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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Sister Hailey Bunker (Bunker Shimai) served her...mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of...Latter-day Saints. Bunker served in Japan Nagoya...Mission, Japanese Speaking, from June 10, 2015...– December 13, 2016. She is the daughter of...Robert and Jocelyn ... ( read original story ...)


The North Korean threat to Japan
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The U.S., working with Japan, must make the...nuclear threat from North Korea a priority issue...ANALYSIS/OPINION: In early May, I was part of a...fact-finding trip to Japan. What I learned from...four days of discussions with senior government...officials ... ( read original story ...)


Japan looks to Singapore for ideas as Diet debate ...
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OSAKA – What are the odds that the public...can be convinced of the case for legalized casino...gambling? With the passage of a controversial bill...earlier this month lifting the ban on casino...gambling, and in the face of strong public...opposition, supporters ... ( 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 ...)


Thieves grab $3.5 million in cash in brazen Japan ...
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TOKYO: Three masked robbers snatched a suitcase...stuffed with millions of dollars in cash from a...businessman who had just withdrawn the money from...a bank in western Japan on Thursday, police said....In the audacious daylight mugging, assailants set...upon the ... ( read original story ...)


The $2,500 answer to Amazon’s Echo could mak...
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Japan has a sex problem. The country's birthrate...is shrinking year after year, to the point where...deaths are outpacing births. Simply put, Japan's...population is decreasing. But let's be clear:...Population change is a complicated subject...affected by many ... ( read original story ...)


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 to clear up confusion over high-tech toilets...
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Japan's toilet chiefs say they have come up with a...plan to stop tourists getting their knickers in a...twist over the country's mind-bogglingly high-tech...loos. Under new guidelines, manufacturers will use...the same eight pictograms to tell users which...button ... ( 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 Bank Lending 2.6% vs. 2.4% forecast
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Investing.com - Japan’s bank lending rose...unexpectedly in the last quarter, official data...showed on Wednesday. In a report, Bank of Japan...said that Japan’s Bank Lending rose to a...seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.6%, from 2.4%...in the preceding quarter. ( 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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Japan government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said ... "While we believe that the successful sale of its...chip business is indispensable for Toshiba to...remain a going concern, hurdles to realizing such...a goal are increasing," said Masako Kuwahara, a...senior ... ( read original story ...)


Nissan CEO to become chairman of Mitsubishi Motors...
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TOKYO - Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Japan's Nissan Motor,...was due to hold a news conference Thursday amid...reports he will become chairman of Mitsubishi...Motors, presiding over efforts to turn the...troubled automaker around. The Brazilian-born...Frenchman, who already ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo doctor arrested over alleged fraud following...
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A Tokyo hospital director was arrested Tuesday on...suspicion of defrauding a company executive after...falsely diagnosing him with a sexually transmitted...disease, police said. Michinari Hayashi, 69, head...of Shinjuku Central Clinic, allegedly swindled...about ¥ ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese women are entering the male-dominated wor...
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In Japan, it was once considered taboo for a woman...to speak with a man before he went on a hunt. But...a rising number of female hunters are taking up...arms, at their government's behest. Over the last...decade, Japanese farmers have lost up to $170...million ... ( read original story ...)


Famous Tsukiji fish market will be remade, not des...
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Tokyo’s huge, and hugely popular, Tsukiji fish...market won’t be destroyed but will be closed for...up to five years while it is modernized and turned...into a “food theme park,” the capital’s...governor said Tuesday. The market will move to a...state-of ... ( read original story ...)


Japan, India to ink controversial nuclear deal
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Japan and India are set to sign a controversial...civil nuclear deal this week, reports said on...Sunday, as the two Asian allies look to boost...economic and security ties to counter China....India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his...Japanese counterpart ... ( read original story ...)


Japan threatens India with WTO on steel as Trump e...
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"All trade need to be fair. If there are trades...that violate the rules, we will take necessary...actions while consulting with our government,"...Kosei Shindo, chairman of the Japan Iron and Steel...Federation, told a news conference on Friday. But...in an ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo tries to regain status as global financial p...
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TOKYO -- A Tokyo Metropolitan Government panel is...discussing steps aimed at reclaiming the Japanese...capital's status as Asia's top financial center,...including making the tax system more hospitable to...foreign financial institutions. The effort is...being ... ( read original story ...)


Australasian Flavor to Tokyo Maiden
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Sunday’s fourth race at Tokyo, a 1400m turf...maiden, has attracted a full field of 18,...including a trio of Southern Hemisphere-bred...2-year-olds, who will receive a weight and/or sex...concession from their Japanese-bred counterparts....Flora de Mariposa (Aus ... ( read original story ...)


