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.

N Korea calls Japan PM 'Asian Hitler'

2014-02-04 08:08

North Korea has denounced Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as an "Asian Hitler" intent on amassing military power under the guise of ensuring regional stability.

Japan distances itself on sex slavery comment

2014-01-27 14:56

Tokyo has distanced itself from comments by the new head of national broadcaster NHK, who said the Imperial Army's system of wartime sex slavery was not unique to Japan.

Japan loans Mozambique $672m

2014-01-13 19:00

Japan, anxious to access Mozambique's vast mineral resources, has offered to lend the country $672m to help boost its economy.

Japan PM begins Africa tour in Ivory Coast

2014-01-11 10:16

Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe has arrived in Japan on the first stop of his Africa tour to boost ties and business relations on a continent that has become a key trading partner with China.

Japan to boost profile in Africa

2014-01-09 08:45

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe is heading to Africa, keeping up a busy overseas schedule designed to boost Japan’s global profile in the face of China’s rise.

Chinese man crashes balloon near disputed isles

2014-01-02 12:02

A Chinese cook who tried to fly a hot-air balloon to islands claimed by both China and Japan has been rescued by Japan's Coast Guard after crashing into the sea.

China: Abe not welcome after war shrine visit

2013-12-30 14:51

China's foreign ministry has accused Japan's prime minister of hypocrisy and says he would not be welcome in China after he visited a shrine honouring Japan's war dead.

Biden in China over air zone matter

2013-12-04 12:49

US Vice President Joe Biden has arrived in Beijing to raise concerns over a Chinese air zone creating regional tensions, looking to bolster ties while also underscoring alliances.

Japan PM in Lexus no-hands drive

2013-11-09 13:36

Japan's prime minister took the first drive in an autonomous car on public roads in the nation's capital ahead of the 2013 Tokyo auto show.

Japan PM donates offering to war shrine

2013-10-17 09:04

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has donated a symbolic gift to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine, an apparent sign that he will avoid a visit that would have angered China and South Korea.

Other leaders dominate as Obama misses Apec

2013-10-07 10:14

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other Asia-Pacific leaders have taken centre stage at a regional summit after President Barack Obama was a no-show due to the US government shutdown.

'Abenomics' wins praise

2013-10-02 13:47

An unprecedented campaign by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to revive the economy is paying early dividends, but analysts say the tough work still lies ahead.

Four China ships in disputed zone

2013-09-06 21:04

Four Chinese coastguard ships have entered disputed waters near East China Sea islands at the centre of a bitter row with Tokyo.

Japan brings N Korea kidnappings to UN

2013-08-28 09:00

A United Nations team probing North Korea's human rights record is in Japan, as Tokyo campaigns to publicise the kidnapping of its nationals by Pyongyang agents.

Russia denies Japan air space intrusion

2013-08-22 19:34

Two Russian bombers have briefly entered Japan's air space, prompting Japan to scramble its fighter jets and lodge a protest, Japan says, but Russia denies it.

Japan ministers visit controversial shrine

2013-08-15 11:05

Two Japanese cabinet ministers have visited a controversial war shrine in a move sure to anger China and South Korea, which see it as a potent symbol of Tokyo's imperialist past.

China-Japan have 'low opinion' of each other

2013-08-08 08:15

China and Japan people hold the least favourable views of each others' countries for almost a decade, a survey has found as military and diplomatic tensions mount between the Asia giants.

Japan ship crosses N Korea 'danger line'

2013-08-07 12:00

A day after Japan unveiled its largest warship since World War II, North Korea has warned that Tokyo was following a militarisation programme that had already crossed "the danger line".

Gold jumps to 1-month high

2013-07-22 13:16

Gold has gained 1.7% to a one-month high on technical buying after the US dollar slipped, but the precious metal is still down more than a fifth this year.

Japan's Abe says he will focus on economy

2013-07-22 10:51

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to stay focused on reviving the stagnant economy, after his election victory.

Japan renews claims to disputed islands

2013-07-17 16:52

Japan's prime minister has renewed claims on the disputed island called Senkaku, which is also claimed by China.

Japan gears up for decisive election

2013-07-04 13:02

Campaigning has begun in an election expected to strengthen Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's control over parliament, ushering in the stability he needs to fix Japan's floundering economy.


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.

