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We have started to collect the most important news related to Japan in November 2005. By default, most recent news are listed first.

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Japan man celebrates 116th birthday

Friday, April 19th 2013, 9:28

Japanese man Jiroemon Kimura, who holds the distinction of being the world's oldest living person, is celebrating his 116th birthday on Friday.
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Suu Kyi meets Japan prime minister

Thursday, April 18th 2013, 15:27
related countries: Burma Burma

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi meets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during her first visit to Japan in 27 years.
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Japan in record annual trade deficit

Thursday, April 18th 2013, 5:56

Japan, the world's third-largest economy, reports a record trade deficit for the financial year to 31 March.
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Kerry urges N Korea to join dialogue

Sunday, April 14th 2013, 14:02
related countries: North Korea North Korea, United States United States

US Secretary of State John Kerry, visiting Japan, calls on North Korea to engage in "responsible dialogue" to end rising regional tensions.
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VIDEO: Japan readies for N Korea attack

Friday, April 12th 2013, 15:46
related countries: North Korea North Korea

Japan is preparing to defend itself against any aggression from North Korea, setting up missiles in the capital and deploying warships.
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Pirate given long Japan jail term

Friday, April 12th 2013, 15:13
related countries: Oman Oman

A 21-year-old man is sentenced to 11 years in a Japanese jail for the attempted hijack of a Japanese tanker off the coast of Oman in 2011.
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Australia to face Japan on whaling

Friday, April 12th 2013, 5:00
related countries: Australia Australia

The UN's International Court of Justice sets dates for public hearings on Australia's challenge against Japan's whaling programme in Antartica.
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Japan carmakers to recall 3.4m cars

Thursday, April 11th 2013, 9:44

Japan's top four carmakers are recalling a total of 3.4 million cars over a defect in passenger airbags, including tens of thousands in the UK.
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China anger at Japan-Taiwan deal

Wednesday, April 10th 2013, 12:17
related countries: China China, Taiwan Taiwan

Japan and Taiwan sign a deal allowing Taiwan to fish near a group of disputed islands, prompting China to express 'extreme concerns'.
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China and Australia in currency pact

Wednesday, April 10th 2013, 0:25
related countries: Aruba Aruba, Australia Australia, China China, United States United States

The Australian dollar becomes the third currency, along with the US dollar and the Japanese yen, that can be converted directly into and out of the Chinese yuan.
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VIDEO: Japan deploys anti-missile batteries

Tuesday, April 9th 2013, 12:49
related countries: North Korea North Korea
related places: Tokyo

Japan has deployed Patriot anti-missile batteries in the centre of Tokyo over growing concern that North Korea may be preparing a new missile test.
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Fukushima radioactive water 'leak'

Tuesday, April 9th 2013, 11:15
related places: Fukushima

A fresh leak of radioactive water is detected at Japan's tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant, its operator says.
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North Korean warning to foreigners

Tuesday, April 9th 2013, 10:44
related countries: North Korea North Korea, South Korea South Korea
related places: Tokyo

North Korea warns foreigners in South Korea to take evacuation measures in case of war as Japan deploys anti-missile batteries in Tokyo.
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Yen continues slide on stimulus plan

Monday, April 8th 2013, 6:39
related countries: United States United States

The Japanese yen drops to its lowest level since 2008 against the US dollar after the central bank begins the latest round of its economic stimulus programme.
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VIDEO: Japanese fish hitches ride to US

Sunday, April 7th 2013, 7:56
related countries: United States United States
related places: Oregon

A boat thought to have been swept out to sea during the 2011 Japanese tsunami has washed up on a beach in Oregon - with an unexpected passenger.
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US to return Okinawa land to Japan

Friday, April 5th 2013, 12:55
related countries: United States United States
related places: Okinawa

The US agrees to return land near an air base on Okinawa to Japan in a move which will see some American troops redeployed to Guam and Hawaii.
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VIDEO: Brain scans can 'read our dreams'

Friday, April 5th 2013, 11:40

Japanese scientists are claiming they have found a way to read people's dreams.
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Fukushima cooling system restored

Friday, April 5th 2013, 9:39
related places: Fukushima

Power is restored to part of the cooling system at Japan's tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant, after it fails for the second time in a month.
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Japan unveils massive stimulus plan

Thursday, April 4th 2013, 9:35

Japan's central bank surprises markets with the size of its latest stimulus package, as it tries to spur growth and end years of falling prices.
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Male baldness 'indicates heart risk'

Thursday, April 4th 2013, 0:42
related countries: Maldives Maldives

Men going thin on top may be more likely to have heart problems than their friends with a full head of hair, according to researchers in Japan.
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What happened to Japan's electronic giants?

