Nintendo returns to profit on mobile gaming but weak software sales drag down outlook

OSAKA (Reuters) - Nintendo Co Ltd on Tuesday reported its first quarterly profit in a year as its nascent mobile games division started to bring in revenue, though not enough to prevent weak console software sales dragging down its annual earnings forecast ... ( read original story ...)

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BOJ’s interest earnings fall for first time ...
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TOKYO The Bank of Japan saw interest payments on...its huge government bond holdings decline for the...first time in five years in the fiscal year that...ended in March, a sign that its ultra-loose...monetary policy was taking a toll on its financial...health. ( read original story ...)


Japan to require regional banks to contain bond-ho...
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With their margins squeezed by the Bank of Japan's...negative interest rate policy, regional banks have...stepped up investment on assets vulnerable to...interest-rate risk, such as foreign bonds. Under...the rule, from the fiscal year ending in March...2019 ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo prepping ¥9 billion in compensation for Tsuk...
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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is arranging an...extra spending measure of around ¥9 billion...($79.43 million) to compensate businesses for...losses stemming from the postponed relocation of...the Tsukiji fish market, a source close to the...matter said. ( read original story ...)


Tokyo stocks fall after NKorea missile launch
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Tokyo shares finished lower Monday as the yen...jumped in response to North Korea's firing of four...ballistic missiles, three of which landed in...Japanese-controlled waters. Japanese Prime...Minister Shinzo Abe said the missiles were...launched "almost ... ( read original story ...)


Japan, allies block whale sanctuary
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Countries led by Japan have blocked a move by...South American and African states to create a...South Atlantic sanctuary for whales endangered by...hunting despite a global moratorium in force for...30 years. The proposal brought by five African and...South American ... ( read original story ...)


New catalyst shown to be able to break down ‘...
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A research team at Japan’s Nagoya University has...developed a series of new catalysts can...hydrogenate ‘difficult substrates’, such as...amide bonds under much milder conditions than was...previously possible. The scientists recently...published a study ... ( read original story ...)


Peter Prevc and Maciej Kot share the win in Sappor...
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There were two winners in the first of two Ski...Jumping World Cups in Sapporo (JPN). Poland's...Maciej Kot and Slovenia's Peter Prevc tied for...first in Saturday's FIS Ski Jumping World Cup....Both scored a total of 260.2 points. Prevc jumped...on 143 m (longest ... ( read original story ...)


'Tokyo Ghoul' Stage Play Adaptation: New...
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As the "Tokyo Ghoul" live action stage play makes...its debut in Japan soon, fans of the manga will...get to see characters like Ken Kaneki come to...life. Recently, the official website of the "Tokyo...Ghoul" stage play dropped a new visual for the...upcoming ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo office boom fades with more space, fewer wor...
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TOKYO, Jan 16 Commercial property prices in Tokyo,...a bellwether for Japan's market, look to have...peaked as the capital faces a glut of new offices...even as the number of office workers is set to...decline. The property market had rebounded in the...past three ... ( read original story ...)


Japan takes cautious turn toward China’s ...
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TOKYO -- Japan is eager to cooperate with China's...massive Belt and ... as the diverse regions found in between," the...prime minister said during a banquet at Nikkei...Inc.'s annual International Conference on the...Future of Asia. Beijing aims to create a ... ( read original story ...)


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 ...)

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Japan Central Bank to Weigh Unpredictable Factor a...
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TOKYO—At the Bank of Japan, cautious...optimism toward U.S. President Donald Trump is...giving way to plain caution. Mr. Trump’s...election victory initially gave policy makers in...Tokyo hope of more-favorable economic conditions...after a stimulus pledge ... ( read original story ...)


