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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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China releases Japanese cargo ship

Thursday, April 24th 2014, 5:33
related countries: China China

China has released a Japanese cargo ship it seized over a war-time debt, a court statement says, after the Japanese firm paid compensation.
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Bieber upsets with war shrine image

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014, 10:35

Justin Bieber has caused social media upset after posting a picture of a Japanese war shrine on Instagram.
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Pirates raid Malacca Straits tanker

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014, 8:11
related countries: Malaysia Malaysia

Armed pirates raid an oil tanker sailing in the Malacca Straits, stealing diesel and abducting three crew members, officials in Malaysia say.
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Japan lawmakers in shrine visit

Tuesday, April 22nd 2014, 5:06

Almost 150 Japanese lawmakers visit the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, in a move likely to further sour relations with regional neighbours.
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VIDEO: Japan warns China over ship seizure

Monday, April 21st 2014, 15:01
related countries: China China

China's seizure of a Japanese cargo ship over a pre-war debt could hit business ties, Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga has warned.
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Japan warns over China ship seizure

Monday, April 21st 2014, 10:04
related countries: China China

China's seizure of a Japanese cargo ship over a pre-war debt could hit business ties, Japan's top government spokesman warns.
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Japan's trade deficit quadruples

Monday, April 21st 2014, 3:27

Japan's trade deficit quadrupled last month compared to March 2013, as export growth slows and energy imports continue to rise.
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Japan to launch Pacific whale hunt

Friday, April 18th 2014, 14:32
related countries: Antarctica Antarctica

Japan says it will catch fewer whales in the Pacific this year after a court banned its whaling off Antarctica.
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Cyborg glasses express fake emotions

Wednesday, April 16th 2014, 23:00

A Japanese researcher creates glasses that show computer-generated eyes that express emotions so that the wearer does not need to bother.
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EU approves alien species blacklist

Wednesday, April 16th 2014, 15:47

The European Parliament has approved new legislation to stem the spread of invasive species such as "killer" shrimp or Japanese knotweed.
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MtGox exchange put in administration

Wednesday, April 16th 2014, 11:38

The Bitcoin exchange MtGox has been placed in administration by a Japanese court and it is expected that bankruptcy proceedings will be started.
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Shrine visit irks Japan's neighbours

Saturday, April 12th 2014, 14:38
related countries: China China, South Korea South Korea
related places: Yasukuni

China and South Korea express annoyance after Japan's internal affairs minister visits the Yasukuni shrine, which commemorates dead soldiers.
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Japan approves new energy plan

Friday, April 11th 2014, 6:27
related places: Fukushima

The Japanese government approves an energy plan that backs the use of nuclear power, despite public anxiety after the Fukushima disaster.
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Fast Retailing sees lower FY profit

Friday, April 11th 2014, 1:44
related places: Tokyo

Shares of Japan's Fast Retailing tumble in Tokyo trade after the company revises down its full year profit forecasts due to sluggish sales at home.
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Toyota to recall 6.4 million vehicles

Wednesday, April 9th 2014, 7:30
related places: Toyota

Japanese carmaker Toyota is recalling 6.4 million vehicles globally due to five separate issues, including problems with steering columns.
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Japan's Olympus sued by six banks

Wednesday, April 9th 2014, 6:31

Japan's Olympus faces lawsuits from six banks seeking compensation over false financial statements issued by the firm from 2000 to 2011.
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VIDEO: Why is Japan building up its navy?

Tuesday, April 8th 2014, 23:20
related countries: China China

As the balance of power in Asia swings towards China, Japan is building one of the most modern and powerful naval forces in the world.
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Japan's Takeda hit with $6bn damages

Tuesday, April 8th 2014, 7:04
related countries: United States United States
related places: Takeda

A US jury orders Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical to pay $6bn in damages over claims it hid cancer risks associated with its diabetes treatment drug Actos.
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Japan and Australia agree trade deal

Tuesday, April 8th 2014, 6:46
related countries: Australia Australia

Japan and Australia agree a trade deal, after seven years of negotiations, which will see them lower tariffs on products including beef, cheese and cars.
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Champions League signs up Nissan

Monday, April 7th 2014, 7:01

Japanese carmaker Nissan signs up to become a sponsor of the Uefa Champions League, Europe's top club football competition.
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India pharma giants in $4bn merger

