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Japan's Nikkei at 15-year high

Thursday, February 19th 2015, 6:29

Japan's Nikkei share index closes at a 15-year high after data shows Japan's trade deficit more than halved in January due to lower oil prices and a strong rise in exports.
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Nikkei hits fresh eight-year high

Wednesday, February 18th 2015, 6:58

Japanese shares hit a fresh eight-year high in thin trade due to the Lunar New Year holidays, which closed some of the region's major markets.
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Japan Post to buy Australia's Toll

Wednesday, February 18th 2015, 0:49
related countries: Australia Australia

Government owned Japan Post will buy Australia's largest freight and logistics firm Toll Holdings for $5.1bn (£3.3bn), the companies said.
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Japan boosts foreign anti-terror aid

Tuesday, February 17th 2015, 8:01

Japan will contribute $15.5m (£10m) to counter-terrorism efforts in the Middle East and Africa, more than doubling a previous pledge.
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Japanese shares hit high on GDP data

Monday, February 16th 2015, 8:56

Japan's stock market hits its highest level in nearly eight years after data shows the world's third largest economy has emerged from recession.
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Japan's economy exits recession

Monday, February 16th 2015, 2:18

Japan came out of a recession in the fourth quarter of last year, but the world's third largest economy grew at a slower than expected pace.
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Nikkei at seven-and-a-half-year high

Thursday, February 12th 2015, 7:41
related countries: Greece Greece

Japanese shares hit a seven-and-a-half-year high despite news that the latest talks in the eurozone over Greece ended without a resolution.
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VIDEO: The Japanese town that was poisoned

Wednesday, February 11th 2015, 1:05
related places: Minamata

In the 1950s an industrial disaster devastated the Japanese town of Minamata.
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Japan girl band attacker jailed

Tuesday, February 10th 2015, 15:37

A man is sentenced to six years in jail for attacking two members of popular Japanese girl band AKB48 with a saw at a fan event last year.
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Search after Australia shark death

Monday, February 9th 2015, 23:06

A huge search operation is under way to find the shark that killed a Japanese surfer off the New South Wales coast.
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Japan soy sauce bottle designer dies

Monday, February 9th 2015, 17:12

Kenji Ekuan, a former Buddhist monk who designed the iconic Japanese soy sauce bottle, dies at the age of 85.
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Japan stops Syria-bound journalist

Sunday, February 8th 2015, 10:35
related countries: Syria Syria

Japan seizes the passport of a journalist to prevent him from travelling to Syria, after two Japanese hostages were killed by militants there last month.
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Japan child star in coma after stunt

Thursday, February 5th 2015, 14:55

A 12-year-old member of a Japanese pop group has lapsed into a coma after inhaling helium during a TV stunt.
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Child star in coma after TV stunt

Thursday, February 5th 2015, 13:18

A member of Japanese child pop group 3B Junior was left in a coma after inhaling helium for a stunt on a TV show.
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Takata expects bigger loss on recall

Thursday, February 5th 2015, 9:51
related places: Takata

Japanese airbag maker Takata now expects its annual net loss to be 24% higher than it had previously forecast as charges for vehicle recalls jump.
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Jordan vow after hostage beheading

Sunday, February 1st 2015, 13:51
related countries: Jordan Jordan

Jordan vows to do all it can to secure the release of a pilot captured by IS, after a video appears to show the beheading of a Japanese hostage.
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Japan outrage at hostage 'beheading'

Sunday, February 1st 2015, 9:35

Japan reacts with anger as a video is released online appearing to show the murder of hostage Kenji Goto by an Islamic State militant.
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Honda cuts profit forecast on recall

Friday, January 30th 2015, 8:14
related places: Honda

Japanese carmaker Honda cuts its profit forecast and sees third quarter earnings drop sharply following a vehicle recall linked to airbags.
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Nikkei rises despite weak Japan data

Friday, January 30th 2015, 6:59

Japanese shares traded higher on Friday as investors shrugged off a series of government data showing a slowing Japanese economy.
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VIDEO: IS hostage families make appeals

Thursday, January 29th 2015, 18:48

The families of a Japanese and a Jordanian hostage being held by Islamic State have made personal appeals for their safe return.
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Japan probes new 'hostage recording'

Thursday, January 29th 2015, 7:57

Japan says it is investigating a purported new voice recording of hostage Kenji Goto, who is being held by Islamic State.
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Jordan offers IS prisoner swap

