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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Bank of Japan Chief: Unwinding Stimulus Won’t Brin...
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TOKYO—Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said...the central bank will be able to unwind its...massive policy stimulus “quite well,”...dismissing concerns that a shift away from years...of aggressive easing could roil the economy....“Whoever the leader…I ... ( read original story ...)


J-pop and sci-fi: outlandish shows at Tokyo Fashio...
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TOKYO - The Marc Jacobs of Japan, singing cats and...models cloaked in armour: J-pop and science...fiction transformed Tokyo Fashion Week...spring/summer 2017 into a style fest unlike any...other. In a world where fashion mines...entertainment like never before ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's defense minister visits controversial...
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Japan's Kyodo News service reported that Abe, who...was golfing outside Tokyo, refused comment when...asked about Inada's visit. The defense minister...doffed her shoes on her way into the shrine, and...afterward told waiting journalists, "Regardless of...... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo Advances Efforts to Attract Foreign Companie...
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TOKYO, March 30, 2017 /CNW/ -- From April of this...year, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) will...launch the following support measures to speed up...the pace of attracting to Tokyo fourth industrial...revolution companies, including companies in the...arenas ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo cops bust Uguisudani ‘delivery health’ servi...
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On Valentine’s Day, Tokyo Metropolitan Police...announced the bust of so-called “delivery...health” out-call service Love Fairy on suspicion...of prostitution, reports Fuji News Network (Feb....14). On February 11, manager Koichi Oikawa, 39,...allegedly ... ( read original story ...)


Japan is using QR stickers to track down the elder...
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Japan (CNN)Some people microchip their pets to...ensure they're ... Join the conversation See the latest news and...share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook...and Twitter. Yukiko Sano, a spokeswoman from...Orange Links, the company that developed the ... ( read original story ...)


North Korea fires short-range ballistic missile in...
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It landed in Japan's exclusive maritime economic...zone ... according to the official Korean Central News...Agency. KCNA cited Kim as ordering officials to...mass-produce and deploy the system all over the...country so as to "completely spoil the enemy's...wild ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo hostess bars: A little understood part of Ja...
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Amid the bright lights and the hustle and bustle...of Tokyo, foreign hostess bars are a major part of...Japan's nightlife. But they are little understood...by the outside world. Most men do nothing more...than sit, drink and chat — usually in...English — with ... ( read original story ...)


Canada’s Virtue, Moir win ice dance at NHK to qual...
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Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada perform...during the ice dance event at the NHK Trophy...figure skating competition in Sapporo, Japan on...Nov. 27, 2016. (Hiroki Yamauchi/Kyodo News via AP)...SAPPORO, Japan — Olympic and world champions...Tessa Virtue and ... ( read original story ...)


The Bank of Japan at the policy frontier
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The Bank of Japan has recently implemented one of...the largest central bank policy shifts in modern...times, raising its inflation target explicitly to...2% and kicking off the most rapid balance sheet...expansion among the leading central banks. This...column ... ( 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, Thailand sign bilateral currency swap deal
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YOKOHAMA -- Japan has signed a bilateral currency...swap deal with Thailand, a move aimed at...strengthening the Association of Southeast Asian...Nation's resilience to future financial crises....Under the agreement, the two countries will be...able to swap their ... ( read original story ...)


Nine medals for Brits in Tokyo
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Britain’s swimmers continue to shine in the Far...East after claiming a total of nine medals on day...two of the Japan Open at the Tatsumi International...Pool, Tokyo. Off the back of an intensive training...camp in Thailand, the athletes swam through the...pain ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's unmanned experimental probe fails to ...
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New Delhi: On December 9, 2016, Japan sent H-II...Transfer Vehicle Kounotori 6 (HTV6) into space to...deliver supplies to the International Space...Station (ISS). The same cargo ship was also...supposed to complete another mission during its...return journey ... ( read original story ...)


Heavy snowfall hits Japan, coldest day in much of ...
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TOKYO - Temperatures plunged to their lowest level...so far this winter in many regions of Japan on...Sunday, with heavy snowfall continuing to hit...areas especially along the Sea of Japan coast. The...Japan Meteorological Agency issued warnings of...snowstorms and ... ( read original story ...)


