US aircraft carriers join Japanese forces off North Korean coast for military training

North Korea's most recent test was conducted on Sunday, when it launched short-range Scud ballistic missile off its eastern coast, flying for six minutes before landing in the Sea of Japan. Fox News' Jennifer Griffin contributed to this report. ( read original story ...)

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The Self-Defence Forces will conduct drills from...Monday through Friday with the US military...participating as an observer, a Japanese...government source told Kyodo News. The exercises,...which do not involve actual troop deployments,...assume that the US and ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei edges down, but small cap stocks attract bu...
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TOKYO, March 7 Japan's Nikkei share average edged...down on Tuesday, following Wall Street's lead,...with investors deterred by geopolitical tensions...after the North Korean missile tests, while buying...continued to fuel in into small cap stocks. The...Nikkei fell ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s Kanto Bureau Adds FXGlobe and Tradeview Ma...
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The Kanto finance bureau of Japan’s Ministry...of Finance (MoF) has updated the warning list on...its website to caution potential investors against...about trading with two financial entities, FXGlobe...and Tradeview Markets. FXGlobe is a is located at...61 ... ( read original story ...)


AFC Champions League Review: Evergrande advance, A...
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The Chinese side's only loss en route to topping...the pool came against Jeju United, who wrapped up...second place with a 2-0 victory against Gamba...Osaka, which would have denied Adelaide...progression anyway. Esteghlal Khouzestan's 1-1...draw with winless Al ... ( 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 MPs call for nuclear bunkers as Kim Jong-...
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North Korea regularly threatens Japan with nuclear...annihilation and the regime’s official KCNA news...agency warned the country may be “reduced into...ashes” if it “behaves wickedly”. Kim has...conducted 10 missile tests this year in defiance...of United ... ( read original story ...)


New US Okinawa base backed by Japan Supreme Court
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Japan's Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the...government's plan to relocate a US airbase to a...remote part of the island of Okinawa. The island's...governor wanted the base moved off Okinawa...altogether and built in another part of Japan. The...US has about ... ( 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 ...)


Japan boosts swap deals with Asean
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YOKOHAMA, JAPAN— The Japanese government has...proposed to extend its bilateral swap agreement, a...stop-gap measure for short-term liquidity...problems, with the Philippines and other Asean...countries. “As economic ties between Asian and...Japan strengthen ... ( read original story ...)


Japan central bank governor says G20, IMF accept B...
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TOKYO Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said...on Tuesday that Group of 20 and International...Monetary Fund officials accept the view that the...central bank's quantitative easing policy is to...achieve its inflation target. Kuroda, speaking in...the lower ... ( read original story ...)


Japan lower house OKs bill allowing emperor to abdicate

A bill allowing 83-year-old Emperor Akihito to abdicate cleared the more powerful chamber of Japan's parliament on Friday, setting the stage for his elder son to succeed the Chrysanthemum throne. The bill, approved unanimously by the lower house ... ( read original story ...)

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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 ...)


Cameco to fight Tokyo Electric on cancellation of ...
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Canadian uranium producer Cameco Corp said on...Wednesday that Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) , the...operator of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima...nuclear plant, had scrapped its uranium supply...contract with the company. Cameco, one of the...world’s largest uranium ... ( read original story ...)


Why Japanese banks are chill about fintech
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Head of the fintech centre at the Bank of Japan,...Naoyuki Iwashita, said that Japanese institutions...fear this happening in their country. After the...law that prohibited fintech startups from owning...more than 5% of a technology company was abolished...... ( read original story ...)


Japan eyes U.S. nuclear pact that renews automatic...
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Japan will seek a nuclear pact with the United...States that renews automatically while it...continues reprocessing spent fuel and enriching...uranium, rather than a long-term pact similar to...one set to expire next year, government sources...said Tuesday. Ahead of ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's Abe Sends Offering to Yasukuni Imperi...
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... shrine to Japan’s war dead seen in China and...the two Koreas as a symbol of Japan's past...brutality and militarism, a move likely to spark...protest, Kyodo news agency reported. The offering...at the Yasukuni Shrine spring festival came as...Japan seeks ... ( read original story ...)


