Unclaimed land in Japan equivalent to size of Kyushu

TOKYO -- Land equivalent to the size of Kyushu, Japan's third-largest island, is currently unclaimed, an expert study group said in a report, after reviewing several government surveys on property registrations across the nation. In the report, released on ... ( read original story ...)

Japan Needs New Thinking, And New Anti-Austerity Politicians

He became Minister of Finance for a brief period in 2009, but the LDP lost the power. In 2011, he switched his party to the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) to become Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy and Minister of State for the ... ( read original story ...)

IOC’s Coates stresses cost cuts during Tokyo visit

IOC Vice President John Coates kicked off a three-day evaluation of Tokyo's preparations for the 2020 Olympics on Wednesday by emphasizing the need for further cost cuts. The price tag of the 2020 Games has ballooned since Tokyo won the bid, even after a ... ( read original story ...)

Japan’s public broadcaster mulls fee for streaming

TOKYO -- Japan's national public broadcast company NHK could levy a new mandatory fee for programming streamed on smartphones and similar devices -- a move that would affect the growing number of households that do not own televisions. The proposal was ... ( read original story ...)

Japan banks slash JGB holdings to record lows

TOKYO -- Japanese banks have sold off domestic government bonds to their lowest holding levels on record, scrambling for near-term profit as negative interest rates erode spreads in core lending operations. Holdings of Japanese government bonds were down ... ( read original story ...)