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

Honda set to close Swindon car plant

The carmaker is set to announce the closure of its Swindon plant in 2022, jeopardising 3,500 jobs, sources say.

5 hours ago

Restoring faith to Japan’s sad forest

Kyochi Watanabe plays music in the hope of saving the lives of those drawn to a forest of Japan

9 hours ago

MP: ‘Honda closure nothing to do with Brexit’

Local MP Justin Tomlinson said the company had been “crystal clear” the decision was not because of the UK’s planned exit from the EU.

7 hours ago

Japanese men scramble for lucky sticks

Thousands of men seeking luck have tussled to find two sacred sticks as part of an ancient Japanese festival.

21 hours ago

Jailed for stealing grapes: The motives of Japan’s elderly inmates

A 68-year-old jailed for stealing fruit tells the BBC’s 100 Women why she did it.

23 hours ago

Near-naked men scramble for sticks in Japan

About 10,000 men took part in the Saidaiji-eyo festival at a Buddhist temple in Okayama.


Naomi Osaka says she was unwilling to sacrifice her happiness after split from coach

World number one Naomi Osaka says she was unwilling to “sacrifice” her happiness following her split from coach Sascha Bajin.

16 hours ago

James Ellington confident of reaching 2020 Olympics after horrific crash

British sprinter James Ellington says it will be “one of the biggest sporting comebacks” if he makes the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games — two years after a serious motorbike crash.

3 days ago

Gay couples sue Japan over right to get married

Thirteen couples pick Valentine’s Day for maximum attention on their struggle for equal rights.

5 days ago

Carlos Ghosn and Japan’s ‘hostage justice’ system

Critics say the pressure to confess is immense and there is no real presumption of innocence.

5 days ago

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