Japan to redesign Antarctic whale hunt

2014-04-18 22:46

Japan has said it would redesign its controversial Antarctic whaling mission in a bid to make it more scientific, after a UN court ruled it was a commercial hunt masquerading as research.

Bitcoin exchange files for liquidation

2014-04-16 11:14

Defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has given up plans to rebuild under bankruptcy protection and has asked a Tokyo court to allow it to be liquidated.

Japan kills 112 000 chickens due to bird flu

2014-04-15 07:34

Japan has finished slaughtering 112 000 chickens after confirming its first bird flu infections for three years, with authorities stepping up efforts to contain the outbreak.

2 tourists hurt in deer rampage

2014-04-14 07:38

Visitors to one of Japan's most celebrated spots are being warned to be on the lookout, after two Taiwanese tourists were injured in a rampage by a wild deer.

Japan kills 251 minke whales in final hunt

2014-04-09 07:35

Japan has killed 251 minke whales during the 2014 Antarctic hunt, in what is expected to be the last "research whaling" mission in the Southern Ocean after an international court ruling.

Japan eyes hi-tech power plants abroad

2014-04-06 11:18

Two Japanese companies have agreed deals to develop advanced coal-fired power plants in Malaysia and Myanmar.

Japan chipmaker soars on Apple talks report

2014-04-02 10:42

Shares in Japan's Renesas Electronics surged following a report it is in talks with Apple to sell the US giant its stake in a unit that designs microchips.

Most economies end Q1 on weaker note

2014-04-01 18:38

Manufacturing activity in Asia and Europe have ended the first quarter on a weaker note, but activity in the United States has remained relatively steady.

Families torn over return to Fukushima 'hot zone'

2014-04-01 15:15

People in Japan have begun their first homecomings in three years to a small area evacuated after the Fukushima disaster, but families are divided as they worry about radiation and poor jobs.

Climate change 'will' shape Asia's future

2014-04-01 13:44

Extreme weather, rising seas and worsening scarcity of drinking water are forcing many Asian states to confront the changes being wrought by a warming planet.

Will Abenomics work?

2014-04-01 07:44

The market is rallying, but it's an open question whether Shinzo Abe can reform Japan.

World court: Japanese whaling not scientific

2014-03-31 15:03

The International Court of Justice has ordered a temporary halt to Japan's Antarctic whaling programme, ruling that it is not for scientific purposes as the Japanese claims.

Agreement reached at UN world climate panel

2014-03-30 20:59

Scientists and government representatives meeting in Japan have agreed on a new World Climate Report after days and nights of negotiation, delegation sources say.

Fukushima nuke worker dies after accident

2014-03-28 12:10

A worker at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan has died in hospital after being buried in earth and rubble while digging a hole at the site, the facility's operator says.

Japanese unemployment rate down

2014-03-28 10:46

Japan's unemployment rate fell by 0.1% from the previous month to 3.6% in February, its 45th consecutive drop, says the government.

'Longest-serving' death row inmate granted retrial

2014-03-27 08:46

A man believed to be the world's longest-serving death row inmate has been granted a retrial in Japan over multiple murders in 1966, decades after doubts emerged about his guilt.

Japan's releasing of nukes praised by China

2014-03-26 10:46

China says that Japan's agreeing to turn over sensitive nuclear material of potential use in bombs to the US is a step in the right direction, but that it had other material it still needed to hand over.

Climate: UN scientists see grim future if no action

2014-03-23 20:53

UN scientists are set to deliver their darkest report yet on the impacts of climate change, pointing to a future stalked by floods, drought, conflict and economic damage if carbon emissions go untamed.

Hunt on for China crew missing off Japan

2014-03-20 12:50

Japanese fishermen are taking part in efforts to clean up an oil spill in a major Tokyo waterway as the search continued for eight Chinese missing after two cargo ships collided.

8 crewmen missing after ships collide off Japan

2014-03-18 11:53

One Chinese crew member is in a critical condition and eight others are missing after two cargo ships collided at the mouth of Tokyo Bay, Japan's coastguard says.

New energy project in Kraaifontein

2014-03-17 10:50

A new way to turn plastic into oil will be tested in Cape Town, the project is seen as a new energy option that will be funded by various Japanese companies.

US ex-nuke chief: Fukushima lesson is to phase-out

2014-03-13 14:57

As radiation spewed from Japan's nuclear disaster three years ago, the US atomic energy regulator issued a 80km evacuation warning for Americans in the area, a response some found extreme.

Fukushima still fragile 3yrs after accident

2014-03-11 09:10

Japan on Tuesday marks the third anniversary of the massive quake-tsunami disaster that sparked the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Japan to halve tuna catch in Northern Pacific

2014-03-09 22:26

Japan plans to slash by half the amount of juvenile bluefin tuna taken from the Northern Pacific starting in 2015, compared to the 2002-2004 average, reports say.

Bitcoin creator Nakamoto found

2014-03-06 21:05

Newsweek says it has found the enigmatic creator of the online currency bitcoin, a reclusive Japanese-American physicist and model train fan whose name is actually Satoshi Nakamoto.


