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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

Japan's Hatoyama sweeps to power

Monday, August 31st 2009, 10:19
related places: Hatoyama

Japan's opposition leader Yukio Hatoyama is forming a new government after winning a landmark general election.
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Japan victor hails 'revolution'

Sunday, August 30th 2009, 17:25

Japan's opposition leader Yukio Hatoyama hails an election "revolution" as exit polls suggest a massive win for his party.
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'Major win' for Japan opposition

Sunday, August 30th 2009, 16:37

Japan's opposition leader vows to listen to the people as exit polls suggest a massive election win for his party.
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Did you vote in Japan's elections?

Sunday, August 30th 2009, 11:06

The opposition Democratic Party of Japan is set for a massive victory, exit polls suggest. How important is the result?
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Japan awaits landmark poll result

Sunday, August 30th 2009, 11:01

Polls close in Japan's general election that looks set to end more than 50 years of almost unbroken rule by the LDP.
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Voters' views

Saturday, August 29th 2009, 8:19

Japanese voters discuss the issues important to them
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Japan jobless hits new high

Friday, August 28th 2009, 11:10

Japan's unemployment rate rose to a record 5.7% in July while consumer prices fell at a record pace, figures show.
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End of an era

Thursday, August 27th 2009, 16:47

What went wrong for Japan's once mighty ruling party?
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Japanese exports continue to fall

Wednesday, August 26th 2009, 9:06

Japanese exports fell in July at a faster annual rate than June, raising fears the effects of global stimulus measures are declining.
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Japan PM in gaffe on poor couples

Monday, August 24th 2009, 15:18

With a general election looming, Japan's prime minister says cash-strapped young people should not get married.
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Encephalitis kills 200 in India

Monday, August 24th 2009, 5:41
related countries: India India

At least 200 children have been killed in an outbreak of Japanese encephalitis in northern India, health officials say.
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Australian surfers to aid Japan

Monday, August 24th 2009, 4:41
related countries: Aruba Aruba

Australian surf lifesavers travel to Japan to help reduce high rates of drowning deaths at beaches.
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Japanese women 'still not equal'

Friday, August 21st 2009, 8:20

A United Nations committee says Japan's measures to reduce discrimination against women are "insufficient".
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Censors reject 'sadistic' horror

Wednesday, August 19th 2009, 13:08
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A Japanese horror film is denied a certificate by the British Board of Film Classification due to its graphic torture scenes.
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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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