Europe and Japan Near Trade Deal as U.S. Takes Protectionist Path

The European Union and Japan are close to sealing one of the largest trade agreements ever, a deal that could further isolate the United States as President Trump forges a protectionist path. The deal, which brings together two giants encompassing a ... ( read original story ...)

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Death by overwork: Pressure mounts on Japan to act
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Millions of Japanese people are in danger of...working themselves into ... The parents of Matsuri Takahashi, whose suicide...was attributed to overwork, spoke at a news...conference in October. "Ms. Takashi's death was...caused by serious depression triggered ... ( read original story ...)


Japan urges China to do more to pressure North Kor...
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TOKYO — Japan on Tuesday urged China to exert...greater pressure on North Korea to stop its...nuclear and missile development, saying Beijing's...role in getting Pyongyang to abandon those efforts...was "crucially important." Japanese Foreign...Minister Fumio ... ( read original story ...)


Kipsang leads Tokyo Marathon entries
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Former world record-holder Wilson Kipsang will...face nine other men with sub-2:07 PBs at the Tokyo...Marathon when he lines up for the IAAF Gold Label...Road Race on 26 February. Now in its 11th year,...the Tokyo Marathon course has been adapted by...eliminating ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei flat as dollar/yen steadies, on track for g...
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TOKYO, June 23 Japan's Nikkei share average was...flat on Friday morning as dollar-yen levels...steadied after major economic events, while...Nintendo hit new multi-year highs on ongoing hopes...for a new title on Switch. The Nikkei was flat at...20,119.55 in ... ( read original story ...)


Japan killjoys wage war on Valentine's '...
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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 ...)


Maynilad inks P10.8-B loan deal with JICA, 3 Japan...
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Joining JICA in the loan agreement are three...private Japanese banks: The Bank of...Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU), Mizuho Bank Ltd....(Mizuho), and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation...(SMBC). The loan will be comprised of three...facilities: (1) JPY facility and (2 ... ( read original story ...)


Tokai Tokyo Financial : Grace Technology Raises US...
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source PDM Deals 2016 RE: The Interim Result of...the Treasury Share Repurchase 2016 RE: The Interim...Result of the Treasury Share Repurchase 2016 TOKAI...TOKYO FINANCIAL: Consolidated Financial Summary...(for the six months ended.. 2016 TOKAI TOKYO...FINANCIAL ... ( read original story ...)


Mao Kobayashi: Japanese cancer blogger dies at 34
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A former Japanese newsreader who won legions of...admirers after deciding to publicly chronicle her...battle with cancer has died of the disease. Mao...Kobayashi, who was named one of the BBC's 100...Women in 2016, died late on Thursday at home in...Tokyo ... ( read original story ...)


Witness Volunteers Repair Over 300 Homes Following...
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EBINA, Japan—Jehovah’s Witnesses in Japan...completed repair work on 348 homes of their fellow...members, which were damaged by the earthquakes...that struck Kumamoto, Japan, on April 14 and 16,...2016. Some 15,000 volunteers participated in the...construction ... ( read original story ...)


Japan PM: 'I have great confidence in Trump&#...
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Media captionSpeaking through a translator Mr Abe...said "I am convinced that Mr Trump is a leader in...whom I can have great confidence" Japan's PM...Shinzo Abe has said he has "great confidence" in...US President-elect Donald Trump and he believes...they can build ... ( read original story ...)


SAWEA business mission visits Japan for water and wastewater technologies

The training center was built by Osaka Municipal Water Works Bureau for transferring ... and FO (Forward Osmosis) membrane and future business in Saudi Arabia. Following a lecture from Toyobo, they had a good chance to look about the manufacturing process ... ( read original story ...)

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Japanese Volvo unit readies new truck for developi...
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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 ...)


Osaka police search for man who pushed woman off t...
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A man pushed a woman, 63, from a platform at JR...Shin-Imamiya Station onto the tracks on Sunday...(Fuji News Network) OSAKA (TR) – Osaka...Prefectural Police are seeking the whereabouts of...a man suspected of pushing a 63-year-old woman...from a train platform ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo stocks rebound modestly on buybacks
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Stocks turned slightly higher on the Tokyo Stock...Exchange Thursday, supported by buybacks after the...previous day’s tumble. The 225-issue Nikkei...average gained 43.93 points, or 0.23 percent, to...close at 19,085.31. On Wednesday, the Nikkei...average gave up ... ( read original story ...)


