Japan Inc. taking responsibility for work reform

TOKYO -- The resignation of Dentsu's president over an employee's overwork-related suicide shows that Japanese corporate management is taking the issue of work conditions seriously, acknowledging the need to revise practices and prioritize the well-being ... ( read original story ...)

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Line (LN) pulled off the biggest tech IPO of last...year, raising $1.3 billion from selling shares...that soared when they started trading on markets...in New York and in Tokyo. Fast forward to the...start of 2017 and things aren't looking so pretty....Line shares ... ( read original story ...)


Japan reconstruction minister to resign after disp...
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TOKYO The Japanese cabinet minister overseeing...reconstruction of areas devastated by the 2011...earthquake and Fukushima nuclear disaster intends...to resign after saying it was better that the...disaster struck the northeast instead of Tokyo,...national ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo plots to steal HK, Singapore financial crown...
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TOKYO -- Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike is determined to...make the Japanese capital a "global financial...city." According to a blueprint obtained by the...Nikkei, the plan is to slash taxes and dismantle...regulatory hurdles, aiming to draw in 40 foreign...fintech or ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's third-quarter growth rate revised dow...
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Japan's economy grew much slower than initially...estimated in the third quarter of the year,...figures have revealed, as business investment...fell. The Cabinet Office said the economy grew...1.3% in the three months to the end of September,...compared to the same ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei rises to 10-1/2-month high as weak yen rais...
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TOKYO, Nov 18 Japan's Nikkei share average rose to...levels not seen since early January on Friday as...the yen weakened further against the surging...dollar, raising prospects for better-than-expected...exporters' earnings. The Nikkei was up 0.7 percent...at 17,989 ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei tumbles as safe-haven yen surges on Trump h...
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TOKYO, March 27 Japan's Nikkei share average...skidded on Monday, battered by a resurgent yen and...deepening last week's 1.3 percent loss. The dollar...came under pressure after the defeat of President...Donald Trump's healthcare package on Friday,...raising ... ( read original story ...)


Money-losing Toshiba selling medical leasing unit ...
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Toshiba said Tuesday it is selling its entire 65...per cent stake in Toshiba Medical Finance Co. to...Canon, a Japanese camera maker, effective March...31. Tokyo-based Toshiba has been in talks with...Canon since late last year on the sale. Toshiba,...which owns U.S ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese students feared dead after avalanche; at ...
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An avalanche at a ski resort in Japan hit several...high school students on Monday morning, leaving...several injured or feared dead, according to ABC...News partner NHK. About 66 students and teachers...were in Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo, Japan...when the ... ( read original story ...)


Recording of ex-Moritomo Gakuen chief and Finance ...
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The site of an elementary school Moritomo Gakuen...had planned to open in April 2017 is seen in...Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture. (Mainichi) A Finance...Ministry senior official acknowledged on May 8...that an audio recording from 2016 of a meeting...between Yasunori ... ( read original story ...)


Black Back For More In Osaka Hai
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Newly promoted to Grade I status, Hanshin’s...Osaka Hai was rewarded with a first-class winner...in the 2016 Horse of the Year Black Kitasan (JPN)...(Black Tide {JPN}), whose long-term aim this...season is a trip to Chantilly to take on...Europe’s finest in the ... ( read original story ...)


Dollar dips, Nikkei slugged by Toshiba selloff

Japan's Nikkei shed 1.3 percent as the yen firmed and Toshiba Corp dived 16 percent after news of potential massive writedowns led to a downgrade of its credit ratings. S&P said it expected shareholder equity to "drastically shrink", eroding the ... ( read original story ...)

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Japan finance minister vows to stick to fiscal yea...
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TOKYO Japan must adhere to the government's goal...to achieve a balanced budget by the fiscal year...ending in March 2021, Finance Minister Taro Aso...said, in a resolve to push for fiscal...consolidation to fix the country's tattered...finances. Aso made the pledge ... ( read original story ...)


Rear admiral to investigate fatal Navy collision o...
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A rear admiral has been named to head the U.S....Navy's investigation into a collision off Japan...that took the lives of seven sailors aboard the...USS Fitzgerald. The Japan-based 7th Fleet said...Friday that Brian Fort would lead the probe into...the crash with a ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s financial watchdog to ease up on ban...
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TOKYO -- Japan's financial watchdog is preparing...to ease its stringent ... had gathered in Tokyo in May for the annual...meeting of the Institute of International Finance...."From now on, however, we need to look at the...overall performance of the vehicle." ( read original story ...)


