Budget cuts threaten rollout of earthquake early warning system

Now, those plans, and the lives it could save, could be in jeopardy. In an earthquake zone every second counts. Early warning systems are already operational in Mexico and Japan. Prior to a massive 9.0 quake in 2011 people in Tokyo got a quake warning of ... ( read original story ...)

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NAGOYA – Nagoya is withdrawing its support...for the Earth Day Nagoya this year after a woman...performed a striptease to promote the issue of...conservation, city officials confirmed Friday....According to the city, the performance occurred in...May 2015 in a ... ( read original story ...)


BOJ's Kuroda warns low rates may sow the seed...
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Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda...attends a news conference at the BOJ headquarters...in Tokyo, Japan January 31, 2017. REUTERS/Toru...Hanai TOKYO (Reuters) - Bank of Japan Governor...Haruhiko Kuroda said low profitability at...financial institutions ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka Gas : NNPC to generate 4000MW in next 10yrs ...
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THE Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)...said it plans to generate about 4, 000 megawatts...(MW) in the next 10 years to boost electricity...supply in the country. He said NNPC would require...$15billion to achieve the aspirations of the...Autonomous ... ( read original story ...)


Japan to provide $7.73 billion in aid to Myanmar, ...
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and drive it forward," Abe told a joint news...conference in Tokyo with Myanmar leader Aung San...Suu Kyi. The rest of the aid would be spent on...areas such as airports and electricity projects,...Japanese officials said. Suu Kyi is visiting Japan...to court ... ( read original story ...)


Exclusive: Japan authorities fear rising condo loa...
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In fact, vacancy rates are climbing even in prime...markets like Tokyo as supply starts to outstrip...demand. The Bank of Japan and the Financial...Services Agency authorities don't see an immediate...crisis, such as the one that befell Japan's banks...in the 1990s ... ( read original story ...)


Putting Tokyo fashion week on the map
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For years headquartered in dull but convenient...shopping malls, Tokyo Fashion Week has always been...a poor cousin to the artistry of Paris or the...commercial dynamism of New York. But this season a...growing number of designers are branching out in...search of ... ( read original story ...)


Nagoya looks to turn adversity to advantage after ...
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Requests for interviews with Kawamura also grew in...number, officials said. During a news conference...Nov. 21, the mayor referred to his pet argument...for restoring Nagoya Castle’s main keep to...its original wooden structure as a powerful means...for building ... ( read original story ...)


The Latest: Japan lifts all tsunami warnings and a...
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All tsunami warnings and advisories have been...lifted in Japan, seven hours after a powerful...offshore earthquake triggered a series of moderate...tsunami waves. The Japan Meteorological Agency...warned of waves of up to 3 metres (10 feet) soon...after the ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese expats lure developers
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The government's bold plans for the Eastern...Economic Corridor have opened up opportunities for...property developers and investors, with Sri Racha...in Chon Buri province being the brightest spot....Japanese nationals are the largest group of...expatriates in ... ( read original story ...)


Chinese M&A to slow in 2017, says top banker, ...
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As the scale of Chinese outbound merger and...acquisition activity declines this year, Japanese...companies are likely to take up the slack, Hernan...Cristerna, JP Morgan’s global co-head of M&A,...told the South China Morning Post. Cristerna said...tighter ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese slow earthquakes could shed light on tsunami generation

Understanding slow-slip earthquakes in subduction zone areas may help researchers understand large earthquakes and the creation of tsunamis, according to researchers who used data from instruments placed on the seafloor and in boreholes east of the ... ( read original story ...)

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A portrait of the tattooist as a nice young man
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When Hori Benny moved into his brand new business...premises in 2014 near Nipponbashi in downtown...Osaka, there was an unwelcoming committee waiting...for him. A neighboring business owner had gathered...over 1,000 signatories for a petition to get him...to move ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's PM says will keep seeking Trump'...
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TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on...Monday he believed U.S. President Donald Trump...understood the value of free trade and that he...would keep pitching a multinational trade pact...that Trump's administration has vowed to exit. "I...believe ... ( read original story ...)


Embattled Osaka kindergarten chief apologizes for ...
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Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui urged the kindergarten to...refrain from using such derogatory language at a...regular news conference on Friday. “Even though...we have the right of free speech, we should not...use vulgar expressions,” Matsui said. The...kindergarten ... ( read original story ...)


