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video 17 December 2014 World, Japan

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Snowstorm hits northern Japan - video

Heavy snow and damaging winds have battered Hokkaido in northern Japan. Up to 70cm of snow has fallen, with wind gusts around 80mph, cancelling 420 flights and leaving thousands without electricity.

post 08 December 2014
Read more from Paul Mason on his blog Chill wind blows across the world's economic landscape

The indicators show China, Japan - and even the McDonald's burger chain - are facing economic slowdown. How will the eurozone respond?

video 04 November 2014 World, Japan

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Fireball meteor seen over Japan - video

People in Japan saw a sparkling light race across the sky on Monday evening. Experts say it may have been a "fireball" meteor - a piece of an asteroid that ignites upon entering earth's atmosphere.

video 10 October 2014 Technology, Japan

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Japanese robot plays ping pong - video

A Japanese tech firm has created the perfect ping pong player - a robot that analyses the trajectory and velocity of the ball. The robot is designed to keep rallies going rather than defeat opponents.

post 08 October 2014
Read more on Liam's blog Is this the most powerful storm on the planet so far this year?

Whilst the satellite images from space may be a thing of beauty, we could well be staring down at the most powerful storm on our planet so far this year.

article 05 October 2014 World, France
Jules Bianchi crash in Japanese Grand Prix
F1 driver Bianchi suffers 'severe head injury' in Japan

French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi is undergoing surgery following a severe head injury in the Japanese Grand Prix.

article 29 September 2014 World, Japan
Japan volcano eruption Mount Ontake
Toxic gas halts Japan volcano search as more victims found

Rescuers at the peak of a Japanese volcano find what may be five new victims of Saturday's eruption, with at least 36 people feared dead.

article 28 September 2014 World, Japan
Thirty feared dead in Japanese volcano eruption
Thirty feared dead in Japanese volcano eruption

Hundreds of people including children are stranded on Mount Ontake when it erupts, with more than 30 people feared dead as ash pours two miles down the volcano's side.

article 20 August 2014 World, Japan
Japan Landslide
Liam Dutton by Japan landslide kills dozens

A landslide on the outskirts of the city of Hiroshima, triggered by torrential rain, has left at least 27 people dead, including several children.

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