Japanese Officer Engagement Program strengthens US, Japan interoperability

Japan Aviation Self-Defense Force cadets with the 12th Flight Training Wing, visited Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, as part of the Japanese Officer Engagement Program Oct. 19, 2016. Held multiple times throughout the year, the engagement program ... ( read original story ...)

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But that silver lining didn't prevent the stock...from slipping below its IPO price of $32.84 ... Line News continues growing -- especially in its...four "key countries" of Japan, Taiwan, Thailand,...and Indonesia. Line stated that its combined MAUs...in those ... ( read original story ...)


Seoul, Tokyo say North Korea launched ballistic mi...
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North Korea on Monday fired an apparent ballistic...missile off its east coast that landed in the...waters of Japan's economic zone ... according to the official Korean Central News...Agency. KCNA cited Kim as ordering officials to...mass-produce and deploy ... ( read original story ...)


Japan flustered by UN human rights concerns
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TOKYO - Japan is pushing back against United...Nations criticism that its controversial...anti-conspiracy bill and other policies infringe...on press freedom and individual liberties, calling...the characterization unfair and one-sided. David...Kaye, a special ... ( read original story ...)


Emiratis to get visa-free entry in Japan
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Abu Dhabi: UAE nationals can travel to Japan...without visas, a senior ministry official said...yesterday. Ahmad Saeed Elham Al Daheri, Assistant...Under-Secretary for Consular Affairs at the...Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International...Cooperation, said the ... ( read original story ...)


Dentsu’s Nagoya branch hit with order to halt over...
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Dentsu Inc.’s branch office in Nagoya...received an order from a local labor standards...office in August 2010 to stop forcing employees to...work illegally long hours, sources said Saturday....Branch offices of the Japanese advertising iant in...Osaka ... ( read original story ...)


Kuznetsova holds off Osaka to reach Tianjin Open s...
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TIANJIN, China - Svetlana Kuznetsova held off...Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) to...reach the Tianjin Open semifinals on Friday. The...second-seeded Russian is trying to clinch one of...the last remaining spots for the WTA Finals in...Singapore this ... ( read original story ...)


IBM Keeps Lead In Patent Field; Amazon Shows Faste...
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U.S. firms accounted for the most, 41%, followed...by Japan at 28% and South Korea at 15% ... and today’s top-performing IPO stocks. Get...4 free weeks of the IBD Digital edition plus...access to IBD's exclusive market analysis,...proprietary stock ratings ... ( read original story ...)


Japan to promote research on civilian and military...
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The Japanese government is considering stepping up...efforts to ... To have fuller access to the Kyodo News website,...it is necessary to subscribe. We offer a broad...range of subscription options depending on your...needs. Learn more. ( read original story ...)


Japan holds first civilian missile evacuation dril...
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The Japanese government held its first-ever drill...Friday to protect citizens in case a ballistic...missile is launched toward Japan. More than 100...residents and schoolchildren of the coastal city...of Oga in northern Japan participated in the...drill. ( read original story ...)


Making it big in Osaka
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One of the most exciting celluloid happenings in...Japan, the 12th edition of the Osaka Asian Film...Festival wrapped last weekend after screening 58...films from all over Asia. Thai films were very...much in the spotlight this year as, in addition to...the ... ( read original story ...)


Nissan CEO to become chairman of Mitsubishi Motors: reports

TOKYO - Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Japan's Nissan Motor, was due to hold a news conference Thursday amid reports he will become chairman of Mitsubishi Motors, presiding over efforts to turn the troubled automaker around. The Brazilian-born Frenchman, who already ... ( read original story ...)

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Japan decides to scrap trouble-plagued Monju proto...
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The Japanese government formally decided Wednesday...to decommission ... To have fuller access to the Kyodo News website,...it is necessary to subscribe. We offer a broad...range of subscription options depending on your...needs. Learn more. ( read original story ...)


London attack developments: Japan warns nationals
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The Foreign Ministry says Japanese visitors should..."pay close attention to the ... Trump began tweeting about the attacks an hour or...so after initial news reports. One tweet read: "We...need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the...courts to give us ... ( read original story ...)


Tsuruha settles damages suit with Tepco over Fukus...
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SAPPORO – Sapporo-based drug store chain...Tsuruha Co. on Friday agreed with Tokyo Electric...Power Company Holdings Inc. to settle a damages...suit related to the 2011 nuclear accident at the...utility’s Fukushima No. 1 plant. In the...suit, Tsuruha, a unit of ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese firms are employing ROBOTS to replace the...
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Japan's working-age population peaked in 1995 at...87 million ... They are also being sought by property...developers, food and beverage makers and hotel...chains. The Hen na Hotel, or the 'Odd Hotel,' near...Tokyo Disneyland, for example, bills itself as a ... ( read original story ...)


