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Chopsticks: A Japanese access issue

Thursday, August 14th 2014, 0:45

Why are chopsticks so important for Japan’s disabled?
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Japan angry at Russian army drills

Wednesday, August 13th 2014, 10:53
related countries: Russia Russia

Japan says it will strongly protest to Russia over military exercises on disputed islands off northern Japan
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Japanese economy contracts sharply

Wednesday, August 13th 2014, 1:34

The Japanese economy contracts by 6.8% from the previous year after a recently introduced sales tax held back consumer spending.
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Typhoon Halong slams into Japan

Sunday, August 10th 2014, 3:58

More than one million people are advised to evacuate their homes as powerful Typhoon Halong hits south-western Japan.
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VIDEO: Japan military move causes concern

Saturday, August 9th 2014, 13:00
related places: Nagasaki

The mayor of Nagasaki has urged the Japanese government to heed mounting public concern over its decision to give the military greater freedom to act.
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Markets rattled by air strike fears

Friday, August 8th 2014, 20:23
related countries: Australia Australia, Iraq Iraq, United States United States

Stock markets showed volatility on Friday over worries about the impact of conflicts in Iraq and Ukraine.
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China car probe spreads to Toyota

Friday, August 8th 2014, 9:12
related places: Toyota

China's anti-monopoly investigation into foreign car manufacturers spreads to Toyota as authorities probe the Japanese company's Lexus brand.
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VIDEO: 'Origami' robots fold into action

Friday, August 8th 2014, 8:48

Ancient Japanese art inspires researchers to design self-folding robots that behave like "real-life transformers".
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Stem cell scientist found dead

Tuesday, August 5th 2014, 18:58

A Japanese scientist involved in a scandal over discredited stem cell research has been found dead in an apparent suicide.
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Toyota sees quarterly profits rise

Tuesday, August 5th 2014, 9:36
related places: Toyota

Japanese carmaker Toyota posts a small increase in quarterly profits, as strong sales in North America and Europe offset a fall in Japan.
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Japan security environment 'severe'

Tuesday, August 5th 2014, 5:58
related countries: China China, North Korea North Korea

The security environment around Japan has become "increasingly severe" amid tensions with China and concern over North Korea, a white paper says.
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China food scandal hurts McDonalds

Monday, August 4th 2014, 18:03
related countries: China China

The fast-food chain McDonalds says a food scare in China and Japan is having a "significant negative impact" on sales in the region.
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Spirited Away maker halts production

Monday, August 4th 2014, 8:38

Japanese animated film-maker Studio Ghibli, responsible for hits including Oscar winner Spirited Away, announces a halt in production.
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Japan gives Vietnam six navy ships

Friday, August 1st 2014, 11:44
related countries: China China, Vietnam Vietnam

Japan is giving Vietnam six naval ships for patrols in the South China Sea, amid regional tension over competing maritime claims with China.
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Sharp posts 55% rise in profit

Friday, August 1st 2014, 9:17

Japanese electronics maker Sharp posts a 55% increase in its operating profit for the April-to-June quarter.
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Tesla and Panasonic to build factory

Thursday, July 31st 2014, 20:09
related countries: United States United States
related places: Electric, Tesla

Electric carmaker Tesla is to team up with Japanese electronics firm Panasonic to build a battery manufacturing plant in the US.
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Sony's profits jump on sales of PS4

Thursday, July 31st 2014, 7:08

Sony reports better-than-expected profits for the first quarter, helped by robust sales of its PS4 gaming console and a weak Japanese currency.
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Japan's ANA cancels Burmese deal

Wednesday, July 30th 2014, 10:21
related countries: Burma Burma

Japan's ANA Holdings cancels its plan to buy a 49% stake in Asian Wings Airways, an airline based in Myanmar, also known as Burma.
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Airbus cancels Skymark contract

Tuesday, July 29th 2014, 12:51

Airbus cancels its contract with Japan's Skymark Airlines for the purchase of six A380 aircraft.
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Japan girl 'admits dismemberment'

Tuesday, July 29th 2014, 12:19

The Japanese schoolgirl arrested on Sunday has reportedly confessed to killing and dismembering her classmate, say local media
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Japanese girl 'dismembers classmate'

