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VIDEO: Commuters flee train suicide blaze

Tuesday, June 30th 2015, 11:00

Two people are dead after a man set himself on fire on a Japanese Shinkansen bullet train, public broadcaster NHK reports.
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Two dead in Japan bullet train fire

Tuesday, June 30th 2015, 10:20

A man dies after setting himself on fire on a Japanese bullet train, leaving one other passenger dead and others injured.
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Sony in $3.6bn fund raising plan

Tuesday, June 30th 2015, 7:22

Shares in struggling Japanese electronics giant Sony fall more than 8% after it announces plans to raise $3.6bn through a sale of shares and bonds.
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Solar plane passes 'no return' point

Monday, June 29th 2015, 10:46
related countries: Pacific Ocean Pacific Ocean

A solar-powered plane passes the "point of no return" after leaving Japan for a second attempt at a record-breaking flight across the Pacific Ocean.
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Station cat gets lavish send-off

Monday, June 29th 2015, 0:16

A Japanese cat, which became a national celebrity when she was made a station master, is mourned at the station where she served.
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Fearless England 'going all the way'

Sunday, June 28th 2015, 21:23
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

England defender Lucy Bronze says the team have no fears about facing reigning world champions Japan in Wednesday's semi-final.
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The making of a metrosexual gorilla

Friday, June 26th 2015, 21:13

How a "metrosexual" gorilla captivated Japan and beyond
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Chinese shares tumble more than 7%

Friday, June 26th 2015, 8:41

Mainland Chinese shares see sharp losses as investors begin to worry about another wave of new listings absorbing liquidity in the market.
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Japanese shares reach 18-year high

Wednesday, June 24th 2015, 8:36
related countries: Greece Greece

Japan's Nikkei index closes at its highest level for more than 18 years, as investor confidence continues to rise on hopes of a Greek debt deal.
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Japan women 2-1 Netherlands women

Wednesday, June 24th 2015, 5:58
related countries: Netherlands Netherlands

Defending champions Japan progress to the Women's World Cup quarter-finals after a narrow victory over the Netherlands.
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VIDEO: Japan's PM jeered at war ceremony

Tuesday, June 23rd 2015, 14:52
related places: Okinawa

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been heckled at a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa.
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Japan PM Abe jeered at WW2 ceremony

Tuesday, June 23rd 2015, 10:50
related countries: United States United States
related places: Okinawa

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe is heckled at a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa, over the presence of US troops on the island.
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Japan's Nikkei hits 15-year high

Tuesday, June 23rd 2015, 9:10
related countries: Greece Greece

Japan's Nikkei index hits a 15-year high, helped by the global share rally that was triggered by hopes that Greece will reach a deal with its creditors.
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SoftBank in India solar project

Tuesday, June 23rd 2015, 5:24
related countries: India India, Taiwan Taiwan

Japanese firm SoftBank will team up with Taiwan's Foxconn and India's Bharti Enterprises to invest $20bn in solar power projects in India.
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Snooker misses out on 2020 Olympics

Monday, June 22nd 2015, 9:17

Snooker fails in its bid to be included in the Tokyo Games while karate and surfing make a shortlist of potential extra sports.
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VIDEO: 'Death railway' vets bridge old divisions

Monday, June 22nd 2015, 8:00
related countries: Burma Burma, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Seventy years on, a British ex-POW who worked on the Burma "death railway" meets a Japanese soldier who employed his forced labour.
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Toyota 'sorry' after executive held

Friday, June 19th 2015, 10:55
related countries: United States United States
related places: Toyota

Car maker Toyota apologises after one of its top executives, US national Julie Hamp, was arrested for illegally importing painkillers into Japan.
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VIDEO: On board the USS Chancellorsville

Friday, June 19th 2015, 3:31
related countries: United States United States

The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes steps aboard one of the most powerful missile cruisers in the US Navy, the USS Chancellorsville, which has arrived in Japan.
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VIDEO: Tokyo man takes giant tortoise for walkies

Wednesday, June 17th 2015, 11:39
related places: Tokyo

Japanese man Hisao Mitani takes his pet, giant African tortoise for a walk on the streets of Tokyo.
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VIDEO: Voting age in Japan to be lowered

Wednesday, June 17th 2015, 5:45

Japan looks set to lower its voting age for the first time in seven decades, dropping it from 20 to 18.
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USA Women 0-0 Sweden Women

