Japan technology helps stars shine brighter at Manila planetarium

MANILA – At a quaint property in the heart of Manila lies a state-owned planetarium that has been attracting a growing number of visitors thanks to more spectacular shows made possible by newly acquired projectors from Japan. Since February, thousands of ... ( read original story ...)

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Japan parliament passes emperor abdication law
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But the idea of female succession is popular among...ordinary Japanese. A Kyodo News agency survey last...month showed 82 percent of those polled were in...favour of allowing a female member of the imperial...family to succeed, while 62 percent supported the ... ( read original story ...)


The South Korean winger stole the show on Monday, ...
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Jeju United recorded a 2-0 home victory over Gamba...Osaka in the AFC Champions League on Monday, with...a strike from Il-Soo Hwang the individual...highlight. With the away side failing to take...advantage of a corner, Jeju clear the ball upfield...before ... ( 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 ...)


First flight to Hawaii by end-june
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The flight from KL-Osaka-Hawaii would take about...14 hours ... Australia and North Asia over the years. In terms...of its financial position, Benyamin said he is...confident that AirAsia X would post its first ever...profitability for last year after going ... ( read original story ...)


Japan-US: When will the Don start asking for prote...
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such as the Government Pension Investment Fund and...the Japan Bank for International Cooperation. Many...of the projects and figures come from pre-existing...private sector initiatives, but these two...government organisations have acted as Abe’s...purse ... ( read original story ...)


Nationalist Osaka preschool draws heat for distrib...
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according to the Osaka Prefectural Government. The...letter, however, is apparently just one of many...incidents pointing to the pair’s nationalist and...even racist leanings. A separate pamphlet...distributed to parents in December and obtained by...Kyodo News ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo stocks open marginally higher on weaker yen
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Weakness in energy and financial shares pushed...Wall Street lower on Thursday. The Dow Jones...Industrial Average dropped 0.5 percent to close at...21,002.97 after breaking through 21,000 for the...first time Wednesday. In Tokyo trading, Nintendo...jumped 3.78 ... ( read original story ...)


Japan policymakers reject Trump devaluation claims
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Japan's monetary policy aims to achieve the...domestic purpose of ending deflation. It's not...aimed at currency rates," Asakawa, vice finance...minister for international affairs, told...reporters. "If he is talking about currency...intervention, Japan hasn't done ... ( read original story ...)


Toshiba flags ‘billions of dollars’ loss on U.S. n...
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Masahiko Ishino, an analyst at Tokai Tokyo...Research Center, said the focus may soon shift ... “It is possible that its NAND flash memory...business would attract various buyout offers as...there are few players in the market,” he...said. ( read original story ...)


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


Japanese expats lure developers

The government's bold plans for the Eastern Economic Corridor have opened up opportunities for property developers and investors, with Sri Racha in Chon Buri province being the brightest spot. Japanese nationals are the largest group of expatriates in ... ( read original story ...)

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RPT-UPDATE 1-Nikkei tops 20,000 but autos, banks a...
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TOKYO/SINGAPORE, June 2 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 ...)


Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo ospiterà il Festival delle ...
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TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo,...uno dei più prestigiosi hotel giapponesi...internazionali situato a Shinjuku, Tokyo,...ospiterà una mostra speciale di arti tradizionali...giapponesi per festeggiare il tradizionale...Festival delle bambole di ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei edges up, hovers at 10-1/2-month high as we...
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TOKYO, Nov 21 Japan's Nikkei rose on Monday...morning, hovering at 10-1/2-month highs after the...yen weakened further, but gains could be limited...on investor caution after the market's recent...sharp rally. The Nikkei share average rose 0.6...percent to 18,072.01 ... ( 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 ...)


3-on-3 basketball added to 2020 Tokyo Olympic prog...
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The IOC added 3-on-3 basketball to the 2020 Tokyo...Olympic program on Friday in an effort to give the...games a more youthful and urban appeal. In another...move toward street sports, BMX Freestyle cycling...will join the Olympics for the first time among a...net ... ( read original story ...)


