26 May 2017
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11/05/2017 09:11

Japan university to set up ninja studies centre

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A Japanese university is planning what it says will be the world's first research centre devoted to ninja -- the black clad assassins known for secrecy and stealth.

11/05/2017 08:52

Panasonic net profit hit by weak solar products demand

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Japan's Panasonic said on Thursday that annual net profit and revenue slumped because of slowing demand for household solar energy products and the impact of a stronger yen, but predicted a rebound this year.

11/05/2017 08:38

Japan rugby team «still minnows» despite World Cup breakthrough

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Japan coach Jamie Joseph said Thursday that the Brave Blossoms were World Cup small fry, despite a breakout performance two years ago.

09/05/2017 15:51

UN Security Council expected to meet on Syria safe zones deal

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Japan and Sweden have requested a UN Security Council meeting to obtain specific details of a Russia-backed agreement on establishing safe zones in Syria, diplomats said Tuesday.

05/05/2017 08:33

China, Japan, South Korea to jointly combat financial instability

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East Asia's three biggest economies vowed Friday to work together to help prevent market instability as tensions run high over Pyongyang's weapons programmes.

25/04/2017 11:51

Japan's Abe to visit Russia for Putin meet

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Russia this week for a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin and Tokyo said Tuesday, as the two sides look to make headway on a decades-old territorial dispute.

25/04/2017 11:16

May the ore be with you: Japan sells gold Darth Vader mask

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A solid gold Darth Vader mask is going on sale in Japan, with a $1.4 million price tag for a one-of-a-kind likeness of science fiction's most famous villain.

22/04/2017 00:45

Fujifilm delays earnings over NZ unit accounting problems

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Fujifilm is delaying the release of its financial results as it probes accounting irregularities at a New Zealand unit, raising fears Japan Inc is headed for another embarrassing accounting scandal.

21/04/2017 06:08

Anger, confusion as Japan revives militaristic edict

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Japan's century-old imperial proclamation urging people to be willing to die for the emperor was consigned to history books until video surfaced showing children in an Osaka kindergarten enthusiastically reciting it.

21/04/2017 01:34

Japan to test mass telecommute for 2020 Olympics

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Japanese commuters will be encouraged to work from home for one day in a nationwide exercise for the 2020 Olympics that authorities hope will ease congestion on roads and public transport.

21/04/2017 00:59

Japan's exports jump in March

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Japanese exports recorded their biggest gain in more than two years in March, official data showed Thursday, in a sign of optimism for the world's third-biggest economy.

20/04/2017 10:44

VP Pence thanks corporate Japan for boosting US growth

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Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday hailed Japanese companies for contributing to US economic prosperity, moving to ease fears over the protectionist agenda of President Donald Trump.

18/04/2017 06:13

Pence visits Tokyo to reaffirm security ties as North Korea tensions rise

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US Vice President Mike Pence arrives in Tokyo on Tuesday bringing a renewed commitment to Japan's security amid a growing threat from a nuclear armed North Korea.

18/04/2017 05:34

Japan bank on Hagino, Ikee for world swimming charge

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Olympic champion Kosuke Hagino and schoolgirl sensation Rikako Ikee will head Japan's charge at this summer's world swimming championships when both are likely to face very different types of pressure.

09/01/2017 11:00

Hair today, hungover tomorrow as young Japanese come of age

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Draped in dazzling kimonos, thousands of expensively made-up young Japanese women marked their entry into adulthood on Monday -- with many planning a night on the booze to celebrate.

18/12/2016 01:39

Japan culling 210,000 birds amid spreading avian flu

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Japan has begun slaughtering about 210,000 farm birds in northern Hokkaido to contain another outbreak of a highly contagious strain of avian flu, an official said on Sunday.

17/12/2016 06:45

Pet shop pony runs free in Tokyo

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A pony that ran away from a pet shop in downtown Tokyo enjoyed a brief taste of freedom -- and some grass -- before being gently coaxed back.

17/12/2016 00:42

Real Madrid limber up for Club World Cup final

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Real Madrid ironed out some of the kinks with a gentle workout Friday after booking their place in the Club World Cup final in Japan.

12/12/2016 03:28

Wakey-wakey! Real Madrid hit Japan at sunrise

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Real Madrid's early birds swept into Tokyo at the crack of dawn Monday to contest the Club World Cup and were greeted by hundreds of bleary-eyed Japanese fans.

30/11/2016 18:02

Scorsese and Pope Francis swap «hidden Christians» stories

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Martin Scorsese and Pope Francis swapped stories about Japan's so-called «hidden Christians» on Wednesday after a Vatican viewing of the director's epic new film on the subject.

27/11/2016 07:50

«Extreme» Japanese winemaker is a natural

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Hirotake Ooka does not do anything by half. For nearly two decades the former Japanese chemist has been on a quest to make the very best and most natural French wine possible. But he hasn't made it easy for himself.

24/11/2016 10:27

Trump win boosts Japan mask maker

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The jury is still out on what Donald Trump's election victory means for close US ally Japan. But at least one local business has emerged a winner.

22/11/2016 10:35

Japan man dies after rice ball eating contest

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A 28-year-old man died in Japan after choking on a rice ball at a speed-eating contest, an event organiser said Tuesday.

30/10/2016 10:10 Video

Moru, a kitten among sumo wrestlers

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Moru is a stray cat picked up on the street by a master of the Japanese national sport 12 years ago, during a tournament in the south of the country. And today it has become the mascot of the training gym Arashio in Tokyo.

30/10/2016 07:34

US, Russian, Japanese astronauts return from ISS

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Three astronauts landed safely in Kazakhstan on Sunday following a 115-day mission aboard the the International Space Station, including US astronaut Kate Rubins, the first person to sequence DNA in space.

21/10/2016 12:40

Strong sales in Britain, Japan boost McDonald's

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McDonald's shares surged early Friday on unexpectedly strong third-quarter results, with sales in overseas markets compensating for softness in its home market.

20/10/2016 11:28

Forget Paris, focus on Tokyo, Japan fashion told

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Tokyo may be the style capital of Asia, but with South Korea and China snapping at its heels and Japan's most iconic brands rooted in Europe, the city is being urged to haul its fashion week into the big leagues.

19/10/2016 10:15

South Korea «surprised» by 2020 Games relocation reports

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South Korean sports officials voiced surprise on Wednesday at reports that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was considering moving some 2020 Tokyo Olympic events to the country.

12/10/2016 16:26

Sony tapping virtual reality with PlayStation headset

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Sony is set to launch its new virtual reality headset, joining Facebook, Samsung and Google in a market that analysts say could boost the global gaming sector.

06/10/2016 12:08

Mini «Pepper» robots start new jobs in Taiwan

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A shiny new cohort joined the workforce in Taiwan Thursday -- a troop of mini robots all going by the name «Pepper», enlisted to entertain customers and give them the hard sell.

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