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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YOKOHAMA – Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi on...Wednesday apologized to a 13-year-old boy for the...municipal government’s failure to act swiftly...when he was bullied at a local elementary school...after evacuating from Fukushima due to the 2011...nuclear ... ( read original story ...)


Kanagawa cops: Motorcyclist dies after plunging fr...
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KANAGAWA (TR) – A male motorcyclist died...after he plunged from an expressway in Yokohama,...police said on Saturday. The man in his 40s died...after he fell at least 10 meters from an...expressway at around 9:30 a.m., Nippon News...Network reports (Dec. 31). ( read original story ...)


Domino's Japan is training reindeer to delive...
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“There is a possibility [snow] may interfere...with delivery,” Domino’s Japan...explained in a news statement last week....“Domino’s Pizza Japan will set up a...‘Snowfall Delivery Countermeasure...Room’ to promote pizza delivery by...reindeer. ( read original story ...)


Tokyo temple offers graves for same-sex couples
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A Buddhist temple in Tokyo has devised a grave...that can be shared by sexual minorities and their...partners. The temple, Shodaiji in Edogawa Ward, is...receiving an increasing number of inquiries about...the grave for lesbian, gay, bisexual and...transgender (LGBT ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's Sharp may start building $7B plant in...
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Sharp Corp, the Japanses display maker, may break...ground on a $7-billion plant in the U.S. as...Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe readies for his...first meeting with President Trump, Reuters...reported. A Sharp spokesman told the news agency...that no final ... ( read original story ...)


Japan, EU set 2017 as the new deadline for free tr...
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as early as possible at the beginning of next...year,” Petriccione said at a news conference...in Tokyo. Both sides were aiming to broadly agree...on the bilateral free trade deal by year-end....Japan is keen to advance its trade talks with the...European Union ... ( read original story ...)


China athletes unlikely to stay at controversy-lin...
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The athletes can stay at the Sapporo Prince Hotel,...the other hotel within the city designated for...athletes' accommodation, or other hotels outside...the area, according to the organizing committee....To have fuller access to the Kyodo News website,...it is ... ( read original story ...)


Temples enter matchmaking business in marriage-shy...
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TOKYO - Traditionally seen as conductors of...funerals or memorial services, some Buddhist monks...in Japan are carving out a new niche as...matchmakers for men and women looking for marriage...partners. In a country where an increasing number...of people are ... ( read original story ...)


Fintech Talk: Fintech potential in deepening capit...
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These technologies that are currently being...developed in Japan and South Korea ... there is also fintech that targets pre-initial...public offering (IPO) markets, nicknamed angel...trading and commonly known as crowd-funding...equity, which is the joint purchase ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Proximity Sensors Market – Growth, Tre...
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Research and Markets has announced the addition of...the "Japan Proximity Sensors Market - Growth,...Trends And Forecasts (2016 - 2021)" report to...their offering. The Japan Proximity sensors market...is expected to increase to $0.42 billion by 2020...at a CAGR of ... ( 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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It was then that news of the tragedy was broken to...them and they were told that Mr Browning’s...body had been found by a taxi driver. She wrote:...“Some of you will know that on New...Year’s Eve this year, my friend Justin, who...I was living with in Tokyo ... ( read original story ...)


Japan clears way for first emperor abdication in o...
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Japan’s parliament passed a law Friday that...clears the way ... Female imperial family members lose their royal...status upon marriage to a commoner, a point...highlighted by recent news that one of Akihito’s...granddaughters, Princess Mako, plans to marry ... ( 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 PM says North Korea may be capable of fir...
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TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has warned that...North Korea may be capable of firing a missile...loaded with sarin nerve gas toward Japan. Abe's...comments Thursday to a parliamentary panel on...national security and diplomacy come amid looming...concern about ... ( read original story ...)


Japan holds Nigerian asylum seeker in solitary con...
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"I want to help people. Give me the right to help...people - don't put me in here," Ms Obueza told...Reuters news agency. The crackdown on asylum...seekers comes as Japan faces a impending labour...shortage due to its the ageing population. ( read original story ...)


Tokyo Olympics fueling expectations of an economic...
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However, property sales in Tokyo, a barometer of...the underlying tone of the economy, are showing...signs of slowing as major developers are delaying...projects due to a labor shortage, which raises...personnel costs, and shrinking demand as a result...of weak wage ... ( read original story ...)


Japan, India to strengthen defense cooperation
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TOKYO – Japan and India are discussing ways to...strengthen their military cooperation amid rising...tension in the Asian region. Indian Defense...Minister Arun Jaitley told his Japanese...counterpart, Tomomi Inada, in Tokyo on Monday that...his county hopes to ... ( read original story ...)


