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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

Nuclear future uncertain in Japan

Friday, May 4th 2012, 0:48

With no working reactors, has Japan's nuclear age ended?
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Pet parakeet tells police address

Thursday, May 3rd 2012, 4:48
related places: Tokyo

A lost pet parakeet gets home safely in Tokyo after telling its home address to local police - a trick it was taught by its owner.
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VIDEO: Biker delighted at tsunami Harley find

Wednesday, May 2nd 2012, 15:19
related countries: Canada Canada

The owner of a Harley Davidson swept away by last year's tsunami in Japan is delighted that the motorbike has been found washed up on the Canadian coast.
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Japan tsunami Harley owner found

Wednesday, May 2nd 2012, 14:54
related countries: Canada Canada

The owner has been found of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that drifted to Canada after being swept out to sea in the 2011 Japanese tsunami.
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Japanese firms in $2bn gas deal

Tuesday, May 1st 2012, 6:54

Mitsubishi Corporation and Mitsui & Co agree to buy a 14.7% stake in Woodside Petroleum's Browse LNG project for $2bn (£1.2bn).
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VIDEO: Tokyo 'to buy disputed islands'

Tuesday, May 1st 2012, 4:24
related countries: China China
related places: Tokyo

Tokyo's governor says he plans to buy a group of islands at the centre of a dispute between Japan and China.
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N Korea's 'provocations must end'

Monday, April 30th 2012, 22:25
related countries: North Korea North Korea, United States United States

US President Obama and Japanese PM Noda warn North Korea its "old pattern of provocation" - including a recent failed rocket launch - is over.
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VIDEO: Japanese Harley washes up in Canada

Monday, April 30th 2012, 20:27
related countries: Canada Canada

The motorcycle was inside a container and was registered in the Miyagi Prefecture, an area hit by the tsunami last year.
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Japan PM on US trip to boost ties

Monday, April 30th 2012, 3:18
related countries: North Korea North Korea, United States United States
related places: Washington

Japanese PM Yoshihiko Noda is meeting US President Barack Obama in Washington to boost ties amid tension over North Korea's recent rocket launch.
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Japan makes $123bn stimulus move

Friday, April 27th 2012, 5:23

The Bank of Japan increases its stimulus programme for the second time in just over two months in a bid boost economic growth.
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US and Japan reach Okinawa deal

Friday, April 27th 2012, 3:48
related countries: United States United States
related places: Okinawa, Marines, Asia

The United States agrees to move thousands of Marines based in Okinawa out of Japan to Hawaii, Guam and other locations in Asia.
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Japan clears top politician Ozawa

Thursday, April 26th 2012, 4:01
related places: Ozawa

Influential Japanese politician and backroom power-broker Ichiro Ozawa is found not guilty in a funding scandal.
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Tsunami football found in Alaska

Monday, April 23rd 2012, 17:58

A football swept away by the tsunami and found on an Alaskan island is to be returned after its teenage Japanese owner was identified.
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Japan agrees Burma debt write-off

Saturday, April 21st 2012, 12:11
related countries: Burma Burma

Japan agrees to write off more than $3.7bn (£2.29bn) of debt to Burma as its president continues his first visit there.
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Burma leader in Japan to talk aid

Friday, April 20th 2012, 13:41
related countries: Burma Burma

Burmese President Thein Sein is in Japan for a visit expected to focus on financial aid and debt relief, as the EU prepares to suspend sanctions.
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Escaped bears kill women in Japan

Friday, April 20th 2012, 10:52

Two women are killed after bears escape from their enclosures at a park in northern Japan - people are being told to stay indoors.
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Car shipments boost Japan exports

Thursday, April 19th 2012, 5:01

Japan's exports rose in March, data shows, boosted by a jump in car shipments as the sector continues to recover from last year's natural disasters.
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Japan glass firm's US boss quits

Thursday, April 19th 2012, 3:27
related countries: United States United States

Japan's Nippon Sheet Glass says its American chief executive, Craig Taylor, has resigned over "disagreements with the board".
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Toshiba buys IBM unit for $850m

