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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

Japan votes in key upper house poll

Sunday, July 21st 2013, 8:53

Japan is voting in an election for the upper house expected to deliver a win for PM Shinzo Abe - and return more stability to the political scene.
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Theremin world record set in Japan

Saturday, July 20th 2013, 23:56

Japanese musicians set a new world record for the biggest number of players on the theremin - the musical instrument used without actually being touched.
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Pioneering stem cell trial approved

Friday, July 19th 2013, 10:28

The first trial of stem cells produced from a patient's own body has been approved by the Japanese government.
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VIDEO: Snail facial anyone?

Thursday, July 18th 2013, 17:50
related places: Tokyo

A salon in Tokyo is offering a new kind of beauty treatment using a team of Japanese native snails
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Steam seen at Fukushima building

Thursday, July 18th 2013, 9:07
related places: Fukushima

Steam is seen rising from a damaged reactor building at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, its operator says, but no increased radiation is observed.
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Woman sues Japan crime gang boss

Wednesday, July 17th 2013, 7:40

A Japanese restaurateur is suing the head of the largest organised crime "yakuza" group, in what may be the first lawsuit of its kind, local media say.
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Bank of Japan upbeat on economy

Thursday, July 11th 2013, 11:42

The Bank of Japan gives an upbeat assessment of the country's economy, saying it is starting to "recover modestly".
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Zuma sacks Tokyo Sexwale

Tuesday, July 9th 2013, 15:12
related countries: South Africa South Africa

Veteran of the fight against apartheid Tokyo Sexwale is sacked as housing minister by South African President Jacob Zuma.
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Olympus shares fall on funding plans

Tuesday, July 9th 2013, 6:25

Shares of Japanese camera and medical equipment maker Olympus fall after it unveils plans to raise 118bn yen ($1.2bn; £780m) in fresh capital.
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Japan paper warns of China 'danger'

Tuesday, July 9th 2013, 6:13
related countries: China China

Japan warns that China is engaging in "dangerous actions" and attempting to change the status quo in the East China Sea "by force".
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Japan eyes nuclear reactor restart

Monday, July 8th 2013, 10:09

Nuclear operators in Japan apply to restart 10 reactors, potentially paving the way for a widespread return to nuclear power in coming years.
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VIDEO: China and Russia hold joint naval drills

Friday, July 5th 2013, 18:47
related countries: China China, Russia Russia

China and Russia are holding their largest-ever joint naval exercises in the Sea of Japan in a bid to improve the two country's efforts at military cooperation.
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Why are so many Japanese men refusing to leave their rooms?

Thursday, July 4th 2013, 23:21

Why are thousands of Japanese men refusing to leave their rooms?
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Japan upper house campaign begins

Thursday, July 4th 2013, 5:15

Japan kicks of campaigning for upper house elections ahead of 21 July polls which could see parliamentary gridlock resolved.
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Japan complains over China drill rig

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013, 13:24
related countries: China China

Japan expresses serious concern to China over the construction of a drilling rig near a disputed gas field in the East China Sea.
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VIDEO: Rocking out with the musical monks

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013, 8:56

A group of Japanese monks and pastors are trying to spread the word through music, but not the type of music you might expect from a Buddhist monk.
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Mitsubishi UFJ buys Thai bank stake

Tuesday, July 2nd 2013, 14:56
related countries: Thailand Thailand

Japan's biggest lender Mitsubishi UFJ agrees to buy a controlling stake in Thailand's Bank of Ayudhya for $5.6bn.
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Japan's business mood turns positive

Monday, July 1st 2013, 5:54

Japanese manufacturers' sentiment turns positive for the first time in nearly two years, the Bank of Japan's Tankan survey indicates.
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Japan broadcaster sued over English

Thursday, June 27th 2013, 14:22

A disgruntled viewer is suing Japan's national broadcaster for "mental distress" caused by an excessive use of words borrowed from English.
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VIDEO: Talking 'robot astronaut' set for ISS

Thursday, June 27th 2013, 4:45

A Japanese ''robot astronaut'' has been designed to function in space and engage in conversation.
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Mouse cloned from drop of blood

