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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 retail sales fall in February

Thursday, March 28th 2013, 2:08

Retail sales in Japan fell by more than forecast in February, figures show, underlining the challenge the new government faces to boost consumer demand.
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VIDEO: Japan cherry trees mark Spring

Friday, March 22nd 2013, 7:13
related places: Tokyo

People in Tokyo have been enjoying the arrival of Japan's cherry blossom season which marks the beginning of spring.
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China is second-biggest movie market

Friday, March 22nd 2013, 4:47
related countries: China China

China becomes the world's second-biggest movie market, displacing Japan, underscoring its importance as a key market for Hollywood's moviemakers.
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Japan posts deficit for eighth month

Thursday, March 21st 2013, 2:47

Japan posts a trade deficit for the eighth straight month, underlining the challenge the new government faces in spurring on the country's economy.
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Rat linked to Fukushima power outage

Wednesday, March 20th 2013, 17:13
related places: Fukushima

A rat may have caused this week's power outage at Japan's tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, says the company which runs it.
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Power at Fukushima plant restored

Wednesday, March 20th 2013, 3:52
related places: Fukushima

Power is restored to all cooling systems for the spent fuel ponds at the tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, operator Tepco says.
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Man guilty of Irish woman's murder

Tuesday, March 19th 2013, 13:21
related countries: Ireland Ireland, United States United States
related places: Tokyo, May

An American has been found guilty of the murder of Irish student Nicola Furlong in Tokyo last May.
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VIDEO: Power failure hits Fukushima plant

Tuesday, March 19th 2013, 7:38
related places: Fukushima

A power failure at Japan's tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant has affected cooling systems for spent fuel ponds.
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Japanese architect wins top prize

Monday, March 18th 2013, 9:35
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

Japanese architect Toyo Ito, who created London's Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, wins this year's prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize.
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Japan seeks to join TPP trade talks

Friday, March 15th 2013, 11:28

Japan says it wants to join the talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade agreement currently being negotiated among 11 countries.
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VIDEO: Wine is overnight hit in Japan

Friday, March 15th 2013, 4:39
related countries: France France
related places: Chateau, Puy

French winemaker Leo Tordjman tells how his Chateau le Puy became an unexpected overnight success in Japan.
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Kuroda confirmed as BOJ governor

Friday, March 15th 2013, 3:15

Japan's parliament approves as governor of the Bank of Japan Haruhiko Kuroda, who is expected to push for monetary stimulus to boost growth in the world's third-largest economy.
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Tan Twan Eng wins literary prize

Thursday, March 14th 2013, 15:45
related countries: Malaysia Malaysia

Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng wins the Man Asian Literary Prize for his Booker-shortlisted novel The Garden of Evening Mists, set during the aftermath of the Japanese occupation of Malaya.
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What Japanese history lessons leave out

Thursday, March 14th 2013, 0:12

Why do Japanese children learn almost nothing about the war?
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Japan taps gas from methane hydrate

Tuesday, March 12th 2013, 9:53

Japan says it had successfully extracted natural gas from frozen methane hydrate off its central coast, in what it says is a world first.
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Japan marks quake anniversary

Monday, March 11th 2013, 9:59

Services are held in Japan marking the earthquake and tsunami, two years after the disaster that left more than 18,000 dead and sparked a nuclear crisis.
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Japan quake 'heard at edge of space'

Sunday, March 10th 2013, 11:20

A deep rumble produced by the great Tohoku earthquake in Japan two years ago was sensed by a satellite circling the Earth, scientists say.
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VIDEO: Watching Japan's nuclear 'ghost towns'

Friday, March 8th 2013, 15:02
related places: Fukushima

Forced to leave their homes due to high radiation levels after the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster of 2011, residents of Iitate in northern Japan are keeping an eye on their village with the help of surveillance cameras linked to tablet computers.
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Japan growth figures revised upwards

Friday, March 8th 2013, 10:23

Japan's economy stopped contracting in the final quarter of 2012, revised figures show, raising hopes of a recovery.
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Samsung to acquire 3% stake in Sharp