Japan moves closer to legalising casinos
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Japan's lower house of parliament on Tuesday...passed a long-awaited bill to legalise casinos, a...big step towards opening up a market that analysts...say could be worth some $30 billion a year. Some...opposition members walked out of the chamber...before the vote ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's @cosme ready to spread across Asia
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In fact, istyle, the operator of the well-regarded...cosmetics review website and retail chain in...Japan, is planning to open stores across Asia. The...Taiwan store opens in May. Istyle in 2007 began...opening @cosme stores in Japan, bringing together...brands that ... ( read original story ...)


‘Tokyo Ghoul’ Season 3 Coming Out Not In April But...
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In an interview with Anime News Network, Viz Media...explained that the fans have misquoted the...company's senior director Kevin Hamric from his...interview with ICv2. Many thought that the senior...director has confirmed the summer release of..."Tokyo Ghoul" season 3. ( read original story ...)


transcosmos : Opens “Work it! Plaza Sapporo”, a hi...
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transcosmos inc. (Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan;...President and COO: Masataka Okuda; TSE First...Section: 9715; hereafter, transcosmos) expanded...one of its contact centers, 'Marketing Chain...Management Center Sapporo Kitaguchi' (hereafter,...MCM Center Sapporo ... ( read original story ...)


Yokohama mayor apologizes to schoolboy bullied for...
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YOKOKAMA – Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi...apologized to a 13-year-old boy for the municipal...government’s failure to act swiftly when he was...bullied in elementary school for being a nuclear...evacuee from Fukushima Prefecture. The mayor said...Wednesday that ... ( read original story ...)


Japan, Short on Babies, Reaches a Worrisome Milestone

In a speech to business leaders this week, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for a “national movement” to address Japan’s demographic challenges. The government has taken steps to keep older workers in their jobs longer, and to encourage staff-hungry ... ( read original story ...)

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On Monday, Japan dispatched its biggest warship...since World War II to ... with 57 percent opposed. Another survey by Kyodo...News found 49 percent for and 47 percent...against. ( read original story ...)


Osaka restaurant to sell noodle dish model of Tsut...
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In celebration of the 60th anniversary of...Tsutenkaku, a beloved landmark in Osaka, a nearby...restaurant has come up with a special menu item --...a curry udon noodle dish that is a one-500th model...of the 100-meter tower. The special wheat flour...noodle dish is ... ( read original story ...)


Global casino operators on Japan charm offensive
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With a wealthy population and strong tourist...appeal, Japan's opening up to casinos is welcome...news for global operators impacted by China's...crackdown on corruption and currency outflows that...has hit revenues in Macau, the world's biggest...gambling hub. ( read original story ...)


Japan’s deflation-stagnation generation see no way...
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Japan remains definitively stuck, despite a long...and aggressive experiment with ultralow rates. A...quarter-century after its property bubble burst, a...penny-pinching generation has come of age knowing...only economic malaise, stagnant wages and...deflation — a ... ( read original story ...)


BoJ Minutes: Economic Recovery Continues Moderatel...
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TOKYO (Alliance News) - Members of the Bank of...Japan's monetary policy board said that the...country's economic recovery was continuing...moderately, although exports and production were...sluggish, due to downside risks stemming from the...slowdown in emerging ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo-Seoul currency swap deal unlikely until next...
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Yoo, also strategy and finance minister, told...reporters Sunday that although Tokyo and Seoul are...making efforts, there would be some delay in the...talks. As a result of the National...Assembly’s vote to impeach President Park...Geun-hye and its immediate ... ( read original story ...)


Bank of Japan updates on bond buying
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The Bank of Japan plans to keep its bond buying...activity at unchanged levels in June. The central...bank is expected to accumulate ¥7.85T of notes...next month based on the purchase ranges of various...maturity dates. The BOJ lowered its projection for...Treasury ... ( read original story ...)


