Japan eyes trilateral talks with China, South Korea in February: Kyodo

... and South Korea about holding a trilateral summit in Tokyo in February aimed at deepening cooperation on such issues as a free trade deal, the environment and counter-terrorism, Kyodo news agency reported on Saturday. Disagreements over North Korea ... ( read original story ...)

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and the only Japanese animation to pull in more...than 10 billion yen ($96 million) in revenues...apart from renowned director Hayao Miyazaki's...works. To have fuller access to the Kyodo News...website, it is necessary to subscribe. We offer a...broad range of ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s military begins major drill with U.S...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's navy and air force began...a three-day military exercise with two U.S....aircraft carriers in the Sea of Japan on Thursday...adding pressure on North Korea to halt an...accelerating ballistic missile program. Japan's...Maritime Self Defence ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s Nuclear Industry Finds a Lifeline in India...
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Japanese leaders say they are looking to support...more than ... And even for countries that have already signed...nuclear trade agreements with India, little actual...business has materialized so far, in part because...of an Indian law that opens hardware vendors ... ( read original story ...)


U.S. carrier heading for Korea trains with Japanes...
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TOKYO -- An American aircraft carrier heading...toward the Korean Peninsula began joint exercises...Sunday with Japanese naval ships in the Philippine...Sea. Two Japanese destroyers joined the USS Carl...Vinson and two other U.S. warships as they...continued their ... ( read original story ...)


Japan PM Shinzo Abe in Hawaii for landmark Pearl H...
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Media captionJapanese PM Shinzo Abe and director...of the National Memorial of the Pacific, James...Horton Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has visited several...memorials in Hawaii, ahead of a visit to Pearl...Harbor, the US naval base attacked by the Japanese...in 1941. ( read original story ...)


Japan space agency fails to launch rocket
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Japan's space agency says it failed to launch a...mini rocket carrying a satellite into space due to...failure of the communications systems. The Japan...Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) says in a...statement it fired the SS-520 rocket on Sunday...morning at its ... ( read original story ...)


Jetstar Japan targets business fliers with flexibl...
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TOKYO -- Budget airline Jetstar Japan on Wednesday...launched a new fare option to make flying more...convenient for business travelers, aiming to...broaden its customer base. The so-called Flexibiz...bundle costs an additional 2,000 yen ($17.84) each...way for ... ( read original story ...)


Japan factory activity rises by most in a year
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A private gauge of Japan's manufacturing sector...has shown that factory activity in the world's...third-largest economy expanded at its fastest pace...in 12 months in December. The manufacturing...purchasing managers' index (PMI), compiled by...Nikkei and IHS ... ( read original story ...)


Light earthquake, 4.5 mag was detected near Iiyama...
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A light earthquake magnitude 4.5 (ml/mb) has...struck on Friday, 24 kilometers (15 miles) from...Iiyama in Japan. Exact location of earthquake,...longitude 138.6341 East, latitude 36.8923 North,...depth = 1.91 km. Event id: us10008hk5. Ids that...are associated to ... ( read original story ...)


Japan to discuss steps to prevent genetic discrimi...
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Japan has no regulations prohibiting such...discrimination despite the growing use of genetic...testing for predicting people’s vulnerability to...disease and potential reaction to medicines. The...survey also revealed that more than 30 percent of...the ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo cops: Pedestrian struck, killed by distracted cyclist in Roppongi

TOKYO (TR) – A man was struck and killed in near the Roppongi ... was killed after the 32-year-old cyclist hit him on a sloped passageway some two meters wide, TBS News reports (Dec. 31). The cyclist was riding down the passageway without his ... ( read original story ...)

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This is my review of Japan Airlines Boeing 787...Business Class, in its regional intra-Asia...configuration. Last year I ran an excellent...article, written by a reader, on how to use Avios...points to travel domestically in Japan. As Japan...Airlines is a member of ... ( read original story ...)


Why is Tokyo burying bikes?
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In Tokyo, 14% of commuting traffic is on bike,...according to the Japanese Transport Ministry. But...you'd never guess it. That's because the Japanese...capital is burying thousands of bikes in...underground parking vaults, in a bid to keep its...sidewalks tidy. ( read original story ...)


Japanese business to invest in Ukraine, hopes for ...
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Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman and...Chairman of the Committee on Business Cooperation...with Ukraine of the Japan Business Federation...Keidanren Teruo Asada at a meeting in Kyiv have...discussed the prospects of attracting Japanese...business ... ( read original story ...)