Andaz Tokyo
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The story of Andaz Tokyo is one of reunions,...shared memories, and a vision that looks forward...to the future by connecting to the past. The...property of Andaz Tokyo of a collaboration of a...team comprised of Mori Building, Hyatt hotels and...tonychi each of ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka to privatize subway, bus operations in 2018,...
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According to the ordinance, the subway operations...will be transferred to a new company of which the...city will take full control while the bus business...will be handed over to Osaka City Bus Co., a...city-affiliated firm. The privatization of the two...transport ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo Gov. Koike sets up political study group
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in the politics of Tokyo and Japan." To have...fuller access to the Kyodo News website, it is...necessary to subscribe. We offer a broad range of...subscription options depending on your needs....Learn more. ( read original story ...)


Japan reaches out
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With ample liquidity supplied by its central bank...and facing an anaemic economy back home, many...Japanese companies do not have to look any farther...west than Southeast Asia to ply their trade and...expand their business empires. As most Asean...economies remain ... ( read original story ...)


Trump Wants More American Cars in Japan. Japan’s D...
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TOKYO — Yoshihiro Masui’s growling Ford...hot-rod, its sides adorned with the Stars and...Stripes, attests to his love of American cars —...an unusual passion in Japan, where Toyota, Honda...and other domestic brands rule the roads....“Japanese cars don’t ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s startups drawn away from vast cities to mo...
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“It’s not a bad idea to build your business...after thinking first about what kind of...environment you want to be in,” says Watabe, 30,...who moved to the city in late 2013 from Tokyo to...develop smartphone apps and software that helps...anglers find fish ... ( read original story ...)


Konta Passes Osaka Test In Melbourne
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MELBOURNE, Australia - No.9 seed and Apia...International Sydney champion Johanna Konta kept...up her hopes of another deep run in Melbourne with...a decisive 6-4, 6-2 win over Japan's Naomi Osaka...to reach the third round of the Australian Open....Konta opened Day ... ( read original story ...)


ANIME NEWS: ‘March Comes in Like a Lion’ official ...
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It is located at Marunouchi Reading Style Cafe on...the fourth floor of the KITTE Marunouchi complex....The new anime series premiered on Japan...Broadcasting Corp. (NHK)’s General channel...on Oct. 8, the day before the cafe opened. It is...based on Chika Umino ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo shares rally, Takata soars on US deal report
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Tokyo shares rallied Friday morning, boosted by...retailers and drugmakers while embattled Takata...soared on news it may announce a settlement with...US regulators over an exploding airbag crisis. But...gains were capped after losses on Wall Street as a...post ... ( read original story ...)


Yokohama, Japan-based companies share techno on water supply, solid waste mngt

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 ...)

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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 ...)


Nanjing Massacre-denying Japanese hotel boss spark...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - About 200 protesters marched...through the streets of Tokyo's Shinjuku district...on Sunday carrying banners to protest a hotel...chain under fire for books its president wrote...denying the Nanjing Massacre in wartime China ever...happened. Tokyo ... ( read original story ...)


A Japanese Fix for American Savings: 1.25 Percent ...
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But it's now topped by an offer that just came out...from a just-launched, savings-only division of San...Francisco-based MUFG Union Bank. The new entity,...PurePoint Financial, offers a rate of 1.25 percent...on a savings deposit of at least $10,000, and 1.4 ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Tobacco shakes up management to spur global ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Japan Tobacco , the world's...third-largest tobacco company, announced...management changes on Tuesday designed to...accelerate the growth of its international...business, which is under pressure to join industry...consolidation. ( read original story ...)


Bank Of Japan Warns Low Rates May Sow Seeds Of New...
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Tokyo: Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said...low profitability at financial institutions could...sow the seeds of a new financial crisis, offering...his strongest warning to date of the demerits of...aggressive monetary easing pursued by major...central banks. ( read original story ...)


Grueling work hours trigger spike in suicides by J...
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CBS News took a look at the rising trend. The...trains are still packed at midnight as many...commuters finally head home. The Japanese work...some of the most grueling hours in the world. But...all those overtime hours are killing workers. In...fact, death by ... ( read original story ...)


