Japan, Jordan continue worry over nationals

2015-01-30 14:53

Japan and Jordan are working closely to find out what has happened to two of their nationals being held by ISIS.

Japan studying latest message by ISIS

2015-01-29 10:38

Japan is studying the latest message purportedly from ISIS, which extends the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi prisoner, while officials worked feverishly to try to free a Japanese journalist held by the group.

Stunned Japan working to secure last hostage release

2015-01-26 11:45

Japan is working to coordinate efforts with Jordan and other countries to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State group, after a video surfaced purportedly showing a second hostage being killed.

ISIS confirms execution of Japanese hostage

2015-01-25 22:31

The Islamic State group has confirmed that its militants have executed Haruna Yukawa, one of two Japanese it has been holding hostage.

Abe 'speechless' after video claims ISIS hostage dead

2015-01-25 10:05

Japan’s PM says he is “speechless” after an online video purportedly showed that one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist ISIS has been killed.

Clock ticking for Japanese hostages

2015-01-22 13:56

The clock is ticking towards a deadline imposed by Islamist militants threatening to kill two Japanese nationals unless Tokyo pays a $200m ransom.

Japan weighs ransom in ISIS threat to kill hostages

2015-01-21 05:00

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces a predicament after vowing to save the life of two of his compatriots held hostage by ISIS - openly pay the $200m ransom or ask an ally to try a risky rescue inside Syria.

Japan's emperor turns 81

2014-12-23 10:17

Japan's Emperor Akihito said he 'ardently' hoped Japan will strive hard as a peaceful country, as he celebrated his 81th birthday ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Japan's Abe wins amid doubts over Abenomics

2014-12-15 09:25

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's coalition has cruised to an election win, but record low turnout pointed to dissatisfaction with his economic performance.

Japan secrecy law takes effect

2014-12-10 08:14

A law giving the Japanese government greater powers to classify and protect state secrets has taken effect, a year after the controversial bill was approved by parliament.

Japan voters unhappy over snap election - study

2014-11-20 14:20

Nearly two-thirds of Japanese voters don't understand why Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is calling a snap election and about half want ruling and opposition parties to come out evenly in the poll, a survey shows.

China, Japan hold ice-breaking meeting

2014-11-10 10:17

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are holding an ice-breaking meeting in Beijing, following more than two years of deep tensions over an island dispute.

Japanese ministers acknowledge improprieties

2014-10-28 13:55

Two Japanese cabinet ministers have acknowledged political fund-related improprieties, adding to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's headaches.

Japan minister resigns over money scandal

2014-10-20 10:01

Japan's high-profile and telegenic industry minister has resigned over claims she misused political funds, including buying both votes and make-up, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Putin may delay Japan visit over sanctions

2014-09-11 16:15

President Vladimir Putin may delay his visit to Japan, because of sanctions Tokyo has imposed on Russia for its role in the Ukraine crisis.

Japan PM names 5 women to new cabinet

2014-09-03 15:56

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has named five female cabinet ministers, leading by example in a country which economists say must make better use of its highly-educated but underemployed women.

Fukushima accepts radioactive waste storage

2014-09-01 16:40

The governor of disaster-struck Fukushima has agreed to accept the 'temporary' storage of nuclear waste from the Japanese accident, paving the way for an end to a years-long standoff.

Japan hangs gangster and killer arsonist

2014-08-29 08:48

Japan has executed a mobster and a killer arsonist, bringing to 11 the total number of death sentences carried out since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took power in 2012.

Nagasaki marks 69th anniversary of US atomic bombing

2014-08-09 12:23

Tens of thousands have marked the 69th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

Japan lifts some North Korea sanctions

2014-07-03 10:54

Japan has decided to ease some sanctions on North Korea in return for its reopening of a probe into the fate of Japanese citizens abducted by the reclusive state decades ago.

Tax cuts aim to set Japan swinging

2014-06-23 14:00

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to unveil measures ranging from corporate tax cuts and public pension reforms to proposed dance hall deregulation.

Japan shrugs off embarrassing court loss

2014-06-10 13:41

An embarrassing court ruling that halted Japan's Antarctic whaling will actually help Tokyo take whales in the name of science, a top whaling official says.

Will Abenomics work?

2014-04-01 07:44

The market is rallying, but it's an open question whether Shinzo Abe can reform Japan.

Japan marks 3rd anniversary of tsunami disaster

2014-03-12 14:44

Japan has observed a moment of silence to mark the third anniversary of the quake-tsunami disaster which swept away thousands of victims and sparked a nuclear emergency.

S Korea poll: Abe as unpopular as Kim Jong-Un

2014-02-12 12:39

With Seoul-Tokyo relations at their lowest ebb for years, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe is as unpopular with South Koreans as North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, a new survey reveals.


