Asia’s financial safety net is a work in progress

a port city south of Tokyo. Finance ministers and central bankers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, China, Japan and South Korea met on the sidelines of the event, but two men were conspicuously -- and tellingly -- absent: Chinese Finance ... ( read original story ...)

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"I believe that will all work out very well for...everybody, China, Japan, the United States and...everybody in the region," Trump said at a joint...news conference with Abe. Stepping carefully into...Japan's long-standing territorial dispute with...China over ... ( read original story ...)


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A resort in Tokyo, Osaka or Yokohama could be...built by 2022-23, Murren said, speaking to Reuters...after a closed-door discussion with Japanese and...international businesses on casino resorts....Beverage maker Suntory Holdings Ltd Chief...Executive Takeshi ... ( read original story ...)


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The key Nikkei average lost further ground on the...Tokyo Stock Exchange ... The Tokyo market lacked new factors to trade on...after Japan’s “earnings reporting season was...over,” said Yoshihiko Tabei, chief analyst at...Naito Securities. ( read original story ...)


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TOKYO -- The resignation of Dentsu's president...over an employee's overwork-related suicide shows...that Japanese corporate management is taking the...issue of work conditions seriously, acknowledging...the need to revise practices and prioritize the...well-being ... ( read original story ...)


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OSAKA, Japan, June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --...BIBILAB, the idea goods brand of be-s Co., Ltd...(Location: Higashi-Osaka City, Osaka; President:...Kyo Ooue) announces the beginning of its Comfy...KIMONO Pajamas crowdfunding campaign on June 19,...2017, on ... ( read original story ...)


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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's exports in November fell...at a slower pace as a rapid decline in the yen and...a recovery in overseas demand boosted shipments...from the trade sector. Ministry of Finance (MOF)...data showed on Monday that exports fell 0.4...percent in ... ( read original story ...)


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TOKYO Confidence among Japanese manufacturers...bounced in June to match a decade-high level...recorded in April and is expected to rise for...several months, a Reuters survey found, providing...more evidence of economic recovery. Service-sector...mood rose to a two ... ( read original story ...)


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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 ...)


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OSAKA – The Osaka Center for Cultural...Heritage and others said Thursday that they have...found more than 140 ancient tombs at two...neighboring ruins in the city of Ibaraki, Osaka...Prefecture. The tombs, each surrounded by a square...or rectangular moat, and ... ( read original story ...)


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TOKYO, Jan 16 Commercial property prices in Tokyo,...a bellwether for Japan's market, look to have...peaked as the capital faces a glut of new offices...even as the number of office workers is set to...decline. The property market had rebounded in the...past three ... ( read original story ...)


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HANYU, Japan --They’re kooky, cuddly –...and for some – a little creepy. In Japan,...mascots aren’t warm-up acts. They’re...the main event, reports CBS News correspondent...Adriana Diaz. It’s been dubbed the capital...of cute, and at the World Character ... ( read original story ...)


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Japan's Cabinet approved Friday a bill to let...83-year-old Emperor Akihito abdicate and allow his...elder son Crown Prince Naruhito to ascend the...Chrysanthemum Throne. The abdication will be...Japan's first in 200 years. Akihito indicated his...desire to abdicate ... ( read original story ...)


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Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics estimate the...total cost of hosting the 2020 Games will be...between 1.6 and 1.8 trillion yen ($13-$15...billion). The official cost estimate announced...Wednesday was below the promised 2 trillion ($17...billion) cap, while ... ( read original story ...)


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At a public bath in a Yokohama slum in the 1950s,...a red-haired girl scrubs her skin with a pumice...stone, hard, to try to get the white out. Other...kids sometimes taunt her. "American, American."...She yells back, "I'm Japanese!" She is told she...was abandoned. ( read original story ...)


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A business that claims to help socially withdrawn...people is being sued by a mother and daughter for...allegedly taking the daughter from home by force...and holding her against her will under the threat...of violence. According to the suit filed with the...Tokyo ... ( read original story ...)


