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1. 09-29 Japan volcano: Search suspended, eruption intensifies Mt. Ontake, Japan
C. 09-29 Five more bodies found on Mount Ontake after eruption Mt. Ontake, Japan
3. 09-28 Japan volcano: Bid to find survivors resumes Mt. Ontake, Japan
09-27 Japan volcano: 30 hikers feared dead on Mt Ontake Mt. Ontake, Japan
F. 09-27 Japan volcano erupts, trapping more than 250 Mt. Ontake, Japan
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  Efforts to recover the bodies of at least 24 climbers have been suspended again after the eruption on Japan's Mount Ontake intensified
      Five more bodies found on Mount Ontake after eruption   Five more lifeless bodies are bringing the total number of presumed dead in a volcanic eruption Saturday to 36 2014 Sep. 28     Japan volcano: Bid to find survivors resumes Map of Mt. Ontake Japan
  Military and other rescue workers began airlifting more than two dozen bodies from the ash-blanketed peak
2014 Sep. 27       Japan volcano: 30 hikers feared dead on Mt Ontake Map of Mt. Ontake Japan
  Rescuers have found 30 hikers in critical condition, feared dead, near the peak of Mount Ontake, after Saturday's sudden volcanic eruption
    Japan volcano erupts, trapping more than 250 Map of Mt. Ontake Japan  A volcano erupted in central Japan, catching mountain climbers by surprise. At least 11 people were injured, including seven who were unconscious   Japanese climber killed trying to scale Mount Manaslu  59-year-old Yoshimasa Sasaki attempting to scale the world's eighth-highest peak slipped and was killed 2014 Sep. 26   Volcano erupts in central Japan, injuries reported  Mt. Ontake is sending a large plume of ash high into the sky and prompting a warning to climbers and others to avoid the area 2014 Sep. 7   Japan's economy shrinks 7.1%  Japan's economy contracted by 7.1% in the three months to June, more than initial estimates, and revised from 6.8% reported in August 2014 Sep. 1   Japan tackles first dengue fever outbreak in 70 years  Japan is battling its first outbreak of dengue fever in almost 70 years, with at least 22 people confirmed as being infected

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2014 Aug.22   Japan landslide: Rescuers race to find survivors  Rescuers have been searching desperately for survivors in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture where a landslide killed at least 42 people 2014 Aug.21   Heavy rain hampers Hiroshima rescue as dozens still missing  Heavy rain has hampered rescue operations in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture where a deadly landslide killed at least 39 people 2014 Aug.19     8 killed, 13 missing in landslides in Hiroshima
Map of Hiroshima Japan
  Rain-sodden hills in the outskirts of Hiroshima gave way early Wednesday in at least five landslides
2014 Aug.12   Japan's economy shrinks April-June on tax raise  The economy shrank during the second quarter, at an annual pace of 6.8%, as spending got slammed by a tax raise that kicked in from April 2014 Aug.9   Typhoon Halong triggers evacuation orders in Japan  More than one million people have been told to evacuate their homes as a powerful typhoon hit south-west Japan   Typhoon disrupts start of Japan holiday week  Typhoon Halong is injuring six people and causing authorities to order the evacuation of half a million people near swollen rivers

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2014 Jul.11   Earthquake rocks northern Japan  6.8 earthquake struck early Saturday off the coast, rattling nerves in a region rocked 3 years ago by a deadly tremor, tsunami and nuclear crisis 2014 Jul.7   Japan braced for Typhoon Neoguri  Hundreds of thousands of people have been urged to seek shelter as a powerful typhoon passes over Japan's Okinawa island chain

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2014 Jun.9   Japan signals resumption of whaling  Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said Japan will step up efforts to resume its annual whale hunt in the Antarctic

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2014 Mar.26   Retrial after 46 years on death row  Iwao Hakamada who has been on death row for more than four decades has been granted a retrial by a Japanese court

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2014 Feb.19   Fukushima leaks radioactive water  Around 100 tonnes of highly radioactive water have leaked from a storage tank at nuclear plant, operator Tokyo Electric (Tepco) says 2014 Feb.16   Japan hit by deadly snowstorms  At least 11 people have killed by a record-breaking snowstorm in Japan. Hundreds of people have been evacuated 2014 Feb.14   1 dead, 6 Japanese divers missing in Indonesia  Indonesian rescuers recovered the body believed to be of a Japanese diver and searched for six others missing Saturday off the resort island of Bali

