UPDATE 1-Japan Post Bank seeks approval to sell retail loans

TOKYO, March 31 Japan Post Bank Co Ltd, the country's biggest bank by assets, on Friday said it will seek regulatory permission to sell unsecured retail loans, as it hunts for higher returns in an environment of ultra-low interest rates. The bank aims to ... ( read original story ...)

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IOC Vice President John Coates, in Tokyo for a...meeting of Olympic planners and the working group...meeting, told a news conference that there were...ways that Tokyo, hosting the Summer Games for a...second time, could pare costs even further. "The...IOC just isn't ... ( read original story ...)


Japan broad trade surplus at 9-year high on export...
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TOKYO — Japan says its current account surplus...hit a 9-year high in 2016, helped by lower costs...for imported oil and improved exports. The...perennial trade surpluses Japan runs with the U.S....are a sore point for U.S. President Donald Trump,...and the data ... ( read original story ...)


Bank of Japan board member says 2% inflation targe...
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USDJPY and the yield on the 10-year US Treasury...bond slipped in tandem on Friday, maintaining a...link that has been apparent for some time, as...shown in the chart below. It’s actually the...spread between US and Japanese rates that matters,...but with the Bank ... ( read original story ...)


Tight Japanese labor market constricting growth
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TOKYO -- Despite a tightening job market that is...putting upward pressure on wages, growth in Japan...remains stubbornly slow as a labor shortage...constrains business activity while part-timers and...temps hesitate to loosen their purse strings. The...unemployment ... ( read original story ...)


Sompo Japan to refine quake insurance premiums
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TOKYO -- Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance will...tailor corporate earthquake premiums to 948 areas...nationally instead of to entire prefectures, a...revision that likely will raise rates in...tsunami-prone coastal sections and reduce premiums...for inland regions. ( read original story ...)


Osaka University researchers create flexible cloud...
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A group of researchers working at Osaka University...in Japan have created the world’s first system...capable of delivering flexible computation via...cloud computing. The team created a piece of...management software that allows the user to...customize various ... ( read original story ...)


Toshiba gets go-ahead for chip unit sale at angry ...
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Toshiba, which bought Westinghouse in 2006 for...$5.4-billion now faces months of complex...negotiations over the fate of its U.S. nuclear...business, a discussion that could embroil the U.S....and Japanese governments. The U.S. government has...guaranteed loans of ... ( read original story ...)


Geoducks: unique B.C. clams a booming business
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"It's been in the Japanese market originally and...in the last 25 years it's been mostly all China."...Austin showed a few of the clams to Our Vancouver...host Gloria Macarenko. Geoducks are a $45 million...dollar a year business and only so many of the...clams can ... ( read original story ...)


How does LINE make money?
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Based in Tokyo, LINE is one of the most popular...messaging apps in the world. As of 2016, the...company had 218.4 million monthly active users...(MAUs), a seven percent increase over the year...prior. In other words, LINE easily had the biggest...tech IPO of the year. ( read original story ...)


USS Fitzgerald collision: Bodies of sailors found ...
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Japan's Kyodo News service says the Japanese coast...guard is investigating ... vessels sailing to and from Japan's two biggest...container ports in Tokyo and Yokohama. Japan's...public broadcaster NHK showed aerial footage of...the Fitzgerald, which had a large ... ( read original story ...)


BANK OF JAPAN : Main events scheduled for April 3-9

-- Japan Automobile Dealers Association to release new motor vehicle sales figures for fiscal 2016 and for March on car-model basis. -- Cabinet Office to release survey on consumer trends for March. -- Japan Automobile Importers Association to release ... ( read original story ...)

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Japan's April exports seen up for fifth strai...
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TOKYO Japan's exports were expected to rise for a...fifth straight month in April, a Reuters poll...found on Friday, supported by global demand...especially from Asia and affirming the outlook for...an export-led recovery. Although the rate of...export growth was ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo Steel to keep product prices unchanged for f...
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"We are sticking to the current prices as the...domestic market remains at a standstill," Tokyo...Steel's managing director Kiyoshi Imamura told a...news conference on Monday. "But we expect the...market will gradually strengthen as we are headed...for a slow output ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo cops: Man licked face of girl, 11, after get...
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Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a...41-year-old man who allegedly licked the face of a...school girl inside an apartment building in Adachi...Ward last month, reports Nippon News Network (Apr....6). On March 7 at 4:30 p.m., Ryuichi Ishida, a...temporary ... ( read original story ...)


