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  1. Business - Economy - JAPAN

    Falls in prices, output signal risk recession has returned in Japan

    Posted Sep 01st 2012, 12:00am by Bloomberg

    ... on the economy are increasing and could push the Bank of Japan to further expand its asset purchase programme [this] month." The jobless rate was unchanged at 4.3 per cent in July, a government ... a senior economist at Mizuho Securities Research and Consulting. The central bank may need to bolster stimulus as the economy faces a deeper than expected slowdown, Miyagawa said. In Japan ...

  2. Japan staring into the abyss

    Posted Apr 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Kevin Rafferty Now it is at least semi-official: Japan's economy is on the skids. A report just released by a think tank that is part of the Nippon Keidanren, the country's most ... as the world's fourth biggest economy. If Japan does not take remedial measures, it will drop to ninth place in the world, behind France and barely ahead of Indonesia. The reasons why Japan ...

  3. Brace for the next wave of Japanese youth culture

    Posted Jun 20th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with video games and Japanese comics, often with pornographic content, and have trouble communicating with other people, especially members of the opposite sex. But Japan has now evolved a happier ...

  4. Supermarket superwoman

    Posted Mar 11th 2006, 12:00am by Mutsuko Murakami

    ... who grows up and overcomes all obstacles to become the owner of a big supermarket chain in Japan. Mrs Hayashi, too, started from scratch. She is the daughter of a vegetable market broker; with neither MBA nor powerful family connections, she rose to the top through her own efforts. In contrast to the traditional stodgy pattern of Japan's 'salaryman' workers, Mrs Hayashi ...

  5. PM throws down corruption challenge

    Posted Oct 06th 2009, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... the economy for years. Achieving success may lead him into a desperate battle with Japan's powerful bureaucrats, who regard the practice as part of their perks. However, if he is successful, he may end notorious bid-rigging deals, make Japan's economy more efficient and open it up to the rest of the world. The practice that the government wants to abolish is quaintly called ...

  6. Sackings forced man into hiding

    Posted Jul 18th 2005, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... of children's events. 'I believe I will find a new employer very soon,' he said. While this phenomenon of self-imposed isolation may be new in Hong Kong, Japan has experienced it for years ...

  7. A whale of a controversy

    Posted Dec 01st 2008, 12:00am by Sara Yin

    ... Sara Yin Eating whale meat- a traditional source of protein in countries like Japan- has become a taboo in many countries that before hunted the mammals Tucking into a nice, juicy cut of whale may sound despicable to some, but to others, whale steak is as culturally acceptable as sirloin. For instance in Wakayama, a coastal town in Japan, school cafeterias serve spaghetti ...

  8. FYI: Why is Japan a staunch defender of whaling?

    Posted Feb 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Jonathan Hopfner

    ... Jonathan Hopfner Every year, Japan braves a barrage of condemnation from other governments, environmentalists and even some of its own citizens to launch a hunt that takes more than 1,000 whales. The debate over whether the slaughter is a time-honoured tradition and in the interests of science (which Japan alternately argues) or a barbaric practice with purely commercial ...

  9. Business - Economy

    Weighed down

    Posted Aug 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Weighed down Japan's economy expanded at only 0.3 per cent in the second quarter- half the forecast pace- and as Europe's debt woes cause further weakening in exports, the stage could be set for more monetary easing. Photo: Reuters ...

  10. Don't spend all your time online

    Posted Jun 29th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... With the rapid development of technology, we use the computer every day for work and play. We surf the internet for information and read the news online. We also play games and watch videos on the computer. Many people see the computer as a daily necessit ...




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