After some physical warming-up and chanting, the 108 participants immersed themselves into a tub filled with cold water and large ice blocks, wishing for good health for the new year.
Billions cheered in 2020 after a tumultuous year dominated by demonstrations calling for political dissent and action on climate change.
The appeal was made by a group of women forced to work in Japan's wartime military brothels to strike down a deal signed by the two Asian countries to settle claims over the abuse.
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s government decided to send a warship and patrol planes to the region to protect its commercial tankers amid high tension in the region.
Tokyo Olympic organisers and government officials are preparing for everything including an earthquake taking place during next year's games, as all these increasing the budget of the games.
As Japan readies for the 2020 Olympic games, radiation hot spots have been found near the starting point for the torch relay in Fukushima, environmental pressure group Greenpeace said.
The IOC released a proposal a week ago to move the marathons and race walking events to Sapporo.
Towns east of Tokyo that were still recovering from damage caused by Typhoon Hagibis earlier this month were hit by torrential rain that caused dangerous flooding and mudslides.
Carlos Ghosn's lawyers have asked the Tokyo District Court to dismiss all charges against the former Nissan Motor Co Ltd chairman, saying prosecutors colluded with government officials and Nissan executives to oust him from his post.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and police chief Stephen Lo paid visited a mosque that was struck with blue dye from a water cannon during the latest bout of violent anti-Beijing protests.
Typhoon Hagibis unleashed torrents of rain and strong winds that left thousands of homes on Japan's main island flooded, damaged or without power. Kyodo News service counted 36 deaths caused by the typhoon with 16 people missing.
More than 100,000 rescuers, including 31,000 troops, were working into the night to reach people trapped after torrential rain caused landslides and filled rivers until they burst their banks.
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