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Attacker screamed ‘You die!’ and set fire to Japanese animation studio, leaving 33 dead

A suspect poured a petrol-like substance around the Kyoto Animation studio, known for mega-hit stories featuring high school girls.

18 Jul 2019 - 10:18PM

A suspect poured a petrol-like substance around the Kyoto Animation studio, known for mega-hit stories featuring high school girls.

Attacker screamed ‘You die!’ and set fire to Japanese animation studio, leaving 33 dead
Japan and South Korea to renew security agreements despite deepening rift over trade and forced labour

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono acknowledged the recent strain on ties but suggested cooperation on security issues should be unaffected.

17 Jul 2019 - 8:54PM

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono acknowledged the recent strain on ties but suggested cooperation on security issues should be unaffected.

Japan and South Korea to renew security agreements despite deepening rift over trade and forced labour
Japan won’t send troops to Middle East as part of US coalition against Iran

The US has discussed building a coalition to safeguard commercial shipping from Iranian threats following attacks on two oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz last month.

16 Jul 2019 - 9:19PM

The US has discussed building a coalition to safeguard commercial shipping from Iranian threats following attacks on two oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz last month.

Japan won’t send troops to Middle East as part of US coalition against Iran
Lawyers push to sell Mitsubishi assets in forced labour case amid South Korea-Japan trade dispute

Mitsubishi is among the Japanese companies ordered to compensate South Koreans, leading to fraught bilateral relations and Tokyo’s restrictions on hi-tech exports to Seoul.

16 Jul 2019 - 9:19PM

Mitsubishi is among the Japanese companies ordered to compensate South Koreans, leading to fraught bilateral relations and Tokyo’s restrictions on hi-tech exports to Seoul.

Lawyers push to sell Mitsubishi assets in forced labour case amid South Korea-Japan trade dispute
Chinese student Yu Huiling arrested in Japan for alleged theft via 7-Eleven’s 7pay smartphone service

Yu Huiling is the third Chinese suspect in a case possibly linked to a China-based international crime organisation

13 Jul 2019 - 4:30AM

Yu Huiling is the third Chinese suspect in a case possibly linked to a China-based international crime organisation

Chinese student Yu Huiling arrested in Japan for alleged theft via 7-Eleven’s 7pay smartphone service
Japan used chemical weapons during war against China and for the first time there’s a military report to prove it

Historian says it is the first discovery of a report in which the Japanese army itself details the use of poison gases during the Second Sino-Japanese War.

7 Jul 2019 - 9:34PM

Historian says it is the first discovery of a report in which the Japanese army itself details the use of poison gases during the Second Sino-Japanese War.

Japan used chemical weapons during war against China and for the first time there’s a military report to prove it
‘Quarrel about a textbook’ ends in death after Japanese boy, 13, is stabbed by fellow schoolmate

The two teenage boys were believed to have been studying together when they got into an argument ‘about a textbook’, police said.

6 Jul 2019 - 6:36PM

The two teenage boys were believed to have been studying together when they got into an argument ‘about a textbook’, police said.

‘Quarrel about a textbook’ ends in death after Japanese boy, 13, is stabbed by fellow schoolmate
South Korea to invest US$857 million to break its dependence on Japanese tech materials in response to Tokyo tightening export rules

The Japanese government on Monday said it would toughen rules for the export to South Korea of materials used to make smartphones and display screens, as rift over wartime forced labour deepened.

3 Jul 2019 - 11:04PM

The Japanese government on Monday said it would toughen rules for the export to South Korea of materials used to make smartphones and display screens, as rift over wartime forced labour deepened.

South Korea to invest US$857 million to break its dependence on Japanese tech materials in response to Tokyo tightening export rules
Japan PM Shinzo Abe slammed for calling lift installation at Osaka Castle a ‘mistake’

Japan’s prime minister made the comment at a dinner on Friday for world leaders who were in the city for the G20 summit.

30 Jun 2019 - 11:58PM

Japan’s prime minister made the comment at a dinner on Friday for world leaders who were in the city for the G20 summit.

Japan PM Shinzo Abe slammed for calling lift installation at Osaka Castle a ‘mistake’
Japanese man arrested, admits dumping wife’s legless body in sea

The police and rescue workers found the woman’s remains face down on a beach near Tokyo.

29 Jun 2019 - 2:10AM

The police and rescue workers found the woman’s remains face down on a beach near Tokyo.