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2014 Jan.17   Japan WW2 holdout soldier dies  Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese soldier who refused to surrender after World War Two ended and spent 29 years in the jungle, has died aged 91 in Tokyo 2014 Jan.9   5 killed, 12 injured in explosion at chemical plant in Japan  An explosion and fire at a Mitsubishi Materials chemical plant in central Japan on afternoon killed five people and injured at least 12 others

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2013 Dec.26   Japan agrees Okinawa US base move  Japan has approved the relocation of a US military airbase on its southern island of Okinawa, officials said 2013 Dec.25   Japan PM visits Yasukuni shrine  Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited a controversial shrine to World War Two dead, exactly one year after he took office 2013 Dec.13   Japan offers Asean $20bn in aid  PM Shinzo Abe has offered SE Asian countries almost $20bn in aid and loans, in what is being seen as an effort to combat Chinese expansion

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2013 Oct.25   7.3 quake strikes off Japan; no tsunami threat  An earthquake rumbled early Saturday in the Pacific Ocean about 200 miles east of main island. Japan issued a tsunami advisory for the coastal areas 2013 Oct.15   Typhoon Wipha kills 13 in Japan  At least 13 people have been killed after a powerful typhoon passed close to the Japanese capital, reports say

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2013 Sep.7   Tokyo wins race to host 2020 Olympics  Tokyo has been chosen to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games ahead of Istanbul and Madrid
 Tokyo won a final round of voting by International Olympic Committee (IOC) members in Buenos Aires to beat Istanbul by 60-36 votes
2013 Sep.4   Radiation level spikes further at Fukushima  Radiation readings near tanks holding toxic water at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant have jumped to a new high, the plant operator said 2013 Sep.3   Japan to spend $470 million to deal with toxic water  Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has waded deep into the effort to deal with the aftermath of the world's worst nuclear accident in a quarter century 2013 Sep.1     Fukushima radiation levels '18 times higher' than thought
Map of Fukushima Japan  Radiation levels around Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant are 18 times higher than previously thought, Japanese authorities have warned

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2013 Aug.20   Japan raising Fukushima leak alert  Japan's nuclear agency wants to raise the severity level of a radioactive water leak at the plant from one to three on an international scale

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2013 Jul.21   Japan PM wins key upper house poll  Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has won a majority in the upper house. Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito were set to get at least 71 seats

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2013 Apr.11   Japan carmakers to recall 3.4m cars  Japan's top four carmakers are recalling a total of 3.4 million cars over a defect in passenger airbags

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2013 Feb.5   Japan PM condemns China radar act  Japan's prime minister has called the decision by a Chinese frigate to put a radar lock on a Japanese navy ship a 'dangerous act'

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2013 Jan.15     Japan emergency hits Dreamliners   Japan's two main airlines have grounded their Boeing 787 after one was forced to make an emergency landing because of battery problems

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2012 Dec.16       Japan's Abe warns on road ahead  Shinzo Abe says his party has a 'heavy responsibility' following its landslide victory in Sunday's elections 2012 Dec.2   Japan tunnel collapse killed nine  The bodies were found in three vehicles that were crushed by fallen concrete panels in the Sasago tunnel   Burned bodies found after tunnel collapse  At least two cars remained trapped Sunday after the tunnel collapse. The section of concrete that fell was about 50 to 60 meters long

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2012 Sep.13   Chinese ships patrol disputed islands  Six Chinese maritime surveillance ships entered waters around a group of islands at the center of a heated territorial dispute between Tokyo and Beijing

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2012 Aug.18   Japanese land on disputed island  Boats carrying dozens of Japanese nationalists activists have moored off a group of disputed islands, amid a bitter sovereignty row with China

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2012 Jul.14     Thousands flee Japanese floods   About 250,000 people have been ordered to leave their homes to avoid floods caused by torrential rainfall in south-west Japan 2012 Jul.4   Parliament releases Fukushima probe report  A Japanese parliamentary panel releases its report into the handling of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, after months of hearings

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2012 Apr.5   US Coast Guard sinks tsunami 'ghost ship'  The US Coast Guard has used cannon to sink a crewless Japanese ship that drifted to Alaska after the 2011 tsunami
 The coast would hold off scuttling the Ryou-Un Maru after a Canadian fishing boat claimed salvage rights


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2012 Mar.10   Japan marks deadly anniversary  Japan is set to mark the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami which struck the north-eastern coast, killing thousands

February 2012 ... more > Top ^
2012 Feb.17   Akihito heart surgery 'a success'  Japan's Emperor Akihito has undergone a successful heart bypass operation at a hospital in Tokyo, media reports say

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2012 Jan.30   Japan's nuclear 'stress tests' get OK  U.N. nuclear experts gave a thumbs-up to planned 'stress tests' for remaining nuclear power plants

