Japan zoo releases 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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In Japan, Taiwan and New Zealand, one of the...largest driving forces behind earthquakes is the...active convergence of tectonic plates at rates of...four to eight centimeters per year. The plate...boundaries in each region are complex throughout...the length of ... ( read original story ...)


New Manufacturing Hub in Japan Complements UK Prod...
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"Asia Pacific is a significant growth market for...Raspberry Pi, and this new 'Made in Japan' element...means that we are now geared up for this growth."...All versions of the Raspberry Pi will be available...to order at sg.rs-online.com. Driven by the...powerful on ... ( 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 Airlines : to test mass telecommute for 2020...
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More than 60 companies, including big names such...as beverage firm Suntory, Japan Airlines and...Microsoft, have so far pledged to participate....Officials hope as many as 1,000 companies will...take part, Kyodo News agency reported. (c) 2017...Vanguard Media ... ( read original story ...)


Japan spokesman: Trump criticism of currency polic...
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TOKYO -- Japanese officials rejected the assertion...by President ... We are not manipulating them," the Kyodo News...Service quoted Masatsugu Asakawa, vice finance...minister for international affairs, as saying. "I...don't quite understand what (Trump) actually ... ( read original story ...)


Project to help develop 10 municipalities nationwi...
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The government plans to pick 10 municipalities...nationwide to carry out intensive landscape...development, aiming to create “Second...Kyoto” tourist destinations ahead of the...2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Through the...initiative, it hopes to attract ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese worker finds, and reports, cash worth £30...
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An employee of a Japanese waste collection...facility has handed in Y42.5 million (£300,000)...in cash that he found in dumped rubbish,...bolstering the nation's reputation for honesty....The 63-year-old worker, who has not been...identified, found the cash in the ... ( read original story ...)


Putin makes him beg: Vladimir gets his dog to earn...
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In an attempt at dog diplomacy, Japan had planned...to give the Russian president ... to Putin four years ago as a thank you gift for...Russia's help after the 2011 earthquake and...tsunami. 'Unfortunately, we received a reply...yesterday that they will not ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka inks deal with Nissin
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Osaka, 19, said at a news conference in Tokyo that...she was happy to be with Nissin as she has eaten...the popular Cup Noodle since she was a child....Nissin also sponsors Kei Nishikori, the...fifth-ranked player on the men’s ATP Tour....“I hope that Nishikori ... ( read original story ...)


Global Economy Week Ahead: Kuroda Speech, Japan CP...
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A spate of data out of Japan, after a recent...upbeat economic assessment by the country’s...central bank, highlights this week’s...calendar. Also, a peek at home sales in the U.S....for November will offer early clues on how the...rise in interest rates is ... ( read original story ...)


Rear admiral to investigate fatal Navy collision off Japan

A rear admiral has been named to head the U.S. Navy's investigation into a collision off Japan that took the lives of seven sailors aboard the USS Fitzgerald. The Japan-based 7th Fleet said Friday that Brian Fort would lead the probe into the crash with a ... ( read original story ...)

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A new vegetable dish invented by a restaurant in...Nagoya is whipping up a media frenzy overseas ... In the United States, Moriyasu has been asked to...appear on ABC News and Fox News posted an article...about the cakes on its website. “You would...think ... ( read original story ...)


'Tokyo Ghoul' Live-Action Movie Teases C...
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While fans are still waiting for "Tokyo Ghoul"...Season 3, they are also anticipating the release...of a live-action movie adaptation of the anime....While the film is in the works, teasers are being...released including a new logo and images for the...movie. ( read original story ...)


SOTI Joins Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister Bra...
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MISSISSAUGA, Ontario & TOKYO--(BUSINESS...WIRE)-- Mississauga, Ontario-based SOTI Inc....joined The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of...Ontario; and The Honourable Brad Duguid, Minister...of Economic Development and Growth, on the...Premier’s first business ... ( read original story ...)


The going is… eerie: Inside the abandoned ho...
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which fast became popular with Japan’s...affluent locals and foreign residents. JH Morgan...was commissioned by Emperor Meiji to construct the...elaborate, wooden structures. Despite the Great...Kanto earthquake striking the area in 1923, the...building remained ... ( read original story ...)


