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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Asian stocks gain on Japan data, awaiting U.S.-Chi...
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TOKYO -- Asian markets were mostly higher Monday,...cheered by a positive report on the Japanese...economy, as players awaited a meeting between U.S....President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart...later in the week. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's...benchmark Nikkei ... ( read original story ...)


Japan to provide $7.73 billion in aid to Myanmar, ...
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and drive it forward," Abe told a joint news...conference in Tokyo with Myanmar leader Aung San...Suu Kyi. The rest of the aid would be spent on...areas such as airports and electricity projects,...Japanese officials said. Suu Kyi is visiting Japan...to court ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese Banks Could Use Common Blockchain for Mon...
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The Japanese Bankers Association (JBA) is working...toward the development of a common blockchain...platform for the country’s banks to begin trials...of core banking processes including money...transfers. The JBA is essentially an association...that represents ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese Santur Player Returns Home From Iran With...
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For this purpose, Iwasaki, 27, is aiming at santur...solo performance. He stayed in Iran for four years...to expand what he had initially learnt of santur...at Osaka College of Music. Before Iwasaki left...Iran for Japan, ISNA conducted an interview...(published on ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo market sees chance to revive fortunes in hug...
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Japan Exchange Group's Akira Kiyota plans to meet...with senior ... By comparison, the Saudi exchange has a total...market capitalization of somewhat more than $400...billion. The proposed IPO would necessarily...involve a multiple listing. The TSE has no...shortage ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo gets November snow for first time in 54 year...
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Tokyo woke up Thursday to its first November...snowfall in more than half a century, leaving...commuters to grapple with train disruptions and...slick streets. Snow began falling before dawn with...the mercury approaching zero as a cold weather...system moved south ... ( read original story ...)


Cost fears as Tokyo toughens tobacco laws
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A battle over an anti-smoking law in Tokyo is...becoming increasingly intense as the city prepares...to host the Olympics. As Laura Frykberg reports,...bars and restaurants are worried about their...businesses and a ban could cut into government tax...revenues ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Airlines to add flights to Australia, Hawaii
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TOKYO -- Japan Airlines will launch additional...flights serving Australia and Hawaii as early as...September, revamping its international routes for...the first time since undergoing bankruptcy...reorganization in 2010. In addition to an existing...route between ... ( read original story ...)


Japan and the Monetary Policy Magical Mystery Tour
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But as Japan is painfully discovering ... The gold reserve of each country, secured in...respective central bank vaults, constituted the...foundation for both credit creation by commercial...banks and the “legal tender” or...banknotes issued by the central ... ( read original story ...)


RUBBER-Tokyo futures prices after evening session ...
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Following are prices for Tokyo rubber futures at...the end of the Tokyo market's evening session on...Feb 2017. Contract Day Volume Evening Volume...17-Feb 331.0 - 331.0 - 17-Mar 315.6 20 315.6 14...17-Apr 308.3 138 308.3 5 17-May 303.4 120 303.4 15...17-Jun 295.2 ... ( read original story ...)


Toshiba stock knocked from top-tier listing as financial woes deepen

... brunt of its financial pain after delaying its full-year financial report for a sixth time. But the gloomier outlook is enough to trigger an automatic demotion to the second rung of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The move was not unexpected after the Tokyo ... ( read original story ...)

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Osaka hospital discovers perforated intravenous dr...
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OSAKA – A hospital in Osaka said Wednesday...it had found perforated intravenous drip bags that...were to be used for patients, following fatal drip...poisonings in September at a Yokohama hospital....Kitano Hospital in the city of Osaka said no...patients were ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's Abe: Trump shares view that monetary ...
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Trump has questioned the small number of U.S. auto...exports to Japan, raising concerns he could pursue...protectionist trade policies to lower the U.S....trade deficit. Separately, Bank of Japan Governor...Haruhiko Kuroda said the central bank stood ready...to cut ... ( read original story ...)


Gambling shares up on Japan casino vote
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Shares in some of the world's biggest gambling...firms have rallied after the legalisation of...casinos in Japan moved a step closer. A...parliamentary panel approved a long-awaited bill,...effectively meaning it is guaranteed to become...law, possibly as soon as ... ( read original story ...)


Duffy wins Yokohama in return to ITU World Triathl...
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YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Flora Duffy of Bermuda...won Saturday's ITU World Triathlon Series race,...finishing almost two minutes ahead of series...leader Katie Zaferes of the United States. Duffy,...the 2016 world champion, clocked 1 hour, 56...minutes, 18 seconds ... ( read original story ...)


