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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: news

Japan in surprise trade surplus

Thursday, March 22nd 2012, 6:34
related countries: United States United States
related places: February

Japan posted a surprise trade surplus for February, after a record high deficit the previous month, as external demand picks up.
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Exemptions in Iran oil sanctions

Wednesday, March 21st 2012, 5:55
related countries: Iran Iran, United States United States

The US government will not impose sanctions on Japan and 10 European Union nations that have reduced their oil imports from Iran.
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Brains of killer honeybees probed

Friday, March 16th 2012, 7:44

Scientists in Japan measure the brain activity of honeybees as they form a killer swarm around their worst enemy, the giant hornet.
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Yen hits an 11-month dollar low

Thursday, March 15th 2012, 7:05
related countries: United States United States

The Japanese yen hits an 11-month low against the dollar as the US currency strengthens on hopes of a recovery in the US economy.
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China backs Japan $10bn bond buy

Tuesday, March 13th 2012, 7:26
related countries: China China

China gives Japan the go ahead to buy $10bn (£6bn) of government bonds as it tries to make the yuan more international.
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Japan core machinery orders jump

Monday, March 12th 2012, 5:16

Japan's economic recovery receives a boost as core machinery orders rise more than expected in January.
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Japan marks disaster anniversary

Sunday, March 11th 2012, 9:16

Japan marks the first anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that struck the north-east coast, leaving about 20,000 dead or missing.
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VIDEO: Japan: 'We shall never forget'

Sunday, March 11th 2012, 8:24

Japan has marked the first anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that struck the north-east coast, leaving about 20,000 dead or missing. Emperor Akihito paid tribute to those who lost their lives, and to the many who helped in the aftermath.
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Japan quake: Images of then and now

Sunday, March 11th 2012, 0:31

How tsunami-hit north-east Japan looks one year on
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VIDEO: YouTube Ferrari driver 'arrested'

Saturday, March 10th 2012, 13:41

A 50-year-old doctor has been arrested in Japan, over footage of a drive in a Ferrari sports car which was posted on YouTube.
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YouTube Ferrari driver 'arrested'

Saturday, March 10th 2012, 11:32

The driver of a Ferrari who posted footage on YouTube of his drive through southern Japan faces charges of speeding after viewers reported him.
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Your pictures: Japan

Saturday, March 10th 2012, 11:22

Readers' pictures on the theme of Japan
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VIDEO: Tourists return to Japan beauty spot

Friday, March 9th 2012, 13:57
related places: Matsushima

The tourist trade in the scenic coastal town of Matsushima disappeared following the 2011 tsunami, but now locals and other Japanese tourists are coming back.
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VIDEO: Tsunami steers Japan tech innovation

Friday, March 9th 2012, 13:32

Dan Simmons reports on the advances Japan has made with technology to help in the future should disaster strike again.
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Japanese whalers cut season short

Friday, March 9th 2012, 11:39

Japan ends its whaling season with less than a third of its original target, as ships head home from the Antarctic Ocean.
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Japanese whalers cut season short

Friday, March 9th 2012, 11:23

Japan ends its whaling season after catching less than a third of its annual target, blaming activists' sabotage and the weather.
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VIDEO: Clearing tsunami's '100 years of debris'

Friday, March 9th 2012, 6:30

The task of clearing the millions of tonnes of debris left by last year's Japanese earthquake and tsunami is far from complete.
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Grief of Japan's tsunami survivors

Thursday, March 8th 2012, 22:52

Year of change for Japan tsunami children who lost their mother
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VIDEO: Ruins and recovery, one year after Japan tsunami

Thursday, March 8th 2012, 19:08
related places: Yuriage

The BBC's Damian Grammaticas returns to Yuriage on Japan's east coast, a year after it was devastated by a tsunami that killed thousands.
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Energy imports hit Japan deficit