Oarfish Will Rise From Depth Before Earthquake, Ja...
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An unexpected number of oarfish appears in the...coastal areas of Japan two years before a...disastrous earthquake struck the place last March...2011. On March 06, 2010, Japan Times reported that...deep-sea creatures appear in the beaches as...‘Omen’ of a great ... ( read original story ...)


Spend Your Time Like the Locals! 10 Rental Propert...
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This time we’ll be introducing some recommended...properties from the property rental site STAY...JAPAN that are convenient for sightseeing in...Osaka, close to major tourist areas, and lets you...spend your time just like a local. From here you...have excellent ... ( read original story ...)


B.C. family rattled by Japan earthquake during Tok...
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The couple are in Tokyo to adopt a baby girl and...they were in their hotel room, along with their...two-year-old son, when the room started shaking....“We were in bed and all of a sudden I could...hear my wife yelling ‘there’s an...earthquake, we’re having ... ( read original story ...)


Japan logs biggest current account surplus since 2...
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TOKYO Japan attained its second-biggest current...account surplus on record in 2016, Ministry of...Finance data showed on Wednesday, just days before...the U.S. and Japanese leaders meet for talks with...trade surpluses and currency valuations expected...to be high ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese knotweed: debunking the myths
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Media interest has recently peaked around a story...picked up by some of the most popular daily...newspapers about Japanese knotweed affecting a...family home in Birmingham. The claims are that the...family are unable to sell their property due to...the adjacent ... ( read original story ...)


Japan wants to set international drone standards
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TOKYO -- Japan is set to take the initiative in...proposing international standards for drones. The...hope is that its proposed standards can win...approval around fiscal 2025 -- and help Japanese...companies take market share. Drones sometimes fall...and can cause ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei flat as dollar/yen steadies, on track for gains this week

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 ...)

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Japan to promote direct Asian currency exchanges
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TOKYO -- Japan's Ministry of Finance seeks to...create a market enabling direct exchanges of the...yen and other Asian currencies without using the...dollar as an intermediary, an idea that could...reduce funding costs for financial institutions...and businesses. ( read original story ...)


Japan's top real estate firms notch record pr...
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TOKYO -- Mitsui Fudosan and two other top real...estate companies are expected to report...all-time-high pretax profits for the...April-December period, underpinned by a property...boom triggered by the central bank's negative...interest rate policy. Mitsui Fudosan ... ( read original story ...)


International forum on sports, art and business ki...
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An international conference on sports, arts and...business kicks off in Japan on Wednesday as part...of the government’s efforts to create...momentum leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and...beyond. The World Forum on Sport and Culture,...hosted by the Ministry ... ( read original story ...)


Global shares advance; Japan's Nikkei rises o...
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TOKYO -- Global shares rose Wednesday as gains in...the U.S. and Asian markets carried over into...European trading. The Tokyo benchmark jumped in...the opening day for 2017, helped by a weak yen....KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 edged up 0.2 per...cent to 4,910.99 ... ( read original story ...)


North Korea test-fires ballistic missile into Sea ...
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Japan said the missile flew for 30 minutes and...dropped in the sea between the North's east coast...and Japan. Sunday's launch is the first in two...weeks since the last attempt to fire a missile...ended in a failure just minutes into flight. Japan...swiftly issued ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo cops: Man blackmailed for ¥3 million for tak...
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A man was blackmailed for some three million after...being caught taking upskirt photos of a high...school girl in Tokyo (Nippon News Network) TOKYO...(TR) – Two men blackmailed a man for more...than three million after they caught him taking...illicit photos of a ... ( read original story ...)


Marijuana investor Lorne Gertner on the future of ...
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Gertner’s most active involvement with the...cannabis business today is Tokyo Smoke a retail...operation and brand which he started with son...Alan, a former Google employee, in 2015. The...company has a downtown Toronto coffee shop and...store, where it sells pot ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's economy marks third-longest postwar r...
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TOKYO -- Japan's economic recovery has become its...third-longest since World War II, driven by higher...corporate profits and public works spending. Yet...weak wage growth has made improvements tepid and...hard to detect. The recovery likely continued...through ... ( read original story ...)


