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Summary.     Click for More > G8 to seek sanctions on Zimbabwe Summit approves climate 'vision'   Beleaguered PM Fukuda resigns  Yasuo Fukuda popularity plummeted after the government introduced a much-criticized medical plan for the elderly Major quakes hit Japan and Indonesia Lehman collapse hits Asian shares Asian markets fall on U.S. bailout failure More turmoil hits Asian markets Asian stocks hit after Dow plunge Asia markets follow US share drop Japan forecasts no growth in 2009 Japan sees record drop in exports Toyota braced for historic loss Japan's industrial output plunges
Share prices fall on Asia markets Marine suspected of rape Markets slump on banking worries Scuffles at torch relay China-Japan leaders hold summit 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 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... G8: Oil prices could spur global recession 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 G-8 summit opens with focus on Africa Map of Hokkaido Japan
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Asian stocks plunge Anti-whaling activists handed over Asian markets rally after US cut US plan sparks Asia shares rally Share prices fall on Asia markets  Share prices in the Far East have fallen about 4% amid continuing anxiety over world economic prospects and the US outlook in particular Sumo hazing allegations Marine suspected of rape Map of Okinawa Japan  The U.S. military imposed tight restrictions on all personnel in Okinawa amid a furor over the arrest of Staff Sgt. Tyrone Luther Hadnott, 38 Rice tries to soothe Japan on rape case Markets slump on banking worries  Markets from New York to Tokyo have recorded heavy losses in reaction to the emergency bailout of US bank Bear Stearns over the weekend Asian markets lift after Fed cut Danica Patrick makes IndyCar history Japan leg of torch relay begins Scuffles at torch relay   The Olympic torch has met with more protests and scuffles on the latest leg of its troubled relay in the city of Nagano   China-Japan leaders hold summit  On the first full day of his state visit to Japan, the Chinese President Jintao has held talks with the Japanese PM, Fukuda China seeks earthquake aid from Japan Japan urges global food support Oil crisis dominates G8 meeting


January 2008 ... more > Top ^
Jan.15
Jan.17
Jan.22
Jan.23  US rescue plan sparks Asian rally
Jan.24
Jan.27  


February 2008 ... more > Top ^
Feb.8  Credit crunch to top talks
Feb.19  
Feb.24  Japanese arrested in wife's 1981 death
Feb.27


March 2008 ... more > Top ^
Mar.3  Whaling Japanese ship attacked with acid
Mar.5  U.S. Marines face courts-martial
Mar.11  Japan criticized over child porn loopholes
Mar.14  Blair wants 'climate revolution'
Mar.17  
 Asian markets rally after turmoil
Mar.18
Mar.21  U.S. sailor in custody


April 2008 ... more > Top ^
Apr.10  Dalai Lama: Don't tell protesters to shut up
Apr.11  Japan extends sanctions on N. Korea
Apr.19
Apr.24  U.S. Marine charged with rape
 Olympic flame lands in Japan
Apr.25
 


May 2008 ... more > Top ^
May.5  China leader to begin visit
May.6  
May.7  6.8 earthquake shakes Tokyo
May.12  3 dead in 'detergent suicide' pact
May.21  Japan to probe whale meat 'theft'
May.22  54 ill as new toxic fume suicide hits
May.27  Japan pledges to double aid to Africa
May.29
 Japan shelves military aid flight


June 2008 ... more > Top ^
Jun.1
Jun.3  Space lab anchored to ISS
Jun.7  
  The energy ministers of the world's leading industrialised nations are meeting amid fears soaring oil prices could damage the global economy
  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
Jun.8     G8: Oil prices could spur global recession  Japan's energy chief launched a meeting of ministers from the G8 nations by warning that soaring oil prices could trigger a global recession Jun.9 Knife frenzy suspect warned: It's time Jun.13  Quake kills two in island of Honshu Jun.14   Powerful earthquake strikes Map of Sendai Japan
  6 people were killed and at least 144 hurt Saturday morning when a 7.0 earthquake struck northeastern Japan. Another 8 people were missing
 Rescuers search for quake missing Jun.15  Honda starts zero-emission cars  Japan, China reach gas exploration deal Jun.16  Japan executes convicted killer

