Women’s canoe added to 2020 Olympics, opening doors for female athletes

When the International Olympic Committee announced last week that women's canoe events will be added to the 2020 Games, it was news Hannah MacIntosh had been ... C-1 200-metre and C-2 500-metre races at the Tokyo Games. Until now, those Olympic events ... ( read original story ...)

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Snow Joke: check out these snow sculptures at Sapp...
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The Sapporo snow fest has started in Japan...featuring its famous collection of snow...sculptures! This year features many famous faces...and locations from around the world. You may...recognise Pikotaro who became an internet legend...with his song 'Pen-Pineapple-Pen'. ( read original story ...)


Tokyo stocks lower by break, Takata dives on US de...
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At the lunch break, Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei index...was down 0.91 percent, or 175.38 points, at...19,111.90, while the broader Topix index of all...first-section issues was down 0.84 percent, or...12.95 points, at 1,531.94. US officials said...Friday that Takata ... ( read original story ...)


Asia stocks find relief as China set to return sei...
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The dollar will remain strong. One key question is...whether the Dow Jones will hit the 20,000 mark,"...said Koichi Yoshikawa, executive director of...financial markets at Standard Chartered Bank in...Tokyo. Expectations that U.S. President-elect...Donald Trump will ... ( read original story ...)


Japan hit by earthquake considered an aftershock o...
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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 ...)


Japan Proximity Sensors Market – Growth, Tre...
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Research and Markets has announced the addition of...the "Japan Proximity Sensors Market - Growth,...Trends And Forecasts (2016 - 2021)" report to...their offering. The Japan Proximity sensors market...is expected to increase to $0.42 billion by 2020...at a CAGR of ... ( 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 ...)


Foreigners detained in Japan stage hunger strike t...
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Miyasako said in a news conference at the Foreign...Correspondents' Club of Tokyo. They have since...recovered. Immigration officials say such people...simply need to leave Japan. "The decision has been...made that they are to return and so we keep...talking to them ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei rises as banks gain on U.S. deregulation ho...
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TOKYO Feb 6 Japan's Nikkei share average rose on...Monday as bank stocks climed following measures...ordered by U.S. President Donald Trump to reduce...regulation in the financial sector, although a...slightly stronger yen kept gains limited. The...Nikkei rose 0.3 ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s PM to meet Toyota president before Trump s...
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would...meet the head of Toyota Motor Corp on Friday, as...Tokyo compiles a plan to ward off U.S. criticism...of Japanese trade policy before a summit with...President Donald Trump next week. Trump, who has...pledged to put ... ( read original story ...)


Itochu's streamlined Dole business returns to...
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TOKYO -- Japanese general trading house Itochu is...pressing ahead with a strategic selection and...concentration policy for its Dole fresh produce...and packaged foods business, which it purchased...four years ago. Thanks partly to cost reductions...due to a ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo, Japan: Three rules to see the secret side of the city

Peace and quiet in Tokyo? A lost cause? Holidaying Australians go elsewhere to relax. In Tokyo, which we’re visiting in increasing numbers, we chase excitement. We want to experience the famed hustle-and-bustle of a capital where innovative architecture ... ( read original story ...)

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Japan's GDP grows but economists strike cauti...
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TOKYO -- Japan's economy expanded at a steady pace...in the three months ended in December, logging...growth for the fourth straight quarter....Economists, however, are still cautious about the...outlook for the world's third-largest economy....Japan's real gross ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's ANA to lease four Boeing 737-800s as ...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's ANA Holdings Inc...(:9202.T), will lease four Boeing (NYSE:BA - News)...737-800 aircraft while it awaits delayed...deliveries of the country's first commercial...aircraft in 50 years, the 90-seat Mitsubishi...Regional Jet (MRJ), a senior ... ( read original story ...)


MIZUHO BANK BEGINS API BANKING ON IBM CLOUD TO HEL...
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IBM Japan today announced the launch of API (*1)...banking for Mizuho Bank, designed to enhance the...customer experience by providing them tailored...services and solutions. The bank will run IBM...Japan’s FinTech API solution (*2), as well as...IBM API Connect ... ( read original story ...)


Tillerson says diplomacy with North Korea has ‘fai...
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Thursday’s news conference in Tokyo also looks...to be the new secretary’s only forum for...speaking to the media during this trip, and even...then, he took questions from only four,...pre-selected reporters. ( read original story ...)