Japan emperor celebrates birthday, thanks public o...
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TOKYO - Japan's Emperor Akihito marked his 83rd...birthday Friday, thanking the people for their...concern and effort to accommodate his apparent...abdication wish. "I am profoundly grateful that...many people have lent an ear to my words and are...giving sincere ... ( read original story ...)


Japan economy grows better-than-expected 0.5% in Q...
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Japan's economy grew more than expected in the...third quarter as exports offset slack consumer...spending, government data showed Monday, offering...up some rare good news for Tokyo's battered growth...project. The world's third largest economy...expanded 0.5 ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka pushes Yumeshima for casino and resort, 2025...
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OSAKA – Osaka’s political and business leaders...are moving forward with plans to develop...Yumeshima, a man-made island in Osaka Bay, into...what they hope will be the site of an integrated...resort with casino gambling by 2024 and the World...Exposition in 2025. ( read original story ...)


Japan Nikkei PMI Points to Sustained Manufacturing...
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A private gauge of Japanese manufacturing activity...weakened unexpectedly this month, but remained...firmly in positive territory as output, new orders...and exports rose. The Markit/Nikkei flash...manufacturing purchasing managers’ index...(PMI) came in at 51.1 ... ( read original story ...)


Dollar Maintains Climb on Fed Bets as Japan Future...
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Osaka-traded Nikkei 225 Stock Average futures...signaled gains of 0.3 percent amid the yen’s...retreat, while shares in Wellington started the...week with their first drop in three days. Ten-year...New Zealand government notes tracked a decline in...Treasuries as ... ( read original story ...)


X Japan's Yoshiki to Have Emergency Surgery
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X Japan founder and bandleader Yoshiki made a name...for the group ... Yesterday (May 9) the band cancelled all...forthcoming shows following the news of Yoshiki's...impending operation. A statement from the band's...management reads that the drummer has sustained ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo 2020 gymnastics arena bid doubles original e...
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News of the winning bid comes as experts warn that...the total 2020 Summer Games budget could hit an...eye-popping $30 billion - four times the initial...estimate and almost triple that of the 2012 London...Olympics. Tokyo metropolitan government officials ... ( read original story ...)


Top 3 ETFs to Track the Nikkei in 2017 (JPNH, HJPX)

Among exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that seek to provide exposure to Japanese markets, ETFs that track the Nikkei are fairly rare. Many ETFs that track the Japanese market track the MSCI Japan Index, the Nasdaq AlphaDEX Japan Index, or the FTSE Japan 100% ... ( read original story ...)

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Japanese Yaskawa to build robot factory in Sloveni...
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State news agency STA reported that the investment...was likely to ... Consumer electronics producer Panasonic [6752.T]...is another Japanese company which might increase...its investment in Slovenia. Last month it...completed due diligence on Slovenian household ... ( read original story ...)


Final Olympics price tag almost certain to exceed ...
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This is the first in a six-part New Year’s...series examining how Japan is preparing for the...2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. On Dec. 21,...the organizers of the Tokyo Summer Games announced...that the 2020 sports extravaganza will cost no...more than ¥1.8 ... ( read original story ...)


Japan rings in the new year with calligraphy
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I was writing so that I can do my best this year,"...said 17 year-old participant, Shohei Mikuriya, a...head of calligraphy activity in his high school in...Fukuoka, southern Japan, who also wrote a Chinese...poem. Winners will be announced at a separate...ceremony ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo futures prices after evening session Februar...
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Following are prices for Tokyo rubber futures at...the end of the Tokyo market's evening session on...Feb 2017. Contract Day Volume Evening Volume...17-Mar 296.3 12 296.1 1 17-Apr 286.0 119 286.0 21...17-May 279.5 91 280.0 18 17-Jun 272.7 648 272.4 49...17-Jul 267.8 ... ( read original story ...)


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


Three giant pandas return to China from Japan
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BEIJING - Three giant pandas born and raised in...Japan have returned to China under a standard...agreement ... as well as sanctuaries and breeding centres. The...official Xinhua News Agency said the three were...travelling Tuesday to the Chengdu Research Base ... ( read original story ...)


Christmas delivery at space station, courtesy of J...
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Christmas gifts arrived at...the International Space Station on Tuesday,...courtesy of Japan. A Japanese cargo ship pulled up...at the orbiting lab four days after launching. The...capsule -- called Kounotori, or white stork --...contains ... ( read original story ...)