Tsunami hits Japan after strong quake, nuclear pla...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake rocked...northern Japan on Tuesday, the Japan...Meteorological Agency said, generating a tsunami...that hit the same region devastated by a massive...quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011. The...earthquake, which was ... ( read original story ...)


Japan aims to boost yen’s status with direct...
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TOKYO -- To encourage more businesses to use the...yen and other Asian currencies, Japan's Finance...Ministry announced a comprehensive plan Monday to...launch direct currency trading with other regional...players. The ministry will first enter talks with...Thailand. ( read original story ...)


Japanese MegaBank Mizuho Tests its Own Digital Cur...
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Japanese banking giant Mizuho has tested its...digital currency developed in partnership with IBM...Japan to reduce costs of money transfers, a report...has revealed. The Mizuho Financial Group-IBM...partnership announced earlier this year has seen...successful ... ( read original story ...)


Why Is Japan Prone To Earthquakes And Tsunamis?
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Japan is extremely vulnerable to earthquakes and...tsunamis due to its location in the Pacific Ring...of Fire. The “ring” is a horse-shoe shaped...basin along the Pacific Ocean. About 90 percent of...all seismic activity in the world takes place in...this region. ( read original story ...)


Fire that spread to 140 buildings under control in...
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The ramen shop was in a shopping arcade northwest...of the city's main train station, the area crowded...with old wooden houses, according to Kyodo News....Itoigawa is on the Japan Sea coast in Niigata...prefecture, about 260 kilometres northwest of...Tokyo. ( read original story ...)


Nikkei drops as US election uncertainty sours mood...
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while Japan’s three major shippers jumped...after news that they will merge their container...shipping businesses. The Nikkei fell 0.5 percent...to 17,353.04 by midmorning, after ending at a...six-month high on Friday. US shares fell and the...dollar dropped on ... ( read original story ...)


Forget Paris, focus on Tokyo, Japan fashion told

Tokyo may be the style capital of Asia, but with South Korea and China snapping at its heels and Japan's most iconic brands rooted in Europe, the city is being urged to haul its fashion week into the big leagues. Tokyo Fashion Week kicked off its spring ... ( read original story ...)

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Japan's industrial output fell 0.8 percent from...the previous ... To have fuller access to the Kyodo News website,...it is necessary to subscribe. We offer a broad...range of subscription options depending on your...needs. Learn more. ( read original story ...)


'Lucky chicken' finds fame in Japan
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The male chicken, named Masahiro, has become...something of a local celebrity in Osaka, even...serving as an honorary "chief" of the local...traffic police last month, the Kyodo news agency...reports. Masahiro was meant to become raccoon food...at the city's Tennoji ... ( read original story ...)


Fukushima to Host Olympic Baseball, Softball at To...
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Tokyo 2020 will be the first time that baseball...and softball have been featured at the Olympics...since 2008. A stadium in the city of Yokohama will...host other baseball and softball games. "Fukushima...will have a great platform to show the world the...extent of ... ( read original story ...)


BRIEF-Claire's Inc files to withdraw IPO plan...
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TOKYO, Jan 18 Toshiba Corp is in talks to sell a...minority stake in its flash memory business to...U.S. chips business partner Western Digital Corp...in a bid to boost its capital base, a source...briefed on the discussions said on Wednesday. ( read original story ...)


BOJ will not face big long-term losses when it unw...
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GIFU, Japan The Bank of Japan will not face big...losses in the long run when it eventually begins...to tighten monetary policy, board member Yutaka...Harada said on Thursday, seeking to address...concerns of some market players. When the BOJ does...tighten policy ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo cops: Worker’s head crushed by 300 kg iron w...
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TOKYO (TR) – A 300-kilogram iron wall fell...over and crushed ... to store excavated soil at the site near a public...pool at around 3:30 p.m., reports Nippon News...Network (Jan. 29). Two of the victim’s...colleagues managed to escape moments before the ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's Constitution turns 70; PM Abe calls f...
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"Now is the time to look to the future, in...anticipation of the next 70 years, and proceed...with new nation-building," Shinzo Abe said,...following his customary New Year's visit to a...shrine in Japan, reported Efe news agency. "We,...who are living today ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's Mr Yen says dollar could fall below 1...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's former currency czar...Eisuke Sakakibara said the dollar could fall below...100 yen by year-end on U.S. President Donald...Trump's perceived support for a weak dollar, but...cautioned that any yen-selling intervention by...Tokyo might be ... ( read original story ...)


