Japan’s ultra-low jobless rate masks grim reality

... lowest level in more than two decades and the labor market is tighter than it was during Japan’s booming bubble economy years. This should be great news for the world’s number three economy, but analysts are warning not to pop the champagne quite ... ( read original story ...)

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* Bank of Japan looking to extend loan support...program for lenders another year Source text for...Eikon: Further company coverage: Next In...Financials MORE FROM REUTERS ( read original story ...)


Finnair and Japan Airlines expand codeshare
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The two airlines currently operate a joint...business agreement covering 24 weekly services...between Helsinki and destinations in Japan, along...with sharing revenue on all direct flights...operated by both airlines between Japan and...Europe. “We are delighted ... ( read original story ...)


Japan, Russia defense chiefs eye deeper ties, divi...
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TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Japanese and Russian defense...ministers agreed Monday to deepen bilateral...cooperation in hopes of dealing with regional...security challenges and to continue joint training...between their nations' troops for maritime rescue...and search ... ( read original story ...)


Insanity defense at heart of Nagoya University stu...
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NAGOYA – The lawyers for a 21-year-old woman...on trial for strangling an elderly woman in 2014...and attempting to kill two high school students in...2012 said she should not be found guilty because...she lacks the ability “to tell right from...wrong.” “I h ... ( read original story ...)


USJ’s Osaka theme park to get ‘Dragon Quest’ attra...
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Details about the new attraction will be announced...later, according to USJ. The Osaka-based amusement...park is also planning to open a Nintendo-themed...area that will feature characters from...Nintendo’s games, including “Super...Mario,” by 2020. ( read original story ...)


Japan, U.S. agree on collaborative approach to Kor...
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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Japanese...Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso attend a press...conference in Tokyo, Japan, on April 18, 2017....(Xinhua/Ma Ping) TOKYO, April 18 (Xinhua) -- Japan...and the United States on Tuesday agreed to work...together with ... ( read original story ...)


Japan to extend stays of nurse candidates from 3 S...
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The Japanese government decided on Friday to grant...extensions ... 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, India to ink controversial nuclear deal
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Japan and India are set to sign a controversial...civil nuclear deal this week, reports said on...Sunday, as the two Asian allies look to boost...economic and security ties to counter China....India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his...Japanese counterpart ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Imports Continue Decline, Exports Fall More ...
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(Bloomberg) -- Japan posted a trade surplus for a...second straight month in October, according to...data released by the Ministry of Finance on...Monday. The surplus was driven by a continued...decline in the value of imports, which have fallen...faster than exports. ( read original story ...)


BRIEF-Claire's Inc files to withdraw IPO plan...
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TOKYO, Jan 18 Toshiba Corp is in talks to sell a...minority stake in its flash memory business to...U.S. chips business partner Western Digital Corp...in a bid to boost its capital base, a source...briefed on the discussions said on Wednesday. ( read original story ...)


Nikkei hit by weak U.S. shares, strong yen; mining led lower by oil

TOKYO, May 31 Japanese stocks dropped on Wednesday morning after weakness in U.S. shares and a stronger yen hurt sentiment, while sliding oil prices dragged down the mining sector. The Nikkei share average fell 0.5 percent to 19,589.25 in midmorning trade. ( read original story ...)

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The property is to open its doors in 2022 and will...be Hoshino's second-largest location. But this...seemingly ideal site comes with a long and...freighted history: The Airin district, Osaka's...skid row, is right nearby. The Festival Gate...development blending an ... ( read original story ...)


Suicide of woman who worked 105 extra hours in a m...
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The suicide of a woman who worked excessive hours...at Japan’s biggest advertising agency has...prompted the company to lower the amount of...overtime employees can book. From November,...workers at Dentsu Inc. won’t be able to log...more than 65 hours of ... ( read original story ...)


Japan first lady resigns from honorary position at...
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The Japanese first lady has resigned as "honorary...principal" of a private elementary school run by a...man with ultra-nationalistic views following an...escalating controversy over the low price the...school paid for government land. Prime Minister...Shinzo Abe ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Princess Missing School for Month for Health...
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A granddaughter of Japan's Emperor Akihito is not...feeling well and missing school for more than a...month. Palace officials said Wednesday the...14-year-old Princess Aiko has been staying home...since Sept. 26, after complaining of stomach...problems and dizziness ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Inc signals boost to domestic capex but less...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - One third of Japanese firms are...looking to lift business investment at home in the...next financial year, but companies are less...bullish about capital spending in the United...States due to uncertainty over the Trump...administration's policies ... ( read original story ...)