Japan organizer: No history book at hotel during A...
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TOKYO – Japanese organizers for next month's...Asian Winter Games say contentious history books...will be removed from guestrooms at a hotel that...will be used to house athletes. The organizers...also say Chinese athletes will stay at another...hotel in ... ( 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 ...)


Conclusion of Teachings in Osaka
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Osaka, Japan, 13 November 2106 – After lunch...yesterday, His Holiness the Dalai Lama continued...his explanation of Shantideva’s ‘Guide...to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life’. In...his summary of the essence of the text he stressed...that the most important ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo to get Japan's first Moxy in November
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Tokyo-based commercial real estate developer...Pacifica Capital K.K. has signed a management...contract with Marriott International to open...Japan’s debut Moxy hotel in November. The...205-guestroom Moxy Tokyo Kinshicho Hotel will be...close to Kinshicho, ... ( read original story ...)


Japan ruling bloc pushes through anti-conspiracy b...
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and the legislation has been compared to Japan's..."thought police", who before and during World War...Two had broad powers to investigate political...groups seen as a threat to public order. A Kyodo...news agency survey last month showed voters are...split over the ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka venture’s warranty app expands to cars, hous...
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The Osaka-based venture behind a smartphone app...that allows people to register warranty...certificates and order repairs for appliances...online has branched out to car and housing...information while flagging the future use of...artificial intelligence. ( read original story ...)


Qatar Airways to deploy A350 on Tokyo Haneda route
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Starting July 1, Qatar Airways will be replacing...its B787-8 Dreamliner with its A350-900 on its...direct Doha-Tokyo Haneda service. Business...Traveller Asia-Pacific was alerted to the change...by industry website airlineroute.net and confirmed...on the carrier ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s earthquakes and tectonic setting

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 ...)

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Espresso yourself! Japan perks up to 'sexy�...
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Need a pick-me-up? Try a lychee-flavoured coffee...infused with jasmine, or a 'Chardonnay' espresso...served in a wine glass -- whatever your taste,...Japan's swashbuckling baristas are bringing some...serious sex appeal to the drink. In a country...famous for its ... ( read original story ...)


Why getting drunk is a huge part of doing business...
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For many, a traditional after-work drink presents...the challenge of tiptoeing a fine line between...remaining professional and letting your hair down....But in Japan, it appears that one does not...necessarily preclude the other. Drinking in the...country ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese monkey tries to mate with deer
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A male Japanese monkey has been filmed trying to...mount and mate with a Sika deer. Researchers saw...the primate attempting to mate with at least two...deer in November 2015, during the macaque breeding...season. The macaques regularly bathe in hot...springs in ... ( read original story ...)


Japan, China to boost financial ties amid protecti...
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"We actively exchanged views on economic and...financial situations in Japan and China and our...cooperation in the financial field," Aso told...reporters after the meeting, which included senior...finance ministry and central bank officials. "It...was significant ... ( read original story ...)


Toshiba: Why troubled Japanese firms survive
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Many analysts are concerned that this is a sign of...far worse things to come. "It's really unheard of...in Japan to miss your planned earnings...announcement," Marc Einstein with Frost and...Sullivan told me. "Timing and being on time is...sacred in Japanese ... ( read original story ...)


Yokohama Rubber : Fire hits Yokohama Clark warehou...
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A huge fire engulfed the warehouse of Yokohama...Tire Philippines, Inc. (YTPI) here Sunday...afternoon. According to YTPI employees, the fire...started at the firm's warehouse at around 3:15 p.m...and is still going on as of posting time. No one...was reported ... ( read original story ...)


NYSE executives to woo Aramco IPO in upcoming Saud...
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Saudi officials have said the IPO, planned for...2018, will be worth about $100 billion ... New York, London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and...Toronto are all seeking pieces of the offering,...with Hong Kong currently the frontrunner among...bourses in Asia ... ( read original story ...)


Abe Minister Resigns Following Gaffe on Japan’s 20...
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Japan’s Reconstruction Minister Masahiro Imamura...resigned, a day after apologizing for remarks he...made about the country’s devastating 2011...earthquake and tsunami. Imamura, who oversaw...post-disaster reconstruction efforts in northern...Japan, submitted ... ( read original story ...)


