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1 Jul
The mood among big Japanese corporations is unexpectedly upbeat despite recent data showing the recovery appears to be stalling. The Bank of Japan's quarterly "tankan" business survey released Wednesday showed a reading of 15 in June, up from 12 in March, for large manufacturers. Among large non-manufacturers it was 23,…
1 Jul
Of countless ghostly abandoned factories and mines in Japan, this fortress island near Nagasaki is among the most notorious. It is also a source of national pride. Gunkanjima, or Battleship Island, is one of 23 old industrial facilities seeking UNESCO's recognition as world heritage "Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution"…
1 Jul
As one of the most indebted countries in the developed world, the crisis unfolding in Greece is causing a moment of self-reflection for Japan. But policymakers and economic advisers in the world's third biggest economy are not drawing an uncomfortable lesson about the need for fiscal discipline. Instead, they see…
1 Jul
Carli Lloyd buried a penalty kick, Hope Solo got another shutout and the United States beat top-ranked Germany 2-0 on Tuesday night to advance to the title match at the Women's World Cup. Lloyd's penalty kick in the 69th minute went into the right side of the goal less than…
1 Jul
Greece slipped deeper into its financial abyss on Wednesday as the bailout program it has relied on for five years expired at midnight Tuesday and eurozone finance chiefs decided not to extend it a new financial lifeline. Denied a last-minute bailout extension, the country is also due to become the…
1 Jul
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a speech in front of envoys from more than 40 Islamic nations who were invited for a meal of the iftar, or breaking of fast, during the month of Ramadan, at Abe's official residence in Tokyo on Tuesday night.
1 Jul
An Indonesian air force transport plane carrying military personnel and their families plowed into a residential neighborhood in the country's third-largest city of Medan shortly after takeoff on Tuesday, killing at least 74. Rescue teams were using heavy machinery to remove the mangled wreckage of the C-130 Hercules as they…
1 Jul
Sodas and other sugary drinks may cause up to 184,000 deaths a year worldwide, according to a study published this week in the journal Circulation. Billed as a first, the report analyzed the global risks of death due to diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancers linked to the consumption of sugary…
1 Jul
Turkey sought to calm speculation Tuesday it was planning to invade Syria, saying it would not act unilaterally but has a right to protect its borders. "To interpret our border security measures as 'Turkey is going to war'... is not very rational," presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told a press conference…
1 Jul
President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have reached an agreement to open embassies in Havana and Washington, a senior administration official said. The announcement marks a major step in ending hostilities between the longtime foes. The U.S. and Cuba have been negotiating the reestablishment of…
1 Jul
Saudi-led coalition air strikes on a rebel stronghold in Yemen have destroyed houses, markets and a school, killing dozens of people in what could amount to war crimes, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. The U.S.-based rights group said it had investigated the attacks on the northern city of Saada and…
1 Jul
Oscar-winning actor/director Ben Affleck and his actress wife Jennifer Garner -- one of Hollywood's A-list power couples -- announced the end of their 10-year marriage on Tuesday, ending months of rumors. "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce," said a joint statement by…
1 Jul
Government employees will start work early and finish early in July and August under a new initiative announced by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to promote work flexibility. Abe announced the initiative in May, saying he wanted to implement a better balance between work and play for Japan's harried employees and…
1 Jul
Police in Sapporo said Tuesday they have arrested an unemployed 31-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after he tried to strangle his 9-year-old son to death. According to police, the suspect, Tsubasa Suzuki, divorced the boy's mother last December. Fuji TV reported Suzuki waited in his car for his…
1 Jul
Japan’s National Tourist Organization recently released its statistics on the number of overseas travelers who visited in the country in 2014, and we’re proud to say that 13,413,467 of you came to visit. That number represents almost a 30% increase from the number of foreign tourists Japan received in 2013,…
1 Jul
Sony Corp on Tuesday announced it will release two types of high-end compact digital cameras equipped with a newly-developed CMOS sensor integrated with DRAM. The size of the new sensor, "Exmor RS" (pixel count: about 20.2 million), is 1.0 inch as in the case of the Exmor R, which is…
1 Jul
Thirty-one years and counting, and the Terminators keep rolling off the assembly line like new iPhones, upgraded with shape-shifting abilities, rebooted Sarah Conner assassination levels and, one presumes, better selfie cameras. "Terminator Genisys," directed by Alan Taylor ("Thor: The Dark World"), is the fifth entry in the series begun by…
1 Jul
Sanwa Supply has released a new light-weight camera backpack (200-BAGBP003BK). The shoulder straps are detachable so that it can transform into a shoulder bag according to the user's preference. As is now common, there are partitions with Velcro inside of the compartment and you can change the layout as you…
1 Jul
The land that invented instant noodles is never one to rest on its instant laurels. Noodle makers in Japan have been constantly coming up with new flavors and dishes to keep their customers happy, and the company that started it all, Nissin, is proud to unveil its newest instant noodle…
1 Jul
England may be being written off by some as rank outsiders for their Women's World Cup semifinal against defending champions Japan, but their opponents certainly aren't under-estimating them. The Lionesses beat hosts Canada 2-1 on Saturday to reach the semifinals for the first time, but Japan know very well that…
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