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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

Opera singer Behrens dies aged 72

Wednesday, August 19th 2009, 10:41

Soprano Hildegard Behrens, known for her dramatic portrayals of Richard Wagner's heroines, dies in Japan.
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Sony cuts price of PS3 consoles

Tuesday, August 18th 2009, 22:02

Electronics giant Sony announces it is cutting the price of its PlayStation 3 games console and introducing a slimmer model.
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Campaign change

Monday, August 17th 2009, 15:18

Japan's parties use a new and different style to woo voters
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Japan's economy leaves recession

Monday, August 17th 2009, 9:20

Japan follows Germany, France and Hong Kong out of recession by recording growth in the second quarter.
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Feeling down

Monday, August 17th 2009, 7:32

Japan exits recession amid little optimism
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Strong quakes rattle East Asia

Monday, August 17th 2009, 4:30
related countries: Indonesia Indonesia, Taiwan Taiwan

Strong quakes hit Japan, Taiwan and Indonesia's Sumatra but no casualties are reported.
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Japanese ex-PMs visit war shrine

Saturday, August 15th 2009, 9:35

Two Japanese former prime ministers visit a controversial World War II shrine, as the current PM stays away.
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Strong quakes hit Japan and India

Tuesday, August 11th 2009, 6:45
related countries: India India

An earthquake in Japan injures 43 people, while a separate quake in India's Andaman Islands prompts a tsunami warning.
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Pop star Sakai arrested in Tokyo

Sunday, August 9th 2009, 12:50
related places: Sakai, Tokyo

Japanese pop star Noriko Sakai, who disappeared on Monday, surrenders to Tokyo police and is arrested on drugs charges.
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Japan Airlines records $1bn loss

Friday, August 7th 2009, 6:29

Japan Airlines - the largest carrier in Asia - reports a $1bn loss in the three months to May, after ticket sales slumped.
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Japan's landmark jury trial ends

Thursday, August 6th 2009, 17:10

Japan's first jury trial for more than 60 years ends with a man in his 70s being sentenced to 15 years for murder.
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Japan relaunches trials by jury

Monday, August 3rd 2009, 10:24

Japan has opened its first jury trial since World War II, changing a legal system which has often been criticised as unfair.
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Safety fears spark Honda recall

Friday, July 31st 2009, 23:04
related countries: United States United States
related places: Honda

Japanese carmaker Honda announces it is recalling 440,000 vehicles in the US due to an airbag defect.
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Japan jobless at six-year record

Friday, July 31st 2009, 6:31

Japan sees its unemployment reach a six-year high, at 5.4%, with job availability at a new low, in a further sign of the slowdown.
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US sailor jailed for Japan murder

Thursday, July 30th 2009, 10:23
related countries: United States United States

A US sailor is jailed for life for the killing of a Japanese taxi driver which strained relations between the two countries.
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Japan factory output rises again

Thursday, July 30th 2009, 5:42

Japanese factory output rose in June for the fourth month in a row, up 2.4% from May, official figures show.
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China protests over Uighur tour

Wednesday, July 29th 2009, 15:18
related countries: China China

China officially complains to Japan over the visit to Tokyo of exiled Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer.
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Uighur Kadeer arrives in Tokyo

Tuesday, July 28th 2009, 14:05
related countries: China China
related places: Tokyo

Exiled Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer has arrived in Tokyo for a visit which has prompted an angry reaction from China.
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Japan executes death row inmates

Tuesday, July 28th 2009, 5:37

Japan executes three convicted murderers under a new system that brings citizens into the judging system.
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China anger at Kadeer Tokyo visit

Monday, July 27th 2009, 11:51
related countries: China China
related places: Tokyo

China's ambassador to Japan reacts angrily to a planned visit to Tokyo by prominent Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer.
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Japan's export slide slows down

Thursday, July 23rd 2009, 5:09

Japan's export slide slowed in June, in a sign government stimulus spending may be propping up demand.
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Landslides hit Japanese care home

Thursday, July 23rd 2009, 3:59

Japanese rescuers are searching for nine people missing in landslides which have already killed eight people.
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Aso sorry

Tuesday, July 21st 2009, 23:40

Apologies not enough for Japan's beleaguered PM
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Japan PM apologises for failures

Tuesday, July 21st 2009, 12:33

Japanese PM Taro Aso apologises for his party's defeat in local polls after dissolving parliament ahead of August elections.
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Japan PM dissolves parliament

Tuesday, July 21st 2009, 9:35

Prime Minister Taro Aso dissolves Japan's lower house of parliament and calls national elections on 30 August.
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Party rebels move on Japanese PM

Thursday, July 16th 2009, 4:45

Rebels within Japan's governing party try to remove Prime Minister Taro Aso before he can dissolve parliament next week.
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Japan economic outlook downgraded

Wednesday, July 15th 2009, 9:04

Japan's central bank downgrades its economic forecast, but says the worst of the country's recession is now over.
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Pressure remains on Japanese PM

Tuesday, July 14th 2009, 11:37

Japan's PM Taro Aso is still under pressure, after he wins a lower house vote of no-confidence but is censured in the upper house.
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Japan's PM Aso calls August vote

Monday, July 13th 2009, 8:57

Japan's PM Taro Aso is to call a general election for 30 August after poor local poll results in Tokyo, his office says.
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Blow to Japan's PM in Tokyo poll

Monday, July 13th 2009, 0:06
related places: Tokyo

Japan's opposition wins local elections in Tokyo, increasing pressure on embattled Prime Minister Taro Aso.
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Are we all smiling nicely? Japanese firm to check up on staff

