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Tokyo 2020 Games: Japan Olympics chief Tsunekazu Takeda quits

Tuesday, March 19th 2019, 9:29
related places: Tokyo

Japan's 2020 Olympics chief Tsunekazu Takeda quits over corruption allegations relating to Tokyo's winning bid to host the Games.
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Japan Sega game sales halted after cocaine arrest

Wednesday, March 13th 2019, 12:51

Japanese sales of Sega's Judgment are put on hold following the arrest of an actor involved in the game.
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Touring a school hit by the 2011 Japanese tsunami

Monday, March 11th 2019, 12:42

A Japanese high school hit by the 2011 tsunami has re-opened to visitors as a memorial to the disaster.
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Japan ferry 'hits whale', injuring more than 80 on board

Saturday, March 9th 2019, 15:24

The hydrofoil was en route to Sado Island in the Sea of Japan when the collision happened.
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Nissan ex-boss Ghosn released after 108 days

Wednesday, March 6th 2019, 11:05

Carlos Ghosn leaves prison in Japan on bail set at 1bn yen (£6.8m) with tough conditions attached.
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Pritzker Prize: Japanese architect Arata Isozaki wins highest honour

Tuesday, March 5th 2019, 19:16

Arata Isozaki is the 46th Pritzker laureate and the eighth Japanese architect to receive the honour.
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Ex-Nissan boss Ghosn given bail in Japan

Tuesday, March 5th 2019, 7:22

In a shock move, the court sets bail for the detained auto boss at one billion yen (£6.8m; $8.9m).
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'Tiniest baby boy' ever sent home leaves Tokyo hospital

Wednesday, February 27th 2019, 10:18
related places: Tokyo

Doctors said the baby, born weighing just 268g, is the smallest newborn ever to have been successfully treated and sent home.
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Hayabusa 2: Asteroid image shows touchdown marks

Monday, February 25th 2019, 12:36

A new image from Japan's Hayabusa-2 spacecraft reveals a dark splodge where it touched down on the surface of an asteroid last week.
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Okinawa: Tokyo to overrule referendum on US base

Monday, February 25th 2019, 10:34
related countries: United States United States

Japan's PM says plans to move a US military base on Okinawa must go ahead despite a vote against it.
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Japan's Yoshitaka Sakurada apologises for being three minutes late

Friday, February 22nd 2019, 11:15

Japan's Yoshitaka Sakurada, who was late for a parliamentary meeting, makes his latest apology.
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Restoring faith to Japan's sad forest

Monday, February 18th 2019, 14:47

Kyochi Watanabe plays music in the hope of saving the lives of those drawn to a forest of Japan
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Japanese men scramble for lucky sticks

Monday, February 18th 2019, 3:01

Thousands of men seeking luck have tussled to find two sacred sticks as part of an ancient Japanese festival.
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Jailed for stealing grapes: The motives of Japan's elderly inmates

Monday, February 18th 2019, 1:04

A 68-year-old jailed for stealing fruit tells the BBC's 100 Women why she did it.
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Near-naked men scramble for sticks in Japan

Sunday, February 17th 2019, 13:09
related places: Okayama, Saidaiji

About 10,000 men took part in the Saidaiji-eyo festival at a Buddhist temple in Okayama.
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Gay couples sue Japan over right to get married

Thursday, February 14th 2019, 3:47

Thirteen couples pick Valentine's Day for maximum attention on their struggle for equal rights.
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Carlos Ghosn and Japan's 'hostage justice' system

Thursday, February 14th 2019, 0:22

Critics say the pressure to confess is immense and there is no real presumption of innocence.
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Valentine's Day: Japan falling out of love with 'obligation chocolates'

Wednesday, February 13th 2019, 0:06

Some women in Japan are moving away from the custom of giving 'obligation chocolates' to male colleagues.
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Teen Japan swimmer diagnosed with leukaemia

Tuesday, February 12th 2019, 8:34

Japanese teenager Rikako Ikee, a medal favourite for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, says she is in a "state of confusion" after being diagnosed with leukaemia.
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Bonsai theft: Japanese couple robbed of 400-year-old tree

Tuesday, February 12th 2019, 6:01

Japanese bonsai expert Fuyumi Iimura has begged the thieves to water her tree "children".
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Tokyo 2020: Medals to be made from recycled waste

Friday, February 8th 2019, 9:13

All the medals at the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo will be made from recycled electronic waste, say organisers.
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Taro Aso: Japan minister U-turns on birth-rate gaffe

Tuesday, February 5th 2019, 9:39

Japan's Deputy PM Taro Aso drew anger by blaming childless people for the country's population woes.
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Obituary: Kim Bok-dong, the South Korean 'comfort woman'