‘Tokyo Ghoul’ Season 3 Release Date & Updates:...
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"Tokyo Ghoul" season 3 seems to have been...confirmed to come out later this year by Viz Media...senior director Kevin Hamric. (Photo :...Dresrosa/YouTube) "Tokyo Ghoul" Season 3 might...just be around the corner than you might expect....Reports surfaced recently ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo taxi drop fare eases to ¥410 in bid to boost...
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The taxi drop fare was lowered to ¥410 from...the current ¥730 mainly in central Tokyo on...Monday, with the aim of promoting taxi use,...including by overseas visitors. The new fare is...for the first 1.052 km, while the current one...covers 2 km. The new fare ... ( read original story ...)


Japan machinery orders rise 4.1% in October
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TOKYO (Dow Jones) -- Japanese core machinery...orders rose for the first time ... The result compares with a rise of 1.1% expected...by economists surveyed by the Nikkei. On a...year-on-year basis, however, core orders fell...5.6%. The encouraging month-on-month ... ( read original story ...)


Hong Kong and New York battle for IPO dominance

Tokyo and Copenhagen rounded out the top with $9.6bn and $ ... Hopes for improvement rest heavily on the tech sector. Heading the 2017 IPO list is Snap, the messaging app readying for a New York listing as soon as March. Bankers will be seeking a repeat ... ( read original story ...)

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 ...
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher...at the close on Thursday, as gains in the...Insurance, Steel and Finance & Investment...sectors propelled shares higher. At the close in...Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 6.72%. Advancing stocks...outnumbered falling ones by ... ( read original story ...)


'Tokyo Ghoul' season 3 release date dela...
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Fans have been teased with the release of "Tokyo...Ghoul" season 3 for some time now. However, after...months of waiting, there has yet to be an exact...date for the season 3 premiere, and numerous...speculations have come up as to why the release...keeps getting ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo stocks up after Emmanuel Macron wins French ...
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TOKYO: Tokyo's benchmark stock index rose at the...start Monday after pro-European centrist Emmanuel...Macron swept his far-right rival Marine Le Pen in...France's presidential election. The Nikkei 225...added 1.35 per cent, or 263.31 points, to sit at...19,709.01 ... ( read original story ...)


No sign of Japan-related radiation found in Alaska...
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More than 16,000 people were killed in 2011 after...Japan's 9.1-magnitude earthquake, which led to...nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear...power plant. Since then, U.S. and international...agencies have been conducting tests to determine...the health ... ( read original story ...)


Koike announces plan to re-crown Tokyo as Asia’s f...
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Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike on Friday announced her...plan to revitalize the nation’s capital and...reaffirm it as a top financial center, a move...aimed at boosting the country’s economic...growth in line with Prime Minister Shinzo...Abe’s ¥600 trillion GDP ... ( read original story ...)


Philippines to construct drug rehab centres with f...
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Manila: Japan is providing a $16 million (Dh58...million) grant to the Philippines for the...construction of drug rehabilitation centres,...officials said on Sunday. According to Philippine...Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Manila is...working fast to ensure ... ( read original story ...)


Japan govt, central bank to meet on market moves: ...
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The session will be held at 3 pm (0600 GMT) at...Japan's Finance Ministry. Tokyo: Japan's...government and its central bank will hold crisis...talks Wednesday on the market convulsions sparked...by Donald Trump's strong showing in the US...presidential election ... ( read original story ...)


US, Japan, France, UK practice amphibious landings...
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HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Troops from the U.S., Japan...and two European nations are gathering on remote...U.S. islands in the Pacific for drills they say...will show support for the free passage of vessels...in international waters amid fears China could...restrict ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo Olympic medals to be made from recycled dona...
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"There's quite a limit on the resources of our...earth, and so recycling these things and giving...them a new use will make us all think about the...environment," Tokyo 2020 Sports Director Koji...Murofushi told a news conference. "Having a...project that allows all ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo stocks end morning down on profit-taking
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Tokyo stocks gave up early gains to end the...morning session ... However, Honda was up 0.42 percent at 3,101 yen...and Toyota gained 0.36 percent to 6,060 yen....Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group jumped 4.32 percent...to 643.7 yen after the megabank announced ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo ends flat as Toshiba shares plunge again

Tokyo shares ended flat Wednesday despite Toshiba's second straight double-digit plunge, in quiet Asian trading before the New Year, while US crude oil finally ended a winning streak. Stock in the troubled Japanese conglomerate plummeted more than 20 ... ( read original story ...)