Gamba Osaka bans fans for displaying controversial...
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TOKYO — Gamba Osaka has banned a group of fans...who displayed a banner with a logo resembling a...Nazi symbol during a J-League game. The banner,...which resembled a symbol derived from the SS of...Nazi Germany, was displayed at the team's April 16...match away ... ( 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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TOKYO — Longtime Shibuya vintage store Nude...Trump says its business remains unaffected by the...erratic behavior of the American president with...whom it shares a name. The store, located on the...third floor of an Eighties-style building, offers...a hodgepodge ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo stocks retreat in morning as firm yen drags ...
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TOKYO, March 6 (Xinhua) -- Tokyo stocks lost...ground Monday morning, as a comparatively firm yen...against the U.S. dollar saw exporter-linked shares...under pressure, which tends to drag down the...broader market. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average...dropped 98.70 ... ( 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 ...)


IOC to set Tokyo Olympics program, add street bask...
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GENEVA -- A full list of 2020 Tokyo Olympics medal...events will be finalized by the IOC executive...board next week, one month ahead of schedule....Among more than 60 proposals, 3-on-3 basketball is...an expected favourite after all were analyzed by...an ... ( 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 ...)


Japanese ambassador visits Manchester to discuss t...
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The visit from Koji Tsuruoka aims to celebrate the...region’s relationship with Japan, whilst...showcasing Greater Manchester as an investment and...business destination for Japanese investors,...especially in the areas of science, innovation,...infrastructure and ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei edges down, but small cap stocks attract bu...
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TOKYO, March 7 Japan's Nikkei share average edged...down on Tuesday, following Wall Street's lead,...with investors deterred by geopolitical tensions...after the North Korean missile tests, while buying...continued to fuel in into small cap stocks. The...Nikkei fell ... ( read original story ...)


Japan will not make concessions in two-way trade t...
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TOKYO Japan will not make concessions on issues...such as farm tariffs in two-way trade talks with...the United States as it did for the Trans-Pacific...Partnership (TPP), Japanese Finance Minister Taro...Aso told the Nikkei business daily in an...interview. ( read original story ...)


Tokyo brings in priests from India to pray for str...
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NK World, Tokyo [Japan], Oct. 22 : Priests from...all over India recently performed a mega non-stop...prayer-cum-ritual for nine days to strengthen...political and spiritual relations between India...and Japan. Speaking to ANI, senior Bharatiya...Janata Party (BJP ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo stocks fall at open, Toyota up on US investm...
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Tokyo stocks fell Tuesday as exporters dropped and...after Wall Street finished lower, but Toyota rose...on news it is investing about $10 billion in the...US over the next five years. The benchmark Nikkei...225 index was down 0.37 percent, or 72.19 points,...to sit ... ( 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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Tokyo's Olympic stadium will be constructed around...an unusual ... Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the...charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers...humanitarian news, women's rights, trafficking,...property rights, climate change and...resilience. ( read original story ...)


Britain and Japan sign nuclear energy cooperation ...
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Britain and Japan have signed an agreement that...significantly expands cooperation in the nuclear...energy sector and paves the way for Japanese...companies to construct nuclear plants in the UK....It also covers cooperation in the areas of...decommissioning and ... ( read original story ...)


Far-left activist charged with police slaying afte...
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The man, arrested by Osaka police on May 18 for a...separate offense, has not given his name but was...identified by the police as Masaaki Osaka, 67, on...Tuesday through multiple DNA tests. Osaka is...suspected of killing police officer Tsuneo...Nakamura ... ( read original story ...)


‘Unpopular’ Nagoya on hunt for catchphrase and log...
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In an effort to become a travel destination...instead of a mere transit point, Nagoya is asking...the public to help create a slogan or catchphrase...the city can use for tourism posters and websites...to improve its appeal. The Nagoya Municipal...Government is ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese tuna sells for more than $860,000 at Toky...
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A Japanese sushi chain boss has bid a winning 74.2...million yen ($866,000) for a 212-kilogram bluefin...tuna in what may be the last auction at the...current site of Tokyo's Tsukiji market. The...winning bid for the prized but imperilled species...was the second ... ( read original story ...)


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"The Mommy penalty is big," Rosenbluth tells...Business Insider. In response, women have begun...choosing their careers over children. Men, in...turn, have receded from the dating scene, too....Japan's work-heavy culture developed in the...aftermath of World War II ... ( read original story ...)