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2011 Dec.20   Japan raids Olympus headquarters  Japanese prosecutors have raided the headquarters of camera and medical equipment maker Olympus as part of an ongoing investigation 2011 Dec.15   Japan declares Fukushima stable  Engineers have brought the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to a 'cold shutdown condition', nine months after the earthquake and tsunami

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2011 Nov.14   Japan radiation 'unsafe for farming'  New research has found that radioactive material in parts of north-eastern Japan exceeds levels considered safe for farming

September 2011 ... more > Top ^
2011 Sep.4   Typhoon Talas kills 19 in Japan  At least 19 people have been killed and more than 50 are missing after powerful Typhoon Talas ripped through western Japan

August 2011 ... more > Top ^
2011 Aug.28   Yoshihiko Noda wins leadership race  Governing Democratic Party (DPJ) has chosen Finance Minister as its leader, lining him up to become the country's sixth prime minister in five year 2011 Aug.25   Japan's Prime Minister Kan quits  Naoto Kan has resigned, clearing the way for Japan's sixth leader in five years. Kan was criticised for his handling of deadly earthquake

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2011 Jun.2   Prime minister survives no-confidence vote  Naoto Kan survived a no-confidence vote in parliament. The final tally was 293 against the motion and 152 for it

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2011 May.29   Germany pledges nuclear shutdown  Germany's ruling coalition says it has agreed a date of 2022 for the shutdown of all of its nuclear power plants 2011 May.18   Japan economy back in recession  The world's third largest economy, contracted sharply in the first three months of the year, after a tsunami and earthquake

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2011 Apr.21   Japan announces emergency budget  The Japanese government has announced a 4 trillion yen emergency budget for disaster relief, after March's earthquake and tsunami 2011 Apr.12       Japan disaster now on Chernobyl level
  Japanese authorities 'provisionally' declared the country's nuclear accident a level-7 event on the international scale for nuclear disasters
 The amount of radioactive iodine released by the reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant was at least 15 times the volume needed to reach the top of the International Nuclear Event Scale
2011 Apr.7   New quake triggers tsunami warning  A powerful 7.4 earthquake struck Japan, triggering a tsunami warning for one prefecture and advisories in others 2011 Apr.5   Radioactive water leak stopped  The leak of highly radioactive water into the Pacific from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has stopped       Water radiation millions of times over limit
  An attempt to plug a leak of highly radioactive water from a nuclear reactor has shown a significant difference, despite the material not setting
 Tokyo Electric: an attempt to plug the leak had shown a 'significant difference,' despite the material not setting as hoped. The company had injected a silica-based polymer, 'liquid glass' to reduce the leak
2011 Apr.4   Japan dumps radioactive water in sea  Workers at quake-hit nuclear plant dump water with low levels of contamination into the sea so more highly radioactive water can be stored

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2011 Mar.28       Radioactive water found outside plant
Map of Fukushima Japan  Water found in a tunnel at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has alarmingly high radiation readings 2011 Mar.25   Reactor core might be leaking  Authorities raised the prospect of a likely breach in the all-important containment vessel of the No. 3 reactor at the stricken nuclear power plant 2011 Mar.22   Power restored to reactor's control room  Health Ministry reported finding radioactive materials at levels 'drastically exceeding' limits in 11 types of vegetable grown in Fukushima Prefecture 2011 Mar.20   Food products limited from nuclear area  Japan slapped restrictions on some food produced in two provinces around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant   Rescue in Japan as 2 pulled from rubble  A grandmother and her teenage grandson were rescued 9 days after they became trapped in their home following the earthquake and tsunami 2011 Mar.18   Japan raises threat level at nuclear plant  Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency raised the level for the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant Friday from a 4 to 5
 Some workers at the Fukushima Daiichi plant have already been exposed to more than 100 millisieverts
2011 Mar.16   Water dumped on Japan nuclear plant  Helicopters dumped water on and near the Nos. 3 and 4 units at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to halt the nuclear accident 2011 Mar.15   New fire fuels nuclear fears in Japan  A new blaze at the damaged nuclear plant is adding to radiation fears in a country racing to avoid a full-on nuclear crisis 2011 Mar.14   New blast at Japan nuclear plant  A quake-stricken nuclear plant in Japan has been hit by a third explosion in four days, amid fears of a meltdown       Meltdown alert at Japan reactor   Technicians are battling to stabilise a third reactor at a quake-stricken Japanese nuclear plant, which has been rocked by a second blast in three days. 2011 Mar.12   Exodus from Japan nuclear plant  An estimated 170,000 people have been evacuated from the area around a quake-damaged nuclear power station hat was hit by an explosion   3,000 rescued; many more missing  A meltdown may be occurring at one of the reactors at a damaged nuclear power plant; rescuers are frantically scrambling to find survivors 2011 Mar.11   Huge blast at nuclear power plant  A massive explosion has struck a Japanese nuclear power plant after devastating earthquake. Officials fear a meltdown at one of the reactors
 A huge pall of smoke was seen coming from the plant and several workers were injured
    Massive quake, tsunami hit Japan
Map of Sendai Japan
  A 8.9 earthquakeis causing a tsunami that swept debris miles inland. Dozens of nations, including the U.S., are under a tsunami warning
 The most powerful earthquake to hit Japan in 100 years unleashed walls of water that swept across rice fields, engulfing towns, dragging houses onto highways and tossing cars and boats, killing hundreds and forcing the evaucations of tens of thousands


