Japan: 2 feared dead in bullet train suicide

2015-06-30 07:22

Two people are feared dead after an apparent suicide attempt on board a moving shinkansen bullet train in Japan, a spokesperson for the operator says.

Woman beats husband to death over affairs 36 years ago

2015-06-26 16:49

A Japanese woman, who beat her husband to death over his love affairs 36 years ago, has avoided jail term, according to a report.

PICS: Women flock to Japan zoo to see 'hunky' gorilla

2015-06-26 08:03

A giant gorilla with brooding good looks and rippling muscles is causing a stir at a Japanese zoo, with women flocking to check out the hunky pin-up.

Toyota toy cars go virtual with new app

2015-06-23 10:21

Toyota is making it possible to step into the world of toy cars with its Camatte Vision, an interactive experience for families.

Japan's Abe pledges to improve ties with South Korea

2015-06-22 11:12

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has pledged to improve ties with South Korea after years of strain over history and territory, as the two countries held low-key celebrations of 50 years of diplomatic ties.

Solar plane possibly grounded for 2 months

2015-06-18 19:29

The pilot of a solar-powered plane that made an unplanned stop in Japan, says his aircraft is now ready to fly, but must wait out unfavourable weather, perhaps for up to two months.

Toyota to buy back up to $4.9bn in stock

2015-06-16 15:10

Toyota has announced in Toyota City that it is to buy back about $4.9bn in stock to avoid dilution from new shares.

American solo rower rescued in Pacific

2015-06-14 09:06

A female adventurer was rescued off the Japanese Pacific coast a week into her solo attempt to row across the Pacific, the Japan Coast Guard.

Japan orders 5 000 to evacuate after heavy rain

2015-06-11 13:24

Almost 5 000 people have been told to evacuate after torrential rain triggered landslides and flooding in Southern Japan.

Environmental group to pay $2.55m to Japan whalers

2015-06-10 09:54

A radical environmental group has agreed to pay $2.55m to Japanese whalers for breaching a US court injunction to stay clear of their vessels in the Antarctic Ocean.


Solar Impulse plane heads for Hawaii

2015-06-29 15:54

Solar Impulse 2 has left Japan on the 120-hour Japan-Hawaii leg of its historic flight.

Wishing on a shooting star in Japan with man-made meteors

2015-06-26 15:11

Fancy a meteor shower racing across the night sky to mark your birthday? One Japanese start-up is hoping to deliver shooting stars on demand and choreograph the cosmos.

Toyota, Nissan to recall 3m more cars

2015-06-26 07:28

Toyota and Nissan have added another three million vehicles to its global recall list to replace potentially deadly air bags that have been linked to eight deaths.

Philippines holds naval drills with US, Japan near disputed seas

2015-06-22 20:09

The Philippines are holding separate naval drills with two of the country’s top military allies, the United States and Japan, near the disputed South China Sea.

Japan to resume whale hunt

2015-06-20 19:15

Japan will resume its controversial annual whale hunt despite the International Whaling Commission demanding the country provide more information to prove the programme is really for scientific research.

SA teams slip at Junior World Cup

2015-06-17 18:53

South Africa's junior golfers will have to dig deep at the Junior Golf World Cup being played in Japan.

Fukushima: 7 000 want compensation

2015-06-16 07:41

About 7 000 residents near Fukushima prefecture are seeking compensation of $15m through an out-of-court settlement with the operator of a ravaged Japanese nuclear plant, a report says.

Rich nations in stalemate over coal subsidy

2015-06-12 20:00

Talks on phasing out a form of coal subsidies have ended in stalemate as Japan, the biggest user of the aid, led calls for more time.

Giant tortoise walks Tokyo's streets - slowly

2015-06-11 09:52

A huge reptile is on the prowl through Tokyo's streets, but unlike Godzilla, who stomped across Japan's capital in a blaze of destructive energy, Bon-chan the giant tortoise isn't doing anything very quickly.

Japan to start whaling in north-western Pacific

2015-06-09 13:08

Japan will start whaling in the north-western Pacific Ocean this week, aiming to hunt more than 100 whales 'for scientific research', the government says.

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