in a nation already grappling with... More »

Beatles Came to Japan Once. The Footage Remains Sealed

Fans had wanted video of historic 1966 Beatles visit released uncensored

(Newser) - Some Beatles superfans are likely not feeling fine after a decision by Japan's Supreme Court regarding 50-year-old footage of the Fab Four from when they visited the Land of the Rising Sun. AFP reports that Beatles buffs from Nagoya had tried to get their hands on a 35-minute reel... More »

He Was Afraid Foreigners Would Yell at Him. So He Let 160K in for Free

Tokyo garden loses more than $220K as a result

(Newser) - The Shinjuku Gyoen national garden in Tokyo lost more than $220,000 in revenue due to a scared employee. The attendant, a man in his early 70s, recently admitted to investigators that because he was "too frightened" to ask foreign visitors to pay for their tickets, he just let... More »

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