Former CEO of collapsed bitcoin exchange arrested

2015-08-02 14:35

The former head of defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, has been arrested regarding the disappearance of millions of dollars worth of the virtual currency.

Fire breaks out on ferry off northern Japan - reports

2015-07-31 16:11

Rescue boats are rushing to a ferry with nearly 100 passengers and crew off the coast of northern Japan after a fire broke out on the vessel, a report says.

Long road to justice for Korean victims of A-bombs

2015-07-30 20:54

Tens of thousands of Koreans were among the victims of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan. But 70 years on, foreign survivors are still fighting for the same support Japan offers its own citizens.

Honda says 'sorry Stoner' for Japan crash

2015-07-29 12:16

Honda has said 'Sorry, Casey!' for the throttle fault that caused the Australian's airborne crash during the Suzuka 8 Hour. VIDEO

Small plane crashes in Tokyo suburb; three dead

2015-07-26 18:33

A small plane carrying five passengers has crashed in a Tokyo suburb, killing three people, rescue services report.

Japan zoo takes on cockroach PR role

2015-07-22 10:27

A Japanese zoo is trying to do the impossible – improve the image of cockroaches, putting on an exhibition of one of the world’s most hated insects.

2 dead as powerful typhoon pounds Japan

2015-07-17 09:12

A powerful typhoon has slammed into western Japan, killing at least two people, injuring dozens and disrupting traffic, news reports say.

S Korea to return one of two stolen statues to Japan

2015-07-15 13:10

South Korea has decided to return one of two ancient Buddha statues that were stolen by Korean thieves in Japan three years ago, the prosecutor general’s office says.

Japanese grapes sell for about R100 000

2015-07-09 13:46

A bunch of Japanese grapes has sold for a record $8 200 or $315 per berry - no trifling matter even in a country where fruit can cost a small fortune.

World's oldest man dies at 112 in Japan

2015-07-07 08:05

The world's oldest man, Sakari Momoi, has died in Japan at the ripe old age of 112.


Japan releases master recording of emperor's war-end speech

2015-08-02 13:45

The master recording of Emperor Hirohito's speech announcing Japan's World War II surrender has been brought back to life in digital form ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of the war.

US spied on Japan government, companies - WikiLeaks

2015-07-31 10:56

The US spied on senior Japanese politicians, its top central banker and major companies including conglomerate Mitsubishi, according to documents released by WikiLeaks, which published a list of at least 35 targets.

Chinese ships seen near disputed islets

2015-07-29 22:07

Two Chinese coast guard ships have entered what Japan considers its territorial waters around a group of disputed islets in the East China Sea.

Fukushima compensation to be increased to $57bn

2015-07-28 19:45

Japan has approved an increase in compensation payments for the Fukushima crisis to ¥7.07trn, as many evacuees remain in temporary housing four years after the disaster.

Japan PM mocked on Internet over model explanation

2015-07-22 12:18

Japanese Twitter users are howling in derision after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe used paper models and cut-out firefighters on television, in his latest attempt to explain controversial security legislation.

Japanese farmer warned nuclear operator of risks in 2004

2015-07-21 18:06

A Japanese farmer says she urged Fukushima power plant executives to implement anti-tsunami measures to mitigate the threat of a major crisis, years before the 2011 catastrophe occurred.

Typhoon Nangka barrels toward Japan

2015-07-16 09:32

A powerful typhoon is barrelling toward the Japanese mainland, bringing heavy rains, landslides and causing flight and train cancellations.

Typhoon lashes Japan islands, heading to China

2015-07-10 10:16

Typhoon Chan-hom has lashed Japan's Okinawa island chain as it pushed towards Taiwan and onto China, leaving at least 23 people injured.

Takata's crash-bags problems hit home

2015-07-08 10:04

Car crash-bag company Takata has had its first recorded incident in its home country, Japan, after an "abnormal deployment"..

Japan joins US, Australia war games

2015-07-05 10:20

The US and Australia have kicked off a massive joint biennial military exercise, with with Japan taking part for the first time as tensions with China over territorial rows loom over the drills.

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