July 2008 ... more > Top ^
Jul.5  G8 leaders face series of crises Jul.6   G-8 summit opens with focus on Africa
Map of Hokkaido Japan
  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
Jul.7  US and EU urged to cut biofuels  Bush focuses on Zimbabwe 'punishment' Jul.8   G8 to seek sanctions on Zimbabwe  Leaders meeting in Japan have said they will seek targeted sanctions against members of the Zimbabwean government over polls  Environmentalists dismiss G8 target G8 talks for developing nations   Summit approves climate 'vision'  Leaders from G8, the world's developed nations, and rising economic powers have agreed on a 'shared vision' on climate change at the summit Jul.13  WWII bomb forces mass evacuation

August 2008 ... more > Top ^
Aug.1  PM shuffles cabinet to boost support Aug.13  Japan's Kitajima makes it a double gold

September 2008 ... more > Top ^
Sep.1     Beleaguered PM Fukuda resigns
  Yasuo Fukuda popularity plummeted after the government introduced a much-criticized medical plan for the elderly
Sep.7 Asian Markets jump on US mortgage deal
Sep.10   Major quakes hit Japan and Indonesia   A magnitude 6.9 earthquake rattled Japan, within minutes of a magnitude 6.6 earthquake in Indonesia Sep.15     Lehman collapse hits Asian shares  Global markets were reeling after a historic day on Wall Street that saw 2 famous names become the latest victims of the credit crunch Sep.16 Asian markets mixed on AIG rescue Sep.17  Stocks fall amid new rescue moves Sep.22  Morgan Stanley sells stake to Mitsubishi  Ruling party picks Aso as leader Sep.26  Japan recalls sweets in melamine scandal Sep.29   Asian markets fall on U.S. bailout failure  Nikkei index dropped 4.8% in the first hour of trading, while the Australian Securities Exchange fell 4.5%. S. Korea's KOSPI dropped 3.6%

October 2008 ... more > Top ^
Oct.1 Asian markets dip despite bailout vote
Oct.6 Asia continues plunge in shares Oct.7   More turmoil hits Asian markets  The markets have plummeted in early trading amid fears the financial crisis may prompt a prolonged global downturn Oct.9   Asian stocks hit after Dow plunge  Tokyo's Nikkei-225 index has dropped 11.3%; South Korea, Australia and Singapore crashed 7% in early trading Oct.11  Japan objects to US N Korea move Oct.12  Alonso wins again as F1 title rivals crash Oct.21 Kaupthing Bank fails to pay interest

November 2008 ... more > Top ^
Nov.6 Nikkei index falls more than 7%
Nov.12 Asia slumps amid bail-out U-turn Nov.16 World's No. 2 economy - in recession Nov.19   Asia markets follow US share drop  Nikkei ended 6.8% down and Hong Kong's main index fell 5.5% amid fears of a protracted global recession Nov.27 Japan to pull military from Iraq

December 2008 ... more > Top ^
Dec.4 Global crisis ends Honda F1 dream
Dec.8 Japan sinks deeper into recession Dec.16  Subaru quits world rally championship Dec.18   Japan forecasts no growth in 2009  The government has forecast that the country's economy will have 0 growth in the year ending March 2010 Dec.20 6.5-magnitude quake off Japanese coast Dec.21 Rooney wins Club World Cup for Man Utd   Japan sees record drop in exports  Japan posted a trade deficit of $2.5bn in November as exports fell at their fastest-ever rate. Exports were down 26.7% from a year earlier Asian markets begin holiday week mixed Dec.22   Toyota braced for historic loss  Japan's biggest carmaker Toyota has forecast its first annual loss in 71 years due to plummeting sales and a surge in the yen Dec.25   Japan's industrial output plunges  The output dropped just over 8% in November compared with the previous month, the biggest fall on record; unemployment rose to nearly 4%


