Japan polls tip big win for opposition

2012-12-06 12:00

Japan's main opposition party will comfortably win the general election this month, opinion polls show, the first time surveys have indicated anything other than a fragile coalition.

Japan political strongman Ozawa cleared

2012-11-12 11:00

Japan's onetime political kingmaker Ichiro Ozawa has been cleared of misreporting political funds, ending a drawn-out legal battle for one of the country's more colourful politicians.

Japan PM to reshuffle cabinet 'to cool row'

2012-10-01 11:00

Japan's unpopular prime minister will use a cabinet reshuffle to try to mend fences with China and to boost his flagging popularity ahead of an expected general election, say reports.

Japan to 'buy islands disputed with China'

2012-09-05 08:02

Japan's government has agreed to buy a group of islands at the centre of a territorial dispute with China, say reports, a move likely to prove a further irritant in a tense relationship.

S Koreans swim to disputed islands

2012-08-13 10:02

A team of South Koreans has begun a 230km relay swim from an eastern port to the Dokdo islands, in Seoul's latest assertion of its sovereignty over the outcrops claimed by Japan.

Massive anti-nuclear rally in Tokyo

2012-07-16 18:20

Tens of thousands of people have rallied in Tokyo demanding an end to nuclear power, the latest in a series of anti-atomic gatherings following the tsunami-sparked disaster at Fukushima.

Japan nuclear power restarted

2012-07-05 09:01

Electricity generated from nuclear fission has begun flowing in Japan, ending a nearly two-month hiatus in the aftermath of the Fukushima meltdowns, says the operator.

N Korea missiles not in declaration

2012-05-14 13:04

The leaders of China, Japan and South Korea have issued a post-summit joint declaration that makes no reference to North Korea's nuclear ambitions – a pressing issue in the region.

PM vows to bring 'rebirth' to Fukushima

2012-01-04 13:36

Japan's prime minister has pledged to bring "rebirth" to the area around the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Japan nuke plant reaches cold shutdown

2011-12-16 10:01

Japan's prime minister has announced that the tsunami-devastated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has reached a "cold shutdown" and is no longer leaking substantial amounts of radiation.

Report: Japan to join trade pact talks

2011-11-06 13:31

Japan will join negotiations on a trans-Pacific trade agreement despite strong opposition from farmers, a report says.

Japan's new PM unveils youthful cabinet

2011-09-02 19:30

Japan's new Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has named a youthful cabinet lacking the usual political heavyweights.

Japan finance minister likely to be new PM

2011-08-29 11:08

Japan's ruling party has elected Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda as its new chief, meaning he will almost certainly become the next prime minister.


Man takes hostages, demands Japan PM quits

2012-11-22 11:42

A knifeman is holding hostages at a Japanese bank, police say, with local media reporting he is demanding Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's cabinet resign.

Japan 'misspent' tsunami rebuilding money

2012-11-01 09:59

Cash earmarked for tsunami reconstruction work was diverted to unrelated projects, a Japanese government audit shows.

No compromise on disputed island: Japan

2012-09-27 10:01

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda insists there can be no compromise with China on the ownership of a disputed island chain and has denounced attacks on Japanese interests.

S Korea returns letter, angering Japan

2012-08-23 16:55

South Korea has returned a protest letter from Japan's prime minister without answering it, further angering Tokyo amid a bitter row over disputed islands.

Hiroshima marks day of atomic bombing

2012-08-06 11:06

A bell has tolled to mark a moment of silence while people have joined hands in prayer as tens of thousands mark the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

Japan nuclear reactor back to full power

2012-07-09 13:00

A nuclear reactor in western Japan has begun full operations, the first restart since the country shut down its atomic stations in the wake of the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Revolt in Japan ruling party over tax

2012-07-02 13:01

Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa has led dozens of lawmakers out of the party, but the government will retain its majority in the powerful lower house of parliament.

Japan PM points to disaster response failures

2012-03-03 13:15

Japan's prime minister is acknowledging failures in the government response to last year's earthquake and tsunami, including shoddy crisis-management.

Japan to loosen ban on arms exports

2011-12-27 10:31

The Japanese government has decided to relax its ban on arms exports to enable international collaboration in producing weapons, reports say.

Japan PM backs defence minister

2011-12-05 12:35

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has stood by his defence minister despite mounting calls for his resignation over a series of gaffes.

Japanese minister leaves over nuclear gaffe

2011-09-10 18:04

Japan's new trade minister has resigned over a remark seen as insensitive to nuclear evacuees, dealing a blow to a government that took office just eight days ago.

Japan PM picks new finance minister

2011-09-02 07:13

New Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has picked a relatively inexperienced lawmaker as finance minister, a sign that he will call the shots on key economic policies.

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