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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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Comfortable win for emboldened Abe

Monday, December 15th 2014, 7:15

What will Japan PM do with his new mandate?
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Japanese PM Abe wins re-election

Sunday, December 14th 2014, 19:04

Japan's ruling coalition wins a new two-thirds majority in parliamentary elections seen as a referendum on PM Shinzo Abe's economic policy.
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China commemorates Nanjing massacre

Saturday, December 13th 2014, 8:26
related countries: China China
related places: Nanjing

Chinese President Xi Jinping presides over his country's first state commemoration of the Nanjing massacre, committed by Japanese troops in 1937.
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VIDEO: Why do Japan's women give up work?

Friday, December 12th 2014, 7:35

Ahead of Japan's general election, Rupert Wingfield Hayes reports on Shinzo Abe's attempts to get women back into the workforce after they have children
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Could women help fix broken Japan?

Friday, December 12th 2014, 0:25

Could women help fix broken Japan?
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Japan's Nikkei leads Asia lower

Wednesday, December 10th 2014, 6:40
related countries: China China

Asian shares were mostly lower as data from the region's leaders, China and Japan, showed weaker economic growth.
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Quake victims need 'uplifting mail'

Tuesday, December 9th 2014, 16:24

A Japanese group seeks letters from foreign schoolchildren to encourage survivors of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
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New Godzilla film to be made in Japan

Monday, December 8th 2014, 11:23

A new Godzilla film is announced by Japanese film studio Toho following the box office success of Hollywood's latest remake of the monster movies.
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Asia shares up despite economic data

Monday, December 8th 2014, 9:39
related countries: United States United States

Asian shares were higher despite weak Chinese trade data and news that Japan's recession was deeper than originally estimated.
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Japan recession deeper than estimated

Monday, December 8th 2014, 1:14

Japan's economy shrank more than initially estimated in the third quarter, according to revised gross domestic product (GDP) figures released on Monday.
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Japan PM shows strong lead in polls

Thursday, December 4th 2014, 6:10

Two days after campaigning begins for Japan's snap election, polls show Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on course for a convincing win.
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Japan's SoftBank invests in GrabTaxi

Thursday, December 4th 2014, 1:27
related places: Tokyo

Tokyo-based mobile carrier giant Softbank Corp says it has invested $250m (£159.2m) in one of Southeast Asia's fastest growing taxi app services, GrabTaxi
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Takata refuses airbag recall demand

Wednesday, December 3rd 2014, 20:01
related countries: United States United States
related places: Takata

The Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata refuses a request by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to expand a recall of cars containing its faulty airbags.
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Bianchi 'did not slow sufficiently'

Wednesday, December 3rd 2014, 17:21

Jules Bianchi did not slow down sufficiently to avoid losing control when he crashed at the Japanese GP, an FIA accident report has found.
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Nikkei hits new seven-year high

Tuesday, December 2nd 2014, 8:27

Japan's Nikkei share index hits a fresh seven-year high despite Moody's move to cut the country's credit rating.
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Japan downgraded amid debt doubts

Monday, December 1st 2014, 14:22

Moody's cuts Japan's credit rating by one notch over rising doubts about its ability to reduce debt levels.
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Newspaper retracts 'sex slaves' term

Friday, November 28th 2014, 13:51
related countries: China China, South Korea South Korea

Japan's biggest paper retracts use of the term "sex slaves" for women who worked in World War Two army brothels in a controversial move.
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Weak yen and oil price lifts Nikkei

Friday, November 28th 2014, 9:35

Japan's Nikkei closes at its highest level for two weeks, with exporters boosted by a weaker yen and airline shares helped by falling oil prices.
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India relaxes visas to boost tourism

Friday, November 28th 2014, 6:24
related countries: Australia Australia, Brazil Brazil, India India, United States United States

Tourists from US, Australia, Brazil, Germany and Japan can now get visas on arrival in India after the country extended its limited scheme.
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Japan reporter denies S Korea libel

Thursday, November 27th 2014, 11:25
related countries: North Korea North Korea

A Japanese reporter denies defaming South Korean President Park Geun-hye, at the start of a trial criticised by Japan and local journalists.
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Quigg and McDonnell retain titles

Saturday, November 22nd 2014, 23:01
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Britain's Scott Quigg defends his WBA world super-bantamweight title with a unanimous points win over Japan's Hidenori Otake.
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