The Latest: Japan's Abe promises help for Rus...
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the...business community ... of peace talks between the Syrian government and...the opposition. Putin said Friday at a news...conference in Tokyo that the negotiations would...take place in Astana, the capital of...Kazakhstan. ( read original story ...)


Japan emperor: How abdication could usher in a cal...
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For the first time in two centuries a Japanese...emperor may be about to abdicate. The huge change...for Japan could also affect one aspect of everyday...life - the calendar. Emperor Akihito, 83, has...hinted he wants to stand down at the end of 2018,...allowing ... ( read original story ...)


NORAD responds after Russian bombers zoom around J...
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News of this latest Russian provocation came...shortly after the Pentagon announced that new...Defense Secretary James Mattis would make his...first visit overseas to Japan and South Korea...early next month. A third Russian Tu-95 bomber...took off from a base in ... ( read original story ...)


Asian talent showcased at Tokyo fashion week
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Asian fashion goes under the spotlight at Tokyo's...Amazon Fashion Week. Rough cut (no reporter...narration). Broadcasters: MUSIC: NO ACCESS...Digital: THE MUSIC TRACK IN THIS VIDEO NEWS STORY...MUST ONLY BE USED AS PART OF THIS PRODUCTION AND...MUST NOT BE STRIPPED ... ( 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 ...)


Conrad Hotels Opens Second Property in Japan

OSAKA, JAPAN—Conrad Osaka is now open here. It is the brand's second property the country. Located on the 33rd to 40th floors of the Nakanoshima Festival Complex between the Umeda and Namba districts, all 164-guestrooms have floor-to-ceiling windows with ... ( read original story ...)

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The Nakagin Capsule Hotel in Tokyo opened in 1972,...combining notions of futuristic existence with...Japanese economic efficiency. The idea of sleeping...in a pod originally captured people's imagination...in the 1960s. It brought to mind space travel and ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo shares open lower on Trump surge
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Tokyo shares opened lower on Wednesday, following...global sell-offs sparked by a new poll that put...Republican candidate Donald Trump slightly ahead...of his Democratic rival in the US presidential...race. "The Trump risk is in revival," said Chihiro...Ohta, a ... ( 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 ...)


Final Olympics price tag almost certain to exceed ...
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This is the first in a six-part New Year’s...series examining how Japan is preparing for the...2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. On Dec. 21,...the organizers of the Tokyo Summer Games announced...that the 2020 sports extravaganza will cost no...more than ¥1.8 ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei rises above 20,000 to hit nearly two-year h...
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Japan’s Nikkei share average broke through the...20,000-point barrier for the first time since...December 2015 on Friday after a batch of strong...U.S. economic data lifted Wall Street and the U.S....currency against the yen. The Nikkei swept through...20,000 in ... ( read original story ...)


Nagoya aquarium discovers a grouper that likes to ...
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NAGOYA – A longtooth grouper in a Nagoya...aquarium has become so accustomed to humans that...it now demands to be petted and have its teeth...brushed by its keeper. Named Futami No. 1, the...meter-long fish at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium...swims up to its 35 ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo Comic-Con Lifts Ban On Men Crossdressing Dur...
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Who wore it better? [Image by Anthony...Chodor/Flickr] A Rocket News report writes about...photographer Naoko Tatibana, who has not only...dedicated her life to advancing the LGBT cause,...but also put up a a cross-dressing studio in Tokyo...called Taiyodo ... ( read original story ...)


Japan turns to Basil Fawlty in race for Olympic En...
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You can join the debate at the BBC's Family &...Education News Facebook page. Japan is 40th out of...48 countries on the Test of English for...International Communication (TOEIC), and last year...it fell from "moderate proficiency" to "low...proficiency" on EF's ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Display to receive $640 million aid from top...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan Display Inc's state-backed...main investor has agreed to provide up to 75...billion yen ($640 million) in aid to the...struggling smartphone display maker, in a publicly...funded bailout to help it reduce its dependence on...Apple Inc. Japan ... ( read original story ...)


