A realistic view of Japan’s island dispute

and it’s Abe’s task to break the news gently to the Japanese people. During a heated discussion on the web news service DemocraTV, former Lower House lawmaker Hiroshi Kawauchi stated that the government “has never had a solution” to the Northern ... ( read original story ...)

Berkshire Hathaway to bet on earthquake insurance in Japan

TOKYO -- An insurance company under Berkshire Hathaway of the U.S. is considering making a foray into Japan, betting on the potential of the country's earthquake insurance market. Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance plans to operate as a reinsurer ... ( read original story ...)

Why Japan is hell-bent on saving the Trans-Pacific Partnership

When Japan recently rushed to become the first country to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership, it did so in part to pressure fence-sitters such as Canada to fall in line. “Even though the prospects of the deal coming into effect have become unclear ... ( read original story ...)

Japan seeks to win Thai air defense radar contract – sources

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is seeking to win a contract to supply Thailand with an air defense radar system built by Mitsubishi Electric Corp, as it looks to counter growing Chinese influence in the Southeast Asian nation, according to four Japanese ... ( read original story ...)

Light earthquake: M4.4 quake has struck near Namie in Japan

A light earthquake with magnitude 4.4 (ml/mb) was detected on Wednesday, 57 kilometers (35 miles) from Namie in Japan. The 4.4-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 23:46:58 / 11:46 pm (local time epicenter). The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 35.9 km ... ( read original story ...)

Japanese banks grapple with ultra-low interest rates

BANKS the world over are wrestling with low interest rates. Nowhere have they grappled for longer than in Japan. Although the Bank of Japan (BoJ) introduced negative rates only in January, almost 20 months after the European Central Bank, its rates have ... ( read original story ...)