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Tokyo (AFP) - Japan's lower house of parliament on...Tuesday passed a long-awaited bill to legalise...casinos, in a major step toward opening up a...market seen as a potential global gaming...powerhouse. Some opposition members walked out of...the chamber before the ... ( read original story ...)


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TOKYO Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (8316.T)...(SMFG) and Resona Holdings Inc (8308.T) are in...talks to merge some of their units, sources said,...in what would be the latest in a slow but steady...wave of consolidation in Japan's regional banking...industry. ( read original story ...)


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But it has now given UD free rein over its entire...brand strategy from development to sales in Japan...and developing countries. Volvo CEO Martin...Lundstedt told The Nikkei that he trusts the...quality and durability of Japanese products and...that the people ... ( read original story ...)


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Tokyo stocks fell at the start Monday, the...Japanese market's first reaction following US...President Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony....After being sworn in as the 45th president of the...United States on Friday, Trump promised to build...infrastructure, such ... ( read original story ...)


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HOKKAIDO (TR) – Hokkaido Prefectural Police...are questioning a man in a stabbing incident in...Sapporo on Wednesday night that left another man...seriously injured, reports Nippon News Network...(Nov. 17). At around 8:25 p.m. on Wednesday, a...knife-wielding ... ( read original story ...)


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Recent North Korean missile tests have landed in...the waters off Japan, and in March state-run...Korean Central News Agency said units conducting...the drills were "tasked to strike the bases of the...US imperialist aggressor forces in Japan." Since...then ... ( read original story ...)


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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 ...)


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TOKYO (Reuters) - Activity in Japan's services...sector expanded in December at the fastest pace in...11 months, a private survey showed on Thursday, in...a sign that economic growth could pick up due to...gains in consumer spending. The Markit/Nikkei...Japan ... ( read original story ...)


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including the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami...off Japan. Forty-metre waves devastated the coast...and roared up to 10 kilometres inland, wrecking a...nuclear-power facility. Almost 16,000 people...died. ( read original story ...)


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All passengers departing on Thai AirAsia X flights...from Bangkok to Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul or Shanghai...are entitled to one-month of unlimited access to...iflix. New subscribers will additionally receive...iflix’s standard one-month free trial of the...service. ( read original story ...)


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As Japan prepares to celebrate Valentine's Day, a...cranky group of Marxist protesters have called for...an end to public displays of love, claiming it...hurts their feelings. Members of 'Kakuhido', or...the Revolutionary Alliance of Men that Women find ... ( read original story ...)


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Every year, Japan’s national police and...emergency response services issue public warnings...to be careful when eating mochi rice cakes, the...sticky, sweet traditional delicacy served to...celebrate the new year. And every year people die...anyway. This year ... ( read original story ...)


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TOKYO -- Japan Airlines will launch additional...flights serving Australia and Hawaii as early as...September, revamping its international routes for...the first time since undergoing bankruptcy...reorganization in 2010. In addition to an existing...route between ... ( read original story ...)


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reports TBS News (Mar. 7). The controversy...surrounds the sale of land in Osaka’s Toyonaka...City at a price far below market value to...educational body Moritomo Gakuen, the operator of...the private elementary school Mizuho no Kuni Kinen...Shogakuin. ( read original story ...)


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HANOI – Vietnam’s National Assembly...has voted to abandon plans to build two nuclear...power plants with Russia and Japan, after...officials cited lower demand forecasts, rising...costs and safety concerns. The vote Tuesday to...scrap the country’s first ... ( read original story ...)


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Capricorn RC have introduced the new Sapporo ball...bearing set for their C803 1/8th car. This set of...18 high quality, made in Japan ABEC X bearings has...been put together by Capricorn bearing in mind the...needs of the most demanding drivers, and is...available ... ( read original story ...)


