From negative policy rates to yield curve control – what’s next?

The Bank of Japan did it again: just when market participants had become familiar with quantitative easing and negative interest rates, it surprised with its latest monetary experiment: ‘yield curve control’. A powerful answer to those claiming that ... ( read original story ...)

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Japan’s Mizuho Financial Group will start a...venture next month to create new fintech...businesses and catch up with its rivals, according...to Reuters. As Banking Technology reported last...month, Mizuho Financial Group, Mizuho Bank and IBM...Japan teamed up to ... ( read original story ...)


Engel’s food gauge hit 29-year high in 2016, signa...
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Engel’s coefficient, or the portion of household...income spent on food, hit a 29-year high in Japan...last year, partly reflecting changes in the...nation’s social structure, an internal affairs...ministry survey revealed. Before setting the...record ... ( read original story ...)


Fukushima evacuee bullied by Yokohama classmates i...
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YOKOHAMA – A 13-year-old boy in Yokohama who...was bullied by classmates after evacuating from...nuclear crisis-hit Fukushima, on Wednesday made...public a message through his parents in which he...urges young people suffering a similar ordeal not...to consider ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei drops on strong yen, N.Korea missile launch...
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three of which landed in Japan's exclusive...economic zone. The Nikkei share average fell 0.5...percent to 19,379.14 points. Defense-related...stocks outperformed on speculation that North...Korea's latest launch will spur more Japanese...spending on arms. ( read original story ...)


Japan And China Have A Long Way To Go Before Catch...
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The problem of attracting and retaining talent is...more acute for Japan, which faces a shrinking pool...of young talented individuals—a group that...is usually engaged in entrepreneurial activities....Tight immigration policies and a conservative...business ... ( read original story ...)


Trump salvo threatens Japan's currency strate...
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TOKYO -- Many at Japan's Ministry of Finance have...been left perplexed by U.S. President Donald...Trump's recent verbal intervention in the currency...market. "It's annoying," said a senior ministry...official in change of currency affairs on April 13...... ( read original story ...)


High-tech Japanese toilets to be more foreigner fr...
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TOKYO - As more foreigners choose Japan as a...holiday destination, the country's toilet...manufacturers have joined forces to simplify the...sometimes complicated business of washing and...drying Japanese style. A 2014 survey found many...foreigners have difficulty ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo-based firm shares fall to 25pc
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Tokyo. Toshiba shares dived more than 25 per cent...Thursday, their third straight double-digit...plunge, following the company’s warning of a...possible one-time loss of several billion dollars...over its US nuclear business. The troubled...company’s stock ... ( read original story ...)


Europe and Japan’s vicious cycle of negative...
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"It is still several years, I believe, before the...European Central Bank or the Bank of Japan starts...tightening monetary policy," he said. "We may see...a sort of increase in interest rates, even in...Europe and Japan, from negative rates to back to...zero rates. ( read original story ...)


Osaka Gas : NNPC To Resume Oil Prospecting In Lake...
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04/27 OSAKA GAS: NNPC boss vows to fully recover...debts from oil firms 04/25 OSAKA GAS: NNPC vows to...fully recover $103m, N11bn from Ontario, Aiteo and...Tele.. 05/07 DJ Origin Energy to Sell Wind Farm,...Buy Farm's Power Output 05/01 DJ APA to Buy...Eastern ... ( read original story ...)


Japan central bank opts for modest stimulus expansion – connecticut post data recovery flash drive

Japan central bank opts for modest stimulus expansion – connecticut post data recovery flash drive In this July 23, 2016, photo, a man looks at clothing on sale at a shop in Tokyo. Database transaction Japan’s central bank has opted for a modest ... ( read original story ...)

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Fourteen percent of Japanese adults living alone...have no money in the bank to guard themselves for...rainy days, according to a recent survey of...several thousand people by the nation’s...Central Council for Financial Services...Information. The annual research ... ( read original story ...)


Blaming Yokohama for Nurburgring punctures “...
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Four-time WTCC champion Yvan Muller believes teams...should shoulder the blame for the spate of...punctures in last weekend’s Nurburgring round,...as blaming supplier Yokohama is “too easy”....Both races on the Nordschleife were affected by...tyre problems ... ( read original story ...)


