Krosa: One dead, 49 injured as tropical storm hits Japan (BBC)

At least one person has died and 49 have been injured after a tropical storm barrelled through parts of Japan, state broadcaster NHK reported. Storm Krosa made landfall near Hiroshima in southern Japan on Thursday and is now moving north,…

South Korea hits back at Japan in WW2 dispute (BBC)

South Korea has said it will take Japan off its favoured trade partners’ list. The move is a tit-for-tat response to Japan’s decision earlier this month to do the same to South Korea. Industry Minister Sung Yun-mo said Japan would be…

Japan’s FamilyMart convenience chain apologises for rats in store (BBC)

A Japanese convenience store chain has apologised after a video of rats scampering around one of its branches emerged. FamilyMart said it had shut a store and was sorry if the “unsanitary” footage had made customers feel “uneasy”. A video…

Japan car sales slump in South Korea as trade row escalates (BBC)

Sales of Japanese cars in South Korea fell sharply last month as a bitter trade row been the two countries provoked a consumer backlash. Industry data showed Toyota sales plunged 32% from a year earlier, while Honda’s sales slid 34%.…

Japan to strike South Korea off trusted export list as rift deepens (BBC)

Japan will remove South Korea from its list of trusted trade partners, deepening a bitter row between the two countries. The decision to strike South Korea off its so-called “white list” puts fresh trading restrictions on the country. South Korean…

Japan’s first severely disabled lawmakers join parliament (BBC)

Two politicians have taken their seats in Japan’s parliament as the first lawmakers with severe disabilities. Yasuhiko Funago and Eiko Kimura are both largely paralysed and rely on carers for their physical needs. Their election last month has been seen…

Japan heatwave: Mascot one of 11 deaths during high temperatures (BBC)

A man dressed in a mascot costume at an amusement park is one of least 11 people who have died as a result of a heatwave sweeping Japan. The 28-year-old died from heatstroke on Sunday evening in Hirakata Park, Osaka,…

Suspected arson at Japan anime studio kills 26 (BBC)

At least 26 people are dead and dozens injured after a suspected arson attack at an animation studio in Kyoto, Japan, local emergency officials have said. Local media quoted police as saying a man broke into the Kyoto Animation Co…

Angry dad uses own child as weapon to attack rival fan at baseball game (Metro)

A little boy was used as a weapon and thrown into the face of another man when his father flew into a rage at a baseball game. The youngster was thrown with such force that he almost slipped out of…

Heavy rain: Over 1m directed to leave southern Japan (ABCNews)

Japanese authorities on Wednesday directed more than 1 million residents in parts of the southern main island of Kyushu to evacuate to designated shelters as heavy rains batter the region, prompting fears of landslides and widespread flooding. The Fire and…

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