Japan minister agrees to share Toshiba case inform...
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Westinghouse Electric Co., Japan's Kyodo news...agency reported. Toshiba Corp said on Tuesday it...was 'actively considering' a sale and other...strategic options for Westinghouse, as it expanded...a probe into problems there that caused the parent...group to miss ... ( read original story ...)


Russian plate and Japanese scroll take the top spo...
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Further included in the auction was a Japanese...Scroll, which realised £7,800 after a lengthy...phone battle. The scroll was a gouache picture of...magpies and prunus laid onto material, and was a...number of Oriental items which attracted a...worldwide audience. ( read original story ...)


Yokohama Rubber : TIRE CORPORATION REVS-UP NEW OFF-ROAD PARTNERSHIP WITH HORSEPOWER ADVENTURES

Release date- 22062017 - SANTA ANA, CA. - Yokohama Tire Corporation's off-road connection grew stronger as the tire maker announced a new partnership with Horsepower Adventures (HPA), a specialized off-road driving experience company, operating on Mexico's ... ( read original story ...)

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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 ...)


Dentsu offices raided amid overwork investigation
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Raids were also carried out on offices in Osaka,...Kyoto and Nagoya. The Tokyo offices have already...been raided once, in October. The female employee...who died last December had worked 105 hours of...overtime in October 2015, and was suffering from...severe ... ( 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 ...)


Osaka boy found stabbed to death; mom leaps to dea...
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OSAKA – A male high school student in...Nishiyodogawa Ward, Osaka, was found dead with...multiple stab wounds in the corridor outside his...apartment Monday afternoon, and his mother jumped...to her death from a nearby building soon afterward...when approached by ... ( read original story ...)


Yokohama Hot-Rod and Custom Show
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Each December at the annual Yokohama Hot Rod &...Custom Show. That it’s in Yokohama not Yorba...Linda perhaps should not be surprising. For when...Japanese wax nostalgic their imaginations often...head out on a desert highway, into a mythical land...they first ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo organizers reach agreement on allocation of ...
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TOKYO -- Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics reached...a broad agreement Wednesday on the allocation of...costs for the 2020 Games with the metropolitan,...national and local governments of the seven...prefectures and four other cities hosting events....Governments ... ( read original story ...)


Nissan banks on after-sales ‘hyper-personalization...
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YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan is going to offer...internet access, safety technology and myriad...accessory options the Japanese automaker calls...“hyper-personalization,” not only in...new models but also for vehicles people already...own. Nissan Motor Co ... ( read original story ...)


The Latest: US VP Pence visits historic temple in ...
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TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Vice President...Mike Pence's trip to Asia (all times local): 6:50...p.m. After meeting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and...other top Japanese officials, U.S. Vice President...Mike Pence is ending his first day in Tokyo with a...visit ... ( read original story ...)


BOJ tankan seen showing manufacturers' mood s...
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TOKYO Japanese manufacturers' business outlook...likely improved for a second straight quarter in...March to its strongest since mid-2015, a Reuters...poll found on Friday, buoyed by a weak yen and a...pickup in exports. The Bank of Japan's quarterly...tankan ... ( read original story ...)


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Set in a future Tokyo, Tokyo 42 will see you...become an assassin and uncover a dark conspiracy...that will affect everyone. With open-world single...player and competitive multiplayer, you will buy...and use a host of weapons and tools to approach...the many ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s consumption uptick convincing no one

TOKYO -- Japan's government has upgraded its assessment of the economy for the first time in six months in light of healthy consumer spending -- though neither the cabinet, the business community nor the public seems truly confident that things are looking up. ( read original story ...)

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"These games will show the potential of Asia to...the world," Katsuhiro Akimoto, head of Sapporo's...organizing committee, said. "We have great...expectations for the spectacular athletic...performances of over 2,000 athletes." Among the...dignitaries at Sapporo ... ( read original story ...)


