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News: Japan

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

New baby panda for Japanese zoo

Thursday, July 5th 2012, 10:46
related places: Tokyo, Ueno

A giant panda gives birth at Tokyo's Ueno zoo, after being declared pregnant just days ago.
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Japan approves exchanges merger

Thursday, July 5th 2012, 5:59

Japan's competition watchdog approves the planned merger of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Osaka Securities Exchange.
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South Korea moots 'scientific' whaling

Wednesday, July 4th 2012, 20:11
related countries: South Korea South Korea

South Korea proposes resuming whaling as part scientific research programmes similar to Japan's, in a move widely criticised at the IWC.
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Aeon supermarket profits double

Wednesday, July 4th 2012, 7:44

Japan's biggest supermarket operator, Aeon, says profits more than doubled to 13.1bn yen ($164m; £104m) in the three months to the end of May.
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Toyota and Honda US sales surge

Wednesday, July 4th 2012, 4:34
related countries: United States United States
related places: Honda, Toyota, June

Sales of Japanese carmakers Toyota and Honda surge in the US in June as they continue to recover from last year's quake and tsunami.
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ANA plans $2.6bn new share sales

Wednesday, July 4th 2012, 3:05

Japan's All Nippon Airways says it plans to raise as much as $2.6bn (£1.6bn) by selling new shares to fund its expansion plans.
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Toshiba gets price fixing fine

Wednesday, July 4th 2012, 2:17
related countries: United States United States

Japanese electronics maker Toshiba gets $87m (£55m) fine for conspiring to fix prices of liquid crystal display panels in the US.
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Russian visit sparks Japan ire

Tuesday, July 3rd 2012, 14:06
related countries: Russia Russia

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev angers Japan by paying another visit to the disputed Kuril Islands.
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Micron to buy Elpida for $2.5bn

Tuesday, July 3rd 2012, 3:47

Micron Technologies agrees a deal to buy embattled Japanese chipmaker Elpida in a deal worth 200bn yen ($2.5bn; £1.6bn).
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Key faction deserts Japan's DPJ

Monday, July 2nd 2012, 9:51

Ichiro Ozawa and his faction resign from the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, amid a bitter row over the sales tax rise.
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Japan business sentiment improves

Monday, July 2nd 2012, 3:08

Japanese manufacturers are less pessimistic about business conditions, the Bank of Japan's (BOJ) Tankan survey shows.
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Protest as Japan restarts reactor

Monday, July 2nd 2012, 0:55
related places: Fukushima

Hundreds of protesters gather as Japan restarts the first nuclear reactor since the crisis at Fukushima last year.
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South Korea postpones Japan pact

Friday, June 29th 2012, 11:08
related countries: North Korea North Korea

The South Korean government abruptly postpones signing a military intelligence agreement with Japan in response to anti-Japanese sentiment.
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Tepco nationalisation to go ahead

Wednesday, June 27th 2012, 7:56
related places: Fukushima

Shareholders of Tokyo Electric Power Company, which operates the Fukushima nuclear power plant, agree to the nationalisation of the company.
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Japan house passes sales tax bill

Tuesday, June 26th 2012, 8:55

Japan's lower house backs PM Yoshihiko Noda's controversial plan to double sales tax, but the vote lays bare a deep rift in the ruling party.
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Fukushima seafood goes on sale

Monday, June 25th 2012, 14:17
related places: Fukushima

Japan sells seafood caught off Fukushima's coast for the first time since the nuclear crisis, but offerings are limited due to contamination.
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Man Utd complete Kagawa signing

Friday, June 22nd 2012, 18:13
related places: Kagawa

Manchester United sign Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund for an undisclosed fee.
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VIDEO: Rare hat-shaped cloud in Japan

Thursday, June 21st 2012, 16:29

A rare cloud appeared near Mount Fuji after a strong typhoon swept through Japan.
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Challenge to China on rare earths

Wednesday, June 20th 2012, 7:23
related countries: China China, Vietnam Vietnam

Vietnam and Japan have opened a centre for research into rare earth minerals to challenge China's monopoly of supply.
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Deer eavesdrop on monkeys for food

