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"The Quad," or Quadrilateral Security Dialogue -- a meeting of officials from India, Japan, Australia, and the U.S. -- was initiated in 2007, accompanied by joint military exercises. Unspoken target: China. The Quad members did not meet again as a foursome until last November, but not much of ... smile
The struggle against piracy has been a frequent news item in the West for years, but rarely do we hear about exactly how it affects Japan. According to a government report recently released, it's apparently pretty bad. So bad, in fact, that the Japanese government is taking “emergency measures” to deter ... smile

Yuki Kawauchi seemed like just another spotlight-seeking, early front-runner when he darted out to take the lead at the start of Monday's Boston Marathon. It turns out the veteran Japanese marathoner saved plenty for the finish, as well. Kawauchi (YOO-kee KA-wa-oo-chee) battled a steady headwind and ... smile
Japan and China agreed Monday in their first high-level economic dialogue in nearly eight years that any trade war poses a threat to global growth and that the two countries will step up efforts to cooperate. The agreement was reached in Tokyo amid increasing trade friction between China and the United ... smile
China and Japan have promised to reset their often frosty bilateral relationship as they kicked off their first high-level economic talks in eight years on Monday. The two nations also warned of the impact of a trade war on the global economy and agreed that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would visit ... smile
Yuki Kawauchi of Japan won the Boston Marathon — his fourth this year — in 2:15:53. Desiree Linden became the first American woman to win the race in 33 years. • And friends forever. Scientists have made astonishing discoveries about the nature and evolution of friendship, getting provocative clues ... smile

Confronting the North Korea threat takes partners, and Japan is among America's most reliable allies in Asia. But lately, Japan is feeling increasingly left out. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is trying to do something about it, meeting with President Trump in person on Tuesday in Mar-a-Lago, Fla. smile
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit Japan from Sunday in a further sign of warming ties between the two countries and as Beijing and Tokyo prepare for higher-level diplomatic exchanges next month. The three-day trip by Wang, who was elevated to state councillor last month, would revive a ... smile
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito have recently agreed on key points in legislation permitting casino gambling in Japan. The bill will be submitted to the Diet as early as this month and, if made into law, would pave the way for the creation of "integrated resorts" including ... smile
Tokyo-based Manga Japan claimed that the manga industry may “eventually perish” if the situation continues. But blocking individual sites may not be a stable solution, as a Mangamura copycat has already been launched. The government regards the move as a temporary measure until it establishes a ... smile
This Wednesday, the Japanese parliament passed a bill enforcing a new tax on travelers—for when they leave the country. Starting January 7, 2019, a fee of Â¥1,000 ($9.37) will be added to tickets when people depart Japan via plane or ship, per Channel News Asia. The new measure applies to both ... smile
For Japan, 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration; the name given to the events of 1868, which saw the downfall of the Tokugawa shogunate (or bakufu) and the creation of a new government with a central focus on imperial rule under the Emperor Meiji. The Restoration is one of the two ... smile
The discovery of the deposits could pit Japan against China to become the world's largest producer of the materials, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Japan started seeking its own rare-earth metals after China held back shipments in 2010 during a dispute over islands both countries claim, ... smile
PHNOM PENH -- Japan's ambitious new foreign policy strategy aimed at "bridging" the Southeast Asian mainland and Indo-Pacific regions through aid, trade and infrastructure links has drawn a wary welcome from Mekong area countries concerned about growing rivalry between the major donor countries, ... smile
BAGHDAD – As Iraq emerges from four years of conflict and unrest, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a US$10 million contribution from the Government of Japan in support of recovery efforts. A portion of this contribution will also support Syrian refugees sheltering in Iraq. smile
Philippine-Japan defense ties have been in the headlines quite a bit this week, in part due to a few key developments in the maritime security realm. Though these are just a couple of manifestations of a longstanding and wide-ranging defense partnership, they nonetheless are worth emphasizing because ... smile
TOKYO (Reuters) - The Bank of Japan could face criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump as keeping the yen artificially weak if it persists in maintaining ultra-loose policy until its elusive inflation target is met, Japan's former top currency diplomat said. Rather than considering its target as a rigid one, the BOJ should ... smile

