Japan added to global growth jitters on Friday by posting unexpectedly weak industrial production numbers for July and a muted outlook for August and September.
Japan on Tuesday described an attack on a car carrying the country's ambassador in Beijing as "very regrettable."
The policeman tapping on our car window makes it clear we are in a no-go area before placing his hand over the lens of our camera.
CNN's Stan Grant looks at the law, the claims and counter-claims to ask: who owns the island claimed by China and Japan.
Furious anti-Japan protests erupted in Chinese cities Sunday after a Japanese group landed on an island that both countries say is theirs.
Beijing urged Japan Saturday not to "undermine China's territorial sovereignty," ahead of a planned trip by Japanese lawmakers to a disputed island chain in the East China Sea, state media reported.
Japan is deporting the 14 Chinese nationals arrested over a disputed island chain in the East China Sea, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said Friday, in a resolution aimed at ending a diplomatic incident between the two nations.
A diplomatic row has erupted between Japan and China after a group of Chinese nationals were photographed raising flags on a disputed island in the East China Sea before being arrested, the latest incident in rising territorial tensions in North Asia.
A pilot who ejected before a U.S. fighter jet crashed into the waters off northern Japan on Sunday was rescued and was in stable condition, military officials said.
Anti-nuclear protests in Japan get bigger. CNN's Paula Hancocks reports the government is bringing reactors back online.
Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is investigating a report that workers at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were told to use lead covers in order to hide unsafe radiation levels, an official said.
Tens of thousands of people crowded into a park in central Tokyo on Monday to protest the use of nuclear power in Japan, highlighting the growing opposition to atomic energy in the country since the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
Exceptionally heavy rains have killed at least 19 people and flooded hundreds of houses on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, the local authorities said Friday.
Fans greet 12 giant panda cubs born in 2011 at the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in China.
The first giant panda to be born in Japan in 24 years has died just one week after generating huge excitement in the country as locals celebrated the rare birth.
Japan holds three Australian anti-whaling activists accused of illegally boarding a Japanese ship. Kyung Lah reports.
Japanese people are chipping in to buy a set of islands, that are in a territorial dispute with China.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited islands claimed by both Russia and Japan on Tuesday, provoking an angry reaction from Tokyo.
Japan is set to restart its first nuclear reactor since the Fukushima meltdown.
Energy-starved Japan will regain nuclear-powered electricity on Sunday, as the first reactor to be switched on since last year's Fukushima disaster comes online.
Japanese authorities are holding an American man on suspicion of killing a female Irish exchange student in Tokyo, a police spokesman said Friday.
A murder mystery unfolding in Tokyo involves an Irish student and two Americans. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
Japanese authorities arrested the last fugitive suspected in a deadly 1995 nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway, police said Friday.
A man thought to be the last fugitive wanted in a deadly 1995 nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway has been captured, Kamata police said Friday.
Tokyo has overtaken Luanda, Angola, as the world's most expensive city for overseas staff after the cost of imported goods rose in the wake of last year's earthquake.
A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the eastern coast of Japan early Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
Japan's latest phone sensation has a Geiger counter to read radiation. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
A victim of the Fukushima nuclear disaster narrowly survives a deadly tornado. Kyung Lah reports.
Police have detained two American men as part of an investigation into the strangling death of an Irish exchange student in Tokyo, Japanese authorities said Sunday.
Japan's largest utility said Thursday that more radiation than previously thought was released into the atmosphere in March 2011, in the days after the nuclear disaster that followed an earthquake and tsunami.
The earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan on March 11 last year took more than 20,000 lives, caused the evacuation of about 300,000 people, and set off the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. The meltdowns of the Fukushima Daiichi reactors ended Japan's plans to produce half of its electricity through nuclear energy.
Japan's economy rebounded in the first quarter, but analysts warned that the pace of expansion will soon ease as temporary boosts to consumption and investment fade.
Reeling from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has effectively been nationalized after Tokyo approved a request for a 1 trillion yen ($12.5 billion) injection of capital.
As Japan began its workweek Monday morning, the trains ran exactly on time, the elevators in thousands of Tokyo high-rises efficiently moved between floors, and the lights turned on across cities with nary a glitch.
