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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

Huge fine for fatal Japan bike crash

Thursday, January 30th 2014, 12:44
related places: Tokyo

A Tokyo court orders a cyclist to pay 47m yen ($459,000; £278,000) in damages to the family of an elderly woman he knocked down and killed.
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Asia history tensions flare at UN

Thursday, January 30th 2014, 3:46

Tensions between Japan and its neighbours over a war-linked shrine and disputed islands flare at the UN Security Council, with strong words from envoys.
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Japan 'to teach territorial claims'

Tuesday, January 28th 2014, 6:44

Japan's Education Ministry says it is revising teaching manuals for schools to set out its ownership of disputed islands.
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VIDEO: Japan's deficit in 'three easy graphs'

Monday, January 27th 2014, 13:00
related places: Tokyo

The BBC's Tokyo correspondent explains Japan's massive trade deficit with the aid of "three easy graphs".
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Sony's credit rating cut to junk

Monday, January 27th 2014, 9:59

Japanese electronic giant Sony's credit rating is cut to junk status by ratings agency Moody's as it warns of 'significant' downward pressure on the firm's earnings.
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NHK boss in 'comfort women' apology

Monday, January 27th 2014, 8:06

The new head of national broadcaster NHK apologises for "very inappropriate" comments on Japan's use of sex slaves during World War Two.
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Japan in record annual trade deficit

Monday, January 27th 2014, 2:51

Japan reports a record annual trade deficit, up 65% on the previous year, after the weak yen pushed up the cost of energy imports.
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NHK boss sparks 'comfort women' row

Sunday, January 26th 2014, 15:15

The head of Japanese broadcaster NHK causes controversy by playing down the use of sex slaves - so-called "comfort women" - in World War Two.
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Man arrested in Japan food scare

Sunday, January 26th 2014, 11:34

A factory worker is arrested at a plant that produced food laced with pesticide, which led to hundreds of people being poisoned.
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VIDEO: Japan's new island 'still growing'

Friday, January 24th 2014, 9:33
related countries: Pacific Ocean Pacific Ocean

Japan has acquired some new territory in the Pacific Ocean following a powerful volcanic eruption - a new island has emerged from the sea, and is growing in size.
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Tokyo governor poll campaign begins

Thursday, January 23rd 2014, 5:35
related places: Tokyo

Campaigning begins in the race for Tokyo governor, in an election that has turned into a near-referendum on Japan's use of nuclear power.
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Abe urges Asia military restraint

Wednesday, January 22nd 2014, 19:40

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tells an audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos that "military expansion" must be restrained in Asia.
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Davos: What Abe said

Wednesday, January 22nd 2014, 16:15
related countries: China China

Japanese PM's scary China WW1 comparison
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Japan protest over assassin memorial

Monday, January 20th 2014, 13:25
related countries: China China, North Korea North Korea

Japan criticises the opening of a memorial in north-eastern China to commemorate a Korean independence activist who assassinated a prominent Japanese statesman in 1909.
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Okinawa base 'to move despite vote'

Monday, January 20th 2014, 5:52
related countries: United States United States
related places: Okinawa

Japan's government says the relocation of a US military base on Okinawa will proceed, despite the re-election of a city mayor opposed to the plan.
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Nintendo shares fall on loss warning

Monday, January 20th 2014, 5:16

Shares of Nintendo plunge as much as 18% on Monday after Japan's gaming giant issues a profit warning.
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China jails Japan dumpling poisoner

Monday, January 20th 2014, 3:30
related countries: China China

A Chinese man is sentenced to life in prison for poisoning dumplings that made 10 people ill in Japan, Japanese and Chinese media say.
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VIDEO: Japan WWII 'no surrender' soldier dies

Friday, January 17th 2014, 19:37
related places: Tokyo

A Japanese soldier Hiroo Onoda who refused to surrender after the end of World War Two and lived in the jungle for 29 years has died in Tokyo, aged 91.
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VIDEO: Japanese jungle soldier dies aged 91

Friday, January 17th 2014, 9:42
related places: Tokyo

Japanese soldier, Hiroo Onoda, who refused to surrender after the end of World War Two and lived in the jungle for 29 years has died in Tokyo, aged 91.
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Japan WW2 holdout soldier dies