METI Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry of : M...
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Along with this, as a leading example showing that...Japanese SMEs are expanding their businesses in...the UAE, Japan stated that Takenaka Seisakusho...Co., Ltd. (location of head office: Higashiosaka...City, Osaka Prefecture ... offering (IPO) by Saudi Aramco ... ( read original story ...)


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The Hotel dekat universal studio osaka specific...location of some of them is undoubtedly ... I started to notice that lots of the...accommodation organizations have been in need of...small business and presented some great Las Vegas...hotel special offers. ( read original story ...)


Japan secures Tillerson's assurance on Senkak...
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TOKYO -- In an early morning phone call with the...top diplomat of the Donald Trump administration on...Tuesday, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida...secured an assurance that there has been no change...in the U.S. commitment to defend the Senkaku...Islands ... ( read original story ...)


B.C. earthquake-planning exercise inadequate: fede...
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including the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami...off Japan. Forty-metre waves devastated the coast...and roared up to 10 kilometres inland, wrecking a...nuclear-power facility. Almost 16,000 people...died. ( read original story ...)


Fukushima confirmed as venue for Tokyo 2020 baseba...
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Organizers on Friday confirmed that baseball and...softball games for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be...held in Fukushima, an area hit by the 2011...earthquake and nuclear disaster. The International...Olympic Committee approved the use of Fukushima...Azuma Baseball ... ( read original story ...)


Japan urges China to do more to pressure North Korea

TOKYO — Japan on Tuesday urged China to exert greater pressure on North Korea to stop its nuclear and missile development, saying Beijing's role in getting Pyongyang to abandon those efforts was "crucially important." Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio ... ( read original story ...)

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TOKYO -- Japan has maintained a current-account...surplus for many years, but its trade profile is...undergoing a profound change as its goods trade...has receded while revenue from intellectual...property has grown. The country has an established...reputation as an ... ( read original story ...)


Japan logs 29th consecutive current account surplu...
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Japan posted a current account surplus for the...29th straight month in November as the value of...imports fell more than exports due to the rise of...the yen’s value from a year earlier, the...government said Thursday. The surplus in the...current account, one of ... ( read original story ...)


JR firms hone earthquake-response systems for shin...
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But fate intervened. Still, it was the first...bullet train to derail since Japan started...high-speed railway services in 1964. Confronted...with major disasters such as the Great Hanshin...Earthquake in 1995 and the 2011 Great East Japan...Earthquake, Japan ... ( read original story ...)


Japan to tidy up scattered property records
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TOKYO -- Japan intends to make its sprawling...government real estate databases more useful by...consolidating data to clarify ownership,...particularly of the growing number of vacant homes...and lots, and encourage sales and redevelopment....The justice and land ... ( read original story ...)


Yokohama Rubber : 'SPRING GETAWAY' PROMO...
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Release date- 14042017 - SANTA ANA, CA. - - For...the second consecutive year, Yokohama Tire...Corporation (YTC) is combining its Chelsea...Football Club (FC) sponsorship with its 'Spring...Getaway' national rebate promotion. From April 15...through May 31 ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese high school students fail to meet English...
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... in Japan. Grade Pre-2 is fourth highest with...Grade 5 being the seventh and the lowest. 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 ...)


In Japan, Earthquake Proof Buildings Are Being Des...
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Japan is one of the most earthquake-prone...countries in the world. On March 11, 2011, a...magnitude-9 earthquake shook northeastern Japan,...unleashing a deadly tsunami. According to the...Japanese government, total damages from the...earthquake and tsunami were ... ( read original story ...)


110 Japanese firms went bankrupt in China last yea...
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A new report by Tokyo Shoko Research showed that...110 Japanese companies went bankrupt last year...citing the challenges of doing business in China,...or 'China risk', the Hong Kong-based South China...Morning Post reported. ( read original story ...)


Fukushima residents urged to flee as 7.4 magnitude...
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An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 has hit...northern Japan, the Japan Meteorological Agency...says, in televised tsunami advisories issued for...much of the nation’s northern Pacific coast....The epicentre of the earthquake, which was felt in...Tokyo ... ( read original story ...)


BRIEF-Japan Real Estate Investment to buy properti...
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Feb 28 Japan Real Estate Investment Corp : * Says...it plans to buy a Tokyo-based property for 6.21...billion yen * Says co plans to acquire additional...5 percent stake in trust beneficial rights of a...property located in Tokyo for 10.45 billion yen,...raising ... ( read original story ...)


