Consumer prices in Japan fall for seventh straight month

Long stuck in a battle against deflation, signs are not good for the world’s third largest economy. There are calls for the Bank of Japan to push back their inflation target. Economic growth continues to falter in Japan as consumer prices fell in Japan ... ( read original story ...)

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MANILA - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe...pledged a 1 trillion yen ($8.7 billion) aid...package, including government aid and private...investment in infrastructural development in the...Philippines over the next five years, as Japan...moves to strengthen ties ... ( read original story ...)


Led by Shabani, gorillas challenge koalas for popu...
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Expectations are running high that Shabani, a male...gorilla famed for his “good looks,”...may win the prize for most popular animal at...Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Nagoya....If Shabani wins the biennial contest, which is...determined by visitor ... ( read original story ...)


How Japan's Newly Launched Sattelite Will Stu...
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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has...successfully launched a new satellite that will...study the Earth's inner magnetosphere by passing...through the Van Allen radiation belts. Dubbed as..."Arase," the new Exploration of Energizing and...Radiation in ... ( read original story ...)


5 hotspots for Singaporeans looking to invest in p...
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Japan's property market has made substantial gains...in recent times and buying real estate here can be...a wise choice. As such, a growing number of...investors from Singapore are showing interest in...Japan's real estate. According to data from the...Japan Real ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s Deflation Problem despite a Low Interest R...
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In the last two decades, Japan’s central bank...has revisited its economic policies in an effort...to revive its sagging economy (EWJ) (DXJ). The...country’s central bank had been using the...unconventional strategy of implementing negative...interest rates to ... ( read original story ...)


Japan central bank awaits OPEC meeting with bated ...
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TOKYO -- Whether the world's major oil producers...agree on output cuts when they meet beginning Nov....30 will be of great interest to the Bank of Japan,...as oil prices play a key part in the central...bank's efforts to reflate the Japanese economy....Members of ... ( read original story ...)


Indonesia, Japan affirm deeper ties during Abe...
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Abe said an Indonesian-Japanese joint venture...company would develop Patimba. He also pledged..."business opportunities" worth 74 billion yen...($646 million) for coastal development and...irrigation in Indonesia. Abe's trip is largely...aimed at taking a ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka group launches ‘easy-matching’ baby adoption...
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A nonprofit organization in Osaka recently...launched what it touts as an easy-matching...adoption website, triggering criticism from...experts that adoptions should be made more...carefully. The group posts the age, job, place of...domicile, annual income and ... ( read original story ...)


The Japanese parents who apologise for their child...
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Apologies are common in Japan, indeed it is...virtually a cliche about the country. But 2016 has...seen some controversial public acts of contrition...- notably parents standing up before the public to...say sorry for their adult children's alleged...criminal offences. ( read original story ...)


Advice for Japan's dangerously complacent mil...
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While Japan has taken a lead in developing...cutting-edge technologies, its workers are in a...particularly dangerous position. A study by The...Nikkei and the Financial Times based on data...collected by McKinsey Global Institute indicates...that the country has ... ( read original story ...)


How Shinzo Abe plans to save Japan’s economy

In July, Shinzo Abe showed himself to be one of post-war Japan’s most successful and powerful politicians, as the Prime Minister of Japan once again claimed victory in the country’s upper house parliamentary elections. The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP ... ( read original story ...)

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SAPPORO (Bernama) -- The biting sub-zero...temperatures of Hokkaido did little to subdue the...sheer excitement I felt as I travelled to its...capital city of Sapporo. It was, after all, my...first winter experience, and I looked forward to...enjoying it in Japan's ... ( read original story ...)


U.S. Treasury yields subside, Asian stocks steady
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Japanese government bond yields also pulled back...from multi-month highs after the Bank of Japan...conducted a special fixed-rate bond buying...operation for the first time, firing a warning...shot against excessive yield moves. The dollar...index, which measures ... ( read original story ...)


