Japan Headlines

Sat, Nov 22 2014

Magnitude 6.8 quake hits central Japan; no tsunami warning

TOKYO - An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 6.8 jolted central Japan on Saturday evening, temporarily trapping 21 people when their homes collapsed and leaving 13 people injured, police and public broadcaster NHK said.

Fri, Nov 21 2014

Boeing welcomes Japan decision to buy V-22s

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WASHINGTON - Boeing Co on Friday welcomed a decision by Japan to buy V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft that it builds together with Bell Helicopter, a unit of Textron Inc .

Japan's Abe: return to yen strength would lead to hollowing out, job losses

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday if the country returns to a period of excessive yen strength it would lead to a further hollowing out of manufacturing and job losses.

Japan, World 21 Nov 2014

Japanese military taps youth culture in recruitment drive

ATSUGI/YOKOSUKA Japan - Japan's military is wooing new recruits with images of smiling soldiers posing like pop stars in a series of photo books and DVDs that tap into youth culture.

21 Nov 2014

Takata executive warns about ability to fix deadly air bag flaw

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WASHINGTON/DETROIT - An executive from Japan's Takata Corp told U.S. senators on Thursday the supplier is urgently trying to ramp up replacement parts for millions of vehicles fitted with potentially deadly air bags, but said it may not be able to move quickly enough.

Politics, Japan 21 Nov 2014

Japan's transport ministry tells Takata to investigate air bag issue

TOKYO - Japan's transport minister said on Friday he had directed Takata Corp to investigate its defective air bags, which have triggered massive recalls, adding the ministry was directly in touch with the auto safety equipment supplier over the issue.

Politics, Japan 21 Nov 2014

Thu, Nov 20 2014

Japan raises military profile in naval war games with U.S.

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ABOARD THE USS GEORGE WASHINGTON PACIFIC OCEAN - Japan stepped up its role in large-scale war games with the United States this week, with one of its admirals commanding air and sea maneuvers that the U.S. military described as the most complex ever overseen by the Japanese navy.

World, Japan 20 Nov 2014

Takata executive warns about ability to fix deadly air bag flaw

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WASHINGTON/DETROIT - An executive from Japan's Takata Corp told U.S. senators on Thursday that the supplier is urgently trying to ramp up replacement parts for millions of vehicles equipped with potentially deadly air bags, but said it may not be able to move quickly enough.

Politics, Japan 20 Nov 2014

Blackstone to buy GE's property assets in Japan for $1.6 billion

Tokyo - Blackstone Group LP, the world's largest private equity investor in real estate, said it will buy residential assets in Japan from General Electric Co (GE)'s property unit in a deal worth more than 190 billion yen ($1.6 billion), Japan's largest property deal this year.

Deals, Japan 20 Nov 2014

Wall Street rises, yen hits seven-year low

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NEW YORK - World stock markets slipped on Thursday on signs the Chinese and European economies were cooling, while Japan's yen slid to seven-year lows against the dollar amid expectations of more Japanese stimulus.

20 Nov 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.