Hybrid puffer fish could cause food confusion in Japan

A survey carried out by Japan's National Fisheries University found that over half of the puffers, or fugu, studied in a three-year programme were Spottyback-Shosai-fugu hybrids. The result, the Mainichi Daily News reports, is a hybrid species that is ... ( read original story ...)

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Kenya's Wilson Kipsang has taken his training for...the Tokyo marathon a notch higher as he seeks his...first win in over a year. Kipsang, whose last...victory in marathon was back in 2015, has been...struggling for form and came close to winning in...Berlin last ... ( read original story ...)


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Japan must adhere to the government’s goal to...achieve a balanced budget by the fiscal year...ending in March 2021, Finance Minister Taro Aso...said, in a resolve to push for fiscal...consolidation to fix the country’s tattered...finances. Aso made the pledge ... ( read original story ...)


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OIZUMI, Japan Japan's nearly 200,000-strong...Brazilian immigrant community live in pockets...scattered across the middle of the country,...clustered around auto parts factories or...warehouses where they have jobs. To reach them,...Brazilian companies have adopted ... ( read original story ...)


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Early on the morning of Feb. 1, 2015, Japan woke...to the news that Japanese freelance journalist...Kenji Goto, held hostage by Islamic State...militants, had been beheaded. Fast-forward two...years: Has the Japanese government learned...anything from the hostage ... ( read original story ...)


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AEROSMITH singer Steven Tyler performed with his...Nashville-based band LOVING MARY on April 8 at...Zepp Osaka Bayside in Osaka, Japan. Fan-filmed...video footage of the concert can be seen below....Tyler's debut solo album, "We're All Somebody From...Somewhere ... ( read original story ...)


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Tokyo-The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., announced...today that it has begun deliveries of its...'BluEarth E70' to Subaru Corporation for use as...the original equipment tire on the automobile...maker's all-new Subaru XV. The tire size is...225/60R17 99H. Subaru ... ( read original story ...)


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The wake behind this JAMSTEC research vessel is...caused by the seismic sensors being towed behind...the boat. The sensors allow researchers to create...detailed images of the bedrock and structures...under the ocean's bottom. Credit: JAMSTEC The 11...March 2011 ... ( read original story ...)


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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 ...)


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If you ask him, as Business Insider did earlier...this year, what his favorite destination is, he...will immediately tell you it's Japan. "Japan is...endlessly, endlessly interesting to me," he said....And even after going on nine filming trips there,..."I don't ... ( read original story ...)


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TOKYO, March 30, 2017 /CNW/ -- From April of this...year, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) will...launch the following support measures to speed up...the pace of attracting to Tokyo fourth industrial...revolution companies, including companies in the...arenas ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei inches down on stronger yen; SoftBank gains help curb losses

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 ...)

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Police in the Japanese capital Tokyo are urging...operators to improve the safety standards of their...popular fancy dress go-kart tours of the city. The...sight of convoys of go-karts snaking through...Tokyo's streets, their drivers wearing outfits...based on the ... ( 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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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 ...)


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TOKYO -- Japanese diaper maker Unicharm took a...major step toward developing the Middle Eastern...market by opening its third plant in Saudi Arabia....The new factory, next to another manufacturing...center in Riyadh, apparently cost a few billion...yen (1 billion ... ( read original story ...)


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Imperial law is strict: Succession to the...Chrysanthemum Throne must be posthumous and only...males are eligible, as Kyodo News reports. The...Japanese public overwhelmingly supports allowing...emperors to retire, according to Kyodo, but...conservative supporters ... ( read original story ...)


Japan woos Saudi Arabia for world’s largest IPO
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Japan has offered to share its expertise in supply...chain management, healthcare and renewable energy...with Saudi Arabia, as the kingdom seeks to wean...its economic dependency on crude oil. Saudi King...Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud, the first monarch from...the ... ( read original story ...)


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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 ...)


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Sapporo on Thursday became the first major city in...Japan to officially recognize same-sex...partnerships between lesbian, gay, bisexual and...transgender couples. The city in northern Japan...also certifies partnerships between heterosexual...couples with gender ... ( 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 ...)


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Inpex Corp dropped 1.4 percent, Japan Petroleum...Exploration Co shed 1.0 percent. The broader Topix...fell 0.3 percent to 1,389.25 and the JPX-Nikkei...Index 400 declined 0.3 percent to 12,455.73. ( read original story ...)


