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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

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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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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