Cloning Japan's economic diet will not suit others

Japan Economy News - December 13, 2014 - 23:12
The recent decision by the Bank of Japan to increase the scope of its quantitative easing is a signal that another round of currency wars may be under way. (
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Japan grapples with rural exodus

Japan Society News - December 13, 2014 - 23:05
This village deep in the rugged mountains of southern Japan once was home to hundreds of families. Now, only 35 people remain, outnumbered three-to-one by scarecrows that Tsukimi Ayano crafted to help fill the days and replace neighbours who died or moved away. (
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WTO postpones talks on IT tariffs

Japan Economy News - December 13, 2014 - 22:43
Trade officials from countries belonging to the World Trade Organization have postponed a deal to eliminate tariffs on high-technology products. (NHK)
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Voting begins in Japan's general election

Japan Politics News - December 13, 2014 - 22:40
Voting has started throughout Japan in the Lower House election. 1191 candidates are vying for 475 seats. (NHK)
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U.S. Senate OKs defense bill tied to Marine Corps transfer

Japan Politics News - December 13, 2014 - 08:52
The U.S. Senate on Friday passed the National Defense Authorization Act that will put an end to a freeze on the realignments of Marine Corps in the Asia-Pacific region, including the transfer of some Marines to Guam from Japan's Okinawa Prefecture. (Jiji Press)
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Japan high school student job-securing rate hits 20-year high

Japan Education News - December 13, 2014 - 08:50
The proportion of high school students in Japan who had been promised employment next spring as of the end of October topped 70 pct for the first time in 20 years, an education ministry survey showed Friday. (Jiji Press)
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China's Xi deplores Nanjing denials as obstacle to improved relations

Japan Politics News - December 13, 2014 - 08:49
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday deplored denials in Japan of the 1937 Nanjing Massacre in marking the first national observance of the tragedy, saying that acknowledgment of the two countries' troubled past is crucial to improving relations. (Kyodo)
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Japan prepares for New Year's Day

Japan Society News - December 13, 2014 - 08:46
At an annual year-end event in Kyoto, traditional female entertainers dressed in colorful kimono visited a master of traditional Japanese dance on Saturday. (NHK)
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No. of kidnappings involving children under 13 exceeds 100 for first time in 9 years

Japan Education News - December 13, 2014 - 01:38
The number of kidnapping cases involving children 13 years old and younger this year has exceeded 100 cases for the first time in 9 years. (Japan Today)
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Voter turnout may sink to new record low Sunday

Japan Politics News - December 13, 2014 - 01:35
The turnout for Sunday's election may plunge to a record low, likely benefitting parties with strong support bases, including the conservative Liberal Democratic Party. (Japan Times)
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Another cooked bug found in processed food

Japan Business News - December 13, 2014 - 01:08
Days after a cockroach in frozen fried noodles sparked a mass recall in Japan, a noodle maker has shuttered its operations after claims a cooked bug was found inside a meal. (Japan Today)
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Japan's Empress attends Belgium Queen's funeral

Japan Society News - December 13, 2014 - 00:58
Japan's Empress Michiko has attended the funeral of Belgium's Queen Fabiola at the Saint Michael and Saint Gudula Cathedral in Brussels. (NHK)
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Kanji of the year

Japan Education News - December 13, 2014 - 00:43
Seihan Mori, head priest of Kyoto's Kiyomizudera temple, writes the kanji "zei," meaning "tax," in calligraphy on Friday at the temple. (The Japan News)
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As Japan burns more coal, climate policies come under pressure

Japan Economy News - December 12, 2014 - 04:46
Once at the forefront of the fight again global warming, Japan is now facing calls from other big economies such as China to set fresh emissions targets as Tokyo increases its use of dirty coal energy to replace nuclear. (
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Japan PM Abe's base aims to restore past religious, patriotic values

Japan Politics News - December 12, 2014 - 04:43
As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promises voters a bright future for Japan's economy, key parts of his conservative base want him to steer the nation back toward a traditional ethos mixing Shinto myth, patriotism and pride in an ancient imperial line. (Reuters)
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Building proposal hems in Sengakuji Temple, site of 47 ronin fame

Japan Society News - December 12, 2014 - 03:06
As Sengakuji Temple prepares to mark on Sunday the legendary revenge taken by the Ako Roshi (47 ronin), priests are up in arms over the construction of an imposing eight-story apartment block next to its entrance. (Japan Times)
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Uniqlo offers duty-free purchases in central Tokyo

Japan Business News - December 11, 2014 - 23:12
Fast Retailing is offering duty-free sales to foreigners shopping in Uniqlo stores in Tokyo, expanding the service beyond airports for the first time. (Nikkei)
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Over 40% of students: Rarely use English in future

Japan Education News - December 11, 2014 - 22:49
Fluency in English is high on the agenda for Japan's education policy of fostering individuals who can play an active role internationally. (NHK)
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Sony studio, producer apologize for Jolie, Obama remarks

Japan Business News - December 11, 2014 - 22:44
Oscar-winning producer Scott Rudin apologized Thursday for calling Angelina Jolie a "spoiled brat" and making racially offensive jokes about President Obama's presumed taste in movies. (Japan Today)
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Fujifilm: Chinese firm copying Ebola drug

Japan Business News - December 11, 2014 - 11:59
Fujifilm Holdings Corp. has requested that the Chinese government investigate a major Chinese drugmaker, claiming the firm is producing a copycat drug of Avigan - an antiflu drug globally expected to be useful as treatment for Ebola - without permission from the Japanese firm holding the drug patents, The Yomiuri Shimbun learned Wednesday. (The Japan News)
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