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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March 27 Renewable Japan Energy Infrastructure...Fund Inc : * Says its stock will begin trading on...the Tokyo Stock Exchange on March 29, 2017, under...the symbol "9283" * The company will offer a total...of 39,140 shares * Says the nominal offering price...as of ... ( read original story ...)


China trims 2017 growth target, warns against trad...
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“We must be fully alert to the buildup of risks...related to non-performing assets, bond defaults,...shadow banking and Internet finance,” said Li....Banking and securities regulators already have...said their priority this year is reducing risk and...watching ... ( read original story ...)


Japan panel urges governemnt to impose delayed sal...
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TOKYO Japan must not delay a sales tax hike...scheduled for October 2019 as the revenue is...needed to cover bulging social security costs and...achieve the target of balancing the budget in four...years, an advisory panel to Finance Minister Taro...Aso said on ... ( read original story ...)


Exclusive: Inside the BOJ, rate hikes are back on ...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Interest rate hikes are back on...the radar at the Bank of Japan, for the first time...in a decade, as the U.S. Federal Reserve's...tightening cycle pushes global bond yields higher,...heralding a new era for central banks retreating...from post ... ( read original story ...)


Sapporo USA Names New President
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NEW YORK, NY – SAPPORO U.S.A., brewer of premium...lagers sold in the United States for more than 50...years, has named Yoshihito Kuzuhara as its...President. Kuzuhara will oversee the company’s...management and product operations in addition to...supporting ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei inches down on stronger yen; SoftBank gains...
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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 ...)


Japan Inc. bails out Toshiba by snapping up its $1...
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Toshiba plans to sell its prized memory chip...business to a group of investors led by the...Japanese government as it races to raise money to...stave off financial ruin. The struggling Japanese...conglomerate said Wednesday it has picked a bid...worth about 2 ... ( read original story ...)


Japan PM: NKorea may be capable of sarin-loaded mi...
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Japan, under its postwar constitution ... Follow Mari Yamaguchi on Twitter at...https://www.twitter.com/mariyamaguchi Find her...work at AP News...https://www.apnews.com/search/mari%20yamaguchi ( read original story ...)


Loss-hit Toshiba nosedives on fears about future
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Tokyo (AFP) - Toshiba shares plunged Wednesday...afternoon as fears grow about the future of one of...Japan's best-known firms, which is battling...massive losses and accounting fraud allegations at...its US nuclear unit. The Tokyo-listed stock...dropped 13.62 ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo stocks open flat in thin holiday trade, many...
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TOKYO: Tokyo stocks opened flat on Monday in quiet...holiday trading following a three-day weekend, as...investors cashed in on recent rallies....Tokyo’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index, which...closed on Friday for a national holiday, fell 0.09...percent, or 16.89 ... ( 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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Tokyo stocks snap three-day decline in thin holida...
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"The financial markets seem to have already priced...in expectations toward a Trump presidency, and are...shifting toward a market that’s waiting to...gauge his actual policies," Hideyuki Ishiguro, a...senior strategist at Daiwa Securities in Tokyo,...told ... ( read original story ...)


TDK's Subsidiary TDK-Micronas to Acquire ASIC...
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With this acquisition TDK has made another...decisive step forward to further grow its sensor...business. ASICs perform processes essential to...sensor products by reading the values detected by...sensors and conducting signal processing....TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei rises as financials gain; Toshiba, Takata d...
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TOKYO Jan 19 Japan's Nikkei share average...rebounded from a six-week low on Thursday, with...financial stocks cheered by the rise in U.S. bond...yields after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen...signalled a solid pace of interest rate hikes. The...Nikkei rose 0.9 ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's core inflation rises for 1st time in ...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's core consumer prices...rose for the first time in over a year in January...due to a pickup in energy costs and private...consumption, offering some hope for the central...bank's efforts in accelerating inflation to its 2...percent target. ( read original story ...)


J-pop and sci-fi: outlandish shows at Tokyo Fashio...
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TOKYO - The Marc Jacobs of Japan, singing cats and...models cloaked in armour: J-pop and science...fiction transformed Tokyo Fashion Week...spring/summer 2017 into a style fest unlike any...other. In a world where fashion mines...entertainment like never before ... ( read original story ...)