Asia’s financial safety net is a work in pro...
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a port city south of Tokyo. Finance ministers and...central bankers from the Association of Southeast...Asian Nations, China, Japan and South Korea met on...the sidelines of the event, but two men were...conspicuously -- and tellingly -- absent: Chinese...Finance ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo’s Nikkei index snaps four-day losing streak...
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Tokyo' stocks snapped a four-day losing streak...Thursday as exporters got a lift from the cheaper...yen, but Toshiba dived on news its troubled US...nuclear unit could be headed for bankruptcy....Toyota, Panasonic and other firms doing business...overseas benefited ... ( read original story ...)


Japan 'fish exorcist' ritual draws claim...
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Organisers acknowledged to the news site J-Cast...that they had received several complaints from the...public. The ceremony's defenders insisted it was...part of Japan's cultural heritage, with one online...comment complaining: "People are too uptight these...days." ( read original story ...)


Mizuho, SMBC in talks to provide 800 million euros...
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TOKYO Japan's Mizuho Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui...Banking Corp are working on a deal to provide 800...million euros ($845 million) in loans to Russian...gas giant Gazprom, sources familiar with the...matter said on Monday. The banks are in talks to...finalize the deal ... ( read original story ...)


Japan seeks out more global infrastructure project...
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TOKYO -- Japan's transport ministry is keeping an...eye on 22 additional overseas projects, such as...plans for an urban railway in Bangkok and a subway...in Manila, for the next three to four years as...part of its push to export infrastructure. The...Japanese ... ( read original story ...)


Japan-South Korea frictions may throw wrench into ...
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TOKYO -- Some in the Japanese government are...concerned that long-standing issues with South...Korea will hamper progress at a three-way summit...including China later this year. The Tokyo meeting...will mark South Korean President Park Geun-hye's...first visit to ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei rises as financials gain; Toshiba, Takata d...
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TOKYO Jan 19 Japan's Nikkei share average...rebounded from a six-week low on Thursday, with...financial stocks cheered by the rise in U.S. bond...yields after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen...signalled a solid pace of interest rate hikes. The...Nikkei rose 0.9 ... ( read original story ...)


Subaru to debut BRZ STI Sport concept at 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon

Subaru and its official performance arm STI have an interesting concept based on the BRZ due for a reveal at the upcoming 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon. The concept is called the BRZ STI Sport and is described as a more mature take on the Subaru sports car. ( read original story ...)

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Japan economy expands at 2.2 percent annual pace i...
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Japan reports that its economy grew at a...faster-than-expected 2.2 percent annual pace in...January-March. Economists had forecast a strong...expansion in the first quarter for the world's...third-largest economy, helped by a recovery in...exports and consumer ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s sex problem causes a baby shortage
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Since Japan began counting its newborns more than...a century ago, more than 1 million infants have...been added to its population each year. No longer,...in the latest discomforting milestone for a...country facing a steep population decline. Last...year ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s manufacturing growth picks up to thr...
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But the survey also suggested the companies...continued to have trouble passing on higher input...costs to buyers of their goods, squeezing profit...margins and disappointing news for the Bank of...Japan as inflation remains stalled well below its...elusive 2 ... ( read original story ...)


Workers at Japan's top companies likely to ge...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Workers at Japan's top companies...are likely to get a base pay hike of around just...0.3 percent, the smallest raise in four years - a...setback for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's campaign...to spur the long-sluggish economy. The annual..."shunto ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's service sector expands at strongest p...
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TOKYO, April 5 (Reuters) - Activity in Japan's...services sector expanded at the fastest pace in 19...months in March as oustanding business improved,...allowing companies to charge more for their goods,...a private survey showed on Wednesday. The...Markit/Nikkei ... ( read original story ...)


Bandai Bridge: An Iconic Landmark of Niigata City
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The bridge is so important that on the 75th...anniversary of the 3rd incarnation of the bridge...in 2004, the government of Japan recognized it as...an Important Cultural Property of the country. In...the same year, Bandai Bridge was reconstructed to...make it look ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese emperor departs for visit to Vietnam and ...
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TOKYO — The emperor and empress of Japan...departed Tuesday for a one-week trip to Vietnam...and Thailand. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko...will spend most of the week in Vietnam, with an...overnight stop in Bangkok on Sunday before...returning home. ( read original story ...)


Live horses shipped from Canadian airports to Japa...
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when horses are shipped to Japan by air,...professional judgement and previous experience...indicate that the horses can travel safely and...comfortably without segregation. Global News...reached out to a company that ships horses out of...Manitoba for comment ... ( read original story ...)


