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N Korea fires mid-range missiles

Wednesday, March 26th 2014, 4:12
related countries: North Korea North Korea, United States United States

North Korea test-fires two medium-range missiles, just hours after the US, South Korea and Japan met in the Netherlands for talks.
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US brings together rival Asia allies

Tuesday, March 25th 2014, 23:26
related countries: North Korea North Korea, United States United States
related places: Asia

The Japanese and South Korean leaders hold their first official meeting following a rift over Japan's stance on its wartime aggression in Asia.
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Japanese architect wins top prize

Tuesday, March 25th 2014, 12:02

Shigeru Ban, who uses cardboard tubes to make temporary housing in disaster zones, wins this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize.
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Dissent over key climate report

Tuesday, March 25th 2014, 2:26

Senior researchers and government officials gather in Japan to agree a critical report on the impact of global warming.
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Japan to hand over nuclear material

Monday, March 24th 2014, 12:42
related countries: United States United States
related places: Hague

Japan agrees to turn over part of its stockpile of nuclear material to the United States at a nuclear summit in the Hague
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Missing plane: China spots 'objects'

Monday, March 24th 2014, 9:53
related countries: China China, India India, Indian Ocean Indian Ocean, Malaysia Malaysia

A Chinese plane spots possible debris as more nations join the search for the missing Malaysian plane in the southern Indian Ocean.
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Japan PM visits Anne Frank museum

Monday, March 24th 2014, 2:58
related places: Tokyo

Japan's Shinzo Abe visits Amsterdam's Anne Frank House museum, weeks after 300 copies of her famous diary were vandalised in Tokyo.
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S Korea, Japan leaders to meet

Friday, March 21st 2014, 10:15
related countries: North Korea North Korea

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye will meet for the first time next week, amid historical and territorial tensions.
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MtGox finds 200,000 lost bitcoins

Friday, March 21st 2014, 3:17

Bankrupt Japanese firm MtGox says it has found 200,000 lost bitcoins worth millions of dollars in a digital wallet from 2011 that it no longer uses.
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Vatican Library to digitise archives

Thursday, March 20th 2014, 23:19

The Vatican Library begins digitising its priceless collection of manuscripts dating from the origins of the Church with support from Japan's NTT Data.
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Hitachi to move rail business to UK

Thursday, March 20th 2014, 9:09
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Hitachi

Japanese electronics firm Hitachi - the manufacturer of the first bullet trains - announces it will move its global rail business from Japan to the United Kingdom.
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Toyota in deal over US safety probe

Wednesday, March 19th 2014, 15:12
related countries: United States United States
related places: Toyota

Japanese carmaker Toyota agrees a $1.2bn settlement with US regulators after a four-year inquiry into its reporting of safety issues.
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Japan Display shares plunge on debut

Wednesday, March 19th 2014, 1:51
related places: Tokyo

Shares in Japan Display - the world's largest manufacturer of smartphone screens - plunge 20% after making their debut on Tokyo's stock exchange.
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Japan trade gap smallest in months

Wednesday, March 19th 2014, 1:24

Japan's trade deficit narrows in February to its lowest level in nine months as exports rise 9.8%.
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Mapping racism in Tokyo

Tuesday, March 18th 2014, 21:19
related places: Tokyo

A novel way to fight racism in Japan #BBC trending
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Japan drags down world music market

Tuesday, March 18th 2014, 13:06

A sharp decline in the consumption of music in Japan caused overall global growth to slow down in 2013, new figures reveal.
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Cargo ships collide off Tokyo Bay

Tuesday, March 18th 2014, 9:57

A collision between two cargo vessels in waters outside Tokyo Bay has left one crew member dead and eight others missing.
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VIDEO: UN spotlight on N Korea abductions

Tuesday, March 18th 2014, 2:44
related countries: North Korea North Korea

The parents of a Japanese girl abducted by North Korea in the 1970s meet their granddaughter for the first time.
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North Korea abductee meeting praised

Monday, March 17th 2014, 9:40
related countries: North Korea North Korea

The parents of a Megumi Yokota, a Japanese girl abducted by North Korea in 1977, describe their first meeting with her daughter as "miraculous".
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Tokyo tech start-ups begin to rise

Sunday, March 16th 2014, 21:18

Can the Japanese capital rival California's Silicon Valley?
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Japan arrest over Anne Frank attacks

Friday, March 14th 2014, 11:59

Police in Japan arrest a man suspected of vandalising copies of Anne Frank's diaries and related material.
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More stem cell 'discovery' doubts

