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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

Clinton issues warning on N Korea

Tuesday, February 17th 2009, 10:44
related countries: North Korea North Korea, United States United States

The US secretary of state, on a trip to Japan, warns North Korea to end its "provocative language and actions".
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Japan's economy in quarterly dive

Monday, February 16th 2009, 7:09

Japan's economy contracted by 3.3% in the final quarter of 2008 - its worst showing since the oil crisis of the 1970s, figures show.
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Japanese ruling may split family

Friday, February 13th 2009, 9:02

Japan orders a Filipino couple to leave the country due to illegal entry - leaving behind their Japan-born daughter.
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Nissan to cut 20,000 global jobs

Monday, February 9th 2009, 15:00

Nissan is to cut 20,000 jobs worldwide as the Japanese carmaker says the global auto industry is in "turmoil".
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Great escape

Saturday, February 7th 2009, 12:54
related countries: Hong Kong Hong Kong

Wartime trek to freedom through southern China
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Activist ship and whalers collide

Friday, February 6th 2009, 5:19
related places: Tokyo

Anti-whaling activists' ship collides with a Japanese whaling ship in Antarctic waters, sparking protests from Tokyo.
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Chairman arrested in Japan 'scam'

Thursday, February 5th 2009, 9:45

Japanese police arrest the chairman of a bankrupt bedding company over alleged fraud reportedly worth $1.4bn.
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Panasonic set to cut 15,000 jobs

Wednesday, February 4th 2009, 11:20

Japanese electronics group Panasonic is cutting 15,000 jobs and closing 27 plants worldwide in an attempt to reduce costs.
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Volcano erupts close to Tokyo

Monday, February 2nd 2009, 6:52
related places: Tokyo

Mount Asama volcano erupts, spewing ash over parts of the Japanese capital, Tokyo.
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Japan announces Asia aid package

Saturday, January 31st 2009, 12:01

Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso announces a $17bn aid package to help Asian countries weather the economic downturn.
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Japan's NEC to lose 20,000 jobs

Friday, January 30th 2009, 21:56
related places: Hitachi

Japanese electronics giant NEC says it will be cutting 20,000 jobs worldwide by March 2010, as Hitachi loses up to 7,000.
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Big slump in Japan factory output

Friday, January 30th 2009, 9:34

Japan's industrial output declined 9.6% in December - the biggest fall since records began - as exports slumped.
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Strong yen hurts Japanese firms

Thursday, January 29th 2009, 9:45

Japanese electronics firms Sony, Toshiba, and Nintendo see their performance hit by the strength of the yen and the downturn.
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Four prisoners executed in Japan

Thursday, January 29th 2009, 3:15

Four death-row prisoners are hanged in Japan, the first executions to be carried out in the country this year.
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Nikkei jumps on government plan

Tuesday, January 27th 2009, 11:13

Japanese shares rise after the government says it will use public funds to help companies struggling with the downturn.
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Australia denies whaling 'deal'

Tuesday, January 27th 2009, 5:41
related countries: Aruba Aruba

Two Australian cabinet ministers reject reports of a possible compromise with Japan to allow some commercial whaling.
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Satellite begins climate mission

Friday, January 23rd 2009, 10:53

A Japanese spacecraft begins its mission to help scientists understand and monitor how the Earth's climate is changing.
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Japanese firms unveil net-hurling 'robocop'

Thursday, January 22nd 2009, 18:51

Two Japanese companies unveil a security robot that can be commanded from a mobile phone to hurl a net over suspects.
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GM loses top sales spot to Toyota

Wednesday, January 21st 2009, 15:25
related places: Toyota

General Motors is no longer the world's top-selling carmaker after it saw 2008 sales fall below those of Japanese rival Toyota.
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Japan's machinery orders plunge

Thursday, January 15th 2009, 9:38

Japanese machinery orders, a key indicator of corporate activity, saw their steepest monthly fall on record in November.
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Senior figure deserts Japan's LDP

Tuesday, January 13th 2009, 9:24

Former cabinet minister Yoshimi Watanabe leaves Japan's ruling party, in a fresh blow to embattled PM Taro Aso.
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Follow your nose: Japanese map descriptions of smells

Monday, January 12th 2009, 11:22

A Japanese website allows users to post descriptions of smells they have encountered on an interactive world map.
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Rent-a-friend in Japan

Monday, January 12th 2009, 8:46
related places: Tokyo

Be it a pet, friend or relative missing in your life, Duncan Bartlett discovers that money really can buy you love in Tokyo.
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Economy tops Seoul summit agenda

Monday, January 12th 2009, 6:36
related countries: North Korea North Korea, South Korea South Korea
related places: Seoul

Japanese and South Korean presidents hold summit talks in Seoul, with global economic issues high on the list.
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'Unruly' tourists allowed back at Tokyo's famed fish market

Sunday, January 11th 2009, 12:22
related places: Tokyo

The world's largest fish market is reversing a month-old ban on tourists at its riotous early-morning auctions.
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Kawasaki pulls team out of MotoGP

Friday, January 9th 2009, 6:56
related places: Kawasaki

Japanese manufacturer Kawasaki pulls out of MotoGP to cut costs amid the global financial crisis.
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Japanese whaler reported missing

Tuesday, January 6th 2009, 2:22

Rescuers hold out little hope of finding a Japanese sailor alive after he goes missing from a whaling ship in the Antarctic.
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Asian shares start 2009 strongly

Monday, January 5th 2009, 9:27

Stock markets in Tokyo, Shanghai and Hong Kong have a strong start to 2009 on hopes of fresh stimulus packages.
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Tokyo shares end 2008 42% lower