Bank Of Japan Warns Low Rates May Sow Seeds Of New...
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Tokyo: Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said...low profitability at financial institutions could...sow the seeds of a new financial crisis, offering...his strongest warning to date of the demerits of...aggressive monetary easing pursued by major...central banks. ( read original story ...)


Tokyo shares open lower following Trump's ina...
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TOKYO, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Tokyo shares opened...lower Monday as concerns grew over U.S. President...Donald Trump's inauguration speech which did not...specify economic stimulus plans. As of 9:15 a.m....local time, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average...fell 215.93 ... ( read original story ...)


Noahpinion: Do property rights increase freedom? (...
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Walking around urban Japan, I feel like I am...seeing a society that is several steps closer to...that ideal than the United States. You may have...heard that Japan is a government-directed society,...and in many ways it is. But in terms of the...constituents of ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo stocks open mixed as solid U.S. economic dat...
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TOKYO, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Tokyo stocks opened...mixed on Thursday as robust economic data from the...U.S. motivated early buying for some while a...comparatively firm yen against the U.S. dollar...inhibited others. As of 9:15 a.m., the 225-issue...Nikkei Stock ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese Bank Consortium Will Commercialize Ripple...
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It is not surprising to find out a Japanese bank...consortium is looking to integrate blockchain...technology. What is somewhat surprising is how the...group wants to use Ripple’s blockchain to...improve their payment infrastructures. The plan is...to use this ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese slow earthquakes could shed light on tsunami generation

Understanding slow-slip earthquakes in subduction zone areas may help researchers understand large earthquakes and the creation of tsunamis, according to researchers who used data from instruments placed on the seafloor and in boreholes east of the ... ( read original story ...)

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Most Asia markets up, Tokyo lifted by weak yen
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Most Asian markets rose again Friday following...another positive lead from Wall Street, with Tokyo...boosted by a plunging yen, although traders remain...nervous about the outlook for global trade with...Donald Trump in the White House. After one of the...best ... ( 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 ...)


Nagoya looks beautiful at night! French astonaut T...
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New Delhi: French asronaut Thomas Pesquet, who is...currently aboard the International Space Station...(ISS), has shared a very beautiful picture of...Nagoya, capital of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture,...taken at night from the space station. He has...shared the ... ( read original story ...)


Corporate Japan tames forex risk, reaps record pro...
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TOKYO -- Even with the yen gaining significant...muscle, combined net profit at Japan's major...listed companies is set to soar to a record level...for the year ended March 2017. Driving the growth...are manufacturers, which have cushioned much of...the impact of ... ( read original story ...)


Frankfurt front runner for Nomura's new Europ...
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Japanese bank Nomura has narrowed down its hunt...for a post-Brexit European subsidiary, with...Frankfurt emerging as the front runner in the...latest vote of confidence for the German financial...hub. Nomura currently serves the bulk of its...European clients ... ( read original story ...)


J-pop and sci-fi: outlandish shows at Tokyo Fashio...
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TOKYO - The Marc Jacobs of Japan, singing cats and...models cloaked in armour: J-pop and science...fiction transformed Tokyo Fashion Week...spring/summer 2017 into a style fest unlike any...other. In a world where fashion mines...entertainment like never before ... ( read original story ...)


US, S. Korea, Japan Vow Cooperation Over N. Korea ...
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Top nuclear envoys from South Korea, the United...States and Japan pledged Tuesday to implement new...sanctions against North Korea, including capping...the country's coal exports to choke off cash...flowing into its nuclear weapons program. After...meeting in Seoul ... ( read original story ...)


Pricier Japan tops for Thais
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Hotels.com said three cities in Japan -- Tokyo,...Osaka and Sapporo -- were in the top 10...most-visited destinations by Thais last year....Tokyo ranked first, Osaka fourth and Sapporo...eighth. It was the first year that Sapporo, home...of seasonal Hokkaido cuisine ... ( read original story ...)


