Japan: Samurai-sharp approach delivers positive outlook

The Dh7 price point enhances Daiso’s universal appeal and makes shopping more affordable.” Kyodo News recently reported that Japan’s exports of agricultural, forestry and fishery products in 2016 grew 0.7 per cent from the previous year to ¥750.3 ... ( read original story ...)

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Tokyo 2020 organizers approve baseball-softball in...
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International Olympic Committee (IOC) president...Thomas Bach raised the possibility of Fukushima...opening the baseball-softball competition at the...World Forum on Sport and Culture in Tokyo last...month. The prefecture is one of three proposed...venues ... ( read original story ...)


Junko Tabei, first woman to climb Everest, dies at...
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TOKYO – Japanese media reports say the first...woman to climb ... "I was the 36th person to climb Everest." Japan's...Kyodo News agency said that Tabei scaled peaks in...more than 60 countries. Japanese public...broadcaster NHK said she continued climbing ... ( read original story ...)


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


NORAD responds after Russian bombers zoom around J...
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News of this latest Russian provocation came...shortly after the Pentagon announced that new...Defense Secretary James Mattis would make his...first visit overseas to Japan and South Korea...early next month. A third Russian Tu-95 bomber...took off from a base in ... ( read original story ...)


Bank of Japan faces credibility test in telegraphi...
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TOKYO Growing signs of life in Japan's economy...have presented its central bank with a fresh...communications challenge, pushing it to be clearer...with markets on how it might dial back its massive...stimulus - even though such action remains a long...way off. ( read original story ...)


Japan's Finatext launches Malaysian subsidiar...
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The Malaysian subsidiary is Finatext's second...office outside of Japan, following the one it...opened in Taiwan in 2016. The company has signed a...strategic partnership with Malaysian investment...bank Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad and will first...kick off its ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo: Shares open higher on weak yen
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[TOKYO] Tokyo stocks opened higher on Thursday...with investor sentiment boosted by the yen's drop...to seven-month lows against the US dollar. The...benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 0.99 per cent, or...179.95 points, to 18,342.89 in the first few...minutes of ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo lowers taxi base fares
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TOKYO: The base fare for taxis in Tokyo central...and the two western Tokyo cities of Musashino and...Mitaka has been slashed to ¥410 (US$3.60) from...¥730, the transport ministry announced on...Monday (Jan 30). The new starting fare applies to...the first 1 ... ( read original story ...)


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 ...)


'Proud to be Japanese' posters star Chin...
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Japanese Twitter users have called the message...behind the Kyoto poster "frightening" and..."pathetic", reported news portal SoraNews24. The...fact that it appeared in Kyoto, a major tourist...destination, was not lost on many. One Twitter...user said the "self ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's industrial output drops for 1st time in 6 months in January

TOKYO, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- Japan's industrial production declined for the first time in six months in January with the output of transportation equipment dragging down overall production sectors in the recording period, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and ... ( read original story ...)

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The Demise Of The Japanese Financial System
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The BoJ currently conducts a mass nationalization...of private companies. Entire Japanese yield curve...is artificially produced. Moves that the BoJ now...conducts will sooner or later lead to devaluation...of yen and a sizable fall against other major...currencies. ( read original story ...)


Homeowners in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire blight...
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HOMEOWNERS in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire...blighted by Japanese knotweed spreading to their...property from public land are being assured that...help is at hand. Network Rail was last week...ordered to pay compensation for damage caused to...homes by the invasive ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo Film Festival Aims to Reclaim Its Place on t...
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As the Tokyo International Film Festival prepares...to mark its 30th anniversary in October, it has a...new director tasked with restoring some former...glory to an event that has recently come up a tad...short on glitz and glamour. With a four-decade...career that ... ( read original story ...)


Santa’s reindeer head to Japan to deliver pizza
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Residents in northern Japan may get warm pizzas...delivered by Rudolph this Christmas as...Domino’s Japan is testing to see if...reindeers were suitable for deliveries in the...snowy region of Hokkaido. Footage released by the...company showed reindeer’s ... ( read original story ...)