Billion-dollar bear aids Japan quake zone
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A chubby black bear is helping reconstruction...efforts in an earthquake-affected region of Japan...by earning a record amount through the sales of...associated products. Items featuring Kumamon, the...red-cheeked mascot of southern Kumamoto Prefecture...... ( read original story ...)


The Latest: Guilty plea in Japan financial fraud c...
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Cedillos says Mikaele travels between Hawaii and...Japan, where he and his wife run a concert...promotion business. 10:20 a.m. A Hawaii man who...taught English at a well-known chain of foreign...language schools in Japan is expected to plead...guilty to defrauding ... ( read original story ...)


Japan trains Filipino engineers on earthquake response

The Philippines and Japan once again are teaming up in an effort to teach earthquake emergency quick response to Filipino engineers. A total of 80 Filipino engineers will be joining the training program which is set to commence this week. The program ... ( read original story ...)

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Japan's Nikkei edges down, set for weekly dro...
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TOKYO, March 17 Japan's Nikkei share average edged...down on Friday morning, as the yen held steady...against the dollar after the U.S. Federal Reserve...signalled fewer interest rate hikes than some...investors had expected. The Nikkei shed 0.3...percent to 19,523 ... ( read original story ...)


China comes roaring back in the global IPO market
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Japan, the runner-up in Asia's IPO race for the...quarter, hosted two of the five largest flotations...in the region: a $611 million share issue by...Sushiro Global Holdings, an Osaka-based...conveyor-belt sushi chain backed by European...private equity firm Permira ... ( read original story ...)


Demand for condos slowing in Tokyo but growing in ...
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Demand for condominiums in Osaka is growing, not...just from wealthy people but from family...households, with the increasing supply of...affordable rooms, in stark contrast to falling...demand for property in central Tokyo. The number...of new condos listed for ... ( read original story ...)


Trusty kitchen tech could revolutionize the chemic...
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OSAKA -- The two founders of Microwave Chemical...share an audacious ... Having spoken to a number of scientists, Yoshino...was struck by Tsukahara's passion for turning...technology into business. When they met, Tsukahara...suggested Yoshino try using microwaves ... ( read original story ...)


Theme park in Japan puts 5000 dead fish under its ...
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A JAPANESE amusement park billed it as not only a...unique game-changing tourist attraction for Japan,...but ‘undeniably a world-first’. Space...World theme park in Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka,...built a new ice skating rink initiative and teased...potential ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s sex problem causes a baby shortage
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Since Japan began counting its newborns more than...a century ago, more than 1 million infants have...been added to its population each year. No longer,...in the latest discomforting milestone for a...country facing a steep population decline. Last...year ... ( read original story ...)


10 Largest IPO Valuations in History
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You can also find which the 20 biggest IPOs in US...history were. Most of the largest IPO valuations...in history in our list consist of Japanese,...Chinese and American names only. This makes sense...as these countries are the three biggest economies...in the world ... ( read original story ...)


Japan passes controversial anti-terror conspiracy ...
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Japan's lawmakers have passed a controversial bill...allowing authorities to target terror...conspiracies. PM Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc pushed...it through the upper house early on Thursday,...despite vocal opposition. The government argues...the law is needed to ... ( read original story ...)


Meet the women shifting the political landscape in...
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At least I'm not chauvinistic," Yuriko Koike said,...smiling. As Tokyo's first female governor, Koike...is used to breaking glass ceilings, reports CBS...News correspondent Adriana Diaz. Japanese politics...have long been dominated by men, and some are...hostile to ... ( read original story ...)


Japan eyes trilateral talks with China, South Kore...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan has approached China and...South Korea about holding a trilateral summit in...Tokyo in February aimed at deepening cooperation...on such issues as a free trade deal, the...environment and counter-terrorism, Kyodo news...agency reported on ... ( read original story ...)


5.2-magnitude quake strikes SW Japan; no tsunanmi warning

A 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of southwestern Japan late today but there was no tsunami warning, Japanese and US authorities said. The quake was at a depth of 51 kilometres about 15 kilometres south east of the town of Saiki, at 11:27 ... ( read original story ...)

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* Japan's antitrust regulator to end its probe...into amazon japan-nikkei Source text...:(s.nikkei.com/2su8n9T) Further company...coverage: ( read original story ...)


