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.

All Nippon Airways first-half profit soars

2014-10-30 11:41

Japan's All Nippon Airways says its net profit for the six months to September soared about 78% to $328m, thanks to a Tokyo airport expansion.

Japanese ministers acknowledge improprieties

2014-10-28 13:55

Two Japanese cabinet ministers have acknowledged political fund-related improprieties, adding to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's headaches.

Japan warns of increased volcano activity

2014-10-24 19:15

Japan has warned that a volcano in southern Japan located roughly 64km from a nuclear plant is showing signs of increased activity that could possibly lead to a small-scale eruption.

'Clever' Japan firm donates high-tech Ebola masks

2014-10-24 10:01

A little-known Japanese company has donated 10 000 high-tech face masks to several Ebola-hit African nations and says it is now getting calls from New York City.

Japan casino bill delayed again

2014-10-22 13:45

Japan's plan to open up to casino gambling has been delayed again, dealing a blow to hopes the first resort will open in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Lawmakers in Japan eye casino to hasten recovery

2014-10-22 10:15

Business and political leaders in Japan are betting on a casino as hope to speed reconstruction in a region battered by the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Japan stores angle for coffee market crown

2014-10-21 10:22

Japan's convenience store operators are jostling for eminence in a famously cut-throat industry, with a successful product for the market's top players - coffee.

Japan casino plan likely to be delayed again

2014-10-20 12:15

Japan's plan to legalise casino gambling is likely to be delayed yet again, dealing a setback to operators for the launch of Asia's next big gambling market.

Japan minister resigns over money scandal

2014-10-20 10:01

Japan's high-profile and telegenic industry minister has resigned over claims she misused political funds, including buying both votes and make-up, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

SA-bound Mazda2 wins Japan Car of the Year

2014-10-16 08:48

Mazda South Africa's next-generation, the Mazda2, has won the 2014 Japanese Car of the Year.

UPDATE: Toyota SA responds to global recall

2014-10-15 10:39

Toyota has issued a global recall of 1.75-million vehicles to correct brake and other problems that pose a fire risk. Find out which South African Toyota and Lexus cars are affected...


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.

All Nippon Airways first-half profit soars

2014-10-30 11:49

Japan's All Nippon Airways says its net profit for the six months to September has soared about 78% to $328m thanks to a Tokyo airport expansion.

Japan opposition takes aim at Abe govt scandals

2014-10-28 10:48

Japan's main opposition party has vowed to pursue Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over a string of cabinet funding scandals that have dented his popularity ratings.

Japan minister in S&M bar scandal hit by fresh allegations

2014-10-24 12:54

Japan’s industry minister is under renewed pressure over his stake in the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant that he oversees.

Volcano could destroy Japan

2014-10-23 22:31

Japan could be nearly destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption over the next century, putting almost all of the country's 127 million-strong population at risk.

Japan's 'monetary shamanism' criticised

2014-10-22 12:15

Izuru Kato's dismissal of the Bank of Japan's stimulus policy as "monetary shamanism" is ringing loud in the ears of bank governor Haruhiko Kuroda.

Fukushima film shows reality for 'nuclear refugees'

2014-10-21 13:21

Before the Fukushima nuclear crisis forced them from their homes, residents of Futaba only had praise for the Daiichi power plant, calling it a 'godsend' that brought jobs and money to the Japanese coastal town.

Japan man arrested for dumping 200kg of porn

2014-10-21 09:43

A pensioner who dumped almost a quarter of a ton of pornography in a Japanese park is unlikely to be charged, police say, because the stash belonged to an ill friend.

Japan man jailed for making guns with 3D printer

2014-10-20 10:31

A Japanese court has jailed a man for two years for making guns with a 3D printer in what is believed to be a first in a nation with strict gun controls.

Japan reactor near active volcanoes called unsafe

2014-10-17 13:28

A prominent volcanologist says predicting eruptions is impossible, disputing Japanese nuclear regulators' safety approval of two reactors based on the prediction that an eruption won't happen in the next few decades.

Green power floods Japan grid

2014-10-15 12:41

Japan's utilities are being swamped by green power as rules force them to buy up renewable energy, as new generating firms seek to cash in on premium prices.

'My son will fight!' - Bianchi's father

2014-10-15 08:55

'Every time the phone rings we know it could be the hospital to say Jules is dead,' says Philippe Bianchi, father of injured Marussia driver Jules Bianchi.

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