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Japanese man nabbed for cat-killing spree

2014-09-19 15:40

Japanese police have arrested a 33-year-old man on suspicion of a series of cat killings in Tokyo, where the bodies of more than 40 of the animals have been found since April.

Japan, neighbours agree to moves to protect eels

2014-09-18 11:55

Japan has agreed to cut purchases of eel fry from neighbouring East Asian countries by 20% as part of moves to protect the endangered species.

Season's first dolphins killed in Japan

2014-09-16 08:25

The first dolphins of the season have been slaughtered in the small Japanese town of Taiji, campaigners said, commencing an annual cull repeatedly condemned by animal rights groups.

Putin may delay Japan visit over sanctions

2014-09-11 16:15

President Vladimir Putin may delay his visit to Japan, because of sanctions Tokyo has imposed on Russia for its role in the Ukraine crisis.

Over half of Chinese see war with Japan - poll

2014-09-10 13:09

More than half of Chinese people think their country could go to war with Japan in the future, a new poll has revealed, after two years of intense diplomatic squabbles.

Australia risks national security

2014-09-09 10:00

Australia will be risking both its national security and damaging its economy by buying next-generation submarines from Japan instead of building them at home.

Japan seeks to resume Antarctic whaling

2014-09-04 13:46

Japan is seeking international support for its plans to hunt minke whales in the Antarctic Ocean by scaling down the whaling research programme the UN top court rejected.

Japan PM names 5 women to new cabinet

2014-09-03 15:56

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has named five female cabinet ministers, leading by example in a country which economists say must make better use of its highly-educated but underemployed women.

Fukushima workers sue Tepco over unpaid wages

2014-09-03 09:30

A group of Fukushima workers have sued Tokyo Electric for unpaid wages in a potentially precedent-setting legal challenge to the utility.

Japan's 'Abenomics' feared in trouble

2014-09-02 13:00

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan for Japan's economy to generate self-sustained growth appears to be faltering, but no magic solution is in sight.

Nigeria to get Ebola drug from Japan

2014-09-01 20:20

Nigeria is set to receive the antiviral drug Favipiravir from Japan as a possible Ebola treatment.

Japan and India vow to boost strategic ties

2014-09-01 15:00

Japan and India have agreed to strengthen strategic ties as Asia's second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China.

Japan confirms more dengue infections

2014-09-01 07:37

An outbreak of dengue fever in Japan, the first since World War II could have affected up to 20 people, media report, as officials confirmed three more cases.

Japan's household spending drops

2014-08-29 11:30

Household spending in Japan has been down year-on-year for the fourth consecutive month in July after a controversial sales tax increase in April.

JAL to order jets from Mitsubishi

2014-08-28 14:34

Japan Airlines will order up to 59 regional jets from a unit of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Brazilian plane maker Embraer.

Japan landslides death toll hits 70

2014-08-27 09:38

A week after huge landslides swamped the Japanese city of Hiroshima, the confirmed death toll from the tragedy hit 70, with 18 people still missing.

Japan ready to offer trial Ebola drug

2014-08-25 07:44

Tokyo stands ready to offer an experimental drug developed by a Japanese company to help stem the global tide of the deadly Ebola virus, the top government spokesperson says.

Rains raise search risk after Japan landslides

2014-08-22 20:10

The threat of more heavy rain has increased the risk of further landslides in Hiroshima, hindering rescue efforts.

Landslide kills at least 36 in Hiroshima

2014-08-20 17:44

Rain-sodden slopes have collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris in the outskirts of Hiroshima, killing at least 36 people and leaving seven missing.

Japan landslide buries homes, at least 27 dead

2014-08-20 09:26

A huge landslide that engulfed homes in western Japan has killed at least 27 people and left another 10 missing, the government says.

Japan volcanic isle may collapse, create tsunami

2014-08-19 14:21

An erupting volcanic island that is expanding off Japan could trigger a tsunami if its freshly-formed lava slopes collapse into the sea.

Japan's Kewpie adapts menu to feed elderly

2014-08-18 12:30

Almost 55 years later, the Tokyo-based company sees a new opportunity opening up in rapidly ageing Japan - what it calls "nursing care food" for the elderly.

SoftBank has grand ambitions - report

2014-08-17 17:07

Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank's failed bid for T-Mobile has marked a rare defeat for its brash billionaire founder, but he has big plans.

Snake causes blackout in Japan

2014-08-14 17:43

About 4 900 households in Japan lost power after a snake climbed up a utility pole.

Google, Asian firms laying underwater cable

2014-08-12 12:45

Google is partnering with five Asian telecom firms to build a $300m underwater cable across the Pacific Ocean in a bid to meet surging internet use.

 

Japan cuts economic assessment

2014-09-19 12:00

Japan has downgraded its assessment of the economy in its monthly report for September for the first time in four months due to weak consumer spending.