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


Nagoya junior high trio hold cancer event to share...
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The first event, called cancer philosophy cafe,...was held on Feb. 11 at a medical facility in...Mizuho Ward in Nagoya and the three students plan...to hold the gathering once every three months. The...event was organized by 14-year-old cancer patient...Kodai ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo Creates New Logo to Promote City Overseas
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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has created a...new logo and slogan. The new "Tokyo Tokyo Old...meets New" logo and slogan, with the first Tokyo...depicted in a brushstroke font and the second in a...Gothic block typeface, will be used in various...promotional ... ( read original story ...)


Negative Sentiment On Japanese Banking Sector Like...
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The Bank of Japan’s negative interest rate...policy is straining bank profitability. To control...for this, the BOJ announced in September that it...will undertake a policy of “yield curve...control” to use its power to steepen the...yield curve. With all the ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese PM urges companies to deliver 'tweet...
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US President Donald Trump will play a round of...golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in...Florida this week Reuters Japan’s prime minister...Shinzo Abe has called on companies and investors...in his country to gather “tweetable” figures...of their US ... ( read original story ...)


All-New Animated Series Tokyo Ghoul Is Coming In T...
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"Tokyo Ghoul" will to try and raise its rating and...get viewers back. March 18 will be last time One...Piece airs on Toonami. (Photo : Youtube/Squaller)...Toonami recently made a surprising announcement on...Facebook on Friday that it will end its airing of...the ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese emperor departs for visit to Vietnam and Thailand

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 ...)

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Aksys Games announced Tokyo Xanadu will release...for PS Vita both physically and digitally this...summer in North America and Europe. An enhanced...version of the base game, called Tokyo Xanadu EX+,...releases this fall on PS4 and PC. Tokyo Xanadu,...just like its ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s Economy Is Growing, but Don’t Call It a Ho...
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Although Japan’s output is still the world’s...third-largest, after the United States and China,...consistent growth has been elusive — the result...of headwinds like a declining population and...deflation. Japanese gross domestic product...increased by 2.2 ... ( read original story ...)


Why getting drunk is a huge part of doing business...
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For many, a traditional after-work drink presents...the challenge of tiptoeing a fine line between...remaining professional and letting your hair down....But in Japan, it appears that one does not...necessarily preclude the other. Drinking in the...country ... ( read original story ...)


Sapporo Breweries names new US president
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just-drinks gives you the widest beverage market...coverage. Paid just-drinks members have unlimited...access to all our exclusive content - including 17...years of archives. I am so confident you will love...complete access to our content that today I can...offer ... ( read original story ...)


Japan defends Toyota after Trump broadside over Me...
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The Japanese government defended Toyota Motor Corp...on Friday ... the contribution of Japanese companies to U.S....employment. “We think the impact on business...performance is limited,” Akira Kishimoto, a...senior analyst at JPMorgan, said in a note. ( read original story ...)


Tokyo Metro backs P374-B MM subway
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Atsushi Kamimura, manager for demand generation...and marketing department at Tokyo Metro Co. Ltd....said pursuing a plan to build a subway that would...link the business centers of Makati, Pasay and...Taguig would help decongest roads in Metro...Manila. ( read original story ...)


Japan PM meets with Trump in NYC
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NEW YORK -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe...became the first world leader to meet...President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday, seeking...reassurances over the future of the U.S.-Japan...security and trade relations. Abe met with Trump...in New York, where the ... ( read original story ...)


Japan PM says casino resorts would create jobs, re...
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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe defended Wednesday his...party's push to legalize casino gambling in Japan...and his handling of plans to reform ... To have fuller access to the Kyodo News website,...it is necessary to subscribe. We offer a broad...range of subscription ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's GPIF Finds New Friend in Trump
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Nov.27 -- One of the World's most conservative...investors has found an unlikely ally in one of its...most flamboyant politicians. Bloomberg's Anna...Kitanaka reports on "Bloomberg Markets." ( read original story ...)


Mystery deepens over Moritomo land deal as recordi...
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... took a new turn this week when a recording...emerged of a meeting between the former head of...the Osaka nationalist school operator and a...Finance Ministry official. The recording is of a...March 2016 meeting where former head Yasunori...Kagoike and the ... ( read original story ...)


