Tokyo stocks close up 1.28pc, Nikkei 225 index closed up 133.88 points
News On Japan via brecorder.com -- Jan 24
The benchmark Nikkei 225 index closed up 133.88 points to 10,620.87, while the broader Topix index of all first-section shares was up 1.11 percent, or 9.83 points, at 897.62.
Tokyo reported a record $78 billion trade deficit for 2012 as exports were hit by weak demand in debt-hit Europe and a bitter diplomatic spat with its biggest trade partner China, which sparked a consumer boycott.
The gloomy numbers spell more bad news for the world's third-largest economy, as it struggles to cement a recovery after the 2011 quake-tsunami disasters and subsequent nuclear crisis at Fukushima.
They also underscore the size of the task ahead for the new government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who campaigned on a pledge to turn around Japan's fortunes with big public spending and by pressuring the Bank of Japan for more aggressive monetary policy.
China's television regulator has ordered a crackdown on dramas about the country's battles with Japan during and before World War Two and demanded they be more serious, state media said on Friday, following viewer complaints about ludicrous storylines. (Reuters )
Shukan Post (May 24) conveys the difficulties experienced by other parts of the adult-entertainment biz in servicing customers from the communist nation.
A deri heru (“delivery health”) call-girl tells the tabloid that she is often requested to arrive at major hotels in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro entertainment areas of Tokyo by Chinese visitors. (Tokyo Reporter)