Japan to devise new Antarctic whaling programme

2014-09-16 17:24

The Japanese government will devise a new plan to resume whale hunts in Antarctic waters after it was banned earlier this year from pursuing its research whaling programme in the Southern Ocean.

Japan's whale hunt under scrutiny

2014-09-15 18:38

Japan's 'scientific whaling' is under scrutiny at the International Whaling Commission conference.

Japan dengue fever infections pass 100

2014-09-11 14:41

More than 100 people have contracted dengue fever in Japan, in the first domestic outbreak of the disease in 70 years, the government says.

Japan approves restart of 1st nuclear reactors

2014-09-10 12:15

Japan's nuclear regulator has given the go-ahead for the restart of a nuclear power station, the first step to reopening an industry that was mothballed after the Fukushima disaster.

Japan starts Pacific 'research' whaling

2014-09-08 08:06

A fleet of four Japanese ships have left the northern main island of Hokkaido to start the seasonal "research" whaling hunt in Pacific coastal waters, local media says.

Japan's First Lady speaks sales tax, nuclear

2014-09-04 12:15

Japanese First Lady has called on the country to consider cutting wasteful expenditure to boost the economy before the proposed 10% sales tax rise.

Former Hyatt manager wanted over sex assault

2014-09-03 10:00

Japanese police have obtained an arrest warrant for the Spanish former general manager of the Grand Hyatt Tokyo on suspicion of sexually assaulting a female customer.

Dengue fever strikes models in Japan

2014-09-02 14:36

A worsening outbreak of dengue fever in Japan has claimed its first celebrities, two young models sent on assignment to the Tokyo park are believed to be its source.

Surrogate offers clues into man with 16 babies

2014-09-02 12:37

A Thai surrogate's story has offered clues to the mystery of a Japanese man and his 16 babies, in what has been dubbed a 'serial surrogacy'.

Fukushima accepts radioactive waste storage

2014-09-01 16:40

The governor of disaster-struck Fukushima has agreed to accept the 'temporary' storage of nuclear waste from the Japanese accident, paving the way for an end to a years-long standoff.

Dolphin hunting season kicks off in Japan

2014-09-01 08:34

The controversial six-month dolphin hunting season has begun in the infamous town of Taiji, but bad weather would delay any killing, a local official says.

Japan porn queens raise thousands from Boob Aid

2014-08-31 18:47

A group of Japanese porn actresses have raised tens of thousands of dollars by having their breasts squeezed by fans at a "Boob Aid" charity event for Aids prevention.

Japan hangs gangster and killer arsonist

2014-08-29 08:48

Japan has executed a mobster and a killer arsonist, bringing to 11 the total number of death sentences carried out since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took power in 2012.

Japan sees first dengue case in over 60-years

2014-08-27 12:45

Japanese health authorities have reported the first locally transmitted case of dengue fever in the country in more than 60 years.

Nissan turns up heat with latest 370Z Nismo

2014-08-27 08:53

Just when Nissan fans thought things couldn't get any better the automaker has gone and released a new and updated 370Z Nismo range. Oh, yummy!

US calls Chinese move 'provocative'

2014-08-23 07:10

The White House has called a Chinese jet's close brush with a US surveillance plane over Japan a deeply concerning provocation.

Rescuers comb through Japan landslide wreckage

2014-08-21 14:40

Thousands of rescuers combed through the wreckage of homes engulfed by landslides in western Japan in the slim hope of finding survivors after a wall of mud claimed at least 39 lives.

How to greet people when travelling abroad

2014-08-20 15:54

Travelling to a different country soon, but not quite sure how to say ‘howzit’ to potential new foreign friends? Here’s your guide.

Japan unveils 'hydrangea solar cell'

2014-08-19 16:38

A solar cell that resembles a flower is offering a new take on green energy in Japan, where one scientist is searching for renewables that look good.

Researchers sniff out secret to elephants’ smelling

2014-08-18 13:11

Elephants have the best sense of smell on Earth, according to a new study.The scientists have found that elephant trunks contain more olfactory receptors genes than other single species.

Japanese man captured in Syria

2014-08-18 08:10

Japan is looking into reports that a Japanese man has been captured by Islamist militants in Syria, but is not aware of any statement claiming responsibility or making a ransom demand.

Japanese man planned to sire 1 000 children

2014-08-16 11:35

A Japanese man suspected of fathering at least 15 surrogate children in Thailand planned to sire as many as 1 000, a report says.

Bangladesh approves $4.6bn energy project

2014-08-13 14:00

Bangladesh has approved a $4.6bn project to build coal-fired power plants and a deep-sea port in the Bay of Bengal with Japanese funding.

Typhoon Halong leaves 10 dead in Japan - reports

2014-08-11 08:56

As many as 10 people died and dozens have been injured after Typhoon Halong slammed into the Japanese archipelago over the weekend, reports say, with heavy rain still lashing the country's north.

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