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Japan, Australia, whaling dispute

US court finds protesters in contempt for ignoring order to halt anti-whaling campaign off Antarctica; orders lower court to determine how much Sea Shepherd members owe Japanese whalers - @AP

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Sony cyberattack 2014

Official says US has consulted with Japan, South Korea, China and Russia seeking assistance reining in North Korea cyber attacks, per @Reuters - @CNBCnow

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Japan

Up to 11 people now reported to have died in winter snow storm gripping much of Japan - @AFP

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Japan

Japan, US formally postpone update to defense cooperation guidelines - @AP

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Japan

3 dead after heavy snowfall in Japan - @STForeignDesk

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Japan

South Korea won't conduct F-35 fighter jet maintenance in Japan despite new Pentagon deal to service the stealth jets in Asia, official says - @Reuters

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Asia

Japan stocks climb after Wall Street rally; Nikkei up 2.2% at open - @MarketWatch

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Japan

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority says 2 reactors at Takahama nuclear plant have passed safety checks for reactivation - @The_Japan_News

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Japan

Earthquake, preliminary magnitude 4.5, recorded in northern Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, just now - @WxNick

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Japan

Japan trade deficit shrinks 31.5% on-year in November, helped by higher exports and lower bills for oil imports - @AFP

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Japan

Earthquake: M 5.2 - 296km SE of Hachijo-jima, Japan

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Japan snap election 2014

Exit polls project big win for Prime Minister Abe's ruling party in Japan lower house election - @AP

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Japan snap election 2014

Voter turnout in Japan's election was 29.11% as of 4pm local, down 5.76% from 2012 with 4 hours of voting remaining - @The_Japan_News

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Japan snap election 2014

Voting underway in Japan; polls show PM Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party expected to sweep election - @STForeignDesk

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World War II

Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses gathering in Nanjing on National Memorial Day for victims of the Nanjing Massacre, says crimes should not be forgotten, 'but simply because a handful of militarists began a war, it is not a reason for us to hate a nation' - @cctvnews

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Japan

Japan's Nikkei Average opens down 1.3% at 17,180.49 - @MarketsTicker

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Japan

Japan's core machinery orders falls 6.4% in October from the prior month, down for the 1st time in 5 months, government data shows - @Reuters

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Ebola outbreak 2014

20,000 protective equipment sets airlifted by Japan have arrived in Ghana to tackle Ebola - @JapanGov

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business

Fitch Ratings says it will likely decide in the 1st half of 2015 whether to cut Japan's A+ credit rating - @MarketWatch

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Japan

8 people confirmed dead after heavy snow covers many parts of Japan - @The_Japan_News

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