Japan finance officials in emergency talks after U...
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Japan's top economic officials are scrambling to...respond to the financial market turmoil unleashed...by the U.S. presidential election. The country's...finance ministry and central bank were holding an...emergency meeting Wednesday afternoon after wild...trading ... ( read original story ...)


Singapore world's most expensive city for exp...
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The Worldwide Cost of Living 2017 report listed...five Asian cities in its top six, including Hong...Kong, Tokyo, Osaka and Seoul. The exception was...Switzerland's Zurich, which was ranked third....Geneva, Paris, New York and Copenhagen completed...the top ten. ( read original story ...)


Lost Japanese logging camp in North Vancouver back...
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Deep in the Seymour River Valley, in an area...almost totally reclaimed by the forest, there...rests the remnants of a mostly forgotten outpost...of early Japanese settlers. On April 1, the 75th...anniversary of internment of 20,000...Japanese-Canadians during the ... ( 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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The good news for Sushiro is that there are signs...of pent-up retail appetite for new issues —...Japanese IPO numbers are up about 15 per cent...since the start of 2017 compared with the same...period last year, and analysts see that growth...continuing. ( read original story ...)


New Pentagon chief an instant hit in Japan, South ...
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TOKYO — In his debut abroad as the first...retired general to lead the Pentagon in more than...half a century, Jim Mattis found that in Japan and...South Korea his experience in uniform is seen as...an asset. Not everyone who knows Mattis well in...the U.S. shares ... ( read original story ...)


JETRO to Put Up a Huge Show at Japan Business Exhi...
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Pakistan’s ties with Japanese companies are...growing day by day. The export/import business has...brought in lots of revenue for the Pakistani...businessmen. To improve on the current situation,...Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Karachi...office has ... ( read original story ...)


Man suspected in murder of elderly Nagoya couple s...
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AICHI (TR) – Aichi Prefectural Police have...arrested a 42-year-old man in the killing of an...elderly couple in their residence in Nagoya last...week, reports TBS News (Mar. 6). On Saturday...evening, Hiroshi Matsui surrendered to police over...the killing of ... ( read original story ...)


Nagoya venture taps researcher’s reagent to make q...
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A Nagoya-based venture has started selling a...reagent that allows researchers to significantly...reduce the time needed to synthesize proteins,...supporting the development of medicines including...one that can control the growth of cancer cells....The reagent sold ... ( read original story ...)


Japan says will push territorial claim, draws prot...
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The Japanese government said Wednesday it will...continue to push ... To have fuller access to the Kyodo News website,...it is necessary to subscribe. We offer a broad...range of subscription options depending on your...needs. Learn more. ( read original story ...)


Yokohama Introduces New Geolandar M/T G003 Tire
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If you want a quiet ride, you give up off-road...traction and capability. For its latest generation...of Geolandar Mud-Terrain tire, Yokohama set the...bar high, and based on our first impressions,...exceeded the company’s goals, as well as our...expectations with ... ( read original story ...)


Robotic dinosaur receptionists are part of the sta...
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Dinosaur receptionists were on standby on...Wednesday as a second hotel staffed mostly by...robots and automatons opened in Tokyo. Media were...invited ahead of customers to check out the nine...types of robots that help check guests in, clean...the lobby ... ( read original story ...)


Japan boosts ties with Argentina
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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to boost...trade and investment with Argentina during a state...visit Monday to the country with Latin America's...third-biggest economy. Argentina currently lags...behind its neighbors Brazil and Chile in doing...business ... ( read original story ...)


Commodities fuel Australia stock rally; Nikkei fla...
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However, weak macroeconomic data in Japan weighed...on stocks there, despite a weaker yen that would...make the country’s exports more competitive....The Nikkei Stock Average NIK, +0.03% was about...flat, suffering from the lingering effects of...Tuesday’s ... ( 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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Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The performance of...traditional Indonesian dances and Sundanese...musical instrument known as angklung enthralled...the visitors at the 2017 One World Festival in...Osaka. "Indonesias Consulate General in Osaka, in...collaboration with the ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese Santur Player Returns Home From Iran With...
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For this purpose, Iwasaki, 27, is aiming at santur...solo performance. He stayed in Iran for four years...to expand what he had initially learnt of santur...at Osaka College of Music. Before Iwasaki left...Iran for Japan, ISNA conducted an interview...(published on ... ( read original story ...)


Yokohama Geolandar M/T G003 Off-Road Tire Review
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Yokohama took note and is betting big on these...off-roaders with the all-new Geolandar M/T G003...mud terrain tire for light trucks. Although mud...terrain tires are extreme, Yokohama claims demand...for this type of tire has increased and should...continue to ... ( read original story ...)


Kazuyoshi Miura: Yokohama striker signs contract t...
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Japanese striker Kazuyoshi Miura will take his...professional career into his 50s after signing a...new contract with Yokohama FC. Japanese striker...Kazuyoshi Miura will take his professional...football career beyond his 50th birthday after...signing a new deal ... ( read original story ...)