Japan bats away U.S. complaint on autos
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan rejected U.S. demands for...more access to Japan's car market on Friday,...casting doubt over whether it can avoid friction...over autos and agriculture imports at high level...bilateral talks on economic relations next month....The joint ... ( 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’s earthquakes and tectonic setting

Japan has more measurable earthquakes than any other country and has over 100 active volcanoes. These both result from Japan being wedged among four major tectonic plates. The tectonics are complicated, but in this animation, IRIS attempted to look at the ... ( read original story ...)

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Hotel JAL City Nagoya Nishiki Announced for 2019
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Okura Nikko Hotel Management Co., Ltd., a...subsidiary of Hotel Okura Co., Ltd., announced...today that it will open Hotel JAL City Nagoya...Nishiki, the Okura Nikko Hotel’s first property...in Nagoya, Japan. The company signed a contract...with Enuwan LLC to ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo stocks open lower on yen's strength aft...
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TOKYO, April 13 (Xinhua) -- Tokyo stocks opened...lower Thursday on the yen's continued appreciation...against the U.S. dollar following U.S. President...Donald Trump warning that the dollar was getting...too strong. As of 9:15 a.m. here, the 225-issue...Nikkei ... ( read original story ...)


Japan, U.S. holds antinuclear disaster drill at Yo...
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... and the U.S. Embassy in Japan, participated in...the drill. The nuclear-powered U.S. aircraft...carrier Ronald Reagan has been deployed at...Yokosuka, southwest of Tokyo, since 2015. To have...fuller access to the Kyodo News website, it is...necessary to subscribe. ( read original story ...)


Rock, Paper, Scissors at Nikkei National Museum
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An upcoming exhibition at the Nikkei National...Museum explores connections between Canada and...Japan in a unique multimedia installation. Rock,...Paper, Scissors, by Cindy Mochizuki, opens at the...museum on Saturday, Feb. 4. The multimedia...installation includes ... ( read original story ...)


US Osprey aircraft crashes off Okinawa coast in Ja...
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The US maintains two Osprey squadrons in Japan,...according to Reuters ... it could have fallen on where we are living,"...local resident Yuri Soma told Kyodo news agency....Local anger against the US military has...intensified in recent months after a civilian ... ( read original story ...)


Rowing, canoe sprint, swimming to remain at Tokyo ...
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TOKYO -- Olympic organizers agreed Tuesday to keep...the rowing, canoe sprint and swimming venues at...their planned sites in Tokyo for the 2020 Games,...while postponing a decision until Christmas on a...possible switch for volleyball. Representatives of...the ... ( read original story ...)


Japan to supply India with nuclear power equipment...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and India signed a...civilian nuclear accord on Friday, opening the...door for Tokyo to supply New Delhi with fuel,...equipment and technology for nuclear power...production, as India looks to atomic energy to...sustain its rapid economic growth. ( read original story ...)


Capricorn C803 Sapporo bearing kits
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Capricorn RC have introduced the new Sapporo ball...bearing set for their C803 1/8th car. This set of...18 high quality, made in Japan ABEC X bearings has...been put together by Capricorn bearing in mind the...needs of the most demanding drivers, and is...available ... ( read original story ...)


Exclusive: Inside the BOJ, rate hikes are back on ...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Interest rate hikes are back on...the radar at the Bank of Japan, for the first time...in a decade, as the U.S. Federal Reserve's...tightening cycle pushes global bond yields higher,...heralding a new era for central banks retreating...from post ... ( read original story ...)


Mitsubishi UFJ: The Quintessential Megabank At A G...
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Mitsubishi UFJ is the biggest Japanese retail and...corporate bank with an important international...corporate banking organization particularly strong...in East Asia and the US. In terms of price...earnings, Mitsubishi, as the rest of Japanese...banks, is ... ( read original story ...)


Japan trains Filipino engineers on earthquake response

The Philippines and Japan once again are teaming up in an effort to teach earthquake emergency quick response to Filipino engineers. A total of 80 Filipino engineers will be joining the training program which is set to commence this week. The program ... ( read original story ...)

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A man pushed a woman, 63, from a platform at JR...Shin-Imamiya Station onto the tracks on Sunday...(Fuji News Network) OSAKA (TR) – Osaka...Prefectural Police are seeking the whereabouts of...a man suspected of pushing a 63-year-old woman...from a train platform ... ( read original story ...)


