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Fukushima film shows reality for 'nuclear refugees'

2014-10-21 13:21

Before the Fukushima nuclear crisis forced them from their homes, residents of Futaba only had praise for the Daiichi power plant, calling it a 'godsend' that brought jobs and money to the Japanese coastal town.

Japan man arrested for dumping 200kg of porn

2014-10-21 09:43

A pensioner who dumped almost a quarter of a ton of pornography in a Japanese park is unlikely to be charged, police say, because the stash belonged to an ill friend.

Japan man jailed for making guns with 3D printer

2014-10-20 10:31

A Japanese court has jailed a man for two years for making guns with a 3D printer in what is believed to be a first in a nation with strict gun controls.

Japan reactor near active volcanoes called unsafe

2014-10-17 13:28

A prominent volcanologist says predicting eruptions is impossible, disputing Japanese nuclear regulators' safety approval of two reactors based on the prediction that an eruption won't happen in the next few decades.

Green power floods Japan grid

2014-10-15 12:41

Japan's utilities are being swamped by green power as rules force them to buy up renewable energy, as new generating firms seek to cash in on premium prices.

'My son will fight!' - Bianchi's father

2014-10-15 08:55

'Every time the phone rings we know it could be the hospital to say Jules is dead,' says Philippe Bianchi, father of injured Marussia driver Jules Bianchi.

2 dead, one missing in Japan typhoon

2014-10-14 13:06

Two men have been killed and another remains missing after Typhoon Vongfong smashed through Japan, leaving the country reeling.

Tokyo investors eye IMF, World Bank meetings

2014-10-10 11:38

IMF-World Bank meetings and their outlook on the global economy will be in focus for Japanese investors when theiy return to trading.

Now Japan MotoGP faces typhoon peril

2014-10-10 09:03

Marc Marquez could retain his MotoGP title in Japan this weekend, provided the race isn't marred by a typhoon that - like the previous weekend's F1 GP - is approaching the Motegi circuit.

Aspen, GSK team up to extend foothold in Japan

2014-10-09 13:24

South Africa's Aspen Pharmacare has teamed up with shareholder GlaxoSmithKline to extend its foothold in Japan, a lucrative market for low-cost medicines.

Bianchi would have driven 3rd Ferrari

2014-10-08 08:16

'This boy was born with us - we thought of him as our driver of the future,' That from Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo about brain-damaged Jules Bianchi..

Schumi's surgeon flies in for Bianchi

2014-10-07 18:41

The surgeon who worked on Michael Schumacher after his skiing accident in 2013 is in Japan to give a professional opinion on the possible fate of Marussia driver Jules Bianchi.

Japan student planned to join ISIS in Syria

2014-10-07 12:45

Japanese police have raided the house of a 26-year-old man who allegedly planned to go to Syria to join Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants.

Readers respond: Bianchi crash

2014-10-07 06:33

Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi is on life-support in a hospital in Yokkaichi, not far from the Suzuka track where he crashed on Oct 5 2014. Wheels24 readers share their views on who was at fault.

Japan: Dad of 'decapitation killer' teen hangs self

2014-10-06 10:36

The father of a 16-year-old Japanese schoolgirl who confessed to decapitating a classmate earlier this year has killed himself, reports say.

Sleepless in Suzuka: F1 prays for Bianchi

2014-10-06 09:22

The Formula 1 world is holding its breath as Marussia driver Jules Bianchi fights for his life in hospital in Japan after crashing during the 2014 Japanese GP on Sunday.

Japan volcano victims leave photos of last moments

2014-10-05 18:18

Clouds, clear skies, a thumbs-up. About 100 pictures have been found on the dented camera of one of the more than 50 people who died when Mount Ontake erupted.

Typhoon Phanfone churns toward Tokyo

2014-10-05 13:21

A powerful typhoon is on course to hit the Tokyo area after barrelling into southwestern Japan with heavy rain and wind that caused flights to be cancelled and knocked out power.

Ricciardo ready for experience's mantle

2014-10-04 22:01

A year ago young Aussie Daniel Ricciardo stepped into the F1 seat vacated by countryman Mark Webber. Now he's Red Bull's most experienced driver. ABHISHEK TAKLE interviewed him...

Typhoon still a threat to F1 - even Russia

2014-10-03 19:30

Sunday's Japanese F1 GP, weather experts say, will probably be wet, with occasional heavy rain, but the worst threat, bizarrely, is to the following weekend's Russian GP in Sochi.

16 still missing on Japan volcano

2014-10-03 10:04

Sixteen people remain unaccounted for on a still-smouldering Japanese volcano, officials say, as a typhoon looming off the coast threatened to further delay the stalled recovery operation.

UPDATE: Lewis takes Japan Practice 2

2014-10-03 08:30

Lewis Hamilton was fastest in second practice for the 2014 Japanese GP after his Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg topped the time sheets during the morning session at Suzuka.

Volcanic rocks killed most victims

2014-10-02 20:41

Police say almost all those killed on the Japanese volcano died of injuries from being hit by rocks.

Ferrari argues for F1 engine 'unfreeze'

2014-10-02 15:46

Ferrari is continuing to argue for a relaxation of the so-called Formula 1 engine 'freeze' and requesting at least one mid-season performance test.