Warehouse TERRADA Launches “teburaTRAVEL by ...
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TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Warehouse TERRADA...(Shinagawa, Tokyo; CEO: Yoshihisa Nakano) is...pleased to announce that a new service...“teburaTRAVEL by minikura” is launched. This...service enables to go on a business trip or go...sightseeing with your hands-free. ( read original story ...)


Nikkei slips as U.S. turmoil unnerves investors, T...
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TOKYO May 19 Japan's Nikkei share average dipped...on Friday with investors unsettled by White House...turmoil, although Takata Corp shares rose after...four carmakers settled claims over the company's...airbag inflators. The Nikkei was down 0.25 percent...at 19,507.52. ( read original story ...)


Japan immigration policy to focus on highly skille...
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Sometime mid-January, an announcement was made...regarding changes that will be made for permanent...residency in Japan for skilled foreign workers....However, the changes appear to favor a specific...type of foreign worker. To achieve permanent...residency in just ... ( read original story ...)


Universal Studios Japan to debut Nintendo-themed a...
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OSAKA – The operator of Universal Studios...Japan in Osaka said Monday that it will open a...Nintendo-themed area featuring the game...maker’s popular characters by summer 2020,...investing over ¥50 billion ($432 million). USJ...Co. said it will create an area ... ( 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 ...)

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Japan emperor to meet abandoned Vietnam families o...
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HANOI, Vietnam (AP) " Japan's emperor and empress,...on a landmark visit to Vietnam, are expected to...express their sympathies when they meet with...Vietnamese women abandoned by their Japanese...soldier husbands after World War II. Hatsuhisa...Takashima ... ( read original story ...)


First glimpse of Japan's whale slaughter in d...
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Just as Malcolm Turnbull smiled and shook hands...with Japan's Shinzo Abe in Sydney at the weekend,...Japanese whalers were caught carrying out a bloody...slaughter in the icy waters off Antarctica. A...dramatic high-seas chase has captured the first...images of ... ( 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 ...)


Hot Rocks
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IPO Radio Fest 2017. Independent Online Radio ... Wednesday, Aug. 2, at Rialto Theatre. Shonen...Knife. Since 1991, Osaka, Japan's Shonen Knife has...blended the hard riff rock of Thin Lizzy and The...Runaways with simple Ramones-y melodies, added a...dash ... ( 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 ...)


OECD says IPO underwriting fees ‘akin to tac...
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It quoted data showing the median underwriting fee...for IPOs in the United States is 7 percent of...total proceeds from the IPO and has risen to 8...percent in Japan and China, doubling in the case...of China within a couple of years. At the same...time ... ( read original story ...)


Owl cafes in Japan draw ire of animal safety activ...
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Owls fluff up their feathers and preen beneath the...stroking fingers of customers at Owl Village, one...of many owl cafes that have popped up around Japan...amid the nation’s pet cafe boom. Here children...can play and pet the eight owls, while adults take...... ( read original story ...)


NewsAlert: Powerful earthquake in western Japan, n...
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TOKYO — A powerful earthquake with a...preliminary magnitude of 6.6 shakes western Japan,...but there is no danger of a tsunami being caused....The Meteorological Agency said the earthquake...occurred Friday at 2:10 p.m. local time in Japan's...western prefecture ... ( read original story ...)


Japan bats away U.S. complaint on autos
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan rejected U.S. demands for...more access to Japan's car market on Friday,...casting doubt over whether it can avoid friction...over autos and agriculture imports at high level...bilateral talks on economic relations next month....The joint ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei rises on upbeat Japan capex data, dollar...
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TOKYO, June 1 Japan's Nikkei share average started...the month with gains on Thursday, buoyed by upbeat...news of Japanese companies' growing capital...expenditure as well as the dollar's ascent from...overnight lows against the yen. The Nikkei was up...1 percent at ... ( 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 ...)