Tokyo, Hong Kong stocks join global rally
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TOKYO/HONG KONG - Tokyo and Hong Kong stocks...soared on Thursday after diving the previous day...on Donald Trump's shock win in the US presidential...election, as global stocks and the dollar rallied....The benchmark Nikkei 225 index, which plummeted...5.4% on ... ( read original story ...)


Japan should take leadership role in UNSC reform p...
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"Japan would have to take a lead and make a real...concerted private, as well as public, effort to...engage early and strongly and kind of become the...spokesman for the expansion group," Shirin...Tahir-Kheli told Kyodo News in a recent interview...at her ... ( read original story ...)


Japan holding mass evacuations in preparation for ...
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It comes as the threat from North Korea peaks...following news it will soon have developed a...missile capable ... Although North Korea hasn't actually made any...direct threats against Japan, tubby tyrant Kim has...claimed he could target US military bases ... ( 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 ...)


Japan emperor celebrates birthday, thanks public o...
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TOKYO - Japan's Emperor Akihito marked his 83rd...birthday Friday, thanking the people for their...concern and effort to accommodate his apparent...abdication wish. "I am profoundly grateful that...many people have lent an ear to my words and are...giving sincere ... ( read original story ...)


Air New Zealand to fly to a second Tokyo airport
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Air New Zealand will split its Tokyo services...between Haneda and Narita Airports from July next...year, offering customers two points of entry into...Japan's capital city. The airline currently...operates daily flights to Narita International...Airport increasing ... ( read original story ...)


Scandal clouds outlook for Japan’s Abe, Tokyo poll may give clues

TOKYO Just a few months ago, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looked ... "Chief Cabinet Secretary (Yoshihide) Suga's haughty attitude at his news conference and his attack on the former official personally were a mistake," said one Liberal Democratic Party ... ( read original story ...)

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Fukushima to Host Olympic Baseball, Softball at To...
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Tokyo 2020 will be the first time that baseball...and softball have been featured at the Olympics...since 2008. A stadium in the city of Yokohama will...host other baseball and softball games. "Fukushima...will have a great platform to show the world the...extent of ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s big firms kick off job interviews with 201...
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Major firms were allowed to start holding...information sessions with university recruits at...the beginning of March. The Japan Business...Federation (Keidanren) the nation’s biggest...business lobby, called on member firms to start...information sessions with ... ( read original story ...)


MUFG builds new bond teams to chase market share o...
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The Japanese bank has a capital and business...alliance with Morgan Stanley dating back to the...global financial crisis, and is restricted in...underwriting notes for some companies in the US...based on the agreement. “I don’t think...we would enter the arena ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei rises, catching tailwind from Wall Street; ...
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TOKYO Jan 25 Japan's Nikkei share average rose on...Wednesday, getting a lift from record finishes on...Wall Street on hopes the new U.S. administration...will push up growth through a spending boost. The...S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite set record...highs on ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo stocks fall by break, despite Wall St record
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Tokyo stocks lost early gains to end Wednesday...morning's session ... Toyota slipped 0.12 percent to 6,470 yen and...banking giant Mitsubishi UFJ Financial was down...0.23 percent at 772.2 yen. But Toshiba soared...nearly 12 percent to 205.2 yen on expectations ... ( read original story ...)


Russia’s Rosatom negotiating joint projects with J...
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MOSCOW, April 9. /TASS/. Russia’s state nuclear...corporation Rosatom is negotiating with Japanese...companies possible cooperation on joint nuclear...projects in third countries, Rosatom’s CEO...Alexei Likhachev said on Sunday. "An important...subject that was ... ( read original story ...)


ING powers the way into solar energy in Japan
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This was one of the first Japanese solar projects...arranged by ING Asia. The bank acted as mandated...lead arranger, interest rate swap arranger,...facility and security agent and account bank....“We can build on this experience and best...practice to finance ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo, Shanghai lower in quiet holiday trade
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broker at Okasan Securities in Tokyo. Japan's...banking sector remained under selling pressure on...negative news in the sector from overseas. Italy...on Friday approved a state-funded rescue of the...world's oldest bank, Monte dei Paschi di Siena...(BMPS), while ... ( read original story ...)


G20 finance heads seen keeping FX language intact ...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Group of 20 finance leaders will...likely refrain from making big changes to their...commitment to resist currency wars at this month's...meeting in Germany, despite U.S. President Donald...Trump's rhetoric on exchange-rate policy, Japan's...former ... ( read original story ...)