Dolphins escape from Taiji facility in Japan
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A pod of dolphins has escaped from a recreational...facility in the Japanese town of Taiji, known for...its annual controversial hunts. Staffers from the...DolphinBase centre discovered nets dividing the...pools from the ocean had been slashed, allowing...four ... ( read original story ...)


Second Japan Property for Conrad Hotels & Resorts

The Conrad Hotels & Resorts brand celebrates further expansion in Japan today with the opening of Conrad Osaka. Situated on the 33 rd to 40 th floors of the Nakanoshima Festival Complex, and located on the prime stretch between the Umeda and Namba ... ( read original story ...)

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Domino’s to take full control of Japan pizza...
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Pizza giant Domino's will take full control of its...rapidly expanding Japanese operations, after its...minority partner, private equity firm Bain...Capital, announced it would pull the plug on its...25 per cent stake in August. The Japanese arm of...Domino's ... ( read original story ...)


Japan vice minister officially visits Taiwan
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TAIPEI -- A Japanese vice minister's visit to...Taiwan may test Beijing's patience. Jiro Akama,...parliamentary vice-minister of internal affairs...and communications, said on Saturday that Taiwan...is a wonderful partner for Japan. He was speaking...at the opening ... ( read original story ...)


Bandai Bridge: An Iconic Landmark of Niigata City
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The bridge is so important that on the 75th...anniversary of the 3rd incarnation of the bridge...in 2004, the government of Japan recognized it as...an Important Cultural Property of the country. In...the same year, Bandai Bridge was reconstructed to...make it look ... ( read original story ...)


Yokohama Rubber : Establishes New Internal Unit to...
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Tokyo-The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., announced...today that it will dissolve its subsidiary,...Yokohama Motorsports International Co., Ltd....(YMI), dedicated to motorsports activities...effective on June 30, 2017, and transfer the...subsidiary's operations to a new ... ( read original story ...)


Kuroda Says Japan Still a ‘Long Way’ From Meeting ...
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Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said the...country had escaped from deflation but still had...more progress to make before reaching its goal for...2 percent inflation. “While the policy approach...has steered Japan’s economy in the right...direction ... ( read original story ...)


Ex-Tiger McGehee signs 1-year deal with Japan'...
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Nikkei rises as weak yen helps exporters; hopes gr...
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TOKYO Nov 14 Jpanese shares rose on Monday as a...weak yen bolstered exporter shares, with the...Nikkei rising 1.7 percent to 17,672.62, the...highest closing level since Feb 2. Expectations...that the Trump Administration's policies will...stoke U.S. inflation ... ( read original story ...)


Money-losing Toshiba selling medical leasing unit ...
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Toshiba said Tuesday it is selling its entire 65...per cent stake in Toshiba Medical Finance Co. to...Canon, a Japanese camera maker, effective March...31. Tokyo-based Toshiba has been in talks with...Canon since late last year on the sale. Toshiba,...which owns U.S ... ( read original story ...)


Q1 banking and finance news snapshot
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The quarter was dominated by a directive handed...down from the central bank that required financial...institutions to declare they are private entities,...resulting in a costly exercise for some big-name...firms. It was revealed that Japanese investors...sunk more ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese lawmakers demand new weapons capable of l...
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Influential Japanese lawmakers are pushing harder...for Japan to develop the ability to strike...preemptively at the missile facilities of its...nuclear-armed neighbour North Korea. Japan has so...far avoided taking the controversial and costly...step of acquiring ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka ‘minpaku’ services see surge in complaints amid tourism boom

OSAKA – The city of Osaka has been struggling to respond ... The city is also trying to track down such service providers through property owners, but efforts have been blocked by privacy rules. “Having no means of investigation, we’re up against ... ( read original story ...)

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Japan reports 1st trade surplus in 6 years on chea...
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TOKYO: Japan reports that it posted a trade...surplus in 2016, the first in six years, as lower...oil prices pulled imports lower. The 4.1 trillion...yen ($35.8 billion) surplus compared with a 2.8...trillion yen deficit in 2015. Exports fell 7.4 per...cent from a ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese business to invest in Ukraine, hopes for ...
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Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman and...Chairman of the Committee on Business Cooperation...with Ukraine of the Japan Business Federation...Keidanren Teruo Asada at a meeting in Kyiv have...discussed the prospects of attracting Japanese...business ... ( read original story ...)