Japan kindergarten apologizes after possible hate-...
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western Japan, has been visited by Akie Abe and is...operated by Moritomo Gakuen, an educational...institution that plans to open an elementary...school in April with the prime minister's wife as...honorary principal. Kyodo news agency reported on...Friday that the ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo overcomes setbacks in 2020 Games
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TOKYO — With just over three years to go, sports...administrators from around the world are already...visiting Tokyo to check on the city's Olympic...preparations for the 2020 Games. While Tokyo has...had to overcome some initial setbacks, such as the...delay of ... ( read original story ...)


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The Federal Reserve has raised US interest rates,...and the European Central Bank is considering...easing its stimulus. Japan remains definitively...stuck, despite a long and aggressive experiment...with ultralow rates. A quarter-century after its...property bubble ... ( read original story ...)


OCA President hails Sapporo partnership
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SAPPORO, Japan, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- The President...of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), Sheikh Ahmad...Al Fahad Al Sabah, hailed the "real partnership"...between the OCA and Sapporo city at the welcome...reception for the 8th Asian Winter Games on...Saturday ... ( 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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Japan has set ambitious targets to double foreign...visitors to 40 million a year by the 2020...Olympics, and business aviation will play a role....The goal behind the increased tourism target is to...generate $8 billion in spending by overseas...visitors to Japan ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka cops form special task force to combat spike...
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OSAKA – The Osaka Prefectural Police have...set up a 140-strong emergency team to combat the...proliferation of fraud cases. Detected frauds...stood at 1,347 at the end of October, and fraud...damage in Osaka this year is estimated at...¥4.48 billion. Both have ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei falls to 1-1/2-week low as Softbank slides,...
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TOKYO, March 21 Japan's Nikkei share average fell...to a 1-1/2-week low on Tuesday as financial stocks...underperformed after U.S. yields fell, while...index-heavyweight SoftBank tumbled. The Nikkei...dropped 0.3 percent to 19,455.88, the lowest...closing level ... ( read original story ...)


US energy chief reassures Japan of commitment to e...
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TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. energy secretary has...reassured Japan that his country is committed to...tackling environmental issues and to promoting...clean energy even though the country is leaving...the Paris accord. Japanese officials say Energy...Secretary Rick ... ( read original story ...)


Iran doing business with 3 mega-banks of Japan
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Indications have emerged in the media that three...of the biggest Japanese banks are already doing...effective business with Iran – what could show a...major portion of post-sanctions banking problems...in dealing with the Islamic Republic has been...removed. ( read original story ...)


Japan Has Trade Surplus for 3rd Month as Imports F...
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Japan had a trade surplus of 152.5 billion yen...($1.3 billion) in November. The seasonally...adjusted trade balance was a surplus of 536.1...billion yen. The results were released as the Bank...of Japan begins a two-day monetary policy board...meeting. The yen has ... ( read original story ...)


Takefusa Kubo, previously on the books at the Camp...
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as he came on as a substitute in the Levain Cup...game against Consadole Sapporo. The Levain Cup -...the equivalent of England's EFL Cup - encounter...saw FC Tokyo run out 1-0 winners, and Kubo was...delighted to get on the pitch. "Playing today...reminded me just ... ( read original story ...)


Fans in Japan rush to get Murakami book with esote...
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TOKYO -- Fans of Haruki Murakami rushed to...Japanese bookstores Friday to get his latest work...with an esoteric title. "Kishidancho Goroshi," or..."Killing Commendatore," is a two-part story about...a 36-year-old portrait painter and what happens...after his wife ... ( read original story ...)


Japan October factory output steady, November seen...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's industrial output rose...in October from the previous month and...manufacturers say production likely bounced...sharply this month, preliminary government data...showed on Wednesday, in a sign of a tentative...pickup in factory activity. ( read original story ...)


Jury still out on 'Premium Friday' catch...
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Sadayuki Sakakibara, chairman of Keidanran (Japan...Business Federation), went shopping for a necktie...with his wife. The only killjoy on the horizon was...an estimate by SMBC Nikko Securities Inc. that...threw cold water on government plans to have...Premium ... ( 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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KYOTO – Nintendo-themed areas will be added...to Universal theme parks in Osaka, Orlando,...Florida, and Hollywood, California, over the next...few years, Nintendo Co. and Universal Parks &...Resorts announced. The new areas will have...multiple attractions ... ( read original story ...)


