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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

S Korea warns Japan over sex slaves

Saturday, March 1st 2014, 5:24
related countries: South Korea South Korea

South Korea's President Park Geun-hye warns Japan it will bring isolation on itself if it reviews a statement acknowledging its wartime use of sex slaves.
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Japan to examine sex slave apology

Friday, February 28th 2014, 12:19
related countries: China China

Japan will form a team to review the lead-up to a 1993 statement over its wartime use of sex slaves, its says, as an ex-PM urges against such a move.
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Japan spending spree before tax hike

Friday, February 28th 2014, 1:38

Japanese consumers are on a spending spree ahead of a sales tax hike, and companies are increasing production to meet growing demand.
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Anne Frank books donated to Tokyo

Thursday, February 27th 2014, 12:21
related countries: Israel Israel
related places: Tokyo

The Israeli embassy in Japan donates more than 300 Anne Frank-related books to public libraries in Tokyo, after many copies of her diary were found vandalised.
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US envoy in China human rights call

Thursday, February 27th 2014, 11:09
related countries: China China, United States United States
related places: Beijing

Outgoing US Ambassador to China Gary Locke calls on Beijing to improve its human rights record and work with Japan to ease tensions in the East China Sea.
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Remembering Japan's kamikaze pilots

Wednesday, February 26th 2014, 20:15

Japan wants suicide pilots' letters to be UN World Heritage items
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Japanese tourists in US police chase

Wednesday, February 26th 2014, 11:50
related countries: United States United States

Japanese tourists trigger a high speed car chase with police on the first day of their holiday in the US.
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Chinese sue over forced war labour

Wednesday, February 26th 2014, 9:49
related countries: China China

A court in China accepts a case filed by Chinese citizens seeking compensation from Japanese firms over forced labour during World War Two.
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China mulls holiday for Japan defeat

Tuesday, February 25th 2014, 16:26
related countries: China China

China is considering two new national holidays to mark the war against Japan in the 1930s and 40s, amid rising anti-Japanese sentiment.
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Anne Frank books vandalised in Japan

Friday, February 21st 2014, 13:24
related places: Tokyo

More than 100 copies of Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl have been vandalised in public libraries in Japan's capital Tokyo, library officials say.
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Four Japan Bali divers return home

Friday, February 21st 2014, 8:19
related countries: Indonesia Indonesia
related places: Bali

Four Japanese divers who went missing for three days off the coast of the Indonesian island of Bali describe their ordeal as they returned home on Friday
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Fukushima leaks radioactive water

Thursday, February 20th 2014, 7:27
related places: Fukushima

Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant leaked around 100 tonnes of highly radioactive water from a storage tank on Wednesday, plant operator Tepco says.
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Japan logs record monthly trade gap

Thursday, February 20th 2014, 2:22

Japan's monthly trade deficit more than doubles to a new record after a weakened currency drives up the cost of fuel imports.
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Japan Bali divers: Body is found

Tuesday, February 18th 2014, 17:38

A body believed to be of a Japanese diver is found floating off the coast of the island of Bali four days after she went missing, officials say.
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Bank of Japan boosts loan programmes

Tuesday, February 18th 2014, 5:51

Japan's central bank, the Bank of Japan, expands two key lending programmes in an attempt to boost economic growth.
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VIDEO: Five missing Japanese divers rescued

Monday, February 17th 2014, 23:47
related countries: Indonesia Indonesia
related places: Bali

Five of the seven Japanese divers missing off the Indonesian island of Bali since Friday have been found alive, officials say.
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VIDEO: Missing divers rescued off Bali

Monday, February 17th 2014, 18:41
related countries: Indonesia Indonesia
related places: Bali

Five Japanese divers who went missing off the Indonesian island of Bali on Friday have been found alive. A search is continuing for two other women.
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Five missing Japanese divers rescued

Monday, February 17th 2014, 15:09
related countries: Indonesia Indonesia
related places: Bali

Five of the seven Japanese divers missing off the Indonesian island of Bali since Friday have been found alive, officials say.
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VIDEO: Japan hit by deadly snowstorm

Monday, February 17th 2014, 14:18

A massive snow storm that has dumped a metre and a half of snow in some areas of the country has left areas cut off and hundreds of cars and trucks stranded.
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VIDEO: Thousands stranded in Japan snows