Silver for Mark Arendz at para-nordic World Cup
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P.E.I.'s Mark Arendz won a silver medal Tuesday at...the final World Cup event of the para-nordic...season in Sapporo, Japan. Arendz missed just one...shot in 12.5 km standing biathlon, coming in...behind Benjamin Daviet of France. Finished second...in today's ... ( read original story ...)


Can Toshiba escape fate of corporate Japan's ...
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But it also faces another fate: becoming the most...high-profile member of Japan's corporate living...dead, also known as zombie firms. Toshiba admitted...this week that its survival is at risk and that...the firm could be delisted from the Tokyo stock...exchange ... ( read original story ...)


Japan earthquakes and the Ring of Fire
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The 6.9-magnitude earthquake last week off the...coast of Fukushima, Japan, probably happened along...the same fault that ruptured in 2011, unleashing a...massive 9.0-magnitude temblor and resulting...tsunami that caused widespread destruction. What...makes this ... ( read original story ...)


Western Japan jolted by 5.4 magnitude quake
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Tokyo: An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude...of 5.4 shook western Japan on Saturday but there...was no immediate reports of damage and a tsunami...warning was not issued. The epicentre of the...earthquake, which occurred at 11:48am (0248 GMT),...was in ... ( read original story ...)


Japan lifts tsunami warnings after strong quake
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All tsunami warnings have been lifted in Japan,...seven hours after a powerful offshore earthquake...triggered a series of moderate tsunami waves. ( read original story ...)


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 ...)


Japan urges China to pressure North Korea
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Japan on Tuesday urged China to exert greater...pressure on North Korea to stop its nuclear and...missile development, saying Beijing's role in...getting Pyongyang to abandon those efforts was..."crucially important." Japanese Foreign Minister...Fumio Kishida said ... ( read original story ...)


Asian stocks gain on Japan data, awaiting U.S.-Chi...
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TOKYO -- Asian markets were mostly higher Monday,...cheered by a positive report on the Japanese...economy, as players awaited a meeting between U.S....President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart...later in the week. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's...benchmark Nikkei ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo TY chief touts small business loans in negative rate environment

“As a local banking group in Tokyo, we want to strengthen loans to such firms.” Ajioka also said Tokyo TY Financial Group Inc. plans to triple the size of its consulting team for small firms to 30 by the end of March 2017. The team was set up by its ... ( read original story ...

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The new appointments come ahead of a highly...anticipated initial public offering (IPO) that may...be the largest in the world. Aramco also appointed...six deputy chairmen and two associate general...councils, according to an initial memorandum of...understanding ... ( read original story ...)


Toshiba to unveil extent of U.S. nuclear business ...
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TOKYO Japan's Toshiba Corp (6502.T) said it will...unveil the extent of the writedown on its U.S....nuclear business on Feb. 14 when it reports its...results for the quarter ended Dec. 31. The...laptops-to-engineering conglomerate, still...recovering from a $1.3 ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo firm staff are ‘feline’ great
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Tokyo: Workaholic Japan is known for long office...hours and stressed out employees, but one company...claims to have a cure: Cats. A total of nine...fluffy felines eat, sleep and walk freely in the...small office of IT firm Ferray in Tokyo. Hidenobu...Fukuda, who ... ( 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 to expedite green card issuance to skilled p...
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"We are trying to make Japanese business...environment better for the foreign companies...through introducing a new type of green card...system," Shigeki Maeda, Executive Vice President,...Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) told...reporters here. A ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka commodity exchange to request permanent list...
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The Osaka Dojima Commodity Exchange plans to apply...with the agriculture ministry to get rice futures,...which are being traded on a trial basis,...permanently listed, sources said. The exchange,...formerly known as the Kansai Commodities Exchange,...will make a ... ( read original story ...)


