From negative policy rates to yield curve control – what’s next?

The Bank of Japan did it again: just when market participants had become familiar with quantitative easing and negative interest rates, it surprised with its latest monetary experiment: ‘yield curve control’. A powerful answer to those claiming that ... ( read original story ...)

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We're in for a ruff flight! Japanese airline ...
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A Japanese airline has launched a special flight...service that allows passengers to fly with their...dogs in the main cabin. Japan Airlines' first 'wan...wan jet' charter service departed on Friday from...Narita airport near Tokyo and flew domestically to...... ( read original story ...)


Osaka 2025 expo construction costs estimated at ¥1...
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Costs to build facilities for the envisaged 2025...Osaka World Exposition are estimated at ¥124.7...billion, Japan’s industry ministry told a panel...of experts on Wednesday. The ministry came up with...the lower cost estimate than the ¥130 billion...calculated ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s banks pin hopes on Trump-ordered review of...
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Facing a tough business environment at home, where...the Bank of Japan adopted a negative-interest-rate...policy last February, Japan’s banks are hoping...to boost earnings from their operations in the...United States and other overseas markets. ( read original story ...)


Japan Theme Park's Frozen-Fish Skating Rink G...
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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 ...)


The main feature of the Japan Content Catalog is t...
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In addition to providing general information on a...wide range of Japanese intellectual property...across various genres of creative content, it also...provides users with information on which copyright...holders contact to obtain commercial usage...rights. ( read original story ...)


Workers at Japan's top companies likely to ge...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Workers at Japan's top companies...are likely to get a base pay hike of around just...0.3 percent, the smallest raise in four years - a...setback for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's campaign...to spur the long-sluggish economy. The annual..."shunto ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo stocks open higher following Wall Street...
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TOKYO, May 19 (Xinhua) -- Tokyo stocks opened...marginally higher Friday as Wall Street's gains...overnight set a positive tone, but bold moves were...avoided due to continued concerns for the course...of the administration of U.S. President Donald...Trump. As of 9 ... ( 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 ...)


Tokyo Cement inaugurates 1mn ton plant in Trinco
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Tokyo Cement Company (Lanka) PLC commenced the...initial testing of a cutting-edge cement...manufacturing plant in Trincomalee at a soft...opening ceremony held recently. The...fully-automated, hi-tech plant is the...company’s fourth mill and is slated to...nearly ... ( read original story ...)


Noodle major Nissin to enter Chinese potato chip m...
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Osaka-based Nissin has earmarked Greater China as...being central ... cup noodle recently announced plans to spin off...its China and Hong Kong businesses in an IPO...expected to raise some US$200m to fund more...partnerships and acquisitions. ( read original story ...)


Japan central bank opts for modest stimulus expansion – connecticut post data recovery flash drive

Japan central bank opts for modest stimulus expansion – connecticut post data recovery flash drive In this July 23, 2016, photo, a man looks at clothing on sale at a shop in Tokyo. Database transaction Japan’s central bank has opted for a modest ... ( read original story ...)

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Tokyo cops nab sushi chef in molestation of 8-year...
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Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a sushi...chef in the molestation of a young girl in Edogawa...Ward last month, reports TBS News (Apr. 12). On...the afternoon of March 7, Noritatsu Kino, 51,...stopped the girl, 8, as she commuted home on a...road in the ward ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s Cheap Money Era May Be Ending
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The Bank of Japan’s (BOJ’s) war...against deflation is far from over, but analysts...are hopeful that 2017 may mark a turning point for...the world’s third-largest economy. Evidence...that two decades of deflation have yet to be fully...expunged came Friday ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo follows Wall Street down as Toshiba stocks p...
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Tokyo followed Wall Street lower Thursday and US...crude oil edged down from recent highs as...Toshiba's stock plunged for the third straight...day. The troubled conglomerate's stock ended...another torrid day 17 percent down, following the...company's warning of a ... ( read original story ...)


BOJ members hose down speculation of bond yield hi...
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TOKYO/SHIZUOKA, Japan Bank of Japan board member...Yukitoshi Funo on Wednesday joined other...policymakers in hosing down speculation of a...near-term withdrawal of the central bank's massive...monetary stimulus, saying it was premature to...consider raising the BOJ ... ( read original story ...)


