Japan migrant plan under fire

2014-11-20 11:23

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Concerns over Japan's economy

2012-12-10 11:39

Japan confirmed that the world's third-largest economy shrank in the three months to September, stoking fears the country is slipping into a recession.

US wins Japan support for Iran sanctions

2012-01-12 16:44

Japan is backing tough US sanctions against Iran over a nuclear programme the West suspects is geared to developing atomic bombs.

Fukushima decommissioning to take 30-40 years

2011-12-21 09:56

The Japanese government says it aims to decommission the tsunami-stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant over 30-40 years.

Japan prepares for financial, border crises

2011-12-19 08:17

Japan is getting ready for the unexpected, including financial or border issues after the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, says a government spokesperson.

Japan quake to knock economy: KPMG

2011-03-11 13:45

A KPMG economist says Friday's massive quake has echoes of a previous one in 1995 which eroded Japan's economic growth.

Japan downgrade rattles currency markets

2011-01-28 09:41

Japan's currency has been pummelled after credit ratings agency Standard & Poor's downgraded Tokyo's public debt for the first time since 2002.

Japanese growth losing steam

2010-12-08 11:26

Fears of further slowdown in Japan have deepened as data showed only a slight rise in its trade with the world and a drop in corporate spending.

Japan govt vows budget austerity

2010-07-20 12:31

Japan's government has pledged austerity and a cap on new bond issues as it drafts a budget for next fiscal year while seeking to reduce a mountain of public debt.

Japan PM resigns after US base row

2010-06-02 11:22

Japan's centre-left Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has resigned, just nine months after a stunning election win, his brief reign derailed by a row over an unpopular US airbase.


Japan's next PM piles pressure on BOJ

2012-12-17 02:19

Japan's next prime minister, Shinzo Abe, buoyed by a landslide election victory, has piled pressure on the central bank as it prepares for a policy meeting.

Magnitude 6.1 quake jolts eastern Japan

2012-03-14 17:06

An earthquake has struck eastern Japan, but there was no tsunami warning and no initial reports of damage.

Japan forecasts 2.2% growth next year

2011-12-22 08:41

Japan sees real GDP at 2.2% as housing investment picks up after a devastating earthquake and as subsides spur consumption and capital expenditure.

China outpaces Japan, US on patent filings

2011-12-21 08:14

China became the world's top patent filer in 2011 as it steps up innovation, a research report shows.

Japan's quake hits economy 'severely'

2011-04-08 12:14

Japan says its economy is in a severe condition afer last month's earthquake and there is no quick recovery in sight.

Surprise as Japan economy shrinks

2011-03-10 11:13

Japan's economy contracted by more than first thought in the fourth quarter of 2010 due to weaker-than-expected business investment and private consumption, data shows.

S&P downgrades Japan's credit rating

2011-01-27 11:54

Standard & Poor's has lowered Japan's long-term sovereign credit rating to AA minus from AA, saying it expected the country's fiscal deficits to stay high in coming years.

Millions of Japanese trapped in 'hidden poverty'

2010-08-09 08:33

Consumer gluttony, astronomic real-estate prices and jobs for life were once normal in Japan - but today the country also has millions of desperately poor people.

Japan's new PM takes power

2010-06-04 11:54

Former finance minister Naoto Kan has become Japan's new leader, pledging economic recovery and close ties with Washington.

Bank of Japan offers loan scheme

2010-05-21 11:30

Japan's central bank says the country is "starting to recover moderately" and announced details of a scheme to encourage banks to lend in an effort to boost growth.

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