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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 sees surprise trade deficit

Wednesday, February 23rd 2011, 3:33

Japan posts a trade deficit in January for the first time in 22 months, data from the Ministry of Finance shows.
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VIDEO: Panda 'diplomats' touch down in Japan

Tuesday, February 22nd 2011, 21:28
related countries: China China

In another example of what is often called panda diplomacy a pair of giant pandas have arrived in Japan from China
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Moody's cuts Japan credit outlook

Tuesday, February 22nd 2011, 6:35

Rating agency Moody's cuts its rating outlook on Japan to negative from stable citing concerns over debts.
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Japan probes war experiment site

Monday, February 21st 2011, 9:39
related places: Tokyo

Excavations begin at a site in Tokyo linked to Unit 731, the military unit said to have carried out experiments on prisoners during World War II.
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Japan urges Sea Shepherd action

Friday, February 18th 2011, 11:30

Japan asks Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands to take action against the anti-whaling group, Sea Shepherd, after it calls off its Antarctic whale hunt.
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VIDEO: Japan halts Antarctic whale hunt

Wednesday, February 16th 2011, 17:23
related countries: United States United States

Japan has suspended its annual whale hunt in the Antarctic, saying an American anti-whaling group has made the operation unsafe.
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Japan and India sign trade deal

Wednesday, February 16th 2011, 9:11
related countries: India India

Japan and India sign a free-trade agreement that will see tariffs on 94% of goods scrapped within a decade.
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Japan halts Antarctic whale hunt

Wednesday, February 16th 2011, 8:29
related countries: United States United States

Japan suspends its annual Antarctic whale hunt after activists from a US-based environmental group chase the mother ship.
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Japan mass food poisoning feared

Tuesday, February 15th 2011, 13:37

More than 950 schoolchildren fall ill on Japan's northern Hokkaido island in a suspected outbreak of food poisoning.
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Sumo prosecutions sought in Japan

Tuesday, February 15th 2011, 12:17

Japanese police ask for two sumo wrestlers to be prosecuted in connection with illegal gambling allegedly linked to organised crime.
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Japan's economy 'more positive'

Tuesday, February 15th 2011, 6:41

Japan's economic outlook is more positive and it is gradually emerging from a slowdown, the Bank of Japan says.
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China's economy overtakes Japan

Monday, February 14th 2011, 11:19
related countries: China China

China overtakes Japan as the world's second-biggest economy, with analysts predicting it will keep moving towards the top spot.
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Japan married name law challenged

Monday, February 14th 2011, 10:30

Four Japanese women and a man file a challenge to a law that compels couples to share a surname after marriage.
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VIDEO: Japanese seek opportunities abroad

Monday, February 14th 2011, 9:52

Japan losses position as world's second largest economy for first time in over 40 years.
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VIDEO: Drive to improve China's wages

Monday, February 14th 2011, 9:15
related countries: China China

China overtakes Japan to become world's second largest economy
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Future shock

Monday, February 14th 2011, 7:07

Japan's next generation of workers must fight for a decent living
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Japan minister in Russia amid row

Friday, February 11th 2011, 6:13
related countries: Pacific Ocean Pacific Ocean, Russia Russia
related places: Moscow

Japan's Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara visits Moscow amid a growing row over the Kuril islands in the Pacific Ocean, which are claimed by both countries.
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Japan's Ozawa will not quit party

Thursday, February 10th 2011, 11:46
related places: Ozawa

Ichiro Ozawa, a leading figure in Japan's ruling DPJ, says he has refused a request from PM Naoto Kan that he leave the party while on trial over fundraising fraud allegations.
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Suicide apartments

Thursday, February 10th 2011, 0:20

Why Japanese landlords are demanding money after a death
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Russia to boost weapons on Kurils

Wednesday, February 9th 2011, 16:15
related countries: Pacific Ocean Pacific Ocean, Russia Russia

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev orders the deployment of more weapons on the Kuril islands in the Pacific Ocean, which are claimed by Japan.
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Japan's consumer mood brightens