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2011 Feb.13   China overtakes Japan as 2nd economy  Japan is falling behind the blistering speed of China's manufacturing growth. Japan's was valued at US $5.47 trillion, while China - $5.88T

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2010 Sep.20   China, Japan relations sour over captain  A Japanese court has extended the detention of a Chinese fishing boat captain, as diplomatic tensions between the two countries rise

July 2010 ... more > Top ^
2010 Jul.11   Japan's PM 'to lose key majority'  The ruling DPJ party of PM Naoto Kan will lose control of the upper house of parliament after Sunday's election, exit polls suggest

June 2010 ... more > Top ^
2010 Jun.3   DPJ chooses Naoto Kan as leader  Ruling party is making the outgoing finance minister almost certain to become prime minister after the resignation of the country's previous leader
 Kan, 63, will become Japan's fifth prime minister in 3 years if, as expected, parliament approves his appointment
2010 Jun.1   PM 'to step down'  Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's ruling party struggles to revive its chances in an election expected in July

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2010 Apr.14     Toyota suspends sales of Lexus worldwide  Toyota has suspended sales of its 2010 Lexus GX 460 after a US consumer magazine warning and said it would test all of its other SUV models

February 2010 ... more > Top ^
2010 Feb.24   Lawmakers grilled Toyota's president  Toyota's president, Akio Toyoda, acknowledged that the company had made mistakes and apologized for the recent lapses in quality control
 Toyoda apologises for faults behind the recall of millions of its vehicles
2010 Feb.8     Toyota recalls thousands of Prius cars
  Toyota has recalled about 200,000 of hybrid Prius cars sold in Japan last year due to a brake problem
 This latest recall will include the Toyota Prius and Sai, along with the Lexus HS250h


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2010 Jan.29   Toyota president sorry  Akio Toyoda apologized for the gas pedal problems that have forced the recall of millions of vehicles in the United States and Europe

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2009 Sep.15     Hatoyama takes over as PM
  Parliament has formally confirmed Yukio Hatoyama as the prime minister. His Democratic Party of Japan won a huge poll victory last month
 PM Yukio Hatoyama has promised economic revival and strong US ties, vowed to deliver a 'people-oriented society' His Democratic Party of Japan won a huge poll victory, ending 50 years of almost unbroken Liberal Democratic Party rule


August 2009 ... more > Top ^
2009 Aug.30   Opposition set for victory  Prime Minister Taro Aso announced his resignation as head of the party that has governed for decades following its landslide defeat in elections
 The opposition Democratic Party of Japan has won 300 seats in the 480-seat lower house, ending 50 years of almost unbroken rule by the Liberal Democratic Party
2009 Aug.16   Japan's economy leaves recession  Japan has come out of recession after its economy grew by 0.9% in the April-to-June quarter after four consecutive quarters of contraction

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2009 May.19   Japan's economy in record plunge  The country economy has seen its worst ever quarterly performance, with GDP shrinking 4% in the first three months of 2009

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September 2008 ... more > Top ^
2008 Sep.1   Beleaguered PM Fukuda resigns  Yasuo Fukuda popularity plummeted after the government introduced a much-criticized medical plan for the elderly

July 2008 ... more > Top ^
2008 Jul.6   G-8 summit opens with focus on Africa  Africa was in the spotlight, as leaders from the world's major economic powers gathered for an annual summit
 Rising food and fuel prices are set to top the agenda


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2008 Jun.14   Powerful earthquake strikes  6 people were killed and at least 144 hurt Saturday morning when a 7.0 earthquake struck northeastern Japan. Another 8 people were missing 2008 Jun.7   Tokyo man goes on stabbing spree  A man armed with a knife has killed three people and injured at least 17 Akihabara district, a shopping area known as Electric Town in central Tokyo   Oil crisis dominates G8 meeting  The energy ministers of the world's leading industrialised nations are meeting amid fears soaring oil prices could damage the global economy

