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Japan flood: At least 179 dead after worst weather in decades

Wednesday, July 11th 2018, 11:01

Rains have now receded but the disaster has left extensive damage in its wake.
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Japan floods: Search for survivors

Monday, July 9th 2018, 11:55

Rescue efforts continue in Japan after days of heavy rain and landslides in western districts.
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Nissan admits falsifying emissions tests in Japan

Monday, July 9th 2018, 10:48

The firm says tests at Japanese factories had "deviated from the prescribed testing environment".
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Japan floods: Devastation from downpours and landslides

Saturday, July 7th 2018, 12:18

Hiroshima Prefecture and other areas of western Japan are hit by landslides after heavy rains.
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Tokyo Sarin attack: Aum Shinrikyo cult leaders executed

Friday, July 6th 2018, 10:12
related places: Tokyo

Among them is Shoko Asahara, leader of the cult behind the deadly 1995 subway poisoning.
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Images from the 1995 Tokyo Sarin attack

Friday, July 6th 2018, 8:24

Pictures of Japan's worst terrorist incident and the doomsday group behind the attack.
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Japanese tourist dies while climbing Uluru in Australia

Wednesday, July 4th 2018, 7:49
related countries: Aruba Aruba, Australia Australia

The man collapsed while scaling the Australian landmark, a trek that will soon be banned.
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Japan's 'psychic' World Cup octopus killed

Tuesday, July 3rd 2018, 9:48

Rabio predicted Japan's first three results in the 2018 World Cup but was then quickly turned into food.
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World Cup 2018: Belgium stun Japan to reach quarters

Monday, July 2nd 2018, 20:58
related countries: Belgium Belgium

Belgium complete a remarkable revival to come back from the World Cup abyss and beat Japan to reach the quarter-finals.
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Hello Kitty bullet train makes its maiden voyage

Sunday, July 1st 2018, 10:05

The bespoke train carrying the cartoon character's image will run for three months in west Japan.
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Japan win but game ends in 'farce'

Thursday, June 28th 2018, 18:58
related countries: Poland Poland

BBC pundits are not impressed as Japan go through by playing their final 10 minutes against Poland at walking pace.
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Japan's Hayabusa 2 spacecraft reaches cosmic 'diamond'

Wednesday, June 27th 2018, 3:34

A Japanese spacecraft has arrived at a diamond-shaped asteroid on a key fact-finding mission.
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World Cup: Japan fans impress by cleaning up stadium

Wednesday, June 20th 2018, 8:35

They've done it again - Japan fans amuse and impress by cleaning up after their team's opening match at the World Cup.
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Japanese firm makes suits for blue collar workers

Tuesday, June 19th 2018, 11:23
related places: Tokyo

A Tokyo firm has created a line of business attire that's best suited for the nation's blue-collar workers.
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'Dumpling-shaped' space rock comes into view

Monday, June 18th 2018, 12:27

A Japanese space probe has been sending back images as it approaches its target, the asteroid Ryugu.
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Deadly earthquake hits Japan

Monday, June 18th 2018, 4:16
related places: Osaka

At least three people are reported to have been killed when an earthquake hit the city of Osaka.
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Coming of age: Why adults in Japan are getting younger

Wednesday, June 13th 2018, 10:35

This is the first time in 142 years that the age of adulthood has been changed.
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Deadly stabbing on Japan bullet train

Sunday, June 10th 2018, 1:53
related places: Osaka, Tokyo

Police make an arrest after one person is stabbed to death on a busy train between Tokyo and Osaka.
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Airbnb cancels thousands of bookings in Japan

Friday, June 8th 2018, 8:13

The online home-sharing giant cancels thousands of reservations due to a new law around home-sharing.
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Trump-Kim summit: Abe heads to US amid surge of diplomacy

Thursday, June 7th 2018, 17:37
related countries: North Korea North Korea, United States United States
related places: Abe

The Japanese PM's visit comes days before President Donald Trump meets North Korea's Kim Jong-un.
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Ben Lecomte's bid to be the first to swim the Pacific Ocean

Tuesday, June 5th 2018, 12:46
related countries: France France, Pacific Ocean Pacific Ocean, United States United States

French swimmer Ben Lecomte begins his 5,500 mile journey from Japan to the United States.
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Swimmer Ben Lecomte begins record Pacific crossing attempt

Tuesday, June 5th 2018, 0:26
related countries: Pacific Ocean Pacific Ocean

Ben Lecomte, 51, sets off from Japan aiming to become the first swimmer to cross the Pacific Ocean.
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Is Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Japan's Lady Gaga?