Tuesday, April 2nd 2013, 3:06

What went wrong with Japan's electronic companies?
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VIDEO: Man, 80, aims to be oldest Everest climber

Tuesday, April 2nd 2013, 0:46

An 80-year-old Japanese climber who has had heart surgery four times is to attempt to climb Mount Everest.
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Caroline Kennedy 'next Japan envoy'

Monday, April 1st 2013, 18:01
related countries: United States United States
related places: America

President Barack Obama has asked the daughter of former President John F Kennedy to be America's ambassador to Japan, US media report.
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Japanese business sentiment improves

Monday, April 1st 2013, 6:00

Japanese business sentiment improves in the January to March quarter, the Bank of Japan's Tankan survey indicates.
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Kuroda says Japan debt unsustainable

Thursday, March 28th 2013, 7:48

The Bank of Japan's new governor, Haruhiko Kuroda, warns that Japan's growing debt levels are "not sustainable".
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Japan retail sales fall in February

Thursday, March 28th 2013, 2:08

Retail sales in Japan fell by more than forecast in February, figures show, underlining the challenge the new government faces to boost consumer demand.
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VIDEO: Japan cherry trees mark Spring

Friday, March 22nd 2013, 7:13
related places: Tokyo

People in Tokyo have been enjoying the arrival of Japan's cherry blossom season which marks the beginning of spring.
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China is second-biggest movie market

Friday, March 22nd 2013, 4:47
related countries: China China

China becomes the world's second-biggest movie market, displacing Japan, underscoring its importance as a key market for Hollywood's moviemakers.
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Japan posts deficit for eighth month

Thursday, March 21st 2013, 2:47

Japan posts a trade deficit for the eighth straight month, underlining the challenge the new government faces in spurring on the country's economy.
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Rat linked to Fukushima power outage

Wednesday, March 20th 2013, 17:13
related places: Fukushima

A rat may have caused this week's power outage at Japan's tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, says the company which runs it.
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Power at Fukushima plant restored

Wednesday, March 20th 2013, 3:52
related places: Fukushima

Power is restored to all cooling systems for the spent fuel ponds at the tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, operator Tepco says.
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Man guilty of Irish woman's murder

Tuesday, March 19th 2013, 13:21
related countries: Ireland Ireland, United States United States
related places: Tokyo, May

An American has been found guilty of the murder of Irish student Nicola Furlong in Tokyo last May.
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VIDEO: Power failure hits Fukushima plant

Tuesday, March 19th 2013, 7:38
related places: Fukushima

A power failure at Japan's tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant has affected cooling systems for spent fuel ponds.
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Japanese architect wins top prize

Monday, March 18th 2013, 9:35
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

Japanese architect Toyo Ito, who created London's Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, wins this year's prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize.
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Japan seeks to join TPP trade talks

Friday, March 15th 2013, 11:28

Japan says it wants to join the talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade agreement currently being negotiated among 11 countries.
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VIDEO: Wine is overnight hit in Japan

Friday, March 15th 2013, 4:39
related countries: France France
related places: Chateau, Puy

French winemaker Leo Tordjman tells how his Chateau le Puy became an unexpected overnight success in Japan.
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Kuroda confirmed as BOJ governor

Friday, March 15th 2013, 3:15

Japan's parliament approves as governor of the Bank of Japan Haruhiko Kuroda, who is expected to push for monetary stimulus to boost growth in the world's third-largest economy.
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Tan Twan Eng wins literary prize

Thursday, March 14th 2013, 15:45
related countries: Malaysia Malaysia

Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng wins the Man Asian Literary Prize for his Booker-shortlisted novel The Garden of Evening Mists, set during the aftermath of the Japanese occupation of Malaya.
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What Japanese history lessons leave out

Thursday, March 14th 2013, 0:12

Why do Japanese children learn almost nothing about the war?
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Japan taps gas from methane hydrate

Tuesday, March 12th 2013, 9:53

Japan says it had successfully extracted natural gas from frozen methane hydrate off its central coast, in what it says is a world first.
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Japan marks quake anniversary

