Nissan profit falls 15 per cent due to strong yen

Nissan Motor's operating profit for the last quarter of 2016 dropped 15.1 per cent year-on-year to 163.5 billion yen (1.46 billion dollars) due to a stronger yen, the company said Thursday.

Japan hit by powerful earthquake, no danger of tsunami

Eastern Japan was rocked by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake on Wednesday, according to seismologists.

Number of newborns in Japan dips below 1 million for first time

The number of babies born in Japan is estimated to have fallen below 1 million in 2016, for the first time since the government started to compile comparative figures in 1899, the government announced Thursday.

Russia, Japan agree to economic cooperation on disputed Kuril Islands

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reached an agreement on Thursday for economic cooperation on the disputed Kuril Islands, Russian state news agency TASS reported.

European investors shrug at Renzi resignation after failed referendum

European markets on Monday shrugged off this weekend's failed constitutional reform referendum in Italy with both shares and the euro ending the day higher.

North Korea ups military ante in response to sanctions

North Korea has carried out a series of military exercises simulating attacks on South Korean military bases and the country's central government, North Korean state media reported on Friday.

Olympic organizers keep rowing, canoe sprint, swimming in Tokyo

Olympic organizers for the 2020 Games in Tokyo agreed Tuesday to keep the rowing, canoe sprint and swimming venues at their planned sites in Japan's capital.

Reports: Japanese Defence Ministry, military hit by cyberattack

The Japanese Defence Ministry and the military have suffered a "very serious" cyberattack that enabled a hacker to penetrate its computer system, local media reported on Monday.

Nuclear uncertainty looms large in Asia after Trump election victory

During his US presidential election campaign, Donald Trump suggested Japan and South Korea should go nuclear amid threats from North Korea. Asian countries are anxiously watching as the US president-elect assembles his administration.

Strong earthquake hits north-eastern Japan, no tsunami threat

A magnitude-6.1 earthquake rattled north-eastern Japan early Thursday, but no tsunami warning was issued, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Tsunami warning issued after huge quake hits north-eastern Japan

A magnitude-7.3 earthquake rocked north-eastern Japan early Tuesday, prompting authorities to issue a tsunami warning in Fukushima prefecture.

Toyota profit falls 42 per cent due to weak sales and strong yen

Toyota's operating profit for the July-to-September quarter dropped 42.6 per cent from a year earlier to 474.6 billion yen (4.5 billion dollars) the company said on Tuesday.

Explosions in Japanese park kills one, injures three

One person is dead and three others were injured Sunday after multiple explosions in a park in the Japanese city of Utsunomiya, north of Tokyo, local media reported.

Japan stops paying UNESCO in protest over Nanjing Massacre files

Japan said Friday it was withholding financial contributions to UNESCO to express its outrage with the UN cultural body for listing Chinese documents relating to the 1937 Nanjing Massacre in its "Memory of the World" programme, according to local media.

Kyrgios stages Tokyo turnaround to win third title of the season

Nick Kyrgios rained down 23 aces as he beat David Goffin in a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 comeback to win the Japan Open and claim his third title of the season on Sunday.

Kyrgios wins showcase battle with Monfils to reach Tokyo final

Nick Kyrgios turned on his big game to overwhelm Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday for a place in the Japan Open final.

Cilic charges ahead in Tokyo as London year-end spot beckons

Croatian Marin Cilic went through a dry run for next month's Davis Cup final on Friday as he crushed an Argentine opponent with ease to reach the semi-finals of the Japan Open and boost his chances of qualifying for the season-ending championships.

Nishikori, Cilic post opening-day Tokyo wins

Kei Nishikori thrilled his home public while Marin Cilic held on to knockout the 2015 finalist as the Japan Open got underway under the closed roof of the Ariake Colosseum on a rainy Monday.

Magnitude-5.7 quake hits southern Japan

A magnitude-5.7 quake struck off Okinawa in southern Japan on Monday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

Japan's bar federation to push for abolition of death penalty

Japan's bar federation will for the first time call for the abolition of the death penalty, local media reported Wednesday.

