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Tokyo -- Japan's government Pension investment fund apparently earned a roughly 6.3 trillion yen ($56.7 billion) profit on its investments in the three months through December thanks to a broad rally in global stocks. The estimate by Masahiro Nishikawa of Nomura Securities would mark a sixth ...
Accra, Jan. 18, GNA - President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Thursday received the letters credentials of the new Japanese and Nigerien envoys to Ghana. The two ambassadors are Mr Tsutomu Himeno from Japan and Mr Alhousseini Ousmane of Niger. At separate ceremonies at the Flagstaff ...

The XASM-3 has been specifically designed to be carried by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's (JASDF) F-2 multirole fighter jets, a Mitsubishi license-produced variant of Lockheed Martin's f-16. The service currently operates around 90 Mitsubishi F-2 multirole fighter aircraft, which first entered service in ...
The automated translator will debut in April at all 20,000 or so post offices run by the Japan Post Holdings mail services unit. It will convert English, Chinese and South Korean to Japanese and back. An app on a post office tablet device will accept spoken input and render translations, including for industry ...
Japan has protested to the US military after its helicopters flew over an elementary school in Okinawa Prefecture where a window from a US chopper fell on a playground last month. Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said ministry officials and security cameras confirmed the flights of 3 US Marine ...
It showed that the two largest foreign holders of US Treasuries, China and Japan, were net sellers. China sold about $12.6 bln, and Japan sold about $9 bln of US Treasuries. Foreign investors sold $6.4 bln of Treasuries, meaning that outside of China and Japan, other foreign investors were net small ...

The two leaders also agreed to cooperate on Abe's "Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy," which is designed to help growth in Asia and Africa and curb Chinese influence in these regions. And in order to bolster the joint exercises by Japan's Self-Defense Forces and the Australian military, Abe and Turnbull ...
Tokyo -- ANA Holdings will launch cargo flights out of Kyushu, the southernmost of four main islands that constitute Japan, to facilitate shipment of locally produced autoparts, semiconductors and other items to the rest of Asia. Starting in June, cargo aircraft will fly five times a week to and from the ...
Each of the eight women represents a different digital currency such as bitcoin and ripple. They aim to educate the public in a fun way about the digital currency. The cryptocurrency craze has taken center stage -- this time, in the form of an all-female Japanese pop group. The eight women who make up the group "Virtual ...
Tokyo -- Japanese public broadcaster NHK said Wednesday that an erroneous alert about a North Korean missile fired at Japan was sent by a staff member who meant to transmit a different news flash. NHK denied any mechanical flaw and said it is studying preventive measures, though it did not give ...
The project is the first time "infrared radiation luminance data" has been used to model weather patterns in areas under heavy cloud cover that would usually stymie such modelling. The breakthrough is the result of pairing data collected by Japan's Himawari-8 weather satellite with a programme run on a ...
Among the new perks are two luxury sleeper trains: the Twilight Express Mizukaze, which offers a circular tour around the Sanyo and Sanin areas of western Japan, and the Train Suite Shiki-shima, connecting formerly extreme corners of the countryside. There's also the just-formed Ryokan Collection, ...
"Generally speaking the winter ocean in (those seas) is very rough, and the tougher winter brings more shipwrecks," an official from the Japanese Coast Guard told CNN last year. North Korea is more than 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) from Japan and many of the North Korean boats drifting onto Japanese ...
Japan and India held a joint Coast Guard drill in the Indian Ocean on Wednesday. The 2 countries have strengthened maritime cooperation in the key sea lane for energy transportation from the Middle East to Asia. 11 vessels took part in the exercise in waters off Chennai, southern India. The drill was ...
It looks like an ordinary train - until it starts barking like a dog and snorting like a deer. Japanese officials have created a novel system which involves a moving train blaring animal sounds in order to prevent collisions with deer on the tracks. Hundreds of deer stray onto train tracks across Japan every year, ...
Harajuku has become a catwalk for jendaresu-kei (or "genderless style"). Although women who dress in a more stereotypically masculine way may also identify as "genderless," in Japan, the term jendaresu-kei more commonly refers to biological males who are neither interested nor invested in looking like ...