Japan: HPV vaccine on trial for its horrifying side effects

(Natural News) Since last July, a total of 119 young girls and women in Japan have filed lawsuits against both the Japanese government and the two manufacturers of vaccines for human papillomavirus (HPV), GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK) and Merck Sharp & Dohme ... ( read original story ...)

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The US maintains two Osprey squadrons in Japan,...according to Reuters ... it could have fallen on where we are living,"...local resident Yuri Soma told Kyodo news agency....Local anger against the US military has...intensified in recent months after a civilian ... ( read original story ...)


Light earthquake: M4.5 quake has struck near Hachi...
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A light earthquake magnitude 4.5 (ml/mb) has...occurred on Sunday, 57 km ESE of Hachijo-jima,...Japan (35 miles). Global time and date of event...20/11/16 / 2016-11-20 13:15:36 / November 20, 2016...@ 1:15 pm UTC/GMT. The earthquake occurred at a...depth of 65.07 km ... ( read original story ...)


S Korea monk self immolates in WW2 Japan sex slave...
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Tensions between the two countries increased on...Friday after Tokyo withdrew its ambassador to...South Korea in a row over a statue representing...sex slaves. Japan said the 1.5m-tall (5ft) bronze...statue depicting a young, barefoot woman sitting...in a chair ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei falls as Italian referendum result creates ...
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TOKYO, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share...average fell on Monday after Italian Prime...Minister Matteo Renzi's defeat in a constitutional...reform referendum gave investors an opportunity to...sell into a market that had rallied to 11-month...highs late last week. ( read original story ...)


Fire engulfs 140 buildings in Niigata Prefecture, ...
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A fire whipped up by strong winds has burnt about...140 buildings in Niigata Prefecture on the Sea of...Japan. Police said one person was taken to...hospital after inhaling smoke. ( read original story ...)


Sapporo USA Names New President
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NEW YORK, NY – SAPPORO U.S.A., brewer of premium...lagers sold in the United States for more than 50...years, has named Yoshihito Kuzuhara as its...President. Kuzuhara will oversee the company’s...management and product operations in addition to...supporting ... ( read original story ...)


Japan machinery orders rise 4.1% in October
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TOKYO (Dow Jones) -- Japanese core machinery...orders rose for the first time ... The result compares with a rise of 1.1% expected...by economists surveyed by the Nikkei. On a...year-on-year basis, however, core orders fell...5.6%. The encouraging month-on-month ... ( read original story ...)


IOC, Tokyo 2020 discuss venue ideas
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International Olympic Committee (IOC) president...Thomas Bach has proposed that some Tokyo 2020...Olympics events should be held in the northeastern...region devastated by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami...and nuclear disaster. Tokyo's Olympic bid pledged...that ... ( read original story ...)


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TOKYO The bankruptcy of Westinghouse Electric Co...may be a blow to Toshiba Corp's (6502.T)...international nuclear ambitions, but the Japanese...conglomerate still has a profitable business at...home. Toshiba, whose businesses range from memory...chips to rail ... ( read original story ...)


Japan court clears way for nuclear reactor restart...
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Dozens more in the country still remain offline....Japan shut down all of its atomic reactors after a...powerful earthquake in March 2011 spawned a huge...tsunami that led to meltdowns at the Fukushima...nuclear plant. It was the world's worst nuclear...accident ... ( read original story ...)


Quake hits off Japan's Fukushima, no tsunami risk

TOKYO: A 5.6-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday struck northeastern Japan near the disaster-hit Fukushima nuclear plant but there was no fear of a tsunami, Japanese and US authorities said. The quake struck at a depth of 42.3 kilometres (26 miles) in the ... ( read original story ...)

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But into that panic a crazy thing happened....Worried its bonds would trade at negative yields...and pressure the financial system, the Bank of...Japan pegged its 10 year yield at 0%. In doing so,...the Bank of Japan moved from a set rate of balance...sheet ... ( read original story ...)


Japan punches time clock early for 'Premium F...
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Japan's Prime Minister will spend Friday afternoon...meditating while staff at some of the country's...biggest firms are also quitting work early -- in...time for a bit of shopping or maybe a boozy train...ride. Welcome to Premium Friday, Japan's latest...bid to ... ( read original story ...)


