New chief of Japan's SMBC bank 'actively studying' acquisition of US bank

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 ...)

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Tokyo: Dozens of Japanese lawmakers visited a...controversial war shrine Tuesday, in an annual...pilgrimage that drew an angry response from Seoul...which sees it as a painful reminder of...Tokyo’s warring past. The group of about 85...politicians arrived at the ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese worker finds, and reports, cash worth £30...
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An employee of a Japanese waste collection...facility has handed in Y42.5 million (£300,000)...in cash that he found in dumped rubbish,...bolstering the nation's reputation for honesty....The 63-year-old worker, who has not been...identified, found the cash in the ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese kindergarten's suspected hate speech...
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According to Kyodo News, the statement handed out...by the kindergarten described Korean residents in...Japan and Chinese people as those with "wicked...ideas," calling the latter with a term considered...derogatory toward Chinese people. Following these ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei 225 Technical Analysis: Pennant Setup May M...
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The Nikkei 225 has lost puff since scaling the...peaks of early January Numerous attempts to retake...them have ended in failure However the downside...hasn’t been tested too much either, which is an...encouraging sign Japan’s Nikkei 225 equity...benchmark has ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's Nikkei slips on firmer yen, weaker Wa...
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TOKYO, March 15 Japan's Nikkei share average...slipped on Wednesday, dragged down by a firmer yen...and Wall Street's overnight retreat. The market's...losses were limited as a wait-and-see mood...prevailed before the Federal Reserve policy...decision due later on ... ( read original story ...)


Japan reportedly setting up package for Trump to c...
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Japan, which has a consistent trade surplus with...the U.S., is putting the finishing touches on a...package that it claims will create 700,000 jobs in...the U.S. and help create a $450-billion market,...Reuters reported, citing government sources...familiar with ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka sees most suspected child abuse cases in Jap...
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OSAKA – The number of children referred to...juvenile counseling centers in Osaka last year for...alleged abuse against them rose 33.7 percent from...the previous year to 8,536, keeping Osaka ahead of...46 other prefectures for the third straight year....According ... ( 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 ...)


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 ...)


Japan consumer prices slump in November, look for ...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's core consumer prices...marked the ninth straight month of annual declines...and household spending slumped in November, data...showed on Tuesday, suggesting that the economy...still lacks enough momentum to jump-start...inflation toward the ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese fleet returns from Antarctic hunt with 333 whales

Japan's whaling fleet returned home Friday after killing 333 whales in the Antarctic, achieving its goal for the second year under a revised research whaling program. The Fisheries Agency said the five-ship fleet finished its four-month expedition without ... ( read original story ...)

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Japanese insurance firm replaces 34 staff with AI
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Science fiction has long imagined a future in...which humans are ousted from their jobs by...machines. For 34 staff at a Japanese insurance...firm, that vision just became a reality. Fukoku...Mutual Life Insurance is laying off the employees...and replacing them ... ( read original story ...)


Trump and Japan's Abe expand friendship as te...
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Japan has also dispatched its largest warship –...the Izumo ... the director for East and Southeast Asia at the...Center for American Progress, told Fox News. In...his first months in office the Trump...administration has taken a more active stance...toward ... ( read original story ...)


Witness Volunteers Repair Over 300 Homes Following...
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EBINA, Japan—Jehovah’s Witnesses in Japan...completed repair work on 348 homes of their fellow...members, which were damaged by the earthquakes...that struck Kumamoto, Japan, on April 14 and 16,...2016. Some 15,000 volunteers participated in the...construction ... ( read original story ...)


Putin arrives in Japan for territorial talks
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NAGATO, Japan - Russian President Vladimir Putin...arrived in Japan on Thursday for a two-day summit...that marks his first official visit to a G-7...country since Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea....His Rossiya Airlines plane touched down at 4:50...p.m. at ... ( read original story ...)


Asian Shares Mostly Lower, Nikkei Gets Boost From ...
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KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 surged...1.8 percent to 17,681.50 in early trading and the...Shanghai Composite rose 0.3 percent to 3,206.93,...but most other markets fell. Australia's...S&P/ASX 200 slipped 0.6 percent to 5,336.20...and South Korea's ... ( read original story ...)


Japan May exports jump 14.9 pct year/year – ...
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TOKYO, June 19 (Reuters) - Japan's exports surged...14.9 percent in May from a year earlier due to...higher shipments of cars and steel, in a sign of...robust global demand, Ministry of Finance data...showed on Monday. The rise compares with a 16.1...percent jump ... ( read original story ...)


Japan steel industry fears protectionism from Trum...
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"We are worried about the risks of the Trump...administration taking protectionism actions or...policies," Kosei Shindo, chairman of the Japan...Iron and Steel Federation, told a news conference....Shindo is also president of Nippon Steel &...Sumitomo Metal Corp ... ( read original story ...)


