Japan's massive sinkhole sinking again

The speedily repaired Japanese sinkhole is sinking again. Fukuoka Mayor Soichiro Takashima posted a statement on Facebook on Nov. 26 that the ground had fallen seven centimetres. Police closed part of the road for a short time Saturday but it was reopened ... ( read original story ...)

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OSAKA – A nurse and the head of a nursing...home in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, were referred to...prosecutors Thursday on suspicion of professional...negligence in connection with the death of a...68-year-old female resident whose artificial...respirator was left ... ( read original story ...)


Toshiba, Desperate for Cash After Scandal, Will Se...
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TOKYO — Ill-fated investments in nuclear...power projects by Toshiba of Japan have already...precipitated an embarrassing accounting scandal at...the company. Now the company is selling its most...valuable business to try to undo the damage....Toshiba, one of ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo housing: City life draws youth, leaving seni...
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Adam Walsh is a reporter for the St. John's...Morning Show, currently working in Tokyo on a...partnership with the Japanese public broadcaster...NHK. Tucked away in his office in Japan's most...prestigious university, Hideki Koizumi is worried....The towering cranes ... ( read original story ...)


Japan lower house OKs bill allowing emperor to abd...
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A bill allowing 83-year-old Emperor Akihito to...abdicate cleared the more powerful chamber of...Japan's parliament on Friday, setting the stage...for his elder son to succeed the Chrysanthemum...throne. The bill, approved unanimously by the...lower house ... ( read original story ...)


BRIEF-Toyobo to merge finance unit in Osaka
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Dec 22 Toyobo Co Ltd : * Says it plans to merge...its wholly owned finance unit, based in Osaka *...Says effective April 1, 2017 Source text in...Japanese:goo.gl/JiApRA Further company coverage:...(Beijing Headline News) Next In Consumer Goods and...Retail ( read original story ...)


Bank of Japan keeps upbeat economic view, some reg...
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TOKYO The Bank of Japan maintained its optimistic...economic view on most of the country's nine...regions in a quarterly report out on Monday,...signaling its confidence a tightening job market...will gradually push up wages and underpin a steady...economic recovery. ( read original story ...)


The main feature of the Japan Content Catalog is t...
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In addition to providing general information on a...wide range of Japanese intellectual property...across various genres of creative content, it also...provides users with information on which copyright...holders contact to obtain commercial usage...rights. ( read original story ...)


Japan Gains Ground on Wasteful Workaholics
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First, the good news: Japan has finally begun to...wrestle with its endemic problem of long,...unproductive working hours. Japanese companies are...famous for forcing their employees to work unpaid...overtime long into the night. Workers are afraid...that if they ... ( read original story ...)


Mizuho Chases Financial Bond Deals as It Starts Lo...
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Mizuho Financial Group Inc.’s investment bank is...targeting a bigger share of global financial bond...deals as it seeks more profits overseas and...expands its debt capital markets business at home...and abroad. The Japanese bank has managed $8.7...billion of ... ( read original story ...)


Witness Volunteers Repair Over 300 Homes Following...
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EBINA, Japan—Jehovah’s Witnesses in Japan...completed repair work on 348 homes of their fellow...members, which were damaged by the earthquakes...that struck Kumamoto, Japan, on April 14 and 16,...2016. Some 15,000 volunteers participated in the...construction ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's wages likely to remain soft: Think tank

Japan Inc. won't raise wages because there is a lack of confidence in the earnings outlook for the long-term, says Japan Center for Economic Research's Jun Saito. ( read original story ...)

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It was supposed to be a brave new frontier: an...outdoor catwalk show with a Buddhist temple and...Tokyo's famed telecommunications tower glittering...in the background. Until it chucked it down. While...the bulk of Tokyo Fashion Week, the bi-annual...style fest ... ( read original story ...)


Thai central bank chief welcomes proposal to reduc...
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YOKOHAMA -- Thailand's central bank chief said...Saturday he welcomed moves to wean Southeast Asia...off its reliance on the U.S. dollar, as Japanese...representatives put forward a bilateral currency...swap proposal on the sidelines of the Asian...Development Bank ... ( read original story ...)


'Tokyo Ghoul' News: Poster for Live-Acti...
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The live-action adaptation of "Tokyo Ghoul" is...just around the corner and the new poster for the...upcoming film has just been dropped. This 2017,...director Kentaro Hagirawa's "Tokyo Ghoul" movie...will hit theaters, bringing to life the hit...supernatural horror ... ( read original story ...)


