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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

Japanese probe saw deep Moon rock

Monday, July 5th 2010, 19:21

Olivine rocks that may have originated deep within the Moon were spied on its surface by a Japanese probe, scientists report.
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Sumo wrestler fired over gambling

Sunday, July 4th 2010, 21:39

A top sumo wrestler is dismissed because of illegal gambling, in the latest scandal to hit the Japanese sport.
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Toyota recalls 270,000 vehicles

Friday, July 2nd 2010, 12:44
related places: Toyota

Japanese car giant Toyota recalls 270,000 cars worldwide in the latest problem to hit the manufacturer.
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Toyota warns about faulty engines

Thursday, July 1st 2010, 14:37
related places: Toyota

Japanese car giant Toyota warns about potential faults with engines of about 270,000 cars it has sold worldwide.
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Paraguay coach keen to test Spain

Thursday, July 1st 2010, 11:53

Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino believes his team will pose a threat to Spain despite scoring only three goals on their way to the World Cup quarter-finals.
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Japan confidence at two-year high

Thursday, July 1st 2010, 5:52

Japanese business confidence hits its highest level in two years, a survey by the country's central bank suggests.
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Japan 'regrets' whaling deadlock

Saturday, June 26th 2010, 3:50

This week's stalemate at the International Whaling Commission is "unfortunate", says a Japanese minister.
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Asteroid capsule opening begins

Thursday, June 24th 2010, 17:03

Japanese scientists start to open the Hayabusa capsule which it is hoped contains samples of asteroid Itokawa.
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Cycling coast to coast across Japan

Thursday, June 24th 2010, 14:42

Roland Buerk who is based in Tokyo, decided it was time to see Japan the slow way, by cycling right across the country.
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Toyota and Honda hit by strikes

Wednesday, June 23rd 2010, 11:53
related countries: China China
related places: Honda

Strikes have halted work at two Japanese-owned car assembly factories in China - the latest in a wave of labour disputes.
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Japan car attack leaves one dead

Tuesday, June 22nd 2010, 9:32

A former employee "with a grudge" crashes into workers at a Mazda plant in southern Japan, killing one and injuring 10.
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Japan sets targets to tackle debt

Tuesday, June 22nd 2010, 6:30
related countries: Greece Greece

Japan sets ambitious new targets to rein in its national debt, the largest in the industrialised world, and avoid a "Greek-style" crisis.
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Japan in Afghan corruption call

Thursday, June 17th 2010, 14:02
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

The Japanese prime minister, in talks with the Afghan president, asks for good governance from Kabul as part of a $5bn aid offer.
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Striker Drogba to start on bench

Tuesday, June 15th 2010, 13:13
related countries: Portugal Portugal

Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba will start on the bench after being given permission to wear a protective cast against Portugal.
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Bank of Japan in $33bn loans plan

Tuesday, June 15th 2010, 7:38

Japan's central bank announces plans to provide up to 3tn yen (£22bn; $33bn) in low interest loans to spur economic growth.
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Cameroon attitude wrong - Le Guen

Monday, June 14th 2010, 19:11

Cameroon coach Paul Le Guen blames his players' attitude for the 1-0 defeat by Japan in their World Cup opener.
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Honda earns opening win for Japan

Monday, June 14th 2010, 15:58


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Japan producers 'more upbeat'

Monday, June 14th 2010, 10:35

Optimism among big Japanese manufacturers about the economy has grown in the past three months, a study suggests.
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Hayabusa capsule recovery begins

Monday, June 14th 2010, 10:34
related countries: Aruba Aruba

Japanese scientists begin the process of retrieving the Hayabusa asteroid sample capsule from the Australian Outback.
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Asteroid mission returns to Earth

Sunday, June 13th 2010, 23:41

A capsule thought to contain the first samples grabbed from the surface of an asteroid returns to Earth.
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Japan unfurls solar sail in space

