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Tokyo Olympics will go ahead, Japan's PM says

Friday, January 1st 2021, 13:23

Japan's prime minister says the delayed Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will go ahead this summer despite concern over rising coronavirus cases.
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Japan developing wooden satellites to cut space junk

Tuesday, December 29th 2020, 1:38

A Japanese forestry firm has partnered with Kyoto University in what would be a world first.
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Japan: Snow traps 1,000 drivers in frozen traffic jam

Friday, December 18th 2020, 7:01

Heavy snow has left drivers stranded on a highway in Japan, some of them since Wednesday night.
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Hayabusa-2: Pieces of an asteroid found inside space capsule

Tuesday, December 15th 2020, 9:48

Scientists in Japan open the Hayabusa-2 space capsule that landed just over a week ago.
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Nasa to pay company $1 to collect rocks from moon

Friday, December 4th 2020, 10:29
related countries: United States United States

The US space agency has awarded two American and one Japanese firm contracts to pick up lunar soil.
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Nike's diversity advert causing a backlash in Japan

Wednesday, December 2nd 2020, 3:17

The sportswear giant is facing criticism online, but it could work in its favour with more sales.
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'Fireball' dazzles in the sky in Japan

Sunday, November 29th 2020, 11:54

The meteor was seen descending towards earth for a few seconds, before emitting a powerful light.
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Can a ninja’s life teach us about staying safe in a pandemic?

Friday, November 27th 2020, 0:08

Genichi is the first student from a Japanese university with a master’s degree in ninja studies.
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Russia 'threatened to ram' US ship in Sea of Japan

Wednesday, November 25th 2020, 3:20
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States

Moscow says a US Navy destroyer entered its territorial waters on Tuesday.
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Masahiko Kondo: Japanese singer suspended over extra-marital affair

Thursday, November 19th 2020, 4:39

The talent firm said Masahiko Kondo's "thoughtless" behaviour warranted "strict punishment".
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Tokyo Olympics: IOC's Bach 'very confident' fans will attend Games

Monday, November 16th 2020, 4:40

The Tokyo Games were originally due to start in July, but have been postponed due to the virus.
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Global markets rally as Biden heads for White House

Monday, November 9th 2020, 9:20

Shares in Europe and Asia rise as uncertainty about the outcome of US presidential election is lifted.
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Japan prince Fumihito declared heir to throne

Sunday, November 8th 2020, 14:44
related places: Tokyo

Crown Prince Fumihito has officially been declared heir to the throne during a ceremony in Tokyo.
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Japan prince Fumihito declared heir to throne

Sunday, November 8th 2020, 12:21
related places: Tokyo

Prince Fumihito is declared first in line to the throne during a ceremony in the capital Tokyo.
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Scared but socially distant in a Tokyo 'haunted house'

Saturday, October 31st 2020, 0:00
related places: Tokyo

Could this zombie-inspired experience be for people who want to be frightened but be Covid-19 safe?
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Tokyo Olympics: Russian hackers targeted Games, UK says

Monday, October 19th 2020, 18:02
related countries: Russia Russia, United Kingdom United Kingdom

UK officials say Russian intelligence took aim at the 2020 Olympics before they were delayed.
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Peru opens Machu Picchu for single tourist stranded by Covid

Tuesday, October 13th 2020, 2:01

A Japanese man waited almost seven months to enter the site after it was closed because of Covid.
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Japanese theme park unveils 'life-size' Godzilla attraction

Friday, October 9th 2020, 7:30

Fans in Japan will soon be able to take a zip line straight into the fictional monster's mouth.
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Kenzo Takada: Japanese designer dies after catching Covid-19

Monday, October 5th 2020, 5:24
related countries: France France
related places: Paris

Kenzo Takada was the first Japanese designer to gain prominence on the Paris fashion scene.
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Technical glitch halts trading on Japan's exchanges

Thursday, October 1st 2020, 8:57
related places: Tokyo

Stock markets in Tokyo and other cities suffered a day-long suspended trading session on Thursday.
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No more 'ladies and gentlemen' on Japan Airlines flights

Tuesday, September 29th 2020, 6:11

The airline says it has committed to not discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
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Japanese actress Yuko Takeuchi found dead at 40

Sunday, September 27th 2020, 15:13

The award-winning actress and mother of two is believed to have taken her own life at the age of 40.
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Yoshihide Suga: The unexpected rise of Japan’s new prime minister

Wednesday, September 16th 2020, 6:00

What we know about the new leader who replaces long-time premier Shinzo Abe.
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Yoshihide Suga elected Japan's new prime minister succeeding Shinzo Abe