BRIEF- Dear Life acquires land in Tokyo
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* Says it acquired a plot of land located in...Tokyo, for apartment building development, on May...10 Source text in Japanese:goo.gl/31IPm0 Further...company coverage: (Beijing Headline News) Our...Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles...Next In Financials ( read original story ...)


Proud Grandmother Tokyo Toni Can't Stop Gushi...
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Later Friday morning, Toni took to Instagram with...a video message thanking her followers for their...support: "I just want to formally thank everybody...from the internet all the way down or all the way...up for your love and your congrats to me for my...brand new ... ( 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 ...)


TDK's Subsidiary TDK-Micronas to Acquire ASIC...
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With this acquisition TDK has made another...decisive step forward to further grow its sensor...business. ASICs perform processes essential to...sensor products by reading the values detected by...sensors and conducting signal processing....TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE ... ( read original story ...)


Head of Japan's largest advertising agency re...
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The head of Japan's largest advertising agency has...said he will resign following the "death by...overwork" of a young employee who put in hundreds...of hours in overtime. Matsuri Takahashi, a...24-year-old worker at Dentsu, took her own life in...December last ... ( read original story ...)


Can Toshiba escape fate of corporate Japan's ...
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But it also faces another fate: becoming the most...high-profile member of Japan's corporate living...dead, also known as zombie firms. Toshiba admitted...this week that its survival is at risk and that...the firm could be delisted from the Tokyo stock...exchange ... ( read original story ...)


Asian shares mixed, Nikkei up as Yellen remarks li...
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KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225...index added 0.6 percent to 17,967.41 as the yen...hit a six-month low, helping shares of the...country’s big exporters. South Korea’s...Kospi shed 0.3 percent to 1,974.58 while Hong...Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.3 ... ( read original story ...)


When a drink gets lost in translation
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He told BBC News he had tried to help translating...for the foreigner ... The confusingly named tea is a product of...Japanese beverage giant Pokka Sapporo. The drink..."encourages people to be free from a stress-filled...society," read an official description ... ( read original story ...)


Light earthquake: M4.5 quake has struck near Namie...
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A light earthquake with magnitude 4.5 (ml/mb) was...detected on Tuesday, 68 kilometers (42 miles) from...Namie in Japan. Exact location, longitude...141.6767° East, latitude 37.1831° North,...depth = 42.21 km. The 4.5-magnitude earthquake has...occurred at 17:58 ... ( read original story ...)


In Japan, Earthquake Proof Buildings Are Being Designed Using Giant Carbon Fibre ‘Curtains’

Japan is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world. On March 11, 2011, a magnitude-9 earthquake shook northeastern Japan, unleashing a deadly tsunami. According to the Japanese government, total damages from the earthquake and tsunami were ... ( read original story ...)

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Osaka group launches ‘easy-matching’ baby adoption...
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A nonprofit organization in Osaka recently...launched what it touts as an easy-matching...adoption website, triggering criticism from...experts that adoptions should be made more...carefully. The group posts the age, job, place of...domicile, annual income and ... ( read original story ...)


Market Scramble: IPOs become bastion for bearish r...
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TOKYO -- Retail investors here are fleeing their...traditional ... according to information website IPO Japan. These...strong performers include Temona, an information...technology support company that listed April 6 and...achieved more than triple its offer ... ( read original story ...)


Most Japan firms favor cautious approach to any To...
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But the Tokyo Stock Exchange has so far shown...little sign of taking an immediate hard-line...stance against Toshiba as the company and the...authorities grapple with the fallout from huge...cost overruns at now bankrupt U.S. nuclear unit...Westinghouse. ( read original story ...)


Robotic dinosaur receptionists are part of the sta...
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Dinosaur receptionists were on standby on...Wednesday as a second hotel staffed mostly by...robots and automatons opened in Tokyo. Media were...invited ahead of customers to check out the nine...types of robots that help check guests in, clean...the lobby ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's huge sex problem just hit a 117-year ...
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Ever since 1899 when Japan began collecting data...on how many babies are born each year, the total...has never fallen below 1 million. Until 2016. With...a week left in the year, officials predict only...981,000 babies will have been born — a dip...of 25,000 from ... ( read original story ...)