Japan's financial services regulator continues to reshape the country's cryptocurrency exchange industry as two operators announce they are closing, local source Nikkei states March 28. Two Japanese exchanges, Mr. Exchange and Tokyo GateWay, will cease trading once they have returned customer ... smile
TOKYO—Japan said it has begun talks with North Korea through its embassy in Beijing, a sign that Tokyo doesn't want to be left on the sidelines in the recent flurry of diplomacy. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited Beijing this week for talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Kim is also set to meet ... smile
An 88-year-old visiting researcher at a university in Kyoto was conferred a doctorate on Saturday, making her the oldest person in Japan to do so, Ritsumeikan University said. “I'm full of emotion. I'm honored,” Kiyoko Ozeki told reporters ahead of her graduation ceremony at Ritsumeikan. Though the ... smile
ReutersLIEGE, Belgium (Reuters) — Japan's Shoya Nakajima equalized 5 minutes into stoppage time with the last kick of the match to secure a 1-1 draw against Mali in a World Cup warmup friendly on Friday. Nakajima was unmarked at the back post to finish, as Japan was rewarded for its relentless ... smile
One person's cultural observations can be another's daily gripes but, with any luck, they can lead to an enlightening debate. That was the case last week when a blog post about one non-Japanese individual's experience working in the country's information technology sector proved popular with Japanese ... smile
With the cultural atmosphere of martial arts, Japan has always played a leading role in the field, where many of the world-class wrestling tournaments like K-1 and Pride FC were founded. Among the lightweight divisions, RISE is well-known as the most competitive and exciting one. Ranking first in world's ... smile
The Yomiuri ShimbunThe government and industries in Japan have raised a sense of caution over measures invoked by the United States on Friday to restrict steel and aluminum imports. Although many experts say the direct repercussions on Japanese companies will be limited, some say this could be a ... smile
Founded in 1972 by the wrestler Antonio Inoki, New Japan Pro-Wrestling has carefully developed a reputation rooted in old-school tradition and reverence — one quite unlike the image Mr. Cuban has perfected for himself as the flamboyant owner of the Dallas Mavericks and on the television show “Shark ... smile
Tepco President Tomoaki Kobayakawa in February pledged “a dramatically new path for the company as it navigates the challenges posed by deregulation of Japan's energy markets, the country's declining population and the need to continue cleanup work at Fukushima.” The company's youngest-ever ... smile
TOKYO — For Japan, the hits just keep on coming. Only last week, Tokyo was scrambling to recover after being caught flat-footed by President Trump's abrupt acceptance of an invitation to meet Kim Jong-un personally to discuss North Korea's nuclear program. On Friday, officials in Japan awoke to the ... smile
Big industries are benefiting from Japan's tourism boom. More tourists — including mainland Chinese tourists who have a penchant for retail therapy — are helping to support merchants in an aging Japan. Tourist spending hit a record 4.42 trillion yen ($41.7 billion) in 2017 — in tandem with the surge in ... smile
The government and the LDP envision deploying refitted Izumo carriers with F-35Bs to the southwest, where they could respond quickly to problems in such areas as the Senkaku Islands, which are administered by Japan and claimed by China as the Diaoyu. This would enable Japan to repel attacks by ... smile
NEW YORK – Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy said Monday that Okinawa is the linchpin to the U.S.-Japan security alliance. She made the remarks as she sought understanding from 20 visiting high school and university students from Okinawa on the importance of the U.S. military ... smile
For years these hot springs located on Japan's Kyushu Island were believed to heal all kinds of maladies. The springs come about due to Japan's volcanicity. The water is heated deep underground and spurts upwards to create the natural hot baths. The springs aren't just on Kyushu but appear all over ... smile
By Yoshio Hanada / Yomiuri Shimbun CorrespondentMOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin intends to strengthen his nation's relationship with Japan, centering on economic cooperation, as he maintains a good rapport with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the most amicable relationship he has among ... smile
Japan has the world's oldest population, with more than a quarter of its citizens aged 65 or older. The aging population has already put a strain on Japan's financial system and retail industry. But in recent years, another unexpected trend has been unfolding: In record numbers, elderly people in Japan are committing petty ... smile
Japan is launching a Cray XC50 supercomputer for advanced nuclear fusion research, which will begin production this year. While the Cray XC50 supercomputer is far from the most powerful on the planet, it will be the world's most powerful within the field of nuclear fusion research. The National Institutes ... smile