Japan March exports seen up for fourth month, impo...
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Demand for electronics components from Asian...nations likely continued to bolster Japan's...exports, analysts said. The finance ministry will...publish the trade data at 8:50 a.m. Japan time on...Thursday (2350 GMT Wednesday). Japan and the...United States will ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Airlines : Air Commuter starts operations wi...
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Release date- 26042017 - Toulouse, - Japan Air...Commuter Co. Ltd. (JAC) performed its first ATR...42-600 flight today. JAC's flight 3741 departed...from Kagoshima at 8:50 am (local time) for a...40-minute flight to Yakushima. The aircraft then...performed three ... ( read original story ...)


Final Olympics price tag almost certain to exceed current estimate

This is the first in a six-part New Year’s series examining how Japan is preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. On Dec. 21, the organizers of the Tokyo Summer Games announced that the 2020 sports extravaganza will cost no more than ¥1.8 ... ( read original story ...)

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Acquiring such weapons would likely anger China,...where bitter memories of Japan's wartime...aggression run deep. A separate survey released by...Kyodo News on Saturday showed 49 percent of...respondents said Article Nine needed to be...revised, against 47 percent ... ( read original story ...)


Kwon Becomes Latest Korean Challenger Success Stor...
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And last week, 19 year old Soon Woo Kwon emerged...at the $50,000 ATP Challenger Tour event in...Yokohama. The university student advanced through...three rounds of qualifying and then topped four...opponents in straight sets to clinch a spot in the...final. ( read original story ...)


The Latest: Pence, Japanese leaders begin talks in...
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His plane touched down Tuesday at the U.S....military's Atsugi base outside Tokyo. The focus of...his trip is expected to shift in Japan to trade....North Korea's nuclear and missile development...dominated the agenda on his first stop in South...Korea. Pence told ... ( read original story ...)


Yokohama, Japan-based companies share techno on wa...
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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, January 31 -- A group of...executives from Yokohama, Japan-based private...companies offered to share their technological...expertise on water supply, wastewater and solid...waste management to the city government of Cagayan...de Oro on January 31. ( read original story ...)


Land acquisition is the biggest problem here: Kenj...
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The atmosphere for India-Japan business ties is...continuously improving, Japanese Ambassador to...India Kenji Hiramatsu said, although he does agree...that it is investment, not trade, that is...increasing at present. PM Abe will be visiting...India later this year ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese princess giving up royal status in order ...
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Quasi-public NHK TV reported the news late Tuesday...and the Imperial Household Agency confirmed the...report to Japanese media who belong to an...exclusive “press club” system. But the agency...declined comment to The Associated Press. The man...who won the ... ( read original story ...)


How a high school dropout built a bus empire in Ja...
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Kimi Takura plans to list Heisei on the Tokyo...Stock Exchange in a ¥10 billion IPO to ensure...the company will continue even after he retires...Subscribe to our newsletter. Heisei, set up in...1992, now operates a fleet of 400 buses for...sightseeing, overnight ... ( read original story ...)


Japan reaches out to devout travelers with religio...
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TOKYO -- A prayer room opened in Tokyo Station on...Monday, the latest effort by Japan to attract more...Muslims, Buddhists and other religiously observant...tourists from Asia. The 8-sq.-meter space is...located in the station's travel service center....The space ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's 'fake food' more appetising...
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They may look good enough to eat, but Japan's...mouthwatering food replicas are only for show as...restaurateurs compete for the attention of hungry...customers. They're common sights in this...food-obsessed nation, with everything from sudsy...beers and perfectly ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's property lending tops charts amid inv...
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TOKYO -- Lending to Japan's real estate sector...climbed 15.2% to a record in 2016, supported by...brisk property investment amid rising land prices...and the central bank's negative interest policy....While this investment boom has yet to result in an...asset ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo bar actually model ‘secret base’ for Gundam fanatics

A small bar in Tokyo’s Nakano Ward is becoming popular with middle-aged men who like to make plastic models of characters from the “Mobile Suit Gundam” cartoon. “It’s like a secret base,” said Kentaro Nonaka, 36, a company worker who lives in ... ( read original story ...)

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Yokohama Rubber said its Geolandar G98 tyre has...been adopted ... company profiles and extended news coverage -...just for premium members. Today I can offer you 30...days access for $1 - and that includes just-auto...plus. ( read original story ...)


Urawa draws with Yokohama to secure place in J-Lea...
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SAITAMA, Japan - The Urawa Reds secured a place in...the J-League championship final on Thursday after...a 1-1 draw with Yokohama F Marinos on the final...day of the regular season. The Reds clinched the...top spot in the overall standings, finishing with...74 ... ( read original story ...)