What worries Japanese investors about India
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A survey, carried out by the Japan Bank for...International Cooperation recently, shows India...occupies the number one position as the preferred...Asian foreign market for Japanese investors. It...has pipped both China and Thailand to occupy this...position by 2016 ... ( read original story ...)


Roxon rocks on: Kippens Paralympic champion will c...
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Katarina Roxon is not done yet. The 23-year-old...swimmer has declared her intentions for the 2020...Paralympic Games in Tokyo. The pride of Kippens,...just 10 weeks removed from winning her first...Paralympic gold medal, made the decision to...continue competing ... ( read original story ...)


“Nagoya Animation Project” Documentary...
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The second part of the Nagoya Animation Project is...entitled Nagoya Anime Trend News. This program...will focus on conveying the latest information on...Nagoya-based anime productions, including...interviews with creators, voice actors, and...anisong performers. ( read original story ...)


Sapporo becomes 1st major Japanese city to recognize LGBT couples

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 ...)

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco ... when legal changes that let it give more...financial support to the utility are enacted, said...a person familiar with the government's thinking....But the company may have to hurry as gains in...financial markets ... ( read original story ...)


Toshiba’s troubled Westinghouse may be strategic f...
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Former nuclear brands from France and Japan, such...as Areva and Toshiba, are in decline.” While...Westinghouse is shackled by risks from delayed...projects in the U.S., the company may offer a...treasure trove of intellectual property and...expertise. Half of the ... ( read original story ...)


Woman set on fire in Japan restaurant
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TOKYO: A man set a woman on fire following an...argument in a ... The man and woman had been advised by police to...stay away from each following a dispute involving...their child, Kyodo News reported. ( read original story ...)


Japan's megabanks consider a pivot to America
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To tap this, Sumitomo Mitsui looks to increase...lending to local and Japanese businesses as well...as bolster brokerage services such as M&A...advising. Mizuho Financial Group is luring talent...from Western rivals to enhance its investment...banking operations and ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka couple held for receiving allowances for son...
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OSAKA – A 35-year-old Sakai, Osaka...Prefecture, man and his 32-year-old wife were...arrested on suspicion of unlawfully receiving...child care allowances for a boy who was last seen...about three years ago and would be 4 now,...investigators said Tuesday ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Warns against Protectionism
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14 de marzo de 2017, 09:11Tokyo, Mar 14 (Prensa...Latina) Finance Minister, Taro Aso, has expressed...his concern today over protectionism and stated...that the world economy should be kept open. These...statements were made in preparation for this...week's meeting ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo police crack down on cosplay kart tour safet...
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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 ...)


Southern Japan hit by 5.0 magnitude quake, no tsun...
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TOKYO An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude...of 5.0 hit southern Japan late on Tuesday but was...not likely to cause a tsunami, Japan...Meteorological Agency said. The 11:31 p.m. (10.31...a.m. ET) quake was centered in the Bungo strait...connecting the ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's energy future hinges on diplomatic pr...
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TOKYO -- After Japan's Economy, Trade and Industry...Minister Hiroshige Seko met with Sultan Ahmed al...Jaber, the United Arab Emirates' state minister...and CEO of Abu Dhabi National Oil, in January in...the emirate, he breathed a big sigh of relief. The...UAE ... ( read original story ...)


Priced out of the country: Houses in Sydney and Me...
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I was purchasing as a bit of an investment...opportunity in Niseko, Japan, along with with two...other friends,' Mr Linabury told Daily Mail...Australia. 'When you look at the comparative price...of property in Japan, and then take into account...splitting it three ... ( read original story ...)


Sapporo Is the First City In Japan To Recognize Gay Relationships

Sapporo has become the first city in Japan to officially recognize same-sex partnerships. According to Kyodo News, on Thursday the city also became the first to recognize partnerships between heterosexual couples with gender dysphoria. The initiative is ... ( read original story ...)

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BRIEF-Japan to form $900 mln investment fund with ...
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... with Russia - Nikkei * Japan Bank for...International Cooperation, Russian Direct...Investment Fund each to contribute roughly half to...fund totalling around $902 million for launch in...2017 - Nikkei Source text - s.nikkei.com/2fV8pCe...Next In Market News ( read original story ...)


