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Japan, U.S. reject NK talks stance  North Korean demands that Japan take no part in further talks over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program   PM dissolved lower house of parliament  Junichiro Koizumi called an early general election set for 9 November Sony to slash 20,000 jobs  The world's largest consumer electronics company will trim jobs from its global workforce over the next 3 years   PM Koizumi wins election  Despite big gains by the opposition, ruling coalition declared a slim majority in parliamentary elections   PM faces reduced majority
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Hundreds injured in quake   The quake is forcing the evacuation of 41,000 people in Hokkaido and prompting authorities to issue tsunami warnings Aftershocks shake quake zone   Strong aftershocks rocked island of Hokkaido, as residents set about sweeping up broken dishes World's oldest man dies at 114  Yukichi Chuganji was a retired silkworm breeder   N Korea wants Japan out of talks Map of Pyongyang North Korea
Allies welcome US shift on N Korea Koizumi visits controversial war shrine U.S. Navy settles over Ehime Maru Stock market plunges to 20-year low Interpol reissues Fujimori warrant Satellite launch angers N. Korea Aceh peace talks break down Powerful quake  An earthquake has rocked northern Japan, prompting officials to shut down railways, highways and a Tokyo airport Rebels offered peace carrot   Suu Kyi arrest: Japan freezes aid  Japan has frozen all aid to Myanmar in protest at the military government's detention of opposition leader Landslides kill 13   Japan to send troops to Iraq  The parliament has approved plans to send ground troops. The committee meeting deteriorated into shoving Strong quakes   Peru asks for Fujimori's return Map of Lima Peru  Peru has asked Japan to extradite former Peruvian president so he can stand trial in Lima World warned on Hiroshima day 4 dead in storm-battered Japan Carter: Africa needs GM crops Deadly blast ends office siege  3 people have died and 19 injured after an explosion after a disgruntled worker took several people hostage Tokyo hit by earthquake, typhoon  As Typhoon Choi-wan moves across southern Islands, an quake hundreds of kilometers off the coast jolted residents   Koizumi names new cabinet  Prime Minister has named a new cabinet replacing several key members Earthquake rocks island of Hokkaido


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  North Korea does not want Japan to take part in any future talks on Pyongyang's nuclear programme
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  Junichiro Koizumi will have to rely on his coalition partners to remain in power. LDP has lost 12 seats and its majority
Nov.28   2 spy satellites blown up
  Officials have blown up a rocket carrying the satellites intended to monitor North Korea
Nov.29   2 Japanese diplomats shot dead  The attack in Tikrit was carried out by a single attacker. The diplomats were travelling to a reconstruction conference Nov.30     Japan to probe diplomats' ambush  A team of senior officials is on its way to Iraq to investigate an ambush that killed 2 diplomats near Tikrit

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Dec.4   Diplomats' bodies arrive in Tokyo
  The bodies of 2 diplomats killed by gunmen in Iraq have arrived at Narita airport Dec.8     Japan to send troops to Iraq
  Japan has approved a plan to deploy non-combat troops for its largest overseas military mission since the World War II
Dec.14 Boca Juniors win Intercontinental Cup Dec.18   Japan to introduce missile shield  Defence Agency said that the deployment would be purely defensive and there was no intent to harm other countries





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U.S. Navy settles over Ehime Maru Aceh peace talks break down Rebels offered peace carrot   Japan to send troops to Iraq  The parliament has approved plans to send ground troops. The committee meeting deteriorated into shoving   Japan to send troops to Iraq




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  Japan has approved a plan to deploy non-combat troops for its largest overseas military mission since the World War II
Dec.18 Japan to introduce missile shield  Defence Agency said that the deployment would be purely defensive and there was no intent to harm other countries



Japan, 2003 Disasters Timeline ... See World Disasters timeline Top ^
2003 May.26 Powerful quake  An earthquake has rocked northern Japan, prompting officials to shut down railways, highways and a Tokyo airport Jul.21 Landslides kill 13
Jul.25 Strong quakes Aug.10 4 dead in storm-battered Japan Sep.20 Tokyo hit by earthquake, typhoon  As Typhoon Choi-wan moves across southern Islands, an quake hundreds of kilometers off the coast jolted residents Sep.25 Earthquake rocks island of Hokkaido
  An earthquake measuring 8.0 is forcing thousands to evacuate and prompting authorities to issue tsunami warnings
Sep.26 Hundreds injured in quake   The quake is forcing the evacuation of 41,000 people in Hokkaido and prompting authorities to issue tsunami warnings Sep.27 Aftershocks shake quake zone   Strong aftershocks rocked island of Hokkaido, as residents set about sweeping up broken dishes Sep.28 World's oldest man dies at 114  Yukichi Chuganji was a retired silkworm breeder Nov.28 2 spy satellites blown up
  Officials have blown up a rocket carrying the satellites intended to monitor North Korea




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2003 Dec.14 Boca Juniors win Intercontinental Cup



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2003 Mar.7 Stock market plunges to 20-year low
Sep.5 Carter: Africa needs GM crops Oct.28 Sony to slash 20,000 jobs  The world's largest consumer electronics company will trim jobs from its global workforce over the next 3 years



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2003 Mar.9 Interpol reissues Fujimori warrant
Sep.15 Deadly blast ends office siege  3 people have died and 19 injured after an explosion after a disgruntled worker took several people hostage Nov.29 2 Japanese diplomats shot dead  The attack in Tikrit was carried out by a single attacker. The diplomats were travelling to a reconstruction conference



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2003 Jan.7 Allies welcome US shift on N Korea
Jan.13 Koizumi visits controversial war shrine Mar.28 Satellite launch angers N. Korea May.18 Aceh peace talks break down Jun.25   Suu Kyi arrest: Japan freezes aid  Japan has frozen all aid to Myanmar in protest at the military government's detention of opposition leader Jul.25   Japan to send troops to Iraq  The parliament has approved plans to send ground troops. The committee meeting deteriorated into shoving Jul.30   Peru asks for Fujimori's return Map of Lima Peru  Peru has asked Japan to extradite former Peruvian president so he can stand trial in Lima Aug.5 World warned on Hiroshima day Sep.21   Koizumi names new cabinet  Prime Minister has named a new cabinet replacing several key members Oct.6   N Korea wants Japan out of talks Map of Pyongyang North Korea
  North Korea does not want Japan to take part in any future talks on Pyongyang's nuclear programme
Oct.7 Japan, U.S. reject NK talks stance  North Korean demands that Japan take no part in further talks over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program Oct.9   PM dissolved lower house of parliament  Junichiro Koizumi called an early general election set for 9 November Nov.9   PM Koizumi wins election  Despite big gains by the opposition, ruling coalition declared a slim majority in parliamentary elections Nov.9   PM faces reduced majority
  Junichiro Koizumi will have to rely on his coalition partners to remain in power. LDP has lost 12 seats and its majority
Nov.30   Japan to probe diplomats' ambush  A team of senior officials is on its way to Iraq to investigate an ambush that killed 2 diplomats near Tikrit Dec.4 Diplomats' bodies arrive in Tokyo  The bodies of 2 diplomats killed by gunmen in Iraq have arrived at Narita airport