Toshiba stock knocked from top-tier listing as financial woes deepen

... brunt of its financial pain after delaying its full-year financial report for a sixth time. But the gloomier outlook is enough to trigger an automatic demotion to the second rung of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The move was not unexpected after the Tokyo ... ( read original story ...)

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Japan’s Nikkei share average broke through the...20,000-point barrier for the first time since...December 2015 on Friday after a batch of strong...U.S. economic data lifted Wall Street and the U.S....currency against the yen. The Nikkei swept through...20,000 in ... ( read original story ...)


Top 30 areas for investing in apartments in Japan
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Source: Pixabay #30 to #21 (Umeda is the only...location outside Tokyo and its surrounding...prefectures) 30. Umeda station (Osaka) 29....Futakotamagawa station (Tokyo) 29. Oimachi station...(Tokyo) 27. Sumiyoshi station (Tokyo) 26....Minamiurawa station (Saitama ... ( read original story ...)


High-school dropout builds a bus empire
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He worked every day he could for the next year,...ferrying passengers between Tokyo and Osaka, and...to Kyoto and other sightseeing ... initial public offering (IPO) to ensure the...company will continue even after he retires....“Usually, bus companies don ... ( read original story ...)


Bank of Japan updates on bond buying
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The Bank of Japan plans to keep its bond buying...activity at unchanged levels in June. The central...bank is expected to accumulate ¥7.85T of notes...next month based on the purchase ranges of various...maturity dates. The BOJ lowered its projection for...Treasury ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei rises on Wall St record; SoftBank soars on ...
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TOKYO Dec 7 Japan's Nikkei share average rose on...Wednesday, buoyed by a surge in index-heavyweight...SoftBank after it announced a bold investment...foray into the United States. SoftBank ended 6.2...percent higher after Chief Executive Masayoshi Son...said he ... ( read original story ...)


Japan bank consortium plans blockchain payments pu...
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A consortium of Japanese banks is planning to use...distributed ledger technology — better known as...blockchain — from a Google-backed fintech...start-up to make domestic and international...payments. This follows a successful implementation...of a pilot ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese Bank Pulls Out of Geneva
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An Asia-based bank is pulling out of Geneva –...another blow to the city's ambitions as a finance...center. Mitsubishi UFJ Wealth Management will...close its Geneva offices, according to an entry...published in Switzerland's commercial register....Chairman Antoine ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese and German cooperation on Industry 4.0
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That has made Japan a more interesting place for...German companies to do business. Suddenly, they're...working together "Japan in some sectors makes more...foreign direct investments than does China or...Korea," Schürmann said from his perch in a...glass-fronted ... ( read original story ...)


Japan, US burying World War II ghosts after 70 yea...
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One longtime taboo has already fallen this year,...and the other soon will. On Dec. 27, Prime...Minister Shinzo Abe will visit the Hawaiian U.S....naval base attacked by Japan in 1941. He will be...joined by President Barack Obama, who seven months...earlier ... ( read original story ...)


Australian family rescued after night on Japan mou...
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An Australian woman and her three sons have been...rescued after spending a freezing night on a...mountain in Japan. The four were reported missing...late on Monday after failing to return to the...popular Nozawa Onsen ski resort on Mount Kenashi....They were ... ( read original story ...)


Bank of Japan April meeting minutes note asset purchases will fluctuate on market conditions

Bank of Japan policymakers agreed that the amount of government debt purchases will fluctuate under its quantitative easing program, minutes of the central bank's April 26-27 policy meeting showed on Wednesday. Members also said such fluctuations do not ... ( read original story ...)

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NEW YORK, March 13 Japanese financial conglomerate...SBI Holdings Inc and a subsidiary of German media...company Bertelsmann SE & Co KGaA have backed...Berlin-based solarisBank AG, a fully licensed...startup bank that enables businesses to offer...digital financial ... ( read original story ...)


Foreigners streaming into Japan at record pace
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TOKYO -- The net inflow of foreign residents into...Japan was the largest ever during the last...statistical year, as the government pushes...policies to attract foreign workers to lessen the...economic repercussions from a declining and...graying population. ( read original story ...)


