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Toshiba boss resigns over scandal

Tuesday, July 21st 2015, 12:49

The chief executive of Japanese electronics giant Toshiba, Hisao Tanaka, resigns after the company overstated its profits for six years.
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Japan censures China sea activity

Tuesday, July 21st 2015, 4:40
related countries: China China

Japan strengthens criticism of Chinese activity in disputed seas in its annual defence report, after the first draft was rejected.
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Japanese shares higher after holiday

Tuesday, July 21st 2015, 1:56
related places: Tokyo

Tokyo gained ground on Tuesday amid gains on other Asian markets, with only Shanghai bucking the trend.
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Asian shares struggle to make gains

Monday, July 20th 2015, 8:09
related places: Tokyo

Asian markets start the week largely unchanged on Monday with thin volumes, while Tokyo was closed for a public holiday.
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Mitsubishi makes key war apology

Sunday, July 19th 2015, 22:42
related countries: United States United States

The Mitsubishi corporation of Japan makes a landmark apology for using US prisoners of war as forced labour during World War Two.
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VIDEO: F1's Jules Bianchi 'fought to the end'

Saturday, July 18th 2015, 4:24
related countries: France France

French Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi has died, nine months after suffering severe head injuries in a crash at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.
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VIDEO: WW2: The battle of Kohima and Imphal

Friday, July 17th 2015, 23:03
related countries: Burma Burma, India India
related places: Imphal, Kohima

How the defeat of the Japanese by allied forces in Burma during WW2 actually started a year earlier in north-east India.
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Japan scraps Olympic stadium design

Friday, July 17th 2015, 13:12

The Japanese government scraps its stadium design for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, saying it will "start over from zero", following criticism over rising costs.
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Five things about Japan's robot hotel

Friday, July 17th 2015, 4:16

A hotel staffed entirely by robots in Japan, from a dinosaur at reception to a giant arm that takes left luggage, has made its debut in Japan
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Typhoon Nangka hits southern Japan

Friday, July 17th 2015, 1:24

Japanese authorities urge at least 350,000 people to flee as Typhoon Nangka makes landfall on the southern island of Shikoku.
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The Brazilians winning in Japan

Thursday, July 16th 2015, 23:00

The Brazilians winning in Japan
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VIDEO: Inside Japan's robot hotel

Thursday, July 16th 2015, 14:08

A new hotel has opened in Japan and it's run almost entirely by robots.
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Japan lawmakers pass military bills

Thursday, July 16th 2015, 13:13

The lower house of Japan's parliament has passed two controversial bills that change the country's security laws, despite public opposition.
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Asian stocks rise on Greek vote

Thursday, July 16th 2015, 9:02
related countries: Australia Australia, Greece Greece
related places: Athens

Asian stocks rise as lawmakers in Greece vote in favour of a bailout deal to prevent the country from exiting the eurozone.
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VIDEO: Japanese troops set to fight overseas

Thursday, July 16th 2015, 0:41

Japan's military looks set to expand its remit, after new security laws were approved by a parliamentary committee.
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Japan paves way for defence change

Wednesday, July 15th 2015, 8:15

A parliamentary committee in Japan has approved two major bills for debate, paving the way for an expansion in the role of the military.
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Nintendo's Satoru Iwata dies at 55

Monday, July 13th 2015, 6:36

Japanese video game maker Nintendo says its chief executive Satoru Iwata has died of cancer at the age of 55.
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Honda recalls 4.5m cars over airbags

Thursday, July 9th 2015, 7:19
related places: Honda, Takata

Japanese carmaker Honda is recalling 4.5 million more cars globally amid continuing fears of a potentially deadly defect in Takata airbag inflators.
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Free wi-fi for Mount Fuji climbers

Tuesday, July 7th 2015, 11:30

Eight wi-fi hotspots are being set up on Japan's highest peak.
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World's oldest man dies at 112

Tuesday, July 7th 2015, 4:45
related places: Tokyo

The world's oldest man, Japanese supercentenarian Sakari Momoi, dies in a Tokyo care home at the age of 112.
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VIDEO: Anniversary of Asia's biggest war

Tuesday, July 7th 2015, 1:43

Commemorations are taking place to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1945 - the biggest war in Asia in the 20th Century.
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'Pearl Harbor' row after US win

Monday, July 6th 2015, 4:47
related countries: United States United States
related places: Victory

Victory for the US over Japan in the Women's World Cup turns into a Twitter row, with some calling it "revenge" for Pearl Harbor.
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USA 5-2 Japan

Monday, July 6th 2015, 1:31
related countries: United States United States

USA beat former champions Japan in Vancouver to become the first nation to win three Women's World Cups.
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Solar Impulse completes epic flight

Friday, July 3rd 2015, 20:06

Solar Impulse, the aeroplane that is powered only by the sun, lands in Hawaii after making a historic 7,200km flight across the Pacific from Japan.
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Carney devastated for Bassett

Thursday, July 2nd 2015, 13:56
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Bassett

Karen Carney says she is "devastated" for England's Laura Bassett, who scored an own goal in the semi-final loss to Japan.
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Japan shares up on weaker yen

Thursday, July 2nd 2015, 7:24
related countries: Greece Greece, United States United States

Shares in Japan were up Thursday - despite continuing concerns over Greece - as investors welcomed a weaker yen and higher US markets overnight.
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Sampson 'so proud of England heroes'

Thursday, July 2nd 2015, 5:49
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

England boss Mark Sampson says his side deserve to head home as heroes after suffering a semi-final defeat by Japan.
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Japan 2-1 England

Thursday, July 2nd 2015, 1:34
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

England suffer semi-final heartbreak in the Women's World Cup as an injury-time own goal sends Japan through to the final.
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Prince William calls England squad

Wednesday, July 1st 2015, 18:28
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Cambridge

England receive a surprise phone call from the Duke of Cambridge before their Women's World Cup semi-final with Japan.
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Toyota exec quits after drug scandal

Wednesday, July 1st 2015, 9:08
related places: Toyota

Toyota's managing officer Julie Hamp resigns from the company after she was arrested last month for allegedly bringing illegal drugs into Japan.
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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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