Monday, March 11th 2013, 9:59

Services are held in Japan marking the earthquake and tsunami, two years after the disaster that left more than 18,000 dead and sparked a nuclear crisis.
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Japan quake 'heard at edge of space'

Sunday, March 10th 2013, 11:20

A deep rumble produced by the great Tohoku earthquake in Japan two years ago was sensed by a satellite circling the Earth, scientists say.
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VIDEO: Watching Japan's nuclear 'ghost towns'

Friday, March 8th 2013, 15:02
related places: Fukushima

Forced to leave their homes due to high radiation levels after the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster of 2011, residents of Iitate in northern Japan are keeping an eye on their village with the help of surveillance cameras linked to tablet computers.
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Japan growth figures revised upwards

Friday, March 8th 2013, 10:23

Japan's economy stopped contracting in the final quarter of 2012, revised figures show, raising hopes of a recovery.
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Samsung to acquire 3% stake in Sharp

Wednesday, March 6th 2013, 7:53

Samsung Electronics agrees a deal to buy a 3% stake in struggling Japanese electronics maker Sharp for 10.4bn yen ($110m; £75m).
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US veteran who captured Tojo dies

Monday, March 4th 2013, 21:51
related countries: United States United States
related places: Tojo

The US soldier who arrested Japanese Prime Minister Gen Hideki Tojo to face trial for war crimes at the end of World War II dies aged 93.
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VIDEO: Nine dead after heavy snow in Japan

Monday, March 4th 2013, 15:05

At least nine people die after heavy snowfall hits the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido over the weekend.
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BOJ nominee promises bold steps

Monday, March 4th 2013, 9:30

Haruhiko Kuroda, nominated to be the next head of Japan's central bank, promises to do "whatever we can do" to raise inflation to 2%, sending Japanese shares higher.
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US sailors jailed over Okinawa rape

Friday, March 1st 2013, 10:38
related countries: United States United States
related places: Okinawa

Two US sailors who pleaded guilty to the rape of a Japanese woman in Okinawa are sentenced to nine and 10 years in prison.
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VIDEO: Record snowfall in northern Japan

Friday, March 1st 2013, 6:06

Northern Japan usually has a high snow fall but this year's has broken all records.
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Japan consumer prices drop continues

Friday, March 1st 2013, 2:27

Japan's consumer prices dip for the third straight month, underlining the challenge faced by policymakers as they try to stoke inflation.
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Samsung loses Japan iPhone battle

Thursday, February 28th 2013, 18:25
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Samsung has failed in its latest patent challenge against Apple, but is being aided by a former UK judge in a separate battle.
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Sony sells 'holy land' building

Thursday, February 28th 2013, 10:45
related places: Tokyo

Sony has sold one of its landmark Tokyo buildings for $1.2bn - its second high-profile property deal this year.
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Japan nominates central bank boss

Thursday, February 28th 2013, 4:16

The Japanese government nominates Haruhiko Kuroda to be the next governor of the country's central bank.
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VIDEO: World's oldest woman is 114

Wednesday, February 27th 2013, 15:16
related places: Osaka

The world's oldest woman has officially been named as Misao Okawa, who is 114 years old and lives in the western Japanese city of Osaka.
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Sea Shepherd anti-whalers 'pirates'

Wednesday, February 27th 2013, 4:03
related countries: United States United States

A US appeals court says conservation group Sea Shepherd are pirates, ordering them to stay away from Japan's whaling fleet.
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ANA cancels more Dreamliner flights

Monday, February 25th 2013, 11:33

Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) cancels all Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights until at least the end of May, in the latest blow to Boeing.
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Japan to sell $10bn tobacco stake

Monday, February 25th 2013, 10:44

Japan's government is to sell a third of its stake in Japan Tobacco, to raise $10.3bn for reconstruction of areas devastated by the 2011 earthquake.
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Japan markets get central bank boost

Monday, February 25th 2013, 7:00

Japanese shares rise and the yen weakens on reports that Haruhiko Kuroda is likely to be nominated as the next Bank of Japan governor.
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Obama and Abe affirm US-Japan ties

Friday, February 22nd 2013, 19:51
related countries: United States United States
related places: Washington, White House, Abe

US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe affirm their security alliance and pledge to stand firm against North Korea.
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