Sunday, February 3rd 2019, 0:01
related countries: North Korea North Korea

Kim Bok-dong, who was forced into a brothel by Japan aged 14, refused to give up her fight for justice.
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Qatar shock Japan to win Asian Cup

Friday, February 1st 2019, 16:26
related countries: Qatar Qatar

World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar win their first ever Asian Cup with a 3-1 victory over four-time winners Japan.
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Why some Japanese pensioners want to go to jail

Thursday, January 31st 2019, 0:12

Japan is in the grip of an elderly crime wave. Poverty and loneliness are two of the possible causes.
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Carlos Ghosn says 'plot and treason' behind arrest

Wednesday, January 30th 2019, 9:32

The ex-Nissan chairman says some executives were opposed to his plans for the Japanese carmaker.
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Asics to turn used clothing into Japan's Olympic uniforms

Friday, January 25th 2019, 5:36

The global fashion industry is under increasing pressure to make clothing more sustainable.
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Naomi Osaka: Noodle company apologises for 'white-washing'

Wednesday, January 23rd 2019, 13:52
related countries: Haiti Haiti

The Haitian-Japanese tennis player's appearance in an advert sparks a conversation over race in Japan.
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Sony to move Europe headquarters to avoid Brexit disruption

Wednesday, January 23rd 2019, 9:46
related countries: Netherlands Netherlands

The Japanese firm will move its European headquarters to the Netherlands to avoid customs issues.
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2020 Olympics: Japanese chains scrap porn magazines

Tuesday, January 22nd 2019, 11:33

Two of Japan's big convenience store chains will stop selling adult magazines ahead of Tokyo 2020.
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Ex-Nissan boss faces more time in custody as bail denied

Tuesday, January 22nd 2019, 5:23
related places: Tokyo

The decision means Carlos Ghosn could remain in custody in Tokyo until his trial for financial crimes.
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Coaxing Japan’s young men out of their rooms

Friday, January 18th 2019, 21:11

The women trying to coax Japan’s reclusive young men out of their bedrooms.
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Graffiti spotted in Tokyo could be Banksy artwork - maybe

Friday, January 18th 2019, 2:17
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Tokyo

Japanese officials are trying to work out whether the famous British street artist has paid a visit.
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Why a 1,200-year-old calligraphy piece angered China

Wednesday, January 16th 2019, 8:46
related countries: China China, Taiwan Taiwan

News the prized Tang dynasty work is being sent from Taiwan to Japan triggered outrage across China.
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Wife of ex-Nissan boss urges action on 'harsh' detention

Monday, January 14th 2019, 7:37

The lengthy detention of executive Carlos Ghosn has drawn some criticism of Japan's justice system.
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51-year-old Japanese striker gets new deal - Kazuyoshi Miura signs up

Friday, January 11th 2019, 16:16
related places: No

Over the hill? No chance - 51-year-old Kazuyoshi Miura signs new contract with Yokohama FC.
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Tokyo 2020 Games: Japan Olympics chief 'investigated in French corruption probe'

Friday, January 11th 2019, 11:23
related countries: France France

Tsunekazu Takeda is investigated over alleged corruption, sources say, but denies improper actions.
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Japanese magazine apologises over university 'sex listing'

Tuesday, January 8th 2019, 11:39

A magazine apologises after ranking universities on how easy it is to convince students to have sex.
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Ex-Nissan boss says he is wrongly accused

Tuesday, January 8th 2019, 9:58

Nissan's ex-boss spent two months in jail accused of misconduct, but a trial could be months away.
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Yusaku Maezawa: Japanese billionaire tweets most retweeted tweet

Monday, January 7th 2019, 5:23
related countries: United States United States

Fashion mogul Yusaku Maezawa knocks a US teen seeking chicken nuggets off the most-tweeted spot.
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Japanese girl to become youngest professional Go player

Sunday, January 6th 2019, 12:01
related places: Go

Sumire Nakamura will be 10 when she enters the professional ranks of the complicated strategy game.
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Japan sushi tycoon pays record tuna price

Saturday, January 5th 2019, 4:58
related places: Tokyo

Kiyoshi Kimura pays $3.1m (£2.5m) for the 278kg bluefin tuna at the new year auction in Tokyo.
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'Tuna King' Kiyoshi Kimura on his most expensive fish

Saturday, January 5th 2019, 4:57

Does the Japanese sushi tycoon who spent a record-breaking $3.1m (£2.5m) on the fish have any regrets?
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Japanese monks: 'I can do this in monk's robes' videos shared online

Friday, January 4th 2019, 4:36

After a monk was fined for driving in his traditional attire, the community is rallying around him.
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Van ploughs into Tokyo pedestrians headed for New Year's prayers

Tuesday, January 1st 2019, 7:58
related places: Tokyo

The street, sealed off to traffic, was packed with people heading to a shrine for New Year's prayers.
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Mayweather v Nasukawa: Kickboxer confident as boxer vows to 'entertain' in exhibition

Sunday, December 30th 2018, 12:58

Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa vows to "take down" Floyd Mayweather in their three-round boxing exhibition match on Monday.
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A whole new world for free trade?

