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Japan puts military on alert for possible North Korea missile launch: NHK

TOKYO Japan on Monday put its military on alert for a possible North Korean ballistic missile launch, ordering naval destroyers and anti-ballistic missile Patriot batteries to be ready to shoot down any projectile heading for Japan, state broadcaster NHK said.

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Auto parts supplier Aisin Advics reports explosion at Japan plant 10:20am BST

TOKYO, May 30 Japanese auto parts supplier Aisin Advics Co said on Monday there had been an explosion at one of its plants in central Japan, and that it was establishing the extent of damage which may impact the supply chains of its customers.

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Japan weak retail sales bolsters tax hike delay plan 8:57am BST

TOKYO Japanese retail sales fell in April for the second consecutive month, bolstering the argument that a nationwide sales tax increase scheduled for April next year should be delayed.

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New photo of Japanese hostage appears with message pleading for help 8:01am BST

TOKYO The Japanese government said on Monday it was doing all it could to secure the release of a Japanese journalist being held hostage by an al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, after an apparent photograph of the man was posted on the internet.

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New photo of Japanese hostage appears with message pleading for help 7:37am BST

TOKYO The Japanese government said on Monday it was doing all it could to secure the release of a Japanese journalist being held hostage by an al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, after an apparent photograph of the man was posted on the internet.

REFILE-Nikkei hits 1-month high on weaker yen but volumes dwindle 7:34am BST

TOKYO, May 30 Japan's benchmark Nikkei index closed at its highest level in more than a month on Monday as the yen retreated against the firming dollar on expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates soon.