Japan's public broadcaster on Tuesday accidentally sent news alerts that North Korea had launched a missile and that citizens should take shelter -- just days after the government of Hawaii had sent a similar warning to its citizens. The broadcaster, NHK, corrected itself five minutes later and apologized for ...
That interpretation wasn't shared by local health authorities - given sales of pufferfish liver are banned in Japan because of the toxin - who broadcast an emergency alert over the city's loudspeakers, after five of the potentially deadly fish packages were sold to unwitting customers. "We are calling for ...
Japanese and U.S. military vessels would take Japanese and U.S. citizens from Busan to Japan's Tsushima island, roughly 50 km (30 miles) from Busan, before ferrying them to the southernmost main island of Kyushu a day or so later. government officials have already visited Tsushima to inspect hotels ...
When Japanese actress and former porn star Sora Aoi announced her marriage online, it set off a frenzy on Chinese social media. That's because she has played a surprisingly significant role in the lives of a generation of young Chinese internet users. On New Year's day, Ms Aoi showed off her ring on ...
Japan will limit asylum seekers' right to work from Monday, making changes to its refugee system that are likely to swell the numbers of those in detention centers, the justice ministry said, prompting refugee groups to flag humanitarian concerns. The move to tighten one of the developed world's toughest ...
Japan's sewerage industry has found a way to clean up its dirty and smelly image: elaborately designed and colourful manhole covers with 12,000 local varieties nationwide -- including, of course, a Hello Kitty design. Appealing to a Japanese love of detail and kawaii ("cute"), bespoke manhole covers ...
If you're starting a pop group in Japan, where giant rosters and virtual superstars are par for the course, how do you stand out? By tying yourself to something trendy -- and in 2018, that means cryptocurrency. Meet Kasotsuka Shojo (Virtual currency Girls), a J-pop group where each of the eight girls ...
Making sense of Japan as an international political and security actor and maintaining a sense of proportion regarding Tokyo's foreign and security policy are hardly a straightforward task. It is not just a headache for outside observers. There is no consensus in Japan either on what role the country should ...
The percentage of foreigners in Japan's workforce also increased from 1.1% to 1.7% over the period. While they are playing a bigger role across industry lines, they are especially visible in manual-labor jobs many Japanese avoid. They made up 3.7% of workers in such fields as waste disposal and security ...
Snow is continuing to fall on and off in areas of western to northern Japan. The Meteorological Agency says some mountainous areas have received 30 to 50 centimeters of snowfall for the 24 hours until noon on Saturday. As of 11 AM, the city of Ono, Fukui Prefecture, had 83 centimeters of accumulated ...
"Anybody can get into a university in Japan at the moment," said Greg Poole, a social-anthropology professor at the Institute for the liberal arts of Doshisha University in Kyoto. But in a highly stratified country like Japan, only the country's top-tier public and private universities can guarantee young adults a ...
Japan's prime minister Friday landed in Estonia, his first stop on a tour of the Baltic states and other European nations as he seeks to drum up support for his hawkish stance on North Korea. Despite a recent cooling of tensions in the run-up to the Winter Olympics in South Korea, Shinzo Abe has insisted on ...
Shinto is a tradition native to Japan that arose naturally on the eastern fringe of the Eurasian continent and was woven over many years into the fabric of people's everyday lives. The "8 million kami" (gods and goddesses) of Shinto, however, originated not just in Japan but also India, China, Korea and the ...
People living alone will make up nearly 40 percent of all households in Japan by 2040, a national research institute predicted Friday as more people delay or shun marriage amid a rise in divorces. The National Institute of population and Social Security Research also projected that households headed by ...
From its inception in the 17th century through its flowering in the Edo period, kabuki never enjoyed the backing of the ruling samurai class. It was only through popular support that kabuki managed to survive repeated attempts at suppression, making it an invaluable tool in understanding the sentiments of ...
The "bomb cyclone" dumped more than a foot of snow on most of New England last week. But this storm paled in comparison to what happens every year in Shirakawa-go, Japan. While some in the United States may be familiar with "lake effect" snow, the phenomenon is amplified in Japan, where there's ...
This would be Japan's first joint research on defense equipment and technology with France. Low-frequency sonar systems developed in Japan excel at detecting sea mines, but have problems showing clear images. French-made high-frequency sonar systems, meanwhile, are said to utilize high-level ...
