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.
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 )