Mattis: US will defend Japanese islands claimed by...
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Japan also has an ADIZ over the islands ... A statement on Pyongyang's Korean Central News...Agency said deployment of THAAD is pushing the...Korean peninsula to the "brink of a nuclear war."...The statement said THAAD was part of an offensive...strategy between ... ( read original story ...)


Campaigning for Tokyo polls kicks off

Official campaigning kicked off yesterday for the Tokyo metropolitan assembly election, seen as a bellwether for national trends. A total of 259 candidates will be vying for 127 seats in the election on July 2, which will pit the ruling Liberal Democratic ... ( read original story ...)

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Japan, Russia set to agree on $2.5bn deal
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Discussions of project details are now in the...final stages. Among the projects is the joint...provision of around 1 billion euros ($1.04...billion) in loans by the Japan Bank for...International Cooperation (JBIC) and a financial...institution in Europe for ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s Princess Mako is marrying a legal assistan...
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Quasi-public NHK TV reported the news late Tuesday...and the Imperial Household Agency confirmed the...report to Japanese media who belong to an...exclusive “press club” system. But the agency...declined comment to The Associated Press. The man...who won the ... ( read original story ...)


Nigeria and Japan should further expand diplomatic...
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Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria Sadanobu Kusaoke in...this interview gave a detailed assessment of the...Nigeria-Japan relations and noted that in spite of...the many inroads made, the potential is not yet...fully utilized KEEPING in view the history of...Nigeria ... ( read original story ...)


Highly efficient genome engineering in flowering p...
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Plant biologists at ITbM, Nagoya University have...developed a genome editing method to knockout...target genes in a model plant with high...efficiency. The team reports a new CRISPR/Cas9...vector for the model plant that can strongly...induce inheritable mutations. ( read original story ...)


Earthquake rumbles off Japan’s coast, but country ...
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An earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan...early Saturday, but no deaths or damage resulted...from the 6.2-magnitude tremor, officials said. The...U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit 7.5...miles from Onagawa, near Sendai, at 6:42 a.m. The...Japan ... ( read original story ...)


Inside the weird and wonderful world of Tokyo wher...
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INCREDIBLE pictures show life inside the weird and...wonderful city of Tokyo, where people in cosplay...mix with flag-waving nationalists and a man...wanders around carrying a giant turtle. Japan’s...capital is a bustling metropolis of millions of...people where ... ( read original story ...)


Witness the Beautiful City of Osaka Get Illuminate...
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Watch one of the busiest areas in Osaka (大阪)...light up with candles for two hours as buildings...and business establishments around switch off...their lights in an effort of creating...environmental awareness and saving energy. The...event is called “One ... ( read original story ...)


"The Tokyo Trial: for World Peace" launc...
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A book providing a comprehensive picture of the...Tokyo Trials, also known as the International...Military Tribunal for the Far East, drew crowds at...the Gaudeamus book fair in Romania on Thursday....The book tells the story of Japanese war criminals...tried after ... ( read original story ...)


Australian convict pirates in Japan: evidence of 1...
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Exclusive: Fresh translations of samurai accounts...of ‘barbarian’ ship arriving at the height of...Japan’s feudal isolation corroborate a story...long dismissed as fantasy A watercolour of a...British-flagged ship that arrived off the coast of...Mugi ... ( read original story ...)


Walking across ancient Japan
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OSAKA, Japan — The 1,000-year-old pilgrimage to...the Kumano Sanzen — the three great Shinto...shrines on Japan’s Kii Peninsula south of Osaka...— was once so popular that “like ants on the...Kumano pilgrimage” became a popular description...of crowds ... ( read original story ...)


From Bronx to Tokyo, Darvish vs Tanaka creates buzz

By the time Tanaka bounded out to the mound and warmed up to the peppy music of Japanese girl band Momoiro Clover Z, it was 8:47 p.m. for the first pitch — that was 9:47 a.m. Saturday in Tokyo for the national telecast back in his homeland. "Breakfast at ... ( read original story ...)

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TOKYO -- Japan's government has upgraded its...assessment of the economy for the first time in...six months in light of healthy consumer spending...-- though neither the cabinet, the business...community nor the public seems truly confident...that things are looking up. ( read original story ...)


Nikkei pauses after rally, earthquake impact seen ...
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... after a strong rally and as investors pondered...the impact of a powerful earthquake that hit...northern Japan. Before the Tokyo market opened,...Nikkei futures traded in the United States briefly...slipped after the quake, which also triggered a...tsunami. ( read original story ...)