Japan’s Nuclear Industry Finds a Lifeline in India...
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Japanese leaders say they are looking to support...more than ... And even for countries that have already signed...nuclear trade agreements with India, little actual...business has materialized so far, in part because...of an Indian law that opens hardware vendors ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's central bank isn't sweating ...
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TOKYO -- The Bank of Japan's unrealized losses on...negative-yielding government bonds have exceeded...10 trillion yen ($88.1 billion), but officials say...there is nothing to fear, now that long-term...interest rates are back above zero. The negative...interest ... ( read original story ...)


Rock, Paper, Scissors at Nikkei National Museum
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An upcoming exhibition at the Nikkei National...Museum explores connections between Canada and...Japan in a unique multimedia installation. Rock,...Paper, Scissors, by Cindy Mochizuki, opens at the...museum on Saturday, Feb. 4. The multimedia...installation includes ... ( read original story ...)


RUBBER-Tokyo futures prices after evening session ...
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Following are prices for Tokyo rubber futures at...the end of the Tokyo market's evening session on...Nov 2016. Contract Day Volume Evening Volume * Nov...196.2 66 201.0 12 * Dec 194.1 33 195.6 3 * Jan...195.6 147 201.3 19 * Feb 196.0 271 202.0 138 * Mar...198.4 797 ... ( read original story ...)


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


Saudi king visits Japan, seeks help in diversifyin...
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Japan and Saudi Arabia agreed Monday to explore...ways to bolster Japanese investment and trade in...the Middle Eastern nation, possibly by setting up...special economic zones there. King Salman and...about a thousand businesspeople from Saudi Arabia...are in Japan ... ( read original story ...)


S. Koreans condemn right-wing Japanese hotel disto...
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South Korean news organizations, the majority of...them focusing on the scandal that resulted in the...impeachment of President Park Geun-hye, put their...spotlight on right-leaning responses from Japanese...netizens. Yonhap news agency reported that a...majority of ... ( read original story ...)


'Tokyo Ghoul' Stage Play Adaptation: New...
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As the "Tokyo Ghoul" live action stage play makes...its debut in Japan soon, fans of the manga will...get to see characters like Ken Kaneki come to...life. Recently, the official website of the "Tokyo...Ghoul" stage play dropped a new visual for the...upcoming ... ( read original story ...)


Japan eyes bigger bite of China’s rice market

TOKYO -- With Sino-Japanese relations showing signs of warming, Tokyo is working to persuade Beijing to accept more Japanese rice in hopes of giving domestic farmers greater access to a market hungry for high-quality imports. Toshihiro Nikai, secretary ... ( read original story ...)

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Japan zoo kills 57 snow monkeys due to 'alien...
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Junkichi Mima, a spokesman for conservation group...WWF Japan told AFP news agency that invasive...species cause problems "because they get mixed in...with indigenous animals and threaten the natural...environment and ecosystem". ( read original story ...)


Japan: Samurai-sharp approach delivers positive ou...
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The Dh7 price point enhances Daiso’s universal...appeal and makes shopping more affordable.”...Kyodo News recently reported that Japan’s...exports of agricultural, forestry and fishery...products in 2016 grew 0.7 per cent from the...previous year to ¥750.3 ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's coffee shop leader heads to China
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TOKYO -- Japan's leading coffee shop operator will...take its low-price ... Doutor Nichires Holdings will partner with...restaurant group Xiao Nan Guo, whose business...includes high-end Chinese dining. Xiao Nan Guo had...flourished on lavish official meals ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei rises as weak yen helps exporters; financia...
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TOKYO, May 24 Japan's Nikkei share average rose on...Wednesday morning helped by exporters after the...dollar gained against the yen, while financials...gained ground thanks to a rise in U.S. Treasury...yields. The Nikkei rose 0.4 percent to 19,698.31...in ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's First-Ever 'Premium Friday'...
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And a railway operator is running a booze train,...where passengers can enjoy four hours of solid...drinking. This is how some of Japan Inc. is...responding to a government campaign to get the...country’s chronically overworked populace to...leave the office by 3 ... ( read original story ...)


SPOTLIGHT ON: KIMONO CULTURE
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Kimono Culture: The Beauty of Japanese Culture...Viewed Through the Lens of Kimono is an ongoing...exhibition at the Nikkei National Museum, running...until Sept. 3. The exhibit explores the beauty of...Japanese culture through the lens of kimono - the...traditional ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Corporate Sentiment Rises for 1st Time in Si...
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Confidence among Japan’s large manufacturers...improved for the first time since June last year...as the fall in the yen improved prospects for...company earnings. Key Points Sentiment among large...manufacturers rose to 10 from 6 three months ago...(est. ( read original story ...)