Kazuyoshi Miura: Yokohama striker signs contract t...
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Japanese striker Kazuyoshi Miura will take his...professional career into his 50s after signing a...new contract with Yokohama FC. Japanese striker...Kazuyoshi Miura will take his professional...football career beyond his 50th birthday after...signing a new deal ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese high-school students are sometimes requir...
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A Japanese student in a classroom from in Ofunato...city ... "They try to follow the rules for everything,"...Fujimkai tells Business Insider. In order to prove...that a student's hair is natural, schools will...often ask parents to submit childhood photos ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo Steel keeps product prices unchanged for Mar...
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"We have decided to maintain prices for March so...that local market prices would come in line with...our revised prices," Tokyo Steel's managing...director Kiyoshi Imamura told a news conference on...Monday. "Export demand is improving as China...reduces its ... ( read original story ...)


Nagoya looks beautiful at night! French astonuat T...
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New Delhi: French asronaut Thomas Pesquet, who is...currently aboard the International Space Station...(ISS), has shared a very beautiful picture of...Nagoya, capital of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture,...taken during night time. He has shared the image...with his social ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese social entrepreneur Hinako Ono invests in...
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The experience has convinced her that she wants to...return to the Philippines as soon as she finishes...her studies in Japan and to set up her own social...enterprise: “The fact that I really do not like...many aspects of business, such as accounting and ... ( read original story ...)


Toshiba warns of its ability to continue as going ...
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The nuclear business writedown has pushed...Toshiba’s liabilities beyond its level of...assets. If the company can’t reverse the...situation in the fiscal year just ended, it could...face demotion to the second section of the Tokyo...Stock Exchange. That would ... ( read original story ...)


'Tokyo Ghoul' Season 3 Release Date News...
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One of the rumored major storylines of "Tokyo...Ghoul" season 3 is that of Touka and her current...troubles. In fact, there are speculations that...season 3 will feature a Touka sporting a new white...hairdo. The premiere episode of "Tokyo Ghoul"...season 3 will ... ( read original story ...)


OFFICIAL: Irfan Bachdim leaves Consadole Sapporo

The Indonesian star is set to leave Consadole Sapporo after spending less than one year at the J-League club. Irfan Bachdim announced on his Instagram account that he will part ways with J-League club Consadole Sapporo. "After two great seasons with ... ( read original story ...)

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Japan, Indonesia agree to boost maritime ties
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which is majority owned by Japan's Inpex. Inpex...had proposed a plan to develop the project...offshore, but Indonesia said last year the project...will be developed onshore instead. Nikkei staff...writers Jun Suzuki and Bobby Nugroho in Bogor...contributed to this ... ( read original story ...)


Japan pushing to preserve agreed-on TPP framework
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TOKYO -- In moving ahead with the Trans-Pacific...Partnership without the U.S., Japan will urge...other member nations to stick with the tariff and...commerce agreements reached under the previous...12-nation framework to avoid tricky renegotiation....The Japanese ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo stocks up at break as yen tumbles
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Tokyo stocks rose on Monday morning to its highest...level since late December, led by exporters as the...dollar jumped against the yen ahead of an expected...US interest rate hike this week. Tokyo's benchmark...Nikkei 225 index added 0.77 percent, or 146.45 ... ( read original story ...)


Bank of Japan sits back for Clinton-Trump ride
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The Bank of Japan is sitting back for the ride....The central bank kept policy unchanged on Nov. 1,...even as it trimmed inflation forecasts. Adding...extra stimulus weeks after introducing a new,...yield-focused framework would look nervous. The...BOJ also needs ... ( read original story ...)


Japan to provide $40 million to ADB to back high-l...
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YOKOHAMA, Japan Japan will provide $40 million to...the Asian Development Bank to promote high-level...technology as part of efforts to boost quality...infrastructure in Asia, Finance Minister Taro Aso...said on Saturday. "Japan has been promoting...quality ... ( read original story ...)


Finance ministry sold land for Nippon Kaigi school...
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On February 8, the Toyonaka municipal government...filed a lawsuit at the Osaka District Court...seeking cancellation of the finance ministry’s...decision to sell the nearly 9,000-square-meter...parcel, which is being used for the elementary...school Mizuho No ... ( read original story ...)


7 reported missing after U.S. Navy ship collision ...
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Japan. Coast guard official Takeshi Aikawa said...seven Navy crew members are unaccounted for, and...one had a head injury. Further details of his or...her condition were not known. Relatives of crew...members were awaiting news of their loved ones...."Of course we ... ( read original story ...)