Off-Off Broadway: Tommy Tune in Japan
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And I said, 'Name one.' And she said,...'Minneapolis!'" Or the capital of Japan -- Tokyo...-- where Tune certainly stands out in a crowd. He...was in Japan in the 1990s while touring in "My One...and Only" when he was asked by the Takarazuka...Revue, a 100-year-old ... ( read original story ...)


Avalanche kills 7 students, instructor in Japan
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TOKYO -- An avalanche killed seven Japanese high...school students and an instructor Monday during a...mountaineering field trip at a ski resort north of...Tokyo, authorities said. Nearly 50 students and...instructors were caught by the morning avalanche...in the ... ( read original story ...)


Nissan CEO to become chairman of Mitsubishi Motors

TOKYO - Carlos Ghosn, CEO and chairman of Japan's Nissan Motor ... we will give our absolute commitment to support Mitsubishi Motors," Ghosn said at a joint news conference by the two companies. "We are sending a clear message we believe in the underlying ... ( read original story ...)

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Maynilad inks P10.8-B loan deal with JICA, 3 Japan...
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Joining JICA in the loan agreement are three...private Japanese banks: The Bank of...Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU), Mizuho Bank Ltd....(Mizuho), and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation...(SMBC). The loan will be comprised of three...facilities: (1) JPY facility and (2 ... ( read original story ...)


Yokohama’s Profits and Sales Fall in First Three Q...
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Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. reported net income of...8.5 billion yen on net sales of 410.2 billion yen...for the first three quarters of the year ended...Sept. 30, 2016. That compares to income of 18.3...billion yen on sales of 443.7 billion yen in the...year-ago ... ( read original story ...)


Keys Blitzes Past Osaka For Fourth Round Spot In I...
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Madison Keys needed just 57 minutes to knock out...Naomi Osaka in straight sets and book her spot...into the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open,...where Caroline Wozniacki awaits. INDIAN WELLS, CA,...USA - No.9 seed Madison Keys needed just 57...minutes to knock ... ( read original story ...)


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TOKYO May 24 Japan's Nikkei share average rose on...Wednesday to a one-week closing high helped by...exporters after the dollar gained against the yen,...while financials outperformed thanks to a rise in...U.S. Treasury yields. The Nikkei ended 0.7 percent...higher ... ( read original story ...)


Obstacles litter Tokyo's path to becoming a g...
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TOKYO -- Deeply ingrained industry practices that...turn off foreign asset managers could hamper the...Japanese capital's transformation into an...international financial hub as envisioned by Tokyo...Gov. Yuriko Koike. The Tokyo Metropolitan...Government has been ... ( read original story ...)


Gamba Osaka 3-0 JDT: Champions League remains a br...
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AFC Champions League remains elusive to JDT as...well as Malaysian football fans, after the Tigers...lost 3-0 to Gamba Osaka in the second qualifier....The AFC Champions League remains a bridge too far...for Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT), after they were...beaten 3-0 by ... ( read original story ...)


Japan should not hesitate to act if yen spikes rap...
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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 ...)


Japan education reforms stir memories of wartime i...
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The pronouncement coincides with plans for...government-approved textbooks that critics say...paint a narrowly traditional view of Japanese...culture, and a scandal over a nationalist private...school with ties to Abe's wife. Abe has denied...that he or his wife ... ( read original story ...)


Japan, Germany join forces on standardizing IoT in...
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HANNOVER, Germany -- Japan and Germany agreed...Monday to coordinate on international standards...for the "internet of things" and artificial...intelligence in a collaboration that could benefit...Japanese technology companies. Japanese Prime...Minister Shinzo Abe ... ( read original story ...)


In Japan, 'Rocky' and 'Premium Frid...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - From the "Rocky" theme to cash...handouts and early "Premium Friday" finishes, a...small but growing number of companies in...workaholic Japan are getting creative with the...ways they're getting employees out the door early....The government ... ( read original story ...)


Thomas Bach Reminds Tokyo to Stick With Current Venue Plans

the Asahi newspaper reported, quoting unidentified Japanese sources as saying. The South Korean venue in Chungiu City hosted the 2013 world championships and rowing at the 2014 Asian Games. Asked about the report at Tokyo's Haneda airport, Bach said ... ( read original story ...)