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TOKYO – "Comfort women," used by the...Japanese military used for sex, were present...wherever the army invaded and occupied Asia...countries from the early 1930s through the end of...World War II. That aspect of wartime history was...kept quiet until the early ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka hospital discovers perforated intravenous dr...
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OSAKA – A hospital in Osaka said Wednesday...it had found perforated intravenous drip bags that...were to be used for patients, following fatal drip...poisonings in September at a Yokohama hospital....Kitano Hospital in the city of Osaka said no...patients were ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei falls to 2-1/2 week lows, hit by strong yen...
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TOKYO, Feb 27 Japan's Nikkei share average fell to...2-1/2 week lows on Monday as the yen strengthened...and as financial stocks dropped on lower U.S....yields. The Nikkei was down 1.4 percent at...19,012.43 points by midmorning, after falling to...as low as 18,995 ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo envisions bright future as world financial h...
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TOKYO -- Tokyo's road map for becoming a global...financial hub would slash taxes and dismantle...regulatory hurdles, aiming to draw in 40 foreign...companies by fiscal 2020 and support the national...economy for years to come. Gov. Yuriko Koike will...present ... ( 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 ...)


Tokyo Century to partner Lippo in Indonesia online...
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TOKYO -- Japan's leasing business Tokyo Century...plans to launch an online lending platform in...Indonesia with local partners as early as next...year. As smartphone-use quickly spreads among...Indonesian consumers, the business sees an...opportunity in online ... ( read original story ...)


Cochin Shipyard Gets SEBI Nod – 10 Points to...
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The IPO would value Cochin Shipyard at an...estimated Rs 5,500 crore ... A postgraduate naval architect from Japan’s...Osaka University, which is incidentally top-ranked...for this niche subject, he currently heads a...1800-people strong team of ship designers ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Exchange Group unveils blockchain consortium
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See image below: Unsurprisingly, other blockchain...consortia have news to share. Here are a few. The...name may not be catchy but “The Japan Bank...Consortium to Centrally Provide Domestic and...Cross-border Payments” officially launched...with 42 member banks. ( 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 ...)


New chief of Japan's SMBC bank 'actively...
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TOKYO The new head of Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui...Banking Corp (SMBC) said it is "actively studying"...an acquisition of a U.S. bank, as part of efforts...to seek a reliable dollar funding source for...future growth. Securing cheap, stable dollar...funding has been a ... ( 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 ...)

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High levels of toxic chemicals were found in...groundwater tests at a new facility scheduled to...replace Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market -- the world's...largest -- clouding the costly relocation plan,...news reports said Saturday. The controversial...project has been ... ( read original story ...)


Panda sex causes surge in Tokyo restaurant’s stock...
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When giant pandas Ri Ri and Shin Shin mated for...the first time in four years at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo...Monday, they gave hope to many that the panda...population would continue to increase. A nearby...restaurant, however, was excited for a completely...different reason. ( read original story ...)


Is China’s economy turning Japanese?
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But for Mr Xi another historical event from the...same era may warrant more immediate attention. It...is just over 30 years since Japan began inflating...a property and stock market bubble whose implosion...ravaged public confidence, cowed corporations and...scarred ... ( read original story ...)


Japan sends biggest warship to protect US supply v...
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The 249m-long Izumo can carry up to nine...helicopters, and resembles US amphibious assault...carriers, reported The Japan Times. Kyodo news...agency said it was leaving its base in Yokosuka...south of Tokyo to join the US supply ship, and...accompany it to Shikoku ... ( read original story ...)


North Korea’s actions ‘recipe for disaster’: US ad...
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TOKYO — The top American military officer in the...Pacific said Wednesday that North Korea’s recent...military actions are “a recipe for a disaster”...and warned against a sense of complacency in the...face of increasing tensions on the Korean...Peninsula ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese warships to join US fleet near North Kore...
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Citing two well-placed sources who spoke on...condition of anonymity, Reuters and the Kyodo news...agency said several destroyers from Japan’s...maritime self-defence forces would join the USS...Carl Vinson and its battle group as it enters the...East China Sea. ( read original story ...)


Japan flavour makers search for tastes of Southeas...
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Japanese flavor and scent makers are sniffing...around for business opportunities in Southeast...Asia, relying on local talent to guide them...through the subtleties of the region's palates and...into the hearts of growing markets. Green tea or...seaweed? ( read original story ...)


