Japan's inflation slows for seventh month

2015-03-27 09:00

Consumer prices in Japan have risen at a slower rate of 2% in February from a year earlier due to plunging oil prices.

Japan, Aus signal approval of China-based AIIB

2015-03-20 19:39

Japan has signalled cautious approval of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, if conditions were met, and could join despite US's warning.

Japanese man arrested for threatening US envoy

2015-03-20 12:08

Japanese police say they have arrested a 52-year-old man for threatening to bomb the US embassy in Tokyo, days after reports emerged that ambassador Caroline Kennedy had received telephone death threats.

Tunisia attack: Japan confirms deaths of 3 nationals

2015-03-19 07:49

Japan has confirmed the deaths of three of its nationals in the attack on tourists in Tunisia, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe saying three others were injured.

Bank of Japan maintains aggressive stimulus

2015-03-17 11:45

The Bank of Japan has maintained its massive stimulus programme and signalled its conviction that a steady economic recovery will help achieve its ambitious target.

Japan consumer prices stable

2015-03-17 09:30

The Bank of Japan says the year-on-year rate of increase in the consumer price index is likely to be about 0% "for the time being" due to falling crude oil prices.

West causing many of Africa's troubles - Mugabe

2015-03-16 11:00

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe says the West is the cause of many of Africa’s problems, urging the continent to "build resistance against them", according to a report.

US explorer beams long-lost Japan battleship wreck to world

2015-03-14 16:04

The shattered wreck of a Japanese World War II battleship has been shown lying on a Philippine seabed in startling detail, as the first images emerge from the historic discovery of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

Nobel-winner Oe: Japan should ban nuclear

2015-03-10 21:00

The Nobel-winning author Oe says Japan should learn from Fukushima and follow Germany's example.

Japan forms 'ninja council' to kick up tourism

2015-03-09 15:49

Japanese officials are enlisting one of the country's best-known historical figures - the ninja, martial-arts master and stealth agent of feudal times - to encourage tourism.


Tokyo aquarium baffled by mystery fish deaths

2015-03-25 09:59

Workers at a Tokyo aquarium are scratching their heads after the deaths of dozens of fish that have left just one lonely tuna roaming a once-flourishing tank.

Seoul calls on Abe to address past wrongs

2015-03-20 19:02

South Korea’s foreign ministry has called on Japan’s prime minister to include an expression of "sincere repentance" for wartime atrocities in a historic address he is expected to make to the Congress.

Amazon Japan employee probed over child porn

2015-03-19 15:28

Japanese authorities are investigating a worker at Amazon's local unit over claims he was involved in the sale of child pornography, marking another police probe into the US-based web retailer.

Japan officials: Mount Fuji climbers should wear helmets

2015-03-18 16:57

Climbers tackling Japan's highest peak Mount Fuji are urged to wear a helmet and goggles after more than 60 people died when a nearby volcano erupted without warning last year.

South Korea, China, Japan resume talks after 3 years

2015-03-17 10:05

The foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan will meet for their first trilateral talks in three years, Seoul officials says.

UN officials: Women are key in tackling disaster

2015-03-16 14:13

Women are far more exposed to disasters than men given their frontline roles in the home and in healthcare, the UN says, arguing that improving gender equality is key to saving lives.

Japan: Wife strangles husband over missing gift

2015-03-16 08:36

A 43-year-old Japanese woman who allegedly tried to strangle her husband because he did not give her a present in return for a Valentine’s day gift has been quizzed by police.

Japan marks 4th anniversary of quake-tsunami disaster

2015-03-11 10:17

Japan has marked the fourth anniversary of the quake-tsunami disaster that swept away thousands of people and sparked a nuclear crisis.

Japan’s nuclear-related deaths rise by 18%

2015-03-10 15:38

A total of 1 232 deaths in Japan's Fukushima prefecture over the past year have been linked to the nuclear accident four years ago, up 18% from a year earlier, a news report says.

5 killed in stabbing spree in rural western Japan

2015-03-09 14:16

Five people have been killed in a stabbing spree in a small town in western Japan, police say, adding that a 40-year old man has been arrested in connection with the attacks.

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