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An earthquake has shaken Tokyo and the surrounding areas earlier today, but no tsunami warning has been issued, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
Reuters report that the magnitude 5.3 quake - downgraded from 5.6 - centered in the Ibaraki prefecture just northeast of the Japanese capital shook buildings and briefly halted the city's rail network.
There has been no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5 jolted eastern Japan including the capital, Tokyo, on Sunday, the NHK public broadcaster and witnesses said.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and no tsunami warning was issued.
An earthquake has shaken buildings in the Japanese capital of Tokyo, according to witnesses.
A salon in Tokyo has rolled out a bold new beauty treatment, using snail slime. The substance is applied by the snail itself, sliding slowly across the face. The salon says it helps make skin supple, removes dry, scaly patches and helps to moisturise.
The salon uses a team of five one-year-old Japanese native snails. And when they're not crawling about on a customer's face, they dine on high-grade vegetables to help keep them in shape. Some beauty experts dispute claims they can help reinvigorate the skin.
Sumo wrestlers have been paying their respects to Shinto gods in a ritual marking the beginning of the wrestling season in Japan.
The "stepping of the foot" ritual, intended to ward off evil, is performed each year by the highest-ranking sumo wrestler at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.
Tokyo is the bookies' favourite to win the race to host the 2020 Olympics. Official applications were made to the International Olympic Committee yesterday, and Coral gave the Japanese capital odds of 8-11.
Istanbul is second favourite at 2-1, with Madrid coming in as the outsider at 4-1. Coral's David Stevens said:
"Tokyo appears to have several advantages over its two rival cities - many of the potential venues are built, and after London and Rio, many will feel Asia deserves its turn to host the Olympics."