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World 22 Dec 2005 | 12:00 AM Premium

Japan deaths exceed births for 1st time in century

TOKYO (Reuters) - The number of deaths in Japan is expected to exceed births in 2005 for the first time in more than a century, government data showed on Thursday, foreshadowing a population decline that could jeopardise the long-term health of the economy.

World 22 Dec 2005 | 12:00 AM Premium

Japan foreign minister calls China a threat

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso said on Thursday that China's military build-up was a threat, given its lack of transparency, triggering an angry retort from Beijing, which said his comments were

World 22 Dec 2005 | 12:00 AM Premium

Japan foreign minister calls China a threat

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso said on Thursday that China's military build-up was a threat, given its lack of transparency, triggering an angry retort from Beijing, which said his comments were

World 22 Dec 2005 | 12:00 AM Premium

Japan foreign minister calls China a threat

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso said on Thursday that China's military build-up was a threat, given its lack of transparency, triggering an angry retort from Beijing, which said his comments were

World 24 Dec 2005 | 12:00 AM Premium

Japan to jointly develop missile shield with U.S.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will step up its efforts to build a next-generation missile shield with the United States after cabinet approved on Saturday to move a joint research project to the development stage.

World 24 Dec 2005 | 12:00 AM Premium

Japan to jointly develop missile shield with U.S.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will step up its efforts to build a next-generation missile shield with the United States after cabinet approved on Saturday to move a joint research project to the development stage.

Lifestyle 25 Dec 2005 | 12:00 AM Premium

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World 26 Dec 2005 | 12:00 AM Premium

Japan to keep pressing N.Korea on abduction issue

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will not normalise ties with North Korea unless a feud over Pyongyang's past abductions of Japanese nationals is resolved, the government's top spokesman said on Monday.

World 26 Dec 2005 | 12:00 AM Premium

Japan to keep pressing N.Korea on abduction issue

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will not normalise ties with North Korea unless a feud over Pyongyang's past abductions of Japanese nationals is resolved, the government's top spokesman said on Monday.

Business 27 Dec 2005 | 12:00 AM Premium

New signs that deflation ending in Japan but unemployment rises

TOKYO: Japanese consumer prices rose in November for the first time in more than two years, the government said Tuesday, offering the latest sign the country is emerging from years of falling prices that have prolonged its economic slump