Tokyo bets on lighter frigates, plans to double E....
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... ton class patrol ships a year instead of one...heavier 5,000-ton class destroyer which Tokyo...produces annually, three informed sources told...Taiwan-based Central News Agency. Japan’s...cabinet approves record $43.6bn military budget...amid tensions with ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's top real estate firms notch record pr...
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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 ...)


Tokyo's stock index up 6.72% in global rally
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TOKYO - Tokyo's benchmark stock index closed 6.72%...higher and ... "He’ll certainly be friendly to American...business and that could very well stimulate their...economy," said Grant Williamson, an investment...adviser at Hamilton Hindin Greene, a brokerage ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei flat as dollar/yen steadies, on track for gains this week

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 ...)

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may seem like a natural buyer of a large stake in...the chip business, a sale might be difficult to...pull off before March as it would likely invite a...review by anti-trust regulators. Toshiba will hold...a news conference at 4.30 Tokyo time (0730...GMT). ( read original story ...)


SEE IT: Japanese baseball star Shohei Otani crushe...
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TOKYO (AP) — Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani...added to his reputation as a powerful hitter on...Sunday when he hit a fly ball that didn’t...come down. Otani’s towering fly ball in the...seventh inning of an exhibition game against the...Netherlands got lodged ... ( read original story ...)


Cameco stock falls on news of Tokyo Electric'...
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SASKATOON -- Shares in Cameco Corp. fell more than...10 per cent Wednesday after it said it's prepared...to fight Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s attempt to...terminate a multi-year supply contract that would...be worth about $1.3 billion in revenue through...2028. ( read original story ...)


Trump to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo ...
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but did not discuss the trans-Pacific trade pact...and other contentious issues such as the cost of...American troops in Japan. Kyodo News agency...additionally reported that Trump praised the...Japanese premier’s “Abenomics”...economic measures. ( read original story ...)


Japan core consumer inflation static as fall in ho...
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The lack of further improvement in the core gauge...of consumer inflation and deterioration for other...measures will be greeted with concern by the Bank...of Japan, which on Thursday kept monetary policy...on hold as it sought to avoid speculation about an...early ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's Foreign Minister, Putin Meet Ahead of...
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In Moscow, a deputy Russian foreign minister in an...interview with the RIA Novosti news agency sought...to dispel Japan's expectations that Russia would...be willing to give up one or two islands to secure...Japan's agreement to the peace treaty. "Our...position at ... ( read original story ...)


Sound smart in Japanese for beginners
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Tim starts walking down the stairs and finds the...bus ticket counter. If you have little or no...previous knowledge of the Japanese language and...are trying to survive by yourself in this country,...you should first remember some key phrases. The...shorter the ... ( read original story ...)


Sumitomo Mitsui Hiring Barclays Private Bankers as...
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Will pay as much as 12 billion yen to terminate...partnership Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc....will hire about 20 private bankers from Barclays...Plc in Japan as the two companies end a six-year...alliance and the U.K. bank scales back its...wealth-management ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Blood Banking Market: Reagent and Instrument...
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This report provides an overview of the Japanese...blood banking market, including sales and market...shares of leading suppliers of blood typing,...grouping and infectious disease screening tests,...as well as test volume and sales forecasts by...market segment. ( read original story ...)


Japan to tidy up scattered property records
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TOKYO -- Japan intends to make its sprawling...government real estate databases more useful by...consolidating data to clarify ownership,...particularly of the growing number of vacant homes...and lots, and encourage sales and redevelopment....The justice and land ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s consumption uptick convincing no one

TOKYO -- Japan's government has upgraded its assessment of the economy for the first time in six months in light of healthy consumer spending -- though neither the cabinet, the business community nor the public seems truly confident that things are looking up. ( read original story ...)

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Turning to the Bank of Japan, Watanabe said as...long as the economy grows steadily, he saw no need...for the central bank to ease already massive...monetary stimulus further barring big shocks to...financial markets. "I don't think further easing...would help much ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei faces negative week with investors wary of ...
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TOKYO, Feb 17 Japan's Nikkei share average dropped...on Friday morning with the market wary of a...stronger yen and financials weakened as U.S. bond...yields fell after comments by a senior U.S....Federal Reserve official were viewed as relatively...dovish. ( read original story ...)