Typhoon Meranti kills seven in China, Malakas to hit Taiwan and Japan

Super Typhoon Meranti has left seven people dead and another nine missing in China's eastern Fujian province, officials said Friday. 

Japan to provide 100 billion yen in loans for Myanmar

Japan plans to offer Myanmar 100 billion yen (995 million dollars) in loans for infrastructure projects in an effort to counter China's influence in the South-East Asian country, Japanese media reported Friday. 

Typhoon Mindulle hits northern Japan, inundates towns

Typhoon Mindulle pounded the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido on Tuesday, inundating towns and disrupting local transport.

Typhoon Mindulle batters Tokyo area, disrupting transport

A powerful typhoon accompanied by strong winds and heavy rain pounded eastern and north-eastern Japan Monday, disrupting transport in the regions.

Chinese ships approach islets disputed with Japan

Japan lodged a protest with China Wednesday after four Chinese coast guard vessels entered what Tokyo regards as its territorial waters near a group of disputed islets in the East China Sea, Japanese authorities said.

Japan protests to China after Chinese ships seen near disputed islets

Japan lodged a protest with China on Sunday after two Chinese coastguard vessels entered what Tokyo considers as its territorial waters near a group of disputed islets in the East China Sea, Japanese authorities said.

Japanese defence report "smears" China after military drill

A defence policy report approved by the Japanese government on Tuesday has inflamed tensions with China by describing Beijing's military activity in the East and South China Seas as a threat.

Koike elected as Tokyo's first woman governor

Former defence minister Yuriko Koike was poised to win an overwhelming victory in Tokyo's gubernatorial election on Sunday, becoming the first woman to lead the Japanese capital, broadcasters NHK and TV Tokyo said.

VW steals global sales top spot from Toyota despite emission scandal

Troubled German carmaker Volkswagen surpassed Toyota Motor in global sales in the first half of 2016, despite an emission cheating scandal that had threatened to engulf VW, sales results showed Thursday.

At least 19 dead in Japan’s worst killing in recent years

At least 15 people were dead and 45 wounded in an attack by a man with a knife outside of Tokyo early Tuesday, Japanese broadcaster NHK reports.

Japan's Emperor Akihito, 82, plans to step down, reports say

Japanese Emperor Akihito has expressed his intention to step down in the coming years, broadcaster NHK reported Wednesday, citing unnamed government sources.

Japanese emperor considering abdication

Japanese Emperor Akihito is considering his abdication in coming years, broadcaster NHK reported Wednesday, citing unnamed government sources.

Tokyo stocks close down 1.85 per cent

Japanese shares fell in trading Wednesday due to the strengthening of the yen and concerns about Brexit.

Toyota recalls 1.4 million cars worldwide over curtain shield airbags

Toyota Motor is issuing a global recall of 1.43 million vehicles to repair a possible curtain shield airbag inflator defect, the company said Wednesday.

Ageing Japanese nuclear reactors to operate for 20 more years

Japanese regulators on Monday approved an additional 20 years of operation for two ageing nuclear reactors, in the first such decision under updated regulations following the nation’s worst nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi plant in 2011.

IOC Executive Board blessing for five new sports for Tokyo 2020

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday backed the inclusion of five new sports for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Magnitude-6.2 quake hits southern Japanese islands, no tsunami threat

A magnitude-6.2 earthquake rattled southern Japanese islands on Tuesday, but no tsunami warning was issued, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Thousands of Okinawans urge US troop withdrawal as Obama visits Japan

Thousands of demonstrators demanded the US military withdraw its troops from the Japanese island of Okinawa Wednesday, hours before US President Barack Obama arrived in the country.

Thousands call for US troop withdrawal as Obama visits Japan

Thousands of demonstrators urged the US military to withdraw its troops from the Japanese island of Okinawa Wednesday, hours before US President Barack Obama arrived in the country.

Key issues during Obama's visit to Japan

A final G7 summit and a historic visit to Hiroshima are on the agenda for Barack Obama's last visit to Japan as US president.