Light earthquake, 4.6 mag strikes near Namie in Ja...
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A light earthquake magnitude 4.6 (ml/mb) strikes...33 kilometers (21 miles) from Namie in Japan on...Sunday. Event id: us10007cqd. Ids that are...associated to the earthquake: us10007cqd. Exact...location, longitude 141.3438° East, latitude...37.3555° North, depth ... ( read original story ...)


Another bank’s logo on notice
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Sathapana Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of...Maruhan Japan Group, obtained its commercial...banking licence in March 2016 following the...successful merger of Maruhan Japan Bank Plc and...local microlender Sathapana Ltd. The bank operates...a network of 161 ... ( read original story ...)


BoJ's Nakaso: central banks must keep up with...
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Central banks must stay abreast of developments in...payments technology if they are to avoid...constraining the economy, Bank of Japan deputy...governor Hiroshi Nakaso said today (November 18)....Addressing... ( read original story ...)


Cherry blossom festival highlights tastes of Japan
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After the long and harsh winter, the bloom is off...to a late start this year says Johnson, but the...events that aren't blossom-dependent will Not soon...enough: Today marks the first day of spring "The...good news is ... This is a common Japanese condiment ... ( read original story ...)


How the world would benefit by turning Japanese
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HAVING just returned from my second visit to...Japan, I’m struck by the vast differences...between them and us. I’m experiencing a...strange type of sadness and not just regular...post-holiday blues. I was in Japan with my...boyfriend to see Boston rock band ... ( read original story ...)


Japan pledges 300 bil. yen economic package at Abe...
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where Abe said they discussed a long-standing row...over the ownership of a chain of islands off...northern Japan controlled by Moscow but claimed by...Tokyo. To have fuller access to the Kyodo News...website, it is necessary to subscribe. We offer a...broad range ... ( 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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“Japanese stocks rose to their highest level...since April in the morning, and we saw profit...taking before heading into the weekend,”...said Masayuki Otani, chief market strategist at...Securities Japan Inc. in Tokyo. “There might...be more references to ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly heavyweight Uchida dec...
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Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly heavyweight Shigeru...Uchida, a former secretary-general of the ruling...liberal Democratic Party’s Tokyo chapter, said...Saturday he will not seek re-election when his...current term ends in summer, citing age and health...concerns ... ( read original story ...)


Canada joins China-backed Asian infrastructure ban...
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The U.S. and Japan are now the only G7 nations not...part of the bank. Canadian membership changes...nothing for domestic companies or workers, who...have been able to bid on contracts and apply on...jobs since the AIIB inception in 2015. The bank...has does not ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei tops 20,000 but autos, banks and yen make i...
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TOKYO/SINGAPORE A 10 percent surge over six weeks...swept Japan's Nikkei stock index above the...20,000-point barrier for the first time since late...2015 on Friday, without dispelling doubts about...the rally's shelf life given the outlook for...automakers ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's Office Market to Reach a Tipping Poin...
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According to global real estate consultant CBRE,...Japan's office leasing and investment markets will...likely reach a turning point in the cycle in 2017....In Tokyo's office market, which is scheduled to...see three consecutive years of above average new...supply ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo festival produces heartwarming trilogy of As...
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TOKYO -- Cannes-winning Brillante Mendoza is among...the three directors tapped by the Tokyo...International Film Festival to create..."Reflections," a trilogy that depicts the...intertwining of stories among Asian nations. Be it...a Filipino worker in Japan or a ... ( read original story ...)


Japan PM: N. Korea may be capable of sarin-loaded ...
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TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned Thursday...that North Korea may be capable of firing a...missile loaded with sarin nerve gas toward Japan,...as international concern mounted that a missile or...nuclear test by the authoritarian state could be...imminent ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese slow earthquakes could shed light on tsun...
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Understanding slow-slip earthquakes in subduction...zone areas may help researchers understand large...earthquakes and the creation of tsunamis,...according to researchers who used data from...instruments placed on the seafloor and in...boreholes east of the ... ( read original story ...)