Amazing images of Tokyo before it was a city
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Plantation workers pick tea leaves in Tokyo, circa...1910s. Before Tokyo matured into the gleaming,...dense city it is today, it was a small fishing...village called Edo. Now home to over 13 million...people, the Japanese capital has changed...dramatically since ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo Day 1: Travel to Tokyo
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Today I set off on a trip to Tokyo to see the...Tokyo DisneySea 15th Anniversary & Tokyo...Disney Resort Christmas festivities. My day...started with a pre-dawn wake up call and drive to...LAX. After parking and a shuttle ride we arrived...at Delta One check-in ... ( read original story ...)


Asia shares gain as Japan trade data better than f...
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TOKYO -- Asian markets mostly rose Monday as Japan...reported its trade balance swung to a surplus in...September and strong Japanese manufacturing data...from a purchasing manager's survey also suggested...signs of improved activity in the world's third...biggest ... ( read original story ...)


More questions about Osaka land sale to education ...
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The Finance Ministry said it had already destroyed...records of negotiations over a questionable land...sale to an educational group in Osaka that had...links to the wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe....The disclosure, made Feb. 24, is expected to...seriously hamper ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo Steel keeps prices unchanged for second mont...
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"We will stick to the current prices as local...market prices have not fully caught up with our...hikes," Tokyo Steel's managing director Kiyoshi...Imamura told a news conference on Tuesday. The...company will keep prices for its main product,...H-shaped beams used ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's online banks go bricks-and-mortar to ...
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Deposits at six leading online banks topped 11.4...trillion yen at the end of March 2016 -- a...substantial figure, but a mere 1.42% of the total...for all Japanese banks. The industry has reached a...turning point: The Bank of Japan's...negative-interest-rate ... ( read original story ...)


BRIEF-AEON REIT Investment buys property in Osaka ...
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Feb 3 AEON REIT Investment Corp : * Says it...completes acquisition of property located in Osaka...for 9.87 billion yen Source text in Japanese:...goo.gl/K5VUUl Further company coverage: (Beijing...Headline News) Next In Financials ( read original story ...)


Japan Inc. bails out Toshiba by snapping up its $18B chip business

Toshiba plans to sell its prized memory chip business to a group of investors led by the Japanese government as it races to raise money to stave off financial ruin. The struggling Japanese conglomerate said Wednesday it has picked a bid worth about 2 ... ( read original story ...)

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Olympics – Tokyo launches mobiles-to-medals ...
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The campaign kicked off at Tokyo's Metropolitan...Government building where more than 100 people...dropped the used handsets into a box that...displayed the number of donations. "I came today...because I thought it's great that my old mobile...phones will become ... ( read original story ...)


Penray, Yokohama
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Yokohama has released the MYX S01, a 25-in. radial...all-weather tire designed for graders, loaders and...dozers. This new tire is in addition to the four...other OTR tires and four commercial tires offered...by Yokohama. Click here for more information. ( read original story ...)


CEO of Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ to step down f...
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TOKYO The head of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ...(BTMU), the core business of Japan's biggest..."megabank," has decided to step down for health...reasons barely a year into the job, sources told...Reuters on Tuesday. President and CEO Takashi...Oyamada's ... ( read original story ...)


Power surge: Chinese electric car battery maker ch...
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China's answer to Japan's Panasonic Corp and South...Korea's LG Chem Ltd has ... A123, a U.S. automotive battery maker, went from...IPO to bust in just three years as battery costs...remained stubbornly high and orders dried up...."People think we're a big ... ( read original story ...)


Starhill Global Reit sells Japan property for $5.1...
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It only formed 0.1% of the company's portfolio by...asset value. According to OCBC investment...research, Starhill Global REIT (SGREIT) recently...divested its entire beneficial interests in the...Harajuku Secondo Property for a cash consideration...of JPY410.2m ($5 ... ( read original story ...)


EDITORIAL: Beijing’s gas development in East China...
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TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - A promise between...Japanese and Chinese leaders appears to have been...one-sidedly discarded similar to a mere scrap of...wastepaper, and this should not be overlooked. It...has been learnt that China has started operating...two gas ... ( read original story ...)


Japan, the Netherlands blast way into WBC final fo...
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But two losses in a row - today's 8-3 loss to...Japan and a 12-2 clobbering by the Netherlands...(March 13) - made advancing to the finals a dream...for the next global tournament. Team Israel's...improbable five-game run in the global tournament...has many American ... ( read original story ...)