Hokkaido, Japan shaken by 5.5 magnitude earthquake
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The region of Hokkaido, Xinhua in Japan has been...hit by a preliminary 5.5 magnitude earthquake,...according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. On...the Japanese seismic scale, it registered at a...level four. Anything from six and up would be...powerful enough to ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo Olympics could feature mixed shooting events...
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Men and women could be competing against each...other in up to three Olympic shooting events at...Tokyo in 2020, if a plan goes ahead to help...achieve the IOC's goal of 50 percent female...participation in the Games. Following a two-year...evaluation process ... ( 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 ...)


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YOKOHAMA -- Japan and China held high-level talks...on the sidelines of the Asian Development Bank's...annual meeting on Saturday to discuss the bad loan...situation in China and bilateral cooperation in...Asia. Taro Aso, Japan's deputy prime minister and...finance ... ( read original story ...)


Japan eyes trilateral talks with China, South Kore...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan has approached China and...South Korea about holding a trilateral summit in...Tokyo in February aimed at deepening cooperation...on such issues as a free trade deal, the...environment and counter-terrorism, Kyodo news...agency reported on ... ( read original story ...)


Finnair Nagoya 1Q17 service changes
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Finnair in winter 2016/17 season is temporary...reducing service on Helsinki – Nagoya route,...as the oneWorld member operates ... content offering in 2010 and continues to provide...breaking news on new routes and schedule changes...to the network development ... ( read original story ...)


Japan: Repaired Fukuoka sinkhole sinks again
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A Japanese road in which a giant sinkhole was...hastily repaired earlier this month has again...shown signs of subsidence, officials say. The...repaired road in Fukuoka sank by about 7cm (2.7in)...on Saturday over a 30-sq-m (322 sq-ft) area and...was temporarily closed. ( read original story ...)


Hot Rocks
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IPO Radio Fest 2017. Independent Online Radio ... Wednesday, Aug. 2, at Rialto Theatre. Shonen...Knife. Since 1991, Osaka, Japan's Shonen Knife has...blended the hard riff rock of Thin Lizzy and The...Runaways with simple Ramones-y melodies, added a...dash ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's top real estate firms notch record pr...
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TOKYO -- Mitsui Fudosan and two other top real...estate companies are expected to report...all-time-high pretax profits for the...April-December period, underpinned by a property...boom triggered by the central bank's negative...interest rate policy. Mitsui Fudosan ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei ends lower as stronger yen takes a toll, Takata shares plummet

TOKYO, June 22 Japan's Nikkei share average erased early modest gains on Thursday and edged down, as a stronger yen took its toll on market sentiment. The Nikkei ended 0.1 percent lower at 20,110.51, extending Wednesday's 0.5 percent decline and moving ... ( read original story ...)

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NEW YORK, March 13 Japanese financial conglomerate...SBI Holdings Inc and a subsidiary of German media...company Bertelsmann SE & Co KGaA have backed...Berlin-based solarisBank AG, a fully licensed...startup bank that enables businesses to offer...digital financial ... ( read original story ...)


Peach signs for 10 A320neos, 3 A320s
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The three CFM International CFM56-5B-powered A320s...will be delivered within the 2018 financial year....Peach Aviation is a low-cost airline based at...Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan. ( read original story ...)


Mizuho ventures deeper into fintech
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Japan’s Mizuho Financial Group will start a...venture next month to create new fintech...businesses and catch up with its rivals, according...to Reuters. As Banking Technology reported last...month, Mizuho Financial Group, Mizuho Bank and IBM...Japan teamed up to ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo sees first November snow in 54 years
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Tokyo experienced its first November snowfall in...54 years on Thursday. Residents of the Japanese...capital were taken by surprise, as the...temperatures around this time of the year usually...range from 10C to 17C. The snow was caused by an...unusual cold front ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's defense chief says alliance with US w...
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She noted that Japan is the only country in the...world to have experienced the horrors of nuclear...war. Inada spoke at a joint news conference...Wednesday with U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter....The Pentagon chief noted that the meeting was...taking place on the ... ( read original story ...)


BRIEF-Japan’s antitrust regulator to end its...
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* Japan's antitrust regulator to end its probe...into amazon japan-nikkei Source text...:(s.nikkei.com/2su8n9T) Further company...coverage: ( read original story ...)