Wednesday, September 16th 2020, 5:31

Yoshihide Suga is largely expected to stay his predecessor Shinzo Abe's course.
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Yoshihide Suga picked by Japan's governing party to succeed Shinzo Abe

Monday, September 14th 2020, 8:28

Japan's governing party has picked him to succeed Shinzo Abe who stepped down due to health reasons.
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Typhoon Haishen batters South Korea after slamming Japan

Monday, September 7th 2020, 5:19

More than 300 flights from 10 airports have been cancelled, with some train services suspended.
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Tokyo Olympics: Games will go ahead 'with or without Covid', says IOC VP

Monday, September 7th 2020, 4:40

The vice-president of the IOC said the Tokyo Olympics would be the "Games that conquered Covid".
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Seaman found alive after capsize of cargo ship in typhoon

Friday, September 4th 2020, 5:15

The Japanese coastguard rescued a seaman in a dramatic search operation.
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Typhoon Maysak: Ship with crew and thousands of cattle missing

Thursday, September 3rd 2020, 12:10

One sailor is rescued from a ship with 43 crew and 6,000 cattle thought sunk in the East China Sea.
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Shinzo Abe: Revisionist nationalist or pragmatic realist?

Friday, August 28th 2020, 16:41

Commentators are divided on the achievements of Japan's longest serving post-war prime minister.
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Shinzo Abe: Japan's PM resigns for health reasons

Friday, August 28th 2020, 13:17

Shinzo Abe announces his resignation on health grounds after a resurgence of a chronic disease.
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Black Lives Matter pushes Japan to confront racism

Thursday, August 27th 2020, 23:08

To many Japanese, discrimination against black people has been a foreign problem, but things are changing.
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Japanese airline ANA trials germ-busting 'elbow doorknob'

Friday, August 21st 2020, 8:42

Airplane toilets may have a reputation for being a germ haven, but ANA is hoping to change that.
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Ninja museum: Thieves carry out heist at Japanese site

Thursday, August 20th 2020, 16:41

A ninja museum has been raided in central Japan, with thieves making off with more than 1m yen.
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Can Harry Potter magic tourists back to Japan?

Wednesday, August 19th 2020, 3:25

Film studio Warner Bros hopes its new tourist attraction based on the boy wizard will be ready for 2023.
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VJ Day: Japan marks 75 years since end of WWII

Saturday, August 15th 2020, 7:33
related places: Tokyo

Emperor Naruhito expresses "deep remorse" over his country's wartime past at a ceremony in Tokyo.
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VJ Day: A WW2 hero and a reckoning with Japan's past

Friday, August 14th 2020, 23:16

Hiroo Onoda had sworn never to surrender. He believed the rest of his countrymen would do the same.
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MV Wakashio: Mauritius declares emergency as stranded ship leaks oil

Saturday, August 8th 2020, 11:27
related countries: Mauritius Mauritius

Mauritius declares a state of emergency after Japanese-owned carrier MV Wakashio starts leaking oil.
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Tokyo Olympics: Rings temporarily shelved

Thursday, August 6th 2020, 19:04
related places: Tokyo

The giant Olympic rings exit the spotlight temporarily for maintenance, after the Tokyo games are postponed.
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Hiroshima bomb: Japan marks 75 years since nuclear attack

Thursday, August 6th 2020, 4:27

The first nuclear weapon used in war killed 140,000 people - Japan surrendered days later, ending WW2.
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Coronavirus: Tokyo's famous Kabuki-za Theatre reopens after five months

Saturday, August 1st 2020, 16:03

Capacity has been halved at the venue, with performers now wearing masks and sitting further apart.
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Coronavirus: Nissan shares fall 10% after record loss warning

Wednesday, July 29th 2020, 4:35

Japan's second largest carmaker had already been struggling to cut costs and return to profitability.
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Kansai Yamamoto: Japanese fashion designer dies

Monday, July 27th 2020, 14:35
related places: Yamamoto

Yamamoto was known for mixing traditional Japanese designs with bright colours.
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Tokyo Olympics: Coronavirus risk raises questions over 2021 Games

Thursday, July 23rd 2020, 23:00

The Olympics are now one year away - again - but some athletes fear that they won't happen at all.
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Japanese athletes suffered abuse, says Human Rights Watch report

Monday, July 20th 2020, 10:04

Young athletes in Japan have suffered physical, verbal and sexual abuse during training, a report by Human Rights Watch says.
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'Don't scream and be serious' Japan theme park tells rollercoaster riders