Hitachi Zosen: Start of Kompogas Business in the U...
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OSAKA, Japan--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Hitachi Zosen...Corporation (TOKYO:7004) has announced that...Hitachi Zosen Corporation (HZC) is to start first...Kompogas business in the U.S. jointly with Hitachi...Zosen Inova AG (HZI), its wholly-owned subsidiary...engaged in EPC ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals to be made of recycled m...
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Medals for the Tokyo Olympics will be made from...old smartphones and other electronic products,...organisers said Wednesday, as they look to give...the Games an environmentally friendly hue. "Medals...made with recycled metals from discarded mobile...phones and ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei edges up, mood cautious before Trump's...
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TOKYO Feb 28 Japan's Nikkei share average edged up...on Tuesday after U.S. stocks rose, but gains were...limited as the market awaited a speech by U.S....President Donald Trump for details of his...infrastructure spending and tax plans to Congress....The Nikkei rose ... ( read original story ...)


Japan launches rocket for its own GPS
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Japan is building its own GPS in the hope of...reducing location errors for drivers, drone...operators and other users. A rocket launched on...Thursday from southern Japan is carrying a...satellite that will form part of a Japanese GPS....An initial satellite was ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei gains limited by U.S. Syria strike; posts 4...
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TOKYO, April 7 Japan's Nikkei share average edged...up in choppy trade on Friday but gains were...limited as the U.S. missile strike on Syria curbed...investors' risk appetite. The Nikkei rose 0.4...percent to 18,664.63 after traversing positive and...negative trade. ( read original story ...)


Japan’s Kajima, Obayashi branching out beyon...
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TOKYO -- Armed with growing war chests amid a...construction boom, Japan's general contractors are...expanding their horizons to ensure growth even...after building demand slows following the 2020...Olympics here. Kajima is allocating 20 billion yen...($179 million ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese onsens and getting naked with strangers
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JAPAN is frequently touted as a country where old...meets new — where ancient temples stand...alongside gleaming skyscrapers, and Geishas wander...among teenagers with multicoloured haircuts. In...this highly developed yet strictly traditional...country, one ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei falls as Italy vote creates selling opportu...
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TOKYO Dec 5 Japan's Nikkei share average fell on...Monday after Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's...defeat in a constitutional reform referendum gave...investors an opportunity to sell into a market...that had rallied to 11-month highs late last...week. ( read original story ...)


Making the AEC work will take better banking for all

As an industry player, Chartsiri Sophonpanich, president of Bangkok Bank, said he has seen some positive changes ... starting even before the AEC took form. "Through Japanese investments from companies such as Toyota and Honda, Thailand was able to ... ( read original story ...)

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Nikkei hits 9-month peak as rising yields boost fi...
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Japan’s Nikkei share average rose to a...nine-month peak on Friday morning led by...financials taking heart from rising yields, and...the sentiment was boosted after US shares soared...on hopes that President-elect Donald Trump’s...policies could boost growth. ( read original story ...)


Japan's Peach Aviation orders 10 Airbus A320n...
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TOKYO Japan's Peach Aviation said it had ordered...10 fuel-efficient Airbus A320neo passenger jets...and three older versions of the jet, for a total...of $1.3 billion at list prices, as part of its...business expansion plans. The Japanese budget...carrier in a ... ( read original story ...)


Murakami's new novel set for release in Japan...
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TOKYO -- Haruki Murakami's new novel is set for...release in Japan in February, and that's about as...much as his fans are being told. Publisher...Shinchosha Publishing Co. made the announcement...Wednesday. The book's title, theme and exact date...of release remain ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese family life is falling apart — and the re...
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Japan has seen trillions in lost GDP over the past...years, in combination with a population decline of...1 million people. Harvard sociologist Mary Brinton...puts it bluntly: "This is death to the family,"...she tells Business Insider. Japan's case isn't...just ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei slips as Trump tax threat hits Toyota, Fast...
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TOKYO, Jan 6 Japan's Nikkei share average dropped...on Friday morning as automakers dragged after...incoming U.S President Donald Trump threatened to...slap punitive taxes on Toyota cars imported into...the United States from Mexico. Index heavyweight...Fast ... ( read original story ...)


Japan, South Korea eye joint action on companies a...
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TOKYO -- Japan and South Korea are joining the...U.S. in punishing companies that have helped North...Korea's missile and nuclear weapons development,...starting with a Chinese trading company suspected...of money laundering. Pyongyang conducted its...second nuclear ... ( read original story ...)