Fiona Hyslop promotes Scottish business in Japan
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She will meet business leaders in Tokyo and...Nagasaki to promote Scotland as a place to invest...and do business. The cabinet secretary said Japan...was "a very important international partner for...Scotland". The Scottish government said Japan was...one of the top ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo’s governor decides to modernize Tsukij...
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TOKYO — The Tokyo governor says the giant...Tsukiji fish market, popular with tourists, will...stay, although it will get modernized and...developed within five years. Gov. Yuriko Koike,...the first woman to lead Japan’s capital, told...reporters Tuesday that ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Has A “Secondary Market” – For Servicing Mob...
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Mynet Is The Biggest Player In The Secondary...Market The most high-profile company in Japan’s...Secondary Market is Tokyo-based Mynet (3928),...which went IPO in December 2015. The company...currently has a market cap of US$250 million,...employs 600 people and ... ( read original story ...)


‘Furniture town’ gets 1,350-piece cache of chairs ...
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After he went independent to set up his own...advertising office in Osaka in the 1980s, Oda made...frequent trips ... for preserving daily commodities with great...designs as common property while there were design...museums in many developed countries overseas. ( read original story ...)


Nikkei rises on Wall Street gains, other Asian ind...
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TOKYO — Asian shares were mostly lower Tuesday,...erasing initial gains. Tokyo’s benchmark rose,...cheered by gains on Wall Street. KEEPING SCORE:...Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 added 0.8 per cent...to finish at 20,230.41. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200...edged ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei falls to near 6-week low on strong yen; Hon...
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TOKYO Jan 17 Japan's Nikkei fell to its lowest...level in more than a month on Tuesday as a strong...yen soured sentiment, while shares of Honda...tumbled after it said an air bag made by Takata...Corp had ruptured in one of its cars in Japan. The...Nikkei share ... ( read original story ...)


Europe and Japan Near Trade Deal as U.S. Takes Protectionist Path

The European Union and Japan are close to sealing one of the largest trade agreements ever, a deal that could further isolate the United States as President Trump forges a protectionist path. The deal, which brings together two giants encompassing a ... ( read original story ...)

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USS Fitzgerald crash: Sailors found dead after Jap...
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Sailors missing after the USS Fitzgerald collided...with a container ship off Japan have been found...dead, the US Navy and Japanese media says. Seven...sailors were left missing and three injured after...Saturday's collision, which the US Navy said...almost sank ... ( read original story ...)


Japan government-led group tells Toshiba to fix ch...
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The group includes a state-backed fund, the...Innovation Network Corp of Japan (INCJ), the...Development Bank of Japan (DBJ), as well as U.S....private equity firm Bain Capital and South Korean...chipmaker SK Hynix Inc. Western Digital, which...jointly operates ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei eases as nervous investors push yen higher
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A stronger yen weighed on Japanese shares Tuesday,...setting a cautious tone for trading in the...Asia-Pacific region, though markets pared early...declines by late morning. The Nikkei Stock Average...NIK, +0.04% had been down as much as 0.6% after...the yen ... ( 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 ...)


Japan culling 210,000 birds amid spreading avian f...
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Tokyo: Japan has begun slaughtering about 210,000...farm birds in northern Hokkaido to contain another...outbreak of a highly contagious strain of avian...flu, an official said Sunday. It is the fifth mass...cull this winter in Japan with hundreds of...officials ... ( read original story ...)


Will Japan take a gamble on casinos?
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The first casinos in Japan are likely to appear...only in 2022 if the bill gets passed in...parliament, says Jesper Koll, CEO at WisdomTree...Japan. ( read original story ...)


Nissan helps Yokohama launch an electric car-shari...
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Choimobi Yokohama is a new round-trip car rental...service that will let anyone with a driver's...licence, credit card and smartphone borrow a...compact electric city car. The new service, which...officially launches on Friday, uses Nissan's...ultra-compact New ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese Volvo unit readies new truck for developi...
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But it has now given UD free rein over its entire...brand strategy from development to sales in Japan...and developing countries. Volvo CEO Martin...Lundstedt told The Nikkei that he trusts the...quality and durability of Japanese products and...that the people ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese companies plan lower pay hike this year: ...
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As Japan's annual "shunto" wage hikes kicked in...this month, the Reuters Corporate Survey found...that only 19 percent of businesses said they would...raise monthly wages by 2 percent or more, versus...the 2.14 percent average hike at big firms seen...last year. ( read original story ...)