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TOKYO May 15 Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG)...said on Monday net profit fell 2.6 percent for the...year ended in March, hurt by weak lending income....Japan's biggest lender by assets said net profit...came in at 926.4 billion yen ($8.16 billion)in the...... ( read original story ...)


Campaigning for Tokyo polls kicks off
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Official campaigning kicked off yesterday for the...Tokyo metropolitan assembly election, seen as a...bellwether for national trends. A total of 259...candidates will be vying for 127 seats in the...election on July 2, which will pit the ruling...Liberal Democratic ... ( read original story ...)


Report: Tokyo doctors accused in multiple gang rap...
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A separate report from Nippon News Network (Feb....19) reveals that the door of the ... He is suspected of raping seven women in Tokyo...and Kanagawa and Saitama prefectures between April...and October of 2016. He allegedly filmed the...sexual assaults with ... ( read original story ...)


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


Small town near Osaka turns to English to put itse...
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OSAKA – A small town is hoping that teaching...English to its young people will get it noticed,...attracting a few of the many foreign tourists on...their way to Osaka via the neighboring...international airport. Elementary and junior high...school students in ... ( read original story ...)


Mizuho Chases Financial Bond Deals as It Starts Lo...
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Mizuho Financial Group Inc.’s investment bank is...targeting a bigger share of global financial bond...deals as it seeks more profits overseas and...expands its debt capital markets business at home...and abroad. The Japanese bank has managed $8.7...billion of ... ( read original story ...)


Green Games: Tokyo 2020 asks public to donate old ...
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Tokyo Olympic organizers on Wednesday called on...the Japanese public to donate old smartphones and...other old electronic devices to help make medals...for the 2020 Games. In a push to give the Olympics...an environmentally friendly hue, Tokyo's...organising ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei rises above 20,000 to hit nearly two-year h...
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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 ...)


Tokyo stocks open flat in thin holiday trade, many...
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TOKYO: Tokyo stocks opened flat on Monday in quiet...holiday trading following a three-day weekend, as...investors cashed in on recent rallies....Tokyo’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index, which...closed on Friday for a national holiday, fell 0.09...percent, or 16.89 ... ( read original story ...)


Japan May exports jump 14.9 pct year/year – ...
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TOKYO, June 19 (Reuters) - Japan's exports surged...14.9 percent in May from a year earlier due to...higher shipments of cars and steel, in a sign of...robust global demand, Ministry of Finance data...showed on Monday. The rise compares with a 16.1...percent jump ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei flat in thin trade; Toshiba dives as Hitachi soars

TOKYO, Dec 28 Japan's Nikkei share average was flat on Wednesday morning in thin end-of-year trade, while Toshiba Corp tumbled 20 percent on continued concerns about posting a big special loss. The Nikkei was barely changed at 19,401.70 in midmorning trade ... ( read original story ...)

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TOKYO, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Tokyo shares opened...lower Monday as concerns grew over U.S. President...Donald Trump's inauguration speech which did not...specify economic stimulus plans. As of 9:15 a.m....local time, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average...fell 215.93 ... ( read original story ...)


Peter Prevc and Maciej Kot share the win in Sappor...
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There were two winners in the first of two Ski...Jumping World Cups in Sapporo (JPN). Poland's...Maciej Kot and Slovenia's Peter Prevc tied for...first in Saturday's FIS Ski Jumping World Cup....Both scored a total of 260.2 points. Prevc jumped...on 143 m (longest ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka cops: ‘JK’ business masqueraded as massage p...
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OSAKA (TR) – Osaka Prefectural Police have...busted a business featuring school girls that...masqueraded as a massage parlor but in actuality...was providing sexual services, reports Nippon News...Network (Nov. 29). On Monday, police raided parlor...Communication ... ( read original story ...)


Citic Capital to accelerate UK, US and Japan prope...
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Citic Capital, the Chinese state-owned asset...management firm, is looking to accelerate its...overseas investment in Britain, the United States...and Japan to meet growing demand from clients,...despite China stepping up its efforts at...tightening capital outflows. ( read original story ...)


BRIEF-Aucnet announces IPO on Tokyo Stock Exchange...
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* Says its stock will begin trading on the Tokyo...Stock Exchange on March 29, 2017, under the symbol..."3964" * In its initial public offering, the...company will offer a total of 4,820,000 common...shares, comprised of newly issued 2,200,000 shares...and privately ... ( read original story ...)