Intraoperative Manipulation for Flexion Contractur...
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The authors have no relevant financial...relationships to disclose. The authors thank...Biomet Japan Inc, Tokyo, Japan, for providing the...cadavers for this study. Correspondence should be...addressed to: Yoshio Matsui, MD, Osaka City...General Hospital ... ( read original story ...)


Royston Tan wins award at Sapporo International Sh...
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SINGAPORE - Homegrown film-maker Royston Tan won...the Best Asian Short Film prize at the Sapporo...International Short Film Festival on Saturday...night (Oct 15). The win was for Bunga Sayang,...about a young boy who strikes up a friendship with...an old Malay ... ( read original story ...)


Yokohama Finds Creative Way to Show Tire Superiori...
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You could spend a lot of time trying to figure out...what a surfboard, a rodeo saddle and a pair of...running shoes have in common, but we’ll spare...you the trouble and fill you in right now: the...three objects represent Yokohama Canada’s...opportunity to ... ( read original story ...)


Graveyard on Ice: Japanese Skating Rink Closes Aft...
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In Japan, everything goes, and the country has...lived up to this perception after Space World...creates a skating rink with 5,000 dead frozen fish...as its main attraction. But after receiving public...criticism, the amusement park has decided to close...the so ... ( read original story ...)


Kyoto’s Most Luxurious Hotel Is Finally Open

You can ride in from Tokyo, which takes just over two hours. The closest airport, Osaka International, is about an hour by car. (Nightly rates start at about $950, fourseasons.com) More From Robbreport.com Kyoto’s Most Luxurious Hotel Is Finally Open ... ( read original story ...)

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This tall structure is envisioned to be built in...one of the most technologically advanced places in...the world which is in Tokyo, Japan. The Sky Mile...Tower is a joint-proposal and vision by Kohn...Pedersen Fox Associates and Leslie E. Roberson...Associates for ... ( read original story ...)


Japan December retail sales come in below expectat...
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TOKYO Japanese retail sales rose less than...expected in December, government data showed on...Monday, unwelcome news as the Bank of Japan meets...to set monetary policy. Retail sales rose 0.6...percent in December from a year earlier, below the...median market ... ( read original story ...)


Japan is invading…the PSE
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But while all of this is going on,...noninstitutional investors are finding their way...here also. A Japanese-run property brokerage...house, Seven Seas Properties Corp., has been...successfully marketing Philippine real estate to...its Japanese clients for some ... ( read original story ...)


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TOKYO, May 25 (Reuters) - Benchmark TOCOM rubber...futures extended ... For the top stories in the rubber market and...other news, click or MARKET NEWS * Oil prices...retreated slightly Wednesday as investors reacted...to a smaller-than-expected U.S. gasoline ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo cops: Man raped woman while posing as employ...
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Naoki Ohashi allegedly posed as a sex parlor...worker in sexually assaulting a woman at a love...hotel in April (TV Asahi) TOKYO (TR ... to receive training at a hotel to be hired,”...TBS News reported (May 4). After the incident,...Ohashi told the victim ... ( read original story ...)


X Japan's Yoshiki needs urgent surgery after ...
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The frenetic, intense drumming style of one of...Japan's most famous rock stars has caught up on...him, with the news that he needs urgent neck...surgery. Yoshiki, founder of rock superstars X...Japan, will have an artificial cervical disc...inserted in his neck. ( read original story ...)


Bank of Japan to buy less of short-maturity bonds ...
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Men walk towards the Bank of Japan building in...Tokyo. The BoJ will reduce its purchases of...shorter-maturity government bonds further in May...as supply of the securities continues to be...scarce. The Bank of Japan (BoJ) will reduce its...purchases of shorter ... ( read original story ...)


China sails warships near islands Mattis vowed to ...
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The ships sailed within Japan’s territorial...waters some 12 nautical miles off the islands in...the East China Sea, roughly 140 miles northeast of...Taiwan, a U.S. defense official told Fox News. On...his first overseas trip as defense secretary, Jim...Mattis ... ( read original story ...)


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The Nankai Trough is where the Philippine Sea...Plate dives beneath the Eurasian Plate on which...Japan sits. The fault beneath the seafloor that...underlies the trough has been the source of...devastating earthquakes and tsunamis. The last big...quake on the ... ( read original story ...)


