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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 - highest alert for Typhoon Halong

2014-08-09 14:08

Japan's weather agency has issued its highest alert as Typhoon Halong barrelled towards the southwest of the country, warning of heavy rain and strong winds.

Flights grounded for Typhoon Halong

2014-08-09 12:20

A strong typhoon has lashed large areas of southwest Japan, grounding around 460 flights and stranding thousands of holidaymakers.

9 surrogate babies found in Bangkok flat

2014-08-07 08:08

Thai authorities are investigating the discovery of nine surrogate babies in a Bangkok condominium who are believed to share the same Japanese biological father, police say.

Japan marks 69th anniversary of Hiroshima

2014-08-06 11:00

Japan is marking the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and Mayor Kazumi Matsui called on President Obama and other world leaders to visit the city to see the scars.

Fujitsu back in the black

2014-07-31 20:00

Fujitsu says it has swung back to profitability with the company's results driven by upbeat demand for personal computers and mobile products.

Skymark shares slump after Airbus cancels deal

2014-07-30 10:30

Shares in Skymark have plunged for a second straight day wiping out a quarter of its value after Airbus had cancelled a deal with the Japanese budget airline.

Japan heatwave kills 15, 1000s hospitalised

2014-07-29 08:31

Sweltering summer heat in Japan has left at least 15 people dead over the past week, while more than 8 000 others were rushed to hospital with heatstroke symptoms, official figures show.

McDonald's stops sourcing chicken from China

2014-07-25 11:40

McDonald's Japan is halting sales of all products that use chicken meat originating in China and is switching its sourcing completely to Thailand.

Elephants have a sense of smell second to none

2014-07-23 10:28

Elephants possess a sense of smell that is likely the strongest ever identified in a single species, according to a study by Japanese scientists.

Brazil eyeing Japan's help in oil project

2014-07-20 11:12

Brazil plans to use Japanese technology in building a floating structure and ships for its huge offshore oil development project, according to media reports.

Woman arrested for making a vagina kayak

2014-07-17 16:56

A Japanese artist designed and made a kayak from a 3D printing of her own vagina and got locked up for breaking obscenity laws.

4.6 quake hits Japan

2014-07-16 13:01

A moderate 4.6 magnitude earthquake has hit the region that hosts Japan’s crippling Fukushima nuclear plant, but there have been reports of damage.

Woman held for sending 3D data of genitals

2014-07-14 12:52

A Japanese artist has been arrested for allegedly sending data of her genitals for a three-dimensional printer, reports say.

Japanese toilet exhibition making a splash

2014-07-10 14:53

In a country known for its high-tech 'smart loos', a Japanese exhibition dedicated to what gets flushed down them and featuring a giant toilet slide is making a splash in Tokyo.

 

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.

Nagasaki marks 69th anniversary of US atomic bombing

2014-08-09 12:23

Tens of thousands have marked the 69th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

Panasonic eyes huge cash bonus with Olympic tech

2014-08-07 10:33

Robot porters and wearable translation devices are just some of the innovations Panasonic would like to launch for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Japan nuclear plan set for more delays

2014-08-06 18:15

The long-awaited restart of Japan's nuclear power plants is facing yet another setback and may be delayed until 2015.

Magnitude 6.0 quake strikes Japan

2014-08-03 07:09

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake has struck off the coast of Japan's Okinawa island, says the Pacific tsunami warning centre.

Japan wraps up hunt, killing 115 whales

2014-07-30 12:57

Japan has announced that it had wrapped up a whale hunt in the Pacific, the second campaign since the UN ordered Tokyo to halt a separate slaughter in the Antarctic.

Japanese teen decapitates classmate - report

2014-07-29 10:59

A 16-year-old Japanese schoolgirl has confessed to decapitating a classmate, police say, as she reportedly told investigators she "wanted to dissect" someone.

Australia submarine deal with Japan in sight

2014-07-28 09:30

Australia could discuss building its next-generation fleet of submarines overseas, a shift that could open the door to a partnership deal with Japan.

Monkeys show possible 'effects of radiation'

2014-07-25 10:43

Monkeys near the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant have lower blood cell counts than cousins living further away, possibly because of radiation exposure, a study says.

Japan will offer $20 000 to use greener cars

2014-07-21 15:27

Japan will offer at least $19 700 in subsidies for fuel-cell vehicles, Shinzo Abe says, as the government and Japanese car makers join forces to speed up the introduction the vehicles.

At long last: New Mazda2 revealed

2014-07-18 09:41

Production has begun of the fourth-generation Mazda2 as the automaker reveals images of its new hatchback set to be launched globally in 2015. We have gallery and details!

Future of Toyota in hydrogen fuel cells

2014-07-17 11:09

Rocket science long dismissed as too impractical and expensive for everyday cars is getting a push into the mainstream by Toyota, the world's top-selling automaker.

A new fashion trend, jeans ripped by lions

2014-07-14 18:38

A Japanese zoo has taken the catwalk to a wild new level, using some of its fiercest inhabitants to rip and claw jeans to a fashionably distressed look.

Japan’s 'dubious spending' politician resigns

2014-07-11 11:51

A Japanese politician, who was seen sobbing over dubious spending in a video that went viral, has tendered his resignation and the assembly is yet to decide whether to accept it.

Typhoon Neoguri makes landfall in Japan

2014-07-10 14:43

Typhoon Neoguri HAS slammed into Japan's southern main island after lashing the Okinawa island chain, with three people killed as powerful winds and torrential rains battered the country.

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