Monteiro slams WTCC ‘dangerous’ tyres ...
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World Touring Car Championship leader Tiago...Monteiro slammed tyre supplier Yokohama after...suffering a final-lap puncture on the Nurburgring...Nordschleife for the second year in a row....Monteiro was leading the race last year before a...puncture at a high-speed ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei hits 9-mth peak as Trump-effect high yields...
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TOKYO, Nov 11 Japan's Nikkei share average rose to...a nine-month peak on Friday morning led by...financials taking heart from rising yields, and...sentiment was boosted after U.S. shares soared on...hopes that President-elect Donald Trump's policies...could boost ... ( read original story ...)


Japan not considering support for Toshiba, sharing...
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"Toshiba's chip business is highly competitive...globally and important in terms of keeping jobs in...Japan," Suga told a news briefing. "Flash memory...is also expected to increase in importance from...the standpoint of information security." Toshiba's...crisis has ... ( read original story ...)


Japan final April PMI shows manufacturing activity...
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The Final Markit/Nikkei Japan Manufacturing...Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) was 52.7, slightly...below a preliminary 52.8 but still above the 52.4...notched in the previous month. The index remained...above the 50 threshold that separates expansion...from ... ( read original story ...)


Dentsu raided again by Japan's labor ministry over suspected violations

Dentsu's Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya offices have been raided, a Dentsu spokesman said, adding that the company will cooperate with the ministry. The spokesman declined to comment on whether there were additional cases of overwork. Dentsu, the world's fifth ... ( read original story ...)

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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 ...)


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They join Matt Upton, who has signed on as head of...software investment banking, in making the move to...the Japanese bank. Jansen and Upton will report to...Rich Gallivan, head of tech, media, and telecom...(TMT) banking, and focus on winning business on ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo cops raid illegal pachinko parlor in Kabukic...
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TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have...raided a pachinko parlor operating illegally in...the Kabukicho red-light district of Shinjuku Ward,...reports TBS News (May 25). On Tuesday, police...busted parlor Panic Gold, located in a...multi-tenant building ... ( read original story ...)


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Japanese business leaders and investors on Friday...said India is an attractive manufacturing base and...market that has a huge potential for business but...sought more “free and open” investment...climate and relaxation of land acquisition...policies. ( read original story ...)


Japan's Abe stresses U.S. alliance, calls for...
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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a...policy speech at the ordinary session of the...National Diet in Tokyo, Japan, on Jan. 20, 2017....(Xinhua/Ma Ping) TOKYO, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) --...Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a...policy speech on Friday at ... ( read original story ...)


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Japan's Nikkei news service reported that Trump...would soon announce the choice of Hagerty, the...director of presidential appointments in his...transition team. The adviser who spoke to Reuters...confirmed the Nikkei report on condition of...anonymity. Hagerty is ... ( read original story ...)


Urawa draws with Yokohama to secure place in J-Lea...
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SAITAMA, Japan - The Urawa Reds secured a place in...the J-League championship final on Thursday after...a 1-1 draw with Yokohama F Marinos on the final...day of the regular season. The Reds clinched the...top spot in the overall standings, finishing with...74 ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's 'King Kazu' extends record ...
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Miura, who scored 55 goals in 89 appearances for...Japan prior to his international retirement in...2000, lasted 65 minutes at Yokohama's Mitsuzawa...Stadium before being replaced by Tomohiro Tsuda,...Kyodo news agency reported. Yokohama won the match...1-0 via ... ( read original story ...)


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Like anyone who lives in Japan, or has a close...connection with the country, March 11, 2011, is...imprinted in my memory. I was in Paris to attend a...Renault management conference. I received an email...early in the morning with two foreboding...sentences: "Big ... ( read original story ...)


