Japan’s trade deficit has hit an all-time high as imports were swollen by higher energy prices and a weak yen.
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Thursday 03 November 2011
The operator of the tsunami-hit nuclear power plant in Japan said yesterday that substances found in a reactor could be a result of nuclear fission, a possible setback in efforts to shut the plant down safely. But analysts said a higher risk of radiation was unlikely.
Monday 05 September 2011
Rescuers and search parties scoured central Japan today as the death toll from the worst typhoon to hit the country in seven years climbed to 26, adding more misery to a nation still reeling from its catastrophic tsunami six months ago.
Friday 02 September 2011
More than half a million people took part in annual drills across Japan yesterday to prepare for disasters.
Tuesday 30 August 2011
A hawkish fiscal and foreign policy conservative who supports nuclear power will be sworn in today as Japan's sixth prime minister in five years.
Friday 26 August 2011
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced on Friday he would resign after almost 15 months in office amid plunging approval ratings over his government's handling of the tsunami disaster and nuclear crisis.
Wednesday 24 August 2011
Moody's Investors Service downgraded Japan's credit rating, citing the country's weak growth prospects, massive government debt and constant political turmoil.
Tuesday 23 August 2011
Japan will have a new prime minister by early next week, a Cabinet minister said today.
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Sunday 21 August 2011
Friday 19 August 2011
Tens of thousands of citizens may have lost their homes, livelihoods, and loved ones in the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, but their public spirit appears undiminished, with news yesterday that good Samaritans have handed in millions of pounds found in safes and wallets amid the devastation.
Wednesday 17 August 2011
Japan insists its nuclear crisis was caused by an unforeseeable combination of tsunami and earthquake. But new evidence suggests its reactors were doomed to fail
Tuesday 16 August 2011
Seven-time world champion Valentino Rossi may miss the Japanese MotoGP Grand Prix because of radiation concerns following the earthquake and tsunami in March.
Wednesday 10 August 2011
Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), the operator of Japan's tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, made a 571.8bn yen (£4.6bn) loss between April and June, as it put money aside to compensate the victims of the disaster at the plant.
Saturday 06 August 2011
Prime Minister Naoto Kan today took his campaign against nuclear energy in Japan to Hiroshima which 66 years ago became the world's first victim of an atomic bomb.
Thursday 04 August 2011
A plant meant to make 120 tonnes of Mox a year managed just 13 tonnes in eight years
Tuesday 02 August 2011
Two small white robotic seals are being used to comfort elderly victims of Japan's tsunami and earthquake.
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