100,000 apply to participate in first public tours of parts of Imperial Palace

Japan Society News - April 23, 2014 - 07:57
The Imperial Household Agency announced this week that it has received over 100,000 applications from individuals seeking to participate in the first ever public opening of parts of the Imperial Palace. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo stocks close up 1.09pc, Nikkei 225 index closed 157.50 points

Japan Stocks News - April 23, 2014 - 07:49
Tokyo stocks ended 1.09 percent higher Wednesday, buoyed by another day of gains on Wall Street and as railway and hotels giant Seibu Holdings rose nearly 11 percent on its return to the Japanese market. (brecorder.com)
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Tokyo stocks close up 1.09pc, Nikkei 225 index closed 157.50 points

Japan Economy News - April 23, 2014 - 07:49
Tokyo stocks ended 1.09 percent higher Wednesday, buoyed by another day of gains on Wall Street and as railway and hotels giant Seibu Holdings rose nearly 11 percent on its return to the Japanese market. (brecorder.com)
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Satellite images of N.Korea test site released

Japan Politics News - April 23, 2014 - 04:42
A US research group has released satellite images of North Korea's nuclear test site. The researchers say the photos show an increase in activities, but the operations have not reached the high level of intensity that occurred before the previous 2 detonations. (NHK)
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79-year-old woman stabbed to death in Shizuoka home

Japan Society News - April 22, 2014 - 23:34
Police in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, said Tuesday that a 79-year-old woman was stabbed to death at her home. (Japan Today)
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H.I.S. eyes island off theme park for casino

Japan Business News - April 22, 2014 - 23:32
H.I.S. Co.'s Dutch-themed Huis Ten Bosch amusement park along the Nagasaki coast is considering buying a deserted offshore island in an expansion to boost its appeal as a possible site for a casino resort. (Japan Times)
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Tsunami test facility completed to assess strength of nuke plant

Japan Sci-Tech News - April 22, 2014 - 23:27
The Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry unveiled a large-scale experimental facility on Tuesday that can reproduce tsunami waves in order to assess the strength of nuclear plant facilities, such as breakwaters, gas tanks and doors. (Jiji Press)
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Weak yen unable to curb ballooning trade deficit

Japan Economy News - April 22, 2014 - 23:25
Finance Ministry statistics have cast a dark cloud over government strategy to conquer deflation and improve the balance of trade through depreciation of the yen. The figures show that the weak yen has so far failed to spur Japan's exports as much as expected. (The Japan News)
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National school exams held

Japan Education News - April 22, 2014 - 23:18
The education ministry conducted national academic achievement tests on Tuesday for all final-year students at primary and middle schools across the country. About 2.24 million students at about 30,000 schools took Japanese and mathematics exams. (The Japan News)
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Japan eyes promoting performance-based pay system

Japan Economy News - April 22, 2014 - 23:10
The Japanese government is considering allowing companies to apply a performance-based pay system to a wider range of employees and to stop paying overtime wages, it was learned Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan's bird flu virus has same gene type as S. Korea's

Japan Sci-Tech News - April 22, 2014 - 23:08
The virus strain that caused bird flu at a poultry farm in southwestern Japan has been confirmed to be genetically identical to the one found in South Korea, the National Institute of Animal Health said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Ex-judge installed camera in women's toilet at Ministry of Justice

Japan Society News - April 22, 2014 - 12:22
A former judge from the Ministry of Justice is alleged to have installed a camera inside a women's toilet inside a ministry building in Kasumigaseki, people with knowledge of the matter announced on Monday, reports Sports Nippon (Apr. 22). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Hunters kill bear after it attacks man in Niigata

Japan Society News - April 22, 2014 - 07:22
Hunters shot and killed a bear on Monday after it attacked a man in Murakami, Niigata Prefecture. (Japan Today)
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Nikkei falls in thin trade on caution over earnings, Ukraine

Japan Stocks News - April 22, 2014 - 07:20
Tokyo shares dropped on Tuesday, unable to maintain earlier gains, on caution over upcoming Japanese corporate earnings reports and tensions in Ukraine. (Reuters)
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Nikkei falls in thin trade on caution over earnings, Ukraine

Japan Economy News - April 22, 2014 - 07:20
Tokyo shares dropped on Tuesday, unable to maintain earlier gains, on caution over upcoming Japanese corporate earnings reports and tensions in Ukraine. (Reuters)
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Japan cabinet minister, lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine

Japan Politics News - April 22, 2014 - 04:55
A Japanese cabinet minister and some 150 lawmakers on Tuesday visited Yasukuni Shrine, which is seen by critics as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, in a move that could further strain fraught regional ties. (Reuters)
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At Mt Gox bitcoin hub, CEO sought both control and escape

Japan Business News - April 21, 2014 - 23:10
In June 2011, when customers of now-bankrupt bitcoin exchange Mt Gox agitated for proof that the Tokyo-based firm was still solvent after a hacking attack, CEO Mark Karpeles turned to the comedy science fiction novel "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy". (Japan Today)
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Japan overhauls its public pension fund, the world's biggest

Japan Economy News - April 21, 2014 - 23:06
Japan overhauled the world's biggest public pension fund on Tuesday, appointing new committee members, in a push toward Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's goal of a more aggressive investment strategy. (theglobeandmail.com)
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Labor shortage hits major industries

Japan Economy News - April 21, 2014 - 22:53
With the economy appearing to be on the road to recovery, a wide range of industries, from construction and manufacturing to restaurants, are facing labor shortages. (The Japan News)
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Japan, U.S. resume trade talks ahead of Obama's visit

Japan Economy News - April 21, 2014 - 22:19
The Japanese and U.S. governments resumed working-level bilateral talks under the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade initiative on Monday, two days ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Japan. (Jiji Press)
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