Tokyo stocks close up 1.28pc, Nikkei 225 index closed up 133.88 points
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.
Internal information regarding JR Kyoto Station was made publicly accessible online when the station floor plans, revealing the locations of inactive gas fire extinguishing equipment, were posted on the Google Groups bulletin board service, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News )
Japan will go ahead with research whaling in the northwestern Pacific for fiscal 2014, but by reducing catches following an International Court of Justice ruling that ordered the country to stop whaling in the Antarctic Ocean, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry said Friday. (The Japan News )
Hatsune Miku, a computer-generated Japanese pop star who performs as a hologram, is to support some of Lady Gaga's tour of North America next month, the U.S. songstress has announced on Twitter. (Japan Today )
Tochigi prefectural police said Thursday that they are questioning a man in his 30s over the murder of a 7-year-old girl in December 2005. Japanese media quoted police as saying that the man, who was arrested for dealing in fake brand-name goods, has hinted at his involvement in the murder. (Japan Today )