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Japan launches first commercial satellite

Japan has completed its first successful launch of a foreign-made satellite, fulfilling a decades-long quest to break into the European and Russian-dominated commercial launch business.

Japan now nuclear free

The closure of the 912-megawatt Tomari No. 3 reactor means that Japan is without atomic energy for the first time since May 1970.

Japan: Homecoming at ‘hotspots’ despite radiation

More than a year after the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power, several hundred residents forced out by radiation have made a nervous first return to their homes in Kawauchi.

US exempts Japan, European nations from Iran sanctions

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday the US has exempted 11 countries from economic sanctions because they “significantly” cut back on buying petroleum from Iran.

Japan reports record current account shortfall

The shortfall was 437.4 billion yen ($5.4 billion), the biggest monthly deficit since comparable data began to be recorded in 1985.

Fukushima a year on

A visit to the scene of Japan’s worst nuclear accident, almost a year after the area was struck by a powerful earthquake and tsunami, is a study in contrasts.