Toshiba chooses US-Japan bidder for memory chip biz sale

Money-losing Toshiba Corp. said Wednesday that it has chosen a U.S.-Japan consortium as the preferred bidder in the sale of its lucrative memory chip business, but hurdles remain as an American joint-venture partner is opposing the move. Toshiba sorely ... ( read original story ...)

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The club's fifth Premier League title was extra...special for Yokohama, their first with the club...since their logo started adorning our shirts in...2015. Kazu Sekiguchi, taskforce manager of...Yokohama Chelsea, said: 'Our colleagues around the...world were very ... ( read original story ...)


ANIME NEWS: Stage adaptation of ‘Captain Tsubasa’ ...
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The globally popular “Captain Tsubasa” soccer...manga series will kick off as a live stage show...this summer. “Super Experience Stage: Captain...Tsubasa” will run from Aug. 18 to Sept. 3 for a...total of 23 performances at the Zepp Blue Theater...Roppongi ... ( read original story ...)


EDITORIAL: Relentless effort needed to clear up Mo...
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The Osaka District Public Prosecutors Office...searched the offices ... These cases came to light after Moritomo...Gakuen’s purchase of government-owned land for a...song. The Finance Ministry sold the property for...134 million yen ($1.2 million)--about 10 ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's annual sticky New Year's mochi r...
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Every year, Japan’s national police and...emergency response services issue public warnings...to be careful when eating mochi rice cakes, the...sticky, sweet traditional delicacy served to...celebrate the new year. And every year people die...anyway. This year ... ( read original story ...)


Southern Japan hit by 5.0 magnitude quake, no tsun...
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TOKYO An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude...of 5.0 hit southern Japan late on Tuesday but was...not likely to cause a tsunami, Japan...Meteorological Agency said. The 11:31 p.m. (10.31...a.m. ET) quake was centered in the Bungo strait...connecting the ... ( read original story ...)


Hayao Miyazaki: Japan's godfather of animatio...
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It would be no exaggeration to describe Hayao...Miyazaki as the godfather of animation in Japan -...some might even say the world. Since his...directorial debut in 1979, his gentle and...whimsical children's movies have been hugely...popular and become key cultural ... ( read original story ...)


DOXA 2017: Tokyo Idols is a J-pop shock doc
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This was national news. Miyake wanted to find out...what, exactly, was going on with this pop-cultural...phenomenon. What she unearthed was troubling,...enlightening, and complicated. Her resulting work,...the U.K.–Canada coproduction Tokyo Idols (with...producers ... ( read original story ...)


World Cup qualifiers: Socceroos given new lease on...
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THE Socceroos’ bid for direct World Cup...qualification has been boosted by Asian rivals...Japan being held to a 1-1 draw against Iraq in...Tehran. Group B leaders Japan’s failure to take...full points has them on 17 points, with Australia...one point behind ... ( read original story ...)


Saudi Arabia Is Favoring This City for an Expected...
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Saudi officials also talked to exchanges in...Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Shanghai but are...unlikely to pursue ... Saudi officials expect the IPO to value Aramco at...a minimum of $2 trillion. Saudi Arabian Oil Co,...known as Saudi Aramco , was not ... ( read original story ...)


M&A lifts Japan’s 2016 net external asse...
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TOKYO Japan's net external assets rose to their...second-highest amount on record at end-2016 driven...by rising mergers and acquisitions overseas by...Japanese firms and portfolio investment, the...Ministry of Finance (MOF) said on Friday. The net...value of assets ... ( read original story ...)


Canadian horses mistreated en route to slaughter in Japan, activist says

An animal rights group alleges that horses destined for slaughter were mistreated during transportation from Edmonton International Airport to Japan earlier this month. Karin Nelson from “Voice for Animals,” a non-profit organization dedicated to ... ( read original story ...)

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“The uniforms make them look one and a half...times cuter than they actually are.” This is...Japan’s shady “JK” or “high school...dating” business.(“Joshi kosei” means...“high school girl” in Japanese, and the...English initials JK are ... ( read original story ...)