Wednesday, February 9th 2011, 7:13

Japan's consumer confidence has improved for the first time in seven months, government figures show.
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Toyota sees profits drop by 39%

Tuesday, February 8th 2011, 9:20
related places: Toyota

Japanese carmaker Toyota reported a drop in profits because of slow car sales domestically and the strength of the yen.
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Japan-Russia island row escalates

Monday, February 7th 2011, 15:01
related countries: Russia Russia

Japan and Russia exchange heated comments over the disputed southern Kuril islands in the Pacific Ocean, which both claim.
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Giant ice sculptures at Japan festival

Monday, February 7th 2011, 14:16
related places: Sapporo

Japan's annual snow festival has begun in the northern city of Sapporo, featuring over 250 ice sculptures.
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Suzuki profits rise on Asia sales

Monday, February 7th 2011, 12:12

Japanese vehicle manufacturer Suzuki reports a quadrupling of profits in the last quarter, driven by strong sales across Asia.
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Japan-Australia to discuss trade

Monday, February 7th 2011, 4:19
related countries: Australia Australia
related places: Tokyo

Japan and Australia will resume talks in Tokyo on Monday, aimed at securing Japan's first free-trade agreement with a major agricultural exporter.
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Japan grapples with Sumo scandal

Monday, February 7th 2011, 1:26
related places: Sumo

One of Japan's biggest Sumo wrestling tournaments has been called off over allegations of match-fixing.
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Sumo event cancelled amid scandal

Sunday, February 6th 2011, 5:16
related places: Sumo

Japan's Sumo authorities cancel next month's tournament over allegations of match fixing - the first such cancellation in decades.
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Left behind

Sunday, February 6th 2011, 1:40

The pain of foreign parents who fall foul of Japan's custody laws
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Friendly helpers

Friday, February 4th 2011, 0:06

Japan tries to plug healthcare gap for ageing population with robots
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No Fry Japan trip after bomb joke

Thursday, February 3rd 2011, 20:55

Plans for Stephen Fry to film part of a new documentary series in Japan are shelved after complaints about an A-bomb joke.
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Sumo hit by match-fixing claims‎

Wednesday, February 2nd 2011, 11:14

Japan's Sumo Association says it is investigating a match-fixing scandal in which 13 senior wrestlers have been implicated.
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'James Bond volcano' erupts again

Tuesday, February 1st 2011, 10:58

A violent blast from Shinmoedake, a volcano erupting in Kyushu, Japan, has broken windows 8km (five miles) away.
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South Japan volcano in new blast

Tuesday, February 1st 2011, 8:47

Windows 8km away are smashed by the largest blast yet from Shinmoedake, a volcano erupting in southern Kyushu, Japan.
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In pictures

Monday, January 31st 2011, 11:38

Residents evacuate as Japan's Shinmoedake volcano erupts
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Japan's Ozawa charged in scandal

Monday, January 31st 2011, 10:06
related places: Ozawa

Japan's Ichiro Ozawa, one of the governing Democratic Party's top figures, is charged in connection with a funding scandal.
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Honda profits hit by strong yen

Monday, January 31st 2011, 8:00
related places: Honda

Japan's Honda reports a 40% fall in third-quarter profits after the strong yen hits sales, but raises its full-year forecast.
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Japan under pressure over child abduction

Sunday, January 30th 2011, 11:23

Roland Buerk reports on Japanese parents who have divorced abroad taking their children back to Japan despite joint custody rulings
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Egypt turmoil shakes WEF in Davos

Saturday, January 29th 2011, 14:59

Leaders in Davos express concern about the political situation while Tunisia's new leaders say their country is now "open for business".
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Davos 2011: Day 4 as it happened

Saturday, January 29th 2011, 8:14

Final full day of coverage of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Barclays chief Bob Diamond and Japanese PM Naoto Kan feature, plus analysis from BBC correspondents.
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Japan's credit rating downgraded

Thursday, January 27th 2011, 18:51
related countries: China China

Rating agency Standard & Poor's downgrades Japan's credit rating from AA to AA-, citing Japan's worsening debt situation.
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More elderly Japanese shoplifting

