Powerful earthquake in western Japan knocks out power, injures 7

A powerful earthquake in western Japan knocked loose roof tiles, toppled store shelves and caused power outages Friday afternoon, but apparently caused no widespread damage. At least seven people were injured, one seriously. The Japan Meteorological Agency ... ( read original story ...)

Strong Quake in Western Japan Knocks out Power, Injures 7

A powerful earthquake in western Japan knocked loose roof tiles, toppled store shelves and caused power outages Friday afternoon, but apparently caused no widespread damage. At least seven people were injured, one seriously. The Japan Meteorological Agency ... ( read original story ...)

6.2-magnitude earthquake hits Japan

Tokyo (CNN)A preliminary 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Japan on Friday, according to the US Geological Survey. The quake, which was 6.3 kilometers in depth, hit near Kurayoshi city to the west of Osaka, the USGS said. Almost 80,000 households suffered ... ( read original story ...)

X Japan's Yoshiki: Music saved my life

X Japan are one of Japan's most famous heavy metal rock bands. In the 1980s they helped pioneer the "visual kei" movement associated with brightly coloured hair and flamboyant costumes. But the band's history has been marked with tragedy, including the ... ( read original story ...)

Western Japan hit by magnitude 6.6 earthquake

A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 struck western Japan on Friday, but there was no risk of tsunami. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the earthquake occurred at 2:10 p.m. local time in the Tottori prefecture, about 700 kilometres ... ( read original story ...)

Mizuho Seeks to Challenge Nomura as Japan’s Top Equity Firm

Mizuho Financial Group Inc., the Japanese bank that added dozens of stock analysts and salesmen in the past year, is seeking to loosen Nomura Holdings Inc.’s grip on the nation’s potentially lucrative yet elusive retail brokerage business. Tokyo-based ... ( read original story ...)

Assessing the Recent Effectiveness of Japan’s Abenomics

Thus far, it has failed to dislodge the deflationary sentiment from the Japanese economic mind-set, although this has not been through a lack of trying. The Bank of Japan (BoJ) has sent interest rates into deep negative territory to encourage spending and ... ( read original story ...)