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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Japan panel endorses Emperor Akihito's abdica...
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TOKYO - A Japanese government panel has endorsed...Emperor Akihito's apparent desire to abdicate but...avoided a key question of succession amid a...declining royal population. The six-member...advisory panel in its final report Friday proposed...Akihito abdicate ... ( read original story ...)


BRIEF-Yokohama Rubber unit says fire accident
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Says fire accident happened in a warehouse of unit...YOKOHAMA TIRE PHILIPPINES,INC. on May 14 * Other...details not disclosed Source text in...Japanese:goo.gl/Kul0yg Further company coverage:...(Beijing Headline News) Our Standards: The Thomson...Reuters Trust ... ( read original story ...)


Tsuruha settles damages suit with Tepco over Fukus...
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SAPPORO – Sapporo-based drug store chain...Tsuruha Co. on Friday agreed with Tokyo Electric...Power Company Holdings Inc. to settle a damages...suit related to the 2011 nuclear accident at the...utility’s Fukushima No. 1 plant. In the...suit, Tsuruha, a unit of ... ( read original story ...)


As Venezuela starves, military seen trafficking im...
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“They always had what I needed.” With...much of the oil country on the verge of starvation...and malnourished children dying in pediatric...wards, food trafficking has become big business in...Venezuela. And the military is at the heart of the...graft, according ... ( read original story ...)


Japanese PM to propose plan for creating 700,000 U...
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TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe...intends to propose during a meeting with United...States President Donald Trump on Feb. 10 a...bilateral economic co-operation plan, including...the creation of a $450 billion US market through...railways and other ... ( read original story ...)


Calling card: the evolution of business cards in J...
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Another theory suggests that Commodore Matthew C....Perry’s delegation carried business cards with...them when the Black Ships sailed into Tokyo Bay in...1853. “The people who were on the ship with...Perry already had something that looked like...business cards ... ( read original story ...)


Tsukiji fish seller: 'My family has sold tuna...
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Tokyo's legendary Tsukiji fish market, which...supplies the city's finest sushi restaurants and...the general public, is set to be closed down and...moved to a bigger, more modern site. Toichiro...Iida, a third-generation tuna wholesaler, explains...how families ... ( read original story ...)


Vietnam’s investment opportunities introduced in O...
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Osaka (VNA) – The Vietnamese Consulate...General in Osaka introduced ... to complete investment licence and business...registration procedures through mails. They also...asked for permission to export used equipment to...Vietnam. Also at the event, the Vietnam ... ( read original story ...)


Hong Kong’s “Mad World” wins Osaka Asian Film Fest...
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PanARMENIAN.Net - Hong Kong’s “Mad World”...won the Grand Prix at the 12th Osaka Asian Film...Festival, Variety reports. The festival is a...rising showcase for indie talent in the Asian...region. Prizes were announced Saturday, March 11....The festival ... ( read original story ...)


Fukushima to Host Olympic Baseball, Softball at To...
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Tokyo 2020 will be the first time that baseball...and softball have been featured at the Olympics...since 2008. A stadium in the city of Yokohama will...host other baseball and softball games. "Fukushima...will have a great platform to show the world the...extent 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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Osaka’s landmark Tsutenkaku tower turns 60
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OSAKA – Osaka celebrated the 60th...anniversary of the Tsutenkaku tower on Friday as...the landmark regained its popularity in recent...years with a growing number of foreign tourists...drawn to the retro allure of the relatively short...observation tower. “I ... ( read original story ...)


3 dead in heavy snowfall as coldest day this winte...
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Airlines including All Nippon Airways and Japan...Airlines cancelled at least 130 flights, while...services on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen lines...saw delays. To have fuller access to the Kyodo...News website, it is necessary to subscribe. We...offer a broad ... ( read original story ...)


How Japan's ex-vice finance minister views US...
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TOKYO -- As the world prepares for Donald Trump to...be sworn in as U.S. president on Jan. 20,...attention has turned to the outlook for U.S.-Japan...relations and the impact on the foreign exchange...markets. Trump is frequently compared to former...U.S. President ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's farm sector in US crosshairs
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WASHINGTON -- Opening up the Japanese market to...U.S. agricultural exports will likely be a subject...of heated discussion as talks progress from...bilateral economic discussions that opened...Tuesday. The White House under President Donald...Trump has favored ... ( read original story ...)