The Japanese manga comic helping Syrian refugee ch...
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Obada is a Syrian student in Tokyo who, by a...mixture of chance and determination, has become...the translator of Japanese manga comics into...Arabic. And by another twist of fate, many of...these Arab editions of football saga Captain...Tsubasa have been donated ... ( read original story ...)


Where will the next mega earthquake hit? Curvy fau...
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Embed Feed 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami:...Time-lapse aerial footage shows rebuilding efforts...five years on from disaster IBTimes UK Mega...earthquakes have been linked to how curvy the...fault is, with a flatter fault more likely to...produce magnitude 9 or ... ( 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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Gambling shares up on Japan casino vote
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Shares in some of the world's biggest gambling...firms have rallied after the legalisation of...casinos in Japan moved a step closer. A...parliamentary panel approved a long-awaited bill,...effectively meaning it is guaranteed to become...law, possibly as soon as ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese princess giving up royal status in order ...
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Quasi-public NHK TV reported the news late Tuesday...and the Imperial Household Agency confirmed the...report to Japanese media who belong to an...exclusive “press club” system. But the agency...declined comment to The Associated Press. The man...who won the ... ( read original story ...)


Kuroda defends BOJ's yield curve control, upb...
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TOKYO Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda...defended his yield curve control policy on Monday,...saying it had kept Japan's long-term interest...rates from joining the uptrend in global yields...and was helping the economy overcome stagnation....Kuroda also ... ( read original story ...)


Strong dollar lifts Japan shares, crimps commoditi...
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The strength of the U.S. currency pressured...commodity prices and helped drag oil off an...18-month top, but gave Japan's exporter-heavy...stock market a fillip. The Nikkei <.n225> climbed...2.1 percent, recovering from two sessions of...losses as domestic data ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei slips as yen edges up, but poised for weekl...
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Stronger yen offsets effect of record closes on...Wall Street * Nikkei heavy ahead of 20,000-point...level - strategist TOKYO May 26 Japan's Nikkei...share average remained solidly on track for a...winning week on Friday, underpinned by record...closing highs on ... ( read original story ...)


Sapporo set for talks amid Sleeman Breweries strik...
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Sapporo's Canadian beer unit, Sleeman Breweries,...has said it is seeking a quick end to a factory...dispute after 80 workers went on strike....Production staff at the Sleeman-Unibroue plant in...Chambly, Québec, set up picket lines last week...after negotiations ... ( read original story ...)


Final Japan Nikkei Manufacturing PMI Hits 12-Month...
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Japan’s manufacturing sector expanded for a...fourth consecutive month in December, a sign...factory output was stabilizing amid uneven...international demand. The Markit/Nikkei final...manufacturing purchasing managers’ index...(PMI) came in at 52.4 in December ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei surges to more than 2-week high on strong W...
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TOKYO, Jan 26 Japan's Nikkei share average surged...to more than a two-week high on Thursday morning...tracking strength in Wall Street, while financial...stocks were in demand after U.S. yields rose. The...Nikkei gained 1.5 percent to 19,345.85 in...midmorning ... ( read original story ...)


Japan firm drops Mexico plant plan over Trump warn...
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The decision by Nikkei 225-listed Nisshinbo...Holdings marked the first time a Japanese company...has publicly abandoned a Mexico facility in...response to Trump’s protectionist outbursts, the...Nikkei business daily said Thursday. The...announcement comes as ... ( read original story ...)


Making the AEC work will take better banking for a...
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As an industry player, Chartsiri Sophonpanich,...president of Bangkok Bank, said he has seen some...positive changes ... starting even before the AEC took form. "Through...Japanese investments from companies such as Toyota...and Honda, Thailand was able to ... ( 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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YOKOHAMA, Japan Chinese Finance Minister Xiao Jie...skipped a trilateral meeting with his Japanese and...South Korean counterparts in Yokohama on Friday...due to important domestic matters, Japanese...Finance Minister Taro Aso said. While the specific...reasons for ... ( read original story ...)