Aichi cops: Body believed to be Nagoya student fou...
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A body likely belonging to a male student was...found after an explosion at his dorm room at...Nagoya University on Thursday (TV Asahi ... about repeating a year” at university,...according to TBS News (May 4). The explosion was...heard when the student returned ... ( read original story ...)


Japan April services PMI falls to 52.2 as new busi...
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TOKYO Activity in Japan's services sector expanded...at a slightly slower pace in April as new business...growth slowed, a private survey found on Tuesday -...a sign that the broader economy could be losing...some momentum. The Markit/Nikkei Japan Services ... ( read original story ...)


Powerful earthquake strikes off Japan's Fukus...
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A large earthquake has struck off the coast of...Japan’s troubled Fukushima prefecture....Registered at a magnitude of 7.4 by the Japan...Meteorological Agency (JMA), tsunami warnings have...been issued for Fukushima and neighbouring Miyagi...prefectures ... ( read original story ...)


Comedian behind ‘pen-pineapple-apple-pen’ song ast...
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Dressed in his trademark yellow outfit with snake...and leopard patterns, Pikotaro debuted a...two-minute “long” version of his...45-second song before taking questions at a Tokyo...news conference Friday. His responses had the...packed audience of journalists ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's First-Ever 'Premium Friday'...
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And a railway operator is running a booze train,...where passengers can enjoy four hours of solid...drinking. This is how some of Japan Inc. is...responding to a government campaign to get the...country’s chronically overworked populace to...leave the office by 3 ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's annual Sapporo snow festival kicks of...
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HOKKAIDO: The annual Sapporo snow festival kicked...off on Monday (Feb 6) featuring ice sculptures of...iconic locations, movie characters, celebrities,...and even the U.S. president, Donald Trump. One of...the largest exhibits of the festival was Paris'...famous ... ( read original story ...)


Making the AEC work will take better banking for all

As an industry player, Chartsiri Sophonpanich, president of Bangkok Bank, said he has seen some positive changes ... starting even before the AEC took form. "Through Japanese investments from companies such as Toyota and Honda, Thailand was able to ... ( read original story ...)

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Third win in a row for Kirwa and fast debut for An...
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Italy’s 2013 world silver medallist Valeria...Straneo did not start the race, while both Monica...Jepoech and Reia Iwade dropped out of the race...after 15km. This year’s Nagoya Women’s...Marathon had 137 elite runners and 21,564...non-elite runners. ( read original story ...)


Japan Display to receive $640 million aid from top...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan Display Inc's state-backed...main investor has agreed to provide up to 75...billion yen ($640 million) in aid to the...struggling smartphone display maker, in a publicly...funded bailout to help it reduce its dependence on...Apple Inc. Japan ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo hit by new Olympic stadium cost fears
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Already under fire over soaring expenses, Tokyo's...2020 Olympic organisers on Friday sought to...downplay fears that further ballooning costs could...hit the trouble-cursed main stadium. Amid media...reports that temporary structures at the showpiece...venue could ... ( read original story ...)


'Tokyo Ghoul' Season 3 News and Update: ...
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"Tokyo Ghoul" has got anime fans amped up....Earlier, reports of "Tokyo Ghoul" season 3 being...canceled were coming in. However, recent "Tokyo...Ghoul" season 3 rumors suggest that the series...will be back. Kevin Hamric, Viz Media's Senior...Director of Sales and ... ( read original story ...)