Saturday, June 13th 2015, 6:08
related countries: Ecuador Ecuador, Sweden Sweden

USA lead Women's World Cup Group D after a 0-0 draw with Sweden, Switzerland rout Ecuador 10-1 and champions Japan win again.
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Brawl breaks out in Japan parliament

Friday, June 12th 2015, 13:43

Scuffles break out in the Japanese parliament over a controversial law on temporary workers.
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Honda outlines cost of airbag recalls

Friday, June 12th 2015, 7:58

The Japanese carmaker says it expects to spend almost 45bn yen (£234m; $363m) on recalling cars fitted with potentially dangerous airbags.
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Japan shares down despite growth data

Monday, June 8th 2015, 6:39

Positive economic growth data out of Japan fails to drive shares higher in the world's third-largest economy.
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The beauty contest winner making Japan look at itself

Thursday, June 4th 2015, 21:05

This multi-racial winner of Miss Japan is challenging attitudes
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Godzilla actor Hiroshi Koizumi dies

Thursday, June 4th 2015, 8:41

Hiroshi Koizumi, a Japanese actor who appeared in several of the early Godzilla films, dies at the age of 88.
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Godzilla finally gets citizenship in Japan

Wednesday, June 3rd 2015, 7:55

The most famous monster in Japan is granted citizenship
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Japanese balloon art hits new heights

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015, 12:00

Japanese artist Masayoshi Matsumoto has taken the art of twisting party balloons to new heights with his latest animal creations.
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Japan's Nikkei ends winning streak

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015, 8:21

Japan's Nikkei share index ends its longest winning streak since 1988, closing lower after 12 straight days of gains.
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VIDEO: How to be 'Super Cool Biz' in Japan

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015, 0:39

The government in Japan is encouraging a new approach to what people wear at work.
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Takata to address fatal airbag fault

Monday, June 1st 2015, 21:59
related places: Takata

The Japanese car parts maker, Takata, looks to replace a chemical used in its airbags, as it tries to fix a fault that led to six deaths and multiple injuries.
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Solar Impulse lands safely in Japan

Monday, June 1st 2015, 15:04

Solar Impulse, the zero-fuel aeroplane, lands in Japan after being forced to abort a Pacific crossing due to deteriorating weather ahead of it.
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Weather forces Solar Impulse landing

Monday, June 1st 2015, 10:25
related countries: China China

Poor weather forces solar-powered plane Solar Impulse to make unscheduled stop in Japan en route from China to Hawaii.
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Body left in Tokyo station locker

Monday, June 1st 2015, 5:38
related places: Tokyo

Police in Japan are trying to identify a woman whose body was found inside a suitcase abandoned at Tokyo's main train station for more than a month.
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Strong earthquake strikes off Japan

Saturday, May 30th 2015, 14:44
related places: Tokyo

A powerful undersea earthquake south of Japan shakes buildings in the capital Tokyo and is felt across the country.
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Japan eruption forces evacuation

Friday, May 29th 2015, 10:24

Mount Shindake erupts spectacularly in southern Japan, sending black ash clouds 9km into the air and forcing the evacuation of Kuchinoerabu island.
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VIDEO: Volcano bursts into life in Japan

Friday, May 29th 2015, 8:07

Dramatic footage has emerged of a volcano erupting on the Japanese island of Kuchinoerabu.
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Japan shares at 15-year high on data

Monday, May 25th 2015, 6:44

Japanese shares close at a 15-year high after data showed the country's trade account fell into a deficit in April, but was still better than expected.
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VIDEO: First look in Japan's Sendai nuclear plant

Monday, May 25th 2015, 0:58
related places: Sendai

Four years after the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, Japan is about to return to using nuclear power.
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Mazda and Mitsubishi recall more cars

Friday, May 22nd 2015, 6:42
related places: Takata

Two more Japanese car giants - Mazda and Mitsubishi - are recalling 630,000 cars to replace faulty airbag inflators made by Takata.
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Japan aquariums make dolphin pledge

Thursday, May 21st 2015, 0:50
related places: Taiji

Aquariums in Japan agree to stop buying dolphins captured during the controversial annual hunt in the town of Taiji.
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Japan grows faster than expected

Wednesday, May 20th 2015, 4:31

Japan's economy grew faster than expected between January and March, boosting hopes that the economy is recovering from last year's recession.
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VIDEO: Millions of cars recalled in US

Wednesday, May 20th 2015, 2:09
related countries: United States United States
related places: Takata

