Kansai reactors clear initial safety rules

2014-12-17 19:15

Japan's nuclear regulator has given an initial safety clearance to two reactors operated by Kansai Electric Power.

Japan logs $7.6bn trade deficit

2014-12-17 09:15

Japan has posted a trade deficit of $7.6bn in November for the 29th consecutive month of trade loss, according to the government.

Rewards slow to come for Japan's rental market

2014-12-15 13:14

Japan seems to have the right mix for a vibrant short-term home rental market, but firms hoping to cash in need to wait for local governments to relax curbs.

Japan at polls, Abe most likely to win

2014-12-14 13:03

Japan is voting in a snap general election that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has billed as a referendum on his economic policies, after the initial success of his first two years faded.

Japan secrecy law takes effect

2014-12-10 08:14

A law giving the Japanese government greater powers to classify and protect state secrets has taken effect, a year after the controversial bill was approved by parliament.

Japan's economy shrinks more than expected

2014-12-08 09:20

Japan's economy has shrunk more quickly than expected in the third quarter, according to statistics released.

Bianchi going too fast - probe report

2014-12-03 20:42

Now brain-damaged Jules Bianchi was going too fast after being flagged to slow down in rain during the 2014 Japanese F1 GP, says an official report on his horrific crash.

Mama Miata! MX-5 25 - and new one coming

2014-12-01 08:11

'For 25 years Mazda has uprated and improved its rather good sports car,' writes DAVE FALL as he reflects on Mazda's best-selling MX-5 and the new version heading for SA.

South Korea starts trial for Japanese journalist

2014-11-27 12:29

A trial has begun for a Japanese journalist charged with defaming South Korea's president by reporting rumours that she was absent for seven hours during a ferry disaster because she was with a man.

Opposing Japan's whaling programme is 'eco-imperialism'

2014-11-26 15:35

Opposition to Japan’s whaling programme is a kind of “eco-imperialism” that imposes one value system on another and is based on emotion, not science, Japan's top whaling official says.

Rare albino dolphin captured in Japan's 'Cove'

2014-11-25 20:34

A rare albino dolphin has been captured by Japanese fishermen, said a campaign group staging a protest against the sale or slaughter of the creatures.

Dozens take refuge from Japan quake aftershocks

2014-11-24 12:14

Dozens of villagers have remained in shelters, as aftershocks rattled a region in central Japan hit by a weekend earthquake that injured at least 41 people and destroyed more than 50 homes.

Strong quake strikes central Japan

2014-11-22 16:05

A strong earthquake has hit central Japan, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and no tsunami warning was issued.

Japan voters unhappy over snap election - study

2014-11-20 14:20

Nearly two-thirds of Japanese voters don't understand why Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is calling a snap election and about half want ruling and opposition parties to come out evenly in the poll, a survey shows.

Japanese 'Black widow' strikes again

2014-11-19 13:03

A 67-year-old millionaire has been arrested on suspicion of poisoning her husband with cyanide as it emerged six former partners had already died, in Japan's latest apparent 'black widow' case.

Rand climbs to 2-week high vs dollar

2014-11-18 18:39

The rand has strengthened 1% against the dollar as woes in Japan's economy fuelled demand for higher-yielding currencies in emerging markets.

Future of Toyota - it's called Mirai

2014-11-18 14:09

Toyota Japan has launched a fuel-cell car capable of 500km on a high-pressure gas refill - "it takes five minutes" - called the Mirai (Future) that it believes will change the world.

Future of Toyota - it's called Mirai

2014-11-18 08:22

Toyota Japan has launched a fuel-cell car capable of 500km on a high-pressure gas refill - "it takes five minutes" - called the Mirai (Future) that it believes will change the world.

Tokyo stocks slip as Japan enters recession

2014-11-17 08:32

Tokyo stocks has fallen more than 1% in early trade after official data showed Japan's economy dropped into a recession.

Riot police raid Japan university

2014-11-13 18:53

Scores of fully-clad riot police have raided a dormitory at a leading Japanese university, reports say.

Smartphone 'zombies' wreak havoc on the streets

2014-11-12 14:05

There is concern in Japan as some pedestrians are more concerned with looking at their smartphone screen than the road.

China, Japan hold ice-breaking meeting

2014-11-10 10:17

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are holding an ice-breaking meeting in Beijing, following more than two years of deep tensions over an island dispute.

Japan to offer $100m aid to Ebola-hit Africa

2014-11-07 09:22

Japan is set to provide up to $100m in fresh aid to Ebola-hit West Africa, the government says, after the US called for further global efforts to combat the deadly virus.

Bianchi crash forcing F1 to change

2014-11-06 07:42

Since Jules Bianchi's horrific crash during the 2014 Japanese GP his Marussia team has gone under administration and F1 has agonised over race-track safety measures.

Japan's jobless rate up to 3.6%

2014-10-31 11:15

Japan's unemployment rate has climbed to 3.6% in September for the first rise in three months, the government says.


