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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

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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Japanese factory output expands

Tuesday, December 28th 2010, 9:34

Japanese industrial production rose for the first time in six months in November, helped by government assistance programmes.
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Japan agrees record draft budget

Friday, December 24th 2010, 11:08

Japan approves a record 92.4 trillion yen of spending for the next financial year as it grapples with its battered finances.
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Standing out

Wednesday, December 22nd 2010, 8:17

Japanese adverts go hi-tech
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Japan's export growth accelerates

Wednesday, December 22nd 2010, 7:18

Japanese export growth expands for the first time in nine months in November but the government forecasts slower economic growth
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Japan quake hits Pacific islands

Tuesday, December 21st 2010, 19:50
related countries: Pacific Ocean Pacific Ocean, United States United States

A 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes in the Pacific Ocean off southern Japan, sparking a temporary local tsunami warning.
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Bank of Japan keeps rates on hold

Tuesday, December 21st 2010, 9:18

Japan keeps its key interest rate at between zero and 0.1% as policymakers try to bolster the country's fragile economic recovery.
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Japanese pop band boost onion sales

Monday, December 20th 2010, 10:29

Japanese farmers are turning to all-female pop bands to help them boost sales of their products.
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Japan warning over China military

Friday, December 17th 2010, 12:16
related countries: China China

Japan has unveiled sweeping changes to its national defence polices, boosting its southern forces in response to neighbouring China's military rise.
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Japan warning over China military

Friday, December 17th 2010, 11:50
related countries: China China

Japan makes sweeping changes to its national defence policies, boosting forces to counter the rise of China and the threat of North Korea.
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A German Christmas market - in Japan

Friday, December 17th 2010, 7:20
related countries: Germany Germany

Japan is marking 150 years of friendship with Germany by hosting a traditional Christmas market.
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Japanese knife attack injures 13

Friday, December 17th 2010, 5:15

Japanese police arrest a man after a knife attack outside a train station that left at least 13 people injured.
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Tokyo passes manga restrictions

Wednesday, December 15th 2010, 12:54
related places: Tokyo

Tokyo bans the sale and lease of anime films and manga comics depicting rape, incest and other sex crimes to under-18s.
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Japan business confidence falls

Wednesday, December 15th 2010, 7:20

Confidence among Japanese companies has fallen for the first time in almost two years, the influential tankan survey suggests.
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Japan's leader in Iwo Jima pledge

Tuesday, December 14th 2010, 12:12

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan visits Iwo Jima, the World War II Pacific battlefield where thousands died, and promises to bring soldiers' remains home.
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Mitsubishi and Nissan boost ties

Tuesday, December 14th 2010, 7:36

Carmakers Nissan and Mitsubishi say they will increase levels of co-operation between the two firms in Japan and the Middle East.
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US and Japanese warships in exercises

Monday, December 13th 2010, 7:17
related countries: United States United States
related places: America

Warships from America and Japan complete their biggest ever joint exercises as tensions remain high in East Asia.
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Japan targeted on climate stance

Friday, December 10th 2010, 6:32
related countries: Mexico Mexico
related places: Cancun

Countries at the UN climate summit in Cancun, Mexico, launch a diplomatic assault on Japan in an effort to soften its resistance to the Kyoto Protocol.
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Japan economic growth revised up

Thursday, December 9th 2010, 11:55

Japan's economy expanded faster than initially thought between July and September thanks to higher corporate spending, figures show.
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Japan actor in bar fight scandal

Thursday, December 9th 2010, 4:44

Japanese police are investigating a nightclub scuffle involving Ebizo Ichikawa, scion of the country's longest-lasting kabuki acting dynasty.
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Russia jets halt US-Japan drills

Wednesday, December 8th 2010, 15:57
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States
related places: Moscow

Japanese officials say they had to abandon military drills with the US this week because Russian jets flew nearby, though Moscow denies any wrongdoing.
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Japan waits on Venus spacecraft

Tuesday, December 7th 2010, 13:24

Japan's space agency is working to establish the status of its Akatsuki mission, which is trying to enter orbit around Venus.
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Japanese stores to pull Nazi costume

Tuesday, December 7th 2010, 8:22
related countries: United States United States

A Japanese discount chain says it will remove a Nazi costume from its shelves after a complaint from a Jewish group in the US.
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N Korean behaviour 'must change'

Tuesday, December 7th 2010, 0:43
related countries: North Korea North Korea, United States United States
related places: Washington

The US reiterates its demand for North Korea to cease its "provocative behaviour" before talks on Pyongyang's nuclear programme can resume.
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'A robot is like a friend' in Japan

Sunday, December 5th 2010, 1:32

Japan is pioneering robot technology to help make everyday life easier for people with disabilities, including a robot guide for the blind, and robotic legs which can help disabled people stand up and walk.
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US-Japan military exercises begin

Friday, December 3rd 2010, 5:29
related countries: South Korea South Korea, United States United States
related places: North

Japan and the US begin their biggest ever joint military exercises, amid growing tension between North and South Korea.
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Qatar's winning World Cup bid

Friday, December 3rd 2010, 5:11
related countries: South Korea South Korea, Qatar Qatar, United States United States

Thousands celebrated in the streets of Qatar after it defeated bids from South Korea, Japan, Australia and the United States to host the World Cup in 2022.
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Japanese export orders contract

Tuesday, November 30th 2010, 13:25

Japanese manufacturing activity shrank for a third consecutive month in November as a strong yen hit exports.
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French wine maker is Manga hero

Tuesday, November 30th 2010, 6:38
related countries: France France

A French wine maker has found himself the hero of Japanese manga comic strips and is now a cult figure in Japan.
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Okinawa leader Nakaima re-elected

Monday, November 29th 2010, 7:07
related countries: United States United States
related places: Okinawa

Re-elected Okinawa governor Hirokazu Nakaima vows to respect voters' wishes on a controversial US military base relocation plan.
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Base issue dominates Okinawa poll

Saturday, November 27th 2010, 23:04
related countries: United States United States
related places: Okinawa

Voters in Japan's Okinawa are to elect a governor in a poll closely linked to the future of a controversial US military base relocation plan.
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Japan passes new stimulus package

Friday, November 26th 2010, 14:32

Japan's parliament passes a stimulus package worth about $61bn, designed to kick start the country's fragile economic recovery.
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