Thursday, March 8th 2012, 4:37

Japan reports a record current account deficit because of rising energy imports, as the country's economic recovery remains fragile.
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Japan charges Olympus executives

Wednesday, March 7th 2012, 9:28
related places: Tokyo

Tokyo prosecutors charge Japanese camera-maker Olympus and three former executives in connection with a $1.7bn accounting scandal.
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Shareholders sue Tepco executives

Tuesday, March 6th 2012, 9:10
related places: Fukushima

Shareholders in Tokyo Electric Power Company sue the firm's directors over their role in Fukushima nuclear plant disaster.
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Escapee penguin sought in Tokyo

Monday, March 5th 2012, 9:22
related places: Tokyo

An aquarium in Tokyo is trying to locate a one-year-old escaped Humboldt penguin last seen heading for Tokyo Bay.
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Spider silk violin strings made

Monday, March 5th 2012, 0:59

A Japanese researcher spins thousands of strands of spider silk into violin strings, said to have a "soft and profound timbre" relative to standard strings.
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Daunting challenge of Fukushima clean-up

Monday, March 5th 2012, 0:42
related places: Fukushima

How much progress is Japan making with Fukushima clean-up?
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Japanese Emperor leaves hospital

Sunday, March 4th 2012, 8:19
related places: Tokyo

Japanese Emperor Akihito leaves hospital after having a heart bypass operation at a Tokyo hospital in February.
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VIDEO: Tokyo TV tower is world's tallest

Friday, March 2nd 2012, 15:54

Construction finishes on the Tokyo Sky Tree in Japan - now the world's tallest free-standing broadcast tower completed in Japan.
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Japan car sales jump in February

Thursday, March 1st 2012, 7:19

Japanese car sales, including those of 660cc mini vehicles, rise as consumers cash in on government subsidies for energy-efficient cars.
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VIDEO: Radiation check before playtime

Thursday, March 1st 2012, 3:14

Child evacuee Ayaka explains how her life has changed since the 2011 tsunami which devastated parts of Japan.
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S Korea and Japan see output rise

Wednesday, February 29th 2012, 6:03
related countries: South Korea South Korea

South Korea and Japan post rises in their factory outputs, easing concerns about the impact of eurozone crisis on their economies.
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Elpida shares plunge 98% in Tokyo

Wednesday, February 29th 2012, 3:57
related places: Tokyo

Elpida shares plunge 98% on the Tokyo Stock Exchange as investors dump stock after the company seeks bankruptcy protection.
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VIDEO: BBC goes inside Fukushima plant

Tuesday, February 28th 2012, 10:52
related places: Fukushima

Journalists have been allowed inside Japan's Fukushima plant for the first time since the tsunami that devastated the plant last year.
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Investors shun chipmaker Elpida

Tuesday, February 28th 2012, 7:46

Elpida shares fail to find buyers at the Tokyo Stock Exchange as investors shun the chipmaker after it filed for bankruptcy protection.
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Japan seeks stronger coast guard

Tuesday, February 28th 2012, 6:12
related countries: China China

Japan's cabinet approves bills to enhance coast guard powers, amid rumbling maritime disputes with China.
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Japan retail boosted by car sales

Tuesday, February 28th 2012, 1:43

Japan retail sales rise more-than-expected in January driven up by a surge in car purchases as government subsidies boost demand.
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'Lonely deaths' concern in Japan

Friday, February 24th 2012, 12:11

The discovery of three bodies that lay unnoticed for weeks in an apartment in Japan raises concern over so-called 'lonely deaths' in the country.
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Japan halts fund amid loss fears

Friday, February 24th 2012, 6:46

Japan's financial watchdog tells an investment firm to halt operations over worries it has lost most of the $2.3bn funds it manages.
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US freezes Japan gangster funds

Friday, February 24th 2012, 6:07
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States
related places: Yamaguchi

The US targets organised crime by freezing the financial assets of two groups - Japan's Yamaguchi-gumi yakuza group and Russia's Brothers' Circle.
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VIDEO: Firefighters' key Fukushima mission

