Oct 06
Delegates from 12 countries participating in talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact reached an agreement and issued a joint statement Monday morning. (The Japan News)
Oct 05
At 11.30am on June 30, 71-year-old Haruo Hayashizaki boarded a train bound for Osaka, poured petrol over his head and set himself on fire. The heat was so intense, it melted the carriage ceiling. Hayashizaki's suicide also killed 52-year-old Yoshiko Kuwabara. (
Oct 05
Delegates from 12 countries taking part in talks over the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact Saturday morning here decided to extend the talks for another day through Sunday, aiming to reach a broad agreement in three areas, including biopharmaceuticals. (The Japan News)
Oct 03
12 Pacific-rim nations are trying to break the logjam on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement. (NHK)
Oct 03
With the economy weakening markedly, banks are flocking to longer-dated government debt on expectations the Bank of Japan will expand its stimulus program. That's creating fresh challenges for BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda, who's trying to get banks to buy fewer bonds and lend more. (Japan Times)
Oct 02
A dirty little secret of one Japanese "office lady" stereotype is that some women, dissatisfied with their clerical salaries, augment their earnings by moonlighting as bar hostesses. (Japan Times)
Oct 01
After enacting contentious security bills earlier this month, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared that he is refocusing on the economy, with the goal of boosting gross domestic product by 20 percent to ¥600 trillion in 2020. (Japan Times)
Sep 29
On the Tokyo Stock Exchange, the key Nikkei index lost more than 700 points on Tuesday due to fears over the global economic outlook. (NHK)
Sep 29
Akira Amari, Japan's minister for Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks, pledged Tuesday to make the utmost efforts to form a broad agreement among the 12 TPP countries at the ministerial conference starting on Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Sep 28
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday vowed to further promote initiatives on women's empowerment next year when his country hosts a summit of the Group of Seven industrialized nations. (Japan Today)