A bumpy ride is ahead as the French vote suggests an austerity backlash, CNN's Pauline Chiou reports.
The United States and Japan have agreed that about half the U.S. Marines on the Japanese island of Okinawa will soon leave, a transition that could ease a long-simmering resentment of the Americans' presence that has at times boiled over.
The Bank of Japan announced further easing measures on Friday, as economic data suggested slowing growth and persistent deflationary forces in the world's third-largest economy.
If the U.S. election race conjures up images of mud flying through the air for many Japanese, campaigning politicians in the Land of the Rising Sun evoke visions of a more white-gloved affair.
A soccer ball recently found washed up on a remote Alaskan beach apparently belongs to a teenager from a city devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan more than a year ago.
The Tokyo Stock Exchange has said it does not want a 'dirty' capital market.
Two female employees were found mauled to death Friday after six bears escaped their enclosure at a park in northern Japan, a local fire official told CNN.
The Tokyo metropolitan government expects to strike a deal to buy a set of islands in the East China Sea claimed by both Japan and China, the governor of Tokyo has said.
A spring storm packing typhoon-strength winds caused two deaths and paralyzed traffic in Japan on Tuesday.
Bulldozers clearing mountains of wreckage and rubble have been a common sight in Japan's Tohoku region.
A 6.0-magnitude earthquake shook eastern Japan Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but no tsunami threat is expected.
An author tracks the lives of the Fukushima nuclear workers. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
A 6.8 magnitude earthquake shook northeastern Japan on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
A 6.8-magnitude earthquake shook northeastern Japan on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
It's been a year since one of the worst natural disasters ever devastated the northeast coast of Japan.
CNN's Kyung Lah sits down with Japan's World Cup-winning captain to reflect on their win amid tragedy.
In sport, finishing fourth rarely provokes scenes of rapture, nor does it excite the keyboards of headline writers.
Japan gathered Sunday amid tears, prayers and a moment of silence to mark one year since an earthquake and tsunami killed thousands, and triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis in a quarter century.
Japan marks one year since the devastating earthquake and tsunami. CNN's John Vause and Kyung Lah report.
From uncertainty to courage, distrust to control, and despair to hope.
One year after a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck northeast Japan, killing nearly 16,000 people and sparking the world's worst nuclear crisis in 25 years, the country will pause Sunday to remember the exact moment the earth shook.
In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster a year ago, the attitude toward food safety has become a matter of personal preference for many Tokyo residents.
One year later, risky working conditions still plague the recovery effort at the site of Japan's nuclear disaster.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Friday ordered U.S. nuclear power plants to begin implementing safety recommendations made in an effort to prevent a crisis from occurring as it did in Japan after last year's devastating earthquake and tsunami.
Editor's note: Kathleen Koch is author of the best-selling book, "Rising from Katrina," which explores how citizens recover from disasters. She was a CNN correspondent for 18 years.
A look at the day of destruction caused by an earthquake and tsunami off the Japanese coast.
One year ago, the world watched as a massive tsunami engulfed entire communities in northern Japan.
If there is anyone who embodies the fighting spirit of Japan's disaster-laden year, it is Homare Sawa.
March 11 marks the one-year anniversary of the largest Japanese catastrophe since World War II. The unforgettable triple disaster was triggered by the 9.0-magnitude Great East Japan earthquake, resulting in a devastating tsunami and subsequent nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, the effects of which are still being felt today.
Response to last year's tsunami among Japanese youth has led to a social shift that bucks the country's traditional ways.
Japan posted a record current account deficit in January, as energy imports surged because of nuclear plant shutdowns following last year's earthquake and tsunami.
CNN's Kyung Lah reports on the effort it took to rebuild factories in Japan that supply industries around the world.
He is the face of New Japan Inc. 35-year-old Yoshikazu Tanaka, founder of mobile social gaming network Gree, is the world's second youngest self-made billionaire behind Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg.
A new wave of entrepreneurs is redefining Japan's electronics industry. CNN's Andrew Stevens reports.
It was a simple ceremony on the northern bank of Washington's Tidal Basin, attended by only a few people.
Oil prices spiked to their highest levels since 2008 on fears that tensions with Iran have the potential to disrupt supplies through the Strait of Hormuz.