Wednesday, January 28th 2015, 17:32
related countries: Iraq Iraq

Jordan offers to free an Iraqi prisoner for a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State after the group threatens to kill the pilot and another hostage.
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Japan condemns Goto hostage video

Wednesday, January 28th 2015, 10:21
related countries: Iraq Iraq, Jordan Jordan

PM Shinzo Abe condemns a "despicable" Islamic State threat to kill hostage Kenji Goto within 24 hours, saying Japan is working for his release.
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VIDEO: IS threatens to kill Japanese hostage

Wednesday, January 28th 2015, 3:32
related countries: Iraq Iraq, Jordan Jordan, Oman Oman

Islamic State are threatening to kill two more hostages, unless Jordan frees an Iraqi woman held there and sentenced to death after being accused of involvement in hotel bombings in Oman in 2005.
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Police raid Amazon's Tokyo offices

Tuesday, January 27th 2015, 11:45
related places: Tokyo

Japanese police have raided Amazon's Tokyo offices as part of an investigation into alleged sales of images of child sexual abuse.
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Umami taste buds 'key to health'

Monday, January 26th 2015, 0:07

A person's ability to taste umami in food is closely linked to their overall health, particularly in older people, Japanese researchers suggest.
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US condolences over Japan 'IS death'

Sunday, January 25th 2015, 11:46
related countries: United States United States

US President Barack Obama calls Japan's PM to offer condolences after the apparent murder of a Japanese hostage by Islamic State.
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Japan PM outrage at 'hostage death'

Sunday, January 25th 2015, 2:56

Japan says it is seeking to verify a video that suggests hostage Haruna Yukawa has been killed by IS militants.
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Japan presses for IS hostage release

Thursday, January 22nd 2015, 11:27

Japan's government says it is exploring all possible ways to save the lives of two Japanese men held by Islamic State militants demanding a ransom.
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Japan PM Abe in 'IS hostages' vow

Tuesday, January 20th 2015, 13:26

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemns an apparent threat by the Islamic State group to kill two Japanese hostages unless a ransom is paid.
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Japan pledges $2.5bn for Middle East

Saturday, January 17th 2015, 9:59

Japanese leader Shinzo Abe pledges $2.5bn (£1.7bn) in aid to the Middle East, and $200m of non-military assistance for countries fighting Islamic State.
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Japan's shares lead losses in Asia

Friday, January 16th 2015, 9:28
related countries: United States United States
related places: Asia, Friday

Shares in Japan reach a two-and-a-half month low, as the yen gains against the dollar.
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Uniqlo hits couple of tennis winners

Friday, January 16th 2015, 0:03

How Japanese chain Uniqlo netted two global tennis stars
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Japan shares rally on weaker yen

Thursday, January 15th 2015, 8:58

Shares in Japan post their biggest daily gain in four weeks on Thursday as the yen fell against the dollar
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The woes of Fukushima's sake brewers

Wednesday, January 14th 2015, 21:17
related places: Fukushima

Fukushima disaster hits Japanese rice wine brewers
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Japan approves record defence budget

Wednesday, January 14th 2015, 4:03
related countries: China China

Japan's cabinet approves a record 4.98 trillion yen (£28bn, $42bn) budget for defence spending, amid a long-running maritime dispute with China.
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Japan's shares hurt by stronger yen

Wednesday, January 14th 2015, 2:45

Shares in Japan fall in early morning trade amid continued investor worries over falling oil prices and as the yen gained strength against the dollar.
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Formula 1 gossip column

Tuesday, January 13th 2015, 10:49
related countries: Bermuda Bermuda

Qatar wants F1 race but Bahrain could veto, Mexico GP to be a success, Grosjean and wife's sweet love, plus more.
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Japanese shares down despite surplus

Tuesday, January 13th 2015, 8:14
related countries: United States United States
related places: Tokyo

Shares in Tokyo were down on Tuesday, despite fresh figures showing Japan had a current account surplus for the fifth month in a row.
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Palestine lose first Asian Cup match

Monday, January 12th 2015, 11:11
related countries: Australia Australia
related places: Newcastle

Palestine lose their first Asian Cup match, suffering a 4-0 reverse to Japan in Newcastle, Australia.
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Unreported deaths cost Honda $70m

Thursday, January 8th 2015, 19:20
related countries: United States United States
related places: Honda

Japanese carmaker Honda is fined a record $70m by US regulators for failing to report 1,729 deaths and injuries to authorities.
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Tooth found in McDonald's fries

Wednesday, January 7th 2015, 11:03

McDonald's apologises after a human tooth and other objects were found in its food in Japan in the last year.
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Why hasn't Japan banned child-porn comics?