Japan scrambles fighter jets as China flies drone ...
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We have sternly protested [to China] that it is...utterly unacceptable". The Chinese vessels were...reportedly equipped with guns, Kyodo news agency...cited Japan Coast Guard as saying. The Chinese...ships were ordered to leave the waters but they...left the waters ... ( read original story ...)


Asian shares mixed, Japan's Nikkei gains on w...
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Japan's benchmark rose after the dollar slipped...against the ... Brent crude, the international standard, rose 47...cents to $54.39 a barrel. AP Business writers Stan...Choe and Marley Jay contributed to this...report. ( read original story ...)


Where will the next mega earthquake hit? Curvy fau...
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Embed Feed 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami:...Time-lapse aerial footage shows rebuilding efforts...five years on from disaster IBTimes UK Mega...earthquakes have been linked to how curvy the...fault is, with a flatter fault more likely to...produce magnitude 9 or ... ( read original story ...)


Saudi king visits Japan, seeks help in diversifyin...
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Japan and Saudi Arabia agreed Monday to explore...ways to bolster Japanese investment and trade in...the Middle Eastern nation, possibly by setting up...special economic zones there. King Salman and...about a thousand businesspeople from Saudi Arabia...are in Japan ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi to open bran...
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DUBAI Dec 13 Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ has...received a licence to open a branch in Saudi...Arabia, becoming the first Japanese bank to...establish a presence in the kingdom. The bank,...part of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, has played...a central role in the ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's megabanks consider a pivot to America
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To tap this, Sumitomo Mitsui looks to increase...lending to local and Japanese businesses as well...as bolster brokerage services such as M&A...advising. Mizuho Financial Group is luring talent...from Western rivals to enhance its investment...banking operations and ... ( 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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How cute and cuddly mascots generate billions in J...
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HANYU, Japan --They’re kooky, cuddly –...and for some – a little creepy. In Japan,...mascots aren’t warm-up acts. They’re...the main event, reports CBS News correspondent...Adriana Diaz. It’s been dubbed the capital...of cute, and at the World Character ... ( read original story ...)


China, Japan extract combustible ice from seafloor
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Japan first extracted some of the material in 2013...but ended ... In this May 16, 2017 photo released by China's...Xinhua News Agency, workers celebrate the...successful trial extraction of natural gas from...combustible ice trapped under the seafloor on a ... ( read original story ...)


Staying in Shinjuku? Check These 4 Affordable Busi...
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This hotel boasts close proximity to gardens. The...Tokyo Business Hotel is only a 15-minute walk from...the Shinjuku Station (新宿駅)...which makes it accessible to Shibuya...(渋谷), Ikebukuro (池袋),...and Roppongi (六本木). It is a...great place for ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo cops: Pedestrian struck, killed by distracte...
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TOKYO (TR) – A man was struck and killed in...near the Roppongi ... was killed after the 32-year-old cyclist hit him...on a sloped passageway some two meters wide, TBS...News reports (Dec. 31). The cyclist was riding...down the passageway without his ... ( read original story ...)


Hockey Night in Manila: how a Surrey rec-league pl...
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The men's national team recently placed third in...their division at the Asian Winter Games in...Sapporo, Japan — Montano plays on that team as a...forward — and the women's team is going to its...first international tournament in Thailand....Montano says ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Watches Uneasily as Trump Shakes Taiwan-Chin...
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(Bloomberg) -- U.S. President-elect Donald...Trump’s apparent willingness to engage with...Taiwan could spur Chinese retaliation that draws...in Japan, complicating the geopolitical landscape...in North Asia, according to a former Japanese vice...minister for ... ( read original story ...)


Post-Show Report Manufacturing World Osaka 2016 Co...
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OSAKA, Japan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 14, 2016--Reed...Exhibitions Japan Ltd., the largest show organiser...in Japan, announced that Manufacturing World Osaka...2016 held from October 5 - 7, 2016 at INTEX Osaka,...the Western Japan’s largest manufacturing...industry ... ( read original story ...)