TH Real Estate eyes Japan property on growth outlo...
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US pension giant TIAA is setting its sights on...Japanese real estate, betting Abenomics has the...economy well placed to grow in coming years. The...near 100-year-old firm, known for offering...retirement products to teachers, plans to invest...about $1 billion in ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo medals to be made from recycled donated meta...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - The medals for the 2020 Tokyo...Olympics will be forged from recycled metal from...old mobile phones and appliances donated by the...general public to give them a sense of direct...involvement in the Games, organisers said on...Wednesday. The move ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Inc sees better opportunities beyond China&#...
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TOKYO A vast majority of Japanese companies have...no interest to participate in China's sweeping..."Belt and Road" initiative, seeing greater...business opportunities in other international...economic co-operation, a Reuters poll shows. Only...5 percent of 220 ... ( read original story ...)


Japan, Russia defense chiefs eye deeper ties, divi...
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TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Japanese and Russian defense...ministers agreed Monday to deepen bilateral...cooperation in hopes of dealing with regional...security challenges and to continue joint training...between their nations' troops for maritime rescue...and search ... ( 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 ...)


Sapporo Is the First City In Japan To Recognize Ga...
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Sapporo has become the first city in Japan to...officially recognize same-sex partnerships....According to Kyodo News, on Thursday the city also...became the first to recognize partnerships between...heterosexual couples with gender dysphoria. The...initiative is ... ( 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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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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Here we address some key issues surrounding mobile...versus desktop in relation to credit union...internet banking. Mobile use demand is growing ... on computers in 10 countries including the US and...Japan.” There is no doubt that trend has...continued. ( read original story ...)


Volunteerism in Japan began with Kobe earthquake
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KOBE, Japan -- More than 20 years after the Kobe...earthquake, the devastation is still hard to...comprehend. In the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake...Memorial, videos, photos, and even life-size...re-creations are still shocking. The 7.3 magnitude...earthquake hit ... ( read original story ...)


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Japan’s Nikkei fell Thursday as a higher yen...hurt export stocks. Asian equity markets were...slightly higher Thursday, after U.S....President-elect Donald Trump largely avoided fresh...attacks on global trade in his first news...conference in six months. ( read original story ...)


Cameco to fight Tokyo Electric on cancellation of ...
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Canadian uranium producer Cameco Corp said on...Wednesday that Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) , the...operator of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima...nuclear plant, had scrapped its uranium supply...contract with the company. Cameco, one of the...world’s largest uranium ... ( read original story ...)


Foreign trends play larger role in Japanese growth...
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TOKYO -- The Japanese economy appears likely to...expand by roughly 1% this year, but foreign risks...such as a protectionist shift in Western nations...and a stronger dollar threaten to undermine the...growth potential. The global economy is trending...upward. ( read original story ...)


Trip to Tokyo? Ex-Goldman Trader Sells Secret, Top...
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Are you a business traveler who wants to jump to...the front of the waiting list for Tokyo’s...most exclusive restaurants? Check out this former...Goldman Sachs Group Inc. trader’s new...venture. Takashi Yamada, who worked at the Wall...Street firm for 15 years ... ( read original story ...)


Japan PM Abe adviser says government should consid...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan should consider more...government spending to maximise the impact of...monetary policy, an adviser to Prime Minister...Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday, indicating a shift...in emphasis to fiscal from monetary policy. Koichi...Hamada, long known ... ( read original story ...)


Nintendo cuts profit forecast as strong yen overwh...
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OSAKA, Japan (Reuters) - Japanese videogames maker...Nintendo Co cut its annual profit outlook by a...third on Wednesday as a strong yen erodes income...earned overseas and overwhelms an earnings bounce...from its surprise hit smartphone game Pokemon GO....But the ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's Abe Starts 4-Nation Trip With Visit t...
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived...Thursday for a two-day visit to Manila as the...Philippines has boosted ties with China while...taking a hostile stance toward Tokyo's main ally...the United States. The Philippines is Abe's first...stop in a four-nation ... ( 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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Article Continued Below “The time is right for...Japan to finally catch up now with the Olympics...just around the corner,” Bettcher said at a news...conference. He said it was a “golden opportunity...for Japan to better protect its people from the...deadly ... ( read original story ...)


U.S. identifies sailors who died in ship crash off...
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Among the seven U.S. Navy sailors who died in the...Saturday collision between the USS Fitzgerald and...a Philippine-flagged container ship off Japan were...an Ohioan expecting to retire soon, a Maryland man...his father called his best friend, and a...Connecticut ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's solar reforms cast shadow on renewabl...
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TOKYO -- Japan's crackdown on licensed solar power...providers who never began operations could set...back renewable energy development in the country...and put more facilities in the hands of a few...major players. Like a number of its peers, Enblue...was forced ... ( read original story ...)