Wednesday, March 6th 2013, 7:53

Samsung Electronics agrees a deal to buy a 3% stake in struggling Japanese electronics maker Sharp for 10.4bn yen ($110m; £75m).
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US veteran who captured Tojo dies

Monday, March 4th 2013, 21:51
related countries: United States United States
related places: Tojo

The US soldier who arrested Japanese Prime Minister Gen Hideki Tojo to face trial for war crimes at the end of World War II dies aged 93.
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VIDEO: Nine dead after heavy snow in Japan

Monday, March 4th 2013, 15:05

At least nine people die after heavy snowfall hits the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido over the weekend.
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BOJ nominee promises bold steps

Monday, March 4th 2013, 9:30

Haruhiko Kuroda, nominated to be the next head of Japan's central bank, promises to do "whatever we can do" to raise inflation to 2%, sending Japanese shares higher.
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US sailors jailed over Okinawa rape

Friday, March 1st 2013, 10:38
related countries: United States United States
related places: Okinawa

Two US sailors who pleaded guilty to the rape of a Japanese woman in Okinawa are sentenced to nine and 10 years in prison.
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VIDEO: Record snowfall in northern Japan

Friday, March 1st 2013, 6:06

Northern Japan usually has a high snow fall but this year's has broken all records.
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Japan consumer prices drop continues

Friday, March 1st 2013, 2:27

Japan's consumer prices dip for the third straight month, underlining the challenge faced by policymakers as they try to stoke inflation.
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Samsung loses Japan iPhone battle

Thursday, February 28th 2013, 18:25
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Samsung has failed in its latest patent challenge against Apple, but is being aided by a former UK judge in a separate battle.
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Sony sells 'holy land' building

Thursday, February 28th 2013, 10:45
related places: Tokyo

Sony has sold one of its landmark Tokyo buildings for $1.2bn - its second high-profile property deal this year.
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Japan nominates central bank boss

Thursday, February 28th 2013, 4:16

The Japanese government nominates Haruhiko Kuroda to be the next governor of the country's central bank.
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VIDEO: World's oldest woman is 114

Wednesday, February 27th 2013, 15:16
related places: Osaka

The world's oldest woman has officially been named as Misao Okawa, who is 114 years old and lives in the western Japanese city of Osaka.
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Sea Shepherd anti-whalers 'pirates'

Wednesday, February 27th 2013, 4:03
related countries: United States United States

A US appeals court says conservation group Sea Shepherd are pirates, ordering them to stay away from Japan's whaling fleet.
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ANA cancels more Dreamliner flights

Monday, February 25th 2013, 11:33

Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) cancels all Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights until at least the end of May, in the latest blow to Boeing.
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Japan to sell $10bn tobacco stake

Monday, February 25th 2013, 10:44

Japan's government is to sell a third of its stake in Japan Tobacco, to raise $10.3bn for reconstruction of areas devastated by the 2011 earthquake.
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Japan markets get central bank boost

Monday, February 25th 2013, 7:00

Japanese shares rise and the yen weakens on reports that Haruhiko Kuroda is likely to be nominated as the next Bank of Japan governor.
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Obama and Abe affirm US-Japan ties

Friday, February 22nd 2013, 19:51
related countries: United States United States
related places: Washington, White House, Abe

US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe affirm their security alliance and pledge to stand firm against North Korea.
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Japan PM Abe set for Obama talks

Friday, February 22nd 2013, 6:55
related countries: United States United States
related places: Obama

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to meet President Obama in the US for talks aimed at fortifying their key security alliance.
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Japanese tycoon quits Wynn board

Friday, February 22nd 2013, 2:58

In the latest twist to the ongoing saga at Wynn Resorts, Japanese tycoon Kazuo Okada has quit the company's board.
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Can 'Abenomics' fix Japan's ailing economy?