Japan eyes expanded role for foreign farm speciali...
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TOKYO -- Japan will consider letting foreign...farming specialists work outside its national...strategic zones, expanding a current plan to...bolster a shrinking farm workforce. With its...agricultural population on the decline, Japan...needs to put foreigners to ... ( read original story ...)


Birmingham named world’s most punctual airport
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Over 91 per cent (91.28) of the UK airport’s...departing and arriving flights were on time in...2016, beating Japan’s Osaka airport (89.68...per cent) into second place, with Panama City...(89.56 per cent) in third. Birmingham airport...operated over 100,000 ... ( read original story ...)


The Latest: Japan earthquake an aftershock of 2011...
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The Japan Meteorological Agency says the strong...earthquake that struck Tuesday off the coast of...Fukushima prefecture was an aftershock of the...magnitude 9.0 earthquake that spawned a deadly...tsunami in the same region in 2011. The agency...warned that another ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo 2020 golf venue admits women as full members
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Fresh off Muirfield voting to admit women as...members for the first time in its history, the...Tokyo 2020 Olympic golf venue has decided to...follow suit by admitting women as full members....The Kasumigaseki Country Club risked being...stripped of the event if it ... ( 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 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 ...)


It's back! Jetstar offers flights from Sydney...
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Jetstar is offering flights from Australia to...Japan for under $400 with a return flight for...free. The budget airline is offering one-way...flights to Tokyo from Sydney for just $361....Passengers can also travel to Osaka from Sydney...for as little as $423. ( read original story ...)


Tokyo governor won't decide on Tsukiji reloca...
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Koike said in a recent interview with Kyodo News....“The problem is very likely to be protracted.”...The relocation issue will be a major focus of the...Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election as it is...unclear who decided to build the new market at the...site ... ( read original story ...)


US eyes FTA with Japan as economic talks kicks off
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TOKYO -- Japan and the U.S. kicked off high-level...bilateral economic talks in Tokyo on Tuesday, with...U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who co-chaired the...meeting along with Japanese Deputy Prime Minister...and Finance Minister Taro Aso, expressing hope for...a ... ( read original story ...)


Soccer: Consadole welcomes Thailand’s 1st J-Leaguer

Chanathip Songkrasin had a light workout on Wednesday, a day after he arrived in Sapporo to join J-League first-division side Consadole. The 23-year-old Thai international, the first from his nation to join a J-League team, is on loan from Thai club ... ( read original story ...)

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These are external links and will open in a new...window One of Japan's largest organised crime...gangs is reported to have split into rival...factions, sparking fears of a turf battle. Some...key members of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi have left...to form a splinter ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese minister to quit over Fukushima comments
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A Japanese cabinet minister is set to resign after...saying it was better that the northeast of the...country was hit by the 2011 earthquake and...Fukushima nuclear disaster, and not Tokyo....Masahiro Imamura leads the reconstruction of the...affected Tohoku region. ( read original story ...)


Why Japan’s Economy Posted Surprisingly Strong Gro...
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Mr. Trump’s protectionist views have alarmed...Japanese government officials and business...leaders. On the campaign trail, he often lashed...out at Japan as a country where the United States...gets “killed on trade,” though he...saved specific threats to ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei flat as dollar/yen steadies, on track for g...
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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 ...)


Japan's 'peace constitution' set fo...
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On Monday, Japan dispatched its biggest warship...since World War II to ... with 57 percent opposed. Another survey by Kyodo...News found 49 percent for and 47 percent...against. ( read original story ...)


Japan’s JPX Sees October 2016 Trading Volumes Tick...
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Japan Exchange Group (JPX), which operates...multiple securities exchanges including Tokyo...Stock Exchange and Osaka Securities Exchange, has...reported its monthly ‎trading volumes for...October 2016, which took a step back, ultimately...paring the last ‎month ... ( read original story ...)


