Nikkei drops to 3-week closing low as BOJ action disappoints
News On Japan via Reuters -- Jan 23
The Nikkei average fell a third
straight day, reaching a three-week closing low on Wednesday
after the Bank of Japan's easing steps fell short of
expectations, triggering profit-taking in shares bought in
anticipation of the central bank decision.
Shippers, steelmakers, securities and insurance companies
dropped , along with exporters, as the Japanese currency firmed
by nearly one yen to 88.33 yen against the dollar from Tuesday's
market close of 89.28 yen.
Fewer than 40 pct of residents and commuters in Tokyo take specific measures to prepare for a possible huge earthquake beneath the Japanese capital, despite high awareness on disaster prevention, a Metropolitan Police Department survey showed Friday. (Jiji Press )
The man under arrest for fatally stabbing one man and wounding three others during a 10-minute rampage in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday night, told police on Thursday that he wanted to hijack a plane at Haneda airport and fly it into Tokyo Skytree to take revenge on society. (Japan Today )
The man lauded as "Japan's Beethoven," who has admitted he never wrote his compositions, appeared before cameras for the first time since the scandal surfaced - clean-shaven and minus his trademark sunglasses. (abcnews.go.com )
The 24-year-old suspect in the murder of a man on a street in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday is believed to have posted a profile online in which he identified himself as a "celeb NEET," meaning a celebrity without a job, according to local online news site J-Cast News. (Japan Times )
The proportion of single nonregular Japanese male workers in their 20s who have girlfriends stood at 18.7 pct in 2012, against 30.7 pct for regular employees, a government survey revealed Thursday. (Jiji Press )