Suzuki admits non-compliant fuel economy tests, denies cheating

Suzuki Motor on Wednesday apologized for using testing methods that do not comply with government regulations, but it said there was no falsification of data.

Strong earthquake hits eastern Japan, no tsunami threat

A magnitude-5.6 earthquake rocked eastern Japan late on Monday, but no tsunami warning was issued, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Japan calls payments over 2020 Tokyo Olympic bid “legitimate”

Japan on Friday confirmed payments in 2013 to a firm in Singapore linked to the son of former world athletics federation IAAF supremo Lamine Diack, saying they were “legitimate.”

France probing Tokyo 2020 payments; Japan denies wrongdoing

French authorities are probing a payment of 2.8 million Singapore dollars (2 million US dollars) linked to Tokyo's successful bid for the 2020 Olympics to an account linked to the son of former world athletics supremo and Olympian Lamine Diack.

French authorities probing Tokyo 2020 payments

French authorities are probing a payment of 2.8 million Singapore dollars (2 million US dollars) linked to Tokyo's successful bid for the 2020 Olympics.

Japan slips back to deflation as markets slide

Japan's consumer prices fell at the fastest rate in nearly three years in March, by 0.3 per cent, as the markets reacted negatively to news that there would be no extra stimulus measures to help revive economic growth.

Japan: World has "big worries" about China's maritime expansion

Japan's concerns over Chinese military posturing in the East and South China seas are shared by many other countries, Tokyo's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Monday.

11 more deaths linked to twin quakes in Japan

Authorities in southern Japan on Wednesday linked at least 11 more fatalities to powerful earthquakes last week that killed 48 people.

Japan hit with magnitude 7.0 earthquake; no tsunami warning

Southern Japan was hit by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake early Saturday morning, just one day after a quake killed nine people in the region.

Kerry makes historic visit to atomic bomb memorial in Hiroshima

US Secretary of State John Kerry paid tribute on Monday to victims of the US atomic bomb that was dropped on the western Japanese city of Hiroshima during World War II.

G-7 foreign ministers discuss terrorism, migration crisis in Japan

Foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) top industrialized nations met on Sunday in the western Japanese city of Hiroshima to discuss terrorism and the migration crisis in Europe.

All bodies found after Japan jet crash, military officials say

The bodies of the remaining two crew members of a military plane that crashed in southern Japan were located Friday, the government said.

One feared dead in Japan military jet crash

One of the six crew members of a military plane that crashed in southern Japan was feared dead Thursday, local media reported, citing a Defence Ministry official.

Japan stations troops near disputed East China Sea islands

Japan stationed ground troops Monday on a remote island near a group of East China Sea islets that are disputed with China and Taiwan.

Japan suffers another economic contraction amid sluggish spending

The Japanese economy shrank at an annual rate of 1.1 per cent in the October-to-December quarter amid slumping personal consumption for the second contraction in three quarters, the government said Tuesday.

Greenpeace: Fukushima radiation fallout could last hundreds of years

The Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan almost five years ago will have consequences for the environment lasting decades or even centuries, environmental group Greenpeace said Friday.

Report: Japan considers letting women remarry sooner after divorce

Japan is considering changing a century-old law that prohibits women from remarrying for six months after a divorce, local media reported Friday.

At least two killed, 100 injured as Japan hit by heavy snow

At least two people were killed and more than 100 injured on Sunday in Japan, which is witnessing record snowfall.

Japan to stop using swastika on maps

Japan will stop using a swastika symbol and some others on maps for overseas visitors as they are deemed confusing and even offensive, the government said Friday.

Heavy snow disrupts commuters, flights in Japan

Heavy snowfalls in Tokyo and other regions of Japan injured several people on Monday.

Tokyo Olympic organizers deny alleged payment for support

The Tokyo Olympic Committee has denied a report it paid sponsorship money to buy the support of former International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president Lamine Diack for its bid to host the 2020 Games, local media reported Saturday.

Japan governor okays restart of nuclear reactors despite injunction

Fukui Governor Issei Nishikawa told a news conference that he approved the resumption of the two units at the Takahama Nuclear Power Station, 400 kilometres west of Tokyo.