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

Women awarded damages over Japan exam discrimination

Juntendo University in Tokyo set stricter requirements for female medical students in entrance exams.

20 hours ago

Gambler to pay back Japanese Covid-19 fund he spent

The man’s lawyer said his client gambled the pay-out after it was mistakenly paid to his bank account.

2 days ago

Man gambles away huge accidental Covid payment in Japan

The Japanese man’s lawyer says the 46.3m yen ($357,400) meant for 463 people cannot be paid back.

3 days ago

Diamond League: Dina Asher-Smith third on return since injury at Tokyo Olympics

Watch as Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith finishes third in the 200m at the opening meeting of the Diamond League in Doha, Qatar as America’s Gabrielle Thomas is first with Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson second.

7 days ago

Toyota cuts production due to Covid lockdown in Shanghai

Tesla has reportedly also halted most production at its Shanghai plant due to problems sourcing parts.

About a week ago

UK and Japan sign military agreement amid Russia concerns

Boris Johnson and counterpart Fumio Kishida urge unity in the face of “autocratic, coercive powers”.

2 weeks ago

How a Japanese boat trip ended in tragedy

A catalogue of errors appears to have led to the sinking of a boat carrying sightseers off northern Japan.

3 weeks ago

Kane Tanaka: Japanese woman certified world’s oldest person dies

Kane Tanaka was born in 1903, the same year as George Orwell and when Roosevelt was US president.

4 weeks ago

Nissan signals the end of the road for Datsun cars

The Japanese firm previously called the range of cars “an important part of Nissan’s DNA”.

4 weeks ago

Kirby: How the pink Nintendo character became gaming’s surprise hero

The family-friendly video game character turns 30, but some critics say Kirby has lost its spark.

3 weeks ago


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Header image: Basin and dipper at Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社) in Miyajima, Japan. Photo: Frank Gualtieri.

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