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  • Jul 14, 2014
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Pay rises at Japan’s top firms will be blunted by rise in sales tax

Big Japanese companies such as Toyota Motor will offer the most generous pay raises in years on Wednesday, but workers will still struggle to offset a sales tax increase next month, highlighting the difficulties the government is facing in overcoming entrenched deflation.

Wednesday, 12 March, 2014, 3:28pm

Beijing denies Xi planned to visit Holocaust Memorial during trip to Europe

China's ambassador to Germany has denied that Beijing proposed a visit by President Xi Jinping to a second world war memorial in Berlin during his tour of Europe later this month.

7 Mar 2014 - 5:20pm 3 comments

Lawnmowers move over as goats cut the grass

A Japanese condominium complex has decided to ditch noisy lawnmowers and their paid pushers for a more natural option: goats.

The suburban Tokyo complex has obtained four grass-munching animals to help beautify the walled property and chomp on weeds in those hard-to-reach areas.

16 Nov 2013 - 7:57pm

Fukushima operator to cut 1,000 jobs

The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant plans to slash more than 1,000 jobs through voluntary retirement in addition to its ongoing streamlining scheme, a business daily said on Saturday.

16 Nov 2013 - 4:35pm

Japanese politician who handed Emperor Akihito letter receives death threat

The Japanese politician roundly criticised for handing Emperor Akihito a letter last month has received a knife and a death threat at his office – a none-too-subtle message that even a hardened right-winger says is over the top.

The envelope was intercepted on Wednesday when an X-ray machine detected the weapon at the building where Taro Yamamoto has his political office in Tokyo.

14 Nov 2013 - 1:40pm

Tepco should not be in charge of Fukushima decommissioning: Japan panel

The Tokyo Electric Power Company should be stripped of the responsibility for shutting down its crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, according to a draft proposal by a panel of Japan’s ruling party.

31 Oct 2013 - 4:20pm

Japan calls China a challenge in outline of national security guideline

Japan has listed China and North Korea as its security challenges in an outline of its new national security strategy, which should be approved by the end of the year, reported Japanese media on Tuesday.

22 Oct 2013 - 5:44pm

Japan’s Murakami again favourite for Nobel prize

Japanese literary superstar Haruki Murakami is favourite for this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature, betting odds showed on Friday, after repeatedly being mentioned as a contender for the prestigious global gong.

Online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com was on Friday offering odds of 3-1 on the novelist scooping up the prize, which will be announced in Sweden next month.

20 Sep 2013 - 3:52pm

Beijing museum unveils ‘evidence’ of forced labour by Japan during second world war

A Beijing museum marked the anniversary of the 1931 Mukden Incident on Wednesday by revealing documents it said will help a compensation claim against Tokyo over forced labour during the second world war.

18 Sep 2013 - 3:57pm 1 comment

Japan premier will not visit controversial war shrine

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not visit a controversial shrine to war dead on the anniversary of his country’s surrender in World War II, sources and a report said late on Thursday.

2 Aug 2013 - 3:06pm 1 comment