Japan PM says TPP would be "meaningless"...
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Earlier Monday, Abe met with Argentine President...Mauricio Macri and signed trade deals in the first...visit by a Japanese premier to Argentina in 57...years. Abe was joined by business leaders and CEOs...of major Japanese companies and banks, including ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka utility cutting power prices for first time ...
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The new rates "will benefit all our customers in...the Kansai area," the company said, referring to...the region including Osaka and Kyoto. Both...residential and high-volume business customers...should see prices drop. But the utility has only...so much cost ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei gains on strong data; Markets in Europe clo...
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S&P 500 futures were also up 0.1 percent to...2,383.60. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 0.6...percent to finish at 19,310.52. Australia's...S&P/ASX 200 was up 0.6 percent to 5,956.50. JAPAN...MANUFACTURING: The Nikkei purchasing managers...index survey of ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka utility cutting power prices for first time since Fukushima

The new rates "will benefit all our customers in the Kansai area," the company said, referring to the region including Osaka and Kyoto. Both residential and high-volume business customers should see prices drop. But the utility has only so much cost ... ( read original story ...)

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IOC approves women’s 1,500-meter swimming, 3-on-3 ...
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The International Olympic Committee’s Executive...Board announced on Friday it will add new events...to the swimming program for the 2022 Olympics in...Tokyo, including U.S. star Katie Ledecky’s...specialty, the 1,500 meters. Ledecky, the Bethesda...native who ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese exec resigning after overworked worker�...
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President Tadashi Ishii said at a Tokyo news...conference he will tender his resignation at a...board meeting in January although he will stay...through March as a courtesy to shareholders....Earlier Wednesday, government authorities filed...papers demanding ... ( read original story ...)


JAL Business Class Haneda SFO
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We flew in from Osaka, so we already had our...boarding passes ... located opposite to the entrance to the JAL First...Class Lounge & Sakura Lounge. (Flying Business...Class gave us access to Sakura Lounge). Boarding...started at 7:20pm. Two lines were formed ... ( read original story ...)


Europe and Japan Near Trade Deal as U.S. Takes Pro...
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The European Union and Japan are close to sealing...one of the largest trade agreements ever, a deal...that could further isolate the United States as...President Trump forges a protectionist path. The...deal, which brings together two giants...encompassing a ... ( read original story ...)


Japan has disaster theme parks where you can ride ...
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KOBE, Japan — Somehow, it’s not surprising...that the country that gave us Godzilla and...elevated fake food to a fine art has also found a...way to make earthquake preparedness entertaining....Guided by the philosophy that experience is the...best teacher ... ( read original story ...)


Japan, West clash over 'cultural' whale ...
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PORTOROž (SLOVENIA) - Japan pleaded with the...world's whaling watchdog Wednesday to allow small...hunts by coastal communities, arguing that for...three decades these groups had been unjustly...barred from a traditional source of food. The...issue of "small type ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese journalist denies allegation he is IS sym...
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TOKYO — A Japanese journalist deported from...Iraq denied on Thursday ... "Obviously I was suspected as an IS member trying...to sneak into a news conference," he said. The...Kurdistan Region Security Council accused him of...having links to the IS group. ( read original story ...)


Tokyo stocks plunge on yen’s rise, weak U.S. equit...
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Tokyo stocks met with selling as Trump’s...dismissal on Monday ... Investors refrained from active buying ahead of a...news conference by Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko...Kuroda scheduled for later on Tuesday after the...BOJ’s two-day monetary policy meeting ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s earthquakes and tectonic setting
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Japan has more measurable earthquakes than any...other country and has over 100 active volcanoes....These both result from Japan being wedged among...four major tectonic plates. The tectonics are...complicated, but in this animation, IRIS attempted...to look at the ... ( read original story ...)


SEE IT: Domino's Japan straps pizza to back o...
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With the help of the Research Center of Hokkaido,...Domino's Japan is training Santa's preferred...method of ... until it forced reindeer to transport cheesy...bread. According to CBS News, cheese-loving...customers will be able to track the progress of...the ... ( read original story ...)


Japan business mood up, points to better BOJ tankan – Reuters Tankan

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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That’s all welcome news for the Tokyo-based...banks, which this week reported lending income...fell for a fifth straight quarter as interest...margins continued to shrink under the Bank of...Japan’s negative-rate policy. Prime Minister...Shinzo Abe met with the ... ( read original story ...)


Asian equities edge up as Japan outperforms, dolla...
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principal economist at IHS Markit in Tokyo. While...U.S. consumer spending has almost stalled, a surge...in business investment and wage growth suggested...activity would regain momentum as the year...progresses, limiting Wall Street losses. Moreover,...strong ... ( read original story ...)