Japanese man arrested, admits dumping wife’s legless body in sea
Mother of Japanese girl found dead in home toilet handed suspended sentence for being complicit in abuse

Nagisa Kurihara failed to report the abuse inflicted by her husband on their 10-year-old daughter and complied with his instructions not to feed the child, a court ruled.

27 Jun 2019 - 10:12AM

Nagisa Kurihara failed to report the abuse inflicted by her husband on their 10-year-old daughter and complied with his instructions not to feed the child, a court ruled.

Mother of Japanese girl found dead in home toilet handed suspended sentence for being complicit in abuse
Japanese granny group releases English rap video to promote Osaka G20 summit

Track by elderly icon group Obachaaan includes lyrics about how funny Osaka residents are.

25 Jun 2019 - 1:18PM

Track by elderly icon group Obachaaan includes lyrics about how funny Osaka residents are.

Japanese granny group releases English rap video to promote Osaka G20 summit
Open to dope: Japanese junior high school students are OK with marijuana use, survey suggests

Researchers blame internet videos for the increase in interest in drugs, which was still a tiny 1.9 per cent out of the 70,000 people surveyed.

22 Jun 2019 - 10:13AM

Researchers blame internet videos for the increase in interest in drugs, which was still a tiny 1.9 per cent out of the 70,000 people surveyed.

Open to dope: Japanese junior high school students are OK with marijuana use, survey suggests
China’s new ambassador to Japan hoping for Xi Jinping visit during cherry blossom season

Kong Xuanyou told a press conference in Tokyo that Beijing had received a request for the Chinese president to make the trip and talks were underway.

25 Jun 2019 - 1:21PM

Kong Xuanyou told a press conference in Tokyo that Beijing had received a request for the Chinese president to make the trip and talks were underway.

China’s new ambassador to Japan hoping for Xi Jinping visit during cherry blossom season
Japanese parents banned from physically punishing children after state declares ‘violence is not allowed for discipline’

Revised laws will be effective next April, as calls for drastic measures have intensified following a number of deaths of children at their homes.

20 Jun 2019 - 9:54AM

Revised laws will be effective next April, as calls for drastic measures have intensified following a number of deaths of children at their homes.

Japanese parents banned from physically punishing children after state declares ‘violence is not allowed for discipline’
At least 26 injured as 6.7-magnitude earthquake rocks Japan

The earthquake occurred around 10.22pm at a depth of about 14km, with its epicentre located off Yamagata.

19 Jun 2019 - 12:07PM

The earthquake occurred around 10.22pm at a depth of about 14km, with its epicentre located off Yamagata.

At least 26 injured as 6.7-magnitude earthquake rocks Japan
Japanese man Yujiro Iimori arrested for stabbing police officer to steal gun

Incident occurred as authorities are stepping up security in nearby Osaka, where G20 summit will be held next week.

17 Jun 2019 - 8:18PM

Incident occurred as authorities are stepping up security in nearby Osaka, where G20 summit will be held next week.

Japanese man Yujiro Iimori arrested for stabbing police officer to steal gun
G20 agrees on international framework to reduce marine plastic pollution

Agreement is voluntary and will rely on members coming up with solutions and reporting their own progress.

16 Jun 2019 - 6:49PM

Agreement is voluntary and will rely on members coming up with solutions and reporting their own progress.

G20 agrees on international framework to reduce marine plastic pollution
Why Asean nations are reluctant to put pressure on North Korea over weapons programmes

Member states have been trying to improve ties with North Korea, as the possibility of military conflict with the US has subsided.

12 Jun 2019 - 9:57PM

Member states have been trying to improve ties with North Korea, as the possibility of military conflict with the US has subsided.

Why Asean nations are reluctant to put pressure on North Korea over weapons programmes
Vietnam calls for peace and non-proliferation as it is elected to replace Kuwait as new UN Security Council member

Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung said the country hoped to bring its experience dealing with the aftermath of conflict to the council.

8 Jun 2019 - 10:08PM

Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung said the country hoped to bring its experience dealing with the aftermath of conflict to the council.