Monday, April 7th 2014, 1:52
related countries: India India

India's Sun Pharmaceutical agrees to acquire rival Ranbaxy - majority owned by Japan's Daiichi Sankyo - in an all-stock deal worth $4bn (£2.4bn).
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VIDEO: US sending more warships to Japan

Sunday, April 6th 2014, 14:44
related countries: United States United States

The United States is to send two ballistic missile defence destroyers to Japan, the American defence secretary has confirmed.
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US to send more warships to Japan

Sunday, April 6th 2014, 9:14
related countries: North Korea North Korea, United States United States

American Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel says the US will send two more warships by 2017 to Japan after recent missile tests by North Korea.
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Japan firm to halt whale meat sales

Friday, April 4th 2014, 15:00

Japanese online giant Rakuten says it will stop selling whale meat after an international court ruling banning Japan's annual hunt in the Antarctic.
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Japan to relax arms export ban

Tuesday, April 1st 2014, 6:29
related countries: China China

Japan is to ease its self-imposed arms export ban for the first time in almost 50 years, in a move likely to worry China.
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Japan in long-awaited sales tax rise

Tuesday, April 1st 2014, 5:38

Japan raises sales tax for the first time in 17 years, in an attempt to rein in mounting public debt and tackle rising welfare costs.
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Australia welcomes Japan whaling ban

Tuesday, April 1st 2014, 4:42
related countries: Australia Australia, New Zealand New Zealand

Australia and New Zealand welcome a UN court ruling ordering Japan to halt its Antarctic whaling, while Japan expresses disappointment.
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VIDEO: Japan accepts Antarctic whaling ban

Monday, March 31st 2014, 15:41

The UN's International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that Japan must temporarily halt its whaling programme in the Antarctic
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Japan banned from Antarctic whaling

Monday, March 31st 2014, 12:08

The UN's International Court of Justice rules that Japan must temporarily halt its whaling programme in the Antarctic.
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Climate impacts 'overwhelming' - UN

Monday, March 31st 2014, 11:35

Global warming's impact is likely to be "severe, pervasive and irreversible", the UN warns in its most comprehensive assessment yet of climate change.
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Japan output slows in February

Monday, March 31st 2014, 0:45

Factory output in Japan declined by 2.3% in February, official figures show, ahead of a planned tax increase on 1 April.
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My Day: Japanese sushi chef

Sunday, March 30th 2014, 23:58

Fifty years as a Japanese sushi chef
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Plane search moves 700 miles north

Friday, March 28th 2014, 10:00
related countries: India India, Indian Ocean Indian Ocean, Malaysia Malaysia

The search for the missing Malaysian plane moves to a new part of the Indian Ocean as experts believe it ran out of fuel earlier than thought.
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Toyota's India employees refuse work

Friday, March 28th 2014, 2:50
related countries: India India
related places: Toyota

Workers at Toyota's two Indian plants refuse to return to work, instead demanding that the Japanese car firm reinstate suspended workers and agree to wage increases.
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Japan prices rise for ninth month

Friday, March 28th 2014, 1:37

Japanese consumer prices were up 1.3% in February from a year ago, the ninth month in a row of gains but still below Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's target of 2%.
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Hunger games with climate change

Friday, March 28th 2014, 1:35

Is global warming pushing affluent Japan towards a food crisis?
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VIDEO: Retrial after 46 years on death row

Thursday, March 27th 2014, 13:09

A man who has been on death row for more than four decades has been granted a retrial by a Japanese court.
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Japan's ANA in major fleet expansion

Thursday, March 27th 2014, 9:31
related places: Tokyo

Japan's All Nippon Airways spends $16bn to expand its fleet in anticipation of a spike in travel demand when Tokyo hosts the Olympic Games in 2020.
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Retrial after 46 years on death row

Thursday, March 27th 2014, 7:32

A man who has been on death row for more than four decades is granted a retrial by a Japanese court, amid new DNA evidence.
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N Korea fires mid-range missiles

Wednesday, March 26th 2014, 4:12
related countries: North Korea North Korea, United States United States

North Korea test-fires two medium-range missiles, just hours after the US, South Korea and Japan met in the Netherlands for talks.
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US brings together rival Asia allies

Tuesday, March 25th 2014, 23:26
related countries: North Korea North Korea, United States United States
related places: Asia