Monday, February 17th 2014, 12:16

The heavy snow that wreaked havoc in many parts of Japan over the weekend has left keeping thousands of people trapped in their homes cars or on trains
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Japan's quarterly growth disappoints

Monday, February 17th 2014, 5:00

Japan's economy grows less than expected, despite forecasts it would benefit from a jump in spending ahead of a sales tax increase in April.
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Japan hit by deadly snowstorms

Sunday, February 16th 2014, 16:20

At least 11 people are killed by a record-breaking snowstorm in Japan, which has caused transport chaos and forced hundreds to flee their homes.
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VIDEO: Search continues for Japanese divers

Saturday, February 15th 2014, 21:49
related countries: Indonesia Indonesia
related places: Bali

Indonesian rescuers have been searching for seven Japanese divers missing off the island of Bali since Friday. David Campanale reports.
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Japanese divers missing off Bali

Saturday, February 15th 2014, 16:13
related countries: Indonesia Indonesia
related places: Bali

Indonesian rescuers search for seven Japanese divers who have been missing off the island of Bali since Friday.
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Viber messaging app in Japanese deal

Friday, February 14th 2014, 11:17

Rakuten, the Japanese owner of online retailer Play.com, has bought the messaging app Viber for $900m
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Seven decades of bitterness

Thursday, February 13th 2014, 21:17

Why China and Japan are unable to move on from WW2
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'Japan's Beethoven' says he can hear

Wednesday, February 12th 2014, 6:24

A composer dubbed "Japan's Beethoven" admits he is not totally deaf amid an ongoing scandal over his use of a ghostwriter.
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Kennedy visits Okinawa amid protests

Wednesday, February 12th 2014, 6:15
related countries: United States United States
related places: Okinawa

US ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy is making her first visit to Okinawa island, amid ongoing protests against plans to relocate a US base.
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AUDIO: 'Sex strike' fails to stop governor win

Monday, February 10th 2014, 13:19
related places: Tokyo

A group of Japanese women went on "sex strike" against men who voted Yoichi Masuzoe for Tokyo governor.
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Sharp increase in Nissan profits

Monday, February 10th 2014, 10:30
related countries: China China

Japan's second-biggest carmaker Nissan reports better-than-expected profits, helped by the weakening yen and by a recovery in sales in China.
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Masuzoe wins Tokyo governor vote

Monday, February 10th 2014, 6:49
related places: Tokyo

Government-backed pro-nuclear candidate Yoichi Masuzoe wins the election for Tokyo governor, beating two anti-nuclear candidates.
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Anger at Japan whalers 'disrespect'

Monday, February 10th 2014, 5:20
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

New Zealand describes the entry of a Japanese whaling fleet vessel into its Exclusive Economic Zone as "deeply disrespectful".
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VIDEO: Pro-nuclear Tokyo governor voted in

Sunday, February 9th 2014, 23:26
related places: Tokyo

Former TV presenter and cabinet minister Yoichi Masuzoe has won the election for Tokyo governor, with the vote is being seen as a popular verdict on the use of nuclear power.
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Japan snowfall disrupts transport

Saturday, February 8th 2014, 17:48
related places: Tokyo

A severe snow storm warning is issued in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, with transport disrupted and residents urged to stay indoors.
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VIDEO: Severe storm warnings in Tokyo

Saturday, February 8th 2014, 13:07
related places: Tokyo

The Japanese authorities have issued a severe storm warning for Tokyo after the city was hit by heavy snow
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S Korea and Japan clash on sea name

Friday, February 7th 2014, 14:48
related countries: South Korea South Korea, United States United States
related places: Virginia

An argument over what to call the sea that lies between South Korea and Japan spreads to the assembly in the US state of Virginia.
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Teacher admits part in composer fraud

Thursday, February 6th 2014, 14:21

The ghostwriter of "Japan's Beethoven" admits that he composed music which Mamoru Samuragochi passed off as his own work.
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Sony to sell PC unit and cut jobs

Thursday, February 6th 2014, 12:09

Sony says it will sell its personal computer unit and split its TV division into a separate subsidiary as it forecasts a $1.08bn annual loss.
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VIDEO: Zoo rehearses quake gorilla escape

Thursday, February 6th 2014, 11:26

Staff at a Japanese zoo chased a keeper in a gorilla costume as part of an annual escape drill
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'Japanese Beethoven' admits fraud

Wednesday, February 5th 2014, 15:36

A deaf composer, dubbed "Japan's Beethoven", admits hiring someone else to write his music for nearly two decades.
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Panasonic profits push shares up 19%

