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Here are some recent Japan-related news items from the BBC News website.

ICYMI: Nine babies and a giant squid

A surprise delivery for a mum in Morocco and questionable spending in Japan — news you may have missed.

8 hours ago

High-speed rail services cancelled after cracks found in trains

The rail minister warns of “prolonged” disruption as Hitachi apologises to affected passengers.

21 hours ago

Japan extends Covid-19 restrictions as Olympics draw nearer

Officials have extended the state of emergency in several regions until the end of the month.

2 days ago

Taiwan: Judo class puts a seven-year-old in a coma

The incident in Taiwan shows a tendency to allow child abuse in the name of discipline, experts say.

3 days ago

Tokyo Olympics: World’s oldest person pulls out of torch relay

Kane Tanaka, 118, says she’s worried about spreading Covid-19 to others in her nursing home.

3 days ago

Tokyo 2020: The mental strain of the delayed Olympics

Two Olympic hopefuls tell the BBC about the mental health impact of the delay to the Tokyo games.

4 days ago

Laureus World Sports Awards: Naomi Osaka, Rafael Nadal, Bayern Munich, Lewis Hamilton win

Japan’s Naomi Osaka wins the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year award, while fellow tennis player Rafael Nadal claims the men’s award.

3 days ago

Laurel Hubbard: Transgender weightlifter closer to Olympic qualification

Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard takes a step closer to qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics after a change in rules.

3 days ago

Team GB & ParalympicsGB unveil kit for delayed Tokyo Games

Team GB and ParalympicsGB athletes will wear a kit that “represents unity in diversity” at the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

3 days ago

Sony’s PlayStation to integrate Discord chat for gamers

As part of the deal, Sony will hold a minority stake in the popular gaming chat platform.

5 days ago


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Header image: Banzuiin Chobei (幡随院長兵衛; 1622–1657) — the Japanese Robin Hood, who became a popular figure in Japanese literature. This image is from a ukiyoe portrait by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳; 1798–1861). From Wikimedia Commons.

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