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Prewar Curriculum Parliamentary debate has been...dominated for a month by questions over Moritomo...Gakuen, which runs a kindergarten in Osaka that...espouses elements of the prewar nationalist...curriculum and explicitly backs Abe. Questions...have been raised ... ( read original story ...)


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while Japan’s three major shippers jumped...after news that they will merge their container...shipping businesses. The Nikkei fell 0.5 percent...to 17,353.04 by midmorning, after ending at a...six-month high on Friday. US shares fell and the...dollar dropped on ... ( read original story ...)


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Tokyo stocks eased Wednesday morning, despite a...pick-up in Japanese business confidence as...investors hold their cards ahead of a key US...central bank meeting. Gambling-linked shares...retreated after a recent rally as lawmakers from...Japan's ruling party rush ... ( read original story ...)


Japan enacts law allowing emperor to abdicate
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TOKYO - Japan's parliament has passed a law...allowing Emperor Akihito to become the first...monarch to abdicate in 200 years. The 83-year-old...emperor expressed his apparent wish to abdicate...last August, citing old age and health. Under the...law enacted Friday ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's PM meets Trump, says confident can bu...
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NEW YORK: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe...described Donald Trump as a "trustworthy leader"...after meeting the US president-elect on Thursday...to get clarity on statements Trump had made while...campaigning that had caused concern about the...alliance. ( read original story ...)


Osaka dig yields 140 tombs believed dating to Yayo...
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OSAKA – The Osaka Center for Cultural...Heritage and others said Thursday that they have...found more than 140 ancient tombs at two...neighboring ruins in the city of Ibaraki, Osaka...Prefecture. The tombs, each surrounded by a square...or rectangular moat, and ... ( read original story ...)


Fire that spread to 140 buildings under control in...
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The ramen shop was in a shopping arcade northwest...of the city's main train station, the area crowded...with old wooden houses, according to Kyodo News....Itoigawa is on the Japan Sea coast in Niigata...prefecture, about 260 kilometres northwest of...Tokyo. ( read original story ...)


Gov't sold land lot very cheaply to school op...
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OSAKA -- The local finance bureau has disclosed...that a state-owned land lot has been sold to an...education corporation linked to the wife of Prime...Minister Shinzo Abe for 134 million yen even...though the value of the property has been...appraised at over 900 ... ( read original story ...)


Why getting drunk is so important in Japanese busi...
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Sharing meals is a meaningful tool for trust...building in nearly all cultures. But in some...cultures, sharing drinks — particularly...alcoholic drinks — is equally important. I once...conducted a training program for a German couple...moving to Japan, assisted ... ( read original story ...)


U.S. Pension Giant Eyes Japan Property in Economic...
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U.S. pension giant TIAA is setting its sights on...Japanese real estate, betting Abenomics has the...economy well placed to grow in coming years. The...near 100-year-old firm, known for offering...retirement products to teachers, plans to invest...about $1 billion ... ( read original story ...)


Extensive blackout in Tokyo hits trains, government offices

Traffic lights were also temporarily out in some locations in Tokyo. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference that officials are looking into the cause of the incidents, but did not answer when asked about a possible sabotage ... ( read original story ...)

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Japanese people with the "spirits" of foreigners...were also ... Mr Abe's poll numbers continue to slide, with...Kyodo news agency reporting a six-point drop to...55.7% in the last month, and almost three-quarters...of respondents calling for Mr Kagoike to answer ... ( read original story ...)


Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura, two others file for...
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NAGOYA – Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura, 68, and...two other people have filed to run in the April 23...mayoral election. The challengers are lawyer...Masateru Iwaki, 62, a former deputy mayor of...Nagoya, and former corporate employee Toshimitsu...Ota, 68 ... ( read original story ...)


Naming Nagoya: City appeals to public for promotio...
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Say the name Nagoya and what do you think of? The...castle? That time the EXPO rolled into Aichi...(2005)? One of the stops on the Shinkansen down to...Kyoto and Osaka? Nagoya was one of the first...Japanese references to really sink into my...conscious as young lad. ( read original story ...)


With An ROE Of 12.3%, Has Astro Japan Property Gro...
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Astro Japan Property Group’s (ASX:AJA) 12.3% ROE...over the past year fell short of the performance...averaged by the industry, which delivered 13.68%...ROE in the same period. On the surface, while...Astro Japan Property Group appears to have...underperformed ... ( read original story ...)


BANK OF JAPAN : Japan's key bond yield falls ...
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The yield on the benchmark 10-year Japanese...government bond ended lower Monday on buying after...the Bank of Japan said it might carry out a...fixed-rate buying operation. The yield on the No....344, 0.1 percent issue, the main yardstick of...long-term interest ... ( read original story ...)


