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  • Fuel Rods Are Removed From Damaged Fukushima Reactor
    Tokyo Electric Power Company passed one milestone, but faces the far more challenging task of removing the ruined fuel cores from the three reactors that melted down.
    By Martin Fackler.  International Herald Tribune.  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 04:45:00 GMT.
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  • Japan's laws, attitude help recalls work better
    In Japan, automakers achieve recall rates that automakers in North America could only dream of.  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST.  Subscription required.
  • Snapshot | Miyavi: Miyavi, on His ‘Unbroken’ Experience
    Miyavi, a Japanese rock star taking on his first large acting role, discusses working with Angelina Jolie in “Unbroken” and where he’s headed next in Los Angeles.
    International Herald Tribune.  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:47:28 GMT.
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  • Why the Sony hack isn't big news in Japan
    Japan's biggest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, featured a story about Sony Corp. on its website Friday. It wasn't about hacking. It was about the company's struggling tablet business.
    Yahoo.  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:33:43 -0500.
  • Anti-Whaling Group Found in Contempt of Court
    Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers have been found in contempt of court for continuing their campaign to disrupt Japan's annual whale hunt in the waters off Antarctica. The U.S. ...
    Voice of America.  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:05:43 -0500.
  • VIDEO: Japan's senior cheerleaders
    Cheerleading is usually seen as a young person's sport, but the Japan Senior Cheer Association is for women in their 60s and 70s.
    BBC News.  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:11:53 GMT.
  • Stem cell scandal scientist resigns
    A Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned.
    BBC News.  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:27:15 GMT.
  • Japanese Scientist Resigns in Stem Cell Scandal
    A Japanese scientist who claimed a major breakthrough in stem cell research has resigned after the government lab where she worked could not replicate her results. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:24:50 -0500.
  • Kiyomi Launches at Jupiters Gold Coast with Star-studded Event
    GOLD COAST, Australia, Dec. 18, 2014 -- Jupiters Gold Coast launched its brand new Japanese restaurant and bar Kiyomi on December 17 with a star-studded celebrity and media cocktail event. ...
    PR Newswire.  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:21:00 EST.
  • Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
    The Vice President spoke last night with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to congratulate him on his party’s success in the December 14th elections. ...
    The White House.  The White House.  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:52:00 +0000.
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Facts About Japan

Japan, an island state off the east coast of Asia, is governed as a constitutional monarchy.  Its capital city is Tokyo; its second largest city is Osaka.  Japan's national currency is the Yen.  In 2007, Japan's estimated population was 127,433,000, and Japanese is the primary language spoken in Japan.

For more news and information about Japan, visit this official Japanese government website.  For detailed maps of Japan, visit this Japan map website.

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