Toyota to launch a hydrogen powered car

2014-04-17 12:36

Toyota caught its competitors by surprise with the Prius, the first successful gasoline-electric hybrid car. Now, the firm is trying to do the same with a technology that seems straight out of science fiction.

Japanese whaling to continue

2014-04-15 16:23

The group that conducts Japan's whaling says it expects to resume scientific whaling in the Antarctic after this year's hunt was cancelled following an order by an international court.

Japan says no decision on 2015-16 whaling

2014-04-14 10:49

Japan has insisted it had made no decision on whether to resume whaling in the Southern Ocean next year, after an environmental group says Tokyo intended to evade the ruling.

Japanese mangoes fetch $3 000 at auction

2014-04-10 09:22

A pair of mangoes grown in southern Japan has sold for a whopping $3 000, a record price for the fruit's first auction of the season, according to a report.

How much is MH370 search costing

2014-04-07 17:47

Most countries in the MH370 search effort are reluctant to discuss costs saying its good training.

Stem cell controversy hits Japan

2014-04-02 13:30

The finding that a lead researcher falsified data in a widely heralded stem cell research paper is a setback for Japan's efforts to promote its advanced research.

Cove director releases graphic videos of dolphin hunt

2014-04-02 09:37

The director of the controversial documentary The Cove has released graphic footage of a number of dolphins being slaughtered in Japan, footage that was too haunting for the film.

Japan relaxes arms exports

2014-04-01 16:41

Japan has eased its weapons export restrictions in the first major overhaul of arms transfer policy in nearly half a century.

Japan lets first evacuees live in nuke no-go zone

2014-04-01 15:08

Japan has allowed the first residents to live in the sliver of a no-go zone around Fukushima nuclear plant.

Fears grow that Japan may sidestep whaling ban

2014-04-01 11:05

Australia and New Zealand have hailed a landmark court decision that Japan must halt an annual Antarctic whale hunt, despite fears it may try to sidestep the order by creating a new scientific programme.

If Japan stops whaling, militants will target Europe

2014-03-31 18:54

Environmental movement Sea Shepherd is ready to refocus its attention on stopping whaling by Norway and other European nations if Japan abides by a UN court order.

Two men die at Japan immigration centre

2014-03-31 12:35

Two detainees at an immigration centre in Japan have died over the weekend, an official says, just months after the death of another man at the same facility.

Mt. Gox questioned about handling cash

2014-03-30 13:37

Two years before Mt. Gox filed for bankruptcy employees at the Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange challenged the CEO over the use of clients' money.

Japan nuke worker buried in mudslide

2014-03-28 10:57

A worker is unconscious after being buried in a mudslide at the Japanese nuclear plant being cleaned up after the disaster three years ago.

Yahoo Japan to buy eAccess telecom firm

2014-03-27 11:19

Yahoo Japan says it would buy almost all of domestic telecom company eAccess from its parent Softbank in a deal valued at around $3.2bn.

Asia's appetite is killing abalone in SA

2014-03-26 15:16

Foot soldiers of a global criminal network stretching from the southernmost tip of Africa to the other side of the globe; they are scouring the rocks for abalone to meet insatiable demand from Asia for the gourmet mollusc.

Climate change is big risk for people

2014-03-24 17:08

Top climate scientists are gathering in Japan this week to finish up a report on the impact of global warming, they say if people think climate change only effects polar bears, that is a mistake.

Sea Shepherd back from longest campaign

2014-03-23 09:25

Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd have returned to land after their longest-ever anti-whaling campaign in the Southern Ocean, claiming to have saved more than 750 whales from Japanese whalers.

Fukushima halts decontamination system

2014-03-19 10:05

The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant says it has temporarily shut down a decontamination system that scrubs radiation-tainted water used to cool damaged reactors.

UN says atomic plants never '100%' safe

2014-03-17 12:50

The head of the UN nuclear watchdog says his agency would keep working to improve safety after the Fukushima crisis, but no atomic plant could be "100%" safe from natural disasters.

Earthquake strikes off Japan's Kyushu island

2014-03-13 22:18

A Magnitude 6.3 earthquake has struck off Japan's southern island of Kyushu near the city of Oita, the USGS says.

Japan marks 3rd anniversary of tsunami disaster

2014-03-12 14:44

Japan has observed a moment of silence to mark the third anniversary of the quake-tsunami disaster which swept away thousands of victims and sparked a nuclear emergency.

Contaminated water still troubles Fukushima

2014-03-10 20:47

The radioactive water that has accumulated at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant remains the biggest problem hampering the cleanup process three years after the disaster.

Girl bitten 100 times in N Zealand dog attack

2014-03-07 10:27

New Zealand doctors say that a 7-year-old Japanese girl was bitten about 100 times during a dog mauling that has horrified many in the South Pacific nation.

Video games target Japan's silver generation

2014-03-06 14:13

A nursing home in Japan has begun to integrate video games into its physical therapy regime in order to treat patients but additionally video game companies have now tapped into a new market.

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