Vietnam calls for peace and non-proliferation as it is elected to replace Kuwait as new UN Security Council member
Japan YouTuber Ryoma Katori jailed for two years for assaulting, holding wife who called his videos ‘stupid’

Ryoma Katori seriously injured his wife by punching and kicking her in the face while she was confined in their flat in the city of Oita with her wrists and ankles bound with adhesive tape

6 Jun 2019 - 4:48PM

Ryoma Katori seriously injured his wife by punching and kicking her in the face while she was confined in their flat in the city of Oita with her wrists and ankles bound with adhesive tape

Japan YouTuber Ryoma Katori jailed for two years for assaulting, holding wife who called his videos ‘stupid’
Pressure mounts on Japanese lawmaker Hodaka Maruyama, who drank 10 glasses of cognac before suggesting war with Russia over disputed islands

Hodaka Maruyama made his remarks in May, during a visit to one of four Russian-held islands off Hokkaido.

6 Jun 2019 - 1:09AM

Hodaka Maruyama made his remarks in May, during a visit to one of four Russian-held islands off Hokkaido.

Pressure mounts on Japanese lawmaker Hodaka Maruyama, who drank 10 glasses of cognac before suggesting war with Russia over disputed islands
China’s retaliatory tariffs on US$60 billion of US goods kick in, fanning fears of extended trade war

Levies cover a total of 5,140 US products, including liquefied natural gas as well as petrochemical and food goods.

1 Jun 2019 - 8:57AM

Levies cover a total of 5,140 US products, including liquefied natural gas as well as petrochemical and food goods.

China’s retaliatory tariffs on US$60 billion of US goods kick in, fanning fears of extended trade war
Fears for Japan schoolchildren’s safety after horror mass stabbing by recluse alleged attacker Ryuichi Iwasaki

Police raided the house of the 51-year-old suspect, who neighbours say kept very much to himself and had few dealings with outsiders

29 May 2019 - 11:01PM

Police raided the house of the 51-year-old suspect, who neighbours say kept very much to himself and had few dealings with outsiders

Fears for Japan schoolchildren’s safety after horror mass stabbing by recluse alleged attacker Ryuichi Iwasaki
Chinese special envoy to North Korea Kong Xuanyou becomes ambassador to Japan

Arrival of ambassador in Tokyo comes as China prepares for G20 summit in Osaka, while Japanese news agency says diplomacy continues as unidentified high-ranking North Korean official arrives in Beijing.

28 May 2019 - 10:48PM

Arrival of ambassador in Tokyo comes as China prepares for G20 summit in Osaka, while Japanese news agency says diplomacy continues as unidentified high-ranking North Korean official arrives in Beijing.

Chinese special envoy to North Korea Kong Xuanyou becomes ambassador to Japan
Chinese court jails Japanese man Eiji Suzuki for six years over spying conviction

The head of a Japan-China youth exchange association was detained in June 2016 while visiting Beijing to make arrangements for a symposium.

22 May 2019 - 5:57AM

The head of a Japan-China youth exchange association was detained in June 2016 while visiting Beijing to make arrangements for a symposium.

Chinese court jails Japanese man Eiji Suzuki for six years over spying conviction
Chinese court hands Japanese man 15-year jail sentence for spying

Hot spring development firm boss sentenced for stealing state secrets two years after he was detained in Hainan province.

21 May 2019 - 4:11AM

Hot spring development firm boss sentenced for stealing state secrets two years after he was detained in Hainan province.

Chinese court hands Japanese man 15-year jail sentence for spying
Taiwan warns that freezing it out of annual World Health Organisation summit could backfire ahead of Tokyo Olympics

Health minister Chen Shih-chung says excluding island from World Health Assembly could undermine attempts to control infectious diseases.

19 May 2019 - 10:59PM

Health minister Chen Shih-chung says excluding island from World Health Assembly could undermine attempts to control infectious diseases.

Taiwan warns that freezing it out of annual World Health Organisation summit could backfire ahead of Tokyo Olympics
Japanese man gets 5½ years’ jail for stealing China state secrets

The man was detained in March 2017 in Shandong province while conducting a geological survey with his colleagues.

18 May 2019 - 2:06AM

The man was detained in March 2017 in Shandong province while conducting a geological survey with his colleagues.

Japanese man gets 5½ years’ jail for stealing China state secrets
Steven Mnuchin expects to visit Beijing ‘in near future’ for US-China trade talks

Comments by US treasury secretary suggest another round of negotiations will take place before June’s G20 summit, where Trump is expected to meet Xi Jinping.

16 May 2019 - 7:33AM

Comments by US treasury secretary suggest another round of negotiations will take place before June’s G20 summit, where Trump is expected to meet Xi Jinping.

Steven Mnuchin expects to visit Beijing ‘in near future’ for US-China trade talks