Japan business activity growth accelerates to 10-m...
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Business activity in the Japanese service sector...rose at the most marked rate since January midway...through the final quarter of 2016. This was driven...by a solid increase in new orders, which rose at a...rate little-changed from October’s...eight-month high. ( read original story ...)


Japan bolsters defense-technology cooperation with...
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TOKYO -- Japan plans to conclude separate treaties...on defense-equipment and technology transfers with...Italy, Germany and Sweden that will give Japan's...Self-Defense Forces access to advanced technology...from those countries. Strengthening cooperation in...this ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo 2020 Games costs can be capped at $15 billio...
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LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – International...Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said...Thursday that the overall costs for the 2020 Tokyo...Olympics can be kept down to $15 billion (¥1.7...trillion). At a meeting last week in Tokyo of a...four-party working group ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo's Catch of the Day: Flying Fish, Superi...
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His venture airfreights freshly caught fish from...across Japan, processes them on the grounds of...Tokyo’s Haneda airport, and distributes the...produce to the city’s notoriously choosy eaters...and restaurants across Asia - but Nomoto’s goal...isn’t just ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Post books $4.7b writedown on Toll, flags 17...
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Japan Post Holdings said on Tuesday it will book...its first annual loss in at least a decade, after...unveiling a $US3.6 billion ($4.7 billion)...writedown on its Australian logistics arm Toll...Holdings. Japan Post estimated its loss at 40...billion yen ($470 ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo-Seoul currency swap deal unlikely until next...
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Yoo, also strategy and finance minister, told...reporters Sunday that although Tokyo and Seoul are...making efforts, there would be some delay in the...talks. As a result of the National...Assembly’s vote to impeach President Park...Geun-hye and its immediate ... ( read original story ...)


Japan households most cash-loving among major econ...
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TOKYO Japanese households hold roughly 11 times...more of their assets in cash or savings accounts...than ones in Sweden do, according to a survey that...shows their love for cash remains intact. In 2015,...the ratio of Japanese households' cash holdings ... ( read original story ...)


Business tops Abe’s talks with Brazil’s Temer
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Earlier Wednesday, Temer also met with officials...from Keidanren, otherwise known as the Japan...Business Federation, a powerful Japanese business...lobby, to seek investments. Brazil’s once...rapidly-growing economy took a hit amid slowing in...other emerging ... ( read original story ...)


Japan corp bond yields rise to 1-1/2 yr high on fe...
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TOKYO May 22 Fears that the Bank of Japan is...scaling back its massive bond buying programme...rippled through corporate bond markets on Monday...as traders rushed to dump their holdings at an...auction, pushing yields to a 1-1/2 year high....Sellers offered 403 ... ( 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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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 ...)


A US navy destroyer has collided with a merchant s...
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Picture: AP The Japanese coast guard said it...received an emergency call from a...Philippine-registered container ship ACX Crystal...in the early hours of Saturday morning that it had...collided with the Fitzgerald. Relatives of crew...members were awaiting news of ... ( 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 ...)


BRIEF-Sushiro Global Holdings announces IPO on Tok...
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March 22 Sushiro Global Holdings Ltd: * Says its...stock will begin trading on the Tokyo Stock...Exchange on March 30, 2017, under the symbol..."3563" Source text in Japanese: goo.gl/WHsZef...Further company coverage: (Beijing Headline...News) ( read original story ...)


BuzzFeed Japan: Getting it right in the echo chamb...
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In a world where users have access to torrents of...online information, BuzzFeed Japan sees vetting...and correcting stories published by other media as...one of its major reasons for being. Major media...outlets are “very powerful, and it’s...meaningful to run ... ( read original story ...)


The Japanese manga comic helping Syrian refugee ch...
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Obada is a Syrian student in Tokyo who, by a...mixture of chance and determination, has become...the translator of Japanese manga comics into...Arabic. And by another twist of fate, many of...these Arab editions of football saga Captain...Tsubasa have been donated ... ( read original story ...)


