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Thousands ordered to evacuate as heavy rains hit northeast Japan


Tens of thousands of people in northeast Japan were told to evacuate their homes on Sunday as heavy rain caused major flooding and cut some rail links, authorities said.

DPRK 2016 economic growth at 17-year high despite sanctions: S. Korea


DPRK's economy grew at 3.9 percent last year, the fastest pace since 1999, despite the country facing international sanctions amid its attempt in pursuing nuclear weapons, South Korea's central bank said on Friday.

Japan doctor who practiced until months before his death dies at 105


A centenarian Japanese doctor who saw patients until just months before his death and helped set up the medical systems that have made Japan one of the world's longest-lived nations died on Tuesday at the age of 105.

South Korea vows continued efforts in exposing Japan's wartime sex crime


South Korea said it will continue its efforts to expose the cruel history of Japan's wartime sexual enslavement of Korean women to the international community, following Japan's complaint of South Korea's plan to list documents about Korean victims as United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) documentary heritage.

No girls allowed: Japan's men-only island gets UNESCO nod


A men-only island in Japan where women are banned and male visitors must bathe naked in the sea before visiting its shrine, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Japan rescuers continue search as more rain forecast, at least 18 dead


Japanese rescuers continued their search for victims of freak rains that have triggered floods and landslides in southwest Japan and left at least 18 people dead and hundreds of others displaced, public broadcaster NHK reported on Sunday.

Rare footage shows Korean 'comfort women' from World War Two


The Seoul government has released rare video footage of Korean women forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War Two, the first time moving images have been shown of the "comfort women".

Japan PM seeks to regain public's trust after Tokyo poll setback


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday he will work to regain public trust after his party suffered an historic defeat in an election in the nation's capital, signaling trouble ahead for the premier amid tumbling support rates.

Japan's ruling LDP suffers historical defeat in Tokyo assembly election


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) suffered a historical defeat in Sunday's Tokyo metropolitan assembly election, as Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike's new party and its allies scored a sweeping victory.

Japan's DM urged to quit for remarks made during election campaign


Japan's opposition parties, including the main opposition Democratic Party, on Wednesday demanded the resignation of Defense Minister Tomomi Inada for remarks she made using the Self-Defense Forces to promote a specific candidate in the upcoming Tokyo metropolitan assembly election.