Nikkei hits 14-month high as yen weakens and Wall ...
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TOKYO, March 2 Japan's Nikkei share average hit a...14-month peak on Thursday as the yen weakened...against the dollar on heightened expectations for...the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this...month and after Wall Street soared to record...highs. ( read original story ...)


Mao Kobayashi: Japanese cancer blogger dies at 34
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A former Japanese newsreader who won legions of...admirers after deciding to publicly chronicle her...battle with cancer has died of the disease. Mao...Kobayashi, who was named one of the BBC's 100...Women in 2016, died late on Thursday at home in...Tokyo ... ( read original story ...)


500 Startups closes $35M Japan fund with the backi...
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“[Cool Japan’s involvement] is symbolic in a...way because there ... who in the past would push for an exit via IPO as...a risk-averse way to ensure a return on...investment. “Historically if you wanted to do a...$20 million-$30 million round you didn ... ( read original story ...)


Is China Repeating Japan’s Missteps?
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China and Japan may seem to inhabit alternative...economic universes. After more than two decades of...stagnation, Japan is a fading global power that...can’t seem to revive its fortunes no matter...what unorthodox gimmicks it tries. By contrast,...China’s ... ( read original story ...)


Japan tries to solve the problem of employees lite...
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At Dentsu, a 24-year-old woman killed herself...after putting in 100 hours of overtime. A...government spokesman told Bloomberg News that...Japan needs to “end the norm of long working...hours so people can balance their lives with...things like raising a child or ... ( read original story ...)


Japan economy likely to grow at pace: BOJ
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TOKYO: Japan’s economy is expected to continue...growing at a pace well above its potential, Bank...of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said. Kuroda...made the comments at a press conference after the...central bank upgraded its assessment of the...country’s ... ( read original story ...)


Japan one-ups Scotland with whisky coveted around ...
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YAMAZAKI, Japan - A dim storage room surrounded by...bamboo groves and pastoral hills is filled...wall-to-wall with 3,000 wooden barrels. Here...sleeps, for years, sometimes decades, prized...Japanese whisky. The Suntory distillery in...Yamazaki, near the ancient ... ( read original story ...)


Does Japan's leader spend too much time in pa...
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A Nikkei survey found that over the past six...years, Abe and his predecessors participated in...parliament an average of over 90 days a year....Japan Akademeia, a research organization, reports...that Britain's prime minister attended...parliamentary sessions on 36 ... ( read original story ...)


YouCam Makeup Retail Consultations Adopted at Fruit Gathering’s New Tokyo Ginza Store

TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Perfect Corp. announces YouCam Makeup’s consultation mode will be available at Fruit Gathering’s new Ginza store starting June 15 th, 2017. The new store includes a “Virtual Makeup Studio” in which customers try true-to ... ( read original story ...)

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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 ...)


Japan puts free early education, drug reform on wi...
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TOKYO -- Free nursery school and kindergarten for...families nationwide as well as tighter control of...ballooning medical costs highlight Japan's newest...strategies to achieve growth, The Nikkei learned...Monday. The government's policy and reform draft ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei rises as banks advance on U.S. deregulation...
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TOKYO, Feb 6 Japan's Nikkei share average rose on...Monday morning as bank stocks soared following...moves by U.S. President Donald Trump to reduce...regulation in the financial sector, but a slightly...stronger yen kept gains limited. The Nikkei rose...0.2 percent ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei rises for 1st time this week on weak yen; T...
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TOKYO, June 16 Japan's Nikkei share average...rebounded on Friday morning, rising for the first...time in the week as the dollar bounced against the...yen after solid U.S. data, while financial stocks...attracted strong gains. Trading in Takata Corp...stock was ... ( read original story ...)


Tsunami hits Japan after strong earthquake
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A powerful earthquake rocked northern Japan on...Tuesday, briefly disrupting cooling functions at a...nuclear plant and generating a tsunami that hit...the same region devastated by a massive quake,...tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011. (Reuters)...See more of ... ( 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 ...)