Toshiba shares fall on media report of profit padd...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba shares fell more than...five percent on Wednesday after media reported...that Japan's security watchdog suspects it of...padding profits by 40 billion yen ($339.59...million) over three years. Asahi Shimbun newspaper...reported on Tuesday ... ( read original story ...)


Japan enacts law allowing emperor to abdicate
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TOKYO - Japan's parliament has passed a law...allowing Emperor Akihito to become the first...monarch to abdicate in 200 years. The 83-year-old...emperor expressed his apparent wish to abdicate...last August, citing old age and health. Under the...law enacted Friday ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka mayor says gay foster parents should not be ...
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Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura said the fact that...a LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender)...couple are foster parents shouldn't even be in the...news. “The fostering program is necessary not...for childless people, but for children,” said...Yoshimura. ( read original story ...)


Bank of Japan delays inflation goal in blow to �...
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TOKYO: Japan's central bank on Tuesday (Nov 1)...again pushed back the timeline for hitting its...inflation goal, the latest policy change that has...raised questions about attempts to revive the...deflation-plagued economy. The Bank of Japan has...for the past ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's industrial output drops for 1st time ...
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TOKYO, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- Japan's industrial...production declined for the first time in six...months in January with the output of...transportation equipment dragging down overall...production sectors in the recording period, the...Ministry of Economy, Trade and ... ( read original story ...)


Thousands protest Japan’s controversial ‘anti-cons...
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They also chanted slogans venting their opposition...to several other issues, including Japan's nuclear...power policies, the American presence in Okinawa...and an increase in the hourly wage. A recent...survey by the Kyodo News agency revealed a public...split over ... ( 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 ...)


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 ...)


Ginza Land Prices Are Flashing a Warning Sign in Tokyo

Now some investors surveying Japan’s property market are anticipating price corrections. Satoshi Horino, president of Mori Trust Asset Management Co., said he is hearing stories about appraisers calculating returns based not just on purchase price and ... ( read original story ...)

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US objects to Japan's state-mandated drug pri...
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TOKYO -- The U.S. demanded this week that Japan...reassess its system of government-set drug prices,...complaining about price cuts often forced on new...expensive drugs, a sign that Washington is...prepared to intercede on behalf of specific...American industries. ( read original story ...)


Japan’s ultra-low jobless rate masks grim reality...
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... lowest level in more than two decades and the...labor market is tighter than it was during...Japan’s booming bubble economy years. This...should be great news for the world’s number...three economy, but analysts are warning not to pop...the champagne quite ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka 2025 expo construction costs estimated at ¥1...
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Costs to build facilities for the envisaged 2025...Osaka World Exposition are estimated at ¥124.7...billion, Japan’s industry ministry told a panel...of experts on Wednesday. The ministry came up with...the lower cost estimate than the ¥130 billion...calculated ... ( read original story ...)


Japan and an Anti-Crime Bill
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Re “Anti-Conspiracy Bill Advances in Japan”...(news article, May 24): Concluding the United...Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized...Crime, or Untoc, is a pressing issue for Japan, as...we prepare to play host to major events,...particularly the ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei at more than 1-month highs as yen weakens o...
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Dollar gains against yen on relief over Trump-Abe...meeting * Sentiment underpinned by record closes...on Wall Street TOKYO Feb 13 Japan's Nikkei share...average probed more than one-month highs on...Monday, cheered by Wall Street breaking records, a...weaker yen ... ( read original story ...)


Japan looks to revive moribund TPP, sans US
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TOKYO -- Japan is mobilizing the remaining members...of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact to...resurrect the agreement without the United States,...seeking a path forward for free trade in Asia with...Tokyo as the senior partner. President Donald...Trump ... ( 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 ...)


