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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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Kennedy visits Okinawa amid protests

Wednesday, February 12th 2014, 6:15
related countries: United States United States
related places: Okinawa

US ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy is making her first visit to Okinawa island, amid ongoing protests against plans to relocate a US base.
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AUDIO: 'Sex strike' fails to stop governor win

Monday, February 10th 2014, 13:19
related places: Tokyo

A group of Japanese women went on "sex strike" against men who voted Yoichi Masuzoe for Tokyo governor.
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Sharp increase in Nissan profits

Monday, February 10th 2014, 10:30
related countries: China China

Japan's second-biggest carmaker Nissan reports better-than-expected profits, helped by the weakening yen and by a recovery in sales in China.
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Masuzoe wins Tokyo governor vote

Monday, February 10th 2014, 6:49
related places: Tokyo

Government-backed pro-nuclear candidate Yoichi Masuzoe wins the election for Tokyo governor, beating two anti-nuclear candidates.
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Anger at Japan whalers 'disrespect'

Monday, February 10th 2014, 5:20
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

New Zealand describes the entry of a Japanese whaling fleet vessel into its Exclusive Economic Zone as "deeply disrespectful".
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VIDEO: Pro-nuclear Tokyo governor voted in

Sunday, February 9th 2014, 23:26
related places: Tokyo

Former TV presenter and cabinet minister Yoichi Masuzoe has won the election for Tokyo governor, with the vote is being seen as a popular verdict on the use of nuclear power.
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Japan snowfall disrupts transport

Saturday, February 8th 2014, 17:48
related places: Tokyo

A severe snow storm warning is issued in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, with transport disrupted and residents urged to stay indoors.
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VIDEO: Severe storm warnings in Tokyo

Saturday, February 8th 2014, 13:07
related places: Tokyo

The Japanese authorities have issued a severe storm warning for Tokyo after the city was hit by heavy snow
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S Korea and Japan clash on sea name

Friday, February 7th 2014, 14:48
related countries: South Korea South Korea, United States United States
related places: Virginia

An argument over what to call the sea that lies between South Korea and Japan spreads to the assembly in the US state of Virginia.
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Teacher admits part in composer fraud

Thursday, February 6th 2014, 14:21

The ghostwriter of "Japan's Beethoven" admits that he composed music which Mamoru Samuragochi passed off as his own work.
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Sony to sell PC unit and cut jobs

Thursday, February 6th 2014, 12:09

Sony says it will sell its personal computer unit and split its TV division into a separate subsidiary as it forecasts a $1.08bn annual loss.
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VIDEO: Zoo rehearses quake gorilla escape

Thursday, February 6th 2014, 11:26

Staff at a Japanese zoo chased a keeper in a gorilla costume as part of an annual escape drill
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'Japanese Beethoven' admits fraud

Wednesday, February 5th 2014, 15:36

A deaf composer, dubbed "Japan's Beethoven", admits hiring someone else to write his music for nearly two decades.
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Panasonic profits push shares up 19%

Wednesday, February 5th 2014, 13:24

Shares in Japan's biggest consumer electronics group, Panasonic, jumped on Wednesday as profits triple and hopes improve for its reorganisation plan.
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NHK governor denies Nanjing massacre

Tuesday, February 4th 2014, 9:22
related places: Tokyo

A governor of Japan's public broadcaster, NHK, denies the Nanjing massacre took place, days after a row over Tokyo's use of sex slaves engulfed the new NHK chief.
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VIDEO: Osaka mayor in snap election call

Monday, February 3rd 2014, 16:34
related places: Osaka

The mayor of the Japanese city of Osaka has called a snap election amid a row over his local government reform plans.
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