Friday, March 14th 2014, 11:13

A Japanese investigation into a supposedly groundbreaking stem cell study has discovered "inappropriate handling" of the data.
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No review of Japan sex slave apology

Friday, March 14th 2014, 10:24

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will not revise a historic apology for the army's use of Asian women as war-time sex slaves.
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Panasonic offers China pollution pay

Thursday, March 13th 2014, 2:02
related countries: China China

Japanese electronics firm Panasonic announces it will pay its staff working in China a premium to compensate them for high levels of pollution.
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VIDEO: Three years on, Japan remembers tsunami

Tuesday, March 11th 2014, 16:23

Three years after Japan was devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, some towns are still struggling to come to terms with what happened.
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Japan: Weak demand will dent exports

Tuesday, March 11th 2014, 7:19

The Bank of Japan says exports have levelled off due to disappointing external demand, after a strong performance in February.
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VIDEO: Fukushima - three years on

Tuesday, March 11th 2014, 7:17

Three years after Japan was hit by a massive earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, is the fear of radiation actually a bigger killer than radiation itself?
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Mt Gox wins US bankruptcy protection

Tuesday, March 11th 2014, 0:57
related countries: United States United States

Mt Gox, the troubled Japanese bitcoin exchange, wins bankruptcy protection to temporarily halt US legal action alleging fraud.
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'Withdraw' major stem cell findings

Monday, March 10th 2014, 17:40

A Japanese scientist behind a seemingly groundbreaking stem cell study says the findings should be withdrawn amid doubts over its quality.
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Asian markets tumble on weak data

Monday, March 10th 2014, 12:18
related countries: China China

Asian shares fall after both China and Japan released disappointing economic data, worrying investors about a slowdown in the region.
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VIDEO: Japanese astronaut takes ISS command

Monday, March 10th 2014, 2:30

Koichi Wakata is the first Japanese astronaut in history to take up the post of commander on the International Space Station
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Japan in record deficit, growth slows

Monday, March 10th 2014, 1:49

Japan's current account deficit hits a record 1.5tn yen ($15bn; £8.7bn) in January, as economic growth figures are revised downwards.
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VIDEO: Composer admits lying about deafness

Friday, March 7th 2014, 18:02

Mamoru Samuragochi, one of Japan's most famous composers, officially apologises for pretending to be deaf. He was exposed last month by a music teacher, who also claimed that he wrote all of his music for him in secret for 18 years.
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Tokyo gas attack cult member jailed

Friday, March 7th 2014, 7:14
related places: Tokyo

A former member of Japan's Aum Shinrikyo cult, the group which carried out a deadly sarin gas attack in Tokyo, is been jailed for nine years.
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Bitcoin not a currency says Japan

Friday, March 7th 2014, 2:15

Japan's government says Bitcoin is not a currency but that some transactions using the virtual unit should be taxed.
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VIDEO: Japanese chef's miniature sushi

Thursday, March 6th 2014, 21:19
related places: Tokyo

Tokyo restaurant's menu features delicacies weighing under a gram, but which take much longer to prepare than regular ones.
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Japan Display in $4bn share sale

Monday, March 3rd 2014, 7:54

Japan Display, the world's largest maker of smartphone screens, says it plans to raise $4bn in a public share flotation.
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S Korea warns Japan over sex slaves

Saturday, March 1st 2014, 5:24
related countries: South Korea South Korea

South Korea's President Park Geun-hye warns Japan it will bring isolation on itself if it reviews a statement acknowledging its wartime use of sex slaves.
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Japan to examine sex slave apology

Friday, February 28th 2014, 12:19
related countries: China China

Japan will form a team to review the lead-up to a 1993 statement over its wartime use of sex slaves, its says, as an ex-PM urges against such a move.
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Japan spending spree before tax hike

Friday, February 28th 2014, 1:38

Japanese consumers are on a spending spree ahead of a sales tax hike, and companies are increasing production to meet growing demand.
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Anne Frank books donated to Tokyo

Thursday, February 27th 2014, 12:21
related countries: Israel Israel
related places: Tokyo

The Israeli embassy in Japan donates more than 300 Anne Frank-related books to public libraries in Tokyo, after many copies of her diary were found vandalised.
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US envoy in China human rights call

Thursday, February 27th 2014, 11:09
related countries: China China, United States United States
related places: Beijing

Outgoing US Ambassador to China Gary Locke calls on Beijing to improve its human rights record and work with Japan to ease tensions in the East China Sea.
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Remembering Japan's kamikaze pilots