Wednesday, January 7th 2015, 0:14

Why hasn't Japan banned child-porn comics and cartoons?
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Shanghai shares reach five-year high

Monday, January 5th 2015, 8:33

Mainland Chinese shares surged on Monday to their highest in five years, as Asian markets reopen for the first full week in 2015.
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New Year rice cakes kill nine in Japan

Monday, January 5th 2015, 7:55

The traditional "mochi" rice cake causes nine people in Japan to choke to death.
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VIDEO: Arrests over India tourist gang rape

Saturday, January 3rd 2015, 14:32
related countries: India India

Five men have been arrested in India charged with kidnapping and repeatedly raping a Japanese student over a period of more than a month.
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Japanese woman 'gang-raped' in India

Saturday, January 3rd 2015, 13:56
related countries: India India
related places: Calcutta

Five men are arrested and charged with kidnapping and repeatedly raping a Japanese student over several weeks, police in Calcutta say.
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Japan birth rate slumps to new low

Thursday, January 1st 2015, 23:31

Japan's birth rate slumps to a record low in 2014, health ministry figures show, with barely 1m newborns in 2014 - 9,000 fewer than in 2013.
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China markets mixed on factory data

Wednesday, December 31st 2014, 2:28
related countries: Aruba Aruba, North Korea North Korea

Chinese shares traded mixed in thin holiday trade on manufacturing data that painted an even weaker picture of the world's second largest economy.
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British thank Japan grave family

Tuesday, December 30th 2014, 15:13
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The ambassador to Japan thanks a family who have tended to a British teacher's grave for 143 years.
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VIDEO: Japan's new island still growing

Saturday, December 27th 2014, 15:36
related places: Tokyo

Authorities in Japan say a new island near Tokyo has grown more than 10 times in size since emerging during an underwater eruption in November 2013.
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Tokyo stocks make slight gains

Friday, December 26th 2014, 8:56
related places: Tokyo

Tokyo market report
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Takata president quits amid criticism

Wednesday, December 24th 2014, 12:43
related places: Takata

The boss of Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata is to step down, amid widespread criticism of how the company handled recent safety crises.
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Shinzo Abe re-elected Japan PM

Wednesday, December 24th 2014, 12:04

Japanese MPs re-elect Shinzo Abe to serve another term as prime minister after his landslide victory in snap elections this month.
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Japanese 'vagina artist' charged

Wednesday, December 24th 2014, 11:08

A Japanese woman who makes art based on her vagina is charged with obscenity, in a case that has sparked discussion on pornography laws.
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VIDEO: The robot that paints your nails

Monday, December 22nd 2014, 13:17

A Japanese robot has been programmed to take on a range of tasks - from painting nails to cooking.
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Stem cell scandal scientist resigns

Friday, December 19th 2014, 12:27

A Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned.
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Japan 'could preserve tsunami sites'

Thursday, December 18th 2014, 19:11

A panel in Japan puts forward a plan to protect four buildings damaged by the 2011 tsunami and earthquake, including a former elementary school.
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VIDEO: Heavy snow kills five in Japan

Thursday, December 18th 2014, 10:20

At least five people have died following heavy snowfall and tidal surges in Japan.
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Turbulence hits US-bound plane

Wednesday, December 17th 2014, 5:40
related countries: United States United States
related places: Tokyo

A US-bound passenger plane is forced to make an emergency landing in Tokyo after several people were injured by severe turbulence.
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McDonald's rations chips in Japan

Tuesday, December 16th 2014, 12:11

Fast food company McDonald's is rationing fries in Japan as it struggles to cope with a chip shortage.
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Japan cull after bird flu outbreak

Tuesday, December 16th 2014, 10:40

Japan has culled around 4,000 chickens after a highly infectious strain of bird flu was detected on a poultry farm.
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Abe win fails to boost Japan's Nikkei

Monday, December 15th 2014, 9:40

The victory by Shinzo Abe's coalition in Japan's election failed to boost the market, with investors focusing more on a disappointing Tankan business survey.
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