Asian shares advance, Japan slips as Abe-Trump mee...
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JAPAN MACHINERY ORDERS UP: Orders of "core...machinery" that exclude ships and utilities rose...6.7 per cent in December from the month before,...suggesting relative strength in business...investment, though economists cautioned against...reading too much into such ... ( read original story ...)


Roving vans in Japan provide mobile banking, food ...
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OIZUMI, Japan Japan's nearly 200,000-strong...Brazilian immigrant community live in pockets...scattered across the middle of the country,...clustered around auto parts factories or...warehouses where they have jobs. To reach them,...Brazilian companies have adopted ... ( read original story ...)


I traveled through Japan by train, and visited 5 c...
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The futuristic bullet train can take you from...Tokyo to Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and other major cities...within a few hours. I ordered a week-long Japan...Rail Pass so that I could hop on and off as much...as I wanted. The pass turned out to be of...fantastic value ... ( read original story ...)


How to enjoy winter in Sapporo, according to ‘Biya...
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GMA News TV’s resident biyahero Drew Arellano...and his ‘Biyahe ni Drew’ crew have listed the...top things to do in Sapporo in wintertime: Sled at...Moerenuma Park Who knew a landfill could turn into...a beautiful park? Since being opened to the public...in ... ( read original story ...)


Japan wary over Philippine leader’s policies, mann...
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Tokyo: Japanese officials are wary ahead of the...arrival of outspoken Philippine President Rodrigo...Duterte. It’s not just his foreign policy...toward the US, but also his informal style: Will...he chew gum in front of the emperor? Duterte...arrives in Tokyo ... ( read original story ...)


‘Unpopular’ Nagoya on hunt for catchphrase, logo t...
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In an effort to become a travel destination...instead of a mere transit point, Nagoya is asking...the public to help create a slogan or catchphrase...the city can use for tourism posters and websites...to improve its appeal. The Nagoya Municipal...Government is ... ( read original story ...)


BANK OF JAPAN : European Central Bank interest rat...
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Fidelity International: How the ECB could run...short of bonds to buy Fidelity International have...issued a very useful note, outlining how the...European Central Bank could run short of bonds to...buy -- if it extends its QE programme...significantly. Currently ... ( read original story ...)


Yokohama’s Profits and Sales Fall in First Three Q...
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Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. reported net income of...8.5 billion yen on net sales of 410.2 billion yen...for the first three quarters of the year ended...Sept. 30, 2016. That compares to income of 18.3...billion yen on sales of 443.7 billion yen in the...year-ago ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo-based firm shares fall to 25pc

Tokyo. Toshiba shares dived more than 25 per cent Thursday, their third straight double-digit plunge, following the company’s warning of a possible one-time loss of several billion dollars over its US nuclear business. The troubled company’s stock ... ( read original story ...)

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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 ...)


UPDATE 1-Permira-backed sushi chain Sushiro plans ...
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HONG KONG/TOKYO, Feb 22 Sushiro Global Holdings...Ltd ... The shares will start trading on March 30. The...IPO will be managed by Nomura Holdings Inc, Morgan...Stanley and UBS AG. Permira bought Sushiro in 2012...from Japanese private equity firm Unison Capital ... ( read original story ...)


Japan moves closer to legalising casinos
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Japan's lower house of parliament on Tuesday...passed a long-awaited bill to legalise casinos, a...big step towards opening up a market that analysts...say could be worth some $30 billion a year. Some...opposition members walked out of the chamber...before the vote ... ( read original story ...)


RPT-Japanese private equity emerging from its torp...
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GOOD YEAR TO RAISE FUNDS As Japan's central bank...implemented a policy of negative interest rates at...the beginning of the year, exacerbating the...difficulty of finding investment yield in an era...of low returns, more investors started to look at...private ... ( read original story ...)


Dior unveils new Tokyo store and fresh looks
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Christian Dior launches its new Tokyo store with...rooftop fashion show, showing new looks from its...first female creative director Maria Grazia...Chiuri. (Reuters) ( read original story ...)


Nikkei jumps as yen decline boosts exporters ahead...
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Japanese stocks rose on Wednesday as the yen...weakened against the dollar, with investors...awaiting U.S. President Donald Trump’s looming...address to Congress for further catalysts. The...Nikkei share average was up 1.1 per cent at...19,335.97. Trump’s ... ( read original story ...)


