Airbnb-Style Rentals In Japan Are Disrupting Traditional Inns

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 ...)

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


Japan's delivery network feeling the strain
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TOKYO -- A swelling volume of parcels and an acute...labor shortage are making Japan's delivery...services increasingly difficult to operate. In...mid-December last year, customer service...representatives at a major online mail order...company were busy answering ... ( read original story ...)


Does Japan's leader spend too much time in pa...
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A Nikkei survey found that over the past six...years, Abe and his predecessors participated in...parliament an average of over 90 days a year....Japan Akademeia, a research organization, reports...that Britain's prime minister attended...parliamentary sessions on 36 ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese baseball star Otani to be out 6 weeks wit...
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TOKYO - Japanese baseball player Shohei Otani will...be sidelined for about six weeks because of a...left-thigh muscle strain, his team said on Sunday....Otani, who is expected to move to Major League...Baseball in 2018, hurt his left leg trying to beat...out an ... ( read original story ...)


Toyota making ‘flying car,’ luxury boa...
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A startup backed by the Japanese automaker has...developed a test model that engineers hope will...eventually develop into a tiny car with a driver...who'll be able to light the Olympic torch in the...2020 Tokyo games. For now, however, the project is...a concoction ... ( read original story ...)


Black swan at Nagoya zoo latest to succumb to wide...
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The swan at Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens...in Nagoya tested positive for the flu on Tuesday...and later died. The result of the test will be...confirmed within a week by a team at Tottori...University. The swan had lived in an open-air pond...near the main ... ( read original story ...)


Apple considers bidding for big stake in Toshiba c...
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Apple Inc. is considering teaming up with its...supplier Foxconn to bid for Toshiba Corp.'s...semiconductor business, Japanese public...broadcaster NHK reported on Friday - the latest...twist in the sale of the world's second-biggest...flash memory chipmaker. ( read original story ...)


Foreign workforce in Japan tops 1m
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The labour shortage is especially severe in the...construction sector, where demand has spiked ahead...of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and for rebuilding...following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Over...41,000 foreigners powered the construction...industry as of last ... ( 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 cops seek help in finding man who pulled kni...
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Tokyo Metropolitan Police police are seeking the...help of the public in locating the man suspected...in the crime, reports Nippon News Network (Oct....20). On Thursday, police released a dash cam...footage showing the man who demanded 50,000 yen...from the driver ... ( read original story ...)


Hong Kong lions Stephen and Stitt, Japanese looters and the legal battle to protect cultural property

Recent controversy regarding the decoration of the bronze lions outside the HSBC building brings to mind the near loss of these icons of Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation. It is 75 years since the fall of Hong Kong. Apart from the terrible human ... ( read original story ...)

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Tattoo trial could determine the legal future of J...
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Two years ago, police in the city of Osaka raided...Taiki Masuda's studio, arresting and fining him...— his crime was working as a tattoo artist...without also being a licensed doctor. Masuda...contested his fine, and his trial is currently...underway in Osaka The ... ( read original story ...)


Japan and India sign civil nuclear agreement
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Japan and India have signed a civil nuclear...agreement after talks in Tokyo between their two...leaders. Japan will supply fuel, equipment and...technology to India, which wants more...nuclear-generated electricity for its rapidly...growing population. The accord ... ( read original story ...)


Japan lists fault zones for potential earthquakes
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(c) 2017, The Japan News/Yomiuri. TOKYO -...Japan’s Headquarters for Earthquake Research...Promotion newly added 16 faults to a list of major...active fault zones in which a magnitude-7 or...larger earthquake could occur. As a result, the...total number of major ... ( read original story ...)


FAT boss says J-League stint good for Chanathip
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Football Association of Thailand president Somyot...Poompunmuang has wished Thailand playmaker...Chanathip Songkrasin a successful career with...J-League side Consodole Sapporo. Chanathip, who...missed Thailand's World Cup qualifier against the...United Arab ... ( read original story ...)


Adelaide United stopper John Hall too tall for Osa...
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ADELAIDE United arrived a day earlier than...expected in Osaka but the team hotel is not what...most Reds had expected before Tuesday’s AFC...Champions League clash against Gamba Osaka....Reserve gloveman John Hall, 194cm, needed to bend...his knees to get inside ... ( read original story ...)


BRIEF-Property Agent to buy Tokyo-based property
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Dec 22 Property Agent Inc : * Says it plans to...acquire a plot of land in Tokyo at an undisclosed...price on the last day of March, 2017 Source text...in Japanese: goo.gl/w4hSJI Further company...coverage: (Beijing Headline News) Next In...Financials ( read original story ...)


