Women’s canoe added to 2020 Olympics, opening doors for female athletes

When the International Olympic Committee announced last week that women's canoe events will be added to the 2020 Games, it was news Hannah MacIntosh had been ... C-1 200-metre and C-2 500-metre races at the Tokyo Games. Until now, those Olympic events ... ( read original story ...)

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If you don't like tight spaces, you might want to...look away now. Otonamaki, which directly...translates to "adult wrapping", is a Japanese...therapeutic method meant to alleviate posture...problems and stiffness and it is gaining traction...around the country. ( read original story ...)


New Nissan Z-car Coming Out In Tokyo Motor Show? N...
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The new Nissan Z-car is reportedly coming out in...the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show to be held in...October. (Photo : Mark Renders/Getty Images)...Nissan is gearing up to launch a new Z-car that is...reportedly aiming to prove its superiority in the...range of powertrains. ( read original story ...)


Japan Needs A Real Level Playing Field
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The Japanese banking sector is taking up the...domestic economic heavy lifting whilst the BOJ...focuses on budget deficit monetization. All the...hard work done reflating the Japanese economy...since the bubble burst in the late 1980’s is now...at risk from trade ... ( read original story ...)


Record 9.4 million foreign tourists visited Osaka ...
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OSAKA – Over 9.4 million foreign tourists...visited Osaka last year, the largest number ever,...Osaka tourism authorities announced earlier this...week. The figure represents a 31 percent increase...on 2015, and is more than triple the number of...foreign ... ( read original story ...)


Japan artist says latest sticker graffiti aimed at...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese graffiti artist "281...Antinuke" says his latest street art -...politically-charged stickers plastered around...central Tokyo - takes aim at U.S. President Donald...Trump. Amid the bustling night life of Shibuya, a...major shopping and ... ( read original story ...)


Yokohama mayor wants school board to probe why it ...
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YOKOHAMA – Yokohama’s mayor said...Wednesday she has instructed ... part of the report to the Fukushima Prefectural...Board of Education at its request. Kyodo News...recently obtained a full text of the boy’s...notes on the bullying, which were written ... ( read original story ...)


Paralympics: Canada sports minister says Tokyo Gam...
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Sports has the power to change the world, and...Tokyo should use its role as host city of the 2020...... Bragging seemed impolite," Qualtrough said in an...interview with Kyodo News. "But one of the things...we did going into 2010 (Vancouver Winter Games)...was ... ( read original story ...)


Toshiba planning to sell TV business
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TOKYO -- Toshiba, which sold the first Japan-made...color television in 1960, now appears to want to...sell its TV business. Some foreign buyers are said...to be showing interest in taking over the unit,...according to people familiar with the matter....Potential ... ( read original story ...)


BRIEF-Tokyo Stock Exchange places Food Planet on r...
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* Says Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc. placed Food...Planet Inc on rating monitor due to improper...accounting treatment on April 21 Source text in...Japanese:goo.gl/nu0P5e Further company coverage:...(Beijing Headline News) ( read original story ...)


Top Tokyo, Osaka hotels see occupancy rates slip
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Osaka hotels tend to rely more on holiday guests...than their Tokyo counterparts. Though these...overall occupancy rates remained high at more than...80%, the hotels faced a challenge from the sharp...increase in the supply of rooms as business hotel...construction ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo, Japan: Three rules to see the secret side of the city

Peace and quiet in Tokyo? A lost cause? Holidaying Australians go elsewhere to relax. In Tokyo, which we’re visiting in increasing numbers, we chase excitement. We want to experience the famed hustle-and-bustle of a capital where innovative architecture ... ( read original story ...)

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Japan gets two new three Michelin-starred restaura...
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The 36-seat restaurant is located in the city of...Sapporo. Sushi Miyakawa now also boasts a...triple-starred ranking. Three Michelin stars...denote "exceptional cuisine, worth a special...journey," while two stars represent "excellent...cooking, worth a detour." ( read original story ...)


Tokyo stocks snap three-day decline in thin holida...
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"The financial markets seem to have already priced...in expectations toward a Trump presidency, and are...shifting toward a market that’s waiting to...gauge his actual policies," Hideyuki Ishiguro, a...senior strategist at Daiwa Securities in Tokyo,...told ... ( read original story ...)


