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Record $3.1 million paid in New Year's tuna auction at Japan's new market

Record $  3.1 million paid in New Year's tuna auction at Japan's new marketA Japanese sushi entrepreneur paid a record $ 3.1 million for a giant tuna Saturday as Tokyo’s new fish market, which replaced the world-famous Tsukiji late last year, held its first pre-dawn New Year’s auction. Bidding stopped at a whopping 333.6 million yen for the enormous 278-kilogramme (612-pound) fish — an endangered species — that was caught off Japan’s northern coast. Self-styled “Tuna King” Kiyoshi Kimura paid the top price, which doubled the previous record of 155 million yen also paid by him in 2013.



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Police, firemen search for cause of explosion in Japan's Sapporo

Police, firemen search for cause of explosion in Japan's SapporoPolice and fire officials on Monday were searching for the cause of a dramatic explosion in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo that collapsed a building and injured 42 people. Sapporo police and fire officials said it was too early to say anything certain about the cause of the explosion.



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More than 40 injured in explosion in Japan's Sapporo: Kyodo

More than 40 injured in explosion in Japan's Sapporo: KyodoMore than 40 people were injured in an explosion on Sunday at a bar in Sapporo in northern Japan, Kyodo news agency reported. Kyodo said one person was in critical condition. Eyewitnesses reported smelling gas in the area following the explosion, which Kyodo said happened at 8.30 p.m. (1130 GMT).



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Japan's commercial whaling bid blocked at IWC

Japan's commercial whaling bid blocked at IWCJapan’s determined bid to return to commercial whale hunting was blocked by anti-whaling nations in a tense vote Friday at the International Whaling Commission meeting in Brazil. Anti-whaling nations led by Australia, the European Union and the United States, defeated Japan’s “Way Forward” proposal in a 41 to 27 vote.



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Japan's commercial whaling bid blocked at IWC

Japan's commercial whaling bid blocked at IWCJapan’s determined bid to return to commercial whale hunting was blocked by anti-whaling nations in a tense vote Friday at the International Whaling Commission meeting in Brazil. Anti-whaling nations led by Australia, the European Union and the United States, defeated Japan’s “Way Forward” proposal in a 41 to 27 vote.



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Japan's foreign minister says country to open to foreigners

Japan's foreign minister says country to open to foreignersHANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Japan is gearing up to accept more foreign workers as its own population is on the brink of a steep decline, Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Friday.



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Landslides after powerful 6.6 magnitude quake hits Japan's Hokkaido

Landslides after powerful 6.6 magnitude quake hits Japan's HokkaidoA powerful 6.6 magnitude quake hit the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido early Thursday, triggering landslides, bringing down several houses, and killing one person. No tsunami warning was issued after the relatively shallow quake, which struck 62 kilometres (39 miles) southeast of the regional capital Sapporo. At least four landslides were reported after the quake, government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said, adding that six homes had collapsed.



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Japan's Princess Takamado makes surprise Russia visit for World Cup

Japan's Princess Takamado makes surprise Russia visit for World CupPrincess Takamado of Japan on Tuesday watched her country play Colombia in the World Cup in the small Russian city of Saransk, becoming the first member of Japan’s royal family to visit the country since 1916, Russian state media reported. State television showed images of the Japanese royal, a keen football supporter who has travelled to every World Cup to support Japan since 1998, in the host city of Saransk for the game on Tuesday afternoon. The Japanese Embassy in Moscow told AFP Princess Takamado would also travel to Yekaterinburg where Japan will play Senegal on Sunday and where she will take part in a seminar on traditional “Kyudo” archery.



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Magnitude 6.1 quake in Japan's Osaka area kills three, stops factories

Magnitude 6.1 quake in Japan's Osaka area kills three, stops factoriesBy Kaori Kaneko and Malcolm Foster TOKYO (Reuters) – A magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook Osaka, Japan’s second-biggest metropolis, early on Monday, killing three people, halting factory lines in an industrial area and bursting water mains, government and company officials said. Live footage showed toppled walls, broken windows and gushing burst water mains after the quake hit Osaka, which will host next year’s Group of 20 summit, just before 8 a.m. (2300 GMT Sunday) as commuters were heading to work. Quakes are common in Japan, part of the seismically active “Ring of Fire” that stretches from the South Pacific through Indonesia and Japan, across to Alaska and down the west coast of North, Central and South America.



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Three Dead, Dozens Injured by Earthquake in Western Japan's Osaka

Three Dead, Dozens Injured by Earthquake in Western Japan's OsakaA strong earthquake knocked over walls and set off scattered fires around metropolitan Osaka in western Japan on Monday morning, killing at least three people and injuring dozens.



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