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VIDEO: Science behind the Japan quake

Friday, March 11th 2011, 11:50

A massive earthquake has hit the north-east of Japan, triggering a tsunami that has caused extensive damage. Seismologist Dr Roger Musson explains how it happened.
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VIDEO: Devastation as earthquake strikes

Friday, March 11th 2011, 10:47

An earthquake has struck off the north-east coast of Japan triggering a powerful tsunami.
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VIDEO: Japan earthquake sparks major fires

Friday, March 11th 2011, 9:34
related places: Tokyo

A massive earthquake has hit the north-east of Japan, triggering fires in several areas including Tokyo, and numerous casualties are feared.
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Japan PM admits foreign donations

Friday, March 11th 2011, 4:10

Japanese PM Naoto Kan says his political campaign fund received illegal donations from a foreigner, but says he will not resign.
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US diplomat removed over Okinawa

Thursday, March 10th 2011, 4:06
related countries: United States United States
related places: Okinawa

The head of the US state department's Japan desk is replaced after he made disparaging remarks about Okinawa, the site of US military bases.
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Toyota eyes global sales growth

Wednesday, March 9th 2011, 10:35
related places: Toyota

Japanese car giant Toyota sets out its long-term vision for the firm, aiming for global sales of 10 million by 2015.
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Japan names new foreign minister

Wednesday, March 9th 2011, 8:12

Japan names a new Foreign Minister, Takeaki Matsumoto, amid political uncertainty and ongoing territorial disputes with China and Russia.
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Earthquake shakes Tokyo buildings

Wednesday, March 9th 2011, 5:36
related places: Tokyo

An earthquake of 7.2 magnitude strikes off the coast of Japan, shaking buildings in Tokyo and triggering a small tsunami.
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Japan protest over China fly-by

Tuesday, March 8th 2011, 9:40
related countries: China China

Japan lodges a formal protest after a Chinese helicopter flew close to one of its destroyers near a disputed gas field in the East China Sea.
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Nomura names female finance chief

Tuesday, March 8th 2011, 8:46
related places: Nomura

Japan's largest brokerage house, Nomura, appoints its first female chief financial officer in an unusual move for a top Japanese company.
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NZ earthquake mapped from space

Monday, March 7th 2011, 14:51

The upheaval wrought by the 22 February earthquake in Christchurch, NZ, is illustrated in new radar imagery from the Japanese satellite Alos.
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Japan PM resists resignation call

Monday, March 7th 2011, 10:14

Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan brushes off calls for his resignation, after the foreign minister stepped down over a funding scandal at the weekend.
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Japan's FM resigns over donation

Sunday, March 6th 2011, 14:07

Japan Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara resigns after being criticised for accepting a donation from a foreign national.
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Spider webs prompt Mazda6 recall

Friday, March 4th 2011, 1:47

Japanese carmaker Mazda announces a recall of 65,000 Mazda6 cars in North and Central America because of concerns over a fire risk from spiders.
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Japan sends jets in islands row

Thursday, March 3rd 2011, 8:17
related countries: China China

Japan scrambles jets as two Chinese military aircraft approach disputed East China Sea islands, the government says.
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Asia firms strike rare earth deal

Thursday, March 3rd 2011, 7:04
related countries: Botswana Botswana, North Korea North Korea

A group of Japanese and South Korean firms are to buy a 15% stake in a Brazilian company that mines a rare earth metal.
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Nissan to race Toyota in Europe

Wednesday, March 2nd 2011, 18:45
related places: Toyota

Nissan says 1,000 new dealerships and a slew of new models will help it overtake Japanese rival Toyota.
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Sony sorry for band's Nazi gaffe

Wednesday, March 2nd 2011, 10:05

Sony Music Artists, managers of the popular Japanese boy band Kishidan, apologises after the group appeared on national TV dressed like Nazis.
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Japan seeks exam hall phone ban

Tuesday, March 1st 2011, 8:58

Japan wants to ban mobile phones from university examination halls after the internet was allegedly used to help students cheat.
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Japan's output up for third month

Monday, February 28th 2011, 2:59

Japan's industrial output rises 2.4% in January, the third month in a row it has increased, official figures show.
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Knee-high humanoid wins first robot marathon

Sunday, February 27th 2011, 3:46
related places: Osaka

A knee-high humanoid narrowly wins the world's first full-length marathon for two-legged robots, in the Japanese city of Osaka.
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Oil and food slow Japan deflation

Friday, February 25th 2011, 2:26

High food and fuel costs slow Japanese deflation in January, but analysts warn the problem has not dissipated.
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Robot marathon begins in Japan

Thursday, February 24th 2011, 10:50
related places: Osaka

Five knee-high androids cross the starting line in the world's first marathon for two-legged robots, in the Japanese city of Osaka.
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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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