The Japanese and South Korean leaders hold their first official meeting following a rift over Japan's stance on its wartime aggression in Asia.
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Japanese architect wins top prize

Tuesday, March 25th 2014, 12:02

Shigeru Ban, who uses cardboard tubes to make temporary housing in disaster zones, wins this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize.
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Dissent over key climate report

Tuesday, March 25th 2014, 2:26

Senior researchers and government officials gather in Japan to agree a critical report on the impact of global warming.
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Japan to hand over nuclear material

Monday, March 24th 2014, 12:42
related countries: United States United States
related places: Hague

Japan agrees to turn over part of its stockpile of nuclear material to the United States at a nuclear summit in the Hague
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Missing plane: China spots 'objects'

Monday, March 24th 2014, 9:53
related countries: China China, India India, Indian Ocean Indian Ocean, Malaysia Malaysia

A Chinese plane spots possible debris as more nations join the search for the missing Malaysian plane in the southern Indian Ocean.
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Japan PM visits Anne Frank museum

Monday, March 24th 2014, 2:58
related places: Tokyo

Japan's Shinzo Abe visits Amsterdam's Anne Frank House museum, weeks after 300 copies of her famous diary were vandalised in Tokyo.
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S Korea, Japan leaders to meet

Friday, March 21st 2014, 10:15
related countries: North Korea North Korea

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye will meet for the first time next week, amid historical and territorial tensions.
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MtGox finds 200,000 lost bitcoins

Friday, March 21st 2014, 3:17

Bankrupt Japanese firm MtGox says it has found 200,000 lost bitcoins worth millions of dollars in a digital wallet from 2011 that it no longer uses.
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Vatican Library to digitise archives

Thursday, March 20th 2014, 23:19

The Vatican Library begins digitising its priceless collection of manuscripts dating from the origins of the Church with support from Japan's NTT Data.
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Hitachi to move rail business to UK

Thursday, March 20th 2014, 9:09
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Hitachi

Japanese electronics firm Hitachi - the manufacturer of the first bullet trains - announces it will move its global rail business from Japan to the United Kingdom.
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Toyota in deal over US safety probe

Wednesday, March 19th 2014, 15:12
related countries: United States United States
related places: Toyota

Japanese carmaker Toyota agrees a $1.2bn settlement with US regulators after a four-year inquiry into its reporting of safety issues.
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Japan Display shares plunge on debut

Wednesday, March 19th 2014, 1:51
related places: Tokyo

Shares in Japan Display - the world's largest manufacturer of smartphone screens - plunge 20% after making their debut on Tokyo's stock exchange.
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Japan trade gap smallest in months

Wednesday, March 19th 2014, 1:24

Japan's trade deficit narrows in February to its lowest level in nine months as exports rise 9.8%.
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Mapping racism in Tokyo

Tuesday, March 18th 2014, 21:19
related places: Tokyo

A novel way to fight racism in Japan #BBC trending
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Japan drags down world music market

Tuesday, March 18th 2014, 13:06

A sharp decline in the consumption of music in Japan caused overall global growth to slow down in 2013, new figures reveal.
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Cargo ships collide off Tokyo Bay

Tuesday, March 18th 2014, 9:57

A collision between two cargo vessels in waters outside Tokyo Bay has left one crew member dead and eight others missing.
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VIDEO: UN spotlight on N Korea abductions

Tuesday, March 18th 2014, 2:44
related countries: North Korea North Korea

The parents of a Japanese girl abducted by North Korea in the 1970s meet their granddaughter for the first time.
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North Korea abductee meeting praised

Monday, March 17th 2014, 9:40
related countries: North Korea North Korea

The parents of a Megumi Yokota, a Japanese girl abducted by North Korea in 1977, describe their first meeting with her daughter as "miraculous".
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Tokyo tech start-ups begin to rise

Sunday, March 16th 2014, 21:18

Can the Japanese capital rival California's Silicon Valley?
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Japan arrest over Anne Frank attacks

Friday, March 14th 2014, 11:59

Police in Japan arrest a man suspected of vandalising copies of Anne Frank's diaries and related material.
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More stem cell 'discovery' doubts

Friday, March 14th 2014, 11:13

A Japanese investigation into a supposedly groundbreaking stem cell study has discovered "inappropriate handling" of the data.
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