Japan maintains current account surplus in Aug

Japan Economy News - October 8, 2014 - 22:32
Japan maintained a current account surplus for the second straight month in August, with income from overseas offsetting continuing trade deficits as the nation comes to rely more on foreign investment than exports to earn dollars to buy oil and food. (gulf-times.com)
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Lunar eclipse delights stargazers in Asia and the Americas

Japan Sci-Tech News - October 8, 2014 - 22:06
Evening viewers in much of Asia and early risers in parts of the Americas were treated to a stunning lunar eclipse on Wednesday, though clouds obscured it for some. (Japan Times)
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Japan, US interim report on defense guidelines

Japan Politics News - October 8, 2014 - 22:01
Japan and the United States have compiled an interim report on revising their defense cooperation guidelines. (NHK)
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South Korean prosecutors indict Sankei reporter

Japan Politics News - October 8, 2014 - 21:54
The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office on Wednesday indicted former chief of The Sankei Shimbun's Seoul Bureau on charges he defamed South Korean President Park Geun-hye. (The Japan News)
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Illuminating an infotech century

Japan Sci-Tech News - October 8, 2014 - 21:50
Developed by Isamu Akasaki, a professor at Meijo University; Hiroshi Amano, a professor at Nagoya University; and Shuji Nakamura, a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs) had been considered a difficult challenge to be overcome in the 20th century. (The Japan News)
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Storm heads off northeast coast; 2 dead, 1 missing, 96 injured

Japan Society News - October 8, 2014 - 11:53
A large storm was heading off Japan's northeast coast early Tuesday, leaving two people dead, one missing and 96 injured even in 23 prefectures, public broadcaster NHK said. (Japan Today)
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Persistence pays off for three winners of Nobel Prize in Physics

Japan Sci-Tech News - October 8, 2014 - 11:41
Long after most of the global scientific community had given up, three researchers continued to toil in their laboratories for a discovery that was deemed impossible. Their relentless work initially drew little interest, and at times led to derision. (Asahi)
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Nikkei falls on global growth worries, partly recovers early losses

Japan Economy News - October 8, 2014 - 06:55
Japanese stocks fell on Wednesday after surprisingly weak German factory data sparked renewed concerns over global economic growth, bolstering the yen and prompting investors to sell shares in exporters. (economictimes)
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Police standoff with man threatening to commit suicide ends after 16 hours

Japan Society News - October 8, 2014 - 06:52
An armed man who held police at bay in Iwata, Shizuoka Prefecture, for 16 hours while he threatened to commit suicide, surrendered on Wednesday morning. (Japan Today)
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Man sought over murder of woman in May found dead in apparent suicide

Japan Society News - October 7, 2014 - 22:39
Police in Hokkaido said a man wanted for questioning as a possible witness in the murder of a woman in Sapporo in May was found dead Monday in an apparent suicide. (Japan Today)
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3 more bodies found on volcano

Japan Society News - October 7, 2014 - 22:36
Rescue workers on Tuesday found three bodies in the ash on a volcano in central Japan, bringing the death toll to 54. At least 12 hikers are still unaccounted for following the Sept 27 eruption. (Japan Today)
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1st dengue case outside Tokyo area reported

Japan Sci-Tech News - October 7, 2014 - 22:32
Japan's health ministry said Tuesday that a young woman is believed to have been infected with dengue fever in the western Japan city of Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, the first confirmed dengue infection outside the Tokyo metropolitan area. (Jiji Press)
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Waseda to strip Obokata of doctorate unless dissertation corrected

Japan Education News - October 7, 2014 - 22:28
Waseda University said Tuesday it will strip embattled researcher Haruko Obokata of her doctorate unless she corrects her dissertation, following her involvement in a scandal earlier this year related to research on so-called STAP cells. (Kyodo)
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Bad Chinese chicken makes McDonald's Japan see red

Japan Business News - October 7, 2014 - 22:21
For the first time in 11 years, McDonald's Japan is in the red. The company today predicted a net loss of 17 billion yen ($157 million) for the current fiscal year, owing to a sharp decline in sales following this summer's expired-meat scandal. (Quartz)
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Blue LED sparked rapid growth in new market

Japan Business News - October 7, 2014 - 22:12
The invention of the blue light-emitting diode helped unlock new markets in the lighting and digital electronics industries, such as energy-efficient lamps and backlights for flat-screen TVs. (Nikkei)
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Lawson to raise age limit for store managers

Japan Business News - October 7, 2014 - 21:57
Japanese convenience store chain Lawson says it will raise its age limit for hiring operations managers from 55 to 65. (NHK)
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With production slipping, BOJ Gov. Kuroda still sees moderate recovery

Japan Economy News - October 7, 2014 - 11:26
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda expects "Japan's economy to continue a moderate recovery," he said following the bank's two-day policy board meeting that ended Tuesday. (Nikkei)
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Three Japanese-born researchers win Nobel Physics Prize

Japan Sci-Tech News - October 7, 2014 - 11:16
Three Japanese-born researchers on Tuesday won the Nobel Prize for Physics for inventing the LED lamp, a boon in the fight against global warming and aiding people in poverty. (asiaone.com)
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Tokyo stocks close down 0.67pc

Japan Economy News - October 7, 2014 - 08:36
Tokyo stocks closed 0.67 percent lower Tuesday as the dollar's rise against the yen fizzled, but Fujifilm jumped to a six-year high on hopes for the company's Ebola drug. (thepeninsulaqatar.com)
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Final preparations underway for Himawari 8 launch

Japan Sci-Tech News - October 7, 2014 - 03:08
Japan is set to launch a next-generation weather satellite atop an H2A carrier rocket on Tuesday. (NHK)
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