Japan Headlines

Japanese Internet firms offer something new: high returns

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TOKYO - Some Japanese Internet companies are getting a boost from foreign investors as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pushes for an elusive strength his country's firms are not known for - high returns.

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BOJ's Kuroda maintains positive view on economy

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TOKYO - Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Wednesday affirmed the central bank's upbeat view of the economy, even as global financial markets wobble, stressing that growth will pick up around mid-year as the sting of a sales tax hike fades.

3:54am EDT

Japan's Suga: Don't think share decline in April significant

TOKYO - Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Wednesday that Japanese share price decline in April has not been significant.

3:54am EDT

Suzuki joins fuel efficiency race with simplified hybrid system

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TOKYO - Japanese small-car maker Suzuki Motor Corp said on Wednesday it will introduce an affordable, simplified gas-electric hybrid technology in its cars, joining rivals in the race for fuel efficiency.

Environment, Japan 3:00am EDT

Tue, Apr 15 2014

BOJ Kuroda maintains positive view on economy

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TOKYO - Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Wednesday affirmed its upbeat view of the economy, even as global financial markets wobble, stressing that growth will pick up around mid-year as the sting of a sales tax hike fades.

15 Apr 2014

BOJ Kuroda says watching stock price moves carefully

TOKYO - Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Wednesday that he did not think the central bank's extraordinary monetary stimulus was fuelling speculative moves in the market, although he added he will monitor stock price moves carefully.

15 Apr 2014

After two bumper years, Toyota braces for shift to slower growth

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TOYOTA CITY, Japan/TOKYO - Toyota Motor Corp is set to post record growth for the year just ended - with a likely $10 billion surge in operating profit - but the mood at its HQ in Japan's prosperous automotive heartland is cautious as executives warn of a leaner year ahead.

15 Apr 2014

Japan PM talks with BOJ chief, does not push for easing

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TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Tuesday but did not pressure the central bank chief to ease policy, curbing speculation that the BOJ might take more aggressive action this month.

15 Apr 2014

China denies naval snub for Japan over fleet review

BEIJING - China's navy on Tuesday denied, in a roundabout way, that it snubbed Japan by not inviting it to join in a naval fleet review as part of an international symposium, saying the two events had never been linked in the first place.

World, China, Japan 15 Apr 2014

Japanese whaling group intends to resume its hunts

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TOKYO - The group that conducts Japan's whaling says it expects to resume scientific whaling in the Antarctic after this year's hunt was canceled following an order by an international court.

Environment, Japan 15 Apr 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.