Japan factory activity rises by most in a year
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A private gauge of Japan's manufacturing sector...has shown that factory activity in the world's...third-largest economy expanded at its fastest pace...in 12 months in December. The manufacturing...purchasing managers' index (PMI), compiled by...Nikkei and IHS ... ( read original story ...)


Japan to increase loan to Fukushima operator Tepco...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will increase an...interest-free loan to the operator of the wrecked...Fukushima nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power , by...more than a third to 14 trillion yen (97.30...billion pounds)a source familiar with the matter...said on ... ( read original story ...)


Low interest rates still squeezing Japanese bankin...
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TOKYO -- Japan's five leading banking groups...reported a third straight year of shrinking...aggregate profit Monday, hampered by the central...bank's negative interest rate policy, but the...strength of their overseas operations helped stave...off a worse result. ( read original story ...)


2018 Subaru BRZ tS, hardcore WRX STI Type RA comin...
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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 ...)


Exploding airbag scandal pushes Japanese auto supplier Takata towards bankruptcy

It is now worth less than a quarter of its value from just a week ago when a report by Japan’s leading Nikkei business daily said it would seek bankruptcy protection and sell its assets to a US company. At Thursday’s close, the embattled stock had ... ( read original story ...)

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The average office vacancy rate in central Tokyo...rose 0.13 percentage point from the previous month...to 3.74% at the end of January, after a fall in...December, a real estate broker said Friday. Miki...Shoji Co said although there were few large-scale ... ( read original story ...)


India, Japan likely to ink civil nuke deal during ...
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NEW DELHI: India and Japan could ink Civil nuclear...Agreement that was initialed in Dec 2015 when...Narendra Modi travels to Tokyo mid-November for...annual Summit with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe. The MoU...on civil nuclear cooperation announced at the...annual summit ... ( read original story ...)


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To offer a memorable experience in various parts...of the stay, Park Hotel Tokyo will continue to...maximize the role of Japanese aesthetics and...hospitality. To view the original version on PR...Newswire,...visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/special-art...... ( read original story ...)


Death by overwork: Pressure mounts on Japan to act
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Millions of Japanese people are in danger of...working themselves into ... The parents of Matsuri Takahashi, whose suicide...was attributed to overwork, spoke at a news...conference in October. "Ms. Takashi's death was...caused by serious depression triggered ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s startups drawn away from vast cities to mo...
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“It’s not a bad idea to build your business...after thinking first about what kind of...environment you want to be in,” says Watabe, 30,...who moved to the city in late 2013 from Tokyo to...develop smartphone apps and software that helps...anglers find fish ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo lowers taxi base fares
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TOKYO: The base fare for taxis in Tokyo central...and the two western Tokyo cities of Musashino and...Mitaka has been slashed to ¥410 (US$3.60) from...¥730, the transport ministry announced on...Monday (Jan 30). The new starting fare applies to...the first 1 ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Launches Info-Gathering Satellite to Spy on ...
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North Korea may no longer be as inaccessible to...the outside world as they were before. A Japanese...satellite was recently launched to spy on the...elusive, nuclear-armed country. Japan just...launched a new spy satellite to orbit. The...satellite is specifically ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese man rescued after night at sea on surfboa...
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A Japanese surfer who spent a night at sea...clinging to his surfboard has been rescued by the...crew of a container ship off the east coast of...Australia. The 37-year-old told police a current...had pulled him out to sea off Bulli Beach, 80km...(50 miles ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo stocks lower by break, Takata dives on US de...
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At the lunch break, Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei index...was down 0.91 percent, or 175.38 points, at...19,111.90, while the broader Topix index of all...first-section issues was down 0.84 percent, or...12.95 points, at 1,531.94. US officials said...Friday that Takata ... ( read original story ...)


Sapporo experience invaluable for Aussie athletes
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SAPPORO 2017: Becoming accustomed to the...atmosphere in an Olympic Village at the February...Asian Winter Games will provide invaluable...experience for emerging and seasoned athletes....Among the thirty athletes selected by the...Australian Olympic Committee for ... ( read original story ...)