Exit polls show big win for Japan’s Abe

Media exit polls in Japan point to a commanding victory for Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition in Sunday’s elections. The vote was dubbed a referendum on the incumbent prime minister’s reflationary recipe for reviving Japan’s economy. The polls show the coalition – Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its junior partner[…]

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Two dead as Typhoon Vongfong pounds Japan

Two men were killed and another remains missing, officials said Tuesday, after Typhoon Vongfong smashed through Japan leaving the country counting the cost of the latest natural disaster. The typhoon churned through eastern Japan early Tuesday after hitting Okinawa over the weekend and making landfall on the nation’s southern main[…]

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Japanese student quizzed over IS plan

Police are questioning a 26-year-old Japanese Muslim on suspicion of trying to join Islamic State rebels in Syria, media reports and the top government spokesman said Tuesday. The man, a student at Hokkaido University, had reportedly planned to fly to the Middle East this week to fight with the rebel[…]

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Recovery of bodies halted at Japanese volcano

Japanese soldiers managed to bring down eight more bodies by helicopter from the ash-blanketed peak of a still-erupting volcano on Monday, before toxic gases and ash forced them to suspend the recovery effort in the early afternoon. At least 31 people are believed to have died. Four victims were flown[…]

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Japan halal tourism takes off

Prayer rooms, hijabs made from local silk and even halal-certified whale meat are appearing in Japan as tourism bosses wake up to the demand from Muslim travellers. For a largely homogeneous country with only around 100,000 practising Muslims, that means groping its way through unfamiliar customs as it looks to[…]

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