Monday, July 28th 2014, 6:12

A high school girl has been arrested on suspicion of killing and dismembering a classmate, Japanese police say.
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The island looking to China for brides

Sunday, July 20th 2014, 23:04
related countries: China China

The Japanese island looking to China for brides
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VIDEO: Japan's Mount Fuji made out of rice

Thursday, July 17th 2014, 10:54

Artists in Japan use a paddy field measuring 140m by 100m to create a giant scene from a legend about Mount Fuji using different coloured rice plants.
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Japan 'vagina artist' arrest debated

Wednesday, July 16th 2014, 9:01

A woman who makes art based on her vagina is arrested on obscenity allegations, sparking debate in Japan.
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Japan reactors pass restart hurdle

Wednesday, July 16th 2014, 4:41

Japan's nuclear regulator gives preliminary approval for two reactors at a nuclear plant in the south of the country to restart.
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VIDEO: The art of sushi: Takayo Kiyato

Tuesday, July 15th 2014, 5:21

Japanese sushi artist Takayo Kiyato shows off some of her edible works.
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Japan enters the 'dumbwalking' era

Monday, July 14th 2014, 21:26

A risk of pile-ups as Japan joins the smartphone revolution
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Strong quake off east Japan coast

Friday, July 11th 2014, 20:31
related countries: United States United States
related places: Iwaki

A magnitude-6.8 earthquake hits an ocean rea east of Iwaki city on the Japanese island of Honshu, the US Geological Survey says.
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VIDEO: Japan typhoon creates fatal landslide

Thursday, July 10th 2014, 10:02

A 12-year-old boy is the latest victim of Japan's Typhoon Neoguri as a landslide crashes through the town of Nagiso destroying buildings in its path.
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VIDEO: Drone helps Fukushima clean-up

Wednesday, July 9th 2014, 22:39
related places: Fukushima

Scientists at the University of Bristol have successfully mapped radiation levels around a Japanese power station using a drone.
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VIDEO: Typhoon batters Japanese islands

Wednesday, July 9th 2014, 14:04
related places: Okinawa

A powerful typhoon has battered the Okinawa islands, in the south of Japan, killing two people and forcing hundreds of thousands to seek shelter.
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N Korea fires 'short-range missiles'

Wednesday, July 9th 2014, 2:59
related countries: North Korea North Korea

North Korea fires two suspected short-range missiles off eastern coast into the sea, South Korea says, in the fourth such test in two weeks.
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Japan's Okinawa lashed by typhoon

Tuesday, July 8th 2014, 15:32
related places: Okinawa

A powerful typhoon lashes Japan's Okinawa island chain, injuring several and forcing hundreds of thousands to seek shelter.
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VIDEO: Japan typhoon winds 'up to 240 kmph'

Tuesday, July 8th 2014, 12:54
related places: Okinawa

Typhoon Neoguri is approaching Japan's Okinawa island chain, packing strong winds and torrential rain.
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VIDEO: Japan braced for 'huge' Typhoon

Tuesday, July 8th 2014, 6:06
related places: Okinawa

Typhoon Neoguri is approaching Japan's Okinawa island chain, packing strong winds and torrential rain.
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VIDEO: Politician sobs and wails at briefing

Thursday, July 3rd 2014, 8:44

A Japanese politician Ryutaro Nonomura who wailed and sobbed when quizzed by journalists about expenses has yet to prove that he spent public funds legitimately.
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Japan 'to ease N Korea sanctions'

Thursday, July 3rd 2014, 3:19
related countries: North Korea North Korea

Japan is to ease some sanctions on North Korea amid ongoing talks on Japanese nationals abducted by Pyongyang, PM Shinzo Abe announces.
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What Japan's military shift means

Wednesday, July 2nd 2014, 6:12

What does Japan's military shift mean?
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North Korea test-fires more missiles

Wednesday, July 2nd 2014, 3:52
related countries: China China, North Korea North Korea, South Korea South Korea
related places: Seoul, Tokyo

North Korea test-fires two more short-range rockets amid tensions with Seoul and Tokyo, and ahead of a visit to South Korea by China's president.
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Japan approves landmark military move

Tuesday, July 1st 2014, 14:08

Japan's cabinet approves a landmark change in security policy, paving the way for its military to fight overseas.
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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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