Japan, U.S. agreed FX talks best left for finance ...
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TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on...Tuesday he agreed with U.S. President Donald Trump...during a weekend bilateral summit that currency...issues should be left for finance leaders of each...country to discuss. "When I was alone with the...president ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's Central Bank Writes Tokyo A Blank Check

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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TOKYO -- Mitsui Fudosan and two other top real...estate companies are expected to report...all-time-high pretax profits for the...April-December period, underpinned by a property...boom triggered by the central bank's negative...interest rate policy. Mitsui Fudosan ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei edges up in thin trade; Toshiba plummets
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TOKYO, Dec 27 Japan's Nikkei share average edged...up on Tuesday morning in thin trade while Toshiba...Corp plummeted on news that it was considering...booking a goodwill impairment loss of several...hundreds of billion yen. The Nikkei gained 0.2...percent to 19,443 ... ( read original story ...)


Japan to stay vigilant on forex risks: chief cabin...
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One crucial area in which I am charged to manage...risks involves foreign exchange. I am making the...Finance Ministry, the Financial Services Agency...and the Bank of Japan have joint meetings. About...forex, many say we had to do nothing [to produce...the weaker ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese people are living so long that the countr...
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Misao Okawa, Japan's oldest woman, lived past her...117th birthday. Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images...Japan is redefining aging — literally....Members of the Japanese Gerontological Society, a...group of medical doctors and university...professors, have proposed ... ( read original story ...)


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Asian stock markets were broadly up early...Thursday, with Japan’s Nikkei on track for...its highest close this year, after major...oil-producing nations signed a deal to cut...crude-oil output. The Nikkei Stock Average NIK,...+1.12% gained 1.1% to 18,513.2 in ... ( read original story ...)


AFC Champions League Review: Evergrande advance, A...
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The Chinese side's only loss en route to topping...the pool came against Jeju United, who wrapped up...second place with a 2-0 victory against Gamba...Osaka, which would have denied Adelaide...progression anyway. Esteghlal Khouzestan's 1-1...draw with winless Al ... ( read original story ...)


Tsukiji decision unlikely before metro assembly el...
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Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike appears likely to wait...until after the July 2 metropolitan assembly...election to decide whether to approve the...relocation of the Tsukiji fish market amid...unrelenting contamination concerns at the new site...in the Toyosu district ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo stocks open lower after Trump speech
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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 ...)


Mitsubishi UFJ: The Quintessential Megabank At A G...
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Mitsubishi UFJ is the biggest Japanese retail and...corporate bank with an important international...corporate banking organization particularly strong...in East Asia and the US. In terms of price...earnings, Mitsubishi, as the rest of Japanese...banks, is ... ( read original story ...)


Bank of Japan sits back for Clinton-Trump ride
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The Bank of Japan is sitting back for the ride....The central bank kept policy unchanged on Nov. 1,...even as it trimmed inflation forecasts. Adding...extra stimulus weeks after introducing a new,...yield-focused framework would look nervous. The...BOJ also needs ... ( read original story ...)


Bank of Japan keeps upbeat economic view, some regions see spending slow

TOKYO The Bank of Japan maintained its optimistic economic view on most of the country's nine regions in a quarterly report out on Monday, signaling its confidence a tightening job market will gradually push up wages and underpin a steady economic recovery. ( read original story ...)

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“[Cool Japan’s involvement] is symbolic in a...way because there ... who in the past would push for an exit via IPO as...a risk-averse way to ensure a return on...investment. “Historically if you wanted to do a...$20 million-$30 million round you didn ... ( read original story ...)


Geoducks: unique B.C. clams a booming business
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"It's been in the Japanese market originally and...in the last 25 years it's been mostly all China."...Austin showed a few of the clams to Our Vancouver...host Gloria Macarenko. Geoducks are a $45 million...dollar a year business and only so many of the...clams can ... ( read original story ...)


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There were Super Mario characters in the streets...of Roppongi earlier in the day. But when Prime...Minister Shinzo Abe descended on Tokyo’s...entertainment district for the opening ceremony of...the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival he did...not repeat his ... ( read original story ...)


Samurai martyr beatified in Japan
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Tokyo, Japan, Feb 8, 2017 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN...News).- A 17th century Catholic Samurai and martyr...was beatified during a Mass in ‎Osaka, Japan on...Tuesday. Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the...Vatican’s ‎Congregation for the Causes of...Saints ... ( read original story ...)


Woman in Japan Reclaims Dad, US Identity in 6-Deca...
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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 ...)