Marine suspected of rape Map of Okinawa Japan  The U.S. military imposed tight restrictions on all personnel in Okinawa amid a furor over the arrest of Staff Sgt. Tyrone Luther Hadnott, 38 Japan to pull military from Iraq China seeks earthquake aid from Japan Powerful earthquake strikes Map of Sendai Japan




Japan, 2008 War & Army Timeline ... See World War & Army timeline Top ^
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Feb.19
Mar.5  U.S. Marines face courts-martial
Mar.21  U.S. sailor in custody
Apr.24  U.S. Marine charged with rape
May.29  Japan shelves military aid flight
Jul.13  WWII bomb forces mass evacuation
Nov.27




Japan, 2008 Disasters Timeline ... See World Disasters timeline Top ^
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May.7  6.8 earthquake shakes Tokyo
May.12  3 dead in 'detergent suicide' pact
May.22  54 ill as new toxic fume suicide hits
May.29
Jun.13  Quake kills two in island of Honshu
Jun.14
  6 people were killed and at least 144 hurt Saturday morning when a 7.0 earthquake struck northeastern Japan. Another 8 people were missing
Jun.14  Rescuers search for quake missing Jul.8  Environmentalists dismiss G8 target Jul.13  WWII bomb forces mass evacuation Sep.10 Major quakes hit Japan and Indonesia   A magnitude 6.9 earthquake rattled Japan, within minutes of a magnitude 6.6 earthquake in Indonesia Sep.26  Japan recalls sweets in melamine scandal Dec.20 6.5-magnitude quake off Japanese coast



Japan, 2008 Sports Timeline ... See World Sports timeline Top ^
2008 Feb.8 Sumo hazing allegations
Apr.19 Danica Patrick makes IndyCar history Apr.24  Olympic flame lands in Japan Apr.25 Japan leg of torch relay begins Apr.25 Scuffles at torch relay   The Olympic torch has met with more protests and scuffles on the latest leg of its troubled relay in the city of Nagano Aug.13  Japan's Kitajima makes it a double gold Oct.12  Alonso wins again as F1 title rivals crash Dec.4 Global crisis ends Honda F1 dream Dec.16  Subaru quits world rally championship Dec.21 Rooney wins Club World Cup for Man Utd



Japan, 2008 Business Timeline ... See World Business timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.15 Asian stocks plunge
Jan.22 Asian markets rally after US cut Jan.23  US rescue plan sparks Asian rally Jan.24 US plan sparks Asia shares rally Jan.27 Share prices fall on Asia markets  Share prices in the Far East have fallen about 4% amid continuing anxiety over world economic prospects and the US outlook in particular Feb.8  Credit crunch to top talks Mar.17 Markets slump on banking worries  Markets from New York to Tokyo have recorded heavy losses in reaction to the emergency bailout of US bank Bear Stearns over the weekend Mar.17  Asian markets rally after turmoil Mar.18 Asian markets lift after Fed cut May.21  Japan to probe whale meat 'theft' Jun.1 Japan urges global food support Jun.7 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
Jun.8   G8: Oil prices could spur global recession  Japan's energy chief launched a meeting of ministers from the G8 nations by warning that soaring oil prices could trigger a global recession Jun.15  Honda starts zero-emission cars Jun.15  Japan, China reach gas exploration deal Jul.7  US and EU urged to cut biofuels Sep.7 Asian Markets jump on US mortgage deal
Sep.15   Lehman collapse hits Asian shares
  Global markets were reeling after a historic day on Wall Street that saw 2 famous names become the latest victims of the credit crunch Sep.16 Asian markets mixed on AIG rescue Sep.17  Stocks fall amid new rescue moves Sep.22  Morgan Stanley sells stake to Mitsubishi Sep.26  Japan recalls sweets in melamine scandal Sep.29 Asian markets fall on U.S. bailout failure  Nikkei index dropped 4.8% in the first hour of trading, while the Australian Securities Exchange fell 4.5%. S. Korea's KOSPI dropped 3.6% Oct.1 Asian markets dip despite bailout vote Oct.6 Asia continues plunge in shares Oct.7 More turmoil hits Asian markets  The markets have plummeted in early trading amid fears the financial crisis may prompt a prolonged global downturn Oct.9 Asian stocks hit after Dow plunge  Tokyo's Nikkei-225 index has dropped 11.3%; South Korea, Australia and Singapore crashed 7% in early trading Oct.21 Kaupthing Bank fails to pay interest Nov.6 Nikkei index falls more than 7% Nov.12 Asia slumps amid bail-out U-turn Nov.16 World's No. 2 economy - in recession Nov.19 Asia markets follow US share drop  Nikkei ended 6.8% down and Hong Kong's main index fell 5.5% amid fears of a protracted global recession Dec.4 Global crisis ends Honda F1 dream Dec.8 Japan sinks deeper into recession Dec.16  Subaru quits world rally championship Dec.18 Japan forecasts no growth in 2009  The government has forecast that the country's economy will have 0 growth in the year ending March 2010 Dec.21 Japan sees record drop in exports  Japan posted a trade deficit of $2.5bn in November as exports fell at their fastest-ever rate. Exports were down 26.7% from a year earlier Dec.21 Asian markets begin holiday week mixed Dec.22 Toyota braced for historic loss  Japan's biggest carmaker Toyota has forecast its first annual loss in 71 years due to plummeting sales and a surge in the yen Dec.25 Japan's industrial output plunges  The output dropped just over 8% in November compared with the previous month, the biggest fall on record; unemployment rose to nearly 4%