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It was only when by chance she met with...representatives from Globis, a business school...based in Tokyo, at an MBA forum in Singapore that...the road ahead started getting clearer. “The...Globis MBA program fitted my lifestyle well — it...was only for a year ... ( read original story ...)


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Oct 29 (Gracenote) - Results and standings from...the Japanese championship Second Stage matches on...Saturday Saturday, October 29 FC Tokyo 1 Vegalta...Sendai 0 Gamba Osaka 3 Albirex Niigata 1 Jubilo...Iwata 0 Urawa Reds 1 Kashima Antlers 0 Kawasaki...Frontale 1 ... ( read original story ...)


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TOKYO, Feb 21 (Reuters) - A Japanese kindergarten...that has ties to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife,...Akie, has apologised over online comments that...domestic media described as possible hate speech...against Koreans and Chinese people. The private...Tsukamoto ... ( read original story ...)


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March 21 Japan Rental Housing Investments Inc : *...Says it completes sale of property at 293.5...million yen * Previous plan was disclosed on March...15 Source text in Japanese: goo.gl/Ytr1gz Further...company coverage: (Beijing Headline News) ( read original story ...)


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Japan had a trade surplus of 152.5 billion yen...($1.3 billion) in November. The seasonally...adjusted trade balance was a surplus of 536.1...billion yen. The results were released as the Bank...of Japan begins a two-day monetary policy board...meeting. The yen has ... ( read original story ...)


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OSAKA, Japan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 9,...2017--Panasonic Corporation today announced that...it has developed a new technology, electrical...control of the near infrared (NIR) light...sensitivity of the same pixel in an organic CMOS...image sensor. The sensitivity of ... ( read original story ...)


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At 5.59am local time on November 22, Fukushima was...hit by a 7.4 magnitude earthquake, triggering a...tsunami warning. For residents in the same region...of Japan devastated by the major 2011 Tōhoku...earthquake and its tsunami, the threat of a...renewed disaster ... ( read original story ...)


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Japanese toilets are set to become easier to use,...after manufacturers agreed to standardise the...symbols on the control panels. Japan's hi-tech...toilets famously include features such as lid and...seat controls, flush strength, front and back...bidets, and air ... ( read original story ...)


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Japanese stocks rose on Thursday morning as the...yen’s strong trend paused and the country’s...strong trade data lifted sentiment, but mining...shares underperformed on the back of a steep...decline oil prices. The Nikkei 225 share average...rose 0.3 percent to ... ( read original story ...)


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WASHINGTON With differences simmering in the...background, U.S. President Donald Trump and...Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe open ... Trump and Abe are to hold Oval Office talks in...the morning and a joint news conference at midday...and then fly to Palm ... ( read original story ...)


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Tokyo, Nov 17 (EFE).- The Bank of Japan announced...Thursday it will carry out its first purchase...transaction of Japanese government bonds to...control yields after the long-term bond yield...jumped to its highest level on Wednesday owing to...Donald Trump's win ... ( read original story ...)


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NEW YORK: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe...described Donald Trump as a "trustworthy leader"...after meeting the US president-elect on Thursday...to get clarity on statements Trump had made while...campaigning that had caused concern about the...alliance. ( read original story ...)


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Tokyo rubber futures -- - Central Japan rubber...futures -- - Shanghai rubber futures -- -...Singapore rubber futures -- - Thai rubber futures...- All rubber news Get stories like this on the...Yahoo app and discover more every day. ( read original story ...)


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It's regarded in Osaka as where the locals shop,...so don't be surprised if you have to dodge around...numerous local TV crews doing vox pops on matters...of interest for that night's news shows. Its...600-odd shops include old-style diners,...traditional knife ... ( read original story ...)


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“Japanese stocks rose to their highest level...since April in the morning, and we saw profit...taking before heading into the weekend,”...said Masayuki Otani, chief market strategist at...Securities Japan Inc. in Tokyo. “There might...be more references to ... ( read original story ...)