Canada's top climbers converge on Edmonton fo...
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Now, that's changed. If Sethna keeps climbing the...way she has been, she could very well find herself...back in Japan, where the sport will be introduced...in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "Climbing is...very much a mental sport, especially at this...level," she ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's industrial output falls 0.8% in Jan.,...
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Japan's industrial output fell 0.8 percent from...the previous ... 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 ...)


Amendment Of Trademark Act – Registration Of...
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That is, color marks are not registered unless the...applicant proves that the applied-for color mark...has acquired distinctiveness in Japan through...extensive and long-standing use. An applicant...needs to indicate the following information and...entries ... ( 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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Tsunami hits Japan after strong quake, nuclear pla...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake rocked...northern Japan on Tuesday, the Japan...Meteorological Agency said, generating a tsunami...that hit the same region devastated by a massive...quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011. The...earthquake, which was ... ( read original story ...)


Japan scrambles jets after China allegedly flies d...
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Tokyo (AFP) - Japan said Friday it scrambled...fighter jets after a Chinese vessel sailing in...disputed waters launched a drone, the latest bout...of tension in a longstanding territorial row. The...two countries are at odds over a group of small...uninhabited ... ( read original story ...)


Tsukiji fish seller: 'My family has sold tuna...
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Tokyo's legendary Tsukiji fish market, which...supplies the city's finest sushi restaurants and...the general public, is set to be closed down and...moved to a bigger, more modern site. Toichiro...Iida, a third-generation tuna wholesaler, explains...how families ... ( read original story ...)


Airbnb use soars while Japan juggles legal conundr...
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Japan ranks in the top five for the number of...lodgers, Airbnb's Christopher Lehane told The...Nikkei on Tuesday. Lehane oversees the company's...negotiations with national governments. Airbnb...users in Japan hit a record in the January-October...period ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka Gas : acquires interests in two US Power pla...
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Osaka Gas has announced today that it has entered...into agreement with Competitive Power Ventures...(CPV) and other owners for its acquisition of...equity interest in the two power generation plants...in the United States. Shore Power Plant, having...the installed ... ( read original story ...)


Police officer dispatched from Osaka insults prote...
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NAHA, OKINAWA PREF. – A riot police officer...dispatched from Osaka to help local police respond...to anti-base protests in Okinawa Prefecture hurled...an ethnic slur at protesters, calling them dojin,...meaning aboriginal, police officials said...Wednesday. ( read original story ...)


Canada-U.K. produced Sundance doc 'Tokyo Idol...
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Shot in Japan, the Canada-U.K produced film had...its world premiere at Sundance last Friday and...will eventually air on Canada's Super Channel....Some 10,000 idols are part of a $1-billion annual...industry in Japan, where looking "fresh" and..."cute" is the goal. ( read original story ...)


Tokyo says no trade deals with Moscow in violation...
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The heads of state are likely to discuss the issue...of the Kuril Islands, the Russian territory part...of which Tokyo regards as its own. The islands...have been part of the Soviet Union and later the...Russian Federation since the end of World War II...in ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's economy grows faster than expected
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Japan's economy grew faster than expected in the...first three months of the year, according to...official data. The economy grew 0.5% in the...quarter, while the annualised rate of growth was...2.2% - the fastest rate for a year. The figures...means Japan has now ... ( read original story ...)


Moxy Tokyo Kinshicho Hotel Announced for November ...
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Tokyo-based commercial real estate developer...Pacifica Capital K.K. has signed a management...contract with Marriott International to open...Japan’s first location for Moxy Hotels in...November 2017. The property, to be known as...“Moxy Tokyo Kinshicho Hotel ... ( 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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U.S. secretary of state to visit Japan, South Kore...
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China's Foreign Ministry did not immediately...respond to a request for comment. Japan's Kyodo...news agency, citing diplomatic sources, said...Tillerson was expected in Japan on March 17-18 and...would meet Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida....Tillerson and Kishida ... ( read original story ...)


Japan blasts: One dead in Utsunomiya city
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north of Tokyo. Two cars in a nearby parking area...also caught fire at the same time, police said. It...was not immediately clear what had caused the...explosions. Kyodo news agency said a festival...celebrating traditional culture had been taking...place in a ... ( read original story ...)


