Japan Headlines

Fri, Jul 3 2015

Japan pledges $6 billion to Mekong nations as China prepares new bank

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TOKYO - Japan said on Saturday it would extend around $6 billion in development aid to Mekong region countries, as China prepares to launch a new institutional lender seen as encroaching on the regional clout of Tokyo and ally Washington.

World, China, Japan 03 Jul 2015

Thu, Jul 2 2015

Japan power group aims for 35 percent CO2 emissions cut by 2030: Nikkei

TOKYO - Japan's major power firms are seeking to cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than a third by 2030 compared with 2013 levels by relying on nuclear power, the Nikkei business daily reported.

Environment, Japan 02 Jul 2015

Wed, Jul 1 2015

Japan's top three automakers to spend $50 million to subsidize hydrogen stations

TOKYO - Japan's top three automakers said on Wednesday they will spend up to 6 billion yen ($48.92 million) combined to subsidize the cost of operating hydrogen fuelling stations as the country aims to lead the world in developing cars that use the fuel.

China and Japan show hints of healing, rest of Asia still struggling

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SYDNEY - Growth in China's services sector picked up in June while big Japanese companies planned to ramp up spending at the fastest pace in a decade, offering hope that prospects are improving for Asia's largest economies despite sluggish factory growth.

China, Japan 01 Jul 2015

Tue, Jun 30 2015

GE to sell European private equity financing unit to SMBC

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TOKYO - General Electric Co said it would sell its European private equity financing business to a unit of Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp (SMBC) for about $2.2 billion as the U.S. conglomerate sheds financial assets amid a restructuring.

Deals, Japan 30 Jun 2015

Small volcanic eruption closes parts of resort near Tokyo

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TOKYO - A small volcanic eruption at a Japanese hot springs resort not far from Tokyo prompted authorities on Tuesday to further limit access to the area, warn that more eruptions were possible and urge a handful of people to evacuate.

Environment, Japan 30 Jun 2015

Man sets himself alight on Japan bullet train, second passenger dies

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TOKYO - Two passengers on a Japanese Shinkansen bullet train died on Tuesday after one doused himself in oil and set it ablaze, police said, but there was no immediate indication of a motive for the action that left 26 others injured. | Video

Japan, World 30 Jun 2015

GE to sell Europe private equity unit to Japan's SMBC for $2.2 billion

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- General Electric Co said it would sell its European private equity financing business to a unit of Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp (SMBC) for $2.2 billion.

Deals, Japan 30 Jun 2015

Mon, Jun 29 2015

Solar-powered plane takes off from Japan for trans-Pacific crossing

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TOKYO - A solar-powered plane took off from Japan on Monday on the seventh leg of its journey round the world, a trans-Pacific crossing expected to be the toughest part of the trip. | Video

Environment, Japan 29 Jun 2015

Sun, Jun 28 2015

Japan PM Abe's ratings slip amid doubts about his security policy

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TOKYO - Support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government is slipping in the face of doubts about his more muscular security policy, a newspaper survey released on Monday showed, amid concerns Abe's ruling party wants to muzzle its media critics.

World, Japan 28 Jun 2015