OSAKA ORGANIC CHEMICAL IND. LTD. : ex-dividend day...
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2016 OSAKA ORGANIC CHEMICAL IND: Patent Issued for...Hydrophilic Coating Agent (USPTO .. 2016 OSAKA...ORGANIC CHEMICAL IND. LTD.: ex-dividend day for...interim dividend 2015 OSAKA ORGANIC CHEMICAL IND....LTD.: ex-dividend day for final dividend 2015...OSAKA ORGANIC ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei follows global markets higher as Italian fe...
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Japan’s Nikkei share average rebounded on...Tuesday as strong U.S. economic data helped offset...worries about instability in the European Union...after Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s...resignation. The Nikkei rose 0.9 percent to...18,434.08 points by ... ( read original story ...)


Grouper in Japan aquarium likes being petted and h...
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The 1m-long fish, housed at the Port of Nagoya...Public Aquarium, often swims up to greet its...keeper, 35-year-old Hitoshi Okamoto, The Japan...Times said in a report on Wednesday (Dec 21). In a...video posted to YouTube by ANN News on Dec 9, the...grouper is shown ... ( read original story ...)


Nissan banks on after-sales ‘hyper-personalization’ revenue

YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan is going to offer internet access, safety technology and myriad accessory options the Japanese automaker calls “hyper-personalization,” not only in new models but also for vehicles people already own. Nissan Motor Co ... ( read original story ...)

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Japan had sunk to a critical threshold known as..."replacement fertility," the bare minimum to avoid...losing population. "In those days, women's...university enrollment rate exceeded 40%," Tokyo...University economist Hiroshi Yoshida tells...Business Insider. ( read original story ...)


Japan, China, South Korea pledge to resist protect...
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YOKOHAMA, Japan Finance leaders of Japan, China...and South Korea agreed to resist all forms of...protectionism in a trilateral meeting on Friday,...taking a stronger stand than G20 major economies...against the protectionist policies advocated by...U.S. President ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s growing concern over China’s n...
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The pride of Japan's naval defence, the JS Izumo,...is making an unprecedented journey through Asian...waters over the next three months. The Izumo is...the largest vessel built by Japan since the end of...World War Two - and she looks very much like an...aircraft ... ( read original story ...)


Japan urges China to pressure North Korea
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Japan on Tuesday urged China to exert greater...pressure on North Korea to stop its nuclear and...missile development, saying Beijing's role in...getting Pyongyang to abandon those efforts was..."crucially important." Japanese Foreign Minister...Fumio Kishida said ... ( read original story ...)


Resurgent Japan military 'can stand toe to to...
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Kyle Mizokami, editor of the Japan Security Watch...blog and a contributor to US Naval Institute News,...says it is Japan's alliance with the US that makes...it such a formidable power in 2016. "The United...States and Japan are the two closest military...powers in ... ( read original story ...)


Japan and the Monetary Policy Magical Mystery Tour
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But as Japan is painfully discovering ... The gold reserve of each country, secured in...respective central bank vaults, constituted the...foundation for both credit creation by commercial...banks and the “legal tender” or...banknotes issued by the central ... ( read original story ...)


Filipinos in Japan optimistic about changes Dutert...
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While all eyes are glued on new Philippine...President Rodrigo Duterte and his brutal crackdown...on drug traffickers, Filipinos living in Japan...appear optimistic about the changes he is making...back home and hope ties between the two nations...will grow stronger. ( read original story ...)


Western Japan jolted by 5.4 magnitude quake
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Tokyo: An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude...of 5.4 shook western Japan on Saturday but there...was no immediate reports of damage and a tsunami...warning was not issued. The epicentre of the...earthquake, which occurred at 11:48am (0248 GMT),...was in ... ( read original story ...)


DAILY BRIEFING: Britain needs a staggered departur...
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BANKING BREXIT Britain must negotiate a staggered...departure ... a boost after its treatment for chronic...obstructive pulmonary disease was approved in...Japan. The Japanese Ministry of Health has given a...nod to the Relvar Ellipta inhaler which was...approved ... ( read original story ...)


BRIEF-Yokohama Reito to take out 15 bln yen hybrid...
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29 * Maturity on March 31, 2077 Source text in...Japanese:goo.gl/I14dIl Further company coverage:...(Beijing Headline News) ( read original story ...)


Coca-Cola No. 1 in Japan with drinks galore, but not Coke

EBINA, Japan -- Coca-Cola has been the No. 1 beverage maker in Japan for half a century, but it's not thanks to the popularity of Coke. Instead, the American soft-drink brand has adapted to the quirky ways this society quenches its thirst. Coca-Cola's ... ( read original story ...)

