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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

Sony may exit smartphone market


If you are a lover of Sony phones, we have a bad news for you.

The Japan-based electronics company is likely to exit from the smartphone market due to sharply reduced profits.

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

‘Japan high school girls on mobiles 7 hours a day’

High school girls in Japan spend an average of seven hours a day on their mobile phones, a new survey has found, with nearly 10 per cent of them putting in at least 15 hours.

Shinzo Abe’s ratings rise after ISIS hostage crisis

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

The Japanese government scored higher public approval ratings for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s handling of the hostage crisis involving two Japanese captured in Syria and killed by Islamic State milita

Japan hacker jailed

A Japanese hacker who hijacked computers in order to issue death threats, leading to the arrest of several innocent people, was jailed Wednesday for his high-stakes games of cat and mouse with the pol

Over 100 drugged, raped in fake study

Japanese police has arrested a man for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting more than 100 women who believed they were taking part in a medical study, detectives and local media said on Tuesday.

ISIS beheads Japanese journalist Kenji Goto

 This image made from a video released by ISIS on purports to show a militant standing next to Japanese journalist Kenji Goto—AP

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed in a video released online that it has beheaded a second Japanese hostage, drawing international condemnation and outrage from a visibly upset Prime

There always comes a time when you have to heed Jesus who said: “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.” So this time I will render unto the finance m

The devil, they say, is in the details. There is a world of difference between the Budget speech of Arun Jaitley, peppered with smart announcements, and the real numbers in the Budget documents.