Japan starts controversial whaling off northern island

Whalers from Japan on Monday have started hunting up to 51 minke whales in waters off the country's northern island of Hokkaido, the government said despite international criticism.

Typhoon Mindulle hits northern Japan, inundates towns

Typhoon Mindulle pounded the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido on Tuesday, inundating towns and disrupting local transport.

Magnitude-6.7 quake hits northern Japan

A magnitude-6.7 earthquake struck wide areas of northern Japan Thursday, the Meteorological Agency said.