Asian stocks boosted by Trump pledge to cut busine...
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HONG KONG - Asian stocks advanced Friday led by...big gains in Japan after U.S. President Donald...Trump promised that he would soon cut taxes for...businesses. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index...surged 2.3 per cent as the yen weakened against...the dollar ... ( read original story ...)


Trip to Tokyo? Ex-Goldman Trader Sells Secret, Top...
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Are you a business traveler who wants to jump to...the front of the waiting list for Tokyo’s...most exclusive restaurants? Check out this former...Goldman Sachs Group Inc. trader’s new...venture. Takashi Yamada, who worked at the Wall...Street firm for 15 years ... ( read original story ...)


Peter Prevc and Maciej Kot share the win in Sappor...
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There were two winners in the first of two Ski...Jumping World Cups in Sapporo (JPN). Poland's...Maciej Kot and Slovenia's Peter Prevc tied for...first in Saturday's FIS Ski Jumping World Cup....Both scored a total of 260.2 points. Prevc jumped...on 143 m (longest ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese Leader’s Pearl Harbor Visit, Called a Fir...
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Mr. Abe announced this month that he would visit...Pearl Harbor. Japan’s Foreign Ministry, in...news briefings, indicated at the time that he...would be the first sitting Japanese prime minister...to visit Pearl Harbor, the site of the surprise...attack on a ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo 2020 seen having $284 bn economic impact
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The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are expected to give an...overall 32.3 trillion yen ($284 billion) boost to...the Japanese economy, according to the Tokyo city...government. Euphoria surrounded the award of the...Games to Tokyo in 2013 but scandals and cost...overruns have ... ( read original story ...)


Japan hits back at Trump’s devaluation claims
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Japanese policy makers hit back at U.S. President...Donald Trump ... the BOJ adopted a massive asset-buying program in...2013 praised for boosting exporters’ profits...and brightening business sentiment through a weak...yen. The yen has fallen 20 per cent ... ( read original story ...)


BOJ deputy gov says internally debating tools for ...
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TOKYO, April 17 The Bank of Japan has been...internally debating what tools it can use when it...eventually ends its unconventional monetary...stimulus programme, BOJ Deputy Governor Hiroshi...Nakaso was reported as saying by Jiji news agency...on Monday. ( read original story ...)


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 emperor: How abdication could usher in a cal...
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For the first time in two centuries a Japanese...emperor may be about to abdicate. The huge change...for Japan could also affect one aspect of everyday...life - the calendar. Emperor Akihito, 83, has...hinted he wants to stand down at the end of 2018,...allowing ... ( read original story ...)


5.2-magnitude quake strikes SW Japan; no tsunanmi warning

A 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of southwestern Japan late today but there was no tsunami warning, Japanese and US authorities said. The quake was at a depth of 51 kilometres about 15 kilometres south east of the town of Saiki, at 11:27 ... ( read original story ...)

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Japan’s economy continued on a moderate growth...path during the final quarter of 2016, driven by...rising exports and business investment. Key Points...Gross domestic product expanded 1 percent on an...annualized basis in the three months through...December from ... ( read original story ...)


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TOKYO, March 31 Japan Post Bank Co Ltd, the...country's biggest bank by assets, on Friday said...it will seek regulatory permission to sell...unsecured retail loans, as it hunts for higher...returns in an environment of ultra-low interest...rates. The bank aims to ... ( read original story ...)


Fukuoka’s Own Ippudo Ramen Chain to List on Tokyo ...
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The ramen chain Ippudo is to go public on the...Tokyo Stock Exchange as early as March this year,...with an expected IPO of ¥30billion ($259...million). The IPO will give greater flexibility...for fundraising, allowing the chain operator to...accelerate expansion ... ( read original story ...)


Japan finance minister warns against yen instabili...
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LOS ANGELES Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso...said the yen is vulnerable to rising political...tensions over North Korea's missile program and...development of nuclear weapons, and warned against...extreme instability in the currency. "We should...always think ... ( read original story ...)