Passengers wait for resumption of operation in a stranded train in Sanjo, Niigata Prefecture, north of Tokyo early Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. A Japanese railway official says about 430 people were stuck on the train overnight because of heavy snow that blanketed much of the country's Japan sea coast.
The Associated PressBERN, Switzerland (AP) -- In a final warmup before both teams go to the World Cup, Switzerland will host Japan on June 8. The Switzerland football Federation says the friendly will be at Lugano. The Swiss team has a training camp in the town near the Swiss-Italian border before ...
As the #MeToo movement spans the globe, spinning a presidential bubble for Oprah Winfrey and putting spotlights on hidden corners of sexism, Japan is conspicuous for a relative silence, particularly where it matters most. There have indeed been some vital demands for justice at ground level, particularly ...
If you prefer your J-pop bands to be a little bit more blockchain-y, we've got some great news! A new J-pop girl group from Japan is capitalizing on the recent hype surrounding bitcoin and singing about cryptocurrencies, as spotted by quartz. The group's name is Kasotsuka Shojo, which translates as Virtual ...
Switzerland, Japan to face off in World Cup friendly. Switzerland v Northern ... In a final warmup before both teams go to the World Cup, Switzerland will host Japan on June 8. The Switzerland football ... The federation says it is seeking another opponent before the Japan game. Switzerland leaves for ...
Spending by foreigners probably topped 4 trillion yen ($35.9 billion) in 2017, up from 3.74 trillion yen the previous year. In addition to shopping by Asian visitors, demand also rose for experiences rooted in traditional Japanese culture. Japan is promoting such theme-based tourism as sake brewing and ...
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will not act on an objection by Japan to a new statue in Manila that commemorates the Filipino "comfort women" who worked in Japanese military brothels during the Second World War, his spokesman said on Thursday. Relations between the two countries remains ...
Ohashi is talking about sushi, but not the kind most of us are used to. Narezushi, the most primitive, earliest form of sushi, is a world away from your California rolls and sliced sashimi. Dating back to the 10th century in Japan, this fermented fish was preserved with salt and raw rice, eventually giving way to ...
In the wake of North Korea and South Korea's first diplomatic meeting in two years, held at the border peace village of Panmunjom, Japan has emphasized its steadfast stance on maximizing international pressure for North Korea's denuclearization. Japan's foreign ministry is maintaining an all-or-nothing ...
Both Paul and YouTube declined to comment on the amount of money being made from the Japan trip videos. On Thursday YouTube announced it was dropping Paul from its Google Preferred premium advertising programme in response to the outcry from the Aokigahara forest video, and suspending its ...
The report adds that the fund - which could be launched this month - is being claimed as the first of its kind in Japan. The venture will look to gain profit from price differentials among local and foreign cryptocurrency exchanges. Fisco said that it will invest its own money in the fund and further raise capital ...
Tokyo--Japan summoned China's ambassador on Thursday after it said detected a submarine and a frigate in waters near islands held by Japan and claimed by China. The protest set a discordant note for the New Year after signs in the latter part of 2017 that ties between Asia's two economic giants ...
The Internet has long been fascinated with Japan for all the wrong reasons. A country with a rich and complicated history, Japan and its people are frequently reduced to caricatures and clickbait about ninjas, outrageous game shows, animated pornography, and weird commercials. Search Google or ...
To get the drugs past customs, Whitmore apparently used tea cannisters and his guitar case. According to the News of Japan, Whitmore was going to drop the drugs off at a hotel. "I was supposed to carry a guitar case as requested by a Chinese-based person in Canada," News of Japan said Whitmore told ...
Cuban's cable and satellite network AXS TV -- formerly known as HDNet -- acquired the rights to broadcast New Japan Professional Wrestling in 2015. NJPW, or "New Japan," as it's commonly known, is a popular Tokyo-based promotion that some fans view as a grittier, more physically intense alternative ...
The community for the North Korean diaspora in Japan (commonly known as Chongryon) celebrated its 62nd birthday last October. Initially organized in 1945, just after the independence of the Korean Peninsula, the Korean diaspora group was a politically neutral organization which worked to help the ...


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