BRIEF-p-ban.com announces IPO on TSE Mothers on Ma...
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Feb 14 p-ban.com Corp : * Says its stock will...begin trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE)...Mothers on March 9, under the symbol "3559" * In...its initial public offering, the company will...offer a total of 800,000 common shares, comprised...of newly issued ... ( read original story ...)


Japan skating rink shuts over frozen fish controve...
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A theme park in Japan has closed a skating rink...featuring frozen fish after ... General manager Toshimi Takeda told the AFP news...agency said the theme park would now hold a...memorial ceremony for the fish. Pictures posted on...the park's Facebook page ... ( read original story ...)


My Kuroda! Japan Real Wage Growth Goes Negative (A...
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According to CNBC, Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko...Kuroda explained that he is seeing shifts in the...country’s labor market, and that could augur...good things for the Japanese economy. I certainly...hope so, for the sake of workers in Japan. Because...the ... ( read original story ...)


Infrastructure & Project Finance 2016
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“Adverse economic and financial conditions...worldwide continue to cause uncertainties ... the Kansai International Airport and the Osaka...International Airport, as well as the toll road...concession in Aichi prefecture.” “It...is a widely accepted fact ... ( read original story ...)


JETRO to Put Up a Huge Show at Japan Business Exhi...
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Pakistan’s ties with Japanese companies are...growing day by day. The export/import business has...brought in lots of revenue for the Pakistani...businessmen. To improve on the current situation,...Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Karachi...office has ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Nikkei PMI Points to Sustained Manufacturing...
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A private gauge of Japanese manufacturing activity...weakened unexpectedly this month, but remained...firmly in positive territory as output, new orders...and exports rose. The Markit/Nikkei flash...manufacturing purchasing managers’ index...(PMI) came in at 51.1 ... ( read original story ...)


Romantic Spots for Couples in Osaka
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From famous spots such as Osaka Castle and...Universal Studios, to local food specialties such...as Okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake) and...Takoyaki (octopus balls), Osaka has plenty to...offer! Whether you’re first-time or...returning visitors, Osaka will ... ( read original story ...)


Japan February core consumer inflation edges up, hits two-year high

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's core consumer prices rose 0.2 percent in February from a year earlier, government data showed on Friday, marking the fastest annual pace in nearly two years but still distant from the central bank's ambitious 2 percent target. ( read original story ...)

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The Nagoya Medal Prize was initially proposed by...Professor Hisashi Yamamoto and Professor Ryoji...Noyori, and founded in 1995 with Professor Noyori...as the president through the financial support of...the MSD Life Science Foundation (previously: Banyu...Life ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo to build English-language immersion facility...
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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government said Thursday it...will open a language immersion facility in Koto...Ward in September 2018 to raise the English...proficiency of children ahead of the 2020...Olympics. According to an outline released...Thursday, the envisaged ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Considers Bill to Allow Casinos
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Dec.05 -- Japan could take a step closer to...legalizing casinos as parliament considers a...controversial bill. Bloomberg's Isabel Reynolds...reports on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia." ( read original story ...)


Nagoya team working on robot to help elderly drive...
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A research team at Nagoya University is developing...a system to help the elderly drive safely using a...small robot, with the aim of releasing the...technology by 2019. Authorities in Japan are...stepping up measures aimed at encouraging the...elderly to give up ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei shoots above 20,000 mark as Asian markets s...
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An electronic board shows gains by Japan's Nikkei...average Friday in Tokyo. Japan’s benchmark index...zoomed above 20,000 points on Friday, the first...time in 18 months, leading broad equity gains...across the region following another record close...on Wall ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei rises as Wall Street keeps climbing, but st...
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TOKYO, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share...average rose on Thursday, fuelled by a further...rise on Wall Street, but a stronger yen kept gains...in check. The Nikkei finished the morning up 0.8...percent at 18,649.03 points, nearing last week's...11-month high. ( read original story ...)


Nikkei inches down on stronger yen; SoftBank gains...
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TOKYO May 30 Japan's Nikkei share average inched...down on Tuesday as the market felt the weight of a...stronger yen, although a rise by index heavyweight...SoftBank helped curb the losses. The Nikkei ended...the day 0.02 percent lower at 19,677.85. It had...slipped ... ( read original story ...)


