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VIDEO: Japan firework blast injures dozens

Friday, August 16th 2013, 6:31
related places: Kyoto

More than 50 people have been injured by an explosion at a summer fireworks festival in Japan's Kyoto prefecture.
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Blast hits Japan fireworks festival

Friday, August 16th 2013, 3:16
related places: Kyoto

More than 50 people are injured, 19 seriously, by an explosion at a summer fireworks festival in Kyoto prefecture, Japan.
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VIDEO: Japanese shrine visit angers Chinese

Thursday, August 15th 2013, 13:31
related countries: China China
related places: Yasukuni

China has lodged a strong complaint with Japan after two of its cabinet ministers visited the Yasukuni shrine
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Japan ministers in Yasukuni visit

Thursday, August 15th 2013, 10:39
related places: Yasukuni

Cabinet ministers visit the Yasukuni shrine to mark Japan's World War II surrender, causing China to summon Japan's ambassador in protest.
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Japan town to scrap 'tsunami boat'

Tuesday, August 13th 2013, 10:08

A Japanese town decides to scrap a marooned fishing boat which has become a symbol of the devastating 2011 tsunami, officials say.
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Meet Japan's Chinese residents

Tuesday, August 13th 2013, 0:18
related countries: China China

Meet the Chinese residents who call Japan home
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Japanese growth slower than expected

Monday, August 12th 2013, 1:04

Japan's economy expands at a slower pace than most analysts expected in the second quarter.
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VIDEO: How to clean a giant Buddha

Thursday, August 8th 2013, 14:29
related places: Nara

The Great Buddha at Todaiji temple has been given a thorough clean ahead of the Bon festival in Nara, western Japan.
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Japan PM promises Fukushima action

Thursday, August 8th 2013, 4:03
related places: Fukushima

Japan's prime minister pledges action on the Fukushima clean-up, as officials say up to 300 tonnes of radioactive water may be leaking daily.
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Japan unveils 'largest battleship'

Tuesday, August 6th 2013, 16:38

Japan unveils its largest warship since World War II, to be used in anti-submarine warfare and border-area surveillance missions.
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Japan call over US Okinawa crash

Tuesday, August 6th 2013, 9:27
related countries: United States United States
related places: Okinawa

Japan asks the US to suspend some helicopter operations until a crash at a US base in Okinawa is investigated.
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VIDEO: Fukushima water leak 'emergency'

Tuesday, August 6th 2013, 6:44
related places: Fukushima

Japan's nuclear watchdog has said the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is facing a new "emergency" caused by a build-up of radioactive groundwater.
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Fukushima water leak 'emergency'

Monday, August 5th 2013, 17:10
related places: Fukushima

Japan's nuclear watchdog says the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is facing a new "emergency" caused by a build-up of radioactive groundwater.
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Toilet users warned of tech flaw

Monday, August 5th 2013, 11:39

A $5,700 "smart" toilet from Japan can be activated by anyone with the brand's app on their phone, security experts find
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VIDEO: Taking a taxi in Greece and Japan

Sunday, August 4th 2013, 22:55
related countries: Greece Greece

Taxis are transport options in most cities around the world, but how do they vary in price around the globe?
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First talking robot sent into space

Sunday, August 4th 2013, 0:02

Japan launches the world's first talking robot into space to serve as companion to astronaut Kochi Wakata who begins his ISSmission in November.
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VIDEO: Tsunami tourism boosts Japan town

Thursday, August 1st 2013, 20:50

Rikuzentakata, a small fishing town in Japan, still bears the scars of the tsunami produced by the earthquake of 2011 - so much so that it is attracting tourists.
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Chinese online game targets Japan

Thursday, August 1st 2013, 14:11
related countries: China China

An online game that simulates an attack on Japanese-controlled islands is released in China.
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VIDEO: Online game pits China against Japan

Thursday, August 1st 2013, 14:01
related countries: China China

Millions sign up to play online first-person-shooter which invites players to attack Japan
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Sony earnings boosted by weak yen

Thursday, August 1st 2013, 9:07

Japanese electronics giant Sony reports a jump in profits for the April-to-June quarter, boosted by a weak yen and surge in smartphone sales.
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Japan minister retracts Nazi remarks

