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Japan's trade deficit plunged nearly 60 percent in January from a year before as exports rose and its import bill for oil and gas dropped thanks to sharply lower crude oil prices.
Lower oil prices pull Japan trade deficit down 58%

 

A strong undersea earthquake unleashed a small tsunami Tuesday off the same coastline of northern Japan devastated by a tsunami in 2011 that left more than 18,000 people dead.
 

Japan has made “significant progress” in cleaning up the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, a U.N. review mission said Tuesday as it again advised the country to consider discharging treated water into the sea.
 

A strong undersea earthquake unleashed a small tsunami Tuesday off the same coastline of northern Japan devastated by a tsunami in 2011 that left more than 18,000 people dead.
Minor tsunami hits Japan after undersea quake

 

After stumbling out of recession last quarter, Japan's economy looks set to do something familiar this year: slumber.
 

Trustworthy Tokyo-ites handed in US$28 million of lost cash last year, police said Monday, with three quarters of it returned to its rightful owner, in the latest example of Japan's startling honesty.
 

Japan's economy limped out of recession in the last quarter of 2014, official data showed Monday, but annual growth was flat and the weaker-than-expected figures were likely to boost calls for more central bank stimulus.
 

As Japan celebrated Valentine's Day on Saturday, a group of killjoys marched through Tokyo protesting what it called the “passion-based capitalism” of the annual celebration of romance.
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Japan killjoy group protests Valentine's 'love capitalists'

 

A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit that sought to stop construction of a U.S. military base in Japan that it said would harm the Okinawa dugong, an endangered marine mammal related to the manatee.
 

Japan was moving to end a 14-year-old, US$10-billion currency swap accord with South Korea, as the neighboring U.S. allies fail to mend their soured bilateral ties, reports said Saturday.
 

Shares in Japan's Fanuc soared to a record high Thursday on news that a U.S. hedge fund, known for pushing firms to boost their profitability, bought a stake in the factory robotics giant.
 

A Japanese photographer said Thursday he was forced to give up his passport because he planned a reporting trip to Syria, complaining the confiscation violated his constitutional right of travel and press freedom and took away his work.
 

A Japanese photographer said Thursday he was forced to give up his passport because he planned a reporting trip to Syria, complaining the confiscation violated his constitutional right of travel and press freedom and took away his work.
 

A Tokyo district announced Thursday that it plans to issue “partnership” certificates to gay couples, becoming the first Japanese municipality to recognize same sex units — albeit only symbolically.
 
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