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  1. Business - Economy - JAPAN

    Japan downgrades economic assessment as Abe promises reform

    Posted Sep 20th 2014, 05:10am by AFP

    ... hammers hopes for a quick recovery following Tokyo's April sales tax rise. The monthly report acknowledged spending at home had stalled, throwing into question Tokyo's plans to increase sales taxes again next year. But it added that depressed conditions were due partly to poor weather- Japan was inundated with heavy rainfall and a string of typhoons this summer. "Private ...

  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese musician Aska’s loose lips anger Tokyo’s underworld

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 10:44pm by Julian Ryall

    ... real name is Shigeaki Miyazaki- was arrested on May 17 on suspicion of possessing ecstasy at the Tokyo home of an acquaintance, named as Kasumi Tochinai. There’s an old saying about how one should never squeal. You just don’t JAPANESE GANG MEMBER After being held for 10 days, police served Aska with a new arrest warrant for using stimulant drugs and a search of his home turned up 90 ...

  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese first lady Akie Abe seeks summit with Peng Liyuan at Apec

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 10:50pm by Reuters

    ... at an Apec summit in Bali. On economic policy, Akie Abe said Japan should consider cutting wasteful spending and boosting the economy before going ahead with a rise in the sales tax to 10 per cent, as her husband wrestles with just that decision. "Considering the falling birth rate and ageing society, it probably can't be helped," she said of an eventual rise in the sales ...

  4. Business - Economy - JAPAN

    Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda calls for stable yen

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 05:39am by Reuters

    ... policymakers who had hoped rising overseas shipments would buoy a fragile economic recovery and help offset the impact of a slump in domestic demand after a sales tax rise in April. Some lawmakers ...

  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's sushi bars chop and change the menu as competition bites

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 04:48am by KYODO

    ... of restaurant," a senior official of Kura said. The company planned to raise the ratio of sales from non-sushi dishes to 30 per cent of overall revenues, the official said. One competitor is the Uobei ...

  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Monsters called Yokai move in on Pokemon's turf in Japan

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 11:23pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo New monsters move in on Pokemon's turf Move over Pokemon, a legion of new cutesy monsters is haunting Japan and set to break out all over the world after trampling the competition at home. YO-Kai Watch is a nexus of manga comics, anime cartoons and computer games that revolve around the life of a schoolboy and the monsters- "Yokai"- that he ...

  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese PM pushes North Korea to resolve abductions issue

    Posted Sep 13th 2014, 05:26pm by Associated Press in Tokyo

    ... by the end of this month, and some city and town officials in Japan have already begun making preparations to welcome survivors home. But it is by no means clear that the North will come up ...

  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Christine Lagarde backs Shinzo Abe’s plan for women to lift Japan economy

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 09:43pm by AFP

    ... working hours, boozy after-work sessions with the boss, and insufficient child-care facilities are also among the reasons many working Japanese women opt to stay at home or give up hopes ...

  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Politicians accused of extremism after photos with Japanese far-right leader

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 03:16pm by AFP

    ... and party policy chief Tomomi Inada were seen in separate photographs next to Kazunari Yamada on the home page of the National Socialist Japanese Workers Party. The pictures will add fuel to claims ...

  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Don't want to wash your plates after meals? Now you can eat them instead

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 05:18am by KYODO

    ... into tempura. Initially, the seaweed cups were manufactured for sale to restaurants. But in response to increased consumer interest, the firm launched an online shop in 2007. They have since added new ...




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