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.

Halaal tourism takes off in Japan

2014-07-09 13:07

Prayer rooms, hijabs and even halaal-certified whale meat are appearing in Japan as tourism bosses wake up to the demand from Muslim travellers.

Typhoon: 100s of flights cancelled in Japan

2014-07-08 13:18

Hundreds of flights have been cancelled in Japan and more than 500 000 people have been urged to evacuate as a powerful typhoon moves towards Japan.

Japan on alert as typhoon heads toward Okinawa

2014-07-07 16:55

Japan is bracing for destructive winds and huge waves as a powerful typhoon churns toward the southern islands of Okinawa.

China holds ceremony to mark China-Japan war

2014-07-07 09:55

President Xi Jinping has criticised people who he says "beautify the history of aggression" as China marks the 77th anniversary of the start of a war with Japan amid rising tensions.

Strong typhoon threatens north Philippines, Japan

2014-07-06 16:58

A strong typhoon was blowing over the Pacific Ocean in the northeastern Philippines and may induce heavy rains, but is too far off to hit land, officials have said.

Japanese mascots face the chop

2014-07-03 18:00

Hundreds of cuddly mascots are facing the chop after Japan's finance ministry ordered local authorities nationwide to cut back in their use.

Japan lifts some North Korea sanctions

2014-07-03 10:54

Japan has decided to ease some sanctions on North Korea in return for its reopening of a probe into the fate of Japanese citizens abducted by the reclusive state decades ago.

How Japan can use its military after policy change

2014-07-02 10:45

Japan's government has approved a reinterpretation of the war-renouncing constitution to allow greater use of military force to defend other countries.

Fresh doubts over Japan nuclear restarts

2014-06-30 15:15

Japanese authorities, keen to restart nuclear power plants three years after the Fukushima disaster, may face an additional hurdle in securing approval.

Scientists slow degeneration in motor neurone

2014-06-28 13:56

Japanese stemcell scientists have succeeded in slowing the deterioration of mice with motor neurone disease, possibly paving the way for eventual human treatment.

Toyota reveals fuel-cell sedan price

2014-06-25 10:23

Toyota has revealed the price of its first fuel-cell sedan, a hydrogen-powered car with a potential range of 830km and scheduled for launch in March 2015.

'Hero' dog saves boy's life from bear attack

2014-06-24 12:21

A placid pet dog has been hailed a hero after saving a five-year-old boy from a mauling by a wild bear in northern Japan, police and media say.

Japan considering new base on Antarctica

2014-06-23 15:26

Japan is looking at building a new base on Antarctica so scientists can study air trapped in ice a million years ago, in a bid to better understand climate change.

Tax cuts aim to set Japan swinging

2014-06-23 14:00

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to unveil measures ranging from corporate tax cuts and public pension reforms to proposed dance hall deregulation.

'Exploding' airbags: 2-million Hondas recalled

2014-06-23 10:46

Honda has recalled more than two million vehicles globally due to an airbag defect that could 'rupture in the event of a crash, posing a fire risk'.

Wi-Fi soon free for tourists in Japan

2014-06-23 09:08

Japan is considered one of the most high-tech countries in the world, but the nation lacks Wi-Fi hotspots for tourists. That will change soon.

Irate farmers display 'toxic' Fukushima cow

2014-06-20 12:35

Angry farmers from Fukushima have brought a large cow to the centre of Tokyo to demand government investigate a disease they say cattle have developed since the nuclear disaster.

Japan PM wants to stage Robot Olympics

2014-06-20 07:29

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to stage a "Robot Olympics" in 2020, the same year Tokyo hosts the Summer Games.

Japan wife 'beat husband to death' over affair

2014-06-18 12:47

A 79-year-old Japanese housewife who allegedly clubbed her husband to death in a row over an affair he had four decades ago has been arrested, police and press reports say.


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.