Wednesday, February 26th 2014, 20:15

Japan wants suicide pilots' letters to be UN World Heritage items
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Japanese tourists in US police chase

Wednesday, February 26th 2014, 11:50
related countries: United States United States

Japanese tourists trigger a high speed car chase with police on the first day of their holiday in the US.
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Chinese sue over forced war labour

Wednesday, February 26th 2014, 9:49
related countries: China China

A court in China accepts a case filed by Chinese citizens seeking compensation from Japanese firms over forced labour during World War Two.
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China mulls holiday for Japan defeat

Tuesday, February 25th 2014, 16:26
related countries: China China

China is considering two new national holidays to mark the war against Japan in the 1930s and 40s, amid rising anti-Japanese sentiment.
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Anne Frank books vandalised in Japan

Friday, February 21st 2014, 13:24
related places: Tokyo

More than 100 copies of Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl have been vandalised in public libraries in Japan's capital Tokyo, library officials say.
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Four Japan Bali divers return home

Friday, February 21st 2014, 8:19
related countries: Indonesia Indonesia
related places: Bali

Four Japanese divers who went missing for three days off the coast of the Indonesian island of Bali describe their ordeal as they returned home on Friday
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Fukushima leaks radioactive water

Thursday, February 20th 2014, 7:27
related places: Fukushima

Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant leaked around 100 tonnes of highly radioactive water from a storage tank on Wednesday, plant operator Tepco says.
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Japan logs record monthly trade gap

Thursday, February 20th 2014, 2:22

Japan's monthly trade deficit more than doubles to a new record after a weakened currency drives up the cost of fuel imports.
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Japan Bali divers: Body is found

Tuesday, February 18th 2014, 17:38

A body believed to be of a Japanese diver is found floating off the coast of the island of Bali four days after she went missing, officials say.
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Bank of Japan boosts loan programmes

Tuesday, February 18th 2014, 5:51

Japan's central bank, the Bank of Japan, expands two key lending programmes in an attempt to boost economic growth.
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VIDEO: Five missing Japanese divers rescued

Monday, February 17th 2014, 23:47
related countries: Indonesia Indonesia
related places: Bali

Five of the seven Japanese divers missing off the Indonesian island of Bali since Friday have been found alive, officials say.
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VIDEO: Missing divers rescued off Bali

Monday, February 17th 2014, 18:41
related countries: Indonesia Indonesia
related places: Bali

Five Japanese divers who went missing off the Indonesian island of Bali on Friday have been found alive. A search is continuing for two other women.
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Five missing Japanese divers rescued

Monday, February 17th 2014, 15:09
related countries: Indonesia Indonesia
related places: Bali

Five of the seven Japanese divers missing off the Indonesian island of Bali since Friday have been found alive, officials say.
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VIDEO: Japan hit by deadly snowstorm

Monday, February 17th 2014, 14:18

A massive snow storm that has dumped a metre and a half of snow in some areas of the country has left areas cut off and hundreds of cars and trucks stranded.
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VIDEO: Thousands stranded in Japan snows

Monday, February 17th 2014, 12:16

The heavy snow that wreaked havoc in many parts of Japan over the weekend has left keeping thousands of people trapped in their homes cars or on trains
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Japan's quarterly growth disappoints

Monday, February 17th 2014, 5:00

Japan's economy grows less than expected, despite forecasts it would benefit from a jump in spending ahead of a sales tax increase in April.
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Japan hit by deadly snowstorms

Sunday, February 16th 2014, 16:20

At least 11 people are killed by a record-breaking snowstorm in Japan, which has caused transport chaos and forced hundreds to flee their homes.
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VIDEO: Search continues for Japanese divers

Saturday, February 15th 2014, 21:49
related countries: Indonesia Indonesia
related places: Bali

Indonesian rescuers have been searching for seven Japanese divers missing off the island of Bali since Friday. David Campanale reports.
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Japanese divers missing off Bali

Saturday, February 15th 2014, 16:13
related countries: Indonesia Indonesia
related places: Bali

Indonesian rescuers search for seven Japanese divers who have been missing off the island of Bali since Friday.
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Viber messaging app in Japanese deal

Friday, February 14th 2014, 11:17

Rakuten, the Japanese owner of online retailer Play.com, has bought the messaging app Viber for $900m
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Seven decades of bitterness

Thursday, February 13th 2014, 21:17

Why China and Japan are unable to move on from WW2
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'Japan's Beethoven' says he can hear

Wednesday, February 12th 2014, 6:24

A composer dubbed "Japan's Beethoven" admits he is not totally deaf amid an ongoing scandal over his use of a ghostwriter.
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