Japan investment in China slumps 38.8%

Japan Business News - January 18, 2015 - 00:11
Japanese direct investment in China decreased by 38.8 percent in 2014 from a year earlier to $4.33 billion (about ¥502.3 billion), according to statistics announced by China's Ministry of Commerce. (The Japan News)
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Woman arrested for killing 72-year-old bedridden husband

Japan Society News - January 18, 2015 - 00:03
Police on Saturday arrested a 77-year-old woman on suspicion of killing her 72-year-old bedridden husband at their home in Noda, Chiba Prefecture. (Japan Today)
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JR Kyushu to make stations staffless

Japan Business News - January 17, 2015 - 23:51
JR Kyushu will by 2016 operate its 100 biggest stations without any staff. The company, which plans to go public next year, is looking for ways to cut costs and improve efficiency. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Japan's national wealth hits record high

Japan Economy News - January 17, 2015 - 23:45
Japan's national wealth has reached a record high. Government officials cite higher stock prices boosted by the Bank of Japan's monetary-easing policy. (NHK)
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Asahi PCs infected, information leaked

Japan Business News - January 17, 2015 - 23:37
Seventeen personal computers used in the editorial and business departments of the Asahi Shimbun were infected with a virus, and some of the documents created on them - along with internal and external e-mails - were leaked, according to the Asahi. (The Japan News)
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Abe pledges $2.5 bil. for Middle East, as Japan ups nonmilitary support

Japan Politics News - January 17, 2015 - 23:33
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Saturday that Japan will provide $2.5 billion to help stabilize the Middle East, as Tokyo aims to boost its contributions in nonmilitary fields such as humanitarian assistance and infrastructure development. (Kyodo)
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559,132 students sit for college entrance exams across Japan

Japan Education News - January 17, 2015 - 08:06
The National Center for University Entrance Examinations on Saturday began two days of tests across the nation. The center said that 559,132 students are sitting for the exams at 690 test centers nationwide. (Japan Today)
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Sasebo girl who killed classmate judged criminally responsible

Japan Society News - January 17, 2015 - 08:04
Prosecutors in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, say a 16-year-old girl accused of murdering and dismembering a classmate last July has been judged to be criminal responsible after a series of psychiatric tests. (Japan Today)
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20 years on: Preserved remnants of active fault tell 1995 quake's power

Japan Sci-Tech News - January 17, 2015 - 02:59
The massive earthquake that violently rocked western Japan in January 1995 brought one of the active faults responsible for the disaster into view on the ground surface in the northern part of Awajishima Island, Hyogo Prefecture. (Jiji Press)
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Nikkei falls 2.3pc as yen strengthens on Swiss rate cap move

Japan Economy News - January 17, 2015 - 02:57
Japan's Nikkei share average fell 2.3 percent on Friday morning after US stocks dropped for a fifth day and the yen rose after Switzerland abandoned its cap on the franc, hurting Japanese exporters such as electronics and car manufacturers. (brecorder.com)
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Gasoline price falls for 25th straight week

Japan Economy News - January 17, 2015 - 02:55
The average retail price of regular gasoline in Japan dropped for the 25th straight week as of Tuesday, tying the record for the longest consecutive decline, according to the Natural Resources and Energy Agency. (The Japan News)
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Soccer: Japan rides Honda into driver's seat

Japan Sports News - January 17, 2015 - 02:54
Japan moved a step closer to the knockout stage of the Asian Cup on Friday, beating Iraq 1-0 courtesy of a first-half Keisuke Honda penalty. (The Japan News)
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Red Army member out of U.S. prison, set to be deported to Japan

Japan Society News - January 17, 2015 - 02:51
A member of the Japanese Red Army convicted of a 1986 mortar attack on the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta is being held by U.S. immigration authorities for deportation after spending nearly two decades in federal prison, U.S. authorities said Friday. (Kyodo)
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2014: The world's hottest year on record

Japan Sci-Tech News - January 17, 2015 - 02:49
The results are in: 2014 was the hottest year on record. The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) released a new report Friday that declared 2014 as the Earth's warmest year yet. (msnbc.com)
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Mt. Gox chief was thought by U.S. to be Silk Road mastermind

Japan Business News - January 17, 2015 - 02:46
The former head of the bankrupt Mt. Gox Co. bitcoin exchange was originally believed by U.S. investigators to be the secret mastermind behind the Silk Road online drug marketplace, an agent who infiltrated the website told jurors at the trial of the man prosecutors now accuse of running it. (Japan Times)
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School entrance exam season brings out the superstitions

Japan Education News - January 17, 2015 - 02:44
Sumo wrestlers frequently engage in superstition. For instance, I have heard of wrestlers who drink only one brand of beer simply because its logo is a white star. In sumo jargon, a win is "shiroboshi," which translates literally as "white star." (Asahi)
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No. of flu patients exceeds 2 mil in week to Jan 12

Japan Sci-Tech News - January 17, 2015 - 02:30
The National Institute of Infectious Diseases said Friday that in the week from Jan 5-12, there were an estimated 2.06 million cases of influenza treated by hospitals nationwide-surpassing numbers for the same period last year. (Japan Today)
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Robbery after prostitute bait-and-switch ends in arrest in Kabukicho

Japan Society News - January 17, 2015 - 02:27
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday arrested a 28-year-old male for robbing a customer of a short-term stay establishment in Shinjuku Ward following a dispute last month, reports TBS News (Jan. 16). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Kobe quake 20th anniversary

Japan Society News - January 17, 2015 - 01:56
Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the earthquake that hit Kobe City and its surrounding areas in western Japan. (NHK)
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Ex-AUM cult member pleads not guilty over subway sarin gas attack

Japan Society News - January 16, 2015 - 05:52
One of the three former AUM Shinrikyo cult members arrested in 2012 after 17 years on the run pleaded not guilty Friday to charges related to the group's 1995 deadly sarin nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system. (Kyodo)
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