Friday, June 11th 2010, 16:11

Japanese scientists celebrate the successful deployment of their solar sail Ikaros, testing the use of sunlight to move space ships.
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Japan PM warns of debt 'collapse'

Friday, June 11th 2010, 13:36

Japan's economy is at "risk of collapse" under its huge debt mountain, the country's new prime minister says.
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Japan PM vows action on debt, US

Tuesday, June 8th 2010, 12:17

Japan's incoming Prime Minister Naoto Kan vows to tackle debt, repair US ties and build a 'vigorous' country.
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Obama greets new Japanese leader

Sunday, June 6th 2010, 5:31
related countries: United States United States

Barack Obama telephones Japan's new leader Naoto Kan to pledge co-operation, amid tensions over a US military base.
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Noda 'to be Japan finance chief'

Saturday, June 5th 2010, 9:33

Japan's new Prime Minister Naoto Kan is to choose Yoshihiko Noda as his next finance minister, Kyodo news agency reports.
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Kan becomes Japan prime minister

Friday, June 4th 2010, 15:44

Former finance minister Naoto Kan becomes Japan's PM, pledging to rebuild ties with the US strained over a military base.
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Seiji Ozawa cancels European tour

Friday, June 4th 2010, 10:32

Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa cancels a series of European concerts on the advice of his doctor.
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Kan emerges as Japan front-runner

Thursday, June 3rd 2010, 14:19

Finance Minister Naoto Kan emerges as a front-runner to become Japan's next leader, after Yukio Hatoyama's resignation.
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Japan's PM Yukio Hatoyama resigns

Wednesday, June 2nd 2010, 11:14

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama resigns amid a row over a US military base and ahead of elections due in July.
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Japan PM faces pressure to quit

Tuesday, June 1st 2010, 9:32
related countries: United States United States

Japanese PM Yukio Hatoyama faces pressure to resign, amid plunging popularity and a row over the Okinawa US base.
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China 'backs N Korea sanctions'

Tuesday, June 1st 2010, 8:20
related countries: China China, North Korea North Korea

China and Japan have agreed to back financial sanctions against North Korea, the South's foreign minister tells the BBC.
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Asteroid probe 'on home straight'

Monday, May 31st 2010, 11:24

A Japanese space probe designed to return samples from an asteroid completes an important step on its journey home.
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Sloppy England scrape past Japan

Sunday, May 30th 2010, 14:07
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Two own goals give England an unconvincing win over Japan in their final warm-up game before flying to South Africa for the World Cup.
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Japan coalition rupture over base

Sunday, May 30th 2010, 8:35
related countries: United States United States

The Socialists leave Japan's ruling coalition over the Okinawa base row, threatening the government majority in the upper house.
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China under pressure over N Korea

Saturday, May 29th 2010, 7:53
related countries: South Korea South Korea

China faces pressure to censure North Korea over the sinking of a South Korean warship, at a three-nation summit with Japan.
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Deal struck over US Okinawa base

Friday, May 28th 2010, 12:23
related countries: United States United States
related places: Okinawa

Japan and the US say they have reached an agreement to relocate a controversial US military base in Okinawa.
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Australia to act on Japan whaling

Friday, May 28th 2010, 7:28
related countries: Australia Australia

Australia says it will mount a legal bid at the International Court of Justice in the Hague, against Japan's whaling programme.
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Japan trial for whaling activist

Thursday, May 27th 2010, 8:24
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand
related places: Tokyo

An activist from New Zealand who boarded a Japanese whaling ship goes on trial in Tokyo, and denies assault charges.
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Japan exports soar on car demand

Thursday, May 27th 2010, 7:25

New Japanese finance ministry trade figures show exports from the country in April were up 40% from a year earlier.
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Japan PM apologises over Okinawa

Sunday, May 23rd 2010, 11:35
related countries: United States United States
related places: Okinawa

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama apologises for not keeping his promise to move a US military base from Okinawa.
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Clinton begins key East Asia trip