A blue car rushes by in the raging brown water. Moments later a whole family house is carried down the center of the flooded street before an even more frightening sight: a young man trapped in the rising water clinging to a telephone wire.
It's the small details in the before-and-after photographs from tsunami-hit Fukushima Prefecture in northeastern Japan that are the most telling. A year later, there's not one power pole, wall-mounted gas meter or roadside curb that hasn't been meticulously attended to.
Survivors of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan shared their stories with CNN last year.
Japanese scientists believes the chances of a mega-quake hitting Tokyo have risen. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
Japan posts its first trade deficit since 1980. CNN's Kyung Lah puts it in perspective from Tokyo.
Japan -- battered by a strong yen, slowing global demand and increased oil and gas imports due to last year's Fukushima nuclear disaster -- posted a record trade deficit of $18.7 billion in January, according to official figures released Monday.
Japan's 78-year-old emperor was recovering Saturday from a successful cardiac bypass surgery at the University of Tokyo Hospital, according to Japanese public broadcast NHK.
Japan's economy shrank for the third time in four quarters between October and December, after floods in Thailand damaged production and a strong yen and subdued overseas demand hurt exports.
Video arcades have long been the hangout of pre-teens and teens, but not in Japan. CNN's Kyung Lah explains.
Close your eyes, and you know where you are: The unmistakable sound of anime voices and the jingle of a completed lap around the electronic track ring through the hall. This is a classic video game arcade in Japan, filled with the sounds long associated with this gaming nation. But open your eyes, and the players are not exactly the teenagers you'd expect to find.
Investors were unable to trade shares in scores of companies listed in Tokyo for several hours Thursday after a computer problem at the city's stock exchange.
A movement to restart two nuclear reactors in Japan is causing a stir. Kyung Lah reports.
U.N. nuclear experts gave a thumbs-up to Japan's planned "stress tests" for its remaining nuclear power plants Tuesday but left Japanese authorities to decide whether the plants themselves are safe.
Japan's population will shrink by a staggering 30% by 2060, according to a new estimate by the country's government.
Tokyo faces the possibility of being hit by a massive earthquake within the next four years, according to Japanese researchers.
Debris from an earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan is making its way across the Pacific Ocean.
When you stand in the center of Japan's exclusion zone, there is absolute silence. The exclusion zone is the 20-kilometer (12-mile) radius around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, an area of high radiation contamination.
Japan has posted an annual trade deficit for the first time since 1980 after a year of struggling to adjust to a strong yen, a eurozone crisis and the impact of natural disasters.
Workers placed an endoscope into a nuclear reactor at Japan's damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant Thursday, marking the first glimpse inside one of the crippled reactors.
"Shame on you, shame on you," shouted protestors, as officials met to discuss plans to restart Japan's nuclear plants for the first time since last year's Fukushima disaster.
Japan on Friday handed over to Australian authorities three anti-whaling activists held aboard a Japanese vessel after illegally boarding the ship to protest Japan's annual whale hunt in Atlantic waters.
Japan is prepared to gradually reduce the amount of oil it imports from Iran, Finance Minister Jun Azumi said Thursday, as the United States seeks to muster international support to put fresh pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program.
Some new mothers in Japan may soon be adding radiation testing of their breast milk to their list of health checkups.
A moderate earthquake rattled northeastern Japan Thursday, the Japan Meteorological Agency reported.
Japan said Tuesday that it would hand over to Australian authorities three Australian anti-whaling activists being held aboard a Japanese vessel, but that it would press on with its annual whale hunt in the seas near Antarctica.
Almost six months after Japan's women gave the country a much-needed boost by winning the football World Cup, the team was again celebrating after scooping a hat-trick of prestigious awards.
Three Australian activists are being held aboard a Japanese ship Monday after illegally boarding the vessel to protest Japan's annual whale hunt in Antarctic waters.
There's no shortage of debate as to whether the Obama administration and Congress have done the right things in attempting to avert a debt crisis and revive the stalled economy.
A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 struck off the coast of Japan on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
A former member of a Japanese doomsday cult wanted for the murder of a notary official surrendered after nearly 17 years on the run, authorities said Sunday.
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