Kuroda defends BOJ's yield curve control, upb...
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TOKYO Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda...defended his yield curve control policy on Monday,...saying it had kept Japan's long-term interest...rates from joining the uptrend in global yields...and was helping the economy overcome stagnation....Kuroda also ... ( 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 ...)


Japan prepares for Super Nintendo World
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The gaming giant has revealed the logo for the...first Super Nintendo World, which is set to open...in Osaka at Universal Studios Japan ahead of the...2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The park will be...filled with "Nintendo's most popular characters...and games ... ( read original story ...)


Japan earthquake latest: 6.2 magnitude tremor stri...
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A strong earthquake has struck Japan, according to...the US Geological Survey. The tremor had a...magnitude between 5.9 and 6.2 and hit the east of...the country, near Honshu, Japan's main and most...populated island. Cities including Tokyo may be...hit by the ... ( read original story ...)


Cameco at risk of losing multi-year contract to su...
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SASKATOON - Canada's largest uranium company says...Tokyo Electric Power Co. is seeking to terminate a...multi-year supply contract that would be worth...about $1.3 billion of revenue through 2028. Cameco...(TSX:CCO) says the Japanese power company has...cited ... ( read original story ...)


Negative Sentiment On Japanese Banking Sector Likely To Continue

The Bank of Japan’s negative interest rate policy is straining bank profitability. To control for this, the BOJ announced in September that it will undertake a policy of “yield curve control” to use its power to steepen the yield curve. With all the ... ( read original story ...)

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The yen's moves reflect the disappointment,"...Masakuni Fujiwara, chief executive officer at...VistaMax Fund Advisors in Tokyo, told Bloomberg...News. "Health-care shares have been impacted by...Mr. Trump's comments." Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei...index fell 1.19 ... ( read original story ...)


Explore the sights of Tokyo while in an 8K virtual...
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At the South by Southwest 2017 (SXSW) festival,...Japanese media and entertainment companies NHK...Enterprises and NHK Media Technology will allow...people to view the sights and sounds of Tokyo in a...virtual reality motion ride with 8K quality...visuals. ( read original story ...)


Tokyo 2020 to study golf club's membership po...
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Tokyo 2020 organizers say they will review...membership practices at the golf course selected...for the Olympic Games following criticism that it...does not allow women as full members. Founded in...1929, the Kasumigaseki Country Club is one of the...oldest private ... ( read original story ...)


Workers at Japan's top companies get meagre 2...
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For a Toyota mid-level technician earning 360,000...yen($3,136) a month, the pay increase works out to...0.36 percent. Japan's annual "shunto" spring wage...increases are a barometer of corporate confidence,...and an indicator of whether consumer spending can...get ... ( read original story ...)


UPDATE 1-IMF says Japan needs to stick with fiscal...
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(are) the right, useful approach," Lipton told a...news conference. "What's important is the...maintenance of the approach that has been laid out...and accompanying it with structural and fiscal...agenda," he said. The IMF also called on Japan to...keep its near ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese stocks eke out gains in holiday-thinned t...
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TOKYO, April 17 Japanese stocks eked out small...gains in thin and choppy trade on Monday, with...retail investors hunting for small-to-mid cap...stocks in the absence of foreign investors due to...the Easter holiday. The Nikkei 225 share average...opened lower and ... ( read original story ...)


Philippines' Duterte tells Japan his China vi...
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He told a news conference that Manila would...respect treaty obligations as long as mutual...interests converged. Japan and the Philippines...also signed notes on two yen loan projects worth...up to 21.4 billion yen ($205 million), including...one to build two ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo Metro backs P374-B MM subway
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Atsushi Kamimura, manager for demand generation...and marketing department at Tokyo Metro Co. Ltd....said pursuing a plan to build a subway that would...link the business centers of Makati, Pasay and...Taguig would help decongest roads in Metro...Manila. ( read original story ...)


Birds of Tokyo ‘can’t wait’ for ...
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Send any news tips to anna.hartley@qt.com.au BIRDS...of Tokyo's Glenn Sarangapany can't wait to share...the band's heavier new sound with their Ipswich...fans. He's also excited to try a classic Ipswich..."pub parmie” on Friday when the band visits the...city as ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei edges up after yen softens, SoftBank surges
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TOKYO, May 25 Japanese stocks edged up on Thursday...as investors bought ... a near two-week high of 8,894 yen and contributed...to a hefty 31 positive points to the Nikkei after...Bloomberg reported that the company had built a $4...billion stake in Nvidia. ( read original story ...)