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Toshiba Corp will make...every effort to avoid being delisted by the Tokyo...Stock Exchange (TSE), the company's CEO said on...Tuesday, after releasing delayed third-quarter...results with a disclaimer from its auditor. "The...decision on ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo doctor arrested over alleged fraud following...
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A Tokyo hospital director was arrested Tuesday on...suspicion of defrauding a company executive after...falsely diagnosing him with a sexually transmitted...disease, police said. Michinari Hayashi, 69, head...of Shinjuku Central Clinic, allegedly swindled...about ¥ ... ( read original story ...)


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Fans of the hit anime series “Tokyo Ghoul”...have been waiting for a third season for two years...now. Unfortunately, it looks like they will have...to wait at the edge of their seats for a little...longer. Different kinds of rumors and speculations...surfaced ... ( read original story ...)


Weak Yen Is Only Slight Reprieve for Bank of Japan
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It turns out the Bank of Japan’s accidental...break from a strong currency isn’t quite the...much-vaunted panacea. Consumer prices out Friday...showed a slower pace of decline, with core prices...excluding fresh food falling 0.2% in December from...a year ... ( read original story ...)


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TOKYO, April 13 (Xinhua) -- Tokyo stocks opened...lower Thursday on the yen's continued appreciation...against the U.S. dollar following U.S. President...Donald Trump warning that the dollar was getting...too strong. As of 9:15 a.m. here, the 225-issue...Nikkei ... ( read original story ...)


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Tokyo and Hong Kong. Last week, the SGX and...Infocomm Infocomm Media Development Authority...inked a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) to try to fix...this problem. The agreement aims to lower the...barrier-to-entry for tech companies, facilitate...pre-IPO funding and ... ( read original story ...)


Saudi Arabia plans economic zones to court Japan I...
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Japan's JX Holdings energy group and engineering...company JGC will work with Saudi Aramco to develop...petroleum and gas technologies. The Bank of...Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Mizuho Bank and Sumitomo...Mitsui Banking Corp. -- Japan's megabanks -- will...share ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Post Bank cuts back its holdings in JGBs
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Japan Post Bank (JPB), the banking unit of Japan...Post Holdings, reported a decline in net interest...income for the six months ended September 30,...following its decision to trim its holdings in...Japanese government bonds (JGBs). According to...JPB’s latest ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei rises above 20,000 to hit nearly 2-year hig...
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TOKYO, June 2 Japan's Nikkei share average broke...through the 20,000-point barrier for the first...time since December 2015 on Friday after a batch...of strong U.S. economic data lifted Wall Street...and the U.S. currency against the yen. The Nikkei...swept through ... ( read original story ...)


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“The uniforms make them look one and a half...times cuter than they actually are.” This is...Japan’s shady “JK” or “high school...dating” business.(“Joshi kosei” means...“high school girl” in Japanese, and the...English initials JK are ... ( read original story ...)


Japan jobs, household spending hint at pick up in domestic demand

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's unemployment rate in October held steady as the availability of jobs improved and household spending fell at a slower pace, a tentative sign that a robust labour market is lending support to domestic demand. The seasonally ... ( read original story ...)

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Abe said an Indonesian-Japanese joint venture...company would develop Patimba. He also pledged..."business opportunities" worth 74 billion yen...($646 million) for coastal development and...irrigation in Indonesia. Abe's trip is largely...aimed at taking a ... ( read original story ...)


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TOKYO, June 23 Japan's Nikkei share average was...flat on Friday morning as dollar-yen levels...steadied after major economic events, while...Nintendo hit new multi-year highs on ongoing hopes...for a new title on Switch. The Nikkei was flat at...20,119.55 in ... ( read original story ...)


Japan to promote direct Asian currency exchanges
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TOKYO -- Japan's Ministry of Finance seeks to...create a market enabling direct exchanges of the...yen and other Asian currencies without using the...dollar as an intermediary, an idea that could...reduce funding costs for financial institutions...and businesses. ( read original story ...)


Japan March bank loans rise 3.0 percent vs year ag...
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TOKYO, - Japanese bank lending rose 3.0 percent in...March from a year earlier, the Bank of Japan said...on Wednesday. Outstanding loans held by the...country's four main categories of banks, including..."shinkin" or credit unions, stood at 513.060...trillion yen ($ ... ( read original story ...)


Mobius says low stock market volatility is tied to...
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“Social media is having a huge impact,” the...executive chairman of the Temple Emerging Markets...Group said in an interview during a visit to...Tokyo. “It’s creating confusion with a lot of...false news,” he said. “You’re getting a...situation where a ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Inc. signs on to Saudis' quest for dive...
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TOKYO -- The first visit to Japan by a Saudi king...in 46 years this week led to Japanese companies...signing memorandums of understanding on 20...projects, but it remains to be seen how many of...those undertakings will actually blossom in the...desert nation. ( read original story ...)