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The MOL Group, stock listed in Tokyo and Nagoya...– a leader in international ocean shipping...– transports natural gas around the world...and continuously develops its LNG fleet to meet...the increasing demand for natural gas as well as...to ensure the ... ( read original story ...)


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TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who...will visit Pearl Harbor with President Barack...Obama on Tuesday, wasn't even born when Japan's...former leader Shigeru Yoshida went there just six...years after the country's World War II surrender,...by himself ... ( read original story ...)


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Osaka hotels tend to rely more on holiday guests...than their Tokyo counterparts. Though these...overall occupancy rates remained high at more than...80%, the hotels faced a challenge from the sharp...increase in the supply of rooms as business hotel...construction ... ( read original story ...)


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Kim Jong-nam reportedly fell out of favor with his...father, the late Kim Jong-il, in 2001, when he was...caught trying to enter Japan on a false passport...to visit Tokyo Disneyland. ( read original story ...)


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Oct 29 (Gracenote) - Results and standings from...the Japanese championship Second Stage matches on...Saturday Saturday, October 29 FC Tokyo 1 Vegalta...Sendai 0 Gamba Osaka 3 Albirex Niigata 1 Jubilo...Iwata 0 Urawa Reds 1 Kashima Antlers 0 Kawasaki...Frontale 1 ... ( read original story ...)


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Recent controversy regarding the decoration of the...bronze lions outside the HSBC building brings to...mind the near loss of these icons of Hong Kong...during the Japanese occupation. It is 75 years...since the fall of Hong Kong. Apart from the...terrible human ... ( read original story ...)


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TOKYO -- A Tokyo Metropolitan Government panel is...discussing steps aimed at reclaiming the Japanese...capital's status as Asia's top financial center,...including making the tax system more hospitable to...foreign financial institutions. The effort is...being ... ( read original story ...)


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Official announcements often have hidden meanings...that escape the commentariat, leaving citizens...unaware that an important page in their...governments’ policies has just been turned....So it was with the Bank of Japan’s Sept. 21...press release, which held ... ( read original story ...)


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The data, released on Friday, will be among...factors the Bank of Japan will scrutinise at a...policy meeting early next week, where it is widely...expected to keep monetary policy steady and...maintain its upbeat inflation projections. ( read original story ...)


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LONDON Japan's Shinzo Abe called on Prime Minister...Theresa May to ensure a smooth transition for...business as the United Kingdom leaves the European...Union, to avoid a cliff edge where rules and...regulations for firms change overnight. A day...after talks with ... ( read original story ...)


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"DFT," a music production team from Tokyo, has...released their first album, “STORY TO...TELL” from new label DAT SLICK (Operated by...ADX inc., location: Minato-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Akira...Fujita). This Smart News Release features...multimedia. View the full ... ( read original story ...)


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MELBOURNE, Australia - No.9 seed and Apia...International Sydney champion Johanna Konta kept...up her hopes of another deep run in Melbourne with...a decisive 6-4, 6-2 win over Japan's Naomi Osaka...to reach the third round of the Australian Open....Konta opened Day ... ( read original story ...)


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just-drinks gives you the widest beverage market...coverage. Paid just-drinks members have unlimited...access to all our exclusive content - including 16...years of archives. I am so confident you will love...complete access to our content that today I can...offer ... ( read original story ...)


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News of this latest Russian provocation came...shortly after the Pentagon announced that new...Defense Secretary James Mattis would make his...first visit overseas to Japan and South Korea...early next month. A third Russian Tu-95 bomber...took off from a base in ... ( read original story ...)


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2 Mr. Hideya Takashima is scheduled to assume the...post of President and Representative Director of...Sapporo Breweries Limited after resolution of the...Extraordinary Meeting of Shareholders to be held...by December 31, 2016 and following resolution of...the ... ( read original story ...)