Video: STEVEN TYLER Performs In Osaka, Japan
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AEROSMITH singer Steven Tyler performed with his...Nashville-based band LOVING MARY on April 8 at...Zepp Osaka Bayside in Osaka, Japan. Fan-filmed...video footage of the concert can be seen below....Tyler's debut solo album, "We're All Somebody From...Somewhere ... ( read original story ...)


Nagoya Grampus bring back the Gary Lineker days wi...
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It was 25 years ago when Gary Lineker was the main...man at Nagoya Grampus Eight, where he scored nine...goals in 23 appearances before announcing his...retirement from football in September 1994. His...last game for the club was watched by none other...than Arsene ... ( read original story ...)


Japan in Rage Free Zone: Why?
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Consumers like falling prices. Despite decades of...Japanese central bank madness, Japanese consumers...are actually happy. There is no conundrum. It is...the ruling class wealthy and politicians that...suffer from lack of inflation. Since Plender...believes ... ( read original story ...)


10-year countdown begins for launch of Tokyo-Nagoy...
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Work to build a line for magnetically levitated...bullet trains has kicked off 10 years before its...scheduled 2027 launch as Japan looks to shorten...the trip from Tokyo to Nagoya to just 40 minutes....Construction of a tunnel under the Minami Alps,...believed to ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo stocks end nearly flat as investors cautious...
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TOKYO, April 20 Japanese stocks ended nearly flat...for a second day on Thursday as investors became...cautious ahead of global risk events such as the...first-round of French presidential elections at...the weekend and mounting tensions over North...Korea. The ... ( read original story ...)


In Japan, 'Rocky' and 'Premium Frid...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - From the "Rocky" theme to cash...handouts and early "Premium Friday" finishes, a...small but growing number of companies in...workaholic Japan are getting creative with the...ways they're getting employees out the door early....The government ... ( 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 ...)


Japan zoo reveals 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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TOKYO -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte,...speaking in a country that hosts 50,000 U.S....troops, said Wednesday that he wants his country...to be free of foreign troops, possibly within two...years. "I want to be friends to China," he told an...audience of ... ( read original story ...)


'Proud to be Japanese' posters star Chin...
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Japanese Twitter users have called the message...behind the Kyoto poster "frightening" and..."pathetic", reported news portal SoraNews24. The...fact that it appeared in Kyoto, a major tourist...destination, was not lost on many. One Twitter...user said the "self ... ( read original story ...)


Asian stocks boosted by Trump pledge to cut busine...
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HONG KONG - Asian stocks advanced Friday led by...big gains in Japan after U.S. President Donald...Trump promised that he would soon cut taxes for...businesses. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index...surged 2.3 per cent as the yen weakened against...the dollar ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese kindergarten teaches students pre-war ide...
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Tsukamoto kindergarten, in Osaka, introduced the...rescript 15 years ago, although school officials...say it is not intended to fuel nationalism. "What...we're aiming to foster in education is patriotism...or 'Japanese-ism', expanding Japan's spirit all...over the ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Princess Missing School for Month for Health...
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A granddaughter of Japan's Emperor Akihito is not...feeling well and missing school for more than a...month. Palace officials said Wednesday the...14-year-old Princess Aiko has been staying home...since Sept. 26, after complaining of stomach...problems and dizziness ... ( read original story ...)


US beef, pork producers push for trade deal with J...
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Business groups representing the beef and pork...industries on Tuesday urged the Trump...administration to start trade negotiations with...Japan. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association...and the National Pork Producers Council sent a...letter to President Trump ... ( read original story ...)


How “Tokyo Rose” Became WWII’s Most Notorious Prop...
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During World War II, American servicemen regularly...huddled around radios to listen to the “Zero...Hour,” an English-language news and music...program that ... exotic backstories for the woman they called...“Tokyo Rose,” but few were stranger...than the ... ( read original story ...)


Donald Trump to meet with Alibaba's Jack Ma
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Last month, Trump announced that Japan's SoftBank...had agreed to invest $50 billion in ... "Our U.S. strategy is simple and clear", Ma said...in a 2015 op-ed. Since its 2014 IPO, e-commerce...industry observers have been waiting for Alibaba...to court USA consumers. ( read original story ...)


Japan's Shinzo Abe holds talks with Donald Tr...
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Japan's prime minister has voiced confidence in...Donald Trump's leadership after becoming the first...foreign leader to meet the US president-elect....Thursday's meeting at the Trump Tower in New York...City came amid nervousness among Japan's leaders...about the ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s Abe heads to Washington this week bearing ...
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Japan’s prime minister, a man who promised...voters he would turn Japan back into a...“beautiful country”, is now doing his utmost...to Make America Great Again. Shinzo Abe is set to...arrive in Washington on Friday for his first...official summit with ... ( read original story ...)