Japan reaches out
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With ample liquidity supplied by its central bank...and facing an anaemic economy back home, many...Japanese companies do not have to look any farther...west than Southeast Asia to ply their trade and...expand their business empires. As most Asean...economies remain ... ( read original story ...)


Japan tops China as largest holder of US Treasury ...
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WASHINGTON — Japan surpassed China in...October as the largest foreign owner of U.S....Treasury securities, the first time the countries...have swapped places in nearly two years. Total...foreign holdings fell for a fourth month. The...Treasury Department says ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei rises for 5th day on strong Wall St; defens...
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TOKYO Dec 12 Japan's Nikkei share average rose for...a fifth day on Monday helped by a strong show on...Wall Street and a weak yen, while investors picked...up defensive stocks that underperformed in the...recent rally. The Nikkei rose 0.8 percent to...19,155.03 ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese Earthquake Simulators Shake You Out Of Co...
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Big earthquakes happen infrequently enough in the...Northwest that people can be lulled into...complacency. That’s not the case in Japan. Most...large Japanese cities have at least one disaster...training center, where people can learn in...realistic simulators ... ( read original story ...)


Sapporo set for more talks as Sleeman-Unibroue strike continues in Canada

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EBINA, Japan -- Coca-Cola has been the No. 1...beverage maker in Japan for half a century, but...it's not thanks to the popularity of Coke....Instead, the American soft-drink brand has adapted...to the quirky ways this society quenches its...thirst. Coca-Cola's ... ( read original story ...)


Why Mizuho Believes Bitcoin Still Has a Future in ...
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Japanese banking giant Mizuho Financial Group is...nearing completion of a pilot project that...utilizes the bitcoin blockchain for securities...transfer. First announced last year as a...proof-of-concept (PoC) built with bitcoin's open...asset protocol ... ( read original story ...)


Japan raps N. Korea over missile launch, seeks to ...
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A member of Japan automotive manufacturing staff...working on the production line at the Sunderland...Plant in Sunderland, North East England (Photo:...AFP). Metrotvnews.com, Tokyo: Japan's factory...output in April rose at its fastest pace in six...years ... ( read original story ...)


Japan manufacturers’ mood slips despite econ...
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The Reuters' monthly poll - which tracks the Bank...of Japan's key quarterly tankan - showed...confidence at service-sector firms hit a...four-month high, a tentative sign of a pickup in...domestic demand. Confidence among Japanese...manufacturers receded in May for ... ( read original story ...)


Toshiba to spin off flash memory unit to offset US...
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A woman walks past the Logo of Toshiba in Kawasaki...near Tokyo, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. Toshiba Corp....says it will split its lucrative flash memory...business to make up for losses from its troubled...U.S. nuclear business and is looking for a...third-party ... ( read original story ...)


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Monetary policy can stymie or enhance free trade...and global economic growth. And one of the biggest...influencers of monetary policy in the world is the...Bank of Japan. Gerard Baker, editor in chief of...The Wall Street Journal, sat down with the...bank’s ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo ends flat as Toshiba shares plunge again
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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 ...)


Tokyo golf club undecided over rule changes to all...
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TOKYO -- Board members at the club that will host...the 2020 Olympic golf tournament failed to make a...decision about changing their policy of excluding...women as full members. The Kasumigaseki Country...Club came under scrutiny recently when the...International ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo shares close higher ahead of Trump's in...
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TOKYO, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Tokyo shares closed...higher Friday on hopes for U.S. President-elect...Donald Trump's fiscal stimulus plans as he is to...take office later in the day. The 225-issue Nikkei...Stock Average ended up 65.66 points, or 0.34...percent, from ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka university partners with firms to sell goods made with discarded tuna skin

OSAKA – Kindai University, which pioneered the artificial farming of bluefin tuna — a pricy delicacy served as sushi — is giving new life to the discarded skin of the precious fish by utilizing it for leather and cosmetics products. The Osaka ... ( read original story ...)

