U.S. inflation path since 2012 is worrisome, policymaker says

In slides prepared for delivery in Tokyo on Friday, the U.S. central banker said U.S. prices are now 4.6 percent below the price level path established from 1995 to 2012, when inflation was growing near the Fed's target of 2 percent each year. "This is not ... ( read original story ...)

Nagoya University researchers break down plastic waste

Nagoya, Japan - What to do proteins and Kevlar have in common? Both feature long chain molecules that are strung together by amide bonds. These strong chemical bonds are also common to many other naturally occurring molecules as well as man-made ... ( read original story ...)

Tokyo shares advance in morning tracking strong U.S. stocks

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

Foreigners detained in Japan stage hunger strike to stay

Miyasako said in a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Tokyo. They have since recovered. Immigration officials say such people simply need to leave Japan. "The decision has been made that they are to return and so we keep talking to them ... ( read original story ...)

Sendai-based upstart taking on big Osaka appliance makers

OSAKA – Iris Ohyama, based in Sendai, is taking on Osaka Prefecture’s more established home appliance makers, including Panasonic and Sharp, in the battle for consumers’ hearts and wallets. Iris joined the home appliance market in 2009 and its ... ( read original story ...)