South Korea's Online Banking System Is Stuck ...
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“[My bank’s] security apps slow my...computer to a crawl so I have ... s Edge browser that has been cornered into its...dying holdout markets, including Korea, Japan and...Greenland. “Compared to the rest of the tech...infrastructure, it’s really ironic ... ( read original story ...)


China, US and Japan top borrowers as global offici...
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S&P projects a rise to US$44.3 trillion at...projected market exchange rates. The United States...at US$2.2 trillion and Japan at over US$1.8...trillion, will again be the most prolific...borrowers this year, accounting for 60 per cent of...the total, followed by ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese Funding Body Wants Same Exemptions As Wor...
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Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)...wants the Indian finance ministry to scrap the...countervailing duty on imports for projects...implemented by it, a senior finance ministry...official told BloombergQuint. This, the agency...hopes, will keep the cost ... ( read original story ...)


BDO, Seven Bank tie up for cash transfer service
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Taipan Henry Sy’s BDO Unibank partnered with...Japan’s Seven Bank Ltd., making it easier for...Filipinos in Japan to send money back home using a...mobile app. BDO, the country’s biggest bank,...said in a statement the tie-up covered the...upcoming launch of ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's SMFG, Resona in talks to combine regi...
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TOKYO Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (8316.T)...(SMFG) and Resona Holdings Inc (8308.T) are in...talks to merge some of their units, sources said,...in what would be the latest in a slow but steady...wave of consolidation in Japan's regional banking...industry. ( read original story ...)


Tokyo jeweler offers gold Darth Vader masks for $1...
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TOKYO -- "Star Wars" fans with deep pockets might...consider it a golden opportunity. A Tokyo jewelry...store is offering life-size Darth Vader masks made...of 24-karat gold at a hefty price of 154 million...yen (US$1.4 million) to mark the 40th anniversary...of the ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka nursing home manager, nurse face charges ove...
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OSAKA – A nurse and the head of a nursing...home in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, were referred to...prosecutors Thursday on suspicion of professional...negligence in connection with the death of a...68-year-old female resident whose artificial...respirator was left ... ( read original story ...)


Japan faces uphill battle in tackling excessive ov...
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TOKYO -- Japan is making a renewed push to tackle...the problem of karoshi, or death from overwork,...after the work-related suicide of a young woman...grabbed headlines and caused a public outcry. But...changing a deeply entrenched corporate culture...that takes ... ( read original story ...)


Scandal clouds outlook for Japan’s Abe, Tokyo poll may give clues

TOKYO Just a few months ago, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looked ... "Chief Cabinet Secretary (Yoshihide) Suga's haughty attitude at his news conference and his attack on the former official personally were a mistake," said one Liberal Democratic Party ... ( read original story ...)

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A hotel near the official residence of Japanese...Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo is even...positioning itself as the preferred accommodation...for Filipino business and leisure tourists....Apparently, The Capitol Hotel Tokyu is looking at...the Philippines as ... ( read original story ...)


Japan: Land of the rising Sunwolves
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I had three things on my mind as we flew into...Tokyo. Why were the Warriors so useless ... However in the hotel when I opened up my lap-top...and checked the news from home I discovered fresh...horrors. Half the Warriors had been stood down for...going out ... ( read original story ...)


Bank Of Japan Meets This Week And Is Talking About...
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One reason for the stock market's success has been...record global central bank easing and bond buying....The latest leaks out of the BOJ are that they are...excited about growth and even in early discussions...for tightening. Add to that inflation just jumped...in ... ( read original story ...)


I traveled through Japan by train, and visited 5 c...
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The futuristic bullet train can take you from...Tokyo to Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and other major cities...within a few hours. I ordered a week-long Japan...Rail Pass so that I could hop on and off as much...as I wanted. The pass turned out to be of...fantastic value ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo stocks open lower after British snap electio...
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TOKYO: Tokyo stocks opened lower Wednesday,...tracking a fall on US and European markets after...British Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap...election. In a surprise announcement, May called...for an early general election on June 8 as Britain...prepares for ... ( read original story ...)


Jury still out on 'Premium Friday' catch...
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Sadayuki Sakakibara, chairman of Keidanran (Japan...Business Federation), went shopping for a necktie...with his wife. The only killjoy on the horizon was...an estimate by SMBC Nikko Securities Inc. that...threw cold water on government plans to have...Premium ... ( read original story ...)