Biden tried to prevent Japan PM shrine visit

2014-01-29 10:40

US Vice President Joe Biden spent an hour trying to persuade Japan's prime minister not to visit the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, two weeks before the controversial pilgrimage.

Lessons from Japan

2014-01-23 07:32

Let's vote for our own version of Abenomics, says Geoffrey Chapman.

Japan PM eyes Mozambique energy sector

2014-01-13 07:02

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is on his first visit to Africa, has pledged to boost ties with resource-rich Mozambique, signing a raft of agreements on key sectors including energy.

China calls for 'warning' to Japan

2014-01-09 09:15

China has called for a worldwide "warning" to Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for going to a contested war shrine as it took their mounting feud to the United Nations.

Japan to offer help to Africa

2014-01-08 12:01

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe will offer humanitarian aid to Africa when he visits this week, the government says, as his Ethiopian opposite number expresses a wish for more trade with Tokyo.

Japan's Abe should learn from Germany: Xinhua

2014-01-01 22:18

Chinese state media kept up the heat on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the first day of 2014, urging him to learn from Germany in dealing with divisive historical issues.

China 'condemns' Japan PM's war shrine visit

2013-12-26 08:00

China has strongly condemned Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the flashpoint Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo, saying it glorified Japan's "history of militaristic aggression".

Japan's lower house passes secrecy bill

2013-11-26 14:46

Japan's lower house of parliament has passed a controversial new state secrets bill, which critics say is draconian and will impinge on press freedom and the public's right to know.

Japan,Turkey in nuclear power talks

2013-10-28 15:05

Japan's Prime Minister is headed to Turkey to cement nuclear contracts and push the export of more reactors, as the industry tries to emerge from the Fukushima atomic crisis.

Anti-Korea 'hate speech' illegal: Japan court

2013-10-08 10:07

A Japan court has ordered a group of anti-Korean activists to pay a Korean school in Kyoto $120 000 in compensation for disturbing classes and scaring students with hate speech.

Japan, US to modernise military alliance

2013-10-03 10:07

The US and Japan has agreed to modernise their defence alliance for the first time in 16 years to address growing concerns about North Korea's nuclear programme and other threats.

Tepco 'sorry' for Japan PM name gaffe

2013-09-20 09:06

Red-faced officials have issued an embarrassed apology to Japan's prime minister after spelling his name wrong during a high-profile tour of the battered Fukushima nuclear plant.

Radiation fears, Syria hang over Olympic bids

2013-09-05 14:02

The stricken Fukushima nuclear plant and the civil war in Syria are hanging over Tokyo and Istanbul's attempts to host the 2020 Olympics, amid suggestions that Madrid could benefit.

Japan minister at Fukushima after leak

2013-08-26 09:56

Japan has ramped up pressure on electric utility Tepco after a huge leak of radioactive water at Fukushima, with a planned ministerial visit to the wrecked nuclear site on Monday.

S Korea urges Japan to 'face history'

2013-08-15 13:06

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye has urged Japan to "face history" to mend ties with neighbours, on the same day that top Tokyo officials visited shrine symbol of its imperial past.

Japan gov't to help stop radioactive leaks

2013-08-08 10:02

Japan says it will take "firm measures" to combat leaks of radioactive water at Japan's crippled nuclear plant, including possibly funding a multibillion-dollar containment project.

Fukushima leak worse than thought

2013-08-07 19:16

Highly radioactive water from Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is pouring out at a rate of 300 tons a day, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the government to step in and help.

Japan to up measures amid Fukushima leaks

2013-08-07 08:03

Japan will accelerate efforts to prevent more radioactive groundwater from seeping into the ocean at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, government officials say amid criticism.

World shares eye 5-year high on Abe win

2013-07-22 11:11

World shares have been testing a five-year high as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's grip on power in elections were seen as a boost for his radical stimulus policies.

Japan ruling party wins elections

2013-07-22 08:15

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party has won an overwhelming victory in elections for the upper house of parliament.

Japan's former premier sues PM Abe

2013-07-16 15:01

Japan's premier at the time of the Fukushima crisis says he is suing the current prime minister for defamation over online comments about the way the emergency was handled.

Asian shares mixed

2013-07-01 10:19

Asian markets have been mixed as another set of weak manufacturing data out of China offset a positive Japanese business confidence survey.

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