Thursday, July 9th 2020, 4:56

Fuji Q-Highland asks riders to "scream inside your heart" to minimise spread of droplets.
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Coronavirus: Fujitsu announces permanent work-from-home plan

Monday, July 6th 2020, 5:21

The programme will offer "unprecedented flexibility" to 80,000 workers in Japan, says Fujitsu.
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Coronavirus: Japan's mysteriously low virus death rate

Friday, July 3rd 2020, 23:53

Japan had no lockdown, it has an elderly population - so why haven't more people died from Covid-19?
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Carlos Ghosn: Japan ask US to extradite ex-Green Beret and son over Japan escape

Thursday, July 2nd 2020, 23:12
related countries: United States United States

The ex-soldier and his son are held in the US for allegedly helping the ex-Nissan boss flee Japan.
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Japanese supercomputer, crowned world's fastest, is fighting coronavirus

Tuesday, June 23rd 2020, 8:35

The newly crowned Fugaku system is analysing droplet spread in offices and public transport.
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Tokyo 2020: Olympics will be 'simplified' in 2021

Wednesday, June 10th 2020, 13:42

Tokyo 2020 will be a "simplified" Olympics, according to the chief executive of the organising committee.
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Japan launches surprise fireworks to lift spirits amid pandemic

Monday, June 1st 2020, 18:02

The displays, at secret locations across Japan, were designed to lift spirits amid the pandemic.
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Man charged over deadly fire at Kyoto animation studio

Wednesday, May 27th 2020, 8:30
related places: Kyoto

The arson attack killed 36 people at the Kyoto Animation headquarters in Japan last July.
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Hana Kimura: Netflix star and Japanese wrestler dies at 22

Saturday, May 23rd 2020, 10:37

The wrestler turned Netflix Reality TV personality had posted about online bullying before she died.
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Carlos Ghosn: US ex-Green Beret and son arrested over escape from Japan

Wednesday, May 20th 2020, 15:31
related countries: United States United States

The former soldier and his son are detained for allegedly helping the ex-Nissan boss flee Japan.
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Coronavirus: State of emergency lifted in most of Japan

Thursday, May 14th 2020, 12:13
related places: Osaka, Tokyo

Coronavirus infections fall in much of the country, but Tokyo and Osaka remain under emergency order.
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Coronavirus: Japan's low testing rate raises questions

Thursday, April 30th 2020, 3:31

Japan's relatively low rate of virus testing raises questions about how it has tackled the pandemic.
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Coronavirus: Tokyo hospitals trying to stay ahead

Thursday, April 23rd 2020, 23:00

Doctors say the spread of the virus is not being slowed enough to take the pressure off the hospital system.
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Coronavirus lockdown: Lessons from Hokkaido's second wave of infections

Thursday, April 16th 2020, 13:52

The Japanese island, which initially saw a drop in cases, is now facing a bigger wave of virus cases.
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BepiColombo Mercury mission bids farewell to Earth

Friday, April 10th 2020, 5:38

The joint European-Japanese mission calls by home on its long journey to the "iron planet".
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Coronavirus: The teenagers still learning during lockdown

Thursday, April 9th 2020, 12:25
related countries: Denmark Denmark, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Students from Denmark, Japan, Spain and the UK talk about how studying when schools are closed.
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Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics: New dates confirmed for 2021

Monday, March 30th 2020, 14:34

The Tokyo Olympic Games will start on 23 July, 2021 and finish 8 August, with the Paralympics following from 24 August to 5 September.
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Tokyo 2020: Olympic and Paralympic Games postponed because of coronavirus

Tuesday, March 24th 2020, 19:48

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games are postponed until next year because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.
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'Heartbreaking' but a 'release' - Olympic reaction

Tuesday, March 24th 2020, 18:09

Olympians including Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Adam Peaty react to the Tokyo Games being postponed until 2021.
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Tokyo 2020: Why is Olympic decision taking so long?

Monday, March 23rd 2020, 19:21

It now seems almost certain that Tokyo 2020 will be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world, BBC Sport takes a closer look.
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IOC sets Tokyo Olympics decision deadline

Sunday, March 22nd 2020, 19:38

The International Olympic Committee is considering a postponement of Tokyo 2020, and has given itself a deadline of four weeks to make a decision.
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Tokyo Olympics & coronavirus: Lord Coe says too early to decide on cancellation

Thursday, March 19th 2020, 14:07

It is too early to decide whether to cancel the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, says World Athletics chief Lord Coe.
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Satoshi Uematsu: Japanese man who killed 19 disabled people sentenced to death

Monday, March 16th 2020, 6:18

Satoshi Uematsu said disabled people who could not communicate well had no human rights.
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