Legoland Japan to open in Nagoya in April 2017
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NAGOYA - A new Legoland Japan theme park is set to...open in April 2017 in Nagoya, in Japan's Tokai...region. The park's operator said on Nov 25, that...the park is 80 per cent completed and will hire...over 600 staff members, according to The Asahi...Shimbun ... ( read original story ...)


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The Japan Times newsroom selected these national...news stories as the most important of 2016 ... atomic bombs and called for the elimination of...nuclear weapons. People in Tokyo watch a speech by...Emperor Akihito on Aug. 8. | BLOOMBERG 2. ( read original story ...)


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TOKYO — Mai Mihara placed second in the women's...free skate on Saturday to help Japan win the World...Team Trophy. The 17-year-old Mihara, the Four...Continents champion, received 146.71 points and...Wakaba Higuchi came third with 145.30, as Japan...clinched the ... ( read original story ...)


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TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have...arrested a 48-year-old man who allegedly slashed a...female acquaintance over a dispute related to the...composition of a piece of music, reports Nippon...News Network (Oct. 23). At around 7:00 p.m. on...Saturday ... ( read original story ...)


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“Japan poses little geopolitical risk ... in Japan says Tatsuya Jibiki from JLL’s...Properties and Facilities Management, Asset...Services Group. “Property values differ...significantly in regional cities, depending on the...quality of management operations, ... ( read original story ...)


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It landed in Japan's exclusive maritime economic...zone ... according to the official Korean Central News...Agency. KCNA cited Kim as ordering officials to...mass-produce and deploy the system all over the...country so as to "completely spoil the enemy's...wild ... ( read original story ...)


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Japan's consumer prices fell in September for the...seventh straight month, data showed Friday,...heaping more pressure on the central bank to push...back its inflation target deadline. The...disappointing data came as the world's third...largest economy struggles ... ( read original story ...)


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TOKYO -- Budget airline Jetstar Japan on Wednesday...launched a new fare option to make flying more...convenient for business travelers, aiming to...broaden its customer base. The so-called Flexibiz...bundle costs an additional 2,000 yen ($17.84) each...way for ... ( read original story ...)


Japan kindergarten apologises after possible hate-...
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TOKYO, Feb 21 (Reuters) - A Japanese kindergarten...that has ties to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife,...Akie, has apologised over online comments that...domestic media described as possible hate speech...against Koreans and Chinese people. The private...Tsukamoto ... ( read original story ...)


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TOKYO - Japanese electronics and energy giant...Toshiba Corp. said Tuesday that its chairman is...resigning to take responsibility for problems that...will result in a 713 billion yen ($6.3 billion)...loss in its nuclear business. Toshiba warned,...however ... ( read original story ...)


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NEW YORK: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe...described Donald Trump as a "trustworthy leader"...after meeting the US president-elect on Thursday...to get clarity on statements Trump had made while...campaigning that had caused concern about the...alliance. ( read original story ...)


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One woman suffered cuts to her head from falling...dishes, Kyodo news agency reported, citing fire...department officials. Japanese Minister for...Disaster Management Jun Matsumoto told reporters...about three hours after the quake that there had...been no reports ... ( read original story ...)


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We totally dig the makeup-free movement, but after...hearing about a Tokyo cafe that won’t hire women...who wear makeup, we’re a little mystified. After...all, while it’s lovely to be natural and work...with what you’re given, makeup is also a lot of...fun. ( read original story ...)


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You can ride in from Tokyo, which takes just over...two hours. The closest airport, Osaka...International, is about an hour by car. (Nightly...rates start at about $950, fourseasons.com) More...From Robbreport.com Kyoto’s Most Luxurious...Hotel Is Finally Open ... ( read original story ...)


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SAPPORO, Japan, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- With the Asian...Winter Games winding down without a glitch in...Sapporo, it is time for the three-time host of the...continental event to seriously consider a bid for...the Winter Olympics. Sapporo was the first Asian...city to ... ( 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 ...)


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TOKYO - Carlos Ghosn, who leads Nissan and...Renault, has tapped Hiroto Saikawa, a veteran...Japanese executive at Nissan, to replace him as...chief executive at the Japanese automaker,...although Ghosn will stay on as chairman. Nissan...Motor Co., based in Yokohama ... ( read original story ...)


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Nagoya, April 1 (Jiji Press)—Legoland Japan, an...outdoor theme park featuring miniature Japanese...cities made with millions of Lego bricks as well...as a number of amusement rides, opened in Nagoya...on Saturday. The park has seven areas: Factory,...Bricktopia ... ( read original story ...)


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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 ...)