Blooming cherry blossoms help Tokyo shake off winter blues

Well today's the day. The famous cherry blossom trees are officially in full bloom in Tokyo. Analysis and speculation about the cherry blossoms starts in Japan in January. At that time, it's just a tantalising, mid-winter discussion, when we all dream ... ( read original story ...)

Tokyo futures rebound from 4-mth low as yen loses ground

FUNDAMENTALS * The Tokyo Commodity Exchange rubber contract for September ... For the top stories in the rubber market and other news, click or MARKET NEWS * The dollar regained some traction against the yen in Asian trade, but remained under pressure ... ( read original story ...)

Tokyo cherry blossoms herald arrival of spring

Crowds of tourists and residents set off a flurry of selfie sticks and mobile phones in Tokyo's Ueno Park on Tuesday, as they flocked to enjoy the cherry blossoms marking the start of spring. Japan had announced the season would start on March 21 with the ... ( read original story ...)

North Korea launches missile into Sea of Japan

North Korea has launched a KN-15 missile from its eastern coast into the Sea of Japan, U.S. officials said Tuesday. The test comes just days before Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet with President Donald Trump in Florida, during which North Korea is ... ( read original story ...)

North Korean ballistic missile fired into the Sea of Japan

North Korea has test-fired a ballistic missile from its eastern port of Sinpo into the Sea of Japan. South Korea's defence ministry said the missile flew about 60km (40 miles). It is the latest in a series of tests which the North says is peaceful but the ... ( read original story ...)