Friday, January 17th 2014, 6:59
related places: Tokyo

A Japanese soldier who refused to surrender after World War Two ended and spent 29 years in the jungle dies aged 91 in Tokyo.
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VIDEO: Trial of Tokyo cult member begins

Thursday, January 16th 2014, 15:59
related places: Tokyo

A member of the Japanese group which was behind the deadly sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995 goes on trial after nearly two decades on the run.
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Trial of Tokyo cult member begins

Thursday, January 16th 2014, 7:17
related places: Tokyo

The trial of a former member of Japan's Aum Shinrikyo cult begins, nearly 20 years after the group carried out a deadly sarin gas attack in Tokyo.
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VIDEO: Japan's chubby women

Wednesday, January 15th 2014, 13:31
related places: Are

Are overweight women accepted in Japan?
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Toshiba in UK nuclear venture deal

Wednesday, January 15th 2014, 8:13
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Japan's Toshiba agrees to buy a controlling stake in UK nuclear venture NuGeneration, which plans to build three power plants in north-west England.
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Boeing probes 787 battery problem

Tuesday, January 14th 2014, 18:20

Japan Airlines finds potential battery fault on a Boeing 787, a reminder of last year's grounding of the entire fleet of Dreamliner aircraft.
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Japan PM eyes African business ties

Tuesday, January 14th 2014, 16:43

Japan should increase its business links with the fast-growing economies in Africa, "the continent that carries the hopes of the world", Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says.
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Japan ex-PMs unite over Tokyo race

Tuesday, January 14th 2014, 12:23
related places: Tokyo

Former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi endorses Morihiro Hosokawa, another ex-PM, in the race for governor in the capital, Tokyo.
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Toyota unveils concept sports car

Tuesday, January 14th 2014, 5:35
related places: Toyota

Japanese carmaker Toyota has unveiled a new concept sports car, Future Toyota-1 (FT-1), at the Detroit motor show.
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Japan's Suntory buys Jim Beam group

Monday, January 13th 2014, 15:43
related countries: United States United States

Suntory, the Japanese family-owned drinks maker, buys the US beverage firm behind Jim Beam bourbon, in a $16bn (£9.7bn) deal.
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Japan and China row over Africa

Friday, January 10th 2014, 14:52
related countries: China China

China and Japan are criticising each other's policies in Africa as each pledges more money for the continent.
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VIDEO: Race to be Japan's 'luckiest man'

Friday, January 10th 2014, 10:39

Thousands of runners have taken part in an annual race through a shrine in Japan to earn the title of "Lucky Man," which is said to bestow good fortune on the winner.
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Murray draws Soeda in Australian Open

Friday, January 10th 2014, 0:26
related countries: Aruba Aruba, Belgium Belgium
related places: Soeda

Andy Murray will play Go Soeda of Japan in the Australian Open first round, while Laura Robson faces Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens.
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Explosion at Japan chemical factory

Thursday, January 9th 2014, 11:27

At least five people have been killed in an explosion at a chemical factory in central Japan owned by Mitsubishi Material.
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Japan suspect caught after manhunt

Thursday, January 9th 2014, 7:20
related places: Kawasaki

Japanese police have caught a rape suspect whose escape from custody in the city of Kawasaki sparked a major manhunt.
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VIDEO: S Korea 'comfort women' call for apology

Wednesday, January 8th 2014, 20:53
related countries: North Korea North Korea, South Korea South Korea
related places: Seoul

Supporters of South Korean women forced into sexual slavery in Japan's military brothels during and after World War II hold a rally outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul.
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Japan manhunt as rape suspect flees

Wednesday, January 8th 2014, 8:13
related places: Kawasaki

The escape of a rape suspect in Japan sparks a major police manhunt and a warning to schoolchildren in Kawasaki not to venture out alone.
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Nintendo shares surge on China move

Wednesday, January 8th 2014, 7:18
related countries: China China

Shares of Japan's Nintendo surge after China temporarily lifts a sales ban on foreign video games consoles.
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Japan's stocks fall on profit taking