ISIS hostage swop hopes fading

2015-01-30 08:33

A possible prisoner swap deadline reportedly set by the Islamic State group holding a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian military pilot has passed with no sign of whether the two men are still alive.

Hostage mom’s plea: Please save Kenji

2015-01-28 11:49

The mother of a Japanese hostage held by Islamic State extremists has appealed publicly to Japan's leader to save her son after his captors issued what they said was a final death threat.

Japan stunned by ISIS video

2015-01-26 06:13

A video purportedly showing one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed has sent shock waves through Japan.

Obama, Cameron condemn Japan hostage murder

2015-01-25 14:05

US President Barack Obama has strongly condemned the killing of two Japanese hostages by the ISIS, announced in a video that has not yet been officially authenticated.

Japanese mother pleads as hostage deadline looms

2015-01-23 08:05

The mother of one of the Japanese men being held by Islamist militants has urged the Tokyo government to pay the jihadists' ransom and pleaded that her son's life be spared.

Japan PM: Race against time to save hostages

2015-01-21 16:57

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has admitted it was a "race against time" to free two hostages snatched by Islamist militants who are demanding $200m for their lives.

Abenomics boost shrinks back to Tokyo

2015-01-05 09:31

An economic rebound and loose money policy have briefly halted a long slide in Japan's commercial property market.

Japan nuclear watchdog greenlights more reactors

2014-12-17 10:16

Japan's nuclear watchdog has given the green light to restarting two more atomic reactors, days after pro-nuclear Prime Minister Shinzo Abe swept to election victory.

Japan at polls, Abe most likely to win

2014-12-14 13:03

Japan is voting in a snap general election that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has billed as a referendum on his economic policies, after the initial success of his first two years faded.

Japan PM to seek fresh mandate for 'Abenomics'

2014-11-18 17:06

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says that he would call an early election to seek a fresh mandate for his economic policies, and postpone an unpopular sales tax rise, after data showed the economy had slipped back into recession.

Japan to offer $100m aid to Ebola-hit Africa

2014-11-07 09:22

Japan is set to provide up to $100m in fresh aid to Ebola-hit West Africa, the government says, after the US called for further global efforts to combat the deadly virus.

Japan opposition takes aim at Abe govt scandals

2014-10-28 10:48

Japan's main opposition party has vowed to pursue Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over a string of cabinet funding scandals that have dented his popularity ratings.

Japan volcano kills 1, 7 missing, 30 injured

2014-09-27 16:30

A Japanese volcano popular with hikers has erupted, killing one woman, seriously injuring more than 30 people and resulted in seven missing, officials and media say.

Over half of Chinese see war with Japan - poll

2014-09-10 13:09

More than half of Chinese people think their country could go to war with Japan in the future, a new poll has revealed, after two years of intense diplomatic squabbles.

Japan's 'Abenomics' feared in trouble

2014-09-02 13:00

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan for Japan's economy to generate self-sustained growth appears to be faltering, but no magic solution is in sight.

Japan and India vow to boost strategic ties

2014-09-01 15:00

Japan and India have agreed to strengthen strategic ties as Asia's second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China.

Japan landslide buries homes, at least 27 dead

2014-08-20 09:26

A huge landslide that engulfed homes in western Japan has killed at least 27 people and left another 10 missing, the government says.

Japan marks 69th anniversary of Hiroshima

2014-08-06 11:00

Japan is marking the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and Mayor Kazumi Matsui called on President Obama and other world leaders to visit the city to see the scars.

50% of Japanese voters oppose security shift

2014-06-30 18:03

Half of Japanese voters oppose dropping a ban that has kept the military from fighting abroad since WWII as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe readied a landmark shift in security policy.

Japan PM wants to stage Robot Olympics

2014-06-20 07:29

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to stage a "Robot Olympics" in 2020, the same year Tokyo hosts the Summer Games.

Obama calls for end to China-Japan island dispute

2014-04-24 08:44

President Barack Obama says that he wants to see a dispute between China and Japan over islands in the East China Sea resolved peacefully, while affirming the US-Japan security treaty.

N Korea test-fires missiles as Obama hosts summit

2014-03-26 07:39

North Korea has test-fired two medium-range ballistic missiles, prompting a stern US reaction after President Barack Obama hosted a landmark Japan-South Korea summit.

Japan snowstorm death toll 19

2014-02-17 10:38

A severe snowstorm sweeping across Japan has killed 19 people and left more than 1 600 injured, media and officials say, as the extreme weather sparks widespread transport chaos.

'Sex strike' against Tokyo governor candidate

2014-02-07 22:31

Women in Tokyo are threatening a sex boycott against any man who votes for the front-runner in this weekend's gubernatorial election.

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