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Japan Buys Up US Treasuries

A victim of its own actions, yields on Japanese debt have been pinned near zero ever since the Bank of Japan embarked on its aggressive bond buying program. Europe isn’t much of an option too, as yields turned negative this year on the region’s own quantitative easing.

China Announces 2nd Rate Cut In 4 Months

On Saturday, the People's Bank of China announced that it will cut the benchmark deposit and loan interest rates by 25 basis points starting 1st March. That would put the one-year deposit rate at 2.5 percent and the one-year lending rate at 5.35 percent.

Greece Extends Lifeline

Eurozone finance ministers agreed to extend Greece’s bailout deal for another four months, provided it came up with a list of reforms by this week. Under the deal, Greece will still live under the EU/IMF bailout which Greek Prime Minister Alex Tsipras had pledged to scrap.

Crunch Time For Greece

This week, euro-area finance ministers prepare to reconvene in Brussels to try and break an impasse over financing Europe’s most indebted state, Greece.

Strong Signal of US Rate Hike?

U.S. non-farm payrolls increased by 257,000 in January, capping a total gain of 1 million workers since November, the strongest three-month increase in 17 years.

Does Japan Have Nuclear Weapons? Ebiz news from Japan.

Given that most nuclear power plants do not need plutonium as a fuel (although those using a mix called MOX do), the only conclusion we could come to was that Japan is on the threshold of having nuclear weapons.

Will the Inbound Tourism Boom Continue?

For the first time in 44 years, in the first half of 2015 there were more inbound tourists than Japanese going overseas. The forecast for inbound tourists for 2015 is now around 18m.

Building Dreams Out of a Baklava Bakery, e-biz news from Japan

Hasel Foods is the only company in Japan making freshly-cooked Baklava. It is all hand-made and requires years of study and practice to make well.

Japan About to Overtake Korea as an Inbound Tourist Destination?

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak in South Korea has knocked the stuffing out of the tourism industry there. Apparently the number of Chinese tourists fell by 54% in June.

Are the Chinese Buying Up Japan? E-biz news from Japan.

Sales of residential property to Chinese and Taiwanese are up 70% in the first quarter of 2015, according to leading Taiwan listed realtor, Sinyi Realty.