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  • Mazda expands U.S. recall of cars with faulty Takata airbags
    Mazda will broaden a recall of cars sold in the United States because an airbag inflator, supplied by Japanese supplier Takata, could rupture and seriously injure occupants.
    AutoNews.com.  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:51:03 EST.  Subscription required.
  • Johannesburg Restaurateur Creates Sushi for African Palate
    Silver blades of high-tensile carbon steel flash inside the kitchen of the inner city restaurant known as The Blackanese. Sushi chef Themba Khumalo sharpens the blades, saying he feels naked without his treasured Japanese knives. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:13:15 -0400.
  • Sinosphere Blog: A Troubled Outlook for China-Japan Ties
    The decay in the countries’ relations “has spiraled beyond an island sovereignty dispute and risks an armed conflict neither wants,” the International Crisis Group says in a new report.
    By Austin Ramzy.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:14:49 GMT.
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  • Nuclear Plants Should Focus on Risks Posed by External Events, Study Says
    The nuclear power industry is not as prepared for those external events, according to a National Academy of Sciences study ordered by Congress after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in Japan in 2011.
    By Matthew L. Wald.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:02:58 GMT.
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  • Leading Demand Side Platform FreakOut Inc. Completes IPO on Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers
    NEW YORK, July 24, 2014 -- Dobleas' parent entity, FreakOut Inc., Japan's leading Demand Side Platform (DSP), commenced trading and was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers on June 24, 2014. FreakOut Inc. ...
    PR Newswire.  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:05:00 EDT.
  • Africa: Latest Human Development Index Shows Overall Slowdown in Growth
    [UNDP]Tokyo, Japan -In 16 countries human development levels for women are equal or higher than those for men according to the new Gender Development Index
    All Africa.  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:06:27 GMT.
  • China media: Abe in Latin America
    Is Japan PM visiting Latin America to gain support for a permanent UNSC seat, papers ask.
    BBC News.  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:31:00 GMT.
  • Japan Posts 24th Straight Month of Trade Deficits
    Japan on Thursday posted its 24th straight month of trade deficits, as imports continued to increase and exports unexpectedly fell. ...
    Voice of America.  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:25:20 -0400.
  • Naval ships from US, India and Japan to start war games
    The United States, India and Japan are set to kick off week-long war games in the Pacific, beefing up naval ties as they warily eye an increasingly assertive China and its military buildup. ...
    Yahoo.  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:58:57 -0400.
  • Japanese FM says willing to talk with S. Korean counterpart
    Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said here Tuesday that he is willing to hold talks with his South Korean counterpart Yun Byung-se on the sidelines of a series of regional talks early next month in Myanmar.
    Xinhua.  2014-07-22.
Japan map, showing Tokyo, the Japanese capital, and other Japanese cities

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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