Japan third quarter GDP slashed as capex, inventor...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's economy grew much slower...than initially estimated in the third quarter,...revised data showed, as capital expenditure dried...up and companies ran down inventories - renewing...concerns about Japan's growth prospects. The...Cabinet Office ... ( read original story ...)


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Sign Up for GamenGuide's Newsletter and never miss...out on our most popular stories. A new rivalry is...seen in the coming "Tokyo Ghoul: re" Chapter 99....(Photo: YouTube/AniSins) "Tokyo Ghoul: re" Chapter...99 release is highly anticipated by fans of the...series ... ( read original story ...)


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If there is one thing fashionistas wear or carry...that this Italian luxury brand would never sell,...it is uchiwa, a common Japanese fan traditionally...made of paper and bamboo. Right? Wrong. Gucci does...offer its own uchiwa, with its name splashed on...one side. ( read original story ...)


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The new owner of an 824,772-square-foot office...complex in Boston’s Back Bay is a Japanese...developer making its first overseas investment....Mori Trust Co. is scheduled to close today on the...acquisition of 10 St. James Ave. and 75 Arlington...St. from Liberty ... ( read original story ...)


Japan not ready to abandon TPP, waits to deal directly with Canada

The head of one of Canada’s most influential business groups urged the government to take a closer look at Japan in light of Mr. Trump’s stated intention to ditch the TPP. “Prime Minister Abe has spent a lot of capital on TPP,” John Manley ... ( read original story ...)

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"We will stick to the current prices since...activity in the domestic steel market is slow and...spot prices remain at a standstill," Tokyo Steel's...managing director Kiyoshi Imamura told a news...conference on Monday. Tokyo Steel is keeping...prices for its main ... ( read original story ...)


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Tokyo’s Haneda airport saw a record 80.1 million...passengers last year, aided by a rise in the...number of foreign tourists and launches of new...routes connecting Japan and U.S. cities, the...airport operator said Friday. The number of...passengers using the ... ( read original story ...)


ESR Acquires Osaka Site for $500M Japan Logistics ...
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Logistics real estate developer and operator...e-Shang Redwood (ESR) has just acquired a...194,000-square meter site near Osaka for the...development of one ... with the company expected to head for a...multi-billion dollar IPO later this year. ( read original story ...)


Japan is using QR stickers to track down the elder...
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Japan (CNN)Some people microchip their pets to...ensure they're ... Join the conversation See the latest news and...share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook...and Twitter. Yukiko Sano, a spokeswoman from...Orange Links, the company that developed the ... ( read original story ...)


HCM City and Osaka treasure closely-knit relations...
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HÀ NỘI — Politburo member and Secretary of...HCM City’s Party Committee Đinh La Thăng on...Thursday attended the opening ceremony of “HCM...City days in Osaka 2017” as part of a visit of...HCM City’s high-ranking officials to Japan. The...event has ... ( read original story ...)


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"The Pokemon Go effect is huge," he told Japanese...news website Dot (in Japanese). "I hope we can...continue at this pace with zero suicides." Vicki...Skorji, director of Tell Lifeline, a counselling...and mental health service for Japan's...international community ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo cops: Theft suspect learned to break into of...
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TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have...arrested a 22-year-old resident of Taito Ward who...has admitted to carrying out burglaries after...learning techniques on the internet, reports TBS...News (Jan. 13). In November, Yuki Mezaki allegedly...smashed a ... ( read original story ...)


Lack of clarity on Toshiba earnings audit is a pro...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Finance Minister Taro...Aso said on Wednesday that a lack of clarity on...why auditors did not sign off on Toshiba Corp's...(6502.T) earnings is problematic for shareholders...and financial markets. Aso, who is also head of...the country's ... ( read original story ...)


Saudi Aramco IPO Under Pressure, As 9/11 Lawsuits ...
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Saudi Aramco’s IPO future looks a bit more bleak...than was expected ... decide not to list it on NYSE but choose major...listings in London (LSE), Hong Kong or Tokyo. Such...a decision could be another major slap in the face...to Trump, as part of his ongoing ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s Mizuho diving into fintech
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The Japanese megabank's recently installed chief...digital innovation officer, Daisuke Yamada, will...head the affiliate. Mizuho "is finished studying,...and moving on to practical application" of...fintech, President Yasuhiro Sato said. The new...entity ... ( read original story ...)