Thursday, August 1st 2013, 8:17

Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso retracts remarks suggesting Japan could learn from Nazi Germany's constitutional reform.
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Fourth S Korean climber found dead

Wednesday, July 31st 2013, 7:28
related countries: North Korea North Korea

The body of a fourth South Korean climber is found in Japan's central Alps, after three bodies were recovered on Tuesday.
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Three S Korean climbers 'found dead'

Tuesday, July 30th 2013, 10:33
related countries: North Korea North Korea

Three South Korean climbers who went missing on a Japanese mountain are found dead, local reports say.
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ANA swings to loss on fuel costs

Tuesday, July 30th 2013, 9:23

ANA Holdings, which owns Japan's All Nippon Airways, sees a loss for the April-to-June quarter, blaming high fuel costs and the grounding of Boeing 787s.
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China 'dumpling poisoner' tried

Tuesday, July 30th 2013, 6:57
related countries: China China

A trial has been held for a Chinese man accused of poisoning dumplings which made 10 people ill in Japan in 2008, officials and state media say.
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Japan reports weak economic data

Tuesday, July 30th 2013, 1:43

Japan posts weaker-than-expected economic data, underlining the challenges the government faces as it tries to revive the country's economy.
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Japan 'poet' killer suspect detained

Friday, July 26th 2013, 10:46

Police in Japan say they have arrested a man suspected of killing five elderly people in a remote mountain hamlet.
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Japan sees consumer prices rise

Friday, July 26th 2013, 8:42

Japanese consumer prices rise for the first time in more than a year in June, a sign that policies aimed at ending deflation could be yielding results.
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Japan 'needs marines and drones'

Friday, July 26th 2013, 7:25
related countries: China China, North Korea North Korea

Japan says it needs marines and surveillance drones, plus better missile defence capabilities, amid concerns over China and North Korea.
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Caroline Kennedy named Japan envoy

Wednesday, July 24th 2013, 21:50

President Barack Obama nominates Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of former President John F Kennedy, to be America's ambassador to Japan.
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Japan exports continue to recover

Wednesday, July 24th 2013, 4:54

Japanese exports continue to recover, rising for a fourth month in a row in June, boosted by a weak yen and a revival in demand from Europe.
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VIDEO: Fukushima leak causes Japan concern

Tuesday, July 23rd 2013, 20:30
related places: Fukushima

Japan has said it is taking steps to prevent contaminated water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant leaking into the sea.
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Japan takes steps on Fukushima leak

Tuesday, July 23rd 2013, 12:11
related places: Fukushima

Japan says it is taking steps to prevent contaminated water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant leaking into the sea.
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Japan commuters free trapped woman

Tuesday, July 23rd 2013, 3:35
related places: Tokyo

Dozens of Japanese commuters tilt a train carriage to free a woman who fell between the platform and the train during Tokyo's rush hour.
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VIDEO: Japanese PM wants a stronger economy

Monday, July 22nd 2013, 15:02

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe says his win in Sunday's upper house elections will help him form a stable cabinet, ending political volatility.
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Japan PM Abe hails poll 'victory'

Sunday, July 21st 2013, 21:31

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his predicted victory in upper house elections will help him form a stable cabinet, ending political volatility.
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VIDEO: Japan PM 'wins key upper house poll'

Sunday, July 21st 2013, 18:02

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has won a majority in the upper house, exit polls suggest.
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Japan PM 'wins key upper house poll'

Sunday, July 21st 2013, 14:06

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe wins a majority in the upper house, giving him full control of parliament for the first time in six years, exit polls say.
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Japan votes in key upper house poll

Sunday, July 21st 2013, 8:53

Japan is voting in an election for the upper house expected to deliver a win for PM Shinzo Abe - and return more stability to the political scene.
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Theremin world record set in Japan

Saturday, July 20th 2013, 23:56

Japanese musicians set a new world record for the biggest number of players on the theremin - the musical instrument used without actually being touched.
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Pioneering stem cell trial approved

Friday, July 19th 2013, 10:28

The first trial of stem cells produced from a patient's own body has been approved by the Japanese government.
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VIDEO: Snail facial anyone?