Wednesday, February 5th 2014, 13:24

Shares in Japan's biggest consumer electronics group, Panasonic, jumped on Wednesday as profits triple and hopes improve for its reorganisation plan.
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NHK governor denies Nanjing massacre

Tuesday, February 4th 2014, 9:22
related places: Tokyo

A governor of Japan's public broadcaster, NHK, denies the Nanjing massacre took place, days after a row over Tokyo's use of sex slaves engulfed the new NHK chief.
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VIDEO: Osaka mayor in snap election call

Monday, February 3rd 2014, 16:34
related places: Osaka

The mayor of the Japanese city of Osaka has called a snap election amid a row over his local government reform plans.
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Osaka mayor in snap election call

Monday, February 3rd 2014, 11:08
related places: Osaka

The mayor of the Japanese city of Osaka calls a snap election amid a row over his local government reform plans.
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VIDEO: 'How I made stem cell breakthrough'

Thursday, January 30th 2014, 14:14

Japanese researcher Dr Haruko Obokata has been facing the world's media after her stem cell studies were heralded as a "major scientific discovery."
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Huge fine for fatal Japan bike crash

Thursday, January 30th 2014, 12:44
related places: Tokyo

A Tokyo court orders a cyclist to pay 47m yen ($459,000; £278,000) in damages to the family of an elderly woman he knocked down and killed.
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Asia history tensions flare at UN

Thursday, January 30th 2014, 3:46

Tensions between Japan and its neighbours over a war-linked shrine and disputed islands flare at the UN Security Council, with strong words from envoys.
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Japan 'to teach territorial claims'

Tuesday, January 28th 2014, 6:44

Japan's Education Ministry says it is revising teaching manuals for schools to set out its ownership of disputed islands.
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VIDEO: Japan's deficit in 'three easy graphs'

Monday, January 27th 2014, 13:00
related places: Tokyo

The BBC's Tokyo correspondent explains Japan's massive trade deficit with the aid of "three easy graphs".
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Sony's credit rating cut to junk

Monday, January 27th 2014, 9:59

Japanese electronic giant Sony's credit rating is cut to junk status by ratings agency Moody's as it warns of 'significant' downward pressure on the firm's earnings.
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NHK boss in 'comfort women' apology

Monday, January 27th 2014, 8:06

The new head of national broadcaster NHK apologises for "very inappropriate" comments on Japan's use of sex slaves during World War Two.
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Japan in record annual trade deficit

Monday, January 27th 2014, 2:51

Japan reports a record annual trade deficit, up 65% on the previous year, after the weak yen pushed up the cost of energy imports.
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NHK boss sparks 'comfort women' row

Sunday, January 26th 2014, 15:15

The head of Japanese broadcaster NHK causes controversy by playing down the use of sex slaves - so-called "comfort women" - in World War Two.
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Man arrested in Japan food scare

Sunday, January 26th 2014, 11:34

A factory worker is arrested at a plant that produced food laced with pesticide, which led to hundreds of people being poisoned.
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VIDEO: Japan's new island 'still growing'

Friday, January 24th 2014, 9:33
related countries: Pacific Ocean Pacific Ocean

Japan has acquired some new territory in the Pacific Ocean following a powerful volcanic eruption - a new island has emerged from the sea, and is growing in size.
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Tokyo governor poll campaign begins

Thursday, January 23rd 2014, 5:35
related places: Tokyo

Campaigning begins in the race for Tokyo governor, in an election that has turned into a near-referendum on Japan's use of nuclear power.
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Abe urges Asia military restraint

Wednesday, January 22nd 2014, 19:40

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tells an audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos that "military expansion" must be restrained in Asia.
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Davos: What Abe said

Wednesday, January 22nd 2014, 16:15
related countries: China China

Japanese PM's scary China WW1 comparison
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Japan protest over assassin memorial

Monday, January 20th 2014, 13:25
related countries: China China, North Korea North Korea

Japan criticises the opening of a memorial in north-eastern China to commemorate a Korean independence activist who assassinated a prominent Japanese statesman in 1909.
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Okinawa base 'to move despite vote'

Monday, January 20th 2014, 5:52
related countries: United States United States
related places: Okinawa

Japan's government says the relocation of a US military base on Okinawa will proceed, despite the re-election of a city mayor opposed to the plan.
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