Friday, February 22nd 2013, 0:57

What economists thinks of Japan PM Shinzo Abe's plans
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VIDEO: Robotic helpers for Fukushima clean-up

Thursday, February 21st 2013, 19:15
related places: Fukushima

Japanese scientists have unveiled some of the latest advancements in robotic technologies which they hope will help clean up the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, damaged in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
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VIDEO: Japan suspends annual whale hunt

Thursday, February 21st 2013, 6:29
related countries: Southern Ocean Southern Ocean

Anti-whaling groups are claiming victory after the Japanese whaling fleet suspended its annual hunt in the Southern Ocean.
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Japan hangs three death row inmates

Thursday, February 21st 2013, 5:38

Japan hangs three death-row inmates, in the first executions under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
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Activists clash with Japan whalers

Wednesday, February 20th 2013, 11:41
related countries: Southern Ocean Southern Ocean

Japan's whaling fleet clashes with anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd in the Southern Ocean, with the activists saying their boat was rammed.
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Japan posts record trade deficit

Wednesday, February 20th 2013, 4:41

Japan's monthly trade deficit hits a record in January after its recent monetary policy stance weakened its currency sharply.
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Japan shares up on weaker yen hopes

Monday, February 18th 2013, 7:04

Japanese shares rise after finance ministers of the G20 group of nations avoid singling out Japan for criticism over the recent yen weakness.
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Gold bars for tsunami-hit Japan port

Sunday, February 17th 2013, 2:44

People in a small Japanese fishing port devastated by the 2011 tsunami have been receiving gold bars in the post from an anonymous benefactor.
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VIDEO: Mystery golden gift to tsunami town

Saturday, February 16th 2013, 17:24
related places: Ishinomaki

At least three people in the small Japanese fishing port of Ishinomaki, which was devastated in the 2011 tsunami, have received gold bars from a mystery benefactor through the post.
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VIDEO: Original Iwo Jima statue auctioned

Saturday, February 16th 2013, 10:57
related countries: United States United States

The original sculpture commemorating the moment US Marines raised the stars and stripes on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima is being put up for auction.
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Guam knife attack toll rises

Thursday, February 14th 2013, 6:37
related countries: Guam Guam

The death toll from an attack in Guam rose to three after a Japanese man mown down by a car died of his injuries, officials say.
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Japanese economy worse than forecast

Thursday, February 14th 2013, 5:33

Japan's economy has shrunk for the third straight quarter, underlining the challenges the new government faces in reviving growth.
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Knifeman kills two in Guam attack

Wednesday, February 13th 2013, 7:10
related countries: Guam Guam, United States United States

A man wielding a knife kills at least two Japanese tourists and injures 11 in the US Pacific territory of Guam, officials say.
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VIDEO: Sea turtle gets artificial flippers

Tuesday, February 12th 2013, 17:39

A loggerhead sea turtle thought to have lost its front flippers in a shark attack is fitted with a prosthetic pair in an aquarium in Japan.
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Asian markets mixed on N Korea test

Tuesday, February 12th 2013, 6:09

Asian markets have a mixed reaction to the nuclear test carried out by North Korea, its third since 2006.
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VIDEO: Japan's incredible shrinking building

Monday, February 11th 2013, 5:20

A company in Japan has come up with a new way of demolishing high-rise buildings in densely built-up areas, as an alternative to using wrecking balls or explosives.
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Japan steps up threat on China ship

Saturday, February 9th 2013, 5:30
related countries: China China

Japan says it may release evidence to prove a Chinese naval frigate locked its fire-control radar onto a Japanese ship near disputed islands.
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China rejects Japan radar allegation

Friday, February 8th 2013, 10:15
related countries: China China

China's Defence Ministry denies Japanese allegations that its navy ships twice put a radar lock on Japanese military vessels last month.
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Sony shares slump after losses

Friday, February 8th 2013, 9:34

Shares in the Japanese electronics maker Sony slump 10% as investors respond to the firm's latest results.
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Nissan profits fall on weak demand

Friday, February 8th 2013, 9:13

Japanese car maker Nissan reports a big fall in third quarter profits, blaming weak demand, but keeps its full-year forecast unchanged.
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