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Japan Typhoon Death Toll Hits 53

Hagibis caused more than 200 rivers to overflow

(Newser) - The toll of death and destruction from a massive typhoon that tore through central and northern Japan continued to climb Tuesday, as the government said it was considering approving a special budget for the ongoing disaster response and eventual reconstruction. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a parliamentary session that the... More »

Officials Apologize for What Happened to Woman, 70

Typhoon has killed up to 33 in Japan

(Newser) - Helicopters, boats, and thousands of troops were deployed across Japan to rescue people stranded in flooded homes Sunday, as the death toll from a ferocious typhoon climbed to as high as 33. One woman fell to her death as she was being placed inside a rescue helicopter, the AP reports.... More »

Eye Reflection in Selfie Was All Her Stalker Needed

Hibiki Sato charged with attacking Japanese pop star: cops

(Newser) - Celebrities, and anyone else hoping not to be found by creeps on the internet, can learn from an alarming stalking case out of Japan. According to media reports, a member of the J-pop group Tenshitsukinukeniyomi was sexually assaulted at her Tokyo apartment building last month after a fan figured out... More »

Typhoon Hits Japan

It's expected to be Japan's worst in 60 years

(Newser) - A heavy downpour and strong winds pounded Tokyo and surrounding areas on Saturday as a powerful typhoon forecast to be Japan's worst in six decades made landfall and passed over the capital, where streets, nearby beaches, and train stations were long deserted, the AP reports. Store shelves were bare... More »

Invisible Ink Brings an A in Ninja History Class

Student in Japan wins points for creativity

(Newser) - A professor in Japan had to concede that a student in ninja history knew her stuff when she turned in an essay in invisible ink that she'd made herself. The essay came with a note written in regular ink saying to heat before reading. Once the professor held the... More »

Lost Chapter of World's First Novel Found in Chest

Family has been holding it for nearly 300 years

(Newser) - The chest was opened. And suddenly, a chapter has been added to the oldest known version of what's considered to be the world's first novel . The original manuscript of the Tale of Genji—telling of the political and romantic life of Genji, the son of an ancient Japanese... More »

Tennis Phenom's Big Move: Give Up US Citizenship

Naomi Osaka had to make a decision by age 22, per Japan's rules

(Newser) - Naomi Osaka, born in Japan to a Japanese mom and Haitian-American dad , currently holds both US and Japanese citizenship. But once she turns 22 next week, Japan's nationality laws dictate she'll have to choose between the two—and the tennis star says she's going with the latter,... More »

Coming Typhoon Like One That Ravaged Japan in 1958

Hagibis could bring 2 feet of rain to Tokyo area

(Newser) - With a powerful typhoon expected to bring 2 feet of rain and damaging winds to the Tokyo area this weekend, Japan's government warned people Friday to stockpile supplies and evacuate before it's too dangerous. The Rugby World Cup and other events were canceled for Saturday, and flights and... More »

His Alleged Method of Stealing 1.3K Credit Cards Is Incredible

Yusuke Taniguchi memorized names, numbers on cards that passed through his register

(Newser) - While the rest of us struggle to remember what we had for lunch yesterday, Yusuke Taniguchi apparently has a much easier time with recall. Gizmodo reports that the 34-year-old part-time mall clerk in Koto City, Japan, was allegedly able to steal more than 1,300 credit cards from his customers—... More »

Idea for Fukushima's Radioactive Water: Drain It Into Sea

Japan's environment minister says it's 'the only option'

(Newser) - Huge quantities of contaminated water from the Fukushima power plant could end up in the Pacific Ocean, or so suggests Japan's environment minister. Fukushima has accumulated more than 1 million tons of water containing tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen, as roughly 110 tons of groundwater each day reach... More »

Typhoon Kills 1, Injures Dozens in Tokyo Area

Typhoon Faxai knocks out power to 900K

(Newser) - A typhoon blew across the Tokyo metropolitan area Monday morning, killing one person and causing dozens of injuries, while disrupting rush-hour travel and knocking out power. Several railway and subway operators suspended services and flights were canceled at Tokyo airports as Typhoon Faxai passed over Chiba, a northern suburb of... More »

After 150 Years, Japan Reverts to Old-School Tradition

Surnames will now come before first names, at least in government documents

(Newser) - For about 150 years, the Japanese have been following the first name, then surname method of being referenced when using the Roman alphabet in written materials. On Friday, however, a big change was announced: The country's government is switching the order of the names and reverting to the former... More »

Gizmo to Deter Groping Sells Out in 30 Minutes

Device in Japan leaves a temporary mark in special ink

(Newser) - Just how bad is the problem of groping on public transportation in Japan? A new device meant as a deterrent sold out in a trial run of 500 in just 30 minutes, reports CNN . The device allows women to leave a mark of sorts on gropers—the idea is that... More »

A New Dispute Worsens on the Korean Peninsula

South Korea's latest tensions are with Japan

(Newser) - South Korea said Thursday it is canceling an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan amid a bitter trade dispute, a surprise announcement that is likely to set back US efforts to bolster mutual security cooperation with two of its most important allies in the Asian region, per the AP . South Korea's... More »

What the PM Kept Japan's Wartime Emperor From Saying

A passage was cut from a speech Hirohito gave in May 1952

(Newser) - The substance of a passage that was deleted from a May 3, 1952, speech has finally come to light. The Wall Street Journal reports that Japan regained its independence following WWII in April of that year, and on May 3, then-Emperor Hirohito was to give a speech marking the event.... More »

World's Oldest People? They're Not That Old

Supercentenarians aren't as common as we think, paper suggests

(Newser) - Want to grow to a ripe old age? You might have to discard advice given in "oldest person alive" articles that keep cropping up, Vox reports. A new working paper posted online appears to show that most supercentenarians—that is, people who live to 110—are probably exaggerating their... More »

360 Warning Shots Fired at Russian Plane

South Korea, Japan claim A-50 violated airspace over East Sea island

(Newser) - South Korea says it fired 360 warning shots early Tuesday as Russia violated its airspace for the first time in a confrontation involving four countries. South Korea's defense ministry claims two Russian Tu-95 bombers and two Chinese H-6 bombers spent some 24 minutes together in the Korea Air Defense... More »

19 Bodies Found Piled on Top of Each Other at Anime Studio

Only 6 of 74 people escaped Kyoto building uninjured

(Newser) - The man accused of setting fire to an anime studio in Japan, killing at least 33 people in one of the country's deadliest postwar mass murders, has been identified as Shinji Aoba. The 41-year-old man is being treated for burns in a hospital and police have so far been... More »

Man Dies After Seoul Self-Immolation

Police say he set fire in his car in front of the Japanese Embassy

(Newser) - A 78-year-old South Korean man died hours after setting himself ablaze near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Friday, police said, at a time of worsening tensions between Seoul and Tokyo. The man, surnamed Kim, ignited a fire inside his car parked in front of the building where the Embassy... More »

Alleged Japan Arsonist: 'They Ripped Me Off'

Witness overhears his complaint to police as death toll rises to 33

(Newser) - It's "too appalling even for words," says Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He was referring to the alleged arson at an anime studio in Kyoto that has taken the lives of at least 33 people so far. More than 30 others were injured, some critically. Here is... More »

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