Nikkei falls to more than 1-week low as stronger y...
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TOKYO Feb 2 Japan's Nikkei share average fell on...Thursday to its lowest in more than a week after a...stronger yen soured sentiment. Toyota Motor Corp...underperformed after posting weak monthly sales in...the United States. Eyes were also on Japanese...domestic ... ( read original story ...)


Foreign trends play larger role in Japanese growth...
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TOKYO -- The Japanese economy appears likely to...expand by roughly 1% this year, but foreign risks...such as a protectionist shift in Western nations...and a stronger dollar threaten to undermine the...growth potential. The global economy is trending...upward. ( read original story ...)


Nikkei slips as Trump trade fades, steelmakers lea...
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TOKYO, Jan 16 Japan's Nikkei share average slipped...on Monday as investors locked in gains, bracing...for more detail on the Trump Administration's...trade policies, with steelmakers and shippers...leading the losses. The Nikkei average dropped 0.9...percent to ... ( read original story ...)


Yokohama’s Profits and Sales Fall in First Three Q...
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Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. reported net income of...8.5 billion yen on net sales of 410.2 billion yen...for the first three quarters of the year ended...Sept. 30, 2016. That compares to income of 18.3...billion yen on sales of 443.7 billion yen in the...year-ago ... ( read original story ...)


Brexit: Japanese banks tell Government they will m...
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Ministers have met with top Japanese bank bosses,...who reiterated fears about the potential negative...impact of Brexit on their UK businesses and urged...clarity from the Government about its plans. The...Chancellor Philip Hammond has himself conceded on...a ... ( read original story ...)


Central bank plays trump card early to shock marke...
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TOKYO -- The Bank of Japan last week offered to...buy bonds at a fixed yield to curb rising interest...rates, playing what was seen as an ultimate trump...card far earlier than many expected. The BOJ...announced its first-ever fixed-rate purchase...operation on the ... ( read original story ...)


PM assures support for Japanese enterprises
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As Japan’s major economic and industrial region,...Kansai is home to 10 prefectures including three...big cities of Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe with strength...in manufacturing industry. The Kansai economic...region is worth nearly 931 billion USD, focusing...on garment ... ( read original story ...)


Japan, Russia to hold talks in March on joint acti...
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The row over the islands, claimed by Tokyo, off...Japan's northernmost main island Hokkaido has...prevented the two countries from signing a peace...treaty. To have fuller access to the Kyodo News...website, it is necessary to subscribe. We offer a...broad range of ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo zoo announces baby panda’s sex

Tokyo: A baby panda recently born in Japan is a girl, a Tokyo zoo said, adding that the little cub appeared to be in good health. Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo celebrated the first birth of a baby panda in five years on June 12, prompting rolling television reports ... ( read original story ...)

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Tokyo 2020: Golf course bows to pressure over fema...
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READ: Why Tokyo 2020 organizers hope for a...Fukushima role reversal Visit CNN.com/sport/golf...for more news and features Tokyo 2020 will be...golf's second appearance on the Olympic programme...since 1904 after its return in Rio de Janeiro....Skateboarding ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's SBI, others invest 26.3 mln euros in ...
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NEW YORK, March 13 Japanese financial conglomerate...SBI Holdings Inc and a subsidiary of German media...company Bertelsmann SE & Co KGaA have backed...Berlin-based solarisBank AG, a fully licensed...startup bank that enables businesses to offer...digital financial ... ( 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 ...)


Dior takes to rooftop with new looks to launch Tok...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Christian Dior launched its new...Tokyo store with a fashion show in the rooftop...gardens of a luxury mall, where models sported new...looks from its creative director Maria Grazia...Chiuri. Underlining Dior's connection with Japan,...which is an ... ( read original story ...)


Japan, South Korea eye joint action on companies a...
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TOKYO -- Japan and South Korea are joining the...U.S. in punishing companies that have helped North...Korea's missile and nuclear weapons development,...starting with a Chinese trading company suspected...of money laundering. Pyongyang conducted its...second nuclear ... ( read original story ...)


Starhill Global Reit sells Japan property for $5.1...
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It only formed 0.1% of the company's portfolio by...asset value. According to OCBC investment...research, Starhill Global REIT (SGREIT) recently...divested its entire beneficial interests in the...Harajuku Secondo Property for a cash consideration...of JPY410.2m ($5 ... ( read original story ...)