Samurai martyr beatified in Japan
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Tokyo, Japan, Feb 8, 2017 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN...News).- A 17th century Catholic Samurai and martyr...was beatified during a Mass in ‎Osaka, Japan on...Tuesday. Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the...Vatican’s ‎Congregation for the Causes of...Saints ... ( read original story ...)


ASEAN and Japan aim to foster startups in Southeas...
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Its goal was to promote collaboration between...ASEAN startups and Japanese companies. To that...end, at the beginning of the meeting, the ASEAN...Business Club, a group of leading companies in...Southeast Asia, signed a memorandum of cooperation...with nine ... ( read original story ...)


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


Japanese PM touring Asia’s youngest, growing econo...
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SINGAPORE - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe...begins a six-day tour of Asia-Pacific nations on...Thursday that includes the region’s youngest...and fastest-growing economies, seeking to...strengthen ties as growth at home lags. The three...Southeast Asian ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Post to drop talks to buy Nomura Real Estate...
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TOKYO Japan Post Holdings Co (6178.T) will...probably scrap talks to buy Nomura Real Estate...Holdings Inc (3231.T) as the two companies...struggle to agree on the terms, the Nikkei...business daily reported on Saturday. The potential...deal was first reported by ... ( 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 ...)


Alaska opens trade, pipeline office in Tokyo
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Alaska - The state of Alaska has opened an office...in Tokyo to help promote trade and advance a long...hoped-for natural gas pipeline project. The office...and the hiring of Masatoshi Nick Shiratori to...direct it was only announced to companies doing...business ... ( read original story ...)


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Japan has also dispatched its largest warship –...the Izumo ... the director for East and Southeast Asia at the...Center for American Progress, told Fox News. In...his first months in office the Trump...administration has taken a more active stance...toward ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's tourism industry braces for fallout f...
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The furor over a major Japanese hotel chain's...decision to place a book denying ... 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 ...)


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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NAGOYA – The Nagoya Municipal Government on...Friday took the unusual step of warning tourists...that they enter Nagoya Castle’s tower at...their own risk due to the building being in danger...of collapse in a strong earthquake. The city said...it installed the ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Display still swimming in red ink after miss...
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TOKYO -- Japan Display's dismal fiscal 2016...earnings stood out in the sea of good results from...electronic-device makers, but the company has only...itself to blame for misreading a clear shift in...demand from its biggest customer -- Apple. The...major LCD panel ... ( read original story ...)


Panasonic to supply solar panels to Tesla
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OSAKA -- Panasonic will supply solar panels to...U.S.-based Tesla Motors, looking to offset...dwindling business in Japan with sales abroad. The...Osaka-based manufacturer will build the panels for...Tesla at its idled Kaizuka factory near here, and...in Malaysia. ( read original story ...)


Tokyo Creates New Logo to Promote City Overseas
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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has created a...new logo and slogan. The new "Tokyo Tokyo Old...meets New" logo and slogan, with the first Tokyo...depicted in a brushstroke font and the second in a...Gothic block typeface, will be used in various...promotional ... ( read original story ...)


Best onsen retreats in Osaka
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Meeting planners can include a “spa day” as...visits to onsen resorts are viable day-trip...incentives from Osaka. Arima Onsen is one of the...oldest onsen (hot spring) towns in Japan, founded...1,300 years ago. Located in a mountain setting,...it’s just 45 ... ( read original story ...)


Reluctant princess: The mystery around Japan’s rec...
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But for Japan’s Crown Princess Masako ... challenge to get through each and every day with...my sorrow and anxiety,” she said during a rare...news conference in 2007. Struggling to adapt to...demands of stuffy court officials, she has...suffered on and ... ( read original story ...)


China trims 2017 growth target, warns against trad...
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“We must be fully alert to the buildup of risks...related to non-performing assets, bond defaults,...shadow banking and Internet finance,” said Li....Banking and securities regulators already have...said their priority this year is reducing risk and...watching ... ( 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 ...)


Tokyo cops: Elderly driver distracted by traffic l...
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The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department is...weighing charges of negligent driving resulting in...death for a 71-year-old male driver who struck...Tadamitsu Ishizaka, 61, who was walking across a...crossing at an intersection on Monday, TBS News...reports (Nov. 17). ( read original story ...)


Japan to Send Largest Warship to South China Sea: ...
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TOKYO — Japan plans to dispatch its largest...warship on a three-month tour through the South...China Sea beginning in May, Reuters cited three...sources as saying on Monday. NBC News was not...immediately able to verify the report but if...confirmed it would be ... ( read original story ...)