Thursday, January 27th 2011, 12:03

A quarter of shoplifters arrested in Japan in 2010 were over 65, police say, as the number of pensioners committing the crime hits a record high.
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Toyota recalls 1.7m cars globally

Wednesday, January 26th 2011, 12:55
related places: Toyota

Japanese car manufacturer Toyota is to recall nearly 1.7 million vehicles worldwide over fuel leakage concerns.
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Suspect in Hawker murder writes book

Wednesday, January 26th 2011, 10:26
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The man accused of the murder in Japan of British teacher Lindsay Hawker has published a book about his time on the run from the police.
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Japan murder suspect writes book

Wednesday, January 26th 2011, 7:15
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The man accused of the murder in Japan of British teacher Lindsay Hawker has published a book about his time on the run from the police.
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BBC apology for Japan bomb jokes

Saturday, January 22nd 2011, 23:22
related places: Hiroshima, Nagasaki

The BBC apologises after Japan's embassy complained over jokes broadcast on comedy quiz show QI about the atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
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Japanese supply rocket lifts off

Saturday, January 22nd 2011, 7:42

A Japanese rocket with supplies for the International Space Station lifts off from a remote island in southern Japan.
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Japan drops China captain charge

Friday, January 21st 2011, 11:19
related countries: China China

Japanese prosecutors have dropped a case against a Chinese fishing boat captain accused of ramming two patrol boats in disputed waters, an incident which sparked a major diplomatic row.
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Japan in budget shortfall warning

Friday, January 21st 2011, 10:05

Japan's annual budget shortfall could be 23.2tr yen (£176bn; $280bn) by 2020, an official forecast says, as government politicians push for tax rises and economic reforms to plug the gap.
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Dark past

Thursday, January 20th 2011, 0:18

South Koreans still wary of former colonial ruler Japan
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Japan graduate jobs hit new low

Tuesday, January 18th 2011, 12:37

The percentage of Japanese university students finding jobs before graduation has dropped to a record low, a government report says.
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Manga comic hero cheers Japanese orphans up

Friday, January 14th 2011, 10:51

In Japan, orphans are cheered by a wave of anonymous donations of satchels, toys and money in the name of manga comic hero "Tiger Mask".
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Japan reshuffle to tackle economy

Friday, January 14th 2011, 9:28

Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan announces a cabinet reshuffle, appointing a fiscal hawk and a known opponent of the death penalty.
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Mystery 'tiger' leaves gifts for orphans

Thursday, January 13th 2011, 21:55

Children's homes in Japan are on the receiving end of a mysterious outpouring of charity with anonymous donations of school bags and other gifts being left in the name of a popular manga character.
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Gates on N Korea: Get 'serious'

Thursday, January 13th 2011, 8:23
related countries: North Korea North Korea, United States United States

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates, speaking in Japan, tells North Korea it is time to show concrete evidence that it is committed to talks.
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Japan PM's wife 'would not marry her husband again'

Thursday, January 13th 2011, 4:50

The Japanese prime minister's wife, Nobuko Kan, says she would choose someone quite different in another life.
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Japan in pledge to buy euro bonds

Tuesday, January 11th 2011, 8:38
related countries: Ireland Ireland

Japan says it will buy bonds from a eurozone rescue fund which will help pay for the Irish Republic's bail-out.
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Toyota expands Prius car brand

Tuesday, January 11th 2011, 8:30
related places: Toyota

The Japanese carmaker Toyota is adding new models under its Prius petrol-electric hybrid label.
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Elderly Japanese shoplifting on rise

Monday, January 10th 2011, 22:29

Japanese authorities are worried about increasing levels of criminal activity among one age group in particular - the elderly.
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Japan tuna sale sets record

Wednesday, January 5th 2011, 15:58
related places: Tokyo

The first auction of the year at a Tokyo fish market sees a blue fin tuna sell for nearly $400,000.
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Blue fin tuna fetches record price at Tokyo's fish auction

Wednesday, January 5th 2011, 5:33
related places: Tokyo

A new record is set for the sale of a blue fin tuna in a new year auction at Tokyo's fish market.
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