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Michelle Obama to Japan PM: Let’s do lunch


US First Lady Michelle Obama with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko upon her arrival at the imperial residence in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday. (Photo: AP)

Japan, China in security talks after 4-year break

Japan and China held security talks on Thursday after a four-year hiatus because of simmering territorial tensions with the two sides agreeing to hold meetings “more frequently” to speed up a thaw in

US 1st lady visits Japan to showcase girls' education aid

US First Lady Michelle Obama. (Photo: AP)

Tokyo: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is touring Asia to highlight cooperation on helping girls finish their educations. The five-day trip that began in Tokyo on Wednesday is Mrs.

3-D printed organs offer ultra-realistic practice models

Professor Toshiaki Morikawa holds a 3D-printed lung at the Jikei University hospital in Tokyo.

An incision from the surgeon's scalpel sends liquid oozing over the surface of a the lung, but on this occasion it doesn't matter if something goes wrong—the doctor can simply create another model wit

TV drama, plaudits: A cocktail of success for Japan whisky

 A sales clerk shows a high-end bottle of Miyagikyo whisky at a department store in Tokyo.— AFP

Whisky demand is rocketing in Japan, with producers scrambling to increase production as a period drama about the dram has the country hooked and after a homegrown single malt scooped the honours in a

Harry Potter-style moving photos soon


Remember the moving photos that appear in newspapers and magazines in the Harry Potter stories? A new technique may make it possible in real-life.

Pen made of ‘miracle pine’ to sell for $4,400


Luxury marque Montblanc is to sell fountain pens made from a “miracle pine” tree that survived the 2011 tsunami, for a hefty $4,400, an official said, with just 20 per cent of takings donated to local

LED lights not warm enough to melt snow


Energy-saving LED traffic lights seemed like a cool way to cut back on electricity costs, but Japanese police said Monday they might just be too cool — because they don’t melt snow.

Fresh leak detected at Fukushima nuke plant

Sensors at the Fukushima nuclear plant have detected a fresh leak of highly-radioactive water to the sea, the plant’s operator announced on Sunday, highlighting difficulties in decommissioning the cri

Scores of elderly tied to beds in Japan sheltered housing

Scores of elderly people living in sheltered accommodation in Tokyo have been routinely tied to their beds or locked in their rooms, officials said on Wednesday, highlighting the plight of pensioners

It is spring season and although cities like Bengaluru are ridiculously pretty at this time of the year, with all the trees in bloom, it is also the time for all concerned citizens to be on alert agai

Human resource development minister Smriti Irani is facing yet another crisis with chairman of IIT Bombay’s board of governors Anil Kakodkar resigning.