It's raining cats on a Japanese island

2015-03-04 05:00

An army of feral cats rules a remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one.

Ebola drug tests offer ‘hope’

2015-03-02 05:36

The Japanese company behind an experimental Ebola treatment says it offers new hope for thousands of people infected with the deadly virus in west Africa.

Japan minister denies illegal funding

2015-02-27 13:15

Japan's environment minister has denied wrongdoing after a newspaper said his office appeared to have received improper funds.

Japan's jobless rate rises to 3.6%

2015-02-27 09:45

Japan's unemployment rate has climbed to 3.6% in January for the first rise in four months.

Japan panel discusses PM speech for anniversary of WWII end

2015-02-25 17:02

A panel of experts appointed by Japan’s PM has met for the first time to discuss what he should say in a statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Japan farm minister quits over money scandal

2015-02-23 16:30

Japan's farm minister has resigned after being accused of accepting illegal political funds, in a first blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's new cabinet.

Japanese man arrested for sending boy to help Fukushima clean-up

2015-02-18 19:27

Japanese police arrested a businessman for sending a 15-year-old boy to help clean up radioactive waste outside the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant.

Toxic water worse at Fukushima

2015-02-17 19:06

A team of international experts has expressed concern about the increasing amounts of radiation-contaminated water at the crippled Japanese nuclear plant.

EU, Japan win China trade dispute over steel

2015-02-15 18:30

China has violated international trade rules when it imposed anti-dumping tariffs against certain steel tubes from the European Union and Japan, says the WTO.

Ex-advisor to Japan PM praises Apartheid

2015-02-13 11:44

A former adviser to Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has praised apartheid as a model for immigration, prompting a government spokesperson to emphasise that Japan's immigration policy was based on equality.


Japan PM Abe faces questions about political donations

2015-03-03 11:27

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he received donations from firms that got government subsidies, the first time he himself has faced questions about potentially improper donations.

New volcano island getting bigger in Japan

2015-02-27 13:29

Famously crowded Japan is getting a bit more space as a newly-formed volcanic island just keeps on growing.

Herb derivative could work against Ebola

2015-02-27 10:25

A small molecule derived from an Asian herb may help stop Ebola infection by preventing the virus from entering the cells of the body, researchers say.

Japan shops abroad to duck bleak local prospects

2015-02-25 20:30

Japanese companies are rushing to buy overseas as prospects are shrinking at home and the threat of further weakening yen mounts.

Anti-Boko Haram Nigerian activist wins Japan peace prize

2015-02-24 09:54

A Nigerian woman has been awarded a Japanese peace prize worth $170 000 for campaigning against Islamist extremists Boko Haram.

Japan to arrest Red Army member on return from US

2015-02-20 14:35

A member of Japan’s ultra-leftist Red Army guerrilla group who was released from prison in exchange for hostages held in a 1977 plane hijacking, is set to be arrested when he arrives in Japan from the US.

Complaints as Nikkei scoops Japan's inside line

2015-02-18 13:45

Every morning, Japan's most-influential business daily, the Nikkei, supplies its three million readers with a host of market-moving news.

6.9-magnitude quake hits Japan, no serious damage yet

2015-02-17 07:42

A strong 6.9 magnitude earthquake has struck north-eastern Japan, with small waves reported along the northern coast, but no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries.

Crewman feared dead in Japan helicopter crash

2015-02-13 11:56

Japan's military says that a search and rescue mission has found three crew presumed dead from a helicopter that went missing a day earlier.

Japanese chopper declared missing

2015-02-12 12:52

Japan's military is searching for a naval training helicopter that went missing with three people on board, a spokesperson says.

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