Saturday, July 11th 2009, 16:03

A Japanese train company is to scan the faces of staff to ensure that they are smiling enough.
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Further deflation woes for Japan

Friday, July 10th 2009, 5:55

Wholesale prices in Japan fell by the most on record last month, raising fears of a new bout of deflation, official figures show.
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Robot dreams

Wednesday, July 8th 2009, 11:27

How a giant robot has captured Japan's imagination
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Move over Moscow - Tokyo now most expensive city for expats

Tuesday, July 7th 2009, 10:00
related countries: Russia Russia
related places: Moscow, Tokyo

Tokyo has knocked Moscow off the top spot as the most expensive city for expatriates, a survey suggests.
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West meets East

Friday, July 3rd 2009, 23:36
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

UK teenagers take up Japan's fashion rebellion
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Japan rethinks silent hybrid cars

Friday, July 3rd 2009, 11:01

Japan considers adding noise-making devices to quiet hybrid cars to improve safety for blind pedestrians.
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Japan envoy wins UN nuclear post

Thursday, July 2nd 2009, 15:23

Japanese envoy Yukiya Amano is elected the next director-general of the UN's nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, diplomats say.
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Business mood improves in Japan

Wednesday, July 1st 2009, 7:05

Business confidence in Japan has improved for the first time in two-and-a-half years, says a key Bank of Japan survey.
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Japan production rises again

Monday, June 29th 2009, 6:53

Japanese industrial output rose 5.9% in May, the third consecutive monthly climb, with car production especially strong.
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Tokyo and Seoul in sanctions call

Sunday, June 28th 2009, 13:24
related countries: North Korea North Korea, South Korea South Korea
related places: Seoul

Japan and South Korea call for strict implementation of new UN sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear moves.
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Whaling talks target compromise

Monday, June 22nd 2009, 0:39
related countries: Iceland Iceland
related places: Madeira

Officials are gathering in Madeira to hammer out a deal on whaling, with Japan and Iceland likely to insist on their right to hunt.
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Japan PM loses key cabinet ally

Friday, June 12th 2009, 7:54

Japan's internal affairs minister Kunio Hatoyama resigns, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Taro Aso ahead of elections.
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Japan GDP shrinks at record pace

Thursday, June 11th 2009, 3:34

Japan's economy shrinks at a record pace in the first three months of the year, but slightly less than expected.
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Japan sets 'weak' climate target

Wednesday, June 10th 2009, 15:09

Japan's prime minister plans to cut greenhouse emissions by 15% by 2020, a target slammed as "appalling" by environmentalists.
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Machinery orders fall in Japan

Wednesday, June 10th 2009, 4:02

Japan's core machinery orders fall further than expected, government figures show, with a drop of 5.4% in April.
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Son 'confirms N Korea succession'

Sunday, June 7th 2009, 11:45
related countries: North Korea North Korea

The eldest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il tells Japanese TV he believes his younger brother is leader-in-waiting.
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Sumo trainer jailed over killing

Friday, May 29th 2009, 9:11

A former sumo coach is sentenced to six years in prison for his role in the fatal beating of a young wrestler in Japan.
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Tokyo has first swine flu cases

Thursday, May 21st 2009, 4:14
related places: Tokyo

Health officials in Japan confirm the first two cases of swine flu in the country's densely populated capital, Tokyo.
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Japan's economy in record plunge

Wednesday, May 20th 2009, 6:05

Japan's economy in the first three months of 2009 shrinks at its quickest pace since records began, as exports slump.
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Cases of swine flu near 10,000

Tuesday, May 19th 2009, 14:45

Nearly 10,000 cases of swine flu are confirmed worldwide as Japan records a rapid climb in outbreaks of the virus.
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Japan shuts schools over flu fears - but students prefer karaoke

Tuesday, May 19th 2009, 9:31

Japanese students whose schools have been closed over swine flu fears are flocking to karaoke parlours instead.
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Jump in swine flu cases in Japan

Monday, May 18th 2009, 8:52

Japan reports a sudden rise in the number of swine flu cases, with the total reaching over 120, but none critical.
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Japan opposition leader selected

Saturday, May 16th 2009, 7:43

Japan's opposition Democratic Party chooses Yukio Hatoyama as leader after a fundraising scandal forced out his predecessor.
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Falling sales hit Panasonic hard

Friday, May 15th 2009, 7:44

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic announces a big loss for the year to the end of March and predicts further losses.
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Sony makes first loss in 14 years

Thursday, May 14th 2009, 11:00

Japanese electronics giant Sony reports its first annual loss in 14 years, after being hit by a big drop in sales.
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Complaints in Japan force Google to reshoot all Street View images

Thursday, May 14th 2009, 8:56

Google's Street View service suffers a second blow this week after numerous complaints in Japan force the firm to start reshooting all the photos.
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All to play for

Tuesday, May 12th 2009, 23:33

Key resignation alters the field ahead of Japan poll
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Japan and Russia pen nuclear deal

Tuesday, May 12th 2009, 17:31
related countries: Russia Russia
related places: Tokyo

Japan and Russia sign a nuclear energy deal during a visit to Tokyo by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
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Hitachi posts record annual loss

Tuesday, May 12th 2009, 10:36
related places: Hitachi

Electronics maker Hitachi reports a record annual loss by a Japanese manufacturer, after a drop in demand for its products.
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