Sapporo drafts partnership rules for LGBT couples

SAPPORO – The Sapporo Municipal Government has unveiled draft rules for officially recognizing same-sex partnerships between gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender couples. Not only would Sapporo be the country’s first major city to set such rules, it ... ( read original story ...)

Nikkei falls as Trump policy worries rattle global markets

TOKYO Jan 31 Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Tuesday as uncertainty over U.S. President Donald Trump's policies continued to weigh on investor sentiment. The Nikkei fell 1.3 percent to 19,128.38 points in midafternoon. As widely expected, the Bank of ... ( read original story ...)

First flight to Hawaii by end-june

The flight from KL-Osaka-Hawaii would take about 14 hours ... Australia and North Asia over the years. In terms of its financial position, Benyamin said he is confident that AirAsia X would post its first ever profitability for last year after going ... ( read original story ...)

Half of Brazil’s population lack full property rights

An estimated 100 million people lack property rights, a senior Ministry of Cities official told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, highlighting the need for Brazil to bring its housing sector into the formal economy. Title deeds for millions of unregistered ... ( read original story ...)

Japan's central bank keeps policy intact, upgrades outlook

TOKYO - Japan's central bank has ended its first board meeting of the year with a decision to keep its lax monetary policy and negative benchmark interest rate unchanged. The Bank of Japan upgraded its forecasts for growth, though, citing signs the world's ... ( read original story ...)

Should You Buy Line Corp. (ADR) Below Its IPO Price?

But that silver lining didn't prevent the stock from slipping below its IPO price of $32.84 ... Line News continues growing -- especially in its four "key countries" of Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, and Indonesia. Line stated that its combined MAUs in those ... ( read original story ...)

Action thriller 'Mrs K' to open Osaka Asian Film Festival

PanARMENIAN.Net - Malaysian-Hong Kong action thriller "Mrs K" has been set as the opening film of the Osaka Asian Film Festival. The festival, which runs March 3-12, will close with the world premiere of teen music drama "Parks" by Osaka-born director Seta ... ( read original story ...)