Trump parades Japanese bank boss in front of repor...
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President-elect Donald Trump declared a second...employment victory in as many weeks on Tuesday,...saying after a meeting with Softbank Group...Corporation CEO Masayoshi Son that the Japanese...investment bank had agreed to invest $50 billion...in U.S. startups ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo Gas invests in U.S. shale player Castleton R...
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Tokyo Gas said that through its unit, Tokyo Gas...America, it has purchased a 30 percent equity in...Castleton Resources, a company focused on...developing oil and gas assets in east Texas and...Louisiana. Castleton Resources, a unit of...Castleton Commodities ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo opts for new volleyball venue for 2020 Games
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Tokyo 2020 organizers have vowed to keep costs...below $20 billion ... Koike also unveiled a plan to sell off the...operating rights of the arena to a private company...after the Games, Kyodo news agency reported. After...taking office earlier this year, Koike ... ( read original story ...)


BRIEF-Nissen sells Tokyo-based property for 965 mln yen

* Says it has sold a land and building property located in Tokyo, Japan, for 965 million yen in all Source text in Japanese: goo.gl/QDwQb7 Further company coverage: (Beijing Headline News) ( read original story ...)

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TOKYO -- The first round of competitive bidding...for Toshiba's memory chip business closed...Wednesday, attracting 10 or so possible buyers....The embattled Japanese conglomerate, sinking...deeper into negative net worth after U.S. nuclear...unit Westinghouse ... ( read original story ...)


NYSE executives to woo Aramco IPO in upcoming Saud...
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Saudi officials have said the IPO, planned for...2018, will be worth about $100 billion ... New York, London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and...Toronto are all seeking pieces of the offering,...with Hong Kong currently the frontrunner among...bourses in Asia ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo organizers promise cost-cutting for 2020 Oly...
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TOKYO — Hoping to avoid last-minute...financial pressures, Japanese officials said...Wednesday they are determined to keep total costs...of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games below 2 trillion...yen ($18 billion) after a three-day debriefing...from organizers of the Rio ... ( read original story ...)


‘The essence of ninja is to be patient’: Ninja cha...
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YOKOHAMA, Japan – Have you ever tried throwing...shuriken ninja stars? It can certainly be fun to...try – but for people such as Masaaki Ikebe, who...won the annual shuriken-throwing competition in...March to become the first two-time champion in its...eight ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo Day 1: Travel to Tokyo
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Today I set off on a trip to Tokyo to see the...Tokyo DisneySea 15th Anniversary & Tokyo...Disney Resort Christmas festivities. My day...started with a pre-dawn wake up call and drive to...LAX. After parking and a shuttle ride we arrived...at Delta One check-in ... ( read original story ...)


Japan prepares Korean Peninsula crisis plan
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Japan cannot afford to sit on the sidelines. If...North Korea continues provoking tensions on the...Korean Peninsula, the Japanese government will...face the daunting task of evacuating nearly 60,000...of its citizens currently in South Korea. Some...38,000 Japanese ... ( read original story ...)


Fonterra taps into Japan's love affair with i...
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Once upon a time, not so long ago in Japan,...icecream was something to cool children on a hot...day. These days the grown-ups are catching onto...what Kiwis have long known - icecream is an equal...opportunity treat, at any time and the creamier...the better. ( read original story ...)


Vietnamese banks drawing closer to Japanese partne...
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One of the first Japanese companies investing in...the Vietnamese banking industry was Mizuho...Financial Group, which entered in the domestic...market in 2012. Currently, Mizuho’s initial...investment of $570 million has doubled in value....At a recent meeting ... ( read original story ...)


Correction: Japan-Defense story
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In a story June 14 about Japanese military...equipment sales, The Associated Press omitted the...name of a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries official...quoted in the story. It was Shoji Sato. A...corrected version of the story is below: Japan...seeks to expand arms deals ... ( read original story ...)


IMF to loan Mongolia US$440 million as part of bai...
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“The Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and...bilateral partners including Japan and Korea are...expected to provide up to another US$3 billion in...budget and project support, while the People’s...Bank of China is expected to extend its 15 yuan...billion ... ( read original story ...)


Things are looking up for Tokyo property

Sigrid Zialcita, Cushman & Wakefield, says low mortgage rates and a weak Japanese yen make the housing market in Japan attractive. Valuations are high. Here's what you can do ( read original story ...)

