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 ...)

BIDV signs co-operation agreement with Japanese bank

This is the 26th Japanese bank with which BIDV has signed such a cooperation deal in this field. — Photo www.vietreader.com HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Investment and Development of Viet Nam (BIDV) and Yachiyo Bank of Japan have ... ( read original story ...)

Japan investors in dilemma over U.S. bonds as hedging costs bite

Japan's conservative fund managers turned to higher-yielding foreign bonds, particularly Treasuries, earlier this year after the Bank of Japan stunned markets with its negative interest rate policy to help reflate the economy. "At least one big Japanese ... ( read original story ...)