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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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'Emotional robot' launches in Japan

Thursday, June 5th 2014, 8:25

Japanese firm Softbank unveils "Pepper", a robot which it says can read human emotions and which is due to go on sale to the public next year.
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Russian fighter intercepted US plane

Wednesday, June 4th 2014, 14:05
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States

A Russian fighter jet flew within 100ft (30m) of a US Air Force plane over international waters near Japan in April, the Pentagon says.
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Japan Fukushima ice wall work starts

Monday, June 2nd 2014, 15:10
related places: Fukushima

The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant starts building a large underground ice wall to isolate toxic water produced by the plant.
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China denounces US-Japan speeches

Sunday, June 1st 2014, 4:12
related countries: China China, Singapore Singapore, United States United States
related places: Beijing

China denounces Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel for "provocative speeches" against Beijing at a Singapore forum.
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VIDEO: Japan PM Abe urges security role

Friday, May 30th 2014, 18:54
related countries: China China

Japan's PM says his country will play a greater role in regional security and support South-East Asian countries in territorial disputes with China.
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Japan urges regional security role

Friday, May 30th 2014, 15:14
related countries: China China

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan will play a "greater and more proactive role" in regional security in Asia, angering Beijing.
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Japan inflation rate at 23-year high

Friday, May 30th 2014, 0:44

Consumer prices in Japan rise at their fastest pace in 23 years in April, surging 3.2% from a year earlier, as the sales tax rise comes into effect.
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N Korea to probe Japanese abductions

Thursday, May 29th 2014, 12:22
related countries: North Korea North Korea

North Korea will reopen an investigation into the fate of Japanese nationals it abducted decades ago, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says.
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VIDEO: Aerials show tanker explosion aftermath

Thursday, May 29th 2014, 9:13

One person is missing after an oil tanker exploded off Japan's southwest coast, according to the country's coastguard.
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One missing in Japan tanker blast

Thursday, May 29th 2014, 6:15

An explosion on board the 998-tonne oil tanker Shoko-maru, off Japan's coast, leaves one person missing, local officials say.
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Japan retail sales fall on tax hike

Thursday, May 29th 2014, 2:02

Retail sales in Japan fall 4.4% in April, compared with the same period last year, as the country's sales tax hike begins to take effect.
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VIDEO: Japan police probe body sent by mail

Wednesday, May 28th 2014, 5:44

Japanese murder detectives are investigating the case of a young woman whose corpse was posted across Japan.
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VIDEO: Life of a sumo wrestler

Tuesday, May 27th 2014, 20:41

Why wrestlers' training regime is putting off Japanese children
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AUDIO: Dead Japanese nurse mailed as doll

Tuesday, May 27th 2014, 10:15

Detectives are investigating the case of a dead nurse, whose body was mailed across Japan in a box labelled "doll."
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Japan police probe body sent by mail

Tuesday, May 27th 2014, 4:22

Japanese murder detectives investigate the case of a young woman whose corpse was posted across Japan, labelled as a doll.
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Sony to sell PlayStation 4 in China

Monday, May 26th 2014, 23:53
related countries: China China

Japan's Sony signs a partnership in China to manufacture and sell its PlayStation consoles on the mainland.
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Japan girl group attacked with saw

Monday, May 26th 2014, 5:12

Two members of popular Japanese pop group AKB48 are injured after a man attacks them with a saw at a fan event.
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Sir Paul treated in Tokyo hospital

Friday, May 23rd 2014, 8:57

Sir Paul McCartney thanks fans for their messages of support after receiving treatment in a Japanese hospital for a virus.
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Workers 'fled' at peak of Fukushima

Tuesday, May 20th 2014, 13:06
related places: Fukushima

About 90% of workers at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant fled at the height of the meltdown crisis in 2011, a major Japanese newspaper reports.
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Unwell McCartney cancels Japan dates

Tuesday, May 20th 2014, 9:01

Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney cancels a tour of Japan due to an illness, organisers say.
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Sony shares slide on trading worries

Thursday, May 15th 2014, 1:27

Shares in Japanese electronics giant Sony fall as much as 7% after the company forecast its second straight year of losses.
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Japan posts strong quarterly growth

Thursday, May 15th 2014, 1:05

Japan's economy grows at the fastest pace in nearly three years due to increased spending as consumers rush to beat the introduction of a sales tax rise.
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Sony to be unprofitable until 2015

Wednesday, May 14th 2014, 8:29

Japanese electronics giant Sony forecasts it will remain unprofitable until 2015 after a restructuring saw it exit the PC business.
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VIDEO: Astronaut says goodbye to robot companion

Tuesday, May 13th 2014, 19:12

Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata says goodbye to his humanoid robot companion, Kirobo, as he wraps up his mission aboard the International Space Station.
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Sharp shares up on return to profit

Tuesday, May 13th 2014, 2:58

Shares in Japanese electronics maker Sharp rise as much as 7.7% on the Tokyo Stock Exchange as it posts first annual profit in three years.
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Sharp swings back into profit

Monday, May 12th 2014, 7:26

Japanese electronics maker Sharp reports its first annual profit in three years following a huge restructuring.
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Japan man held over 'printed guns'

Thursday, May 8th 2014, 10:40
related places: Tokyo

A 27-year-old man from near Tokyo is arrested for allegedly possessing guns made with a 3D printer, according to the Japan Broadcasting Corporation.
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Toyota profit surges to $17.8bn

Thursday, May 8th 2014, 8:34
related places: Toyota

Japanese carmaker Toyota sees its full-year profits nearly double, boosted mainly by the yen's weakness and cost cutting.
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Sony predicts bigger full-year loss

Thursday, May 1st 2014, 9:12

Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony says its losses for the year to March will be bigger than expected due to higher restructuring costs.
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Suntory completes $16bn Beam buyout

Thursday, May 1st 2014, 6:27
related countries: United States United States

Japanese beverage giant Suntory Holdings completes the buyout of US firm Beam, maker of Jim Beam whiskey, in a $16bn deal.
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Panasonic reports return to profit

Monday, April 28th 2014, 10:37

Japanese consumer electronics giant Panasonic reports its first full-year profit for three years, with the weaker yen helping to boost sales.
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Japan retail sales surge on tax hike

Monday, April 28th 2014, 1:51

Retail sales in Japan grow at the fastest pace in 17 years in March as consumers rush to make purchases ahead of the sales tax hike in April.
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VIDEO: Japanese whaling ships set sail

Saturday, April 26th 2014, 11:37

Japan has started its first hunt for Minke whales in the Pacific since being ordered to suspend similar activities in the Antarctic.
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Tokyo inflation rate at 22-year high

Friday, April 25th 2014, 3:36
related places: Tokyo

Tokyo consumer prices rise at their fastest pace in 22 years, surging 2.7% over a year, pointing to a likely increase in inflation across Japan.
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VIDEO: Obama plays football with Asimo robot

Thursday, April 24th 2014, 22:05
related places: Tokyo

President Obama plays football with a humanoid robot in Tokyo as part of his four-nation Asia tour.
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VIDEO: Obama urges end to island row

Thursday, April 24th 2014, 14:10
related countries: China China, United States United States

US President Barack Obama has reaffirmed his support for Japan in its row over islands with China, after talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
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Japan pact 'covers disputed islands'

Thursday, April 24th 2014, 6:08
related countries: United States United States
related places: Asia

US President Barack Obama restates support for Japan over disputed islands but warns that dialogue - not escalation - is the way forward.
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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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