Transcreating Tokyo–Kabuki, Then and Now
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As I wrote in a previous ‘Transcreating...Tokyo’ column, the city of Edo-Tokyo has...given birth to three main forms of bodily...entertainment: kabuki theatre, sumo wrestling and...geisha ‘service’. Now that more than...300 years have passed since their ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's PM Abe 'seeks trust with Trump&#...
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Japan's prime minister says he hopes to build a..."relationship of trust" with Donald Trump, as he...began a US visit. Addressing business leaders,...Shinzo Abe said economic ties benefited both sides...and urged a "new era" of co-operation. President...Trump has ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Post Bank cuts back its holdings in JGBs
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Japan Post Bank (JPB), the banking unit of Japan...Post Holdings, reported a decline in net interest...income for the six months ended September 30,...following its decision to trim its holdings in...Japanese government bonds (JGBs). According to...JPB’s latest ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Slams China For Flying Fighter Jets & Bo...
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As World War 3 news decline to subside, Japan has...recently reprimanded China over a scramble of...military flying war machines over disputed...territories in the midst of a debate concerning...islands in the East China Sea. According to...reports, China sent a ... ( read original story ...)


Sanzigen Studio Establishes New Studio in Nagoya
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SANZIGEN Animation Studio announced on its...official website on Wednesday that it will open a...new studio in Nagoya in April. The new studio will...be the company's fourth, following its studios in...Tokyo, Kyoto, and Fukuoka. SANZIGEN's stated goal...with the ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo stocks open higher on weak yen, Trump '...
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Tokyo stocks opened higher Monday, extending last...week's gains as a weaker yen lifted exporters with...sentiment buoyed on optimism for US...President-elect Donald Trump's administration. The...real-estate mogul-cum-reality TV star's shock win...of the US ... ( read original story ...)


Kyoto’s Most Luxurious Hotel Is Finally Open

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

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Japan bank consortium plans blockchain payments pu...
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A consortium of Japanese banks is planning to use...distributed ledger technology — better known as...blockchain — from a Google-backed fintech...start-up to make domestic and international...payments. This follows a successful implementation...of a pilot ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's delivery network feeling the strain
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TOKYO -- A swelling volume of parcels and an acute...labor shortage are making Japan's delivery...services increasingly difficult to operate. In...mid-December last year, customer service...representatives at a major online mail order...company were busy answering ... ( read original story ...)


BuzzFeed Japan: Getting it right in the echo chamb...
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In a world where users have access to torrents of...online information, BuzzFeed Japan sees vetting...and correcting stories published by other media as...one of its major reasons for being. Major media...outlets are “very powerful, and it’s...meaningful to run ... ( read original story ...)


WORLDREMIT LAUNCHES ONLINE MONEY TRANSFERS IN JAPA...
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Customers in Japan will now be able to send money...to family and friends worldwide, using a mobile...phone, tablet or computer – cutting out the need...to travel to agent locations or bank branches...during business hours. Bringing the offline...remittance ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese knotweed: debunking the myths
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Media interest has recently peaked around a story...picked up by some of the most popular daily...newspapers about Japanese knotweed affecting a...family home in Birmingham. The claims are that the...family are unable to sell their property due to...the adjacent ... ( 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 ...)


Japanese business to invest in Ukraine, hopes for ...
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Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman and...Chairman of the Committee on Business Cooperation...with Ukraine of the Japan Business Federation...Keidanren Teruo Asada at a meeting in Kyiv have...discussed the prospects of attracting Japanese...business ... ( read original story ...)


MOROCCO: SECURITY SERVICES MAKE GAINS AS TERROR TH...
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Reports quoting the interior ministry linked the...man to al-Qaeda and Jabat Fateh al-Sham in Syria...(Morocco World News, November 20 ... The Jamestown Foundation kindly allows Modern...Tokyo Times to publish their highly esteemed...articles. ( read original story ...)


Nikkei rises on upbeat Japan capex data, dollar...
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TOKYO, June 1 Japan's Nikkei share average started...the month with gains on Thursday, buoyed by upbeat...news of Japanese companies' growing capital...expenditure as well as the dollar's ascent from...overnight lows against the yen. The Nikkei was up...1 percent at ... ( 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 ...)


Japan's Central Bank Writes Tokyo A Blank Check

Official announcements often have hidden meanings that escape the commentariat, leaving citizens unaware that an important page in their governments’ policies has just been turned. So it was with the Bank of Japan’s Sept. 21 press release, which held ... ( read original story ...)