Japan clamping down on bait-and-switch real estate...
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TOKYO -- Japan's land ministry seeks to crack down...on bad-faith real estate ads online by bolstering...communication with the industry about illegal...practices. Employing classic bait-and-switch...tactics, some realtors post properties that are no...longer on the ... ( read original story ...)


Subsidy cut, push for coal-fired power: Sun settin...
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A solar plant near Yokosuka city in Japan. The...country is facing a shortage of available land for...new solar installations, driving support for...floating installations. (AFP Photo) The sun is...setting on Japan’s clean-energy boom,...despite projects like a ... ( read original story ...)


'Tokyo Ghoul' Season 3 News And Updates:...
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"Tokyo Ghoul" season 3 has been a long time...coming, and fans are getting impatient with every...passing day. However, the studio that animates the...manga is not ready to break some news about its...release. The anime's production team are giving no...updates ... ( read original story ...)


Japan posts bigger-than-expected trade deficit in ...
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Japan's merchandise trade balance with the rest of...the world came to a Y1.087 trillion deficit....Economists polled by the Nikkei had forecast a...Y629.3 billion deficit. Overall imports climbed...8.5% in January to Y6.509 trillion for the first...rise in 25 months. ( read original story ...)


Campaigning for Tokyo polls kicks off

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 ...)

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Tokyo shares rose Wednesday as investors breathed...a sigh of relief that US President Donald Trump's...speech to Congress did not deliver any unwelcome...surprises, but it offered little new on his...economic growth plans. Dealers were keen to see if...Trump would ... ( read original story ...)


Australia, Japan Boost Defense Ties Amid Instabili...
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The leaders of Australia and Japan agreed on...Saturday to boost cooperation between their...militaries, as Japan tries to shore up security...ties throughout the Asia-Pacific region amid...concern over China's growing military might....Japanese Prime Minister ... ( read original story ...)


Real estate | Company lures locals to Japanese, Th...
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foreign investors have flocked to Japanese...properties in droves. As a result, Hong Kong based...real estate company TY-Property is eyeing Macau...investors to purchase units in the land of the...rising sun. During the weekend, the company held a...two-day ... ( read original story ...)


SMBC head says will give Toshiba as much support a...
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TOKYO Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp (SMBC), one of...the main lenders to Toshiba Corp (6502.T), will...provide as much support as possible to the...troubled Japanese firm, the bank's chief executive...said. The TVs-to-nuclear conglomerate is...scrambling for cash to ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s ruling bloc rams through conspiracy ...
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but there is a clear trajectory" toward making...pacifist Japan a more normal country. Still, the...bill has sharply divided the public, with a recent...Nikkei poll showing 44% in favor and 37% against....Lately, hundreds of protesters have been gathering...outside ... ( read original story ...)


UK Sport rejects Tokyo 2020 funding appeals from s...
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We are operating in a tight financial envelope,...and have responsibilities to both develop the...system underpinning our best athletes as well as...the sports and athletes themselves, and sadly our...investment won't stretch to these sports for the...Tokyo 2020 cycle.' ( read original story ...)


Junko Tabei, first woman to climb Everest, dies at...
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TOKYO – Japanese media reports say the first...woman to climb ... "I was the 36th person to climb Everest." Japan's...Kyodo News agency said that Tabei scaled peaks in...more than 60 countries. Japanese public...broadcaster NHK said she continued climbing ... ( read original story ...)


Japan consumer prices fall for seventh straight mo...
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Japan's consumer prices fell in September for the...seventh straight month, data showed Friday,...heaping more pressure on the central bank to push...back its inflation target deadline. The...disappointing data came as the world's third...largest economy struggles ... ( read original story ...)


Bank of Japan unveils surprise bond-buying plan
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TOKYO — The Bank of Japan on Thursday...offered to buy an unlimited amount of Japanese...government bonds at fixed rates for the first time...since the introduction of a new policy framework...— a sign of its concerns over recent rises...in yields. The move is ... ( read original story ...)


She loves being pam-pawed! Adorable video shows Ch...
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Chima the Chihuahua from Nagoya, Japan, wouldn't...take no for an answer as she asked for more and...more pats and strokes from her doting owner. In...the clip, Chima sits on a tile floor next to her...owner. She reaches forward with her front right...paw and ... ( read original story ...)