Tokyo stocks down at break on firm yen, Toshiba di...
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"Exporters are easily sold, and large-cap shares...are more likely to face profit-taking from...domestic institutional investors," Mitsushige...Akino, an executive officer at Ichiyoshi...Investment Management in Tokyo, told Bloomberg...News. "The Fed minutes are ... ( read original story ...)


500 Startups closes $35M Japan fund with the backi...
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“[Cool Japan’s involvement] is symbolic in a...way because there ... who in the past would push for an exit via IPO as...a risk-averse way to ensure a return on...investment. “Historically if you wanted to do a...$20 million-$30 million round you didn ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s Nikkei hits 17-mth high on sagging y...
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TOKYO May 16 Japan's Nikkei share average rose to...a 17-month high on Tuesday, drawing support from a...sagging yen and Wall Street hitting record highs...overnight. The Nikkei was up 0.3 percent at...19,925.20, having come off an early high of...19,998.49, its ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's economic growth below estimates in la...
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TOKYO — Revised data show Japan's economy...expanded at a slower than hoped for 1.2 per cent...annual pace in the last quarter of 2016. The...figure released Wednesday was slightly higher than...the preliminary estimate of 1.0 per cent annual...growth for the ... ( read original story ...)


Citic Capital to accelerate UK, US and Japan property investment, despite capital flight curbs

Citic Capital, the Chinese state-owned asset management firm, is looking to accelerate its overseas investment in Britain, the United States and Japan to meet growing demand from clients, despite China stepping up its efforts at tightening capital outflows. ( read original story ...)

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Sapporo High Court criticized for speedy decisions
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SAPPORO – Over the past three years, more than...90 percent of the rulings by the Sapporo High...Court have been handed down on the first day of a...trial, triggering criticism from lawyers who say...the judges aren’t looking into the cases...carefully enough ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s budget furniture king discounted his...
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“They went through every molecule of our...operation,” said Tommy Kullberg, president of...Ikea’s Japanese business at the time. A...deflationary environment has punished most of the...country’s traditional retailers, driving...department-store sales down ... ( read original story ...)


Finnair and Japan Airlines expand codeshare
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The two airlines currently operate a joint...business agreement covering 24 weekly services...between Helsinki and destinations in Japan, along...with sharing revenue on all direct flights...operated by both airlines between Japan and...Europe. “We are delighted ... ( read original story ...)


Should New Zealand have an earthquake warning syst...
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GeoNet seismologist John Ristau said in a live...chat the revised magnitude of Monday's earthquake...to 7.8, "has a significant effect on our...probabilities since we now expect more larger...aftershocks". In Japan, one of the most earthquake...prone ... ( read original story ...)


Japan PM Shinzo Abe has 'great confidence...
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Shinzo Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister, said his...meeting with Donald Trump on Thursday - the first...by a foreign leader - convinced him the US...president-elect was someone "in whom I can have...great confidence". Mr Abe met with Mr Trump in New...York ... ( read original story ...)


Kwon Becomes Latest Korean Challenger Success Stor...
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And last week, 19 year old Soon Woo Kwon emerged...at the $50,000 ATP Challenger Tour event in...Yokohama. The university student advanced through...three rounds of qualifying and then topped four...opponents in straight sets to clinch a spot in the...final. ( read original story ...)


Moderate earthquake 5 mag, 10 km SSW of Hasaki, Ja...
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A moderate earthquake magnitude 5 (ml/mb) has...struck on Friday, 10 kilometers (6 miles) from...Hasaki in Japan. Exact location of earthquake,...140.7808° East, 35.6456° North, depth...32.27 km. Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT:...13/01/17 / 2017-01-13 03 ... ( read original story ...)


BRIEF-Moody's says Bank of Japan emerging as ...
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* Bank of Japan emerging as main source of...affordable funding for government * Structural...factors weighing on net savings rates will...constrain private sector's capacity to fund new...government debt in future * Share of its...government bond market will ... ( read original story ...)


Witness Volunteers Repair Over 300 Homes Following...
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EBINA, Japan—Jehovah’s Witnesses in Japan...completed repair work on 348 homes of their fellow...members, which were damaged by the earthquakes...that struck Kumamoto, Japan, on April 14 and 16,...2016. Some 15,000 volunteers participated in the...construction ... ( read original story ...)