Friday, May 21st 2010, 6:54
related countries: United States United States
related places: Tokyo, Asia

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in Tokyo at the start of a week-long trip to Asia.
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Export drive boosts Japan growth

Thursday, May 20th 2010, 8:29

Japan's export-driven recovery helped economic growth accelerate in the first three months of 2010, figures show.
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Poor weather halts Venus mission

Tuesday, May 18th 2010, 7:35

Japan's space agency postpones the launch of a Venus probe because of bad weather at its Tanegashima base.
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Tokyo couple say their 'I dos' before robot in rooftop wedding

Sunday, May 16th 2010, 10:24

The world's first wedding to be conducted by a robot takes place in Japan.
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Japanese get shirty about PM's dress sense

Friday, May 14th 2010, 23:28

Japan's media are getting decidedly shirty about Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's unusual dress sense.
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Paraguay beat Japan on penalties

Thursday, May 13th 2010, 16:16
related countries: Paraguay Paraguay, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Paraguay are through to the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time in their history after beating Japan 5-3 on penalties following a 0-0 draw.
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Japan hold off Danes to progress

Thursday, May 13th 2010, 15:48
related countries: Cameroon Cameroon, Netherlands Netherlands

Japan beat Denmark 3-1 to make the knockout stages of the World Cup, while the Netherlands see off Cameroon to top Group E.
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Dutch beat Cameroon to top group

Thursday, May 13th 2010, 15:42
related countries: Cameroon Cameroon, Denmark Denmark, Netherlands Netherlands

The Netherlands edge out Cameroon to finish as Group E winners, while Japan progress at the expense of Denmark.
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Sneijder fires Dutch past Japan

Thursday, May 13th 2010, 14:25
related countries: Algeria Algeria, Netherlands Netherlands, United Kingdom United Kingdom

The Netherlands move to the brink of qualification for the knockout stages with a 1-0 win over Japan.
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Netherlands seal win over Denmark

Thursday, May 13th 2010, 14:03
related countries: Cameroon Cameroon, Denmark Denmark, Italy Italy, Netherlands Netherlands, Paraguay Paraguay, South Africa South Africa

Two second-half goals give Netherlands a 2-0 victory over lacklustre Denmark in their opening Group E match.
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Toyota in strong profits growth

Tuesday, May 11th 2010, 12:56
related places: Toyota

Toyota returned to profit in the fourth quarter despite the Japanese carmaker's recall problems being at their height.
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Japan PM rebuffed over base plan

Friday, May 7th 2010, 14:57
related countries: United States United States
related places: Okinawa

Officials from a Japanese island reject PM Yukio Hatoyama's proposal that they host US troops relocated from Okinawa.
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Japan reactivates nuclear reactor

Thursday, May 6th 2010, 5:54
related places: Monju

Japan activates its Monju fast-breeder reactor, which has been suspended since an accident 14 years ago.
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'Not fair!'

Wednesday, May 5th 2010, 23:03
related countries: United States United States
related places: Okinawa

Japanese views on US military bases in Okinawa
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Japan PM scraps US base move plan

Tuesday, May 4th 2010, 9:31
related countries: United States United States
related places: Okinawa

Japan's Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama says it is not "feasible" to move a controversial US base out of Okinawa.
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Japan abandons 2018 World Cup bid

Tuesday, May 4th 2010, 8:37

Japan drops its bid to host the 2018 World Cup after Sepp Blatter hints the tournament will be staged in Europe.
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Japan 'bee rustlers' sting apiarists

Saturday, May 1st 2010, 3:22

Japanese bee-keepers are warned to be on their guard after a spate of thefts of hives by so-called bee rustlers.
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Japan seeks whale activist arrest

Friday, April 30th 2010, 7:06
related countries: Canada Canada

Japan's coastguard seeks to arrest environmental activist Paul Watson for disrupting whale hunts, reports say.
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