Tokyo property market to slow this year: Expert
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Tokyo's real estate market is expected to see new...supply, which will push down rental growth, says...David Paine from Standard Life Investments. ( read original story ...)


Japan's Asada 'gave her all', has n...
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Asada is a household name in Japan, known by the...affectionate nickname "Mao-chan," and the news of...her retirement was plastered across newspaper...front pages on Tuesday. Her retirement news...conference was carried live by nearly all...television stations ... ( read original story ...)


Kamiyado Kick Off Spring 2017 Tour in Sapporo!
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Kamiyado heated up the north with their...power-packed first one-man live in Hokkaido as...they started their spring tour at Sapporo DUCE on...March 4, 2017. With a shout of “Iku yo!” from...Mei Hashima, the members of Kamiyado burst onto...the stage ... ( read original story ...)


Schools still empty, homes abandoned 6 years after...
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The town of Namie in Japan's Fukushima district...still sits empty, six years after a powerful 9.0...magnitude earthquake and tsunami destroyed the...nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear...power plant. Japanese authorities plan to lift...evacuation ... ( read original story ...)


Japan hit by earthquake considered an aftershock o...
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One woman suffered cuts to her head from falling...dishes, Kyodo news agency reported, citing fire...department officials. Japanese Minister for...Disaster Management Jun Matsumoto told reporters...about three hours after the quake that there had...been no reports ... ( read original story ...)


Conrad Osaka Hotel Opens in Japan
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The Conrad Hotels & Resorts brand celebrates...further expansion in Japan with the opening of...Conrad Osaka. Situated on the 33rd to 40th floors...of the Nakanoshima Festival Complex, and located...on the prime stretch between the Umeda and Namba...districts ... ( read original story ...)


Japan PM Shinzo Abe to reshuffle cabinet as rating...
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will likely...reshuffle his cabinet to try to bolster ratings...battered by suspicions that he helped a friend get...favoured treatment for his business, media...reported. He will probably retain Finance Minister...Taro Aso and ... ( read original story ...)


Japan parliament legalises casinos
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Japan's parliament has passed a long-awaited law...to legalise casinos. The move paves the way for...casino resort developments that also include...hotels and shopping centres. International gaming...firms including Wynn Resorts, MGM Resorts and...Caesars have ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei ends lower as stronger yen takes a toll, Takata shares plummet

TOKYO, June 22 Japan's Nikkei share average erased early modest gains on Thursday and edged down, as a stronger yen took its toll on market sentiment. The Nikkei ended 0.1 percent lower at 20,110.51, extending Wednesday's 0.5 percent decline and moving ... ( read original story ...)

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Japan sees first trade surplus in six years amid f...
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Japan posted its first trade surplus in six years...in 2016 as imports slumped on falling energy...prices, the Finance Ministry said Wednesday. The...surplus stood at ¥4.07 trillion ($35.76...billion). The value of imports tumbled 15.9...percent to ¥65.97 trillion ... ( read original story ...)


Japan ratifies Pacific trade pact despite Trump pl...
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TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won...parliamentary approval Friday for ratification of...the Trans-Pacific Partnership, despite U.S....President-elect Donald Trump's plan to withdraw...from the 12-nation trade pact. Upper house...lawmakers approved the ... ( read original story ...)


Why is Japanese anime getting big in China?
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Japanese anime film Your Name has already been a...huge success in its own country. And now it has...become the country's most successful film yet at...the Chinese box office. Despite the lack of...big-name Hollywood stars or expensive stunts, it...has taken nearly ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Oct consumer prices continue slide, yen fall...
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The data will keep policymakers under pressure to...do more to stimulate the economy, with fiscal...spending likely the more preferred option as three...years of aggressive easing by the Bank of Japan...failed to accelerate inflation to its 2 percent...target. ( read original story ...)


Will Japan really get tough on smoking or is it ju...
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After vocal opposition from Japan Tobacco (JT) and...small business owners, however, the ministry bowed...to public pressure and relaxed some of the rules....The new proposal, to be submitted to Parliament in...June, now excludes establishments less than 30 ... ( read original story ...)