ING powers the way into solar energy in Japan
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This was one of the first Japanese solar projects...arranged by ING Asia. The bank acted as mandated...lead arranger, interest rate swap arranger,...facility and security agent and account bank....“We can build on this experience and best...practice to finance ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese Giant Shinwa Group Flags in Thailand, Launching RUNESU THONGLOR 5

Shinwa Group, a large Japanese property firm, flags in Thailand, joining hands with Woraluk Property to establish W-Shinwa with the launch of "RUNESU THONGLOR 5" worth over 1.2 Billion Baht. The project is designed by IAO Takeda, a design champion for 5 ... ( read original story ...)

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Frozen Fish Gimmick of Japan Skating Rink Angers P...
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Japanese theme park Space World received public...criticism after freezing 5,000 marine creatures...into the ice rink, forcing it to hold off all its...operations last Sunday. The amusement park located...on the southwestern island of Kyushu which opened...early ... ( read original story ...)


Wall of capital headed for local commercial proper...
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At least $18 billion in equity has been allocated...for Australia's commercial property sector this...year, putting it among the world's top investment...destinations. Australia ranks sixth after the US,...China, Britain, Japan and Germany, according to a ... ( read original story ...)


Overseas investors look to regional Japan
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“Japan poses little geopolitical risk ... in Japan says Tatsuya Jibiki from JLL’s...Properties and Facilities Management, Asset...Services Group. “Property values differ...significantly in regional cities, depending on the...quality of management operations, ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka Gas : Gas Sales in January 2017
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With the data of March 2017 being the last, the...monthly gas sales volume will no longer be...released to the public. Osaka Gas Co. Ltd....published this content on 16 February 2017 and is...solely responsible for the information contained...herein. 2016 KYOCERA ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's Abe says wants to resolve peace treat...
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LONDON Japan wants to resolve a territorial row...that has over-shadowed ties with Russia since...World War Two, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on...Saturday. "A peace treaty between Japan and Russia...has not been concluded yet, even after 70 years...have passed ... ( read original story ...)


Comfortable and budget-friendly! 10 Recommended Bu...
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This hotel is just 10 minutes from Osaka Station...and within walking distance of Umeda and...Kitashinchi! Nearby is the power spot Tsuyunoten...Shrine, famous for bring success in romance, and...many izakaya bars, so it’s a business hotel...recommended for either ... ( read original story ...)


Japan carving out wider pathway for foreign servic...
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TOKYO -- The Japanese government is moving to ease...residency requirements for non-native service...workers in an effort to deal with an influx of...tourists from outside the country. Beyond...work-study Japan hosted a record 24.03 million...foreign tourists in 2016. ( read original story ...)


Yokohama Adds 4 Sizes to Its 104ZR Truck Tire Line...
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"The 104ZR is a true workhorse that’s...designed to deliver longer tread wear, low rolling...resistance, and even wear, making it especially...ideal for high scrub applications," says Tom...Clauer, Yokohama Tire Corp. manager of commercial...and OTR product planning. ( read original story ...)


Toyota making ‘flying car,’ luxury boa...
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A startup backed by the Japanese automaker has...developed a test model that engineers hope will...eventually develop into a tiny car with a driver...who'll be able to light the Olympic torch in the...2020 Tokyo games. For now, however, the project is...a concoction ... ( read original story ...)


Mizuho Financial Group Partners with Cognizant to ...
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TOKYO, April 25, 2017 /CNW/ -- Cognizant (NASDAQ:...CTSH) today announced that it has been selected by...Mizuho Financial Group (NYSE: MFG, TYO: 8411), one...of the largest financial institutions in the...world, to develop a distributed ledger solution to...make ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Prime Realty Investment : A new property was acquired. "FUNDES Suidobashi"

The property boasts excellent access, being located very near to the west exit of Suidobashi Station. It is the first property of 'Fundes,' a brand for urban compact retail facilities developed by Tokyo Tatemono, the sponsor of JPR. The concept of the ... ( read original story ...)

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Tsunami hits Japan after strong quake near Fukushi...
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Tohoku Electric Power Co said there was no damage...to its Onagawa nuclear plant, while the Kyodo news...agency reported there were no irregularities at...the Tokai Daini nuclear plant in Ibaraki...prefecture. Japanese Minister for Disaster...Management Jun ... ( 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 pledges assistance for reconciliation and ne...
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Defence Minister of Japan Thomomi Inada said that...action should be taken under a common basis to...ensure peace in the Indian Ocean. She stated this...during a meeting held with visiting Prime Minister...Ranil Wickremesinghe this morning. She has also...stated ... ( read original story ...)


EuroBiotech Report: Astellas-Ogeda, Verona IPO, Ca...
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We start this week with two deals between European...biotechs and larger Japanese companies....Belgium’s Ogeda struck ... Verona Pharma filed for an $86 million Nasdaq IPO...to fund mid-phase trials in chronic obstructive...pulmonary disease and cystic fibrosis. ( read original story ...)