Japanese airbag maker Takata has said that mechanisms in the airbags of almost 34 million cars are defective, prompting a recall of cars in the US.
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Record US car recall over airbags

Tuesday, May 19th 2015, 20:00
related countries: United States United States
related places: Takata

Japanese airbag maker Takata has declared mechanisms in the airbags of almost 34 million cars defective - it will lead to the largest recall in US automotive history, affecting models from 11 carmakers.
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Japan's Nikkei up on investment hopes

Monday, May 18th 2015, 8:22

Japan's Nikkei index closed higher after figures showed machinery orders rose in March, lifting hopes that business investment could be picking up.
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VIDEO: Briton wins Red Bull Air Race

Sunday, May 17th 2015, 16:11

Britain's Paul Bonhomme wins the Red Bull Air Race's first ever race in Japan in front of a sold-out crowd.
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Japan self-defence reforms backed

Thursday, May 14th 2015, 11:03

Japan moves closer towards allowing its military to fight abroad with its cabinet approving reforms to its self-defence laws.
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Japan's Sharp in $1.7bn bank bailout

Thursday, May 14th 2015, 9:27

Japanese electronics maker Sharp agrees a 200bn Japanese yen ($1.7bn) bailout from banks as it announces job cuts and further losses.
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Honda and Daihatsu recall more cars

Thursday, May 14th 2015, 6:32
related places: Honda, Takata

Japanese automakers Honda and Daihatsu are recalling over five million cars globally to replace potentially deadly airbag inflators made by Takata.
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VIDEO: Japan's first post-WWII arms exhibition

Thursday, May 14th 2015, 4:26

For the first time since World War Two an arms exhibition has opened its doors in Japan.
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Tokyo bans drones in parks

Wednesday, May 13th 2015, 17:04

The local government in the Japanese capital bans drones, saying the devices pose a danger to park visitors
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UN bid for kamikaze letters renewed

Wednesday, May 13th 2015, 15:11

A southern Japanese city is trying for a second time to seek Unesco recognition for letters written by kamikaze pilots during World War Two.
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China shares down on economic data

Wednesday, May 13th 2015, 9:16
related places: Tokyo

Shares in China fall after the latest factory output data is weaker than expected.
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Japan firms recall 6.5 million cars

Wednesday, May 13th 2015, 6:50
related places: Takata, Toyota

Japanese car giants Toyota and Nissan are recalling a total of 6.5 million cars around the world to replace potentially faulty airbag inflators made by Takata.
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VIDEO: Baby born on flight from Canada

Tuesday, May 12th 2015, 23:27
related countries: Canada Canada
related places: Ada, Calgary, Tokyo

Ada Guan and Wes Branch were flying from Calgary to Tokyo when Ada went into labour, a big surprise for the couple who had no idea she was pregnant.
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VIDEO: Noul heads for Japan

Monday, May 11th 2015, 11:47
related countries: Philippines Philippines

Typhoon Noul is tracking towards Japan, after hammering the Philippines over the weekend. Philip Avery reports.
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Toyota profits beat expectations

Friday, May 8th 2015, 7:29
related places: Toyota

Japan's biggest car manufacturer, Toyota, has beaten expectations to post a year-on-year 19% rise in net income for the 12 months to March.
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VIDEO: Zoo sorry after Charlotte monkey name

Thursday, May 7th 2015, 14:35

A Japan zoo apologises after naming a baby monkey in honour of baby Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.
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Nintendo's first profit in four years

Thursday, May 7th 2015, 9:33

Japanese videogame maker Nintendo makes its first annual operating profit in four years, beating its forecast as well as the market's.
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Japan's renewable revolution at risk

Wednesday, May 6th 2015, 20:04

Japan's Abe mulls return to nuclear power
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China eyes growing Japanese influence

Friday, May 1st 2015, 23:32
related countries: China China
related places: Beijing, Tokyo

Washington and Tokyo ties cause concern in Beijing
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Asia markets down despite Japan data

Friday, May 1st 2015, 0:49

Asian markets head lower despite a slew of economic data from the world's third largest economy, Japan, showing signs of a recovery.
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Japan PM offers war repentance to US

Wednesday, April 29th 2015, 17:45
related countries: United States United States

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe expresses "deep repentance" over Japan's role in World War Two during an historic address to the US Congress.
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VIDEO: Live: Japanese PM addresses US Congress

Wednesday, April 29th 2015, 14:40
related countries: United States United States
related places: Congress

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe becomes the first leader of an east Asian nation to speak to both Chambers of Congress in the US.
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