Japan PM's wife visits controversial shrine

2015-05-22 12:07

Japan's first lady has visited the Yasukuni shrine honouring the country's war dead, including convicted war criminals, in a move that risks outraging neighbouring countries that suffered under Japan's WWII aggression.

Japan debt plan needs BOJ to keep rates low

2015-05-21 09:00

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan to cut the country's debt pile will rely on the Bank of Japan keeping government bond yields low for years to come.

Taiwan restricts Japanese food imports

2015-05-15 20:32

Taiwan has began enforcing stricter rules on inspecting imported Japanese food products potentially originating in radiation-exposed areas, prompting a warning from Tokyo.

Strong quake shakes northeast Japan, no tsunami risk

2015-05-13 10:43

A strong earthquake has hit Japan in the same region devastated by a major quake and tsunami in 2011.

Deadly Typhoon Noul heads for Japan

2015-05-12 06:09

Powerful Typhoon Noul has crashed into the southern Japanese island chain of Okinawa, bringing surging waves and howling winds after killing two people in the Philippines.

Volcanic activity closes part of popular Japan hot springs

2015-05-07 13:06

Japanese authorities have closed part of a popular hot springs area to the public because of fears a volcano might erupt.

Volcanic warning at Japanese hot springs resort

2015-05-05 09:45

Japan's meteorological agency has issued a warning to limit access to the popular hot springs resort of Hakone after a nearby volcano became active and began belching steaming gas.

Minor tsunami warning issued after quake in south of Tokyo

2015-05-02 21:55

The Japanese meteorology agency has issued a tsunami warning following a magnitude 5.9 quake in the Pacific south of Tokyo.

Japan lawmakers submit casino legalisation bill

2015-04-28 12:45

Japan's pro-casino lawmakers have submitted a bill to legalise casino gambling, the latest bid to establish an industry which could generate $40bn a year.

Man held over drone found on Japan PM's roof

2015-04-25 10:00

A Japanese man has been arrested for allegedly flying a small drone with traces of radioactivity onto the roof of the Japanese prime minister's office, police say.


UN climate fund passes financing threshold with Japan deal

2015-05-21 14:29

The UN’s fund for climate aid to developing countries says it now has enough cash to kick off projects before a key climate summit in Paris.

US Navy's Japan-based aircraft carrier heads home

2015-05-18 10:27

Sailors in dress whites lined the 333 meter long deck of the US Navy's Japan-based aircraft carrier as it headed for home.

Japan cabinet to OK military expansion rules

2015-05-14 15:43

Japan’s cabinet is expected to approve a set of bills bolstering the role and scope of the military, as the pacifist country redefines its position in the increasingly roiled Asia-Pacific region.

Another quake hits Japan

2015-05-12 23:31

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake has hit the main Japanese island of Honshu, the US Geological Survey reports.

Japan mayor vows no name change for Charlotte the monkey

2015-05-08 10:19

A Japanese zoo that caused a furore by naming a baby monkey after Britain's Princess Charlotte has been told to stick to its guns by the local mayor after two days of fraught debate.

Japanese zoo rethinking 'Charlotte' name for monkey

2015-05-07 11:09

A Japanese zoo has said it is rethinking the name of a baby monkey after a public poll decided on ‘Charlotte’, following complaints it was disrespectful to Britain's newborn princess.

Small tsunami hits Japanese islands

2015-05-03 08:11

A minor tsunami has struck a group of Japanese islands in the Pacific following an earthquake, but there has been no reports of damage or injuries.

US and Japan miss deadline for UN green climate fund

2015-04-30 19:53

The US and Japan will miss a UN deadline to firm up promises to provide billions of dollars for a new UN fund intended to help developing nations tackle global warming, the fund says.

Japan gets bigger as new coastline emerges

2015-04-27 11:21

Crowded Japan has got a little bit roomier after a 300m strip of land emerged from the sea and attached itself to the coast, experts say.

Honda unveils first business jet

2015-04-24 11:15

Honda has unveiled its first private jet before it hits the market this summer, as the Japanese giant, targets deep-pocketed business flyers.

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