Ultimate List of The Best Hotels and Resorts in Os...
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What makes this hotel truly special is that it is...located on the banks of the Osaka River. Also, it...is only a 10-minute drive away from Umeda business...district. Guests will absolutely be astonished...with the great view of the Osaka skyline that the...property ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo stocks retreat in morning as firm yen drags ...
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TOKYO, March 6 (Xinhua) -- Tokyo stocks lost...ground Monday morning, as a comparatively firm yen...against the U.S. dollar saw exporter-linked shares...under pressure, which tends to drag down the...broader market. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average...dropped 98.70 ... ( read original story ...)


Japan gets first sumo champion in 19 years
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Japan has named its first home-grown sumo grand...champion in almost two decades, in a boost to the...traditional wrestling sport. Kisenosato, 30, was...promoted to the top-most yokozuna rank after his...win in the first tournament of the year. He is the...first ... ( read original story ...)


BRIEF-Japan Retail Fund Investment sells property and buys property

Says it sold Fukuoka-based property for 6.08 billion yen as planned on Jan. 26 * Says it buys Osaka-based property for 9.98 billion yen as planned on Feb. 27 Source text in Japanese:goo.gl/cFze6v; goo.gl/0rkKa2 Further company coverage: (Beijing Headline News) ( read original story ...)

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KUWAIT, March 26 (Xinhua) -- The Olympic Council...of Asia has announced Sunday that the 8th Asian...Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan last month were...doping-free. The Games were held from February...19-26 and involved 1,152 athletes from 32 National...Olympic ... ( read original story ...)


Paris organizers confident they can avoid Tokyo’s ...
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The head of Paris’ bid for the 2024 Olympics...has branded Tokyo’s original 2020 Games...proposal “a fairy tale” and believes...the French capital can avoid the kind of...after-the-fact revisions bogging down...Japan’s organizers. Paris is competing with ... ( read original story ...)


Japan logs 1% growth in 2016
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Japan's economy expanded at a steadily slowing...pace in 2016, though a modest recovery in exports...helped offset sluggish spending by households and...businesses. The 1.0 per cent annual pace of...expansion for the year compared with 1.2 per cent...growth in 2015 ... ( read original story ...)


Human rights museum wins international award for i...
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The Winnipeg museum was was given the Gold Award...by the International Association of Universal...Design at a ceremony in Nagoya, Japan ... ethnicity or other factors," a news release says...."We committed to a 'design-for-all' approach at...the earliest stages ... ( read original story ...)


Japan finance minister says must deliver strong me...
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TOKYO Japan must deliver a strong message on free...trade at this month's summit meeting of leaders...from the Group of Seven nations, Finance Minister...Taro Aso said on Tuesday. Aso was speaking to...reporters after a cabinet meeting. (Reporting by...Takashi ... ( read original story ...)


NIKKEI : Japan Inc sees better opportunities beyon...
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A vast majority of Japanese companies have no...interest to participate in China's sweeping "Belt...and Road" initiative, seeing greater business...opportunities in other international economic...co-operation, a Reuters poll shows. Only 5 percent...of 220 ... ( read original story ...)


South Korea's Netmarble eyes $4.4 billion war...
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SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Netmarble Games...Corp said on Tuesday it expects to have a war...chest of some $4.4 billion (£3.5 billion) for...acquisitions after an imminent IPO, and plans to...roll out its new blockbuster game to Japan and...China this year. ( read original story ...)


Overtime deal marks total capitulation by labor
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Was he really going to switch from deregulation to...regulation? What was he up to? Abe maintains close...ties with Sadayuki Sakakibara, the head of the...Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) and...Japan’s top business leader. Our prime minister...boasts of being ... ( read original story ...)


IHG Opens Holiday Inn Osaka Namba
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LONDON—InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)...opened the Holiday Inn Osaka Namba. This is the...fifth Holiday Inn hotel in the brand family in...Japan, joining others in Sapporo, Sendai, Kanazawa...and Miyazaki. The 314-room Holiday Inn Osaka Namba...is located in ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo Business Hotel Chain
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So, Tokyo business hotel chain visitors will have...plenty of opportunity to explore inside the area....The temple is dedicated to Reptile Goodness Our...god Shiva. In case you are dealing with the same...situation, we now have discussed some superb spots...felt by ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka investigators search Moritomo Gakuen over dubious cost estimates

OSAKA – Osaka officials Friday launched an on-site investigation into allegations of fraud involving private school operator Moritomo Gakuen’s construction costs for a new elementary school. The prefectural investigation comes as Diet members weigh ... ( read original story ...)

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Japan...Engineering District (JED) is providing a...PRE-SOLICITATION notice for an upcoming Invitation...for Bid (IFB) entitled: Yokohama North Dock...Maintenance Dredging, Yokohama, Japan. The subject...requirement will only be ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Has Surprise Deficit as Import Growth Beats ...
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There’s no weak spot among major regions...globally and all are heading toward recovery,...which is helping Japan’s exports, Kodama said....The Finance Ministry said that Japan often...experiences deficits in May, as exports slow...relative to imports due to a ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Post takes $4.9bn hit on local giant Toll Ho...
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JAPAN Post has plunged into the red after writing...billions ... Germany’s DHL has beefed up operations here and...Singapore Post has invested heavily in its...Couriers Please business in recent years....Australia Post tipped $2 billion into its...package-handling ... ( read original story ...)