Toshiba prepares to unveil nuclear hole, other per...
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including through the sale of a stake in its...flagship memory chips business. "The question for...Toshiba is how is it going to move forward," said...Masahiko Ishino, analyst at Tokai Tokyo Research...Center. He added Toshiba would need to show how it...could stay ... ( read original story ...)


For Tokyo Vintage Store Nude Trump, It’s Business ...
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TOKYO — Longtime Shibuya vintage store Nude...Trump says its business remains unaffected by the...erratic behavior of the American president with...whom it shares a name. The store, located on the...third floor of an Eighties-style building, offers...a hodgepodge ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo cops: Man dies after being beaten by subordi...
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A man used his fists to beat his superior who...later died from his injuries in Tokyo (TBS News)...TOKYO (TR) – A man beat his drunk superior...who later died from his injuries to his face in...Kita Ward, police said on Sunday. The Tokyo...Metropolitan Police ... ( read original story ...)


Why Japan has the best navy in Asia
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Writing for The National Interest, Kyle Mizokami...recently made a solid case for Japan's Maritime...Self Defense Force (MSDF) as the best navy in all...of Asia. While China fields a larger, ever...modernizing navy with huge stores of cruise...missiles and land ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei posts biggest rally in 9 months as global m...
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TOKYO, Nov 10 Japanese stocks soared on Thursday...and posted their biggest ... spurred the sudden reversal in market sentiment....The Nikkei share average ended 6.7 percent higher...to 17,344.42, posting the biggest daily percentage...gain since mid-February. ( read original story ...)


Osaka knocked out of Australian Open
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Wozniacki, who reached the semifinals here in...2011, lost in the second round in 2015 and in the...first round a year ago. Osaka, however, missed the...forehand and Konta duly delivered two aces to...hold. 'I played really well at the end of previous...year. ( read original story ...)


Japan economy expands at 2.2 percent annual pace i...
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Japan reports that its economy grew at a...faster-than-expected 2.2 percent annual pace in...January-March. Economists had forecast a strong...expansion in the first quarter for the world's...third-largest economy, helped by a recovery in...exports and consumer ... ( read original story ...)


Japan, Russia to hold talks in March on joint acti...
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The row over the islands, claimed by Tokyo, off...Japan's northernmost main island Hokkaido has...prevented the two countries from signing a peace...treaty. To have fuller access to the Kyodo News...website, it is necessary to subscribe. We offer a...broad range of ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s May exports rise fastest in over two years, set to sustain growth

Japan’s exports surged in May by the fastest in more than two years on higher shipments of cars and steel, an encouraging sign that robust global demand will help keep the country’s modest economic recovery on track. The 14.9 per cent annual increase ... ( read original story ...)

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Japan committed to push infrastructure exports
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TOKYO -- Japan's government is working to wrap up...a revised strategy for promoting infrastructure...exports. The focus is on comprehensive support for...urban development projects -- from initial...planning to regulatory development to fundraising....The ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo shares up at break on weak yen
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Tokyo stocks jumped Monday morning as a weaker yen...lifted exporters ... Banks also extended gains, with Mitsubishi UFJ...Financial Group up 1.20 percent at 615.2 yen....mis/pb/dan ( read original story ...)


Bank of Japan to Host Distributed Ledger Forum Nex...
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Japan’s central bank is set to host an event...focused on distributed ledger tech next month. The...invite-only event, scheduled for 28th February,...will be hosted at the Bank of Japan’s...FinTech Center, founded last year as part of the...institution’s push ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo zoo visitors flock to view mum-to-be panda
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Tokyo (AFP) - Japanese well-wishers flocked to a...Tokyo zoo Wednesday to get their last glimpse of a...possibly pregnant panda before she goes into...confinement. Eleven-year-old Shin Shin, who mated...with male Ri Ri February, appeared imperiously...unruffled by ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei rises after market digests BOJ policy outco...
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TOKYO Dec 20 Japan's Nikkei share average rose on...Tuesday afternoon after the market digested the...Bank of Japan's decision to maintain current...monetary policy, while the yen's fall versus the...dollar lifted overall sentiment. The Nikkei gained...0.6 percent ... ( read original story ...)


Ultimate List of The Best Hotels and Resorts in Os...
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What makes this hotel truly special is that it is...located on the banks of the Osaka River. Also, it...is only a 10-minute drive away from Umeda business...district. Guests will absolutely be astonished...with the great view of the Osaka skyline that the...property ... ( read original story ...)