 

Japan stores angle for coffee market crown

2014-10-21 10:22

Japan's convenience store operators are jostling for eminence in a famously cut-throat industry, with a successful product for the market's top players - coffee.

Japan casino plan likely to be delayed again

2014-10-20 12:15

Japan's plan to legalise casino gambling is likely to be delayed yet again, dealing a setback to operators for the launch of Asia's next big gambling market.

Japan minister resigns over money scandal

2014-10-20 10:01

Japan's high-profile and telegenic industry minister has resigned over claims she misused political funds, including buying both votes and make-up, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

SA-bound Mazda2 wins Japan Car of the Year

2014-10-16 08:48

Mazda South Africa's next-generation, the Mazda2, has won the 2014 Japanese Car of the Year.

UPDATE: Toyota SA responds to global recall

2014-10-15 10:39

Toyota has issued a global recall of 1.75-million vehicles to correct brake and other problems that pose a fire risk. Find out which South African Toyota and Lexus cars are affected...

Destructive Vongfong heads back to sea

2014-10-14 16:53

A large storm is heading off Japan's northeast coast, leaving one person dead, two missing and 93 injured even as it weakened sharply.

Strong typhoon batters Japan

2014-10-12 09:03

A powerful typhoon has poured heavy rains over Japan's southern island of Okinawa and is aiming at the next island of Kyushu.

Japan drafts anti-money laundering bill

2014-10-10 11:00

Japan's cabinet has approved bills to tighten rules against money laundering and terrorist financing, to avoid getting on an international watchdog’s list.

Japanese parents 'kept' 8-year-old son on chain

2014-10-09 14:06

Japanese police have arrested the parents of an 8-year-old boy for allegedly keeping their child chained to a pillar, a report says.

Triumph and tragedy in Bianchi history

2014-10-09 08:07

The Bianchi family has a history in motorsport - including tragedies - and will no doubt be remembering them as they wait for perhaps the inevitable to strike the family again.

Villeneuve: 'Pace car for every crash'

2014-10-08 08:15

The 1997 Formula 1 Drivers' champion, Jacques Villeneuve, wants the sport to deploy a pace car after every crash in every race. As should have been on in Japan...

Japanese Muslim quizzed over plan to join ISIS

2014-10-07 18:04

Police are questioning a 26-year-old Japanese Muslim on suspicion of trying to join ISIS in Syria, media reports and the top government spokesperson says.

Japan volcano: 2 more dead bodies found

2014-10-07 12:45

Rescue workers have found two more bodies in the ash on a volcano in central Japan, where at least 12 hikers are still unaccounted for following an eruption known to have killed 51 others.

Bianchi latest: On breathing life-support

2014-10-06 13:34

F1 driver Jules Bianchi remains "critical" and is breathing with the aid of a respirator at the Mie General Hospital in Yokkaichi, 10km from Suzuka track where he crashed on Sunday.

Smedley: 'Darkest F1 I've ever seen'

2014-10-06 09:34

Sunday October 5 2014: A dark day for Formula 1 with Marussia's Jules Bianchi fighting for his life in Japan and ex-F1 driver Andrea de Cesaris dead in a Rome motorcycle crash.

Bianchi crash: Now the flak is flying

2014-10-06 05:00

An F1 driver is in hospital with severe head injuries caused by his car hitting a recovery tractor parked on the track side of a tyre wall at the 2014 Suzuka GP. Question: Who was at fault?

Emergency op for Bianchi after GP crash

2014-10-05 15:40

Jules Bianchi's father, Phillipe, has told the world through French TV that his son was, indeed badly injured in a crash during the 2014 Japanese F1 GP and has undergone head surgery.

Vettel revives Schumacher comparisons

2014-10-04 22:24

Remember 'Baby Schumi' - Sebastian Vettel's nickname when he joined F1? Now, says Reuter's F1 guy ALAN BALDWIN, the comparison with Michael Schumacher is even closer.

A red scarf has rocked Japan's parliament

2014-10-03 15:44

Japan's upper house of parliament, often called the chamber of wisdom, has been rocked by a dress code row after a minister appeared sporting a red scarf.

Caterham and the bailiffs: Latest

2014-10-03 09:50

The Caterham Formula 1 team was visited by bailiffs in England earlier this week and several items were seized. Now it seems the legal beagles might have got it wrong...

Alonso in talks with Ferrari top brass

2014-10-03 08:20

"Fernando Alonso is in Japan discussing his future at Ferrari," reports the team's outgoing president, Luca Di Montezemolo, as the hopes to retain the Formula 1 ace for the 2015 season.

Typhoon threatens 2014 Japanese GP

2014-10-02 16:04

A tropical typhoon with winds blowing at close to the top speed of race cars is threatening to deluge the Suzuka track and cancel Sunday's 2014 Japanese F1 GP.

Hamilton chases hat trick as F1 leader

2014-10-01 15:54

Despite deposing Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg as Formula 1 leader, Lewis Hamilton still sees himself as very much the hunter rather than the hunted as he chases a hat trick of victories at the 2014 Japanese GP.

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