Thursday, June 27th 2013, 2:02

In a pioneering experiment, scientists in Japan clone a mouse from white blood cells collected from the tail of a living donor.
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Australia-Japan whaling case begins

Wednesday, June 26th 2013, 9:02
related countries: Australia Australia

Public hearings begin in The Hague as Australia and Japan take their fight over whaling to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
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Yankey to break England caps record

Wednesday, June 26th 2013, 7:17
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Rachel Yankey is set to become England's most capped football international in a friendly against Japan on Wednesday.
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Japan firm in record foreign takeover

Wednesday, June 26th 2013, 1:52

Japan's SoftBank will become one of the world's largest mobile operators after shareholders in Sprint Nextel backed its revised bid for a 78% stake in the business.
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Suntory unit's IPO price fizzles

Monday, June 24th 2013, 10:22

Japan's Suntory Holdings expects to raise $4bn (£2.57bn) - down from an earlier estimate of $4.7bn - from the listing of its food and soft-drinks unit next week.
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Japan 1-2 Mexico

Saturday, June 22nd 2013, 21:25
related countries: Mexico Mexico

Two headers by Javier Hernandez help Mexico depart the Confederations Cup on a winning note as Japan finish bottom of Group A.
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Mount Fuji wins heritage status

Saturday, June 22nd 2013, 12:18

Unesco grants Japan's Mount Fuji World Heritage status, saying that it has inspired artists and poets for centuries.
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Italy 4-3 Japan

Thursday, June 20th 2013, 0:48

Italy complete a superb fightback to knock Japan out of the Confederations Cup and book their place in the semi-finals.
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VIDEO: Toxic isotope found in Fukushima water

Wednesday, June 19th 2013, 14:47
related places: Fukushima

High levels of a toxic radioactive isotope have been found in groundwater at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, its operator says.
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Toxic substance in Fukushima water

Wednesday, June 19th 2013, 9:32
related places: Fukushima

High levels of a toxic radioactive isotope, strontium-90, have been found in groundwater at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, its operator says.
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Dish abandons bid for Sprint Nextel

Wednesday, June 19th 2013, 7:59
related countries: United States United States

US satellite TV operator Dish Network says it will not submit a revised bid for Sprint Nextel, leaving the way open for a rival bid from Japan's Softbank.
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Japan exports up by most since 2010

Wednesday, June 19th 2013, 7:00

Japanese exports rose in May at the fastest annual rate since 2010 as the yen weakened, providing a boost to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan to revive the economy.
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VIDEO: Footage shows family caught in protest

Monday, June 17th 2013, 15:48
related countries: Brazil Brazil

A family of Japanese tourists is caught in clashes between police and protestors on Saturday, shortly before the Confederations Cup's opening match between Brazil and Japan at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium.
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Brazil 3-0 Japan

Saturday, June 15th 2013, 21:15
related countries: Brazil Brazil

Neymar's spectacular goal sets hosts Brazil on their way to victory over Japan in the opening game of the Confederations Cup.
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Japanese stocks enter bear market

Thursday, June 13th 2013, 7:03
related countries: United States United States

Japanese shares tumble as the yen hits a 10-week high against the US dollar, triggering concerns of a drop in exporters' profits.
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Japan tests 4K TV over the internet

Wednesday, June 12th 2013, 17:33

A Japanese firm carries out what it believes is the first test of streaming 4K resolution television to a set-top box over the internet.
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Oldest man in history dies in Japan

Wednesday, June 12th 2013, 15:14

A Japanese man recognised as the world's oldest living person and the oldest man recorded in history dies aged 116, local officials say.
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Shares fall on Japan disappointment

Tuesday, June 11th 2013, 20:59

World share indexes fall after the Bank of Japan (BoJ) held off taking new stimulus measures to calm markets.
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Japan growth numbers revised higher

Monday, June 10th 2013, 8:30

Japan revises up its growth numbers for the first three months of the year, adding to hopes of a recovery in the world's third-largest economy.
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French president calls Japan 'China'

Friday, June 7th 2013, 11:38
related countries: China China, France France
related places: Tokyo

