McDonald's to sell Japan stake

The fast food chain is selling up to a third of its stake in its Japan unit, and private equity firms are considering making bids, according to the Wall Street Journal. Fred Katayama reports. ( read original story ...)

Japan emperor: How abdication could usher in a calendar change

For the first time in two centuries a Japanese emperor may be about to abdicate. The huge change for Japan could also affect one aspect of everyday life - the calendar. Emperor Akihito, 83, has hinted he wants to stand down at the end of 2018, allowing ... ( read original story ...)

Nikkei drops while other Asian markets largely gain

Japan’s Nikkei fell Thursday as a higher yen hurt export stocks. Asian equity markets were slightly higher Thursday, after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump largely avoided fresh attacks on global trade in his first news conference in six months. ( read original story ...)

Japan's Abe Starts 4-Nation Trip With Visit to Philippines

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived Thursday for a two-day visit to Manila as the Philippines has boosted ties with China while taking a hostile stance toward Tokyo's main ally the United States. The Philippines is Abe's first stop in a four-nation ... ( read original story ...)

Japan's Office Market to Reach a Tipping Point in 2017

According to global real estate consultant CBRE, Japan's office leasing and investment markets will likely reach a turning point in the cycle in 2017. In Tokyo's office market, which is scheduled to see three consecutive years of above average new supply ... ( read original story ...)