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A research team at Nagoya University is developing...a system to help the elderly drive safely using a...small robot, with the aim of releasing the...technology by 2019. Authorities in Japan are...stepping up measures aimed at encouraging the...elderly to give up ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka City ‘A+/A-1’ Ratings Affirmed On Very Stron...
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Our ratings on Osaka reflect its very strong...economy and budgetary performance and its...exceptional liquidity position. Japan's very...predictable and well-balanced institutional...framework also supports the ratings, as does the...city's strong financial management. ( read original story ...)


Nikkei extends gains, gets lift from Wall Street r...
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Investors relieved as North Korea takes no new...missile steps * Securities shares jump in line...with market gains TOKYO, April 25 Japan's Nikkei...share average retook the 19,000 level on Tuesday...for the first time in three weeks, buoyed by Wall...Street gains ... ( read original story ...)


Alcohol poisoning suspected after 8 sent to hospit...
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Eight people passed out after consuming alcohol...during a barbecue with a group of 150 people in...Akiruno City (TBS News) TOKYO (TR) – Eight...university students at a barbecue in Akiruno City...were sent to a hospital on Saturday after they...collapsed due to ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Tobacco bets on e-cigarette's growth pr...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan Tobacco Inc said it was...still confident about the prospect of its Ploom...Tech tobacco-based electronic cigarettes, the...launch of which has been delayed due to supply...problems, and raised its dividend despite...forecasting a ... ( read original story ...)


Japan shipping companies plan container merger
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Three of Japan's biggest shipping companies are...merging their container operations to become more...efficient. Nippon Yusen, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and...Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha said the joint venture would...see savings of more than 110bn yen ($1bn;...£820m ... ( read original story ...)


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MBI services in Japan are offered through its...affiliate, Josada Telecommunications, Inc. To view...the original version on PR Newswire,...visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/mckay-brothers-distributes-osaka-securities-exchange-data-in-singapore-at...... ( 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 ...)


Japan’s business gift culture says it with orchids...
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In Japanese business celebrations, there’s...one thing you’ll almost always see: orchids....Pots of the exotic flowers, which often sell for...about ¥20,000 ($176), will be there in a newly...appointed president’s office, at the...entrance of a company that ... ( read original story ...)


Premarket: Euro zone lifted as ECB joins central b...
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Banking stocks across the bloc also gained around...0.5 per cent ... MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares...outside Japan rose 0.3 per cent and were on track...to end the week with a 3.5 per cent gain, its...biggest increase since July. ( read original story ...)


Why Is Japan Prone To Earthquakes And Tsunamis?

Japan is extremely vulnerable to earthquakes and tsunamis due to its location in the Pacific Ring of Fire. The “ring” is a horse-shoe shaped basin along the Pacific Ocean. About 90 percent of all seismic activity in the world takes place in this region. ( read original story ...)

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A Nagoya-based venture has started selling a...reagent that allows researchers to significantly...reduce the time needed to synthesize proteins,...supporting the development of medicines including...one that can control the growth of cancer cells....The reagent sold ... ( read original story ...)


Japan seeks to increase its U.N. staffers to match...
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Tokyo, which recently celebrated its sixth decade...of U.N. membership, is not represented as much as...its bountiful financial contributions to the...international body would justify. At the job fair...in Tokyo, students raised their hands in...succession to ask ... ( read original story ...)


Graveyard on Ice: Japanese Skating Rink Closes Aft...
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In Japan, everything goes, and the country has...lived up to this perception after Space World...creates a skating rink with 5,000 dead frozen fish...as its main attraction. But after receiving public...criticism, the amusement park has decided to close...the so ... ( read original story ...)


Definitions of 'comfort women' reveal Ja...
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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 ...)


Abe adviser: Japan should push back any US attack ...
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JAPAN should push back against any US suggestion...that it is suppressing the yen’s value for trade...advantage, an adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe...said, in a bid to pre-empt criticism of Japan’s...currency policy. Koichi Hamada, Cabinet adviser...and ... ( read original story ...)


How “Tokyo Rose” Became WWII’s Most Notorious Prop...
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During World War II, American servicemen regularly...huddled around radios to listen to the “Zero...Hour,” an English-language news and music...program that ... exotic backstories for the woman they called...“Tokyo Rose,” but few were stranger...than the ... ( read original story ...)


UPDATE 1-Japan Post Bank seeks approval to sell re...
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TOKYO, March 31 Japan Post Bank Co Ltd, the...country's biggest bank by assets, on Friday said...it will seek regulatory permission to sell...unsecured retail loans, as it hunts for higher...returns in an environment of ultra-low interest...rates. The bank aims to ... ( read original story ...)


