Japan Headlines

Japan reports 'unusual deployment' of Takata air bag; may lead to more recalls

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TOKYO - Japan's transport ministry said on Wednesday it received a report of an "unusual deployment" of a Takata Corp air bag outside an existing recall program - raising the prospect that recalls could be expanded in Japan.

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Opposing Japan's whaling program is 'eco-imperialism': official

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TOKYO - Opposition to Japan's whaling program is a kind of "eco-imperialism" that imposes one value system on another and is based on emotion, not science - much the way killing elephants is now opposed, Japan's top whaling official said on Wednesday.

Environment, Japan 3:18am EST

BOJ's Shirai defends latest easing, rules out incremental action

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HIROSHIMA, Japan - A Bank of Japan board member who voted for last month's huge monetary expansion defended the move on Wednesday, saying that failing to act would have cast doubt on the bank's determination to hit its price goal and undermined its credibility.

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Tue, Nov 25 2014

Australian minister apologizes for submarine firm canoe remark

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SYDNEY - Australia's defense minister on Wednesday apologized after saying he would not trust the government-owned submarine firm "to build a canoe", comments that fueled expectations that most work in a A$40 billion ($34 billion) program will go offshore.

China won't consider more rate cuts or easing until fourth quarter data out: official

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BEIJING - China's central bank will wait until fourth-quarter economic data is out and monitor U.S. and Japanese monetary policy before considering any more rate cuts or easing, a central bank adviser said on Tuesday.

China, Japan 25 Nov 2014

Bank of Japan's Kuroda resolute in fight against deflation, says ready to ease more

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NAGOYA/TOKYO, Japan - Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Tuesday stressed the bank's readiness to expand stimulus further to meet its price goal, a message that was partially echoed by an European Central Bank policymaker as the euro zone economy battles to lift off.

25 Nov 2014

OECD sees gradual world recovery, urges ECB to do more

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PARIS - The global economy will gradually improve over the next two years but Japan will grow less than previously expected while the euro zone struggles with stagnation and an increased deflation risk, the OECD said on Tuesday.

25 Nov 2014

OECD sees gradual world recovery, urges ECB to do more

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PARIS - The global economy will gradually improve over the next two years but Japan will grow less than previously expected while the euro zone struggles with stagnation and an increased deflation risk, the OECD said on Tuesday.

25 Nov 2014

Japan transport min sets up task force to deal with air bag recalls

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TOKYO - Japan's transport ministry last week set up a special task force to deal with air bag-related recalls and has urged automakers to speed up replacements of potentially defective Takata-made air bag inflators, Transport Minister Akihiro Ohta said on Tuesday.

25 Nov 2014

Mon, Nov 24 2014

Magnitude 6.8 quake hits central Japan; no tsunami warning

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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.

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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.