Big Japanese companies such as Toyota Motor will offer the most generous pay raises in years on Wednesday, but workers will still struggle to offset a sales tax increase next month, highlighting the difficulties the government is facing in overcoming entrenched deflation.Wednesday, 12 March, 2014, 3:28pm
China's ambassador to Germany has denied that Beijing proposed a visit by President Xi Jinping to a second world war memorial in Berlin during his tour of Europe later this month.7 Mar 2014 - 5:20pm 3 comments
A Japanese condominium complex has decided to ditch noisy lawnmowers and their paid pushers for a more natural option: goats.
The suburban Tokyo complex has obtained four grass-munching animals to help beautify the walled property and chomp on weeds in those hard-to-reach areas.16 Nov 2013 - 7:57pm
The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant plans to slash more than 1,000 jobs through voluntary retirement in addition to its ongoing streamlining scheme, a business daily said on Saturday.16 Nov 2013 - 4:35pm
The Japanese politician roundly criticised for handing Emperor Akihito a letter last month has received a knife and a death threat at his office – a none-too-subtle message that even a hardened right-winger says is over the top.
The envelope was intercepted on Wednesday when an X-ray machine detected the weapon at the building where Taro Yamamoto has his political office in Tokyo.14 Nov 2013 - 1:40pm
The Tokyo Electric Power Company should be stripped of the responsibility for shutting down its crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, according to a draft proposal by a panel of Japan’s ruling party.31 Oct 2013 - 4:20pm
Japan has listed China and North Korea as its security challenges in an outline of its new national security strategy, which should be approved by the end of the year, reported Japanese media on Tuesday.22 Oct 2013 - 5:44pm
Japanese literary superstar Haruki Murakami is favourite for this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature, betting odds showed on Friday, after repeatedly being mentioned as a contender for the prestigious global gong.
Online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com was on Friday offering odds of 3-1 on the novelist scooping up the prize, which will be announced in Sweden next month.20 Sep 2013 - 3:52pm
A Beijing museum marked the anniversary of the 1931 Mukden Incident on Wednesday by revealing documents it said will help a compensation claim against Tokyo over forced labour during the second world war.18 Sep 2013 - 3:57pm 1 comment
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not visit a controversial shrine to war dead on the anniversary of his country’s surrender in World War II, sources and a report said late on Thursday.2 Aug 2013 - 3:06pm 1 comment
Japan’s gaffe-prone deputy prime minister on Thursday retracted controversial remarks that suggested Tokyo could learn from Nazi Germany when it comes to constitutional reform.3 Aug 2013 - 3:45am 1 comment
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to meet President Benigno Aquino on Saturday as the Philippines seeks to boost cooperation over growing territorial disputes with regional rival China.27 Jul 2013 - 12:22pm
Candidates made final campaign pushes ahead of Sunday’s upper house elections that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition is expected to easily win as the economy picks up steam.20 Jul 2013 - 5:04pm
Japan’s banking industry group said on Friday it will tighten monitoring of how its interbank lending rates are set, responding to growing public distrust in benchmark rates around the world in the wake of rate-rigging scandals.5 Jul 2013 - 1:48pm
Japan’s government on Friday confirmed the date of upper-house elections next month, with opinion polls tipping a big win for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s party, clearing the way for him to push through much-needed economic reforms.
A cabinet meeting declared voters would be asked to choose half of the 242-member House of Councillors on July 21.28 Jun 2013 - 1:03pm