ISIS hostage swop hopes fading

2015-01-30 08:33

A possible prisoner swap deadline reportedly set by the Islamic State group holding a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian military pilot has passed with no sign of whether the two men are still alive.

New deadline looms in ISIS crisis

2015-01-29 14:40

Japan and Jordan are facing a new deadline for a hostage swop between Jordan and the Islamic State group.

Japanese teen 'axe murderer’ also poisoned classmate

2015-01-29 12:09

A 19-year-old Japanese university student arrested on suspicion of killing a 77-year-old woman has confessed she had poisoned a former high school classmate, a report says.

ISIS releases new message by Japanese hostage

2015-01-29 07:35

ISIS has released a message purportedly extending the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi would-be hotel bomber linked to al-Qaeda.

ISIS demands failed female suicide bomber for hostages

2015-01-28 13:24

The ISIS is demanding the release of Sajida al-Rishawi, a jailed woman who attempted to carry out a suicide bombing in Jordan in 2005, in exchange for hostages.

Japan PM: New ISIS video is despicable

2015-01-28 07:31

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says a new video appearing to show Japanese journalist Kenji Goto is 'despicable', saying he could be killed in 24 hours.

China imports Japan rice amid safety concerns

2015-01-26 17:00

Chinese consumers are adding Japanese rice to the list of everyday foods at a high price, as they fear that local alternatives are not safe.

China turns to Japan for safer ‘luxury’ rice

2015-01-26 11:45

Chinese consumers are adding Japanese rice to the list of everyday foods they will bring in from abroad at luxury-good prices because they fear the local alternatives aren't safe.

Japan stunned by ISIS video

2015-01-26 06:13

A video purportedly showing one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed has sent shock waves through Japan.

Gamera-Shmyrko claims hat trick

2015-01-25 12:44

Tatyana Gamera-Shmyrko of Ukraine has claimed her third consecutive Osaka women's marathon victory, the 2nd to do so.

Clip claiming death of ISIS hostage outrageous - Japan

2015-01-24 18:26

Japan has strongly criticised a recording purporting to announce the execution of a Japanese citizen held by Islamic State militants and demanded the immediate release of another captive depicted as appearing on the image.

Japan rules out strike on ISIS

2015-01-23 11:39

Japan considered whether it had the legal basis for a military strike on ISIS and concluded it didn’t, as officials scrambled to seek the release of two Japanese captured in Syria, according to a document.

Tepco execs won't be prosecuted over Fukushima

2015-01-22 16:42

Japanese prosecutors have stuck to their decision not to indict three former Tepco executives over their handling of the Fukushima disaster, but a citizen's panel could still force an indictment.

Wife of Japanese hostage sent ransom demands last year

2015-01-22 06:20

The wife of one of two Japanese men held by the Islamic State militant group received emails demanding a ransom as early as November, a local media report says.

Japan PM: Race against time to save hostages

2015-01-21 16:57

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has admitted it was a "race against time" to free two hostages snatched by Islamist militants who are demanding $200m for their lives.

Japan's central bank cuts inflation outlook

2015-01-21 09:15

The Bank of Japan has cut its estimates for inflation to 1.0% for the next financial year, half its 2% target.

Japan weighs ransom in ISIS threat to kill hostages

2015-01-21 05:00

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces a predicament after vowing to save the life of two of his compatriots held hostage by ISIS - openly pay the $200m ransom or ask an ally to try a risky rescue inside Syria.

Abe: Threat to Japanese captives 'unacceptable'

2015-01-20 14:15

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has condemned as 'unacceptable' the threat to the lives of two Japanese purportedly taken captive by ISIS, and says the international community should not give in to terrorism.

Japan Atomic Power considers a split

2015-01-18 16:00

Japan Atomic Power Company is considering splitting itself, seeking to restructure its business to focus on the decommissioning of nuclear reactors.

Japan lends $270m to Kenya to help expand port

2015-01-17 12:31

Kenya has signed a $270m loan deal with Japan to help expand capacity at Mombasa port, a busy facility that is the main trade gateway to east Africa.

Japan's $42bn military budget to counter China

2015-01-14 14:29

Japanese government has approved a record $42bn military budget, with outlays rising for a third year to counter China's rising military might.

Japanese school ordered to pay $16m to Tsunami victims

2015-01-13 12:48

A Japanese driving school has been ordered to pay damages for failing to evacuate students and staff quickly enough ahead of the 2011 tsunami.

Tokyo investors look to US data next week

2015-01-09 18:57

Tokyo investors will eye US data next week, including the Fed's key Beige Book regional economies report, as eurozone fears dragged the Japanese market low.

More Japan businesses go bust as yen tumbles

2015-01-08 11:00

Corporate bankruptcies caused by the fall in the value of the Japanese yen increased 2.7 times in 2014 from the previous year to 345, according to a media report.

Japan's harpoonless whalers heading for Antarctic

2015-01-06 14:05

Japanese whalers will set out for the Antarctic this week, but will leave their harpoons at home after the UN’s top court last year ruled their annual hunt was illegal, the government says.


