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Japanese business sentiment dips

Tuesday, July 1st 2014, 1:22

Japanese business sentiment has worsened in the three months to June, but is likely to recover in the coming months, the Bank of Japan's latest Tankan survey shows.
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Japan to get its first Legoland

Monday, June 30th 2014, 15:29
related places: Nagoya

A new Legoland park will open in Nagoya, Japan, with doors opening to the public in 2017, operator Merlin Entertainment announces.
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Japanese man sets himself on fire

Sunday, June 29th 2014, 11:44
related places: Tokyo

A man has set himself on fire in central Tokyo in protest at a proposed law which could allow Japan to deploy its military overseas.
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China boat sinks near disputed isles

Friday, June 27th 2014, 9:56
related countries: China China

Five men are missing after a fishing boat sank near islands claimed by China and Japan in the East China Sea, according to Chinese media.
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Japan inflation rate at 32-year high

Friday, June 27th 2014, 0:52

Consumer prices in Japan rise at an annual rate of 3.4% in May, the fastest pace in 32 years, due to the effect of a sales tax increase.
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World Cup: Japan 1-4 Colombia

Tuesday, June 24th 2014, 22:13
related countries: Uruguay Uruguay

Colombia finish top of Group C to set up a last-16 tie against Uruguay after beating Japan, who are eliminated.
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Japan plans to cut corporate tax

Tuesday, June 24th 2014, 10:48

Japan has unveiled plans to cut the country's corporate tax to below 30% in several stages over the next few years, as part of the prime minister's plan to revive the economy.
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Japan lawmaker admits sexist remark

Monday, June 23rd 2014, 12:12
related places: Tokyo

A male member of Tokyo's city council admits to telling a female colleague to "hurry up and get married", in an incident that outraged many Japanese.
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Honda and Nissan add to airbag recall

Monday, June 23rd 2014, 7:15
related places: Honda

Japanese carmakers Honda and Nissan add 2.8 million vehicles to the recall they issued last year over a defect in passenger airbags.
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VIDEO: Japan's comics escape child porn ban

Friday, June 20th 2014, 3:54

Japan's parliament has passed a law that bans the possession of child abuse images, but it excludes pictures in comics, animations and video games.
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Japan bans child porn possession

Wednesday, June 18th 2014, 12:35

Japan bans the possession of child pornography, one of the last developed nations to introduce the prohibition.
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Ivory Coast 2-1 Japan

Sunday, June 15th 2014, 7:23

Gervinho scores the winner as Ivory Coast come from behind to beat Japan 2-1 in their 2014 Fifa World Cup Group C opener.
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Cotter expects better from Scotland

Thursday, June 12th 2014, 21:24
related countries: Canada Canada, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter eyes an improved display against a Canada side hurting from their defeat by Japan.
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Novartis Japan unit under scrutiny

Thursday, June 12th 2014, 8:23

Authorities in Japan visit Novartis unit after company revealed delayed reporting of individual case safety reports.
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Mitsubishi joins scramble for Alstom

Wednesday, June 11th 2014, 18:33
related countries: France France, Germany Germany

Japanese engineering giant Mitsubishi joins forces with German firm Siemens to come up with a fresh offer for France's Alstom.
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Toyota adds to recall over airbags

Wednesday, June 11th 2014, 7:18
related places: Toyota

Japanese car manufacturer Toyota adds 650,000 cars - all in Japan - to the recall it issued last year over a defect in passenger airbags.
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Japan whaling move sparks anger

Tuesday, June 10th 2014, 5:06
related countries: Australia Australia, New Zealand New Zealand

Australia and New Zealand heavily criticise Japan's stated intention to resume its annual whale hunt in the Antarctic.
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Japan signals resumption of whaling

Monday, June 9th 2014, 14:11

Japan says it will step up efforts to resume its annual whale hunt in the Antarctic, despite a ruling by a UN court banning it.
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Japan growth data revised upwards

Monday, June 9th 2014, 3:49

Japan has revised up its growth figures for the January-to-March period, due to stronger growth in business investment.
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'Emotional robot' launches in Japan

Thursday, June 5th 2014, 8:25

Japanese firm Softbank unveils "Pepper", a robot which it says can read human emotions and which is due to go on sale to the public next year.
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Russian fighter intercepted US plane

Wednesday, June 4th 2014, 14:05
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States

