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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.

World news related to Japan – overview

Japan: news

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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Japan carmakers slash production

Friday, November 21st 2008, 13:25
related places: Honda, Toyota

Leading Japanese auto manufacturers Honda and Toyota cut production and staff as they try to respond to falling sales.
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Ministry murder mystery in Japan

Wednesday, November 19th 2008, 5:34

Security is stepped up at homes of Japanese health officials after two people linked to the ministry are killed and a third is knifed.
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Japan approves whalemeat import

Tuesday, November 18th 2008, 13:40
related countries: Iceland Iceland, Norway Norway

The Japanese government issues a licence for importation of a consignment of whalemeat from Iceland and Norway.
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Ford set to sell 20% Mazda stake

Tuesday, November 18th 2008, 9:24
related countries: United States United States

Troubled US carmaker Ford Motor is selling a 20% stake in Japan's carmaker Mazda Motor, the Japanese company has said.
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Indian ship crew in 'safe waters'

Tuesday, November 18th 2008, 4:41
related countries: India India, Somalia Somalia

The mainly Indian crew of a Japanese ship, released by Somali pirates, enter safe water on their way back home.
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Whalers slip out of Japanese port

Monday, November 17th 2008, 12:58

Japan's factory whaling ship reportedly leaves port without fanfare on a seasonal hunt, following protests last year.
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Japanese economy now in recession

Monday, November 17th 2008, 7:57

Japan's economy falls into its first recession since 2001 after shrinking by 0.1% in the July to September quarter.
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Slot machine game features mug-shots of Japan's most wanted

Friday, November 14th 2008, 18:29

A Japanese company launches an online slot machine game featuring the mug-shots of the country's most wanted.
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Japan's pacifism 'needs revision'

Tuesday, November 11th 2008, 10:30

A controversial former air force commander in Japan says the country's pacifist constitution should be revised.
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New hopes for Japan missing

Monday, November 10th 2008, 10:44
related countries: North Korea North Korea

Japan's government is investigating reports that a woman missing for 30 years may be alive in North Korea.
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Japan's Daiichi in Ranbaxy deal

Friday, November 7th 2008, 12:56
related countries: India India

Leading Japanese pharmaceutical firm Daiichi Sankyo completes its $4.2bn (£2.6bn) takeover of the Indian drugs firm Ranbaxy.
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Asian markets see mixed trading

Friday, November 7th 2008, 10:06

Some stock markets in Asia recover from earlier falls, but Japan's Nikkei index closes down 3.6%.
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Toyota slashes profits forecast

Thursday, November 6th 2008, 11:03
related places: Toyota

Japanese car firm Toyota shocks analysts by announcing a 69% fall in quarterly profits and its 2008 profit forecast.
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Scientists clone from frozen mice

Tuesday, November 4th 2008, 2:46

Japanese scientists manage to create clones from the bodies of mice which have been frozen for 16 years.
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Japan air force chief faces sack

Friday, October 31st 2008, 15:48

The head of Japan's air force is to be sacked after saying the country was not an aggressor in World War II, officials say.
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Bank of Japan makes rare rate cut

Friday, October 31st 2008, 7:02

The Bank of Japan cuts its main interest rate from 0.5% to 0.3% - its first reduction for seven years, but shares still fall.
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