Cuteness power: Why watching animal videos is good...
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While some Facebook users have moved to Instagram...to avoid political and news content, few internet...users escape cute ... it's everywhere," Dale said in an interview from...his Tokyo home, pointing to everything from Disney...and Pixar content to obsessive ... ( read original story ...)


7 signs Japan has become a 'demographic time ...
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Japan is dealing with what economists call a..."demographic time bomb." Through a vicious cycle...of low fertility and low consumer spending, the...country's economy has gradually shrunk over the...last 25 years. People are living longer, and...they're heaping ... ( 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’s Asahi expands in Europe with AB InBev beer...
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Also reaching outside Japan, Sumitomo Corp agreed...last week to buy Ireland ... “The deal has become very expensive,”...said John Colley, a professor at Warwick Business...School, but he added AB InBev, known for its...frugal culture, could exceed its ... ( read original story ...)


Investors are turning to Japan as the US and Europ...
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses media...following a meeting with President-elect Donald...Trump in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 17,...2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly TOKYO, Dec 5 (Reuters)...- When U.S. voters elected a president who...promised to ... ( read original story ...)


Commodities fuel Australia stock rally; Nikkei flat on disappointing data

However, weak macroeconomic data in Japan weighed on stocks there, despite a weaker yen that would make the country’s exports more competitive. The Nikkei Stock Average NIK, +0.03% was about flat, suffering from the lingering effects of Tuesday’s ... ( read original story ...)

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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 ...)


Japan’s Monetary Base 21.5% vs. 23.2% forecast
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Investing.com - Japan’s monetary base fell...unexpectedly last month, official data showed on...Thursday. In a report, Bank of Japan said that...Japan’s Monetary Base fell to 21.5%, from...22.1% in the preceding month. Analysts had...expected Japan’s Monetary ... ( read original story ...)


First Ascott The Residence property set to open in...
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“Many of our customers have been eagerly...anticipating the opening of our first...Ascott-branded property in the country. “With...Japan’s growing economy, Ascott Marunouchi...Tokyo’s strategic location where many...multinational companies and major Japanese ... ( read original story ...)


Central bank's rate focus hides urge to taper
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TOKYO -- The Bank of Japan's interest rate-based...monetary policy seems in part to be aimed at...trimming bond purchases without angering easing...hardliners or endangering progress toward...inflation. Surging U.S. long-term interest rates...in the wake of the ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese Yen Rise Halts After BoJ Minutes, Trade D...
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The Japanese Yen’s rise against a generally...weaker US Dollar Wednesday The Bank of Japan’s...policy minutes added little to market insight on...the central bank But Japan’s trade surplus came...in ahead of expectations The Japanese Yen steadied...against a ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s business gift culture says it with orchids...
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In Japanese business celebrations, there’s...one thing you’ll almost always see: orchids....Pots of the exotic flowers, which often sell for...about ¥20,000 ($176), will be there in a newly...appointed president’s office, at the...entrance of a company that ... ( read original story ...)


Japan boosts swap deals with Asean
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YOKOHAMA, JAPAN— The Japanese government has...proposed to extend its bilateral swap agreement, a...stop-gap measure for short-term liquidity...problems, with the Philippines and other Asean...countries. “As economic ties between Asian and...Japan strengthen ... ( read original story ...)


Longtime Olympic reporter expects ‘fantastic’ Toky...
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and says he expects the 2020 Tokyo Games to be...“fantastic.” Known in journalism...circles as “Mr. Olympics,” Wilson, 59,...shared his insights in an interview with Kyodo...News before leaving AP to take the post of...director of communications with the ... ( read original story ...)


Brazilian President seeks foreign investment, acce...
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TOKYO Brazilian President Michel Temer told a top...Japanese business lobby in Tokyo on Wednesday he...would like to open up Brazil's markets and promote...international investment there. Temer, making the...first visit to Japan by a Brazilian head of state...in 11 ...http://japanbizz.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=38&action=trash&_wpnonce=3778aa113e ( read original story ...)


Terre Haute building business relationships in Jap...
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For Terre Haute to recruit future business...development from Japan, it must foster...relationships. So says Larry Ingraham, president...of Carmel-based consulting firm Ingraham &...Associates. Steve Witt, president of the Terre...Haute Economic Development Corp ... ( read original story ...)