Tokyo stocks open lower as investors await Trump i...
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Tokyo stocks opened lower Friday as investors...turned cautious ahead of the inauguration of US...President-elect Donald Trump. Takata shares were...untraded with sell orders overwhelming buying bids...as investors sought to dump the stock after...Thursday's 17 ... ( read original story ...)


Anthony Bourdain explains why, even after touring ...
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If you ask him, as Business Insider did earlier...this year, what his favorite destination is, he...will immediately tell you it's Japan. "Japan is...endlessly, endlessly interesting to me," he said....And even after going on nine filming trips there,..."I don't ... ( 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 ...)


Report: Tokyo doctors accused in multiple gang rap...
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A separate report from Nippon News Network (Feb....19) reveals that the door of the ... He is suspected of raping seven women in Tokyo...and Kanagawa and Saitama prefectures between April...and October of 2016. He allegedly filmed the...sexual assaults with ... ( read original story ...)


Starbucks Japan Is Serving a Cherry Pie Frappuccin...
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Cherry blossom season is one of Japan’s most...celebrated annual events, with trees in bloom and...sakura flavor popping up in everything from Kit...Kats to Krispy Kreme. This year, Starbucks Japan...is celebrating the fruits of those blossoms in a...uniquely ... ( read original story ...)


Cameco Corp.: When Should You Buy?
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On the positive side, Japan’s Osaka High Court...overturned lower court decisions to ... Motley Fool co-founder David Gardner just issued...a Buy Recommendation on this recent Canadian IPO....Stock Advisor Canada’s Chief Investment Adviser,...Iain Butler ... ( read original story ...)


How Japan's ex-vice finance minister views US...
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TOKYO -- As the world prepares for Donald Trump to...be sworn in as U.S. president on Jan. 20,...attention has turned to the outlook for U.S.-Japan...relations and the impact on the foreign exchange...markets. Trump is frequently compared to former...U.S. President ... ( read original story ...)


Japan to require regional banks to contain bond-ho...
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The new regulation, to be introduced from the...fiscal year ending in March 2019, will target...Japan's 95 banks that do not hold overseas...operations, including Aozora Bank (8304.T),...Shinsei Bank (8303.T) and Resona bank (8308.T),...the paper said. With their ... ( 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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Demand for condominiums in Osaka is growing, not...just from wealthy people but from family...households, with the increasing supply of...affordable rooms, in stark contrast to falling...demand for property in central Tokyo. The number...of new condos listed for ... ( read original story ...)


Big data turns failed experiments into potential g...
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Often, data from unsuccessful research is shelved...and forgotten, if not discarded altogether. But a...couple of Japanese chemical companies — Sumitomo...Chemical and Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings — have...come to the realization that there is value hidden...in ... ( read original story ...)


SPOTLIGHT ON: KIMONO CULTURE
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Kimono Culture: The Beauty of Japanese Culture...Viewed Through the Lens of Kimono is an ongoing...exhibition at the Nikkei National Museum, running...until Sept. 3. The exhibit explores the beauty of...Japanese culture through the lens of kimono - the...traditional ... ( read original story ...)


transcosmos : Opens “Work it! Plaza Sapporo”, a hi...
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transcosmos inc. (Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan;...President and COO: Masataka Okuda; TSE First...Section: 9715; hereafter, transcosmos) expanded...one of its contact centers, 'Marketing Chain...Management Center Sapporo Kitaguchi' (hereafter,...MCM Center Sapporo ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka taking applications for parties seeking to o...
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OSAKA – The Osaka Municipal Government will...begin accepting applications from minpaku private...inn service operators Monday, in a bid to help...ease the accomodation shortage in the city caused...by the increase in foreign tourists. The services...to let ... ( read original story ...)


Strong Quake in Western Japan Knocks out Power, In...
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A powerful earthquake in western Japan knocked...loose roof tiles, toppled store shelves and caused...power outages Friday afternoon, but apparently...caused no widespread damage. At least seven people...were injured, one seriously. The Japan...Meteorological Agency ... ( read original story ...)