A Russian fighter jet flew within 100ft (30m) of a US Air Force plane over international waters near Japan in April, the Pentagon says.
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Japan Fukushima ice wall work starts

Monday, June 2nd 2014, 15:10
related places: Fukushima

The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant starts building a large underground ice wall to isolate toxic water produced by the plant.
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China denounces US-Japan speeches

Sunday, June 1st 2014, 4:12
related countries: China China, Singapore Singapore, United States United States
related places: Beijing

China denounces Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel for "provocative speeches" against Beijing at a Singapore forum.
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VIDEO: Japan PM Abe urges security role

Friday, May 30th 2014, 18:54
related countries: China China

Japan's PM says his country will play a greater role in regional security and support South-East Asian countries in territorial disputes with China.
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Japan urges regional security role

Friday, May 30th 2014, 15:14
related countries: China China

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan will play a "greater and more proactive role" in regional security in Asia, angering Beijing.
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Japan inflation rate at 23-year high

Friday, May 30th 2014, 0:44

Consumer prices in Japan rise at their fastest pace in 23 years in April, surging 3.2% from a year earlier, as the sales tax rise comes into effect.
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N Korea to probe Japanese abductions

Thursday, May 29th 2014, 12:22
related countries: North Korea North Korea

North Korea will reopen an investigation into the fate of Japanese nationals it abducted decades ago, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says.
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VIDEO: Aerials show tanker explosion aftermath

Thursday, May 29th 2014, 9:13

One person is missing after an oil tanker exploded off Japan's southwest coast, according to the country's coastguard.
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One missing in Japan tanker blast

Thursday, May 29th 2014, 6:15

An explosion on board the 998-tonne oil tanker Shoko-maru, off Japan's coast, leaves one person missing, local officials say.
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Japan retail sales fall on tax hike

Thursday, May 29th 2014, 2:02

Retail sales in Japan fall 4.4% in April, compared with the same period last year, as the country's sales tax hike begins to take effect.
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VIDEO: Japan police probe body sent by mail

Wednesday, May 28th 2014, 5:44

Japanese murder detectives are investigating the case of a young woman whose corpse was posted across Japan.
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VIDEO: Life of a sumo wrestler

Tuesday, May 27th 2014, 20:41

Why wrestlers' training regime is putting off Japanese children
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AUDIO: Dead Japanese nurse mailed as doll

Tuesday, May 27th 2014, 10:15

Detectives are investigating the case of a dead nurse, whose body was mailed across Japan in a box labelled "doll."
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Japan police probe body sent by mail

Tuesday, May 27th 2014, 4:22

Japanese murder detectives investigate the case of a young woman whose corpse was posted across Japan, labelled as a doll.
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Sony to sell PlayStation 4 in China

Monday, May 26th 2014, 23:53
related countries: China China

Japan's Sony signs a partnership in China to manufacture and sell its PlayStation consoles on the mainland.
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Japan girl group attacked with saw

Monday, May 26th 2014, 5:12

Two members of popular Japanese pop group AKB48 are injured after a man attacks them with a saw at a fan event.
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Sir Paul treated in Tokyo hospital

Friday, May 23rd 2014, 8:57

Sir Paul McCartney thanks fans for their messages of support after receiving treatment in a Japanese hospital for a virus.
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Workers 'fled' at peak of Fukushima

Tuesday, May 20th 2014, 13:06
related places: Fukushima

About 90% of workers at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant fled at the height of the meltdown crisis in 2011, a major Japanese newspaper reports.
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Unwell McCartney cancels Japan dates

Tuesday, May 20th 2014, 9:01

Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney cancels a tour of Japan due to an illness, organisers say.
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Sony shares slide on trading worries

Thursday, May 15th 2014, 1:27

Shares in Japanese electronics giant Sony fall as much as 7% after the company forecast its second straight year of losses.
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Japan posts strong quarterly growth

Thursday, May 15th 2014, 1:05

Japan's economy grows at the fastest pace in nearly three years due to increased spending as consumers rush to beat the introduction of a sales tax rise.
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Sony to be unprofitable until 2015

Wednesday, May 14th 2014, 8:29

Japanese electronics giant Sony forecasts it will remain unprofitable until 2015 after a restructuring saw it exit the PC business.
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VIDEO: Astronaut says goodbye to robot companion

Tuesday, May 13th 2014, 19:12

Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata says goodbye to his humanoid robot companion, Kirobo, as he wraps up his mission aboard the International Space Station.
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Sharp shares up on return to profit