DAFZA Hosts Seminars in Tokyo, Osaka & Fukoka ...
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A high-profile delegation from the Dubai Airport...Freezone Authority (DAFZA) recently held a series...of seminars in Japan to discuss investment...opportunities in Dubai with the local business...community. These seminars enlighten global...investors about ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's regional bank consolidation gains mom...
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TOKYO -- The planned consolidation of three...regional banks in greater Osaka highlights an...increasingly harsh business environment and a...pressing need to raise efficiency in Japan's...shrinking market amid ultralow interest rates. The...financial institutions ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Finance Minister Aso, U.S. Treasury Secretar...
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TOKYO Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso and U.S....Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin will hold a...bilateral meeting on Thursday on the sidelines of...the Group of 20 finance leaders' gathering in...Washington D.C., Japan's Ministry of Finance said...on Monday. ( read original story ...)


Post-Show Report Manufacturing World Osaka 2016 Co...
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OSAKA, Japan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 14, 2016--Reed...Exhibitions Japan Ltd., the largest show organiser...in Japan, announced that Manufacturing World Osaka...2016 held from October 5 - 7, 2016 at INTEX Osaka,...the Western Japan’s largest manufacturing...industry ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo stocks rise in morning on eased concerns aft...
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TOKYO, April 24 (Xinhua) -- Tokyo stocks rose...Monday morning after the outcome of the first...round of the French presidential election eased...concerns about the country leaving the European...Union. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average gained...249.49 points, or 1 ... ( read original story ...)


Exploding airbag scandal pushes Japanese auto supplier Takata towards bankruptcy

It is now worth less than a quarter of its value from just a week ago when a report by Japan’s leading Nikkei business daily said it would seek bankruptcy protection and sell its assets to a US company. At Thursday’s close, the embattled stock had ... ( read original story ...)

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Japan has temporarily recalled its ambassador to...South Korea over this statue commemorating Korean...women forced to work as sex slaves for the...Japanese in World War II. Tokyo is also suspending...economic dialogue with Seoul over the issue. The...statue was put ... ( read original story ...)


Sapporo set for talks amid Sleeman Breweries strik...
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Sapporo's Canadian beer unit, Sleeman Breweries,...has said it is seeking a quick end to a factory...dispute after 80 workers went on strike....Production staff at the Sleeman-Unibroue plant in...Chambly, Québec, set up picket lines last week...after negotiations ... ( read original story ...)


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Qyresearchreports include new market research...report "United States, EU, Japan, China, India and...Southeast Asia Intellectual Property Rights &...Royalty Management? Market Size, Status and...Forecast 2021" to its huge collection of research...reports. This ... ( read original story ...)


Toshiba Adds Nuance's AutoStore and Equitrac ...
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TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Toshiba Tec Corporation...(TOKYO: 6588) today announced that the document...solutions of Nuance, the strategic partner of...Toshiba Tec, has been added to its portfolio:...AutoStore and Equitrac. Through the strategic...partnership with ... ( read original story ...)


Japan hotel deals hit US$3 billion
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US$2.3 billion. The ANA deal was at the height of...the pre-GFC property investment boom. Despite...this, 2016 was a very strong year for hotel sales...activity. In 2017, I expect Japan will witness...another year of strong capital inflows. But unlike...2007 ... ( read original story ...)


Japan regulators crafting new rules to prevent lea...
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While the extent of corporate leaks in Japan is...hard to gauge, the government is keen to shake up...a business culture that has often been criticized...for prioritizing the interests of executives over...shareholders. The measures are also a response to...recent ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese PM in Hawaii for historic Pearl Harbor vi...
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe laid wreaths at...various cemeteries and memorials Monday ahead of a...visit to the site of the 1941 bombing that plunged...the United States into the Second World War. Abe...landed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and then ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese PM: North Korea may be capable of missile...
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the upper...house parliamentary session, in Tokyo, Japan,...March 6, 2017. Thomson Reuters TOKYO (AP) —...Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned Thursday that...North Korea may be capable of firing a missile...loaded with sarin ... ( read original story ...)


Spain's king, queen to visit Japan April 4-7
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It will be the king's first visit to Japan since...ascending the throne in 2014. The Spanish royal...couple will also meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe...during the visit, Chief Cabinet Secretary...Yoshihide Suga said. To have fuller access to the...Kyodo News website ... ( read original story ...)


OECD endorses Japan's monetary easing, urges ...
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TOKYO The Bank of Japan should maintain...quantitative easing until inflation exceeds its...price target but it must be alert to the risks...posed to asset prices and the financial sector,...the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and...Development said. ( read original story ...)