Monday, June 4th 2018, 23:37

Eye-catching costumes, sugar-coated pop and grotesque imagery... We get to know Japan's biggest star.
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Japanese whale hunters kill 122 pregnant minke

Wednesday, May 30th 2018, 16:02

The team caught 333 minkes, many of which were pregnant females, in its Antarctic "field survey".
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Coca-Cola launches its first alcoholic drink in Japan

Monday, May 28th 2018, 9:51
related countries: United States United States

The US giant wants a sip of Japan's alcopop market and launches its first alcoholic drink.
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Sony takes controlling stake in EMI Music Publishing

Tuesday, May 22nd 2018, 7:12

The deal gives the Japanese firm more than two million songs by artists including Queen and Alicia Keys.
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Japanese climber dies on eighth Everest attempt

Monday, May 21st 2018, 12:19

Nobukazu Kuriki had lost all but one finger due to frostbite in a previous climb.
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Cannes 2018: Japanese indie Shoplifters wins Palme d'Or

Saturday, May 19th 2018, 19:41

Runner-up to the coveted prize for best film was Spike Lee's anti-racism satire BlacKkKlansman.
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Japanese train departs 25 seconds early - again

Thursday, May 17th 2018, 4:19

In the second such case in months, a train leaves 25 seconds early. "Inexcusable" says the operator.
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Xerox aborts $6.1bn sale to Japan's Fujifilm

Monday, May 14th 2018, 6:22

Xerox abandons the deal after reaching an agreement with activist investors who opposed the merger.
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Japan bus drivers: Strikes with a difference

Sunday, May 6th 2018, 16:46

As Japanese bus drivers refuse to take fares, here are some of the world's most unusual strikes.
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Saturday, May 5th 2018, 18:52
related countries: France France
related places: Tokyo

Visitors were able to view the gallery after they left their clothes in the cloakroom.
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Worst pitch ever? Japanese children play football in a rice paddy

Tuesday, May 1st 2018, 16:53

Japanese children take part in a special match to encourage enjoyment of the outdoors.
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Sumo wrestling: The growing sexism problem in Japan's traditional sport

Saturday, April 28th 2018, 14:07

Officials postpone a decision on the sport's "men only" policy amid growing complaints about sexism.
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Real-life Transformer: The Japanese robot that becomes a car

Friday, April 27th 2018, 7:01

Designers say it's first time a machine of this kind has been able to carry people in a functioning vehicle.
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How to Hanami: Chasing Japan's cherry blossom season

Wednesday, April 25th 2018, 23:12

Japan's cherry blossom festival is a short-lived spring experience that draws millions of visitors.
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Japan objects to Korean summit dessert

Wednesday, April 25th 2018, 10:30
related countries: North Korea North Korea

The mango mousse shows a map of the Koreas, complete with islands claimed by Japan.
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#MeToo Japan: What happened when women broke their silence

Wednesday, April 25th 2018, 0:14

Women have come forward to tell their story but Japan remains slow to embrace the #MeToo movement.
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Trump 'will walk out' if North Korea talks not fruitful

Thursday, April 19th 2018, 9:51
related countries: North Korea North Korea, United States United States

The US president and Japanese PM agree maximum pressure will be kept on North Korea.
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#MeToo hits Japan as Junichi Fukuda quits over harassment claims

Thursday, April 19th 2018, 8:57

A Japanese broadcaster plans a complaint as a journalist says she's been harassed by a top official.
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Mike Pompeo: CIA chief made secret trip to North Korea

Wednesday, April 18th 2018, 11:04
related countries: United States United States
related places: Florida, Trump

Donald Trump confirms Mike Pompeo met Kim Jong-un last week and formed a "good relationship".
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The 'good witch' who wrote Japanese classic Kiki's Delivery Service

Tuesday, April 10th 2018, 23:10

Eiko Kadono's whimsical tales have earned her the so-called Nobel Prize for children's literature.
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Japanese father arrested for allegedly caging son for over 20 years

Sunday, April 8th 2018, 2:59

Japanese police arrest a 73-year-old man who allegedly kept his son in a wooden cage.
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Japanese women ordered from sumo ring during first aid

Thursday, April 5th 2018, 14:37

They went to aid a man who had collapsed but were told to leave as women are banned from the space.
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Sri Lankan navy refloats WW2 ship

