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‘Heinous crime’: Japanese man gets 2-year jail term for making 3D guns
A Japanese man was imprisoned for two years after being found guilty of manufacturing guns with a 3D printer and attempting to ‘emasculate’ the country’s strictly enforced gun laws.

20.10.2014 10:18

Japan minister resigns over misusing govt funds on make-up
Japan’s economy minister has resigned after she was accused of misusing political funds, lavishly doled out on cosmetics, accessories and theater trips which she gave to her supporters.

20.10.2014 06:13

Japan approves plans for world's fastest train line
The Japanese government has approved plans for a train that will carry passengers from Tokyo to Nogoya at a speed of 310 miles per hour (500 kph). The train, which will be the fastest in the world, will use magnetic levitation technology.

17.10.2014 19:31

Active volcanoes near Japan nuclear reactor are safety threat – panel
A Japanese volcanologist has refuted early claims that two nuclear reactors stationed near a hotbed of volcanic activity were safe, stating that it is impossible to predict an eruption accurately outside the time span of a few days.

17.10.2014 11:14

Facebook launches ‘I’m safe’ notification tool for disasters
Facebook is to launch a “safety check” tool which will allow users to notify their family and friends that they're safe following a natural disaster or emergency. The feature will be available to the site's 1.32 billion users.

16.10.2014 18:55

WikiLeaks: US pushes to extend drug monopolies in secret proposed trade deal
Excerpts from a proposed international trade agreement leaked to the web this week suggest that the United States is pushing for changes that would make it more difficult to get life-saving drugs overseas.

16.10.2014 18:37

Radiation levels at Fukushima rise to record highs after typhoon
The amount of radioactive water near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has risen to record levels after a typhoon passed through Japan last week, state media outlet NHK reported on Wednesday.

16.10.2014 03:51

Attempted rape forces Japan Airlines flight to turn back
A man has been arraigned in a Hawaiian court for the aggravated sexual assault of a passenger on a Japanese airlines flight. The plane had to turn back due to the gravity of the situation.

15.10.2014 05:19

Global-scale enormous: #Vongfong Typhoon startles even from orbit
The powerful Typhoon Vongfong has injured over 40 people on the Japanese island of Okinawa, and is now downgrading from a super-typhoon to a mere tropical storm. But at the peak of its strength it was a startling sight to see from the Earth’s orbit.

12.10.2014 12:55

6.3 quake off northern Japanese coast as Typhoon Vongfong hits Okinawa
A 6.3 earthquake has been registered early Saturday off Japan’s northern coast by the US Geological Survey. The quake comes as the world’s biggest super-typhoon this year, Vongfong, is striking the south of the country.

11.10.2014 05:31

Amnesty International slams US in death penalty report for executing mentally disabled prisoners
Human rights group Amnesty International has published a report criticizing nations, including the United States, for allowing inmates with mental or intellectual disabilities to be executed — a violation of international standards, the group wrote.

10.10.2014 15:38

DC police shouldn’t have guns, says Council Member
Amid the ongoing militarization of police departments across the US with the Pentagon’s decommissioned inventory, a “controversial” idea was floated at a police oversight hearing in Washington, DC – to disarm local police officers altogether.

09.10.2014 22:30

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