Japan, 2008 Crime Timeline ... See World Crime timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.17 Anti-whaling activists handed over
Feb.8 Sumo hazing allegations Feb.19 Marine suspected of rape Map of Okinawa Japan  The U.S. military imposed tight restrictions on all personnel in Okinawa amid a furor over the arrest of Staff Sgt. Tyrone Luther Hadnott, 38 Feb.24  Japanese arrested in wife's 1981 death Mar.3  Whaling Japanese ship attacked with acid Mar.5  U.S. Marines face courts-martial Mar.11  Japan criticized over child porn loopholes Mar.21  U.S. sailor in custody Apr.24  U.S. Marine charged with rape May.21  Japan to probe whale meat 'theft' 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
Jun.9 Knife frenzy suspect warned: It's time
Jun.16  Japan executes convicted killer



Japan, 2008 Politics Timeline ... See World Politics timeline Top ^
2008 Feb.8  Credit crunch to top talks Feb.27 Rice tries to soothe Japan on rape case
Mar.14  Blair wants 'climate revolution' Apr.10  Dalai Lama: Don't tell protesters to shut up Apr.11  Japan extends sanctions on N. Korea Apr.25 Scuffles at torch relay   The Olympic torch has met with more protests and scuffles on the latest leg of its troubled relay in the city of Nagano May.5  China leader to begin visit May.6   China-Japan leaders hold summit  On the first full day of his state visit to Japan, the Chinese President Jintao has held talks with the Japanese PM, Fukuda May.27  Japan pledges to double aid to Africa May.29 China seeks earthquake aid from Japan May.29  Japan shelves military aid flight Jun.1 Japan urges global food support Jun.3  Space lab anchored to ISS Jun.15  Japan, China reach gas exploration deal Jul.5  G8 leaders face series of crises Jul.6 G-8 summit opens with focus on Africa Map of Hokkaido Japan
  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
Jul.7  US and EU urged to cut biofuels Jul.7  Bush focuses on Zimbabwe 'punishment' Jul.8 G8 to seek sanctions on Zimbabwe  Leaders meeting in Japan have said they will seek targeted sanctions against members of the Zimbabwean government over polls Jul.8  Environmentalists dismiss G8 target Jul.8 G8 talks for developing nations Jul.8 Summit approves climate 'vision'  Leaders from G8, the world's developed nations, and rising economic powers have agreed on a 'shared vision' on climate change at the summit Aug.1  PM shuffles cabinet to boost support Sep.1   Beleaguered PM Fukuda resigns
  Yasuo Fukuda popularity plummeted after the government introduced a much-criticized medical plan for the elderly
Sep.22  Ruling party picks Aso as leader Oct.11  Japan objects to US N Korea move Nov.27 Japan to pull military from Iraq