Tuesday, December 30th 2008, 15:27

Japan's stock market had its worst year on record in 2008, with the Nikkei share index losing 42% of its value.
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'Stink' attack on Japan's whalers

Saturday, December 27th 2008, 4:58

An anti-whaling group says it has thrown "stink" bombs at a Japanese whaling ship in the Antarctic.
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Japan's industrial output plunges

Friday, December 26th 2008, 5:51

Industrial output in Japan fell more than 8% in November, the biggest drop on record, government figures show.
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Japan PM rules out snap election

Wednesday, December 24th 2008, 5:40

Japan's prime minister rules out calling a snap general election, saying the focus needs to be on the beleaguered economy.
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Toyota braced for historic loss

Monday, December 22nd 2008, 15:45

Carmaker Toyota forecasts its first annual loss in 71 years, as Japan sees a record drop in exports.
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Live text - Premier League

Sunday, December 21st 2008, 12:30
related countries: Ecuador Ecuador
related places: Quito, Yokohama

Arsenal host leaders Liverpool, after West Brom snatch a last-gasp win over Man City and Newcastle edge past Tottenham.
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Japan backs further aid package

Saturday, December 20th 2008, 11:22

The Japanese cabinet approves a $54bn (£36bn) package of spending, to try to ease the recession.
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Japan forecasts no growth in 2009

Friday, December 19th 2008, 11:40

Japan forecasts zero growth for the next fiscal year as the Bank of Japan cuts interest rates to only 0.1%.
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Japan ends five-year Iraq mission

Thursday, December 18th 2008, 12:53
related countries: Iraq Iraq

Japanese PM Taro Aso hails the success of his country's five-year mission in Iraq, as the last planes leave the region.
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Five-goal Man Utd ease into final

Thursday, December 18th 2008, 12:33

Manchester United reach the Fifa Club World Cup final with a 5-3 victory over Japan's Gamba Osaka in Yokohama.
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Live text - Man Utd v Gamba Osaka

Thursday, December 18th 2008, 10:05

Four goals in five minutes see United storm into a 5-2 lead in the Club World Cup semi-final clash against Gamba Osaka.
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Man convicted of Tokyo abduction

Tuesday, December 16th 2008, 10:11
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Tokyo

A Japanese court convicts a Tokyo businessman of kidnapping but not killing British bar hostess Lucie Blackman.
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Man convicted of Tokyo abduction

Tuesday, December 16th 2008, 5:42
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Tokyo

A Japanese court convicts a Tokyo businessman of kidnapping but not killing British bar hostess Lucie Blackman.
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Slump in Japan firms' confidence

Monday, December 15th 2008, 9:11

Japanese business confidence suffers its biggest drop in 34 years, fuelling fears of a deep recession.
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Asian giants agree economic plan

Saturday, December 13th 2008, 10:00
related countries: China China, North Korea North Korea

The leaders of Japan, China and South Korea vow closer economic co-operation to lessen the impact of the financial crisis.
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Japan extends Afghan mission

Friday, December 12th 2008, 13:23
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, United States United States

Japan's parliament has extended the country's controversial naval support for the US-led military operation in Afghanistan.
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Japan doubles size of rescue plan

Friday, December 12th 2008, 11:59

The Japanese government dramatically increases the size of its stimulus plan aimed at re-launching the country's economy.
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Japan sinks deeper into recession

Tuesday, December 9th 2008, 4:50

Japan sinks deeper into recession in the three months to September than expected, new figures indicate.
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Lennon in Japan

Monday, December 8th 2008, 11:26
related places: Tokyo

Fans in Tokyo remember the former Beatle
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N Korea 'to shun' Japan at talks

Saturday, December 6th 2008, 8:54
related countries: North Korea North Korea

North Korea says it will not recognise Japan as a member of six-nation nuclear disarmament talks due to resume on Monday.
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Japan sells Icelandic whale meat

Friday, December 5th 2008, 16:42
related countries: Iceland Iceland, Norway Norway

Whale meat imported from Iceland and Norway goes on sale in Japan, sparking fears of trade growth.
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Global crisis ends Honda F1 era

Friday, December 5th 2008, 12:30
related places: Honda

Japanese car giant Honda is quitting Formula One, blaming the world economic crisis.
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Japan oil rivals in merger deal

Thursday, December 4th 2008, 7:23

Japan's Nippon Oil is merging with Nippon Mining Holding in an attempt to weather falling oil prices and weak demand.
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The art of the toilet in Japan

Saturday, November 29th 2008, 12:21

Duncan Bartlett discovers how, when it comes to lavatories, Japan is a step ahead of the rest of the world.
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Demolition drama

Wednesday, November 26th 2008, 12:46
related places: Tokyo

Passions raised by plan to demolish Tokyo theatre
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Robots make acting debut in new Japanese play

Wednesday, November 26th 2008, 11:26

Robots make their acting debut in a new play in Japan - the world's first robot and human experimental theatre production.
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Abducted Indian ship crew return

Monday, November 24th 2008, 16:09
related countries: India India, Somalia Somalia

Some of the Indian crew of a Japanese ship who were released by Somali pirates after two months in captivity return home.
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Japan Christians marking martyrs

Monday, November 24th 2008, 10:03
related places: Nagasaki

A ceremony to commemorate 187 Christian martyrs from the 17th Century is being held in Nagasaki, Japan.
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Arrest over Japan ministry murder

Sunday, November 23rd 2008, 6:16

Japanese police arrest a man for weapons possession after he confesses to murdering a former health vice-minister.
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Arroyo husband falls ill on plane

Friday, November 21st 2008, 16:50
related countries: Philippines Philippines

The husband of Philippines President Gloria Arroyo is taken ill on a plane, forcing a diversion to Japan.
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