Professor Tadamitsu Kishimoto of Osaka University ...
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Emeritus Professor Tadamitsu Kishimoto of...Immunology Frontier Research Center at Osaka...University in Japan has won the Medicine ... biological treatment for autoimmune diseases....This Smart News Release features multimedia. View...the full release here ... ( read original story ...)


Kirwa targeting three-peat at Nagoya Women’s Marat...
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Ohara was originally entered, but pulled out...recently due to a stress fracture in her left...foot. But it’s Kirwa, a two-time Nagoya winner,...who will start as the prohibitive favorite. If she...wins Kirwa will be the first three-time winner of...this event ... ( read original story ...)


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TOKYO, Jan 24 Japan's Nikkei share average fell on...Tuesday morning after the dollar weakened to a...seven-week low against the yen overnight, while...concerns about the impact of U.S. President Donald...Trump's protectionist views continued to weigh on...sentiment. ( read original story ...)


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One of the key differentiating factors of...Hoshinoya Tokyo versus a typical hotel is the...property's privacy policy. Anybody who is not...staying at the ryokan will be turned away at the...door, and each of the building's 17 floors is...locked, giving only those ... ( read original story ...)


One killed, three injured in dual explosions near ...
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The explosions occurred at a park in Utsunomiya,...some 100 kilometres north of Tokyo, shortly after...11:30 am, a fire department spokesman said. It was...not immediately clear what caused the blasts....“One person was found dead,” the fire...department ... ( read original story ...)


Asia-Pacific IPO mkt to rebound from weak 2016 on ...
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Share sales in Asia ex-Japan are set to rebound in...2017 from three-year lows this year, driven by...listings of financial firms in Greater China,...including the world's biggest fintech IPO, and a...further revival of offerings in India, bankers and...investors said. ( read original story ...)


Yokohama 'Spring Getaway' kicks off
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SANTA ANA, Calif. — Yokohama Tire Corp. (YTC)...has kicked off its "Spring Getaway" national...rebate promotion with a tie-in to parent Yokohama...Rubber Co. Ltd.'s sponsorship of Chelsea Football...Club, a leading English Premier League soccer...team. Consumers ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's Office Market to Reach a Tipping Poin...
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According to global real estate consultant CBRE,...Japan's office leasing and investment markets will...likely reach a turning point in the cycle in 2017....In Tokyo's office market, which is scheduled to...see three consecutive years of above average new...supply ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka University researchers create flexible cloud-based computing system

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 ...)

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Tennis updates: Naomi Osaka joins casualty list at...
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5.00pm: Promising Japenese teenager Naomi Osaka...has joined the mounting casualty list at the ASB...Classic, withdrawing injured from her...quarter-final match-up with Croatian Ana Konjuh....The clash was expected to be a highlight of the...tournament's third day ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo stocks rise from bell on hopes for successfu...
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TOKYO, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- Tokyo stocks rose from...the bell on Monday mirroring a strong showing of...U.S. shares on Wall Street on Friday, as markets...also anticipated successful economic ties between...Japan and the U.S. following the conclusion of the...first ... ( read original story ...)


Japan to provide technical training to 40K Indians...
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New Delhi [India], Feb.2: Japan would skill 40,000...technical people in 10 years by collaborating with...engineering colleges and other institutions said...Japanese Ambassador to India, Kenji Hiramatsu in...Delhi on Thursday. While speaking at the...prestigious ... ( read original story ...)


RUBBER-Tokyo futures prices after evening session ...
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Following are prices for Tokyo rubber futures at...the end of the Tokyo market's evening session on...Nov 2016. Contract Day Volume Evening Volume * Nov...196.2 66 201.0 12 * Dec 194.1 33 195.6 3 * Jan...195.6 147 201.3 19 * Feb 196.0 271 202.0 138 * Mar...198.4 797 ... ( read original story ...)


No sign of Japan-related radiation found in Alaska...
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More than 16,000 people were killed in 2011 after...Japan's 9.1-magnitude earthquake, which led to...nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear...power plant. Since then, U.S. and international...agencies have been conducting tests to determine...the health ... ( read original story ...)


Government to help finance building of hotels amid...
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only provides financial support for the...construction of facilities such as schools,...libraries, hospitals and nursing homes, and only...in areas outside Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. The...government will revise the rules to enable it to...finance — from next month ... ( 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 ...)