Japan nuclear watchdog greenlights more reactors

2014-12-17 10:16

Japan's nuclear watchdog has given the green light to restarting two more atomic reactors, days after pro-nuclear Prime Minister Shinzo Abe swept to election victory.

Heavy snow hits northern Japan

2014-12-17 07:25

Northern Japan is in the grip of a blizzard as strong winds and heavy snow forced the cancellation of almost 300 flights and vehicles were buried in snow, officials and reports say.

Japan's Abe wins amid doubts over Abenomics

2014-12-15 09:25

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's coalition has cruised to an election win, but record low turnout pointed to dissatisfaction with his economic performance.

China leaders preside at massacre remembrance

2014-12-13 07:30

President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders are presiding at a remembrance ceremony on the 77th anniversary of the Nanking massacre amid a drive to revive memories of Japan's brutal invasion.

Japan sex shop owner free, vagina artist still held

2014-12-08 16:59

A sex shop owner arrested along with a artist who makes objects shaped like her own vagina has been released from Japanese police custody after the courts refused to extend her detention.

Whisky's increased profile in Japan

2014-12-04 12:45

Yamazaki's Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 trumped more than 1 000 challengers to be named the world's best whisky in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2015.

Volcano in Japan erupts, disrupting flights

2014-11-28 10:01

A volcano in southern Japan is blasting out chunks of magma in the first such eruption in 22 years, causing flight cancellations and prompting warnings to stay away from its crater.

Toyota reveals next-gen safety tech

2014-11-27 09:20

Adaptive cruise control, crash mitigation, smart headlights... Toyota will roll out its next-generation safety systems from 2015. Check out its latest life-saving technologies.

SA-bound Lexus RC F: Performance for all

2014-11-26 07:20

Lexus has produced its most powerful V8 road car yet. Get ready for the new SA-bound RC F, a high-performance car for any enthusiast. Or racetrack...

SA-bound Lexus RC F: Performance for all

2014-11-25 10:06

Lexus has produced its most powerful V8 road car yet. Get ready for the new SA-bound RC F, a high-performance car for any enthusiast. Or racetrack...

6.2 quake hits central Japan, flattens houses

2014-11-22 22:06

A strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake has struck central Japan , the US Geological Survey says, causing houses to collapse and injuring at least 20 people, three seriously.

Japan 'black widow' still on hunt as husband 4 died

2014-11-21 22:11

A so-called Japanese 'black widow' suspected of killing numerous partners for money, was still on the hunt for an 'unattached elderly man with assets' when her fourth husband was poisoned, reports say.

Honda unveils fuel-cell FCV concept

2014-11-20 08:52

Honda has unveiled its fuel-cell concept vehicle, the FCV, along with a mini power-station. It's scheduled to go on sale in Japan in 2016.

Japanese man arrested for abandoning 80 dogs

2014-11-19 08:45

Japanese police have arrested a former pet shop worker for allegedly abandoning 80 dogs, dead and alive, in the countryside, officials and reports say.

Japan PM to seek fresh mandate for 'Abenomics'

2014-11-18 17:06

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says that he would call an early election to seek a fresh mandate for his economic policies, and postpone an unpopular sales tax rise, after data showed the economy had slipped back into recession.

Japan cuts whale catch target by two-thirds

2014-11-18 08:48

Japan says that it would slash the number of whales it catches in the Southern Ocean, amid international criticism of its whaling programme.

Okinawa vote a blow to Japan-US ties - analysts

2014-11-17 13:20

Voters in Okinawa have thrown a spanner in Japan's relations with the US after electing a governor who wants the American military to downsize its presence at a time of alarm over China’s territorial ambitions.

Shock Japan recession a blow to global economy

2014-11-17 08:12

Japan's economy unexpectedly shrank in the third quarter, dragging the country into a recession and further clouding the outlook for the global economy.

Water woes stymie Japan nuclear clean-up

2014-11-12 18:16

Japan's nuclear clean-up is being stymied by the issue of coping with tons of radioactive water.

Fukushima radiation off California coast

2014-11-10 22:36

Researchers say they have detected "trace" amounts of radioactivity stemming from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident off the coast of California.

Governor gives OK to Japan nuclear restart

2014-11-08 14:10

A local governor has given the green light to restarting an atomic power station, granting the pro-nuclear government a significant victory in its bid to get Japan's reactor network online.

Japan scientists make see-through mice

2014-11-07 08:16

Invisibility may still be the stuff of fictional works like Harry Potter, but researchers in Japan have developed a way to make mice almost totally transparent.

Japanese electronics giants surge

2014-11-04 09:03

Shares in some of Japan's biggest electronics firms surged as the yen hit a seven-year low.

Japan shares soar, yen skids after BOJ data

2014-10-31 10:45

Japanese stocks have soared to their highest close since November 2007 and the yen skidded to near seven-year lows against the dollar.

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