The French President is embarrassed by a slip of the tongue at a news conference in Tokyo as he confuses his hosts with the Chinese.
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Water leak at Fukushima nuclear plant

Thursday, June 6th 2013, 6:00
related places: Fukushima

Radioactive water is leaking from a storage tank at Japan's tsunami-hit Fukushima power plant, following several other recent leaks and power failures.
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VIDEO: Japanese singer on instant stardom

Tuesday, June 4th 2013, 5:37

The pop star emblem of Japan's kawaii- or cute - culture Kyary Pamyu Pamyu talks to the BBC.
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Africa 'centre of world growth'

Monday, June 3rd 2013, 15:54

Africa will be an engine for world growth in the coming decades and Japan has to invest more on the continent, Japan's prime minister says.
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Japan's Nikkei falls to six-week low

Monday, June 3rd 2013, 8:45
related countries: China China, United States United States

Japanese shares continue their recent decline, hurt by weak manufacturing data from China and fears over the US scaling back key stimulus measures.
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'No rise in cancer' after Fukushima

Friday, May 31st 2013, 18:22
related places: Fukushima

Cancer rates are not expected to rise as a result of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, a draft report by UN scientists says.
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Mayor survives 'sex slaves' censure

Thursday, May 30th 2013, 13:46
related places: Osaka

The mayor of the Japanese city of Osaka survives a censure over his comments that Japan's sex slaves served a necessary role during World War II.
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Panasonic plans to cut 5,000 jobs

Thursday, May 30th 2013, 9:04

Japan's Panasonic says it plans to cut 5,000 jobs over the next three years at its automotive and industrial unit.
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Japan's Suntory plans $4.7bn listing

Thursday, May 30th 2013, 6:41

Japan's Suntory Holdings plans to list its food and non-alcoholic drinks unit in what is set to be the country's largest public share offering this year.
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Security OK for Sprint-Softbank deal

Wednesday, May 29th 2013, 15:50
related countries: United States United States

Sprint and Japan's Softbank say US regulators have found no unresolved national security issues relating to Softbank's proposed takeover of the US mobile operator.
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VIDEO: Japan mayor fuels 'comfort women' row

Monday, May 27th 2013, 23:59
related places: Osaka

The mayor of Osaka has courted controversy for a second time by claiming that there is "no evidence" that the Japanese government forced tens of thousands of women into sexual enslavement during World War II.
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Japanese rider killed at Manx TT

Monday, May 27th 2013, 21:53
related countries: Isle of Man Isle of Man

Japanese rider Yoshinari Matsushita dies at the age of 43 after an incident at the Isle of Man TT qualifying session.
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VIDEO: Japan restarts Dreamliner flights

Sunday, May 26th 2013, 22:29

Japan's All Nippon Airways has resumed commercial flights of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner for the first time since the planes were grounded over safety fears.
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Japan announces fresh aid to Burma

Sunday, May 26th 2013, 11:36
related countries: Burma Burma

Japan announces fresh aid to Burma, during a landmark visit by Japanese PM Shinzo Abe aimed at boosting economic ties.
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Japan restarts Dreamliner flights

Sunday, May 26th 2013, 10:58

Japan's All Nippon Airways resumes commercial flights of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner for the first time since the planes were grounded over safety fears.
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'Comfort women' snub Japan mayor

Friday, May 24th 2013, 9:27
related countries: North Korea North Korea

Two South Korean women forced into sexual slavery in WWII cancel a meeting with Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, citing fears of "political exploitation".
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Japanese stocks recover after falls

Friday, May 24th 2013, 8:08

Shares in Japan have closed 0.89% higher, one day after Thursday's global sell-off in shares.
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Japan PM Abe heads to Burma

Friday, May 24th 2013, 3:53
related countries: Burma Burma

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads to Burma for economic talks - in the first visit by a Japanese PM since 1977.
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VIDEO: 80-year-old claims new Everest record

Thursday, May 23rd 2013, 15:36

An 80-year-old Japanese adventurer, Yuichiro Miura, becomes the oldest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
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