Tuesday, May 13th 2014, 2:58

Shares in Japanese electronics maker Sharp rise as much as 7.7% on the Tokyo Stock Exchange as it posts first annual profit in three years.
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Sharp swings back into profit

Monday, May 12th 2014, 7:26

Japanese electronics maker Sharp reports its first annual profit in three years following a huge restructuring.
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Japan man held over 'printed guns'

Thursday, May 8th 2014, 10:40
related places: Tokyo

A 27-year-old man from near Tokyo is arrested for allegedly possessing guns made with a 3D printer, according to the Japan Broadcasting Corporation.
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Toyota profit surges to $17.8bn

Thursday, May 8th 2014, 8:34
related places: Toyota

Japanese carmaker Toyota sees its full-year profits nearly double, boosted mainly by the yen's weakness and cost cutting.
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Sony predicts bigger full-year loss

Thursday, May 1st 2014, 9:12

Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony says its losses for the year to March will be bigger than expected due to higher restructuring costs.
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Suntory completes $16bn Beam buyout

Thursday, May 1st 2014, 6:27
related countries: United States United States

Japanese beverage giant Suntory Holdings completes the buyout of US firm Beam, maker of Jim Beam whiskey, in a $16bn deal.
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Panasonic reports return to profit

Monday, April 28th 2014, 10:37

Japanese consumer electronics giant Panasonic reports its first full-year profit for three years, with the weaker yen helping to boost sales.
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Japan retail sales surge on tax hike

Monday, April 28th 2014, 1:51

Retail sales in Japan grow at the fastest pace in 17 years in March as consumers rush to make purchases ahead of the sales tax hike in April.
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VIDEO: Japanese whaling ships set sail

Saturday, April 26th 2014, 11:37

Japan has started its first hunt for Minke whales in the Pacific since being ordered to suspend similar activities in the Antarctic.
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Tokyo inflation rate at 22-year high

Friday, April 25th 2014, 3:36
related places: Tokyo

Tokyo consumer prices rise at their fastest pace in 22 years, surging 2.7% over a year, pointing to a likely increase in inflation across Japan.
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VIDEO: Obama plays football with Asimo robot

Thursday, April 24th 2014, 22:05
related places: Tokyo

President Obama plays football with a humanoid robot in Tokyo as part of his four-nation Asia tour.
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VIDEO: Obama urges end to island row

Thursday, April 24th 2014, 14:10
related countries: China China, United States United States

US President Barack Obama has reaffirmed his support for Japan in its row over islands with China, after talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
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Japan pact 'covers disputed islands'

Thursday, April 24th 2014, 6:08
related countries: United States United States
related places: Asia

US President Barack Obama restates support for Japan over disputed islands but warns that dialogue - not escalation - is the way forward.
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China releases Japanese cargo ship

Thursday, April 24th 2014, 5:33
related countries: China China

China has released a Japanese cargo ship it seized over a war-time debt, a court statement says, after the Japanese firm paid compensation.
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Bieber upsets with war shrine image

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014, 10:35

Justin Bieber has caused social media upset after posting a picture of a Japanese war shrine on Instagram.
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Pirates raid Malacca Straits tanker

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014, 8:11
related countries: Malaysia Malaysia

Armed pirates raid an oil tanker sailing in the Malacca Straits, stealing diesel and abducting three crew members, officials in Malaysia say.
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Japan lawmakers in shrine visit

Tuesday, April 22nd 2014, 5:06

Almost 150 Japanese lawmakers visit the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, in a move likely to further sour relations with regional neighbours.
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VIDEO: Japan warns China over ship seizure

Monday, April 21st 2014, 15:01
related countries: China China

China's seizure of a Japanese cargo ship over a pre-war debt could hit business ties, Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga has warned.
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Japan warns over China ship seizure

Monday, April 21st 2014, 10:04
related countries: China China

China's seizure of a Japanese cargo ship over a pre-war debt could hit business ties, Japan's top government spokesman warns.
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Japan's trade deficit quadruples

Monday, April 21st 2014, 3:27

Japan's trade deficit quadrupled last month compared to March 2013, as export growth slows and energy imports continue to rise.
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Japan to launch Pacific whale hunt

Friday, April 18th 2014, 14:32
related countries: Antarctica Antarctica

Japan says it will catch fewer whales in the Pacific this year after a court banned its whaling off Antarctica.
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