Asian Games: Largest Asian Winter Games open in Sapporo

"I declare open the eighth Asian Winter Games which are being held in Sapporo and Obihiro," the crown prince said of the games, which will run until next Sunday. Australia and New Zealand are attending as non-medal participants in their Asian Winter Games ... ( read original story ...)

Japan’s buckling health care system at a crossroads

The inauguration last month of Donald Trump as U.S. president and his plan to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act, known as “Obamacare,” has left many people here wondering: How does Japan compare? In Japan, health care has long been likened to air and ... ( read original story ...)

Japan posts bigger-than-expected trade deficit in January

Japan's merchandise trade balance with the rest of the world came to a Y1.087 trillion deficit. Economists polled by the Nikkei had forecast a Y629.3 billion deficit. Overall imports climbed 8.5% in January to Y6.509 trillion for the first rise in 25 months. ( read original story ...)

DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 29

... to speak on "Looking Back on 10 Years at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta" before the 2017 Banking Outlook Conference - 1335 GMT. YAMANASHI, Japan - Bank of Japan policy board member, Takahide Kiuchi, to meet with business leaders. MONDAY, FEBRUARY ... ( read original story ...)

SMBC head says will give Toshiba as much support as possible

TOKYO Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp (SMBC), one of the main lenders to Toshiba Corp (6502.T), will provide as much support as possible to the troubled Japanese firm, the bank's chief executive said. The TVs-to-nuclear conglomerate is scrambling for cash to ... ( read original story ...)

Bank For International Settlements Warns Of Looming Debt Bubble

aka the central bank of central banks, noted on Friday that over the last 16 years, debts of governments, households and corporations has gone up…everywhere. In the U.S., debt is up 63%. The Eurozone, Japan, U.K., Canada and Australia average around 52%. ( read original story ...)