Airbnb-Style Rentals In Japan Are Disrupting Tradi...
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Owners would be allowed to rent out either part of...their own house or part of a rental property for...up to 180 days per year. Lodging houses already...make up more than one-third of Japan’s...hospitality industry – 35% to be precise....That fraction looks ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese firms show interest in Irish relocation a...
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which is owned by a consortium of Japan's Sumitomo...Mitsui Banking Corporation, Sumitomo Mitsui...Finance and Leasing, and Sumitomo Corporation. A...spokesman for the IDA said that the agency was..."actively looking at opportunities for additional...Japanese banks ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo shares advance in morning tracking strong U....
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TOKYO, May 25 (Xinhua) -- Tokyo shares rose...Thursday morning with market confidence boosted by...the strong U.S. stocks overnight. The 225-issue...Nikkei Stock Average rose 106.12 points, or 0.54...percent, from Wednesday to 19,849.10. The broader...Topix index of ... ( read original story ...)


CapitaLand aims to double assets in Japan to S$5 billion

TOKYO -- CapitaLand, Southeast Asia's largest property company, is increasing its Japanese property acquisitions, mainly in Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo, in an effort to double assets under management there to 5 billion Singapore dollars ($3.6 billion ... ( read original story ...)

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the Asahi newspaper reported, quoting unidentified...Japanese sources as saying. The South Korean venue...in Chungiu City hosted the 2013 world...championships and rowing at the 2014 Asian Games....Asked about the report at Tokyo's Haneda airport,...Bach said ... ( read original story ...)


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


Nuclear write-down leaves Toshiba with $3.5-billio...
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TOKYO Japanese conglomerate Toshiba Corp probably...suffered a group net loss of about 400 billion yen...($3.52 billion) in the nine months through...December, the Nikkei reported on Sunday. The loss...is largely due to a goodwill impairment of around...600 billion ... ( read original story ...)


France, Japan back free navigation in Asia-Pacific...
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PARIS (Reuters) - France and Japan support a "free...and open maritime order" in the Asia-Pacific...region, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said...after talks with French President Francois...Hollande on Monday. The message seemed aimed at...China, which claims ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's Abe Sends Offering to Yasukuni Imperi...
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... shrine to Japan’s war dead seen in China and...the two Koreas as a symbol of Japan's past...brutality and militarism, a move likely to spark...protest, Kyodo news agency reported. The offering...at the Yasukuni Shrine spring festival came as...Japan seeks ... ( read original story ...)


Japan overwork deaths show lessons still unlearned
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TOKYO — Matsuri Takahashi's dream career at...Japan's top ad agency, Dentsu, ended with her...suicide as her overtime pushed past 100 hours a...month. "I'm emotionless and only wish to sleep,"...she wrote, exhausted and depressed, in a Twitter...post in October ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's trade mission: Get through to Trump
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TOKYO -- Japan's automakers and their pro-business...government are flustered by the trade policies of...President Donald Trump, but they're apparently...hopeful the tension can be defused with something...as simple as a conversation on the golf...course. ( read original story ...)


Nikkei rises for 1st time this week on weak yen; T...
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TOKYO, June 16 Japan's Nikkei share average...rebounded on Friday morning, rising for the first...time in the week as the dollar bounced against the...yen after solid U.S. data, while financial stocks...attracted strong gains. Trading in Takata Corp...stock was ... ( read original story ...)


ObsEva Initiates IPO Filing For Women's Repro...
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The institutional investors own 77.1% of the...company's stock pre-IPO. ObsEva is developing a...lead candidate, OBE2109, which it in-licensed from...Kissei Pharmaceutical Co of Japan, for the...treatment of endometriosis and uterine fibroids....Endometriosis is a ... ( read original story ...)


Japan conducts simulation drill for North Korea at...
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Disaster management agencies in Japan's Tottori...Prefecture and Tokyo's self-defense forces...conducted the drills, while simulating a North...Korean ballistic missile drop on land, Kyodo news...agency reported. North Korea has launched a dozen...missiles in 2017 ... ( read original story ...)