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Japan likely to boost its defence budget to $51 billion

Japan aims to develop a prototype drone fighter jet in two decades with private sector help in a technology strategy that focuses on weapons communications and lasers, according to a document seen by

Japan eyes missiles to defend its islands

Move comes amid Tokyo’s growing tensions with China.

Japan will develop a new land-to-sea missile as part of plans to beef up its defence of remote southern islands, as tensions with China increase over the disputed territory, a report said on Sunday.

Japan restarts nuclear reactor amid protests


Residents and others opposing restarting of reactor gather near the Ikata nuclear power plant of Shikoku Electric Power in Ehime prefecture, about 700 km southwest of Tokyo. (Photo: AFP)

Emperor Akihito hints at historic abdication

Emperor Akihito said on Monday his advancing age and weakening health mean he may no longer be able to carry out his duties, setting the stage for Japan to prepare for a historic abdication.

Pokemon proves costly for Kohei Uchimura

Kohei Uchimura in a file photo.

Japanese gymnastics star Kohei Uchimura was left counting the cost of his recent addiction to Pokemon Go at the Rio Olympics.

Tokyo gets first woman governor


Former Japanese defence minister Yuriko Koike (centre) and supporters celebrate her win as Tokyo governor in Tokyo. (Photo: AFP)

Japan exhibition mourns fading sex culture


A photographer stands beside a female sex doll at the Erotopia Japan exhibition in Tokyo. (Photo: AFP)

US Army to return 17 per cent of Okinawa land to Japan

The United States military said on Friday it was preparing for the biggest land return in Okinawa since 1972, as it faces a surge in opposition to its presence following the arrest of one its civilian

Hiroshima, a Pokemon Go site, displeased

“Pokemon Go” players are descending on an atomic bomb memorial park in Hiroshima, and officials of the western Japanese city are displeased.

End of an era: VCR headed for outdated technology heaven


The clunky videocassette recorder is going the way of floppy disks, eight-track tapes and camera film as the world’s last manufacturer ends production of the once booming home-video technology.

So, finally, there was a silver lining to the dark clouds over India’s Olympic participation, as a bonus a bronze one too. P.V. Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, thank you for giving us reasons to exhale.

The frequency with which the word “sedition” has been crashing into the front page or prime-time television news of late is tragic, terrifying and ridiculous.