Earthquake probability maps show nearly all of Jap...
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Southern Pacific coastal regions are at the...greatest risk of earthquakes strong enough to...topple buildings over the next 30 years, although...almost every area of Japan is in danger, a report...showed. The grim but familiar warning was seen in...the National ... ( read original story ...)


Japan bolstering emergency support system for fore...
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TOKYO -- The Japanese government is developing a...new framework for helping foreigners who need...emergency medical or other assistance. The move,...spearheaded by the Ministry of Internal Affairs...and Communications, comes at a time when record...numbers of ... ( read original story ...)


Japan, Russia to create ¥100 billion fund to boost...
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The planned fund will be set up probably next...year, with the Japan Bank for International...Cooperation and the Russian Direct Investment Fund...splitting the capital, the sources said. In...boosting economic ties with Russia, Japan aims to...make progress in the ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo cops nab elderly man in stabbing of woman in...
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Tokyo police arrested a man, 74, for allegedly...stabbing a woman in a restaurant in Asakusa on...Monday (TBS News) At 3:30 p.m., police received a...tip from an employee at the restaurant, located...near Asakusa Station on the Tsukuba Express Line,...about a female ... ( read original story ...)


Tempura from Osaka

My favourite tempura bar, Tenshin at Regent Singapore hotel, just got itself some competition. Ippoh Tempura Bar by Osaka's Ginza Ippoh opened earlier this month at Como Dempsey. The family- owned Ippoh brand dates back to 1850 and is said to be the oldest ... ( read original story ...)

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Japan eyes expanded role for foreign farm speciali...
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TOKYO -- Japan will consider letting foreign...farming specialists work outside its national...strategic zones, expanding a current plan to...bolster a shrinking farm workforce. With its...agricultural population on the decline, Japan...needs to put foreigners to ... ( read original story ...)


Gov't sold land lot very cheaply to school op...
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OSAKA -- The local finance bureau has disclosed...that a state-owned land lot has been sold to an...education corporation linked to the wife of Prime...Minister Shinzo Abe for 134 million yen even...though the value of the property has been...appraised at over 900 ... ( read original story ...)


The Latest: Japan and US set framework for economi...
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Japan and the U.S. have outlined a path forward...for economic talks between the countries. The...announcement followed an inaugural meeting Tuesday...of the U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue in Tokyo...chaired by visiting U.S. Vice President Mike Pence...and Japanese ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo slumps as yen strengthens, Toshiba plunges a...
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Tokyo slumped Thursday as the yen strengthened...against the dollar while Toshiba's stock plunged...for the third straight day. The troubled...conglomerate's shares ended another torrid day 17...percent down, following the company's warning of a...possible one-time ... ( read original story ...)


Bare cheek as Japan men strip off for naked festiv...
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Okayama, Japan: With only a skimpy loincloth to...protect their modesty, thousands of men brave...freezing temperatures to fight for lucky charms...thrown by a priest at Japan’s annual Naked Man...Festival. A writhing mass of sweaty worshippers...wrestled for ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo cops: Man dies after being beaten by subordi...
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A man used his fists to beat his superior who...later died from his injuries in Tokyo (TBS News)...TOKYO (TR) – A man beat his drunk superior...who later died from his injuries to his face in...Kita Ward, police said on Sunday. The Tokyo...Metropolitan Police ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese all-girls band under fire for Nazi-like o...
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TOKYO -- A popular teenage all-girls band in Japan...is under fire for performing in outfits resembling...Nazi-era German military uniforms. The members of...Keyakizaka46 appeared recently in black...knee-length dresses that look like military...overcoats ... ( read original story ...)


ICICI Bank to raise funds via Japanese bonds, firs...
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MUMBAI: India’s largest private sector...lender ICICI Bank is planning to raise Japanese...Yen 10 billion by selling a new series of bonds...known as Pro-Bonds, first of its kind in India....The committee of executive directors of the bank...at its meeting held on ... ( read original story ...)


Espresso yourself! Japan perks up to 'sexy�...
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Need a pick-me-up? Try a lychee-flavoured coffee...infused with jasmine, or a 'Chardonnay' espresso...served in a wine glass -- whatever your taste,...Japan's swashbuckling baristas are bringing some...serious sex appeal to the drink. In a country...famous for its ... ( read original story ...)


Japan would consider joining China-led AIIB if dou...
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Abe made the remark on a Japanese television...program following China’s hosting of a two-day...international forum on the “One Belt, One...Road” cross-continental infrastructure...development plan the AIIB is set to finance. Japan...and the United States ... ( read original story ...)