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Japan, the Netherlands blast way into WBC final fo...
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But two losses in a row - today's 8-3 loss to...Japan and a 12-2 clobbering by the Netherlands...(March 13) - made advancing to the finals a dream...for the next global tournament. Team Israel's...improbable five-game run in the global tournament...has many American ... ( 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 ...)


Kitchen Pro Files: Chef Mitsuharu Tsumura, Master ...
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Combining his Japanese and Peruvian heritage,...Lima-born Chef Mitsuharu Tsumura last month gave...diners at Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila, a one of...a kind Nikkei culinary experience. "Since it's the...first time in Manila and many people don't really...know ... ( 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 ...)


Sapporo Asiad sets off alarm bells for China
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SAPPORO, Japan, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- Taken aback by...the rapid progress made by the two East Asian...neighbors, China is vowing to bounce back from a...disappointing finish in the Asian Winter Games and...to eventually shine when Beijing will host the...Winter ... ( 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 ...)


Japan's Constitution turns 70; PM Abe calls f...
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"Now is the time to look to the future, in...anticipation of the next 70 years, and proceed...with new nation-building," Shinzo Abe said,...following his customary New Year's visit to a...shrine in Japan, reported Efe news agency. "We,...who are living today ... ( read original story ...)


Rachel Notley leaves for trade mission to China, J...
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Premier Rachel Notley and an Alberta delegation...fly to Beijing Monday as they embark on a 10-day...trip to China and Japan to strengthen Alberta's...trade ties in the region. Among those joining the...Alberta group for part of the trip is Gordon...Houlden ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo’s station master
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Although the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are almost four...years off, the station master at the city’s...train station already seems to be running his own...kind of marathon every day. Seth Doane has sent us...a Postcard From Japan: It’s home to...Japan’s super-sleek ... ( read original story ...)


Here's Where the Saudi Aramco IPO Will Be Lis...
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The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday (Feb....21) Saudi Aramco has ruled out Asian exchanges –...like Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Singapore – for its...IPO and is planning to offer its stock on a...Western exchange. Trending: There Are Big Changes...and Big ... ( read original story ...)


Bank of Japan keeps upbeat economic view, some regions see spending slow

TOKYO The Bank of Japan maintained its optimistic economic view on most of the country's nine regions in a quarterly report out on Monday, signaling its confidence a tightening job market will gradually push up wages and underpin a steady economic recovery. ( read original story ...)

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Philippines' Duterte tells Japan his China vi...
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He told a news conference that Manila would...respect treaty obligations as long as mutual...interests converged. Japan and the Philippines...also signed notes on two yen loan projects worth...up to 21.4 billion yen ($205 million), including...one to build two ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo Steel to hold product prices steady for four...
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"We will stick to the current prices since...activity in the domestic steel market is slow and...spot prices remain at a standstill," Tokyo Steel's...managing director Kiyoshi Imamura told a news...conference on Monday. Tokyo Steel is keeping...prices for its main ... ( read original story ...)


Duterte to cancel Japan visit
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The president was scheduled to speak at the 23rd...International Conference on the Future of Asia to...be hosted by Nikkei Inc. in Tokyo on June 5 and 6....Negotiations had been underway to arrange a...meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on...the ... ( 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 ...)


‘Tokyo Ghoul’ Season 3 Release Date & Updates:...
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"Tokyo Ghoul" season 3 seems to have been...confirmed to come out later this year by Viz Media...senior director Kevin Hamric. (Photo :...Dresrosa/YouTube) "Tokyo Ghoul" Season 3 might...just be around the corner than you might expect....Reports surfaced recently ... ( read original story ...)


Sapporo software developer’s app puts best bowls f...
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SAPPORO – A smartphone app developed by a...ramen lover has proven a hit among fellow noodle...enthusiasts, providing them with insight into the...most popular bowls being slurped across Japan....Sapporo-based software developer Toru Domon says...he also wants to ... ( read original story ...)