Wednesday, June 20th 2012, 6:42

Sika deer living in the forests of Japan listen in to macaque monkey chatter to find top foraging spots, say scientists.
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Japan's exports surge 10% in May

Wednesday, June 20th 2012, 1:26

Japan's exports rise the most in 17 months in May easing concerns about the impact of a global slowdown on the Japanese economy.
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Tesco to leave Japanese market

Monday, June 18th 2012, 11:54

Tesco is to exit Japan in a two-stage process that will first see it sell a half-stake in its Japanese business to the country's Aeon group.
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VIDEO: Japan PM Noda orders nuclear restart

Saturday, June 16th 2012, 7:21
related places: Fukushima

Japan has announced that it will restart two nuclear reactors - the first to go back online since all the country's plants were closed following last year's Fukushima crisis.
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Japan PM orders reactor restart

Saturday, June 16th 2012, 5:31
related places: Fukushima

Japan is to restart two nuclear reactors - the first to go back online since plants were shut down after the last year's Fukushima crisis.
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VIDEO: Japan suspect 'hid in plain sight'

Friday, June 15th 2012, 9:37
related places: Tokyo

Japanese police have arrested the final fugitive they were seeking in connection with a sarin nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system that killed 13 people in 1995.
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Police arrest Japan cult fugitive

Friday, June 15th 2012, 3:26
related places: Tokyo

Japanese police arrest the last fugitive of the Aum Shinrikyo cult wanted for the 1995 nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway, ending a 17-year manhunt.
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Spider-Man film launches in Tokyo

Thursday, June 14th 2012, 8:27
related places: Tokyo

The latest reboot of the Spider-Man film series premieres in Tokyo, with actor Andrew Garfield making his debut in the title role.
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VIDEO: Blow dart craze grips Japan's elderly

Wednesday, June 13th 2012, 6:56

Blow darting is a rapidly growing sport among Japanese pensioners.
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Japan gets machinery order boost

Wednesday, June 13th 2012, 5:42

Japan's core machinery orders, a key indicator of capital expenditure, rise more than had been forecast in April, boosting the economy.
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VIDEO: Tokyo 'most expensive city'

Tuesday, June 12th 2012, 10:11
related countries: Angola Angola
related places: Luanda, Tokyo

The consultancy firm Mercer tracks the living costs in cities around the globe,and has found that Tokyo is now more expensive than Luanda.
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Tokyo tops expensive cities poll

Monday, June 11th 2012, 23:01
related countries: Angola Angola
related places: Luanda, Tokyo

Tokyo becomes the world's most expensive city for foreign staff to live in, overtaking the Angolan capital Luanda, according to research.
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VIDEO: E3: Click highlights from the show floor

Monday, June 11th 2012, 7:47

Dan Simmons, Richard Taylor and Spencer Kelly pick out some highlights from E3 including the Japanese social network that is bursting out into the wider world.
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Japan PM urges reactor restart

Friday, June 8th 2012, 12:50

Japan must restart two nuclear reactors to protect the country's economy, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda says in a televised broadcast.
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Japan police hunt for cult member

Friday, June 8th 2012, 11:49
related places: Tokyo

Thousands of Japanese police are mobilised to hunt down the last fugitive from the doomsday cult behind the 1995 gas attacks on the Tokyo subway.
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Olympus plans to cut 2,700 jobs

Friday, June 8th 2012, 10:44

Olympus, the Japanese camera maker recovering from an accounting scandal, announces a five-year plan that includes cutting 2,700 jobs.
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Japan growth figure revised up

Friday, June 8th 2012, 4:32

Japan's economy performed better than had previously been estimated in the first three months of the year, revised figures show.
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Tsunami dock washes up in Oregon

Thursday, June 7th 2012, 8:29
related countries: Pacific Ocean Pacific Ocean, United States United States
related places: Oregon

A huge concrete dock torn from a Japanese port by last year's tsunami washes up some 8,000 km (5,000 miles) away in the US state of Oregon.
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VIDEO: Tsunami dock washed up in Oregon

Thursday, June 7th 2012, 6:25
related countries: United States United States
related places: Oregon

A huge metal dock that was swept away by last year's tsunami in Japan has washed ashore in the US state of Oregon.
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VIDEO: Compact living in Tokyo