Yokohama has previously seen Real Madrid become wo...
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The Whites lifted the 2002 Intercontinental Cup in...Yokohama. Real Madrid boast previous experience of...winning silverware in Yokohama after lifting the...Intercontinental Cup there in 2002, as they ran...out 2-0 winners against Paraguay's Olimpia de...Asunción. ( read original story ...)


Sushi chain IPO will test investor appetite for ri...
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The good news for Sushiro is that there are signs...of pent-up retail appetite for new issues —...Japanese IPO numbers are up about 15 per cent...since the start of 2017 compared with the same...period last year, and analysts see that growth...continuing. ( read original story ...)


Ex-Mets manager Bobby Valentine being considered f...
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Now batting for United States Ambassador to Japan ... Bobby Valentine? The former Mets skipper is being...considered for the job and has discussed the...opportunity with President-elect Donald...Trump’s transition team, according to a...WEEI.com report. ( read original story ...)


Osaka Prefecture relaxed school-approval system rules after Moritomo Gakuen request

In April 2012, a few months after Matsui became Osaka’s governor, the prefecture relaxed regulations. Nearly six months earlier in September 2011, Moritomo Gakuen head Yasunori Kagoike, who wanted to build an elementary school despite financial ... ( read original story ...)

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YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Investments should concentrate...on high-quality projects to promote development...that make technology available to all as the...region stretches to make up for a shortfall in...needed spending, the Asian Development Bank's...president and other ... ( read original story ...)


Kamiyado Kick Off Spring 2017 Tour in Sapporo!
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Kamiyado heated up the north with their...power-packed first one-man live in Hokkaido as...they started their spring tour at Sapporo DUCE on...March 4, 2017. With a shout of “Iku yo!” from...Mei Hashima, the members of Kamiyado burst onto...the stage ... ( read original story ...)


Weekend downpour: New Lynn retail building closed ...
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The businesses in the building include a Japanese...restaurant called Happy Japanese Restaurant ... lake' developed on an inner-city construction...site. Chris Gudgeon, Kiwi Property chief...executive, said his company's LynnMall centre was...not hurt in the ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Post considers multi-billion dollar Toll Gro...
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Those failings, say brokers, have been reflected...in Japan Post Holdings’ share price — trading...6 per cent below its IPO price of ¥1,400 per...share. The 2015 IPO was the first of an estimated...three tranches of government sales of shares in...Japan Post ... ( read original story ...)


3 of 4 N.Korea missiles reach Japan waters
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There were no immediate reports of damage to ships...or aircraft in the area, Japan's top government...spokesman Yoshihide Suga said at a news conference...in Tokyo, calling the latest missile launch a..."grave threat to national security." Suga also...said the ... ( read original story ...)


FT in Talks on Acquisitions Year After Nikkei Deal
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The Financial Times is in talks to buy companies...that strengthen its digital subscription business...as the newspaper capitalizes on greater financial...support from its new owner, Japan’s Nikkei...Inc., FT Chief Executive Officer John Ridding...said. ( read original story ...)


Microsoft drops its Office 365 'Project Osaka...
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Osaka, which is currently in private preview ... the chief marketing officer, and lines of...business. ( read original story ...)


Tokyo's subway is shut down amid fears over a...
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One of Tokyo's major subways systems says it shut...down all lines for 10 minutes after receiving...warning of a North Korean missile launch. Tokyo...Metro official Hiroshi Takizawa says the temporary...suspension affected 13,000 passengers this...morning. ( read original story ...)


Nikkei faces negative week with investors wary of ...
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TOKYO, Feb 17 Japan's Nikkei share average dropped...on Friday morning with the market wary of a...stronger yen and financials weakened as U.S. bond...yields fell after comments by a senior U.S....Federal Reserve official were viewed as relatively...dovish. ( read original story ...)


GasLog Partners' (GLOP) CEO Andy Orekar on Q1...
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Since IPO, GasLog Partners will have acquired...seven vessels ... As you can see, nearly half of these offtakers in...the Far East, and include the likes of Osaka Gas,...Chubu, and Mitsubishi in Japan, and KOGAS in South...Korea. Despite greater destination ... ( read original story ...)