Brazilian President seeks foreign investment, acce...
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TOKYO Brazilian President Michel Temer told a top...Japanese business lobby in Tokyo on Wednesday he...would like to open up Brazil's markets and promote...international investment there. Temer, making the...first visit to Japan by a Brazilian head of state...in 11 ...http://japanbizz.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=38&action=trash&_wpnonce=3778aa113e ( read original story ...)


Suu Kyi in Japan as Myanmar faces pressure on Rohi...
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TOKYO – Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has...received a passionate welcome by hundreds of her...countrymen in Japan, where she sought their...support to promoting development of their country....Suu Kyi told the audience at Wednesday's packed...meeting that ... ( read original story ...)


Mizuho ventures deeper into fintech
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Japan’s Mizuho Financial Group will start a...venture next month to create new fintech...businesses and catch up with its rivals, according...to Reuters. As Banking Technology reported last...month, Mizuho Financial Group, Mizuho Bank and IBM...Japan teamed up to ... ( read original story ...)


Japan ruling party urges strike ability amid N. Korea threat

Japan's ruling party urged the government Thursday to consider arming the country with more advanced and offensive military capabilities, such as striking enemy targets with cruise missiles, further loosening the self-defense-only posture Japan has ... ( read original story ...)

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TOKYO -- Major Japanese manufacturers expect a...14.4% decline in their greenhouse gas emissions...for fiscal 2030 compared with fiscal 2013, a...deeper cut than the government set as a goal for...the sector, a Nikkei Inc. survey finds....Export-driven manufacturers ... ( read original story ...)


Yokohama Will Award a 'Chelsea FC Experience&...
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Yokohama Tire Corp. in conjunction with US Youth...Soccer, will send 12 Yokohama Skills Challenge...participants (along with chaperones) to England...for a “Chelsea FC Experience.” The contest...runs through June 3, 2017. The contest is open to...US Youth Soccer ... ( read original story ...)


Exclusive: China gathers state-led consortium for ...
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"The IPO will help decide whom, or which country ... Other mooted Asian options include Tokyo and...Singapore. "The Saudis are serious about Asia....They can maintain market share there. At the end...of the day, Aramco needs to sell its oil. ( read original story ...)


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The U.S. Navy's USS Fitzgerald has collided with a...Japanese merchant vessel, CBS News national...security correspondent David Martin reports. Seven...sailors are unaccounted for, said a spokesman for...Chief Naval Officer John Richardson, and the...Japanese Coast ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei rises as weak yen helps exporters; hopes gr...
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TOKYO Nov 14 Jpanese shares rose on Monday as a...weak yen bolstered exporter shares, with the...Nikkei rising 1.7 percent to 17,672.62, the...highest closing level since Feb 2. Expectations...that the Trump Administration's policies will...stoke U.S. inflation ... ( read original story ...)


Market Scramble: IPOs become bastion for bearish r...
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TOKYO -- Retail investors here are fleeing their...traditional ... according to information website IPO Japan. These...strong performers include Temona, an information...technology support company that listed April 6 and...achieved more than triple its offer ... ( read original story ...)


CORRECTED-Japan govt to name underwriters for furt...
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worth of shares in Japan Post and its Japan Post...Bank Co and Japan Post Insurance Co units in a...triple mega-IPO in November 2015. The parent...company's stock was down 3.7 percent in afternoon...trade after the Nikkei reported the government...would sell a ... ( read original story ...)


Japan to supply India with nuclear power equipment...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and India signed a...civilian nuclear accord on Friday, opening the...door for Tokyo to supply New Delhi with fuel,...equipment and technology for nuclear power...production, as India looks to atomic energy to...sustain its rapid economic growth. ( read original story ...)


From Osaka to Frankfurt, listless wages remain G-7...
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From York, U.K. to Montreal, and Osaka to Seattle,...it’s a pretty good time to be ... the last year of expansion before the financial...crisis. “I hate to say it but we may be in a new...normal for wage growth,” said Omair Sharif,...senior U.S. economist ... ( read original story ...)


Kenedix Realty Investment : Notice Concerning Acqu...
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Area The Property is located in Gotanda area ... The investment ratio of office buildings in the...portfolio will be 92.2%, and the investment ratio...of the Tokyo Metropolitan Area (Note) in the...portfolio will be 80.8% (The figures are based on...acquisition ... ( read original story ...)