Thursday, June 7th 2012, 2:44
related places: Tokyo

People living in Tokyo, the world's most populated city, are turning to compact living to overcome the problem of expensive and scarce housing.
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Man Utd agree deal to sign Kagawa

Tuesday, June 5th 2012, 8:22
related places: Kagawa

Manchester United agree a deal reported to be worth an initial £12m to sign Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund.
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Japan PM Noda reshuffles cabinet

Monday, June 4th 2012, 8:53

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda reshuffles his cabinet in a bid to gain opposition support for a bill to increase sales tax.
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Crown starfish in mass stranding

Monday, June 4th 2012, 7:29

More than 800 crown-of-thorns starfish found on a single beach in Japan in January stranded themselves because they starved, say researchers.
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Dounreay tips on Fukushima work

Monday, June 4th 2012, 1:09
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Fukushima

Efforts to clean up a seabed off Scotland's coast could provide Japan with solutions to dealing with Fukushima's aftermath.
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Japan 'doomsday cult member' held

Sunday, June 3rd 2012, 14:20
related places: Tokyo

A woman who may be a Japanese cult member wanted for the 1995 gas attacks on the Tokyo subway has been arrested, Japanese media say.
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Japan output weaker than expected

Thursday, May 31st 2012, 4:35

Japan's factory output is weaker than expected in April because of slower demand for electronics goods, according to official figures.
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Japan makes games piracy arrest

Wednesday, May 30th 2012, 20:42

Nintendo says Japan has used a new law to crack down on adapters that allow the use of pirated games.
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Murray wins comfortably in Paris

Tuesday, May 29th 2012, 17:06
related countries: France France
related places: Paris

Britain's Andy Murray opens his French Open campaign with a 6-1 7-5 6-0 victory over Tatsuma Ito of Japan.
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China to launch yen-yuan trade

Tuesday, May 29th 2012, 3:52
related countries: China China

China will allow direct trading of the yuan and the Japanese yen next month, in a move aimed at promoting trade between Asia's two biggest economies.
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Two held over death of student

Monday, May 28th 2012, 18:41
related countries: Ireland Ireland, United States United States

Two American men are being held in Japan over the death of an Irish student.
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Kan: 'Blame state for Fukushima'

Monday, May 28th 2012, 9:18
related places: Fukushima

Former Japanese leader Naoto Kan tells a parliamentary commission on the Fukushima disaster the state should be held responsible for the crisis.
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Chip firm Renesas sees shares dip

Monday, May 28th 2012, 2:59

Japanese chipmaker Renesas sees its shares tumble to a record low amid reports it is planning to raise cash and cut jobs.
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Murray to face Ito in first round

Friday, May 25th 2012, 10:13
related countries: France France, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Ito

Britain's Andy Murray is drawn to face Tatsuma Ito of Japan, the world number 69, in the opening round of the French Open.
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VIDEO: Tokyo's fugitive penguin recaptured

Friday, May 25th 2012, 8:33
related places: Tokyo

A young penguin which escaped from a Tokyo aquarium is caught after more than two months on the loose in the Japanese capital.
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Fuel costs spur Japan price rise

Friday, May 25th 2012, 5:08

Japan's consumer prices rise in April, spurred by rising fuel and energy costs, official data shows.
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Japan's fugitive penguin caught

Friday, May 25th 2012, 3:00
related places: Tokyo

A young penguin which escaped from a Tokyo aquarium is caught after more than two months on the loose in the Japanese capital.
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Japan radiation levels are 'low'

Thursday, May 24th 2012, 11:03
related places: Fukushima

Radiation levels in most of Japan are below cancer-causing levels a year after the Fukushima plant accident, a World Health Organisation report says.
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Doha and Baku cut from 2020 list

Wednesday, May 23rd 2012, 23:00
related countries: Qatar Qatar, Spain Spain
related places: Doha, Madrid

Istanbul, Tokyo and Madrid will compete to host the 2020 Olympics after Doha and Baku were cut from the list.
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Japan exports lower than forecast

Wednesday, May 23rd 2012, 1:33
related countries: China China

Japan's exports rise less-than-forecast in April hurt by a drop in shipments to China and Western Europe.
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