Saturday, March 31st 2018, 20:22
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka, United Kingdom United Kingdom

The British SS Sagaing, bombed in a Japanese air strike 75 years ago, is returned to the surface.
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Drone delivers food to Japan town hit by nuclear disaster

Wednesday, November 1st 2017, 5:54

Residents returned to Minamisoma in 2016, five years after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
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Kyrgyz citizens laugh off film's 'Kyrgyz' alien bad guys

Thursday, October 26th 2017, 8:16
related countries: Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan

Citizens of Kyrgyzstan are laughing off a Japanese sci-fi movie in which the 'Kyrgyz' are the bad guys.
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Japanese police arrest 74-year-old ninja thief suspect

Wednesday, October 25th 2017, 17:38

The suspect reportedly told police "if I were younger, I wouldn't have been caught".
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Deadly typhoon kills three in Japan

Monday, October 23rd 2017, 8:53

Hundreds of homes in west Japan were flooded.
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Typhoon Lan hits Japan leaving three dead

Monday, October 23rd 2017, 7:22

The storm brought floods and mudslides, leaving over 90 injured and hundreds of flights cancelled.
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Shinzo Abe wins resounding victory in Japan, exit polls say

Sunday, October 22nd 2017, 20:42

The prime minister has kept his "super-majority" and says he will deal firmly with North Korea
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Living art: Meet Harajuku's ethereal fashion icon

Friday, October 20th 2017, 0:40

Minori reinvented a Japanese street fashion style eight years ago that now has a worldwide following.
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Japanese zoo mourns anime-loving celebrity penguin

Friday, October 13th 2017, 12:28

Grape the penguin became an online star after he "fell in love" with a cardboard cut-out in his enclosure.
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Anime hero joins Japan's antibiotics resistance campaign

Thursday, October 12th 2017, 10:50

Japan's health ministry enlists Mobile Suit Gundam to combat overuse of antibiotics.
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Japanese Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton wins as Sebastian Vettel retires

Sunday, October 8th 2017, 6:34
related countries: Bermuda Bermuda

Lewis Hamilton takes a giant stride towards his fourth world title with victory in the Japanese Grand Prix as rival Sebastian Vettel retires early on.
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Japanese lottery winners get 'collectable' manhole covers

Friday, October 6th 2017, 13:11

"Drainspotters" rush to buy decorative drain covers from Japanese city.
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Dentsu's overtime fine puts spotlight on Japan's work culture

Friday, October 6th 2017, 9:28

The advertising firm's workplace practices have come under scrutiny after a young employee killed herself in 2015.
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Nissan faces $220m hit from Japanese recall

Tuesday, October 3rd 2017, 2:15

The carmaker failed to perform proper safety inspections on some vehicles in Japan, regulators said.
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Trump vows to tackle N Korea on Asia trip

Friday, September 29th 2017, 14:29
related countries: China China, North Korea North Korea, South Korea South Korea, Philippines Philippines, Vietnam Vietnam
related places: Asia

The trip with wife Melania will be to Japan, China, South Korea, Vietnam and the Philippines.
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Tsunami drives species 'army' across Pacific to US coast

Friday, September 29th 2017, 1:44
related countries: United States United States
related places: Pacific

Hundreds of Japanese species have been found on US coasts, swept there by the deadly 2011 tsunami.
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Japan's PM Shinzo Abe calls snap election

Monday, September 25th 2017, 10:13

Japan's Shinzo Abe calls an election a year early, as his support rises amid a weak opposition.
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Falling jet wing panel damages car in Japan

Sunday, September 24th 2017, 14:52

An airline launches an investigation after the panel falls near Kansai International Airport.
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North Korea will reach its nuclear force goal - Kim Jong-un

Saturday, September 16th 2017, 3:36
related countries: North Korea North Korea
related places: Pyongyang

Its leader says Pyongyang wants to establish "equilibrium" of military force with the US.
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North Korea missile test splits world powers

Friday, September 15th 2017, 21:52
related countries: China China, United States United States
related places: North

The US and China trade accusations after the North test-fires another missile over Japan.
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North Korea fires second ballistic missile over Japan

Friday, September 15th 2017, 10:23
related countries: North Korea North Korea
related places: Pyongyang

Japan warns it will "never tolerate" such actions while the US tells China and Russia to take action.
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North Korea missile triggers Japan warning alarms

Friday, September 15th 2017, 6:02
related places: Niigata

Footage on social media appears to show warning alarms which were triggered after North Korea fired a missile over the north of the country.
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