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"The trip will underscore the commitment of the...United States to our enduring alliances with Japan...and the Republic of Korea ... islands have raised alarms in neighboring...countries. ABC News takes a look at some of the...security issues in the region. ( read original story ...)


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New Zealand’s currency jumped and crude oil...attempted a rebound. Nikkei 225 Stock Average...futures slipped 0.2 percent in Osaka, with...contracts on the S&P 500 Index also edging...lower following an energy stock-driven pullback in...the U.S. benchmark. ( read original story ...)


Japan Considers Bill to Allow Casinos
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Dec.05 -- Japan could take a step closer to...legalizing casinos as parliament considers a...controversial bill. Bloomberg's Isabel Reynolds...reports on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia." ( read original story ...)


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19-inch BBS wheels wrapped in sticky Yokohama...Advan Sport tires, a carbon fibre roof and wing,...and Recaro racing seats inside. On the other hand,...the BRZ tS – in which tS stands for ‘Tuned by...STI’ – is a bit more divisive. Like the WRX...STI Type RA ... ( read original story ...)


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Six of the biggest media companies in Japan are to...launch a new video platform. It will be...specifically targeted at smartphone users. Called...Premium Platform Japan, the new venture will...launch in July and begin pay-streaming services in...April of next year. ( read original story ...)


Kyoraku Co., Ltd. Releases Test Data of Fuel Effic...
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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 ...)


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It would be no exaggeration to describe Hayao...Miyazaki as the godfather of animation in Japan -...some might even say the world. Since his...directorial debut in 1979, his gentle and...whimsical children's movies have been hugely...popular and become key cultural ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Exchange Group unveils blockchain consortium
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See image below: Unsurprisingly, other blockchain...consortia have news to share. Here are a few. The...name may not be catchy but “The Japan Bank...Consortium to Centrally Provide Domestic and...Cross-border Payments” officially launched...with 42 member banks. ( read original story ...)


Prince Mikasa, Brother of Emperor Hirohito of Japa...
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He was 100. The Imperial Household Agency...announced his death. Japanese news reports said he...had been hospitalized since May, initially because...of pneumonia. Prince Takahito Mikasa was born in...Tokyo on Dec. 2, 1915. He was the uncle of the...current emperor ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese Yen Steady As BoJ Leaves Policy Alone
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The Bank of Japan left all its monetary settings...alone Two committee members dissented against...yield-curve control The Yen slipped a little after...the decision, but USD/JPY remains lower after that...Federal Reserve decision The Bank of Japan left...all its key ... ( read original story ...)


Yokohama Is Giving Away a Ram Truck in Facebook Sweepstakes

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A spokesman for JAMSTEC tells the Japan News that...the recent development of new materials has led...them to believe that this may already be...possible. ( read original story ...)


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Release date- 20012017 - Results of the Q4 2016...Senior Bank Loan Officers' Survey (SLOS) showed...that most of the respondent banks maintained their...credit standards for loans to both enterprises and...households during the quarter, based on the modal...approach. ( read original story ...)


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Japan and the U.S. have outlined a path forward...for economic talks between the countries. The...announcement followed an inaugural meeting Tuesday...of the U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue in Tokyo...chaired by visiting U.S. Vice President Mike Pence...and Japanese ... ( read original story ...)


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KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225...index added 0.6 percent to 17,967.41 as the yen...hit a six-month low, helping shares of the...country’s big exporters. South Korea’s...Kospi shed 0.3 percent to 1,974.58 while Hong...Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.3 ... ( read original story ...)


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ジュネーブの国連人権理事会で、「表現の自由」に関する特別報告者のデービッド・ケイ氏が、日本についての調査結果を報告した。...日本政府が、メディアに直接、間接に圧力をかけている...... ( read original story ...)