Golf venue must allow women ahead of Tokyo 2020: I...
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TOKYO -- The club that is set to host the 2020...Olympic golf tournament must change its policy of...excluding women as full members or the event will...go elsewhere, IOC vice-president John Coates said...Thursday. Coates, in Tokyo for a two-day...co-ordination ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo stocks up by break on FBI Clinton announcement

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Noah Smith is a Bloomberg View columnist. He was...an assistant professor of finance at Stony Brook...University, and he blogs at Noahpinion. The same...problems come up again and again in discussions of...what Japan needs to do to revive its economy. The...first is ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka to privatize subway, bus operations in 2018,...
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According to the ordinance, the subway operations...will be transferred to a new company of which the...city will take full control while the bus business...will be handed over to Osaka City Bus Co., a...city-affiliated firm. The privatization of the two...transport ... ( read original story ...)


Japan sees 1st trade surplus on cheaper oil, China...
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TOKYO - Japan posted its first trade surplus in...six years in 2016 thanks to a rebound in exports...late in the year and persisting low oil prices,...though uncertainties over U.S. policy and global...growth are overshadowing the recovery. The 4.1...trillion yen ($ ... ( read original story ...)


It just got easier to become a permanent resident ...
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While the US mulls over limiting immigration, in...Japan the federal government has just loosened the...requirements for new, highly-skilled immigrants to...become permanent residents. Under the new law,...which will take effect in March, applicants with...multiple ... ( read original story ...)


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It is located at Marunouchi Reading Style Cafe on...the fourth floor of the KITTE Marunouchi complex....The new anime series premiered on Japan...Broadcasting Corp. (NHK)’s General channel...on Oct. 8, the day before the cafe opened. It is...based on Chika Umino ... ( read original story ...)


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Pharmacy is the science and technique of preparing...as well as dispensing drugs and medicines. It is a...health profession that links health sciences with...chemical sciences and aims to ensure the safe and...effective use of pharmaceutical drugs. The scope...of ... ( read original story ...)


Japan, whaling allies block proposal for South Atl...
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Countries led by Japan have blocked a move to...create a South Atlantic whale sanctuary, which...supporters say are endangered despite a...three-decade moratorium on hunting. Whaling...nations Japan, Iceland and Norway opposed the...sanctuary Pro-sanctuary countries ... ( read original story ...)


Airbnb use soars while Japan juggles legal conundr...
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Japan ranks in the top five for the number of...lodgers, Airbnb's Christopher Lehane told The...Nikkei on Tuesday. Lehane oversees the company's...negotiations with national governments. Airbnb...users in Japan hit a record in the January-October...period ... ( read original story ...)


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My parents married in 1956. It was an era when...even at the young age of 22 they could take out a...housing loan and build a house. I remember finding...a copy of the loan contract in a drawer one day....It was a loan for $2400 at 1 percent interest....They paid ... ( read original story ...)


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Tokyo held a groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday for...a $1.5 billion National Stadium to host the 2020...Olympic Games. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Tokyo...Gov. Yuriko Koike and other dignitaries launched...the construction at the site of the demolished...National ... ( read original story ...)


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TOKYO Feb 28 Japan's Nikkei share average edged up...on Tuesday after U.S. stocks rose, but gains were...limited as the market awaited a speech by U.S....President Donald Trump for details of his...infrastructure spending and tax plans to Congress....The Nikkei rose ... ( read original story ...)


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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)...will generate about 4, 000 megawatts (Mw) of...electricity over the next 10 years to boost power...supply in the country. Its Corporation's Chief...Operating Officer (COO), Gas and Power, Engr Saidu...Mohammed ... ( read original story ...)


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Researchers from Nagoya University in Japan...developed a series of organometallic ruthenium...catalysts to break down even the toughest amide...bonds effectively under mild conditions. "Our...previous catalysts could hydrogenate most amide...bonds, but the ... ( read original story ...)


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Osaka, the less glitzy cousin of Tokyo, is pulling...out all the stops to put itself at the forefront...of Japan's move to roll out integrated resorts...(IRs), even as the national government mulls over...ways to ease concerns about social ills. Osaka,...which is ... ( read original story ...)