Tokyo follows Wall Street fall as Toshiba stocks p...
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Tokyo followed Wall Street lower Thursday and oil...edged down from recent highs as Toshiba's stock...plunged for the third straight day. The Dow...receded after nearing the historic 20,000...benchmark with shares of some banks falling more...than one percent after ... ( read original story ...)


Japan attempts to curb ‘death by overwork’ with Pr...
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Workers in Japan are being told to cut out early...as the country rolls out its new Premium Friday...initiative. Companies are encouraged to let staff...leave at 3 pm on the last Friday of every month....The hopes are the happy staffers will go out, have...fun ... ( read original story ...)


Sapporo set for more talks as Sleeman-Unibroue str...
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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 ...)


French expats queue up to vote in Tokyo
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French expats in Japan queue up outside the French...embassy in Tokyo to cast their vote in the second...round of the French Presidential Election. Rough...cut. No reporter narration. ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER...NARRATION). French expats queue up to cast their ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's solar panel makers cut output as clou...
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TOKYO -- Japanese solar panel makers are slashing...domestic production, looking to reduce costs and...rethink sales strategies in the face of shrinking...demand and price competition from foreign rivals....Kyocera halted production at a solar panel...assembly plant ... ( read original story ...)


BRIEF-Early Age to sell Japan-based property

Dec 22 Early Age Co Ltd : * Says it signed agreement to sell a property that located in Japan with undisclosed price Source text in Japanese: goo.gl/CSQ1Sw Further company Coverage: (Beijing Headline News) Next In Financials ( read original story ...)

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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 ...)


Osaka hospital discovers perforated intravenous dr...
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OSAKA – A hospital in Osaka said Wednesday...it had found perforated intravenous drip bags that...were to be used for patients, following fatal drip...poisonings in September at a Yokohama hospital....Kitano Hospital in the city of Osaka said no...patients were ... ( read original story ...)


Japan crown prince vows to be devoted emperor like...
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Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito pledged Tuesday to...devote himself to the role of emperor, like his...father, when he assumes the Chrysanthemum Throne...."I will devote myself body and soul to every...single duty," Naruhito said. Japan's parliament...passed a ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Bank Lending Rises 2.6% In December
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Overall bank lending in Japan was up 2.6 percent...on year in December, the Bank of Japan said on...Thursday, coming in at 509.555 trillion yen. That...beat forecasts for an increase of 2.5 percent and...was up from 2.4 percent in November. Excluding...trusts, bank ... ( read original story ...)


Romantic Spots for Couples in Osaka
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From famous spots such as Osaka Castle and...Universal Studios, to local food specialties such...as Okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake) and...Takoyaki (octopus balls), Osaka has plenty to...offer! Whether you’re first-time or...returning visitors, Osaka will ... ( read original story ...)


Hong Kong lions Stephen and Stitt, Japanese looter...
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Recent controversy regarding the decoration of the...bronze lions outside the HSBC building brings to...mind the near loss of these icons of Hong Kong...during the Japanese occupation. It is 75 years...since the fall of Hong Kong. Apart from the...terrible human ... ( read original story ...)


5.4-magnitude quake jolts Japan's Chiba area
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TOKYO, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- An earthquake with a...preliminary magnitude of 5.4 jolted the Chiba...Prefecture region of Japan, east of Tokyo on...Sunday, the weather agency said. No tsunami...warning was issued as a result of the temblor. The...quake, which measured ... ( read original story ...)


Japan regulators working on new rules to prevent l...
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Marking the first time that Japan will adopt...statutory rules on corporate disclosure, the move...will likely broaden the scope of current...requirements put in place by the Tokyo Stock...Exchange and clarify what constitutes material and...insider information. ( read original story ...)


Osaka Prefecture, Higashi-Osaka City
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Feisty and Proud in its Individuality. Osaka...Prefecture is Japan’s third most populous...prefecture, behind Tokyo and Kanagawa, despite it...being one of the smallest in actual area. The...capital is Osaka City, and Osaka Prefecture is the...core of the Kansai ... ( read original story ...)


Current Nagoya Mayor Kawamura, two others file can...
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NAGOYA – Incumbent Nagoya Mayor Takashi...Kawamura, 68, and two other people on Sunday filed...candidacies in the mayoral election set for April...23 in the city. The others are lawyer Masateru...Iwaki, 62, a former deputy mayor, and former...corporate employee ... ( read original story ...)