Thursday, February 23rd 2012, 6:38
related places: Fukushima, Tokyo

Tokyo firefighters had just 60 minutes to carry out a mission to help avert nuclear disaster at Fukushima a year ago.
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Yen falls to seven-month low

Thursday, February 23rd 2012, 3:58
related countries: United States United States

The Japanese yen falls to its lowest level against the US dollar in seven months, positive news for Japanese exporters.
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Cruise finds Fukushima pollution

Wednesday, February 22nd 2012, 23:05
related places: Fukushima

An international research cruise off Japan detects radioactivity in sampled seawater and marine organisms, but well within safe levels.
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China upset over Japan comments

Wednesday, February 22nd 2012, 14:38
related countries: China China

China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs lodges an official complaint with Japan after a politician claimed the Nanjing Massacre of 1937-38 never occurred.
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VIDEO: Tsunami photos return home

Wednesday, February 22nd 2012, 6:56

Tsunami devastated city in Japan is restoring pictures retrieved from rubble and returning it to owners.
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Japan lodges China marine protest

Monday, February 20th 2012, 9:29
related countries: China China

Japan lodges a diplomatic protest with China after its coastguards were blocked from conducting a marine survey in disputed waters, officials say.
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Japan trade deficit hits new high

Monday, February 20th 2012, 5:11

Japan's trade deficit surges to a record high as a strong yen hurts exports and fuel imports rise in the wake of its nuclear crisis.
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Japan and China pledge euro help

Monday, February 20th 2012, 3:14
related countries: China China

Leaders in Japan and China say they will help the eurozone solve its debt crisis through the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
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VIDEO: Remembering Australia's 'Pearl Harbor'

Sunday, February 19th 2012, 0:38
related countries: Aruba Aruba

Thousands of people are in the Australian city of Darwin to mark the 70th anniversary of a wartime raid by the Japanese.
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Akihito heart surgery 'a success'

Saturday, February 18th 2012, 13:12
related places: Tokyo

Japanese Emperor Akihito's heart bypass operation at a Tokyo hospital has ended successfully, the palace says.
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Pain and redemption of WWII interned Japanese-Americans

Saturday, February 18th 2012, 8:11
related countries: United States United States

Life inside the US WWII internment camps
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Japan's cabinet approves tax rise

Friday, February 17th 2012, 9:11

The Japanese cabinet approves a plan to double sales taxes in an attempt to control the soaring costs of public debts.
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VIDEO: Former Olympus president arrested

Thursday, February 16th 2012, 11:15

The former president of Japanese camera maker Olympus is arrested, together with two other former executives suspected of fraud.
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Former Olympus chairman arrested

Thursday, February 16th 2012, 5:14

The ex-chairman of Japanese camera manufacturer Olympus and two other former executives are arrested as part of an inquiry into the firm.
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Yahoo Japan dips 5% on swap talks

Wednesday, February 15th 2012, 6:09

Yahoo Japan falls 5% on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on reports that talks regarding the swap of its Asian assets have stalled.
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Japan gets $130bn stimulus boost

Tuesday, February 14th 2012, 5:59

The Bank of Japan expands its stimulus measures in a bid to boost growth as Japan's economy continues to struggle.
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Olympus reports a 33bn-yen loss

Monday, February 13th 2012, 8:03

Cameramaker Olympus reports a loss for the nine months to the end of December 2011 as the company battles an accounting scandal.
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Tepco to get $9bn additional aid

Monday, February 13th 2012, 5:28

Tokyo Electric Power Company is given another lifeline after Japan's government approves an extra $9bn (£5bn) aid package.
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Japan economy worse than forecast

Monday, February 13th 2012, 1:14
related countries: Thailand Thailand

Japan's economy shrinks more than expected between October and December as a rising yen and floods in Thailand hurt businesses.
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