Friday, December 28th 2018, 20:58

The New Year heralds the launch of two major trade deals, with Japan emerging as a key player.
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Japan's Nikkei index slides amid US uncertainty

Tuesday, December 25th 2018, 8:21
related countries: United States United States
related places: Wall Street

A fall in Japan's Nikkei index comes after Wall Street suffers the worst Christmas Eve on record.
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Emperor Akihito: Huge crowds as Japan monarch gives emotional farewell

Sunday, December 23rd 2018, 12:34

More than 80,000 people attend as Emperor Akihito gives a last birthday address before his abdication.
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Softbank phone shares flop on debut

Wednesday, December 19th 2018, 8:12
related places: Tokyo

Shares in Softbank's mobile unit fall 14.5% on first day of trading on the Tokyo Stock Market.
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Japan explosion: Fire and collapsed buildings after blast

Sunday, December 16th 2018, 17:25
related places: Sapporo

A restaurant in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo is hit by a huge explosion.
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Japan medical schools 'rigged women's results'

Friday, December 14th 2018, 13:09

A sexism scandal in Japan has widened to at least nine universities after a government investigation.
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Japan picks 'disaster' character to define 2018

Wednesday, December 12th 2018, 12:24

In its annual vote, the Japanese people picked the character "disaster" to symbolise their year.
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Rescue mission in Japan after two US Marine aircraft collide

Thursday, December 6th 2018, 14:17
related countries: United States United States
related places: Marine

One US Marine has died and another five are missing after two planes collided off Japan's coast.
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Takeda and Shire shareholders back £46bn drugs takeover

Wednesday, December 5th 2018, 16:30

Shareholders in Shire and Takeda vote in favour of creating one of the world's biggest pharma groups.
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Japan's final pager provider to end its service in 2019

Tuesday, December 4th 2018, 20:09

Tokyo Telemessage will end its pager service - which still has 1,500 users - next year.
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Jiang Jinfu: Chinese actor held on domestic violence charge

Thursday, November 29th 2018, 13:46
related countries: China China

Jiang Jinfu was arrested following allegations he had abused his Japanese girlfriend Haruka Nakaura.
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Japanese firm to pay out over war labour

Thursday, November 29th 2018, 7:14
related countries: North Korea North Korea

A South Korean court orders Mitsubishi Heavy to compensate Koreans for their forced war work.
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Carlos Ghosn denies Nissan misconduct claims

Sunday, November 25th 2018, 12:50

Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn remains in detention in Japan over allegations of wrongdoing.
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Meet the 90-year-old dreaming of becoming a Tokyo 2020 Olympics guide

Saturday, November 24th 2018, 0:56

A Japanese grandmother is learning English to help visitors during the 2020 Olympics.
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Renault set to replace Carlos Ghosn after arrest in Japan

Tuesday, November 20th 2018, 9:23
related countries: France France

French finance minister says the Nissan boss is no longer capable of running the French carmaker.
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Nissan chief to be ousted for 'misconduct'

Monday, November 19th 2018, 15:58

Carlos Ghosn, a towering figure in the car industry, is accused of under-reporting his pay package.
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Lost Disney 'Oswald' film found in Japan

Thursday, November 15th 2018, 16:16

The short cartoon pre-dates the creation of Mickey Mouse.
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US hotel in Japan refuses Cuba ambassador

Wednesday, November 14th 2018, 13:12
related countries: Cuba Cuba, United States United States
related places: Fukuoka, Hilton

The Hilton in Fukuoka says it was applying US sanctions but authorities say the move was illegal.
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Softbank IPO: A guide to the Japanese tech giant

Tuesday, November 13th 2018, 9:26

The firm is planning a $21bn IPO of its mobile unit that could fund a fresh wave of tech investments.
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US fighter jet crashes into sea off Japan

Monday, November 12th 2018, 7:56
related countries: United States United States

Two crew members were able to eject and have been rescued by helicopter, the US Navy says.
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BTS T-shirt: Japanese TV show cancels BTS appearance over atomic bomb shirt

Friday, November 9th 2018, 6:02

A BTS member has caused controversy in Japan after wearing a shirt depicting an atomic bomb.
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