Workers in Japan encouraged to leave work at 3pm e...
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Japan’s government is urging employees to leave...the office early every last Friday of the month,...hoping to crackdown on a culture of workaholics...while providing a shot in the arm for the economy....The Premium Friday campaign, which launched this...week ... ( read original story ...)


Nissan helps Yokohama launch an electric car-shari...
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Choimobi Yokohama is a new round-trip car rental...service that will let anyone with a driver's...licence, credit card and smartphone borrow a...compact electric city car. The new service, which...officially launches on Friday, uses Nissan's...ultra-compact New ... ( read original story ...)


Banking Underdog Beats Its Peers in Japan With Swi...
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President started her career as teenage teller in...local branch Critics say Kochi Shinkin Bank has...lost its way and is acting more like an investment...firm than a regional lender. Supporters say it...shows that provincial banks can thrive in Japan...even as ... ( read original story ...)


Defending Super Rugby champions the Wellington Hur...
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THE Wellington Hurricanes have pulverised Japan...Sunwolves in the opening match of their Super...Rugby defence, winning 83-17. Last year’s...champions battered the two-year-old side from...pillar to post in their first foray to Japan,...running in 13 tries to ... ( read original story ...)


Toshiba stock knocked from top-tier listing as financial woes deepen

... brunt of its financial pain after delaying its full-year financial report for a sixth time. But the gloomier outlook is enough to trigger an automatic demotion to the second rung of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The move was not unexpected after the Tokyo ... ( read original story ...)

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TOKYO -- Six years ago, more than 18,000 people...died or went missing as a tsunami triggered by a...massive quake engulfed coastal areas of...northeastern Japan. Tens of thousands more...people's lives were unraveled when they lost...family members, friends ... ( read original story ...)


G-20 finance chiefs to maintain past pledges on cu...
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BADEN-BADEN, GERMANY – Group of 20 finance...chiefs were to reiterate existing pledges on...currencies, including commitments to avoid...competitive devaluations, at the urging of Japan...and the United States, a G-20 source said...Saturday, as they prepared to ... ( read original story ...)


Dentsu raided again by Japan's labor ministry...
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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 ...)


COC: Andreas Wank wins in Sapporo
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The long weekend of the Ski Jumping Continental...Cup in Sapporo with a total of three competitions...ended on Sunday with the second event on the large...hill and a win of Germany's Andreas Wank. The...28-year-old from die ski club in Hinterzarten was...the best in ... ( read original story ...)


Japan carrier leaves port ‘to escort US warships’...
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A JAPANESE naval destroyer has left port on a...reported mission of escorting US military ships...off the coast as Japan tries to increase its...military role amid heightened tension on the...Korean Peninsula. The helicopter destroyer Izumo...departed from the ... ( read original story ...)


Thirty Australians selected for Sapporo 2017 Asian...
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AOC: A team of thirty athletes have been selected...to become Australia’s first event...competitors at an Asian Winter Games when they hit...the ice and snow in Sapporo in February. The team,...which features some of the nation’s...brightest winter prospects ... ( read original story ...)


The New, Gentler Bank of Japan
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- US Dollar Posts Modest Rally after Another...‘Goldilocks’ NFP Report. - USD/JPY...Technical Analysis: Hanging By a Bullish Thread. -...If you’re looking for trading ideas, check...out our Trading Guides. Fundamental Forecast for...JPY: Neutral The Bank of ... ( 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 ...)


Tokyo to propose Y5 bil to compensate firms for de...
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Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike says the metropolitan...government will propose an extra budget of 5...billion yen to compensate businesses for losses...stemming from its postponement of the Tsukiji fish...market relocation amid safety concerns at the new...site. But Koike ... ( read original story ...)


Surprisingly long lifetime of high adhesion proper...
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Long lifetime of high adhesion property of...heat-assisted plasma-treated PTFE. White:...fluoropolymer sheet, Blue: isobutylene-isoprene...rubber (IIR). Credit: Osaka University...Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), or Telfon as it is...better known, is used in a ... ( read original story ...)