From Bronx to Tokyo, Darvish vs Tanaka creates buzz

By the time Tanaka bounded out to the mound and warmed up to the peppy music of Japanese girl band Momoiro Clover Z, it was 8:47 p.m. for the first pitch — that was 9:47 a.m. Saturday in Tokyo for the national telecast back in his homeland. "Breakfast at ... ( read original story ...)

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TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- NTT DATA, a global IT...service provider, announced today that it selected...Barcelona-based Social Coin as the winner of the...Open Innovation Business Contest 5.0 during the...contest’s Grand Finale at NTT DATA headquarters...in Toyosu ... ( 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 ...)


Hubs eyed for large cruise ships
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Japan's tourism ministry will develop six domestic...ports, including Yokohama, as "international...cruise hubs" in a bid to respond to the rapid...increase in foreign tourists arriving by cruise...ship. The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and...Tourism Ministry ... ( read original story ...)


Restaurant review: Tiradito puts Nikkei cuisine on...
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Whereas Mezcla was...Peruvian-meets-Québécois, Tiradito...is a blend of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine. That...mix may sound unusual but not so, as it’s a...style of cuisine known as “Nikkei”...– based on Peruvian ingredients, prepared...with Japanese techniques. ( read original story ...)


Japan nudges wary firms to invest in Russia to hel...
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Russia's Ministry for Development of the Russian...Far East said last week that attracting Japanese...business was a priority, and deputy minister...Alexander Osipov said "we plan to reach concrete...results" by the December meeting. The ministry...said Japan was ... ( read original story ...)


Aichi holds dubious distinction as nation’s burgla...
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Security camera footage of one home burglary in...Nagoya in July captured the perpetrators, clad in...black from head to toe, arriving by car and...hunching down low as they approached. They broke...into the house in just 60 seconds. Ten minutes...later, they got ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei rises as yen strength wanes but still poise...
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TOKYO, March 24 Japan's Nikkei share average...gained on Friday as the yen took a breather from...its recent strength, but the Nikkei was still...poised for a weekly loss. The Nikkei was up 1...percent at 19,275.18 at the end of morning trade,...shrugging off early ... ( read original story ...)


Nobel Peace Prize Winner Prof. Yunus Praises Ajino...
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TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Takaaki Nishii, CEO of...Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (Ajinomoto)(TOKYO:2802) met...with Prof. Yunus, a Nobel Peace Prize winner in...2006 and a founder of Grameen Bank, and discussed...about Ajinomoto’s nutrition improvement project...in Ghana ... ( read original story ...)


Japan doubles cost estimate for Fukushima clean up
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TOKYO - A Japanese government panel says an...estimate of the total costs to clean up the...wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant has doubled to...nearly 22 trillion yen ($190 billion), with...decommissioning costs expected to continue to...rise. The estimate released ... ( read original story ...)


How crowded is your neighbourhood? The Sydney subu...
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Sydney's ever growing population recently topped...five million and it doesn't look to be stopping...anytime soon, as bulging precincts in the city are...more densely populated than bustling Tokyo and New...York. Pyrmont and Ultimo top the list with a...staggering ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo zoo announces baby panda’s sex

Tokyo: A baby panda recently born in Japan is a girl, a Tokyo zoo said, adding that the little cub appeared to be in good health. Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo celebrated the first birth of a baby panda in five years on June 12, prompting rolling television reports ... ( read original story ...)

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


Japan clamping down on bait-and-switch real estate...
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TOKYO -- Japan's land ministry seeks to crack down...on bad-faith real estate ads online by bolstering...communication with the industry about illegal...practices. Employing classic bait-and-switch...tactics, some realtors post properties that are no...longer on the ... ( read original story ...)


Reservations required: Japanese retailer Muji to o...
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Vancouver resident Anthony Casey has never shopped...at Muji, the Japanese houseware store known for...its smart ... The retailer said response to the news of its...temporary store has been so "extraordinary" it had...to create system for shoppers to reserve ... ( read original story ...)


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 ...)


Nikkei falls to more than 1-week low as stronger y...
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TOKYO Feb 2 Japan's Nikkei share average fell on...Thursday to its lowest in more than a week after a...stronger yen soured sentiment. Toyota Motor Corp...underperformed after posting weak monthly sales in...the United States. Eyes were also on Japanese...domestic ... ( read original story ...)