ANIME NEWS: ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ art exhibitions ...
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A costume of Colonel Mustang used for a...live-action feature film adaptation of the title...was put on display at Warner Bros. Japan LLC’s...booth at AnimeJapan 2017 expo held in March....Faithfully reproducing the design from the...original manga, the costume ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Post risks becoming the 'next NTT'
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The company is perilously close to becoming...another Nippon Telegraph and Telephone -- a symbol...of a privatization IPO gone wrong. Japan Post...shares ended Monday's trading little moved. The...stock rose 0.74% to 1,345 yen, as investors...remained wary of an ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's hotels seek out foreign staff as cust...
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OSAKA -- One day in early March, a 28-year-old...woman from Canada was in the lobby of the Rihga...Royal Hotel conversing with a guest in fluent...Japanese. Rachael Buell has been working for the...hotel in Osaka since last year in the guest...relations group ... ( read original story ...)


Bank of Japan delays inflation goal in blow to �...
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TOKYO: Japan's central bank on Tuesday (Nov 1)...again pushed back the timeline for hitting its...inflation goal, the latest policy change that has...raised questions about attempts to revive the...deflation-plagued economy. The Bank of Japan has...for the past ... ( read original story ...)


Negative Sentiment On Japanese Banking Sector Likely To Continue

The Bank of Japan’s negative interest rate policy is straining bank profitability. To control for this, the BOJ announced in September that it will undertake a policy of “yield curve control” to use its power to steepen the yield curve. With all the ... ( read original story ...)

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HANOI, Vietnam – Vietnamese Prime Minister...Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Tuesday urged Japan to invest...more in the Southeast Asian country to become its...top foreign investor. Speaking at a conference of...business leaders from both countries also attended...by ... ( read original story ...)


Bank of Japan's Kuroda: Something major is ch...
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YOKOHAMA, Japan — There's something changing in...the Japanese economy, according to the country's...top central banker. Speaking with CNBC on the...sidelines of the 2017 Asian Development Bank...meeting in Japan, Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko...Kuroda explained ... ( read original story ...)


ICICI Bank raises $88 million via Japanese `Pro-bo...
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MUMBAI: ICICI Bank, India's largest private...lender, has raised 10 billion Japanese yen ($88...million) by selling a new series of bonds known as...pro-bonds, the first issue of its kind by an...Indian company. The bank's committee of executive...directors, at its ... ( 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...Nov 2016. Contract Day Volume Evening Volume * Nov...196.2 66 201.0 12 * Dec 194.1 33 195.6 3 * Jan...195.6 147 201.3 19 * Feb 196.0 271 202.0 138 * Mar...198.4 797 ... ( read original story ...)


Realtors say Tokyo’s housing boom fading as sales ...
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In the Kachidoki area facing Tokyo Bay, home to...the city’s hottest market given its proximity to...venues for the 2020 Olympic Games, real estate...broker Hayato Jo has a wall full of notices of...apartments for sale, with a 20 percent increase in...the number ... ( read original story ...)


Dior unveils new Tokyo store and fresh looks
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Christian Dior launches its new Tokyo store with...rooftop fashion show, showing new looks from its...first female creative director Maria Grazia...Chiuri. (Reuters) ( read original story ...)


Hotel Check: Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo
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BACKGROUND: Opened in 2009, the Shangri-La Hotel,...Tokyo is the Hong Kong-based hotel brand’s first...property in Japan. The hotel takes up the 28th...through 39th floors of the Marunouchi Trust Tower,...directly behind Tokyo Station. My morning view...over Tokyo ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka mayor says gay foster parents should not be ...
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Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura said the fact that...a LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender)...couple are foster parents shouldn't even be in the...news. “The fostering program is necessary not...for childless people, but for children,” said...Yoshimura. ( read original story ...)


Tokyo Promotes Tourism In India, Expects 20% Growt...
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Masahiko Sakamoto outlined that Tokyo is as good...as a tourist city as it is for business. It is a...great shopping haven in India market with theme...parks, traditional culture, heritage and Japanese...cuisine. There are new hotel projects being...developed in ... ( read original story ...)


Japan to survey medical services for foreigners be...
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Japan's health ministry is set to conduct the...first large-scale survey on the nation's medical...services for foreign patients as part of its...efforts to improve such services and boost the...number of facilities friendly to them ahead of the...2020 Tokyo ... ( read original story ...)