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Japan's Abe to co-opt rival, draft more women in cabinet reshuffle

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TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to co-opt a rival and draft more women to spruce up his image while keeping key ministers when he reshuffles his cabinet on Wednesday, a rejig dictated more by political dynamics than policy matters.

World, Japan 3:22pm EDT

Violent Japanese anti-war film is a contender at Venice festival

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LONDON - One of the most powerful and violent films to be shown at the Venice Film Festival this year, Japanese director Shinya Tsukamoto's "Nobi" (Fires on the Plain), delivers a stinging anti-war message bathed in blood. | Video

Entertainment, Japan, Film 12:17pm EDT

Vodafone shares turn higher on Softbank interest report: traders

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LONDON - Vodafone shares turned higher late on Tuesday, with traders citing a Nikkei report suggesting the British mobile operator may become a takeover target for Japanese telecoms firm SoftBank .

Deals, Japan 11:08am EDT

Japan's 'Abenomics' feared in trouble as challenges build

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TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan for Japan's economy to generate self-sustained growth on the back of his three policy "arrows" of massive monetary easing, spending and reform appears to be faltering - but no magic solution is in sight.

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Mon, Sep 1 2014

Japan and India vow to boost defense ties during summit

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TOKYO - Japan and India agreed on Monday to strengthen defense ties as Asia's second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China, with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashing out at the "expansionism" of some nations. | Video

World, China, Japan 01 Sep 2014

Australia leans toward buying Japan subs to upgrade fleet: sources

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TOKYO - Japan and Australia are leaning towards a multibillion-dollar sale by Tokyo of a fleet of stealth submarines to Canberra's military in a move that could rile an increasingly assertive China, people familiar with the talks said.

Weak data to test BOJ's rosy economic view, policy on hold

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TOKYO - The Bank of Japan will maintain its existing stimulus policy and optimistic economic view when it meets on Thursday, sources say, preferring to take more time to gauge whether a run of weak data is sufficient to threaten a fragile recovery.

01 Sep 2014

Sun, Aug 31 2014

Weak data to test BOJ's rosy economic view, policy on hold

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TOKYO - The Bank of Japan will maintain its existing stimulus policy and optimistic economic view on when it meets on Thursday, sources say, preferring to take more time to gauge whether a run of weak data is sufficient to threaten a fragile recovery.

31 Aug 2014

Sat, Aug 30 2014

Modi seeks Japan's help for 'inclusive vision' on first big trip

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NEW DELHI - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Japan on Saturday seeking to capitalize on his affinity with Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe to strengthen security and business ties on his first major foreign visit since his landslide election victory in May.

World, Japan 30 Aug 2014

Fri, Aug 29 2014

SoftBank's first Sony smartphone deal takes aim at U.S. market

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TOKYO - Japan's SoftBank Corp and its U.S. mobile carrier Sprint Corp will offer a Sony smartphone for the first time, sources with knowledge of the matter said, as the two technology titans confront daunting challenges in the U.S. market.

Tech, Media, Japan 29 Aug 2014
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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.