World's biggest pension fund loses $52bn

2016-08-26 15:25

The world’s biggest pension fund has posted a $52bn loss last quarter as stocks tumbled and the yen surged, wiping out investment gains.

Driver kills woman in car crash while playing Pokemon GO

2016-08-25 06:56

A driver has been arrested for killing a female pedestrian and injuring another while playing Pokemon Go behind the wheel.

Japanese father kills son over studies

2016-08-23 11:30

A Japanese father stabbed his 12-year-old son to death after complaining the boy was failing to study for a school entrance exam, media says.

Chinese ships, planes hold war games in Sea of Japan

2016-08-21 20:20

China's military says it held war games with planes and ships in the Sea of Japan last week.

Magnitude 5.3 quake hits off Japan

2016-08-19 19:06

A magnitude 5.3 undersea earthquake has struck Japan off the coast of Ibaraki prefecture, just south of Fukushima, though there have been no immediate reports of damages.

Court acquits pair of murder after two decades in jail

2016-08-10 17:45

A Japanese woman and her former partner have been acquitted in a retrial for the alleged murder of the woman's 11-year-old daughter after the pair had spent about two decades in jail.

Molotov cocktail attack injures 15 at Tokyo parade

2016-08-08 07:31

Fifteen people, including a one-year-old baby girl, were injured in a Molotov cocktail attack at a Tokyo festival parade, officials said.

UN pushed to condemn North Korea missile test

2016-08-04 17:07

The United States and its allies have pressed the UN Security Council to condemn North Korea after it test-fired a missile into Japanese-controlled waters.

Honda's quarterly profit sinks by 6% amid quake damage

2016-08-02 10:49

Honda is reporting a better-than-expected $1.7-billion for the fiscal first quarter as it gradually recovers from plant damage caused by a quake in southwestern Japan.

BOJ opts for limited stimulus expansion, plans to assess policy

2016-07-29 07:43

The Bank of Japan has expanded its purchases of exchange-traded funds, while refraining from boosting the pace of bond purchases that form the main part of its monetary stimulus


Iwo Jima flag: Marines mis-ID 2 men

2016-08-25 23:47

The Marine Corps says it has misidentified two of the servicemen who helped raise the first US flag at Japan's Iwo Jima during WWII.

Activists to battle on after Japan whaling court victory

2016-08-23 21:05

Japanese whalers have celebrated what they have described as a court victory in the US to end years of high seas clashes with anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd, which immediately vowed to fight on.

Mother arrested after 4 children found dead at home

2016-08-22 11:55

A mother is under investigation for murder after her four children, including a girl as young as three, were found dead, Japanese media reports and police say.

Japan hit by 6.0 magnitude quake, no tsunami warning

2016-08-20 15:59

Japan has been hit by a strong earthquake for the second straight day, though there have been no immediate reports of damage or injuries, officials say.

4 months after Japan earthquake, final victim may be found

2016-08-10 17:45

Searchers have found what appears to be the body of the final person missing nearly four months after two deadly earthquakes in southern Japan.

Japanese emperor addresses abdication speculation

2016-08-08 09:25

The Japanese emperor has expressed concern about his ability to carry out his duties fully as he ages.

Japan emperor to address nation amid abdication reports

2016-08-05 22:53

Japanese Emperor Akihito will address the nation next week, the imperial palace following reports that the octogenarian wants to abdicate the throne of one of the world's oldest monarchies.

Japan says North Korea missile test 'outrageous'

2016-08-03 19:51

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has condemned a North Korean test missile that landed 250km off Japan's coast as an "outrageous act" which threatened his country.

False megaquake alert shakes Tokyo

2016-08-01 20:15

A false warning of a megaquake about to strike Tokyo has been issued by Japan's weather agency and quickly cancelled but not before terrifying users of a smartphone app who received it.

Japan to spend $120 million on counter-terrorism in Africa

2016-07-29 07:14

Japan's foreign minister says his country will spend $120 million to strengthen counter-terrorism efforts in Africa.

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