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Osaka earthquake hits city during peak hour, passengers freed after trains suspended

Rail staff were put to the test as they guided passengers through tunnels and emergency slides during their busiest hours.

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Osaka earthquake: Scenes show damage from strongest tremor to hit the region in decades

The shallow epicentre caused strong tremors that killed three and injured dozens of people in the region.

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Human body parts found in crack on bonnet of Shinkansen bullet train

About 200 passengers were on board when the discovery was made.

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Arashiyama bamboo forest in Kyoto “crying” as tourists vandalise trees

Kyoto has a heartbreaking message for visitors who carve graffiti on trees in the famous grove.

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Knife-wielding man at Shinjuku Station arrested by Tokyo police

Commuters say they feared for their lives during the incident.

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Japanese youths anger police by sitting at kotatsu table at busy Kyoto intersection【Video】

Locals say it’s all part of a Kyoto University tradition.

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Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki reveals the name of his next feature film

This is the news we’ve been waiting to hear since the acclaimed director came out of retirement.

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Passengers evacuate train during typhoon after it gets hit by lightning and fills up with smoke

This video shows what happens inside a train when lightning strikes a carriage.

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Japanese Emperor abdication date revealed by government officials in new report

The date will bring an end to Japan’s current Heisei era.

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“Can you drop a bomb on America?” Japanese man shocks commuters from tracks of busy train station

Reactions from onlookers and staff were just as disconcerting as the man’s behaviour.

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Commotion at Akihabara Station as bomb squad called in to remove suspicious object

Dramatic scenes were captured on film today as specialist teams and truckloads of equipment were sent to the busy station in Tokyo.

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Fukushima teacher threatens students with “Death Note”

Teacher reprimanded, school apologizes to families.

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Man dies after participating in onigiri speed-eating contest in Japan

The incident occurred at a festival in Shiga Prefecture last week.

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Sailor Moon fights against the spread of STIs on behalf of Japan’s health ministry

The animated high school heroine will now appear on posters and condom packages in a bid to thwart the spread of sexually transmitted infections in Japan.

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Fukuoka City aims to resume traffic at site of road collapse less than a week after accident

Following days of around-the-clock work by construction workers, all eyes are on the city again following reports that the road will be fit to drive on by today.

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UPDATE: Situation remains serious at scene of road collapse in Fukuoka

Our Japanese correspondent in Fukuoka brings us the latest images from the scene of the road collapse that occurred on the island of Kyushu.

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People evacuated as major road caves in outside station in Japan

Dramatic photos show the extent of the damage that occurred in the early hours of this morning.

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Unexpectedly cute stowaway on JR train causes delays, smiles

Usually commuters get upset by train delays, but this time they were all smiles.
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Swarms of insects cause chaos on bridge in Japan

Incredible photos show an extraordinary number of insects wreaked havoc on drivers, closing a bridge and causing accidents on the weekend.

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Japanese fans fund “Animator Dormitories” to help young anime artists working in Tokyo

The crowdfunding project has received huge support to assist new talent, who start out in the industry on notoriously low wages.

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