Asia’s financial safety net is a work in progress

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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 ...)


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TOKYO -- Matsuri Takahashi's dream career at...Japan's top ad agency, Dentsu, ended with her...suicide as her overtime pushed past 100 hours a...month. "I'm emotionless and only wish to sleep,"...she wrote, exhausted and depressed, in a Twitter...post in October ... ( read original story ...)


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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 ...)


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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 ...)


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Japan. Coast guard official Takeshi Aikawa said...seven Navy crew members are unaccounted for, and...one had a head injury. Further details of his or...her condition were not known. Relatives of crew...members were awaiting news of their loved ones...."Of course we ... ( read original story ...)


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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his main lieutenant in...the cabinet and Japan’s top foreign exchange...official on Wednesday all pushed back against...President Donald Trump’s assertion that...Japan is keeping its currency devalued....“Japan’s monetary policy is ... ( read original story ...)


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That would help Japan's banks unleash trapped...regulatory capital, improving their Tier 1 capital...ratios by an estimated net 0.8 percentage point....Previous bank strategies like ramping up overseas...lending and buying assets with dollar deposits to...fund such ... ( read original story ...)


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TOKYO -- Six years ago, more than 18,000 people...died or went missing as a tsunami triggered by a...massive quake engulfed coastal areas of...northeastern Japan. Tens of thousands more...people's lives were unraveled when they lost...family members, friends ... ( read original story ...)


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Tokyo-The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., announced...today that it will dissolve its subsidiary,...Yokohama Motorsports International Co., Ltd....(YMI), dedicated to motorsports activities...effective on June 30, 2017, and transfer the...subsidiary's operations to a new ... ( read original story ...)


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TOKYO -- Japan will encourage companies to share...big data they collect, so that businesses can...better cooperate on developing new products and...services in the age of the "internet of things"...instead of keeping all the information to...themselves. An advisory ... ( read original story ...)