Japan: Land of the rising Sunwolves
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I had three things on my mind as we flew into...Tokyo. Why were the Warriors so useless ... However in the hotel when I opened up my lap-top...and checked the news from home I discovered fresh...horrors. Half the Warriors had been stood down for...going out ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's 'King Kazu' turns 50 with J...
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Yokohama (Japan) (AFP) - Twinkle-toed former Japan...striker Kazuyoshi Miura celebrated his 50th...birthday by starting a J-League game for Yokohama...FC on Sunday, marking yet another landmark in a...storied career. Miura, the oldest Japanese to play...professional ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo stocks rise ahead of Trump inauguration
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Tokyo stocks rose ahead of US President-elect...Donald Trump's inauguration later Friday, but...airbag maker Takata plunged again on bankruptcy...restructuring fears. Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei 225...rose 0.34 percent, or 65.66 points, cast off early...losses to end ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo stocks open lower as investors await Trump i...
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Tokyo stocks opened lower Friday as investors...turned cautious ahead of the inauguration of US...President-elect Donald Trump. Takata shares were...untraded with sell orders overwhelming buying bids...as investors sought to dump the stock after...Thursday's 17 ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo Electric Power : Financial Assistance from t...
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On March 23, we received a funding grant of 187.6...billion yen from the Nuclear Damage Compensation...and Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation...(hereinafter referred to as NDF) based on the...revision of the Special Business Plan which was...approved on ... ( read original story ...)


McDonald's Sells Control Of China Business To...
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As McDonald's streamlines its sprawling global...operations, the fast-food giant is also looking at...further deals in markets such as South Korea,...Japan and Southeast Asia ... and today’s top-performing IPO stocks. Get...4 free weeks of the IBD Digital ... ( read original story ...)


In Japan, Earthquake Proof Buildings Are Being Designed Using Giant Carbon Fibre ‘Curtains’

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 ...)

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Prewar Curriculum Parliamentary debate has been...dominated for a month by questions over Moritomo...Gakuen, which runs a kindergarten in Osaka that...espouses elements of the prewar nationalist...curriculum and explicitly backs Abe. Questions...have been raised ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese organizers to disclose total cost estimat...
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Tokyo Olympic organizers will present their first...official cost estimate for the 2020 Games at a...level slightly below their promised 2 trillion...($17 billion) cap, Japanese media said Wednesday....Organizers are expected to present an estimated...total of 1.6 ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo 2020 optimism doesn't mean people will ...
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TOKYO - An Edelman Japan study of 700 respondents...has found that 60 percent see staging the Tokyo...2020 games as a good thing for Japan, with 23...percent describing themselves as “very...positive” about it. Those in the senior age...bracket are the most ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo residents are most honest in world
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In 2016, residents of Tokyo found over 3.67...million yen ($32.5 million) on the streets of the...city and handed money over to the police, BBC...reports. Police was able to track the owners of...2.7 billion yen found on the streets of Japan’s...capital city. ( read original story ...)


Light earthquake: M4.8 quake has struck near Namie...
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A light earthquake with magnitude 4.8 (ml/mb) was...detected on Wednesday, 42 kilometers (26 miles)...from Namie in Japan. Event ids that are associated...to the earthquake: us10007bsa. Id of event:...us10007bsa. Exact location of event, depth 12.31...km, 141.4653 ... ( 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 ...)


Exclusive: Japan authorities fear rising condo loa...
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In fact, vacancy rates are climbing even in prime...markets like Tokyo as supply starts to outstrip...demand. The Bank of Japan and the Financial...Services Agency authorities don't see an immediate...crisis, such as the one that befell Japan's banks...in the 1990s ... ( read original story ...)


Japan govt to shoulder part of security costs for ...
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Photo: The Japan News/ANN However, based on the...basic security strategy ... and this also will drastically reduce the...financial burden of the organising committee and...the Tokyo metropolitan government. In December,...the organising committee estimated ... ( read original story ...)


12-month Edaravone Clinical Study Data in ALS Pres...
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OSAKA, Japan, Dec. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --...Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation (Head Office:...Osaka; President & Representative Director,...CEO: Dr. Masayuki Mitsuka) has presented data that...show patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...(ALS) given ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s Business Federation Sent This All-Female D...
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The Japan Business Federation, known as..."Keidanren," has an answer to the headlines about...women being underrepresented in the nation's...business sector: its first-ever all-female...delegation that's currently making the rounds in...New York and the U.S. capital. ( read original story ...)