Yokohama Hires “Tire Tailors”
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Artisans transform Yokohama tires into a range of...interesting products. Yokohama Tire is celebrating...the company’s 100th anniversary by demonstrating...how Yokohama performance can enhance even non-tire...items such as a surfboard, saddle and racing...shoes. ( read original story ...)


Japan zoo reveals gender of star panda

TOKYO - The baby panda, who has become an overnight celebrity in Japan, is a girl. Tokyo's Ueno Zoo said Friday the panda, born June 12, was ruled a female by examining experts. The still nameless cub has been doing well, drinking mother ShinShin's milk. ( read original story ...)

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Tokyo stocks up on weaker yen by break
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Tokyo stocks rose Monday morning to a 10-month...high as the ... with Sony up 1.48 percent at 3,283.0 yen and...Hitachi also gaining 2.28 percent at 608 yen. The...finance ministry announced just before markets...opened that Japan posted a second successive ... ( read original story ...)


5.4-magnitude quake jolts Japan's Chiba area
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TOKYO, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- An earthquake with a...preliminary magnitude of 5.4 jolted the Chiba...Prefecture region of Japan, east of Tokyo on...Sunday, the weather agency said. No tsunami...warning was issued as a result of the temblor. The...quake, which measured ... ( read original story ...)


Japan: Repaired Fukuoka sinkhole sinks again
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A Japanese road in which a giant sinkhole was...hastily repaired earlier this month has again...shown signs of subsidence, officials say. The...repaired road in Fukuoka sank by about 7cm (2.7in)...on Saturday over a 30-sq-m (322 sq-ft) area and...was temporarily closed. ( read original story ...)


Japan’s Nuclear Industry Finds a Lifeline in India...
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Japanese leaders say they are looking to support...more than ... And even for countries that have already signed...nuclear trade agreements with India, little actual...business has materialized so far, in part because...of an Indian law that opens hardware vendors ... ( read original story ...)


TOKYO SEIMITSU : Summary of FY2017 Third Quarter B...
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(*1) Incl. Trade notes and Electronically Recorded...Monetary Claims (*2) Incl. Trade notes and...Electronically recorded obligations-operating...Tokyo Seimitsu Co. Ltd. published this content on...14 February 2017 and is solely responsible for the...information ... ( read original story ...)


Celebrity Chefs Are Eating Raw ‘Chicken Sashimi’ —...
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It’s more widely offered in Japan though,...especially in hubs such as Osaka, Kyoto, and...Tokyo. But even there, people have been cautioned...against taking a bite of undercooked chicken. In...July, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and...Welfare warned that ... ( read original story ...)


Hokkaido police: Stabbing on Sapporo street leaves...
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HOKKAIDO (TR) – Hokkaido Prefectural Police...are questioning a man in a stabbing incident in...Sapporo on Wednesday night that left another man...seriously injured, reports Nippon News Network...(Nov. 17). At around 8:25 p.m. on Wednesday, a...knife-wielding ... ( read original story ...)


Tsukiji decision unlikely before metro assembly el...
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Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike appears likely to wait...until after the July 2 metropolitan assembly...election to decide whether to approve the...relocation of the Tsukiji fish market amid...unrelenting contamination concerns at the new site...in the Toyosu district ... ( read original story ...)


Cameco Corp.: Will This Company Ever Rebound?
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Takahama 3 and 4 reactors should come online after...Japan’s Osaka High Court overruled a lower court...decision ... Gardner just issued a Buy Recommendation on this...recent Canadian IPO. Stock Advisor Canada’s...Chief Investment Adviser, Iain Butler, also ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo governor won't decide on Tsukiji reloca...
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Koike said in a recent interview with Kyodo News....“The problem is very likely to be protracted.”...The relocation issue will be a major focus of the...Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election as it is...unclear who decided to build the new market at the...site ... ( read original story ...)


Mao Kobayashi: Japanese cancer blogger dies at 34

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 ...)

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Space World, a Japanese theme park that froze...thousands of dead fish into the ice of a skating...rink, closed the attraction Monday after it...received a chilly response on social media. Photo:...Space World ( read original story ...)


