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Associated Press in Tokyo

Toshiba’s chief executive is stepping down to take responsibility for doctored books that inflated profits at the Japanese technology manufacturer by 151.8 billion yen (US$1.2 billion).

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Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary on Thursday flatly denied a report in the Nikkei business daily newspaper that Pyongyang recently presented Tokyo with a list of about 30 Japanese, including those abducted by North Korea in the past.

Tokyo police wrestled with a black bull affected by white spots from the area around the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant on Friday as two cattle farmers launched a protest demanding help. The two have remained at the farms caring for their cows and those abandoned by others despite the risks involved.

A former US nuclear regulator says cleaning up Japan's wrecked Fukushima plant is a bigger challenge than the work he led in the US after the partial nuclear meltdown at the Three Mile Island plant in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, in 1979.

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Tokyo is looking into reopening official talks with North Korea to resolve questions over the abductions of Japanese citizens decades ago, raising concerns among allies who fear Tokyo's focus on that issue might weaken efforts to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.

He announced his departure in New York in a speech at the Japan Society on Friday, which was confirmed by Tokyo-based Sony on Sunday. His retirement will come at an annual general shareholders’ meeting in June.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday that Japan will not negotiate with Beijing over the contested islands, and that China was “wrong” for allowing protests over the territorial dispute.

A major airport in northern Japan was closed on Tuesday after construction workers found an unexploded bomb believed to be from the second world war.

Radioactive cesium levels in most kinds of fish caught off the coast of Fukushima haven’t declined in the year following Japan’s nuclear disaster, a signal that the sea floor or leakage from the damaged reactors must be continuing to contaminate the waters.

The commander of US forces in Japan apologised on Friday for a case in which two American sailors allegedly raped a woman in Okinawa, and said all US military personnel will be subject to a curfew.

Six Osprey hybrid aircraft were transferred to a US base on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa on Monday – and were greeted by hundreds of protesters outside the fence.

A weakening tropical storm was speeding out of Japan on Monday after bringing gale-strength winds to Tokyo and leaving at least two people dead and more than 180 injured. Japan’s Meteorological Agency had warned Tokyo residents to stay indoors 

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Japan on Thursday hanged a robber who killed two people and a cult leader blamed for six murders during what she and her followers said were exorcisms.

Japan’s cabinet on Wednesday stopped short of committing to phase out nuclear power by 2040, backtracking from an advisory panel’s recommendations in the face of opposition.

Five lawmakers filed candidacies on Friday to lead Japan’s opposition party, calling for efforts to shore up defences as tensions rose with China over disputed islands in the East China Sea.

Japan’s purchase of disputed islands from their private owners was aimed at reducing tensions with China, but now the Tokyo must deal with Beijing’s anger over the move.