A realistic view of Japan’s island dispute
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and it’s Abe’s task to break the news...gently to the Japanese people. During a heated...discussion on the web news service DemocraTV,...former Lower House lawmaker Hiroshi Kawauchi...stated that the government “has never had a...solution” to the Northern ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo Smoke partners with Partisans to reimagine t...
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Io' was also the name of Zeus' mortal lover who...ascended to interact with the deity, and therefore...an appropriate homage for Tokyo Smoke's latest...collector's item that elevates the everyday and...facilitates transcendence. The Io Water Pipe will...also be ... ( read original story ...)


Tsunami Warning Lifted After Japan Earthquake Stri...
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The tremor brought back bad memories of the 2011...quake and tsunami that killed more than 20,000...people, reported CNN. The natural disaster hit...just before 6 a.m. Japan time, shaking buildings...as far as Tokyo. The quake was felt in Tokyo,...about 150 miles away. ( read original story ...)


Nikkei rises as yen strength wanes but still down ...
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TOKYO, March 24 Japan's Nikkei share average...gained on Friday as the yen took a breather from...its recent strength, but the Nikkei still logged a...weekly loss. The Nikkei ended up 0.9 percent at...19,262.53, shrugging off early weakness and moving...decisively ... ( 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 ...)


Japan zoo reveals gender of star panda

TOKYO - The baby panda, who has become an overnight celebrity in Japan, is a girl. Tokyo's Ueno Zoo said Friday the panda, born June 12, was ruled a female by examining experts. The still nameless cub has been doing well, drinking mother ShinShin's milk. ( read original story ...)

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Premier Rachel Notley and an Alberta delegation...fly to Beijing Monday as they embark on a 10-day...trip to China and Japan to strengthen Alberta's...trade ties in the region. Among those joining the...Alberta group for part of the trip is Gordon...Houlden ... ( read original story ...)


North Korea Fires Banned Ballistic Missiles Into S...
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The missiles were launched at about 7:36 a.m....Monday (5:36 p.m. Sunday ET) off North Korea's...eastern coast, and traveled about 620 miles, a...South Korean military official told NBC News. They...landed in the East Sea, which is also called the...Sea of Japan ... ( read original story ...)


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Japanese coast guard officials dispatched patrol...vessels and ... A concerned parent wrote on the ship’s Facebook...page: “The news just reported 7 missing sailors,...this is making my heart ache, please let us know...soon! Praying for all aboard!” ( 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 ...)


Nikkei hits lowest in over 4 months on geopolitica...
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TOKYO, April 12 Japanese stocks fell to their...lowest in more than four months on Wednesday as...rising geopolitical tensions curbed risk appetite,...with exporters badly hit as the safe-haven yen...spiked to a five-month high. The Nikkei 225 share...average ... ( read original story ...)


Halal haven: Sampling Osaka’s famous food on a bud...
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Nicknamed "tenka no daidokoro", or "the nation’s...kitchen", Osaka lives up to its reputation of...being the standard bearer for Japanese cuisine....Its people live by the ethos of kuidaore - the...concept of eating oneself bankrupt. And it is hard...not to ... ( read original story ...)


Bank of Japan seen standing pat as economic recove...
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TOKYO The Bank of Japan is expected to leave its...monetary policy settings unchanged on Tuesday,...maintaining the current pace of bond-buying as...well as holding its negative interest rate and...long-term bond yield target steady amid signs of a...more sure ... ( read original story ...)


Mysterious ship crash off Japan leaves 7 U.S. sail...
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Family members were frantically seeking news,...appealing via social media for calls from sailors ... Associated Press writers Mari Yamaguchi and...Elaine Kurtenbach in Tokyo and Cathy Bussewitz and...Jennifer Kelleher in Honolulu contributed to this...report. ( read original story ...)


The siren call of small-stock Japan
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Has Japan finally overcome the trauma of its two...lost decades? The stock market seems to think so....In February, the Nikkei Jasdaq Index, the Japanese...equivalent of America's Nasdaq, hit an all-time...high in U.S. dollar terms. This may not seem like...a big ... ( read original story ...)


Japan searching for culprit in deaths of up to 48 ...
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a police investigation was triggered in Japan...after two 88-year-old patients died at a hospital...in Yokohama, the country’s second-largest...city. According to news reports, an autopsy found...that a patient named Sozo Nishikawa had been...fatally poisoned by a ... ( read original story ...)