Japan: First abdication in two centuries, Emperor ...
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The Japanese government approved the bill allowing...ageing Emperor Akihito to step down from the...Chrysanthemum Throne. The Japanese government...approved a one-off bill allowing ageing Emperor...Akihito to step down from the Chrysanthemum...Throne, in the first ... ( read original story ...)


Nikkei slips as Trump trade fades, steelmakers lea...
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TOKYO, Jan 16 Japan's Nikkei share average slipped...on Monday as investors locked in gains, bracing...for more detail on the Trump Administration's...trade policies, with steelmakers and shippers...leading the losses. The Nikkei average dropped 0.9...percent to ... ( read original story ...)


Japan racks up longest growth streak in over a dec...
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But if the dollar's recent slide continues,...Japanese firms could lose that advantage,...returning to the difficulties they faced for much...of last year. Start your day right with the latest...news driving global markets, from major stock...movers and key economic ... ( read original story ...)


Nagoya Castle’s concrete tower to be restored as w...
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NAGOYA – Nagoya Castle’s main concrete tower...is set to be replaced in 2022 with a wooden...structure more closely resembling the original...keep as the city looks to attract tourists. The...project will be the first of its kind for a...Japanese castle ... ( 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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Caroline Kennedy is stepping down Wednesday after...three years as U.S. ambassador to Japan, where she...was welcomed like a celebrity and worked to deepen...the U.S.-Japan relationship despite regular...flare-ups over American military bases on the...southern ... ( read original story ...)


Japan's Unicharm fires up third Saudi diaper ...
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TOKYO -- Japanese diaper maker Unicharm took a...major step toward developing the Middle Eastern...market by opening its third plant in Saudi Arabia....The new factory, next to another manufacturing...center in Riyadh, apparently cost a few billion...yen (1 billion ... ( read original story ...)


Exclusive: U.S., Japanese firms collaborating on n...
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As nuclear-armed Pyongyang builds ever more...advanced missiles with the ability to strike...anywhere in Japan, Tokyo is likely to fund a...ground version of the ship-based Aegis defense...system deployed on warships in the Sea of Japan,...other sources had said ... ( read original story ...)


Japan’s Bank Earnings Hindered by Negative Rates, ...
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TOKYO—Profits at Japan’s top banks...were hurt by negative interest rates and a...stronger yen in the fiscal first half,...highlighting challenges in the banking industry....Japan’s biggest lender, Mitsubishi UFJ...Financial Group Inc. or MUFG, reported net ... ( read original story ...)


North Korea insists latest missile launch proves i...
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North Korea said Monday that it is ready to mass...produce a new medium-range missile that has the...capability of reaching Japan and major U.S....military ... In an interview with "Fox News Sunday" Secretary...of State Rex Tillerson said the ongoing testing ... ( read original story ...)


Japan Considers Bill to Allow Casinos
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Dec.05 -- Japan could take a step closer to...legalizing casinos as parliament considers a...controversial bill. Bloomberg's Isabel Reynolds...reports on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia." ( read original story ...)


Tokyo stocks open higher on weak yen, upbeat US da...
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Tokyo stocks opened higher on Wednesday as...exporters rose on a weaker yen and as energy...stocks followed oil prices upward, with investors...cheered by encouraging US economic data. "We're in...for another bull market today, particularly with...the yen trading ... ( read original story ...)


Toyota 'backs flying car project' in Jap...
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These are external links and will open in a new...window Japanese carmaker Toyota has announced its...backing for a group of engineers who are...developing a flying car. It will give 40 million...yen (£274, 000) to the Cartivator group that...operates outside ... ( read original story ...)


How to enjoy winter in Sapporo, according to ‘Biya...
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GMA News TV’s resident biyahero Drew Arellano...and his ‘Biyahe ni Drew’ crew have listed the...top things to do in Sapporo in wintertime: Sled at...Moerenuma Park Who knew a landfill could turn into...a beautiful park? Since being opened to the public...in ... ( read original story ...)


Osaka governor blocks opening of scandal-tainted s...
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OSAKA – Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui said Monday he...will not approve the opening of an elementary...school at the center of a national political...scandal involving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and...his wife, Akie. “The whole project has to be...reviewed, and this ... ( read original story ...)