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It’s therefore appropriate to continue with...powerful monetary easing,” Kuroda told a...news conference on Tuesday ... economist at Tokai Tokyo Research Center....“Kuroda says he is not targeting the yen,...but in reality he is. He looked happy with ... ( read original story ...)


Astro Japan pushes off Lone Star, again
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Locally listed Astro Japan Property Group has...fended off a second approach from private equity...player Lone Star Funds to buy out its near $1...billion real estate portfolio. Astro refused to...allow an affiliate of Lone Star Fund V access to...due diligence ... ( read original story ...)


Nagoya dye house looks abroad to keep traditional ...
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A dye house in Nagoya that specializes in kuro...montsukizome, the dyeing of black-crested formal...kimono that has been practiced since the Edo...Period (1603 to 1868), is working on selling...stoles and T-shirts that make use of the same...technology. Yamakatsu ... ( read original story ...)


China’s property bubble requires supply-side refor...
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Many investors compare China's current property...market with Japan's housing price bubble which...collapsed in the early 1990s and caused a downturn...in the country's economy for almost three decades....Tokyo investors raised several interesting...questions. ( read original story ...)


Bank of Japan forecasts Trump-driven surge in econ...
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The Bank of Japan forecast an era of surging...economic growth and kept monetary policy on hold...on Tuesday following a Donald Trump-induced slide...in the yen. Japan’s central bank predicted the...economy would grow significantly faster than its...long-run ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s south hit by 5.0 quake, no tsunami

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.0 has hit southern Japan but is not likely to cause a tsunami, Japan Meteorological Agency says. The 11:31 pm (0031 AEST) quake was centred in the Bungo strait connecting the southern main islands of Kyushu ... ( read original story ...)

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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 ...)


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The Bank of Japan stood pat on monetary policy...when it announced its meeting outcome on Thursday....The BOJ raised its economic assessment, increasing...its GDP growth forecast for the currency fiscal...year, but it lowered its core CPI forecast...slightly. ( read original story ...)


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Abe made the remark on a Japanese television...program following China’s hosting of a two-day...international forum on the “One Belt, One...Road” cross-continental infrastructure...development plan the AIIB is set to finance. Japan...and the United States ... ( read original story ...)


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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 ...)


WWII hurt Manipur: Japan
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Japan has acknowledged that its wartime actions in...the 1940s caused grave human suffering in Manipur....A senior Japanese official posted in India said on...Monday that Tokyo is aware of the “aggression”...that its soldiers unleashed in Manipur during the ... ( read original story ...)


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Mar.06 -- Neil Slater, Japan chief executive...officer at Standard Life Investments, discusses...the Japanese REIT market, the impact of the BOJ's...REIT purchases on markets and his outlook for the...economy. He speaks to Bloomberg's Shery Ahn on..."Bloomberg ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s Softbank buys Google’s robotic...
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The first carrier to offer the Apple iPhone in...Japan, SoftBank includes U.S. carrier Sprint and...Yahoo Japan in its group business. Son drew...attention for hobnobbing with U.S. President...Donald Trump late last year and promising to...create jobs and invest in ... ( read original story ...)


Japan disaster spawns an industry
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KOCHI PREFECTURE, JAPAN // In 2011 a magnitude 9...earthquake caused a huge tsunami that slammed into...Japan’s Honshu Island, devastating the...Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and killing...tens of thousands of people. The costs related to...the atomic ... ( read original story ...)


Japan earthquake : Strong quake hits Japan, trigge...
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A powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit northeast...Japan on Tuesday, sparking panic and triggering a...tsunami including a one-metre (three-foot) wave...that crashed ashore at the stricken Fukushima...nuclear power plant. National broadcaster NHK...urged residents ... ( read original story ...)


Japan PM Abe seeks Saudi support for Aramco listin...
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Besides Tokyo, markets in New York, London, Hong...Kong, Singapore and Toronto, are vying for what...could be the world's largest IPO, potentially...raising as much as $100 billion. While the...Japanese government is keen to have Aramco shares...trade in Tokyo ... ( read original story ...)