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Here are some recent Japan-related news items from the BBC News website.

Japan picks ‘disaster’ character to define 2018

In its annual vote, the Japanese people picked the character “disaster” to symbolise their year.

3 hours ago

Paralympic champion David Weir added to British Athletics’ funding

Six-time Paralympic champion David Weir is added to British Athletics’ second-tier funding programme after aiming at Tokyo 2020 marathon.

3 hours ago

Carlos Ghosn: Former Nissan chair charged with financial misconduct

The former Nissan chairman is accused of misreporting his salary and misusing company assets.

2 days ago

Japan’s Princess Masako opens up on insecurities and health

Crown Princess Masako, who is recovering from a stress-related disorder, will become empress next year.

3 days ago

2019 Women’s World Cup: England and Scotland in same group

England and Scotland are drawn in the same group at the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France, along with Japan and Argentina.

4 days ago

Rescue mission in Japan after two US Marine aircraft collide

One US Marine has died and another five are missing after two planes collided off Japan’s coast.

6 days ago

Japanese cafe uses robots controlled by paralysed people

The project aims to give some disabled people more independence, interaction and paid work.

6 days ago

Tokyo Olympics: Scottish FA will not block Team GB

The Scottish FA decides not to stand in the way of a British women’s team at the next Olympics, but will not actively support or promote it.

5 days ago

Tokyo 2020: Fourteen sports to get funding boost from Aspiration Fund

Fourteen Olympic and Paralympic sports receive investment from the new £3m Aspiration Fund to help support their ambitions for Tokyo 2020.

5 days ago

Takeda gets shareholder approval for £46bn Shire takeover

The move paves the way for Japan’s largest overseas acquisition and would create a global drugs giant.

7 days ago


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Header image: Dusk falls over the harbour at Takamatsu (高松市), as seen from the top floor of the 30-storey Symbol Tower. Photo: Frank Gualtieri.

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