Meeting Between Japan and Russia Ends With Stalema...
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TOKYO — The Japanese news media gave...breathless coverage to President Vladimir V....Putin’s two-day visit to Japan this week,...training television cameras on the airport in...Yamaguchi Prefecture where the Russian leader...arrived more than two hours late. ( read original story ...)


Japan business mood up on growth prospects, wary o...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese manufacturers' morale...rose for a fifth straight month in January to a...2-1/2 year high and the service sector's mood...jumped to its highest levels since mid-2015, a...Reuters poll showed, thanks to a weak yen and...buoyant share prices. ( read original story ...)


US, S. Korea, Japan Vow Cooperation Over N. Korea ...
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Top nuclear envoys from South Korea, the United...States and Japan pledged Tuesday to implement new...sanctions against North Korea, including capping...the country's coal exports to choke off cash...flowing into its nuclear weapons program. After...meeting in Seoul ... ( read original story ...)


Bank of Japan forecasts Trump-driven surge in econ...
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The Bank of Japan forecast an era of surging...economic growth and kept monetary policy on hold...on Tuesday following a Donald Trump-induced slide...in the yen. Japan’s central bank predicted the...economy would grow significantly faster than its...long-run ... ( read original story ...)


Japan logs surprise trade deficit in May as energy costs expand

TOKYO, Japan — Japan unexpectedly slumped back into a trade deficit for the first time in four months, as soaring energy import bills offset growth in the country’s shipments abroad, government data showed Monday. Japan logged a surprise deficit of 203 ... ( read original story ...)

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Consumer prices in Japan fall for seventh straight...
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Long stuck in a battle against deflation, signs...are not good for the world’s third largest...economy. There are calls for the Bank of Japan to...push back their inflation target. Economic growth...continues to falter in Japan as consumer prices...fell in Japan ... ( read original story ...)


Japan disaster minister resigns after earthquake g...
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TOKYO // Japan’s disaster reconstruction...minister resigned on Wednesday after saying it was...lucky the catastrophic 2011 earthquake-tsunami had...hit a largely rural region instead of Tokyo. Prime...minister Shinzo Abe was forced to apologise to...residents of ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese man revisits Guam cave where he hid in Wo...
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HAGATNA, Guam — A 92-year-old Japanese man...has returned to Guam to visit a cave where he hid...for nearly a year during World War II. Kiichi...Kobayashi told The Pacific Daily News through an...interpreter Monday that he’s grateful for...island residents and ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese tradition denies surrogacy
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Most major media covered the March 22 Tokyo news...conference where Sachiko Kishimoto of the...nonprofit organization Oocyte Donation Network...(OD-Net) explained how a woman in her 40s had...recently given birth to a daughter who had been...conceived using the ... ( read original story ...)


Noah Smith: Japan can teach U.S. how to overcome n...
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There is one large, developed country that has...managed to mostly pull itself out of a long period...of paralysis. That country is Japan. Much ink has...been spilled about Japan’s seemingly endless...dysfunction following the bursting of its real...estate and ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka Coffee Introduces Premier Coffee Brewing Pro...
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Much like wine, the flavors of coffee are nuanced...and vary greatly. Osaka believes that in order to...fully enjoy coffee it is not just the source of...the beans or the method of roasting. If brewed...incorrectly the results will not be satisfactory....With Osaka ... ( read original story ...)


Japan avalanche: Schoolchildren feared dead at ski...
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Authorities say six Japanese high school students...have been found unconscious after they were caught...in an avalanche at a ski resort on Monday morning....Tochigi prefecture's crisis management office said...that six students were showing no vital signs and ... ( read original story ...)


U.S. carrier heading for Korea trains with Japanes...
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TOKYO -- An American aircraft carrier heading...toward the Korean Peninsula began joint exercises...Sunday with Japanese naval ships in the Philippine...Sea. Two Japanese destroyers joined the USS Carl...Vinson and two other U.S. warships as they...continued their ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo golf club undecided over rule changes to all...
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TOKYO -- Board members at the club that will host...the 2020 Olympic golf tournament failed to make a...decision about changing their policy of excluding...women as full members. The Kasumigaseki Country...Club came under scrutiny recently when the...International ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei edges down in choppy trade as ex-dividend a...
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TOKYO, March 29 Japan's Nikkei share average edged...down in choppy trade on Wednesday morning as...ex-dividend share price adjustments pressured the...market and offset positive sentiment from gains in...Wall Street overnight. The Nikkei dropped 0.2...percent to ... ( read original story ...)