Wednesday, April 18th 2012, 7:21

Japanese electronics maker Toshiba Corporation agrees to buy IBM's point-of-sale business in a $850m (£534m) deal.
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Tokyo 'to buy disputed islands'

Tuesday, April 17th 2012, 17:44
related countries: China China
related places: Tokyo

Tokyo's governor Shintaro Ishihara says he plans to use public money to buy a group of islands at the centre of a dispute with China.
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VIDEO: World's tallest freestanding tower

Tuesday, April 17th 2012, 11:03
related places: Tokyo

A new structure has taken its place in Tokyo's skyline - the Tokyo Skytree, the world's tallest free standing tower.
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Japan to give IMF $60bn in loans

Tuesday, April 17th 2012, 3:37

Japan to give the International Monetary Fund $60bn (£38bn) in loans to ease the problems caused by the European debt crisis.
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Japan plans to restart reactors

Friday, April 13th 2012, 14:05

Two of Japan's nuclear reactors are declared safe to be restarted, to combat threatened power shortages, the government says.
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'Black widow' gets death in Japan

Friday, April 13th 2012, 11:55

A Japanese woman who murdered her three former lovers in 2009 is sentenced to death.
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Sarkozy commits Fukushima gaffe

Friday, April 13th 2012, 10:50
related countries: France France
related places: Fukushima

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy concedes he did not visit Fukushima on a visit to Japan, correcting an earlier claim.
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Zoo ends hunt for escaped penguin

Thursday, April 12th 2012, 13:17

A Japanese zoo has called off the hunt for an escaped penguin, which broke out at the beginning of March.
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Burma to get new stock exchange

Wednesday, April 11th 2012, 8:57
related countries: Burma Burma

Burma is to get a new stock exchange, after the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Daiwa Securities Group agree a deal to set one up by 2015.
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Japan stocks fall for seventh day

Wednesday, April 11th 2012, 7:38

Japanese stocks fall for the seventh straight session as fresh fears over the health of the world economy spark a global sell-off.
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Cameron in Japan to 'boost trade'

Tuesday, April 10th 2012, 8:06
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Tokyo

The prime minister is in Tokyo, Japan, on the first stop of a visit to Asia aimed at encouraging trade deals with the UK.
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Cameron in Japan to 'boost trade'

Tuesday, April 10th 2012, 8:06
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Tokyo

The prime minister is in Tokyo, Japan, on the first stop of a visit to Asia aimed at encouraging trade deals with the UK.
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Jobs boost from new Nissan model

Monday, April 9th 2012, 23:01

Nissan's new hatchback is to be produced at its Sunderland plant, the Japanese car manufacturer announces.
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In Pictures: Cherry blossom festival

Sunday, April 8th 2012, 1:38
related countries: United States United States

Japan's flowering gift to the US capital - 100 years on
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Tsunami 'ghost ship' sunk off US

Friday, April 6th 2012, 3:19
related countries: United States United States
related places: Pacific

The US Coast Guard uses cannon to sink a crewless Japanese ship that had drifted to Alaska after being washed away by the 2011 tsunami.
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VIDEO: US Coast Guard fires on 'ghost ship'

Friday, April 6th 2012, 1:57
related countries: United States United States
related places: Alaska

The US Coast Guard has used cannon to fire on and sink a crewless Japanese ship that drifted to Alaska after the 2011 tsunami.
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Japan rescues Hong Kong ship crew

Thursday, April 5th 2012, 16:35
related countries: Hong Kong Hong Kong

Japan's coastguard rescues 11 of 17 crew members from a Hong Kong-registered cargo ship that went missing earlier this week.
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Japan forces through 2012 budget

Thursday, April 5th 2012, 13:08

Japan's government forces through its 2012 budget, after it was stalled by a political battle over a new national sales tax.
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VIDEO: Amateur video shows Japan storm

Wednesday, April 4th 2012, 15:34

At least four people have been killed, as a powerful storm swept across Japan, with gales of 156 km/hour (97mph) recorded.
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VIDEO: Fierce storms cause chaos in Japan

Wednesday, April 4th 2012, 8:58

A severe storm has left four people dead in Japan and injured many more, with telecommunications and transport affected in the north.
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Four killed as storm hits Japan