ISIS threat: Jordan wants proof pilot is alive

2015-01-29 17:00

Jordan says it will consider releasing an Iraqi prisoner once it has proof that a Jordanian pilot is still alive.

Japan says it trusts Jordan to help ISIS hostage

2015-01-29 12:43

Japan says it is putting its trust in Jordan to help gain the release of a Japanese journalist held by ISIS, after the latest message from ISIS.

Japan studying latest message by ISIS

2015-01-29 10:38

Japan is studying the latest message purportedly from ISIS, which extends the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi prisoner, while officials worked feverishly to try to free a Japanese journalist held by the group.

Teen axe murderer: I just wanted to kill someone

2015-01-28 15:50

A 19-year-old college girl has murdered an elderly woman with an axe and a scarf because she ‘just wanted to kill someone’, news reports in Japan say.

Hostage mom’s plea: Please save Kenji

2015-01-28 11:49

The mother of a Japanese hostage held by Islamic State extremists has appealed publicly to Japan's leader to save her son after his captors issued what they said was a final death threat.

Analysts: ISIS demand a bid to sow dissent

2015-01-27 22:48

The Islamic State's demand that a jihadi on Jordan's death row be exchanged for a Japanese hostage is an attempt to chip away at the US-led coalition against extremism.

Stunned Japan working to secure last hostage release

2015-01-26 11:45

Japan is working to coordinate efforts with Jordan and other countries to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State group, after a video surfaced purportedly showing a second hostage being killed.

Japanese exports up 12.9% in Dec

2015-01-26 08:50

Japan's exports have jumped from a year earlier to ¥6.9trn in December for the fourth straight month of rise due to a weaker yen and rising vehicle shipments.

Obama, Cameron condemn Japan hostage murder

2015-01-25 14:05

US President Barack Obama has strongly condemned the killing of two Japanese hostages by the ISIS, announced in a video that has not yet been officially authenticated.

Abe 'speechless' after video claims ISIS hostage dead

2015-01-25 10:05

Japan’s PM says he is “speechless” after an online video purportedly showed that one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist ISIS has been killed.

ISIS deadline on Japanese captives passes

2015-01-23 19:20

Japan is still trying to secure the release of two Japanese hostages held by Islamic State militants after a deadline to pay ransom for their release passed.

Japanese mother pleads as hostage deadline looms

2015-01-23 08:05

The mother of one of the Japanese men being held by Islamist militants has urged the Tokyo government to pay the jihadists' ransom and pleaded that her son's life be spared.

Clock ticking for Japanese hostages

2015-01-22 13:56

The clock is ticking towards a deadline imposed by Islamist militants threatening to kill two Japanese nationals unless Tokyo pays a $200m ransom.

Japanese hostages: How lives got intertwined

2015-01-21 20:19

One is a freelance journalist respected for his reporting on refugees and children in war zones. The other is man who seems obsessed with guns and went to Syria to train with fighters.

Still No.1: Toyota sells 10.2m cars

2015-01-21 14:27

Toyota still reigns as the world's most prolific automaker - it's just announced record sales of 10.23-million vehicles in 2014.

ISIS hostages: Tokyo won't give in

2015-01-21 05:00

Tokyo has vowed it won't bow to "terrorism" after ISIS demanded a ransom of $200m for two Japanese hostages they are holding.

Japan pledges $7.5m to fight on terror

2015-01-20 17:43

Japan will contribute $7.5m to the fight against terrorism, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has said, in the wake of attacks in Paris and a foiled terrorist plot in Belgium.

Video: ISIS threatens to kill Japan hostages

2015-01-20 12:08

An online video purports to show the ISIS group threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless it is paid a $200m ransom in 72 hours.

Japan pledges support for Mideast states battling ISIS

2015-01-17 14:29

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has warned that the world would suffer an 'immeasurable loss' if terrorism spreads in the Middle East and pledged about $200m in non-military assistance.

Investment deal collapse hits Skymark

2015-01-15 15:42

Shares in Japanese budget airline Skymark have plunged after the collapse of talks on a capital injection deal with a bigger rival collapsed.

Japan lecturer left naked in public by student lover

2015-01-13 13:25

A 55-year-old Japanese university teacher stripped naked on campus in a bid to prove his love for a 21-year-old student, the school says, only for his young amour to make off with his clothes.

People join rallies worldwide to honour Paris victims

2015-01-11 16:15

People have gathered in cities around the world to honour the 17 victims who died during three days of bloodshed in Paris and to support freedom of expression.

Energy agency to inspect Japan’s disaster-hit plant

2015-01-08 13:25

The International Atomic Energy Agency will send a team of experts to Japan in mid-February for a fresh review of the country's efforts to scrap the disaster-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Japan seeks to sell sub-hunting jet to UK

2015-01-07 17:36

Japan is asking Britain to buy its P-1 submarine-hunting jet in a deal that may top $1bn a major step in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to arms exports.

Abenomics boost shrinks back to Tokyo

2015-01-05 09:31

An economic rebound and loose money policy have briefly halted a long slide in Japan's commercial property market.

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