Toyota, Suzuki near technology partnership agreeme...
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Japan's Toyota Motor Corp and Suzuki Motor Corp...are nearing a partnership agreement to develop...technology, including self-driving, the Nikkei...business daily reported on Saturday. The two...Japanese automakers could announce a deal as soon...as Monday ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo may partially foot cost of temporary Olympic...
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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is considering...shouldering some of the costs for building...temporary facilities in the capital for the 2020...Olympics and Paralympics, sources said. The...metropolitan government plans to hold talks on the...matter shortly with ... ( 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 ...)


Japan's Shinsei Bank to enter unsecured loan ...
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TOKYO -- Japan's Shinsei Bank is entering the...unsecured loan business in Vietnam, attracted by...the country's strong economic growth and young,...expanding middle class. For the undertaking,...Shinsei will invest in a unit of major local...player Military ... ( read original story ...)


Gov’t sought to factor huge foundation work ...
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OSAKA -- The Kinki Local Finance Bureau asked a...real estate appraiser to consider incorporating a...cost of 500 million yen for foundation work into...the price of a site in Osaka Prefecture where a...now scandal-hit education institution planned to...open an ... ( read original story ...)


Re-live Asian Champions League: Adelaide United v ...
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JAPANESE football side Gamba Osaka proved too...strong for Adelaide United running out 3-0 winners...in the opening match of Group H in the Asian...Champions League at Coopers Stadium on Wednesday...night. Against the club which they lost the 2008...Champions League ... ( read original story ...)


Japan kicks off Pacific whaling campaign
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Tokyo (AFP) - Japan on Wednesday kicked off a...whaling campaign in the northwestern Pacific, in a...move sure to anger animal rights activists and...others calling for an end to the hunts. Three...ships are leaving port on a three-month mission to...catch 43 minke ... ( read original story ...)


Understanding Japan's unique 'scrap and build' design culture

Sarah Ichioka, a Japanese-American urbanist currently based in Singapore and former director of the Architecture Foundation in London, explains how earthquakes and tsunamis forge a unique context: "This unstable environment has created a culture that ... ( read original story ...)

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TOKYO, Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, as...Tokyo Marathon Expo formally begins, the four...largest Chinese large-scale organizations in the...world of running have gathered in Tokyo for the...Tokyo Marathon, including the largest running...service provider ... ( read original story ...)


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"Tokyo Ghoul" season 3 release this is year...unlikely because of the lack of material from the...manga. Materials from the manga are still not...enough to make another anime adaptation....Meanwhile, the cast for the live action adaptation...has been revealed, with ... ( read original story ...)


How much is it to travel from Osaka to Nagoya?
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To this day, both Osaka and Nagoya remain two of...the most important ports of Japan, conduits for a...large portion of the country's trade. Given the...commercial importance, together with the...proximity, you can almost imagine the amount of...business activity ... ( read original story ...)


Japan loves it when the First Lady openly criticiz...
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With high approval ratings stoking speculation...that Shinzo Abe could become Japan’s...longest-serving prime minister in recent history,...he faces the risk of becoming complacent. Enter...Akie Abe, his wife of 29 years. The 54-year-old...daughter of a ... ( read original story ...)


Japan logs surprise trade deficit in May as energy...
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Japan unexpectedly slumped back into a trade...deficit for the first time in four months, as...soaring energy import bills offset growth in...shipments abroad, government data showed Monday. A...surprise deficit of ¥203 billion ($1.8 billion)...logged the first red ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka cops: Elderly woman stole money from account...
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whose body was found at their home in Osaka City...almost a month after he died, police said on...Friday. Tsuneko Akiyama, 72, was arrested for...illegally withdrawing 20,000 yen from the account...of her 88-year-old roommate in October, Nippon...News Network ... ( read original story ...)


Samurai martyr beatified in Japan
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Tokyo, Japan, Feb 8, 2017 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN...News).- A 17th century Catholic Samurai and martyr...was beatified during a Mass in ‎Osaka, Japan on...Tuesday. Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the...Vatican’s ‎Congregation for the Causes of...Saints ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei follows global markets higher as Italian fe...
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Japan’s Nikkei share average rebounded on...Tuesday as strong U.S. economic data helped offset...worries about instability in the European Union...after Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s...resignation. The Nikkei rose 0.9 percent to...18,434.08 points by ... ( read original story ...)


DIARY-Top Economic Events to April 27
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TOKYO - Bank of Japan starts its two-day monetary...policy meeting (to March 16). THURSDAY, MARCH 16...LONDON - Bank of England rate decision and...publication of its meeting minutes. BERN - Swiss...National Bank monetary policy assessment. OSLO -...Norway Central ... ( read original story ...)


IMF agrees to loan $5B to Mongolia
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The IMF said Sunday it would provide $40 million...over three years. It says the Asian Development...Bank, World Bank, Japan and South Korea are...expected to provide up to $3 billion, and the...People's Bank of China is expected to extend its...$2 billion swap line ... ( read original story ...)