Monday, January 6th 2014, 10:46

Japan's main stock index, the Nikkei 225, falls 2.35% on the first trading day of the new year as investors take profits.
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Quest to grow human organs inside pigs in Japan

Friday, January 3rd 2014, 0:32

Japanese quest to grow human organs in pigs
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Balloon to disputed islands crashes

Thursday, January 2nd 2014, 4:41
related countries: China China

Japan's Coast Guard says it has rescued a Chinese man whose hot air balloon crashed as he was trying to fly to a group of disputed islands.
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Japan agrees Okinawa US airbase move

Friday, December 27th 2013, 8:10
related countries: United States United States
related places: Okinawa

The government of Japan's Okinawa prefecture approves the relocation of a US military airbase, ending years of deadlock, officials say.
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Japan close to escaping deflation

Friday, December 27th 2013, 7:01

Japanese consumer prices rise at the fastest pace in five years, showing government policies to end its deflation problem may be taking effect.
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China condemns Japan PM shrine visit

Thursday, December 26th 2013, 11:31
related countries: China China, South Korea South Korea

China and South Korea condemn Japan PM Shinzo Abe's visit to a controversial shrine to war dead that includes hundreds of WW2 war criminals.
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Japan PM visits Yasukuni shrine

Thursday, December 26th 2013, 8:41
related countries: China China, South Korea South Korea
related places: Yasukuni

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits a shrine that honours soldiers including WW2 criminals, angering China and South Korea.
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Google robot wins Pentagon contest

Monday, December 23rd 2013, 13:26

Schaft, a Japanese robot owned by Google, beat 15 rivals to score more points across a series of rescue-themed challenges set by the Pentagon.
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Australian plane to monitor whaling

Sunday, December 22nd 2013, 13:16
related countries: Aruba Aruba

Australia is to send a surveillance plane to the Southern Ocean in a bid to stop conflict between Japanese whaling vessels and environmentalists.
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China denounces Japan military plans

Saturday, December 21st 2013, 5:12
related countries: China China
related places: Tokyo

China accuses Japan of using concerns about its national security for military expansion, days after Tokyo announced a rise in defence spending.
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VIDEO: First conversation with robot in space

Friday, December 20th 2013, 9:51

A Japanese astronaut has held a conversation with the first humanoid robot to enter space.
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Tokyo governor resigns over payment

Thursday, December 19th 2013, 3:30

Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose, who was key to the city's successful Olympics bid, resigns over a cash payment scandal.
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More reactors to shut at Fukushima

Wednesday, December 18th 2013, 15:04
related places: Fukushima

The operators of the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan are to decommission two reactors largely undamaged in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
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Japan arms boost to counter China

Tuesday, December 17th 2013, 12:28
related countries: China China

Japan's cabinet approves a new national security strategy and increases military spending as a response to what it sees as a threat from China.
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VIDEO: Has Abenomics fixed Japan's fortunes?

Monday, December 16th 2013, 4:22

One year after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took charge in Japan, the BBC's Linda Yueh reports on the challenges as he faces in kick-starting the economy.
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Japan business mood at six-year high

Monday, December 16th 2013, 1:03

Japanese business confidence jumps to its highest level in six years, according to the Bank of Japan's latest Tankan survey.
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Japan envoy stabbed in Yemen attack

Sunday, December 15th 2013, 14:04
related countries: Yemen Yemen

A Japanese diplomat is stabbed several times in a failed kidnap attempt by armed men in Yemen, officials say.
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Japan seeks 'freedom of overflight'

Saturday, December 14th 2013, 8:36
related countries: China China
related places: Beijing

Japan and SE Asian leaders pledge to work together to ensure "freedom of overflight", in an apparent rebuke to China over its air defence zone.
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Japan's economic growth revised down

Monday, December 9th 2013, 2:21

Japan revises down its growth data for the July-to-September period after private investment slowed more than expected.
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VIDEO: 'I met my hero, Mandela, behind bars'

Thursday, December 5th 2013, 22:37
related countries: South Africa South Africa

Tokyo Sexwale is one of South Africa's new generation of highly successful businessmen. But he's never forgotten his early years when Mandela, even from within a prison cell, was fighting to change South Africa.
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