Tokyo stocks end 0.4% stronger

Japan Economy News - April 28, 2015 - 09:49
Tokyo stocks staged modest gains on Tuesday, as strong buying in earnings-related performers such as Fanuc and Denso helped the Nikkei Stock Average snap a two-day slide. (
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Japan's downgrade: Why no one seems to care

Japan Economy News - April 28, 2015 - 07:51
Japan's already less-than-sterling credit rating took another hit from Fitch's downgrade Monday, but the country's bonds and currency are likely to remain impervious to the blow. (
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AV star Minako Komukai gets 18-month prison term for drugs

Japan Society News - April 28, 2015 - 07:48
The Tokyo District Court on Monday handed down an 18-month prison sentence to adult video (AV) actress Minako Komukai for the possession and use of stimulant drugs, reports TBS News. (Tokyo Reporter)
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3rd dead cat found in Tokyo neighborhood

Japan Society News - April 28, 2015 - 07:44
Police in Tokyo's Nerima Ward said Tuesday that a dead cat was found at the entrance to an elementary school in Sakuradai. It was the third time this month that dead cats have been found in the neighborhood. (Japan Today)
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Kishida calls for accelerating nuclear disarmament

Japan Politics News - April 28, 2015 - 04:55
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida called for accelerating nuclear disarmament in a speech at a review conference on the nuclear nonproliferation treaty held in the U.N. headquarters in New York on Monday. (Jiji Press)
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Tweet leads to arrest of 'Mr. Marijuana' in Osaka

Japan Society News - April 28, 2015 - 04:53
On Monday, prosecutors at the Osaka District Court filed drug charges against a 39-year-old male whose who was arrested after he showed support for marijuana use on the Internet, reports the Sankei Shimbun (April 27). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Japan gets bigger as new coastline emerges

Japan Sci-Tech News - April 27, 2015 - 23:28
Crowded Japan has got a little bit roomier after a 300-meter strip of land emerged from the sea and attached itself to the coast, experts said Monday. (Japan Today)
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Abe tells Harvard he's trying to improve status of women in Japan

Japan Politics News - April 27, 2015 - 23:26
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday his administration is trying to improve the status of women in his country as it also seeks to protect women's rights on the international stage. (Japan Today)
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Inpex wins stake in major UAE oil fields

Japan Business News - April 27, 2015 - 23:12
Japan's Inpex Corp on Monday won a stake in the development of major oil fields in the oil-rich emirate of Abu Dhabi, deepening the Asian nation's ties to the United Arab Emirates federation. (Japan Today)
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Japan, U.S. agree on 'seamless' defense cooperation

Japan Politics News - April 27, 2015 - 23:07
Japan and the United States have agreed on "seamless" defense cooperation from peacetime to contingencies, the two countries said Monday, announcing the first revision to their defense cooperation guidelines in 18 years. (Jiji Press)
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Lawson to take over Tokyo Metro stores

Japan Business News - April 27, 2015 - 23:01
Major convenience store operator Lawson Inc. said Monday it will conclude a franchising contract with a Tokyo Metro Co. subsidiary to convert Metro's stores at subway stations to Lawson outlets, beginning around September. (The Japan News)
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2 hearing-impaired women win assembly seats in Sunday's polls

Japan Politics News - April 27, 2015 - 22:59
A former nightclub hostess with a hearing disability was elected to the assembly of Kita Ward, Tokyo. (The Japan News)
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Fitch Downgrades Japan, Warns About Its Fiscal Strategy And Debt Reduction Policies

Japan Economy News - April 27, 2015 - 12:14
Fitch Ratings downgraded Japan on Monday amid concerns about Japan's failure to tackle its debt-to-GDP ratio, after the country failed to account for the financial impact of a deferred tax increase. The international credit ratings agency downgraded Japan to an 'A' from an 'A+'. (
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Nikkei 225 Slips 0.18% Awaiting Earnings Reports; Back Under 20,000

Japan Economy News - April 27, 2015 - 12:12
The Nikkei 225 Monday fell 0.19% as traders awaited a flood of earnings reports this week, but mulled central bank policy meetings in the United States and Japan. The small Friday gain on Wall Street was shrugged off. (
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Campaigning on Osaka City restructuring starts

Japan Politics News - April 27, 2015 - 12:07
Residents in the key western Japanese city of Osaka will vote whether to divide the city into 5 special wards, in pursuit of running the city more efficiently. (NHK)
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FamilyMart offering banking services

Japan Business News - April 27, 2015 - 12:05
Japan's convenience store chain FamilyMart is to launch several over-the-counter banking services. The new services will include re-issuing cash cards. (NHK)
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Ex-Minister Obuchi questioned by prosecutors over fund scandal

Japan Politics News - April 27, 2015 - 12:02
Former Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yuko Obuchi has been questioned by prosecutors on a voluntary basis over a political fund scandal, informed sources said Monday. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo cops arrest yakuza for scalping McCartney tix

Japan Society News - April 27, 2015 - 07:32
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the arrest of an organized crime boss for scalping tickets for a concert by Paul McMartney last week, reports TBS News (April 27). (Tokyo Reporter)
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U.S., Japan to unveil new defence guidelines amid China's rise

Japan Politics News - April 27, 2015 - 06:20
The Japanese military could expand its role and missions around the world under new U.S.-Japan defence guidelines that are expected to be released on Monday and may cause unease in China. (Reuters)
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One finalist for AKB48 draft this year is just 11 years old

Japan Society News - April 26, 2015 - 23:50
Japan's 140-member supergroup AKB48 is holding its second annual draft next month, in which sub-teams will choose new members from a draft of 48 young hopefuls. And among the finalists is one of the youngest potential members the group has ever seen. (Japan Today)
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