Bandai Bridge: An Iconic Landmark of Niigata City
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The bridge is so important that on the 75th...anniversary of the 3rd incarnation of the bridge...in 2004, the government of Japan recognized it as...an Important Cultural Property of the country. In...the same year, Bandai Bridge was reconstructed to...make it look ... ( read original story ...)


Bank of Japan sees improvements in economy but war...
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TOKYO Bank of Japan board members saw improvements...in exports, consumer spending and capital...expenditure but warned that it may take time for...inflation expectations to pick up, a summary of...opinions from their Jan. 30-31 meeting showed on...Wednesday. ( read original story ...)


OCA head would back Sapporo bid for 2024 Games
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Sapporo will have the full backing of Asia should...the city formally bid to host the 2026 Winter...Olympics, Olympic Council of Asia president Sheikh...Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said in an interview with...Kyodo News. Sapporo, which will host the Asian...Winter Games ... ( read original story ...)


Giant panda born in Tokyo but survival is uncertai...
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TOKYO - A giant panda cub was born in a Tokyo zoo...Monday, but its gender, weight and even whether it...will survive are uncertain. The mother, ShinShin,...whose previous cub survived only six days, was...holding her newborn in her paw but whether the cub...was ... ( read original story ...)


BRIEF-Saudi Arabia favors New York for Aramco IPO-...
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Saudi Arabia favors New York for Aramco IPO; also...said to be considering London, Toronto - WSJ,...citing sources * Saudi officials also have talked...to exchanges in Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and...Shanghai but are unlikely to pursue listing in...those places ... ( read original story ...)


‘Earthquake-proof’ building anchored b...
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(CNN)Located on the most active earthquake belt in...the world, the island nation of Japan is...constantly shaking, or bracing itself for the next...big quake. Six years ago a 9.0 magnitude...earthquake rocked the country, killing over...20,000, and shifting the ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's farm sector in US crosshairs
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WASHINGTON -- Opening up the Japanese market to...U.S. agricultural exports will likely be a subject...of heated discussion as talks progress from...bilateral economic discussions that opened...Tuesday. The White House under President Donald...Trump has favored ... ( 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 ...)


Strong dollar lifts Japan shares, crimps commoditi...
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The strength of the U.S. currency pressured...commodity prices and helped drag oil off an...18-month top, but gave Japan's exporter-heavy...stock market a fillip. The Nikkei <.n225> climbed...2.1 percent, recovering from two sessions of...losses as domestic data ... ( read original story ...)


Japan is Looking to Upgrade Property Record Systems Using Blockchain

Japanese authorities are looking into using bitcoin’s blockchain technology to better manage their property and rela estate records. Since the Mt. Gox hacking incident, the Japanese government has carefully tried to properly regulate the bitcoin ... ( read original story ...)

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Japan automakers' tie-up synergies to take sh...
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TOKYO -- The Japanese auto industry saw extensive...realignment in 2016 as carmakers joined hands to...sharpen their edge in a global race demanding the...adoption of myriad new technologies. How these...partnerships fare will be a focal point in the new...year. ( read original story ...)


Correction: Japan-Shaping Sound story
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TOKYO - In a story Feb. 7 about engineer Yasuhisa...Toyota's work in concert halls, The Associated...Press reported erroneously that he founded his...company. He is not the founder of Nagata...Acoustics. A corrected version of the story is...below: Concert halls ... ( read original story ...)


Building 'Team Thailand' with Exim
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saying it's important that the bank serve a...purpose beyond being just another state bank. "My...plan is to make Exim play a role similar to that...of Japan's JBIC," he says. JBIC (Japan Bank for...International Cooperation) is a Japanese public...financial ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Pom Pom – the cheerleading squad for t...
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When Fumie Takino was 63, she started Japan Pom...Pom, a cheerleading troupe for the over-55s. She's...now 84 and still dancing for the troupe, who put...on regular performances at sporting and charity...events. Alessia Cerantola went to a dance studio...in Tokyo to ... ( read original story ...)


Japan, US to widen scope of talks on North Korea s...
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TOKYO -- Japan and the U.S. plan to conduct prior...consultations on any military action by the latter...against North Korea, broadening a decades-old...framework to include operations by American forces...other than those stationed here. The U.S. agreed...in 1960 ... ( read original story ...)