Kipsang misses world record in Tokyo Marathon win
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The 34-year-old was looking to better compatriot...Dennis Kimetto's mark of 2:02.57 and wrest back...the world record he lost in 2014 but was unable to...take sufficient advantage of a new course design...."Today I was really feeling good and the course...was very ... ( read original story ...)


Has the Bank of Japan really tamed long rates?
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TOKYO -- The Bank of Japan has managed to...stabilize long-term interest rates at its target...level of around 0%, but its efforts have sapped...vitality out of the Japanese government bond...market and may have planted the seeds of future...volatility. Japan Bond ... ( read original story ...)


Seabed seismic sensors would have cut 2011 Japan t...
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A new tsunami warning system could have saved many...of the 22,000 people killed by the massive tsunami...following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake in Japan, had...it been in place there at the time. That’s the...message from simulations assessing how the system ... ( read original story ...)


ISS astronauts harvest its fifth crop 'Tokyo ...
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Tokyo Bekana Chinese cabbage leaves harvested...aboard the International Space Station. Photo...credit: NASA New Delhi: Astronauts, who are...currently aboard the International Space Station...(ISS), are harvesting their fifth on-orbit crop of...Chinese cabbage on ... ( 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 ...)


Starbucks Announces Starbucks Reserve Roastery Coming to Tokyo in 2018

Designed in collaboration with Kengo Kuma, a world-renowned architect and founder of Kuma Lab at the University of Tokyo, this new location will give customers an immersive coffee environment unlike any other in the market. This Smart News Release features ... ( read original story ...)

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Yokohama has released the MYX S01, a 25-in. radial...all-weather tire designed for graders, loaders and...dozers. This new tire is in addition to the four...other OTR tires and four commercial tires offered...by Yokohama. Click here for more information. ( read original story ...)


Tokyo, Hong Kong stocks join global rally
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TOKYO/HONG KONG - Tokyo and Hong Kong stocks...soared on Thursday after diving the previous day...on Donald Trump's shock win in the US presidential...election, as global stocks and the dollar rallied....The benchmark Nikkei 225 index, which plummeted...5.4% on ... ( read original story ...)


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Kyoraku Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Osaka, Chuo-ku,...President: Takamitsu Nagase, hereunder...“Kyoraku”) obtained actual vehicle...test data for fuel efficiency of vehicle adopting...Kyoraku’s original foamed duct in the air...conditioner. Although it has been ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Ups Its Game Against China's Belt And R...
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This JV is made up of Mitsubishi UFJ Lease &...Finance (47.55%), Hitachi Capital (47.55%), and...Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (4.9%) and aims to...invest $878 million into Japanese-directed...infrastructure projects, such as railways and...power plants, throughout ... ( read original story ...)


How Donald Trump’s win could make the Bank of Japa...
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Donald Trump might have just complicated the Bank...of Japan's abortive efforts to spur inflation. The...global rout in bond markets that accompanied...Trump's surprise win has also spilled over to...Japan where the central bank radically shifted its...policy ... ( read original story ...)


Foreign trends play larger role in Japanese growth...
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TOKYO -- The Japanese economy appears likely to...expand by roughly 1% this year, but foreign risks...such as a protectionist shift in Western nations...and a stronger dollar threaten to undermine the...growth potential. The global economy is trending...upward. ( read original story ...)


Japan government: fiscal targets slip further as t...
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TOKYO Japan's government said on Wednesday that...the primary deficit will worsen in coming years,...even according to its most optimistic forecasts,...because of falling tax revenue and weak consumer...spending. The forecasts, released by the Cabinet...Office ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei slumps amid dollar selloff in Asia
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Japan’s Kei Nishikori drops a point. Japan’s...Nikkei index dropped more than 200 points early...Thursday. President Donald Trump’s comments on...the U.S. dollar sent the currency lower against...its Asian counterparts, prompting a selloff in key...regional ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo stocks build on global Trump..
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TOKYO: Tokyo stocks hit a two-month high Thursday ... was "very serious" about bidding for the troubled...Japanese company's prized microchip business....Nintendo, whose new Switch games console will hit...stores Friday, fell 1.76 percent to 22,875...yen. ( read original story ...)


Japan's Finatext launches Malaysian subsidiar...
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The Malaysian subsidiary is Finatext's second...office outside of Japan, following the one it...opened in Taiwan in 2016. The company has signed a...strategic partnership with Malaysian investment...bank Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad and will first...kick off its ... ( read original story ...)