Wednesday, April 4th 2012, 5:11

A severe storm has left four people dead in Japan and injured many more, with telecommunications and transport affected in the north.
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Japan business morale remains low

Monday, April 2nd 2012, 2:57

Japan's manufacturers continue to remain pessimistic despite recent weakness in the yen, Bank of Japan's Tankan survey shows.
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Japanese PM defends death penalty

Friday, March 30th 2012, 22:43

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda defends the country's use of the death penalty, days after three death-row inmates were hanged.
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Japan eases Fukushima danger area

Friday, March 30th 2012, 22:05
related places: Fukushima

Japan is allowing some of the 80,000 people forced to move following last year's Fukushima nuclear disaster to visit their homes again.
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Japan leaders clear tax hike bill

Friday, March 30th 2012, 3:53

Japan's government agrees on a bill to double sales tax by 2015 to cut debt and prepares to submit it to parliament.
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Fall in Japan industrial output

Friday, March 30th 2012, 3:09

Japan's industrial output unexpectedly fell in February, due to lower overseas demand for cars and electronic goods, figures show.
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Tepco needs $22bn more for claims

Thursday, March 29th 2012, 12:23
related places: Fukushima

The power company behind Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant disaster asks for another 1.85tn yen ($22.4bn; £14.1bn) in aid.
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Three prisoners executed in Japan

Thursday, March 29th 2012, 4:37

Japan hangs three death row inmates, all convicted of multiple killings, in its first executions since July 2010, local media report.
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Japan retail sales in shock rise

Thursday, March 29th 2012, 2:26

Japanese retail sales rose more than expected in February, indicating that consumer confidence is improving, data shows.
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Plant probe finds high radiation

Wednesday, March 28th 2012, 7:03
related places: Fukushima

A probe inserted into a reactor at Fukushima nuclear plant finds very high radiation, which officials say will make decommissioning harder.
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Sharp to sell stake to Hon Hai

Wednesday, March 28th 2012, 2:27

Hon Hai Group, the owner of the manufacturer Foxconn, is to invest 133bn yen ($1.6bn; £1bn) in Japanese electronics maker Sharp.
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Elpida delisted from Tokyo bourse

Wednesday, March 28th 2012, 1:07
related places: Tokyo

The Japanese computer chip maker Elpida Memory is delisted from the Tokyo Stock Exchange after filing for bankruptcy.
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Japan shuts down nuclear reactor

Monday, March 26th 2012, 4:54
related places: Fukushima

Japan shuts down another nuclear power station, bringing it a step closer to suspending atomic energy after the Fukushima disaster.
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Canada and Japan in trade talks

Sunday, March 25th 2012, 9:24
related countries: Canada Canada

Canada and Japan are to formally begin talks aimed at establishing a free trade agreement between the two countries.
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VIDEO: Japan 'ghost ship' drifts to Canada

Sunday, March 25th 2012, 7:27
related countries: Canada Canada

A Japanese fishing vessel swept away by the March 2011 tsunami has been spotted adrift off the west coast of Canada.
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Tsunami ship drifting off Canada

Saturday, March 24th 2012, 15:36
related countries: Canada Canada

An empty Japanese fishing vessel washed out to sea by the March 2011 tsunami is spotted drifting off the west coast of Canada.
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VIDEO: Japan readies missile defences

Friday, March 23rd 2012, 18:14
related countries: North Korea North Korea

Japan has ordered missile defence systems to be prepared in response to the planned launch of a North Korean long-range rocket next month, Japanese Defence Minister Naoki Tanaka has said.
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Japan prepares missile defences

Friday, March 23rd 2012, 10:12
related countries: North Korea North Korea

Japan orders missile defence systems to be prepared in response to the planned launch of a North Korean long-range rocket next month.
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Japan's AIJ sees offices searched

Friday, March 23rd 2012, 8:31

Japanese investigators search the offices of AIJ, as the scandal-hit money manager also loses its operating license.
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Asia's big three close in on deal

Friday, March 23rd 2012, 0:45
related countries: South Korea South Korea

Japan, China and South Korea move closer to inking a trilateral investment agreement that may pave the way for a free-trade deal.
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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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