Rule change could make Abe longest-serving leader ...
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TOKYO -- Japan's ruling party is expected to...approve a change in party rules Sunday that could...pave the way for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to...become the country's longest-serving leader in the...post-Second World War era. It is a remarkable...turnaround for Abe ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's Princess Mako to marry ocean-loving l...
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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 ...)


Abdication of Japan’s emperor moves a step c...
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TOKYO Japanese Emperor Akihito's abdication moved...a step closer ... that we can expect it to pass speedily," Chief...Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news...conference prior to the vote. While no definite...plan for an abdication has been confirmed ... ( read original story ...)


Nissan banks on after-sales ‘hyper-personalization...
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YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan is going to offer...internet access, safety technology and myriad...accessory options the Japanese automaker calls...“hyper-personalization,” not only in...new models but also for vehicles people already...own. Nissan Motor Co ... ( read original story ...)


Air Canada is flying round trip from LAX to Nagoya, Japan, for $476

Sfseltzer RT @latimestravel: Air Canada is flying round trip from LAX to Nagoya, Japan, for $476 https://t.co/VvP5rBGKHd 27 minutes ago Cool Japan News Air Canada is flying round trip from LAX to Nagoya, Japan, for $476 - Los Angeles Times https://t.co ... ( read original story ...)

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Blizzard pounds northern Japan
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A blizzard is battering wide areas of northern...Japan, with weather authorities warning of...avalanches, heavy snow, high waves and transport...disruption. The winter storm has piled up 30 to 60...centimetres of snow on the northern island of...Hokkaido and on the ... ( read original story ...)


Key issues for Japan's economy as BOJ monetar...
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TOKYO - Japan's central bank issued an upbeat...assessment of the world's third-largest economy...when it wrapped up its final meeting of the year...Tuesday by keeping its ultra-lax monetary policy...unchanged. The Bank of Japan kept its key policy...interest rate ... ( read original story ...)


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


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MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine has paid tribute to...Chris Cornell, saying that the world has "lost one...of the most beautiful voices in rock." Cornell...performed a concert with SOUNDGARDEN at the Fox...Theatre on Wednesday night (May 17) and was found...dead in ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s MUFG says head of its core banking u...
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TOKYO, May 24 (Reuters) - Mitsubishi UFJ Financial...Group Inc on Wednesday said Takashi Oyamada,...chief executive of core banking unit Bank of...Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU), would step down on...June 14. Japan's largest lender by assets named...BTMU ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo festival produces heartwarming trilogy of As...
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TOKYO -- Cannes-winning Brillante Mendoza is among...the three directors tapped by the Tokyo...International Film Festival to create..."Reflections," a trilogy that depicts the...intertwining of stories among Asian nations. Be it...a Filipino worker in Japan or a ... ( read original story ...)


Night rescue: Sailor plucked from Tokyo Express of...
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Neri, who has been flying Cormorants since 2010,...joined another aircraft commander and two search...and rescue technicians to locate the Tokyo Express...around midnight ... at the right time," Neri told CBC News. The...timing has to be precise. ( read original story ...)


Japan firms’ Q1 capex rises as recovery gath...
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Ministry of Finance (MOF) data issued on Thursday...showed companies raised ... It follows a preliminary estimate that Japan's...economy grew an annualised 2.2 percent on the back...of rising global demand. A recent run of...indicators points to continued economic ... ( read original story ...)


Moritomo files for bankruptcy protection in Osaka
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according to a different lawyer working on behalf...of Moritomo who cited the construction company...that erected the buildings for the elementary...school as well as the central government and the...Osaka prefectural government. The lawyer spoke at...a news ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Airlines : Air Commuter starts operations wi...
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Release date- 26042017 - Toulouse, - Japan Air...Commuter Co. Ltd. (JAC) performed its first ATR...42-600 flight today. JAC's flight 3741 departed...from Kagoshima at 8:50 am (local time) for a...40-minute flight to Yakushima. The aircraft then...performed three ... ( read original story ...)