Many people have lost their houses in the earthquake that hit the island of Kyushu. They had to spent the night in shelters or outdoors.
The Pacific Ring of Fire is aptly named. It's a string of volcanoes in the Pacific Ocean, and the region is prone to earthquakes. In fact, most earthquakes strike within the ring. Here's five facts.
Police in Sapporo are seeking the cause of the explosion which collapsed a building and injured 42 people in the northern Japanese city. Television footage of the incident showed the restaurant in flames.
A coalition of religious groups and citizens is demanding that the Japanese government must not use taxpayers' money to cover the costs of religious rites for next year's enthronement of the new emperor.
An earthquake has paralyzed Hokkaido, Japan's northern island, killing eight residents. Power is cut to 3 million households. Trains and mobile phone networks are idle. The jolt follows a typhoon over western Japan.
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