Trump takes credit from Japanese mogul for 8,000 j...
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Donald Trump on Wednesday touted plans by a...Japanese mogul to bring 8,000 jobs to the United ... "We believe it is critical for business and...government to partner together to create more job...opportunities in the U.S. and ensure prosperity...for all Americans ... ( read original story ...)


Man arrested for fatal stabbing in Osaka
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OSAKA – Police arrested a 24-year-old man...for allegedly stabbing a man to death and injuring...his three children after breaking into their home...early Wednesday in Osaka Prefecture. Yuma...Kobayashi, who is attending part-time high school,...is suspected of ... ( read original story ...)


Trade ministry wants 'Japan coalition' b...
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Many of the major Japanese electronics companies...have exited the semiconductor business because of...the heavy financial burden involved. In addition...to the instability in the overall performance of...semiconductor sales, annual capital investments of...between ... ( 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 ...)


EDITORIAL: Beijing’s gas development in East China...
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TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - A promise between...Japanese and Chinese leaders appears to have been...one-sidedly discarded similar to a mere scrap of...wastepaper, and this should not be overlooked. It...has been learnt that China has started operating...two gas ... ( read original story ...)


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In an apparent shift, Tokyo plans to push forward...talks for activating the Trans-Pacific Partnership...agreement without the United States, which...withdrew from the multination trade pact in...January after President Donald Trump said he would...instead pursue ... ( read original story ...)


Japan and Russia sign trade deals but remain maroo...
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian...President Vladimir ... “The issue won’t be solved if each of...us just make their own case,” Abe told a...joint news conference with Putin. “We need...to make efforts toward a breakthrough so that we...don ... ( read original story ...)


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Such a filing would be unprecedented in Japan and...would put financial regulators and the Tokyo Stock...Exchange center stage as they weigh whether it...would be acceptable as well as the pros and cons...of forcing it to delist. Toshiba has failed to...file audited ... ( read original story ...)


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As McDonald's streamlines its sprawling global...operations, the fast-food giant is also looking at...further deals in markets such as South Korea,...Japan and Southeast Asia ... and today’s top-performing IPO stocks. Get...4 free weeks of the IBD Digital ... ( read original story ...)


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Japan’s exports rose at the best pace in two...years in February, according to date released...Wednesday. Asian markets dropped Wednesday, led by...the Nikkei’s fall of more than 2%, following...overnight declines in U.S. financial markets as...investors re ... ( read original story ...)


BayStars manager Ramirez adjusting to new life in ...
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YOKOHAMA – After making adjustments to...Japanese baseball as a hitter that few foreign...players could match, Alex Ramirez told Kyodo News...last month about the different adjustments he had...to make as a first-year manager. Between...skepticism over his ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka for a family getaway? Airbnb thinks so!
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life and business insurance right now! Going...somewhere? Search and book the cheapest flights...right now Need a place to stay? Find and book your...accommodation online today What's in the stars for...you today? Get your daily horoscope here Japan's...Osaka. ( read original story ...)


Japanese WWE star sets himself ON FIRE before back...
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London's East End has seen its fair share of...fights. But Japanese wrestler Kota Ibushi took his...brawling to the next level, setting himself alight...with a firework and backflipping off a car. The...scenes of mayhem took place at his tag team...wrestling match ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese adtech startup Fringe81 files for IPO
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Tokyo-based Fringe81, the Japanese startup...offering several adtech solutions, announced today...that its IPO application to the Tokyo Stock...Exchange has been approved. The company will be...listed on the TSE Mothers Market on 27 June with...plans to offer ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo Olympic golf venue hits gender issue
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Yukihiko Nunomura, Tokyo 2020's chief operating...officer, who was briefed about the meeting, later...told reporters he expects that the club "will move...towards operating with gender equality in mind",...according to the Tokyo 2020 official. Governor...Koike said ... ( read original story ...)