3 giant pandas return to China from Japan under ag...
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Three giant pandas born and raised in Japan have...been returned to China under a standard ... wild pandas as well as sanctuaries and breeding...centers. The official Xinhua News Agency were...traveling Tuesday to the Chengdu Research Base of...Giant Panda ... ( read original story ...)


7 missing after U.S. warship collides with Japanes...
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TOKYO—Seven crew members are reportedly missing...and one injured after a U.S. Navy destroyer...collided early Saturday morning with a merchant...ship off the coast of Japan, the country’s coast...guard reported. Footage from the Japanese TV...network NHK showed ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's unmanned experimental probe fails to ...
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New Delhi: On December 9, 2016, Japan sent H-II...Transfer Vehicle Kounotori 6 (HTV6) into space to...deliver supplies to the International Space...Station (ISS). The same cargo ship was also...supposed to complete another mission during its...return journey ... ( read original story ...)


Sapporo 2017 hailed as “Clean Games” b...
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The Sapporo 2017 Asian Winter Games held last...month were "doping ... writing for the official website of his beloved...Manchester United, the Manchester Evening News and...BBC Sport. ( read original story ...)


Budget cuts threaten rollout of earthquake early warning system

Now, those plans, and the lives it could save, could be in jeopardy. In an earthquake zone every second counts. Early warning systems are already operational in Mexico and Japan. Prior to a massive 9.0 quake in 2011 people in Tokyo got a quake warning of ... ( read original story ...)

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Japan’s Abe seeks Saudi support for Aramco listing...
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Besides Tokyo, markets in New York, London, Hong...Kong, Singapore and Toronto, are vying for what...could be the world’s largest IPO, potentially...raising as much as $100bn. While the Japanese...government is keen to have Aramco shares trade in...Tokyo ... ( read original story ...)


Best team-building activities in Osaka
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Take team-building to the next level with a closer...look at Osaka’s food, its landmarks, locals and...Japanese culture. With mouth-watering displays of...plastic food on show in many of the city’s...restaurant windows, groups can try creating their...own versions. ( read original story ...)


ICS system effective in reducing accidents when re...
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NAGOYA: Toyota's latest Intelligent Clearance...Sonar (ICS) has managed to reduce accidents...involving pedal misapplication and reversing by...70% and 40% respectively. The Japanese carmaker's...ICS system helps to prevent or mitigate collision...damage while in ... ( read original story ...)


Around the world with Manu Feildel: Episode five &...
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Here I am more than halfway into my trip and Tokyo...greets me with bright lights and people...everywhere. It's crazier than Hong Kong in very...many ways and I loved discovering the weird and...wonderful in this city. Visiting the Tsukiji fish...markets and seeing ... ( read original story ...)


The Latest: Pence visits USS Ronald Reagan carrier...
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TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Vice President...Mike Pence's trip to Asia (all times local): 9:30...a.m. Wednesday U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is...on board an American aircraft carrier stationed in...Japan amid heightened tension on the Korean...Peninsula. ( read original story ...)


Recent IPO Trivago Takes Trip North After Strong Q...
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which includes Japan, India and Russia. IBD'S...TAKE: For news and analysis on the hottest initial...public offerings, visit the IBD page on IPO...Leaders. "The investments we have made in the...business are paying off," Trivago Chief Financial...Officer Axel ... ( read original story ...)


Japan business mood up, points to better BOJ tanka...
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TOKYO Confidence among Japanese manufacturers...bounced in June to match a decade-high level...recorded in April and is expected to rise for...several months, a Reuters survey found, providing...more evidence of economic recovery. Service-sector...mood rose to a two ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei falls to near 2-week low after Trump's...
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TOKYO, Jan 12 Japan's Nikkei share average dropped...to a near two-week low on Thursday morning after...President-elect Donald Trump failed to provide...clarity on future fiscal policies in a...highly-awaited press briefing. The pharmaceutical...sector was heavily ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Display still swimming in red ink after miss...
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TOKYO -- Japan Display's dismal fiscal 2016...earnings stood out in the sea of good results from...electronic-device makers, but the company has only...itself to blame for misreading a clear shift in...demand from its biggest customer -- Apple. The...major LCD panel ... ( read original story ...)


Japan, China, South Korea pledge to resist protect...
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YOKOHAMA, Japan Finance leaders of Japan, China...and South Korea agreed to resist all forms of...protectionism in a trilateral meeting on Friday,...taking a stronger stand than G20 major economies...against the protectionist policies advocated by...U.S. President ... ( read original story ...)