Thursday, July 18th 2013, 17:50
related places: Tokyo

A salon in Tokyo is offering a new kind of beauty treatment using a team of Japanese native snails
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Steam seen at Fukushima building

Thursday, July 18th 2013, 9:07
related places: Fukushima

Steam is seen rising from a damaged reactor building at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, its operator says, but no increased radiation is observed.
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Woman sues Japan crime gang boss

Wednesday, July 17th 2013, 7:40

A Japanese restaurateur is suing the head of the largest organised crime "yakuza" group, in what may be the first lawsuit of its kind, local media say.
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Bank of Japan upbeat on economy

Thursday, July 11th 2013, 11:42

The Bank of Japan gives an upbeat assessment of the country's economy, saying it is starting to "recover modestly".
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Zuma sacks Tokyo Sexwale

Tuesday, July 9th 2013, 15:12
related countries: South Africa South Africa

Veteran of the fight against apartheid Tokyo Sexwale is sacked as housing minister by South African President Jacob Zuma.
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Olympus shares fall on funding plans

Tuesday, July 9th 2013, 6:25

Shares of Japanese camera and medical equipment maker Olympus fall after it unveils plans to raise 118bn yen ($1.2bn; £780m) in fresh capital.
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Japan paper warns of China 'danger'

Tuesday, July 9th 2013, 6:13
related countries: China China

Japan warns that China is engaging in "dangerous actions" and attempting to change the status quo in the East China Sea "by force".
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Japan eyes nuclear reactor restart

Monday, July 8th 2013, 10:09

Nuclear operators in Japan apply to restart 10 reactors, potentially paving the way for a widespread return to nuclear power in coming years.
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VIDEO: China and Russia hold joint naval drills

Friday, July 5th 2013, 18:47
related countries: China China, Russia Russia

China and Russia are holding their largest-ever joint naval exercises in the Sea of Japan in a bid to improve the two country's efforts at military cooperation.
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Why are so many Japanese men refusing to leave their rooms?

Thursday, July 4th 2013, 23:21

Why are thousands of Japanese men refusing to leave their rooms?
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Japan upper house campaign begins

Thursday, July 4th 2013, 5:15

Japan kicks of campaigning for upper house elections ahead of 21 July polls which could see parliamentary gridlock resolved.
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Japan complains over China drill rig

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013, 13:24
related countries: China China

Japan expresses serious concern to China over the construction of a drilling rig near a disputed gas field in the East China Sea.
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VIDEO: Rocking out with the musical monks

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013, 8:56

A group of Japanese monks and pastors are trying to spread the word through music, but not the type of music you might expect from a Buddhist monk.
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Mitsubishi UFJ buys Thai bank stake

Tuesday, July 2nd 2013, 14:56
related countries: Thailand Thailand

Japan's biggest lender Mitsubishi UFJ agrees to buy a controlling stake in Thailand's Bank of Ayudhya for $5.6bn.
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Japan's business mood turns positive

Monday, July 1st 2013, 5:54

Japanese manufacturers' sentiment turns positive for the first time in nearly two years, the Bank of Japan's Tankan survey indicates.
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Japan broadcaster sued over English

Thursday, June 27th 2013, 14:22

A disgruntled viewer is suing Japan's national broadcaster for "mental distress" caused by an excessive use of words borrowed from English.
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VIDEO: Talking 'robot astronaut' set for ISS

Thursday, June 27th 2013, 4:45

A Japanese ''robot astronaut'' has been designed to function in space and engage in conversation.
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Mouse cloned from drop of blood

Thursday, June 27th 2013, 2:02

In a pioneering experiment, scientists in Japan clone a mouse from white blood cells collected from the tail of a living donor.
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Australia-Japan whaling case begins

Wednesday, June 26th 2013, 9:02
related countries: Australia Australia

Public hearings begin in The Hague as Australia and Japan take their fight over whaling to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
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Yankey to break England caps record

Wednesday, June 26th 2013, 7:17
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Rachel Yankey is set to become England's most capped football international in a friendly against Japan on Wednesday.
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Japan firm in record foreign takeover

Wednesday, June 26th 2013, 1:52

Japan's SoftBank will become one of the world's largest mobile operators after shareholders in Sprint Nextel backed its revised bid for a 78% stake in the business.
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Suntory unit's IPO price fizzles

Monday, June 24th 2013, 10:22

Japan's Suntory Holdings expects to raise $4bn (£2.57bn) - down from an earlier estimate of $4.7bn - from the listing of its food and soft-drinks unit next week.
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