IOC: All options on table in cost-cutting for Toky...
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TOKYO - All options remain on the table —...including moving the rowing venue to a site...hundreds of miles (kilometres) outside of Tokyo...— after a working group set up to review...costs of the 2020 Olympics met for the first time,...a top IOC official said ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s Sumitomo Metal to buy stake in Iamgold pro...
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Japan’s Sumitomo Metal Mining Co on Tuesday said...it had agreed to take a 27.75-per cent interest in...a Canadian gold mining project from Toronto-based...Iamgold Corp for $195-million. The purchase of the...stake in the Cote Gold Project in Ontario comes as...... ( read original story ...)


The Japanese yen is whipping around after a powerf...
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a Tsunami three metres high may strike...Japan’s east coast. Residents in the region,...including the Fukushima prefecture, have been...advised to flee coastal areas. Here’s the...USD/JPY chart: Markets Insider Read the original...article on Business Insider ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s newborns projected to fall below 1 million...
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The annual number of babies born in Japan slipped...below 1 million in 2016 for the first time since...records began, with the estimated figure for the...year coming in at 981,000, according to government...figures released Thursday. The number dropped an ... ( read original story ...)


Moderate earthquake, 5 mag strikes near Miyako in ...
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A moderate earthquake with magnitude 5 (ml/mb) was...reported 72 kilometers (45 miles) from Miyako in...Japan on Saturday. Exact time and date of event in...UTC/GMT: 10/12/16 / 2016-12-10 04:44:57 / December...10, 2016 @ 4:44 am. Exact location of earthquake ... ( read original story ...)


Bank of Japan April meeting minutes note asset purchases will fluctuate on market conditions

Bank of Japan policymakers agreed that the amount of government debt purchases will fluctuate under its quantitative easing program, minutes of the central bank's April 26-27 policy meeting showed on Wednesday. Members also said such fluctuations do not ... ( 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 ...)


Half of Brazil’s population lack full property rig...
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An estimated 100 million people lack property...rights, a senior Ministry of Cities official told...the Thomson Reuters Foundation, highlighting the...need for Brazil to bring its housing sector into...the formal economy. Title deeds for millions of...unregistered ... ( read original story ...)


Japan business mood mixed in export-led recovery &...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Confidence among Japanese...manufacturers rose for a sixth straight month in...February to a 2-1/2 year high but the service...sector's mood fell for the first time in four...months, a Reuters poll showed, underscoring the...export-led nature of ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka pushes Yumeshima for casino and resort, 2025...
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OSAKA – Osaka’s political and business leaders...are moving forward with plans to develop...Yumeshima, a man-made island in Osaka Bay, into...what they hope will be the site of an integrated...resort with casino gambling by 2024 and the World...Exposition in 2025. ( read original story ...)


Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to visit Ar...
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Buenos Aires: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe...will make an official visit to Argentina on Monday...hoping to boost investment in the Latin American...nation, officials said. It is the first visit to...Argentina by a Japanese prime minister in 57 years...- the ... ( read original story ...)


Boeing’s key suppliers in Japan want an upgrade
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That doesn’t dent Shiraishi’s faith in how...much further his company and Japan can reach in...the aerospace business. Though Kawasaki is perhaps...best known for its motorcycles, it’s an...industrial goliath that makes ships, trains, jet...engines and ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka Becomes the First Municipality in Japan to R...
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The Twitter account that promoted the release of...the movie in Japan also commented on the decision...by the city of Osaka: When we saw the news we were...quite surprised, and when "Any Day Now" started...trending on Twitter we were surprised as well. Of...course ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei Rises on Weak Yen but Other Asian Indexes M...
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Other indexes lost some gains from earlier this...week. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225...added 2.2 percent to 19,536.72, while Australia's...S&P/ASX 200 was little changed at 5,734.80....South Korea's Kospi edged up nearly 0.1 percent to...2,045.13. ( read original story ...)


Japan's Central Bank Believes Blockchain Coul...
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Growth in the use of both digital currencies and...distributed ledgers could hold regulatory and...monetary policy implications, a senior official...for Japan’s central bank said today....Speaking during a fintech event at the Univeristy...of Tokyo, Bank of Japan ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese army aircraft disappears from radar
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Ministry officials said the LR-2 reconnaissance...and communications plane took off from Okadama...airport in Sapporo city at 11.23 a.m. It was...heading for Hakodate airport, public broadcaster...NHK reported. The plane, with two pilots and two...maintenance ... ( read original story ...)