Tokyo Olympic 2020 in sight for local Karatekas
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TANZANIAN Karatekas have begun early preparations...for the Summer Olympics Games to be held in Tokyo...in 2020 Japan, the recent training conducted by...the President of the World Karate federation,...Shihan Shalom Avitan being among the...strategies. ( read original story ...)


Japanese monetary policy and the property market
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Earlier this year, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) became...the latest central bank to experiment with...Negative Interest Rate Policy (NIRP). They...followed this up in September with even further...unconventional monetary policy, which they have...called "Qualitative and ... ( read original story ...)


Japan grapples with evacuation plans for nationals...
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TOKYO -- Japan's government is reckoning with the...challenge of ensuring that its nearly 60,000...citizens in South Korea can escape in the event of...a crisis on the Korean Peninsula. Tokyo is..."preparing various responses" and seeking mutual...understanding with ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei posts biggest daily decline since Nov, hit by Trump worries

TOKYO Jan 31 Japan's Nikkei share average posted the biggest daily decline since November on Tuesday as uncertainty over U.S. President Donald Trump's policies weighed on investor sentiment. The Nikkei fell 1.7 percent to 19,041.34 points, posting the ... ( read original story ...)

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Japan to face a tough negotiator in Moon
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SEOUL -- Given Moon Jae-in's uncompromising stance...on hot historical issues like wartime "comfort...women," Japan is increasingly wary of dealing with...a tough-minded South Korean president amid a...challenging political landscape in Asia. Tokyo is...particularly ... ( 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 ...)


CORRECTING and REPLACING Panasonic to Unveil ̶...
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MILAN & OSAKA, Japan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Second...paragraph, second sentence of release should read:...This outdoor exhibition features an installation...where Panasonic’s projectors, speakers, and...lighting create not only an inspiring space for...visitors but ... ( read original story ...)


Japan birth rate 'at lowest level in over 100...
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The latest statistics were reported by Kyodo news...agency based on unidentified government sources....The number of women in their twenties in Japan is...falling Credit: Reuters Among the key factors in...the falling number of births is the shrinking...population ... ( read original story ...)


Sinkhole takes bite out of Japanese city
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Parts of a main street collapsed in the heart of...Fukuoka in southern Japan on Tuesday, creating a...massive sinkhole and cutting off power, water and...gas supplies to parts of the city. Stoplights and...sidewalks tumbled more than 10 metres as the earth...... ( read original story ...)


Yokohama Stadium to feature new Nissan billboard, ...
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“We are very pleased to be returning to Yokohama...Stadium, which is a symbol of the city where ... Automotive World is not responsible for the...content of this news release. ( read original story ...)


Japan, South Korea in another diplomatic row over ...
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Japan announced Friday that it would recall its...ambassador to South Korea and suspend economic...talks in response to the placing of a "comfort...woman" statue representing wartime sex slaves in...front of its consulate in the Korean port city of...Busan. Both ... ( read original story ...)


Hong Kong’s “Mad World” wins Osaka Asian Film Fest...
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PanARMENIAN.Net - Hong Kong’s “Mad World”...won the Grand Prix at the 12th Osaka Asian Film...Festival, Variety reports. The festival is a...rising showcase for indie talent in the Asian...region. Prizes were announced Saturday, March 11....The festival ... ( read original story ...)


Japan suffers longest consumer price fall since 20...
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The weak inflation data -- core prices excluding...fresh food fell 0.4 percent from a year ago --...come several weeks after Japan's central bank...pushed back the timeline for hitting its 2.0...percent inflation target. The BoJ's target is a...key part of Prime ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo 2020 Games costs can be capped at $15 billio...
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LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – International...Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said...Thursday that the overall costs for the 2020 Tokyo...Olympics can be kept down to $15 billion (¥1.7...trillion). At a meeting last week in Tokyo of a...four-party working group ... ( read original story ...)