Rain batters Japan as storm hits, 3 dead

2014-07-10 10:22

Heavy rain has battered a wide swathe of Japan, sending rivers over their banks and setting off a landslide as a weakened but still dangerous storm made landfall and headed east, leaving three people dead.

Neoguri lashes Japan's Okinawa islands

2014-07-08 16:43

Typhoon Neoguri has lashed Japan's southern Okinawa islands reportedly leaving two dead and forcing more than half a million to seek shelter.

Central banks end era of promises

2014-07-07 17:30

The world's major central banks are returning to a more opaque and artful approach to policy-making, ending experimenting with explicit promises, risking credibility

Okinawa on super typhoon high alert

2014-07-07 15:50

Japan's weather agency has extended its highest alert to Okinawa's populous main island as super typhoon Neoguri approaches.

Super typhoon Neoguri threatens Japan

2014-07-07 06:21

Super typhoon Neoguri is barrelling toward Japan's Okinawa islands, packing violent winds and torrential rains as the national weather agency warns residents to stay in their homes.

Abe heads to Aus to strengthen security ties

2014-07-05 07:25

A week after loosening curbs on Japan's military, PM Shinzo Abe heads to Australia to bolster security ties and conclude a defence industry agreement.

Scientists retract false stem cell study

2014-07-03 13:48

Scientists who reported that they'd found a startlingly simple way to make stem cells have withdrawn that claim, following accusations of falsified data.

Experts create babies from frozen testicles

2014-07-02 11:16

Scientists have produced live offspring from testicle tissue that has been cryopreserved and say a similar technique might be used to preserve the fertility of boys facing cancer treatment.

50% of Japanese voters oppose security shift

2014-06-30 18:03

Half of Japanese voters oppose dropping a ban that has kept the military from fighting abroad since WWII as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe readied a landmark shift in security policy.

Honda's first jet takes to the skies

2014-06-29 13:30

Honda's first business jet has logged its maiden flight ahead of its expected certification and delivery next year.

Kids gasp in horror as whale gets carved up

2014-06-26 12:23

As Japan's whaling season starts, workers in Minamiboso carved up one of the animals as a crowd of school students and residents watched, with free samples of its fried meat handed out later.

'Exploding' airbags: Nissan, Mazda recall

2014-06-24 12:37

Mazda and Nissan are the latest Japanese automakers to recall millions of vehicles. Read more...

Japan PM: Mobilise women for economy

2014-06-24 10:55

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged the nation's business leaders to do more to boost the role of working women.

Nuclear plant restarts water cleansing system

2014-06-23 15:19

Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has restarted its trouble-plagued water decontamination system for the first time in three months, the utility says.

'Exploding' airbags: Nissan, Mazda issue recalls

2014-06-23 11:43

Mazda and Nissan are the latest Japanese automakers to recall millions of vehicles. The reason? Airbags fitted to affected vehicles could potentially explode, injuring occupants.

China, Japan manufacturing returns to growth

2014-06-23 10:35

Manufacturing in China has shrugged off months of decline and returned to growth in June as Beijing's targeted stimulus measures supported domestic demand.

'Exploding' airbag leads to massive recall

2014-06-23 07:14

More than a million vehicles could be recalled because their airbags might explode and shower vehicle occupants with shrapnel.

South Korea holds live-fire drill, ignores protest

2014-06-20 09:12

The South Korean navy has held a rare live-fire drill near a set of disputed islands, brushing off angry protests from co-claimant Japan, which called the exercises "deplorable".

Japan satellites to monitor Fukushima, Chernobyl

2014-06-19 14:32

Two Japanese satellites will be launched from Russia to monitor environmental damage near the crippled nuclear plants in Fukushima and Chernobyl, officials say.

Japan finally bans possession of child porn

2014-06-18 09:17

Japan's parliament has voted to outlaw possession of child pornography after years of calls for a crackdown, but avoided a clampdown on sexually explicit manga comics depicting young children.

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