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2007 Sep.25       Lower house elects Fukuda as PM  A quiet compromiser has promised to bring stability and moderation to tumultuous political scene 2007 Sep.22   Fukuda set to be new PM  The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has chosen moderate lawmaker as its new leader and likely replacement for Shinzo Abe as PM
 Yasuo Fukuda, 71, who wants closer ties with Asian neighbours, defeated hawkish ex-Foreign Minister Taro Aso
2007 Sep.11   PM Abe resigns  Prime Minister's year-old government has suffered a string of damaging scandals and a humiliating electoral defeat
 Abe had faced growing calls to go since his Liberal Democrats lost the upper house, insisting he wanted to push through reforms. On national TV he says he was leaving because Japan needed a 'new leader to fight against terrorism'


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2007 Aug.9   World markets fall after US losses  The markets have faltered in early trading a day after markets in NY and London suffered losses amid fears of a global credit crunch
 Dow Jones was down 124.8 points, or 0.9%, at 13,145.9 points. London's FTSE 100 fell 3.1%, the Paris Cac index down 3% and Germany's main Dax fell 1.6%


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2007 Jul.16   Nuke plant leaked after earthquake  A strong earthquake is setting off a fire at the world's most powerful nuclear power plant and causing a reactor to spill radioactive water into the sea

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2007 Apr.12   Chinese PM: Better Japan ties  Wen Jiabao in a speech to the Japanese parliament urged Tokyo not to forget its past military aggressions in Asia
 Wen arrived in Japan on an 'ice-melting' trip as the countries struggle to reverse the deterioration of ties in recent years


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2006 Sep.25       Abe elected as new premier  The parliament has elected conservative Shinzo Abe as the nation's new prime minister by 339 of 475 votes
 Abe guaranteed the position after winning leadership election for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Abe ,52, is Japan's youngest prime minister since World War II, replacing the flamboyant Junichiro Koizumi. As the results were announced, Shinzo Abe stood up and bowed to members of parliament
2006 Sep.5     Princess gives birth to boy  39-year-old Kiko has given birth to the third-in-line to the imperial throne after complications in the pregnancy 2006 Aug.14   Koizumi defies war shrine protest  Prime Minister has prayed at the national war shrine in Tokyo despite protests from China and South Korea 2006 Jan.13   Avalanches feared after snow  weathermen forecast warmer temperatures and rains in areas hit by recent record snowfalls

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2005 Sep.11       Koizumi secures landslide victory  Prime Minister's party and its coalition ally have won an overwhelming victory in lower house elections 2005 Aug.6   Doves, silence for A-bomb victims  Tens of thousands of people gathered in Hiroshima 60 years after the world's first atomic bomb was dropped 2005 May.23   China rebukes Japan over shrine  Chinese Vice-Premier Wu Yi short her visit and flew home before a meeting with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi 2005 Apr.24     100 dead as train derails  A seven-car commuter train has derailed and ploughed into an apartment building at a railway crossing 2005 Apr.9   Protests target Japan  Japan's ambassador called on the Chinese government to take measures to protect Japanese citizens in China 2005 Feb.16   Kyoto Protocol comes into force  The Protocol, which aims to slow global warming, has come into force 7 years after being agreed

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2004 Oct.23   Quakes: Death toll rising to 15  A series of earthquakes and aftershocks injuring more than 700 as buildings crumbled and a bullet train derailed 2004 Oct.20   Typhoon kills at least 48  Typhoon Tokage lashed the country with heavy rains that set off landslides and forced thousands to flee homes 2004 Feb.26   Death sentence for cult guru  Former doomsday cult leader Shoko Asahara has been found guilty for the 1995 nerve gas attack on Tokyo's subways

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2002 Jun.30   Brazil wins World Cup  Brazil 2-0 Germany. Ronaldo scored both goals and gets Golden Boot award

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2001 Nov.30   A new princess for royals  Crown Princess Masako has given birth to a girl. The throne is reserved only for males 2001 Aug.31   Tokyo explosion and fire kills 44  Most victims in a mahong parlor on the third floor died by carbon monoxide poisoning. Several jumped from windows 2001 Apr.26   Koizumi elected as new PM  A reformer with a nationalist image replaces the unpopular Yoshiro Mori. The vote was 287 out of a 478 2001 Feb.9   U.S. sub, Japanese trawler collide  Submarine accidentally hit and sank fishing school vessel. 9 people missing