It just got easier to become a permanent resident ...
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While the US mulls over limiting immigration, in...Japan the federal government has just loosened the...requirements for new, highly-skilled immigrants to...become permanent residents. Under the new law,...which will take effect in March, applicants with...multiple ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Has Trade Surplus for 3rd Month as Imports F...
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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 ...)


Tokyo 2020 seen having $284 bn economic impact
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The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are expected to give an...overall 32.3 trillion yen ($284 billion) boost to...the Japanese economy, according to the Tokyo city...government. Euphoria surrounded the award of the...Games to Tokyo in 2013 but scandals and cost...overruns have ... ( read original story ...)


Why Japan is hell-bent on saving the Trans-Pacific...
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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 ...)


Tokyo cops nab man in ¥1 million swindle of elderl...
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Takashi Hori has been accused of swindling an...elderly woman in Shinjuku Ward out of more than 1...million yen (TBS News) TOKYO (TR) – When the...hunter becomes the hunted. A 21-year-old man...suspected in the swindling of more than 1 million...yen from an ... ( read original story ...)


Southern Japan hit by 5.0 magnitude quake, no tsunami

TOKYO An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.0 hit southern Japan late on Tuesday but was not likely to cause a tsunami, Japan Meteorological Agency said. The 11:31 p.m. (10.31 a.m. ET) quake was centered in the Bungo strait connecting the ... ( read original story ...)

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Sapporo Breweries Ltd. filed a lawsuit Tuesday...against the government with the Tokyo District...Court seeking a return tax money the company paid...on its beer-like alcoholic beverage Goku Zero. The...beer maker has been seeking the return of ¥11.5...billion ($ ... ( read original story ...)


India, Japan likely to ink civil nuke deal during ...
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NEW DELHI: India and Japan could ink Civil nuclear...Agreement that was initialed in Dec 2015 when...Narendra Modi travels to Tokyo mid-November for...annual Summit with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe. The MoU...on civil nuclear cooperation announced at the...annual summit ... ( read original story ...)


Toyota building a flying car
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A startup backed by the Japanese automaker has...developed a test model that engineers hope will...eventually develop into a tiny car with a driver...who’ll be able to light the Olympic torch in the...2020 Tokyo games. For now, however, the project is...a ... ( read original story ...)


Japan should push back on any U.S. attack on yen p...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan should push back against...any U.S. suggestion that it is suppressing the...yen's value for trade advantage, an adviser to...Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, in a bid to...preempt criticism of Japan's currency policy....Koichi Hamada ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo Electron : Announcement on Personnel Changes
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10/27 TOKYO ELECTRON: Patent Issued for Bonding...Apparatus, Bonding System and Bonding.. 10/20...TOKYO ELECTRON: Patent Issued for Joining Method...and Joining System (USPTO 9463.. 10/20 TOKYO...ELECTRON: Patent Issued for Method of...Manufacturing Thermal ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese City Govt Accepts Bitcoin to Preserve Fam...
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Japan’s national public broadcaster also adds...that officials ... Blockchain technology behind bitcoin sounds...interesting. Last year, I saw several news...articles such as “stores that install bitcoin...payment (Coincheck Payment) reached over 260,000 ... ( read original story ...)


No Japan advisory against Bangladesh travel anymor...
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“I have met Japan’s Finance Minister...Taro Aso during my three-day state visit to that...country. He said there was no need for a...discussion because the government has already...removed the advisory. “There is no longer...any reservation in Japan about the ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo shares open lower on global..
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TOKYO: Tokyo shares opened lower on Tuesday with...investors spooked by global political...uncertainties and cautious before key US jobs data...later in the week. Markets were jolted after North...Korea fired four missiles into waters near Japan...on Monday, stoking ... ( read original story ...)


Japan October exports fall more than expected as s...
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TOKYO Japan's exports fell in October for a 13th...consecutive month and by more than expected as the...strength of the yen and sluggish foreign demand...weighed on trade, although current yen weakness...could change the outlook. Ministry of Finance (MOF...... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo Olympics: Medals to be made from recycled mo...
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Organisers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics say the...medals will be forged from recycled metal from old...mobile phones and appliances donated by the...general public to give them a sense of direct...involvement in the Games. The move is also part of...an effort to ... ( read original story ...)