Everyone in Japan knows its citizenry is getting older at a faster rate than that of any other nation. But for outsiders, the most striking insight may be that the Japanese want to face aging well. In fact, by government edict, the goal is to direct policy, health care, and even citizens themselves toward longer, ... smile
BEIJING – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi retained his job and was also promoted to a state councillor on Monday, meaning he now has the country's two top diplomat roles, in a vote of confidence for his strong defense of China's interests. Sources had previously said that Wang would probably become ... smile
By Akihiro Okada / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterJapan's manufacturing industry, which took a leap forward during a period of rapid growth and high product quality, was so well known that “Made in Japan” virtually became a brand of its own. But since the 2000s, labor productivity has fallen, and Japan ... smile
In this March 17, 2018, photo, people pass by a TV screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, and U.S. President Donald Trump during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. Top U.S., South Korean and Japanese officials have discussed how to achieve a ... smile
The company is called Japan H2 Mobility, or JHyM (JAY'-hym). Its president, Hideki Sugawara, also project general manager for Toyota Motor Corp.'s Tokyo engineering division, called JHyM the world's first framework for bringing industry players together with outside investors to build a hydrogen refueling ... smile
This year, Japan will deploy a Cray XC50 that will be the world's most powerful supercomputer in the field of advanced nuclear fusion research. It will be installed at the National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science (QST) and used for local nuclear fusion science and to support ITER, the ... smile
The Defense Ministry's annual white paper titled “Defense of Japan” refers to the policy as one of the pillars of the country's fundamental defense policy, spelling out: “The exclusively defense-oriented policy means that defensive force is used only in the event of an [armed] attack, that the extent of the use of ... smile
Japanese are increasingly leaving corporate jobs to found companies or join start-ups, several investors told CNBC. Previously, entrepreneurship was considered to a "Plan B" for those who couldn't get jobs in Japan's major brand name companies, according to James Riney, head of 500 Startups Japan. smile
Police in the US are investigating the death of the wife of a Japanese Nobel Prize-winning chemist in Illinois. The couple had been reported missing from their home in the state of Indiana on Monday. Ei-ichi Negishi was found by police wandering along a road near Rockford early on Tuesday morning and was taken to ... smile
On March 20, the Nike SNKRS app will become available in Japan, offering NikePlus members there increased access to covetable sneakers, as well as content that celebrates local sneaker culture and highlights personalized services and experiences. “Japan has a special place in sneaker culture, and ... smile
A day after United Airlines faced a backlash over a dog's death in an overhead luggage compartment, the company is dealing with another canine-related mistake after a German shepherd meant for Kansas was instead flown to Japan. In the latest incident, Kara Swindle, who flew with her children from ... smile
Ian Buruma's “A Tokyo Romance” is a memoir of both his own callow youth and the sophisticated provincialism endemic to Japan in the 1970s. It is a triumphal narrative of how determination, charm, readiness and linguistic fluency allowed the author to penetrate one of the world's most insular societies, ... smile
In Japan, family members have traditionally been expected to take responsibility for end-of-life care and procedures to be completed after death. However, as Japanese households continue to diversify, not all families are in a position to accept such a heavy burden. As people die later, their children and ... smile
Japan is keeping the 5G Olympics train on the tracks, as it were, working with Huawei, NTT DoCoMo and Tobu Railway to trial a 5G millimeter wave system for dense urban areas ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The effort took place at Tokyo Skytree Town, the commercial center in the Sumida District ... smile
When it chaired the ASEAN Summit in the autumn of 2012, Cambodia arranged for the South China Sea issue to be dropped from the joint statement. This left the strong impression that Cambodia was a mouthpiece for China in Southeast Asia. It is true that China has made significant investments in ... smile
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union and Japan urged the United States on Saturday to grant them exemptions from metal import tariffs, with Tokyo calling for “calm-headed behavior” in a dispute that threatens to spiral into a trade war. U.S. President Donald Trump set import tariffs on Thursday of ... smile



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